Rolando Pujol Rodriguez photographed the Cuban raft exodus in 1994, and 20 years later Enrique de la Osa took portraits of some of the people who made it to the United States. Cuba lifted restrictions on rafters in 1994, opening the flood gates for anyone who wanted to leave the communist-led island. Some 31,000 Cubans were detained at sea by U.S. ships that summer in the largest exodus since the 1980 Mariel boatlift, which brought 120,000 Cubans to Miami. The 1994 crisis led to a major shift in U.S.-Cuba policy and an accord under which Washington agreed to grant visas to 20,000 Cuban migrants a year. Rafters have kept coming in smaller numbers, though these days they make few political or media waves. Photos and text by Reuters.
World leaders gather in Brisbane, Australia for the annual G20 Summit and are expected to discuss economic growth, free trade and climate change as well as pressing issues including the situation in Ukraine and the Ebola crisis.
Home to more than 2,500 Hispanic residents, Georgetown, Delaware — locally known as ‘Kimmeytown’ — became a Guatemalan enclave beginning in the 1990’s being within walking distance of a Perdue chicken processing plant, which employs a large number of the Latin Americans immigrants who live in town.
One down….888,245 to go.
The poppy exhibition at the Tower of London has become a national sensation, with some 4 million people expected to have seen it by the time the last of the 888,246 poppies — one for every Commonwealth soldier who died in the First World War — was planted on Nov. 11, the day the war ended in 1918.
The removal is estimated to take 8,000 volunteers around two weeks.
Astronaut Reid Wiseman, born and raised in the Baltimore area, is currently stationed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He literally has a window on the world as the space station circles in low orbit around Earth. Wiseman has been taking hundreds of pictures of Earth and posting amazing images on his Twitter account @astro_reid.
Millions were expected in Berlin this weekend for 25th anniversary events marking the Nov. 9, 1989, fall of the Berlin Wall. Commemorations include the 9-mile art installation “Lichtgrenze,” whose 6,800 glowing balloons trace part of the path of the heavily guarded fence that split the city into capitalist West and communist East.
As Switzerland prepares to vote on a proposal to dramatically limit immigration Reuters photographer Denis Balibouse travelled along the Swiss border from the summit of Breithorn to a stalagmite filled cave and documented the landscapes of this landlocked nation.
Switzerland will vote on November 30 on an initiative from the group Ecopop which proposes a cap on the number of immigrants. The group says it is motivated by concerns about a lack of living space exerting too much pressure on the land and natural resources, rather than by opposition to foreigners. It proposes limiting immigration to just 0.2 percent of the resident population, equivalent to 16,000 people per year. This would represent a cut of more than 75 percent in annual net immigration from current levels. In Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any voter can trigger a referendum by collecting 100,000 signatures within 18 months.
In some households, November 1st is All Saints’ Day. In others, it’s the Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Both focus on remembering those who have come before us but do so different ways. Where as All Saints’ Day is a Catholic tradition invoking a solemn and prayerful atmosphere, the Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration filled with vibrant colors, decadent food and lively activities.
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