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Dr. Carlos Díaz-Rosillo, director of the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom at FIU, discusses the broader implications of the recent street protests against the Cuban government.

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Brian Fonseca, director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy at FIU, explains the use of military and paramilitary organizations in responding to peaceful demonstrations of discontent on the Island.

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Jenny Macías Chaveco will conduct archival research on the media representation of Cuban migrants in the United States for her Ph.D. dissertation in Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

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In 2021, the U.S. has seen an 11-fold jump in desperate Cubans braving sharks, smugglers and tropical storms for a chance at a new life. Authorities are bracing for even more. "I now see it as a growing sign of what happened on Sunday" July 11, CRI Director Jorge Duany said, when thousands of demonstrators poured into streets, enraged over rising prices, lack of staples, and rolling blackouts.

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In this short video, CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta discusses how growing social inequality has fueled the recent street protests in Cuba, showing that the causes of political unrest are multiple and profound, and have been aggravated by the shrinking of social policies that protect vulnerable sectors of the population.

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CRI has invited several FIU experts on Cuba to comment on various aspects of the ongoing protests on the Island, from the human rights situation, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession, to its racial and religious dimensions. This series of short videos begins with an overview of recent events in Cuba by CRI Director Jorge Duany.

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Justo Planas Cabreja as a Visiting Scholar during the academic year 2021–22. Dr. Planas Cabreja will revise his doctoral dissertation, entitled "Born in Cuba: Imaginaries of the Child and the Motherland," for publication as a book.

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The U.S. Coast Guard continued its search Wednesday afternoon for nine people missing in the ocean off the Florida Keys. They were among 22 people who left Cuba Monday night on a boat on the way to South Florida as Tropical Storm Elsa was preparing to hit the area with rough seas, heavy winds, and rain.

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Successive waves of immigrants were drawn to Surfside and the collapsed Champlain South condo, where they found their own piece of paradise on the seashore. In the 40 years since it was built, it has become home to more and more Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Argentinians, Brazilians, Chileans, Paraguayans, and Uruguayans.

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to cosponsor the launching of Cuido60, an independent platform devoted to conducting research and analysis of aging, care, and rights of older adults on the island. The observatory is supported by the Fundación 4 Métrica in Colombia.

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