Anyway, the top story is without a doubt the aftermath of hurricane Gustav in Cuba. The destruction left by Gustav's winds has left many Cubans in a dire situation, and this tragedy has immediately brought scrutiny on US sanctions towards Cuba, namely because of restrictions on travel and remittances by Cuban families in exile.
Boy, if my family living overseas had become victim to a terrible natural disaster, I would be infuriated if my attempts to join them or help them directly would be restricted by my government. How tragic that this might be the case for some with family in Cuba.
Here in Miami, prominent leaders of the Cuban exile community have raised their voices calling for a moratorium on travel and remittance restrictions to Cuba. Some who are adamant in keeping restrictions in place have raised their voices too. And, thus, we have a debate. [Watch Ramon Saul Sanchez on Spanish-language television this week proposing a moratorium on restrictions (beginning at 8:30 mark).]
I'll keep this post short, and hopefully tomorrow I will post more. But, I want to spread the word for those in the US who want to help the people in Cuba, namely those who have become the victims of Gustav's destruction. Below is information on how you can send donations to humanitarian organizations working in Cuba. The information is copied from the Cuban Triangle blog, whose author, Phil Peters of the Lexington Institute, has excellent coverage of the aftermath.
Help if you can.
How to help: