My parents were chemical engineers in Cuba; they met while working in the pharmaceutical industry. I was born on Aug. 14, 1990, a day after Fidel Castro turned 64. Mami extended her labor so I wouldn't share a birthday with our country's revolutionary leader.
U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro vowed Monday in Havana to set aside their differences in pursuit of what the U.S. president called a "new day" for the relationship between the neighbors. President Castro, not used to press conferences, also refused to admit Cuba has political prisoners.
President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba officially began Monday as President Raúl Castro greeted him with a military honor guard and the playing of the U.S. and Cuban national anthems at the Revolutionary Palace here.
On Tuesday, the Treasury Department was to invite U.S. airlines to submit applications to be allocated the new flights. American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and JetBlue have previously expressed an interest in running regular flights to Cuba.