It appears that Cuba isn’t the island paradise that certain American entertainers would have us believe.
Members of the Cuban dance company Havana Night Club, stand together after a rehearsal in Havana,July 13, 2004. Forty-four dancers, singers and musicians of the company performing in Las Vegas, will seek asylum in the United States in one of the largest mass defections by Cuban artists. According to the company's founder and creator Nicole Durr, who was expelled from Cuba in August, the company members were told they would have no future as performers when they returned to Cuba, which has led them to defect. Cuba's government reluctantly gave the company permits to travel to the U.S. in August to perform at Las Vegas' legendary Stardust Casino after the troupe defied its instructions not to apply for U.S. visas.
Perhaps Fidel Castro would settle for a trade. Any suggestions?
UPDATE: More from Val.