This NYT Staffer is Spending Thanksgiving in Cuba

There is an additional Twitter journalist account to be aware of this holiday weekend (if you are not already): @londonoe.

That handle belongs to New York Times editorial board member Ernesto Londoño who, for the first time since he was a college student, has traveled to Cuba. The Colombian-born, NYC-based foreign affairs writer – previously covering the Pentagon for the Washington Post – arrived November 22 and is scheduled to be there through the weekend. He has been sharing all sorts of fascinating glimpses of his visit, including this shot of the digital newsroom at Communist newspaper Periódico Granma:

Meanwhile, as the Diairo de Cuba reminds, the framing of Londoño’s visit is macro:

Starting October 11, the New York daily began publishing a weekly article dedicated to defending a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. So far are six. “And we intend to publish more,” said Londoño.

Editorials in the last six weeks have called for ending the embargo and an exchange of the three Cuban spies imprisoned in the United States by the U.S. contractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba. They have also criticized Washington programs to promote democracy in Cuba and the U.S. program that helps Cuban doctors to escape from missions abroad organized by Cuban government.

By Richard Horgan, Fishbowl NY

November 25, 2014

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