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Farmers Blast Trump’s Cuba Retreat as Bad for Trade

Farmers Blast Trump’s Cuba Retreat as Bad for Trade June 17, 2017 4:55 AM Reuters CHICAGO — U.S. farm groups criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to retreat from his predecessor’s opening toward Cuba, saying it could derail huge increases in farm exports that totaled $221 million last year. A trade delegation from Minnesota, one of […] Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES […] Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President Barack Obama and […] Continue reading

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 June 2017 — His mother died, his brother emigrated and now no one brings flowers to the tomb of one of those many young Cubans who lost their lives on the African plains. His death served to build the authoritarian regime of […] Continue reading

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com With an announcement on Cuba policy by President Donald Trump apparently imminent, those for and against engagement are jockeying to get their positions before the president — even his daughter Ivanka. There has been a flurry of letters to the president […] Continue reading

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017 The legislation repeals the Cuban trade embargo. Jun 06, 2017 A bipartisan coalition of senators have introduced legislation, The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017, to eliminate legal barriers for Americans doing business in Cuba. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Enzi […] Continue reading

An Appeal to the White House

Editorial: An Appeal to the White House DDC | Madrid | 30 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:42 CEST. Castroism’s plans for 2018 are clear: to officially sanction the transfer of power to the family’s heirs and double down on the kind of state capitalism that the Castros and the military elite already administrate. This […] Continue reading

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Sixteen retired senior military officers are asking the Trump administration to continue the process of normalization with Cuba for the sake of U.S. national security and stability in the region. “The location of Cuba in the Caribbean and proximity […] Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […] Continue reading

Appeasement Never Works

Appeasement Never Works by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM And it’s making matters worse in Cuba. At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of American […] Continue reading

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy told a news conference on Wednesday. Leahy, a Democrat […] Continue reading

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration has worked until its final days to try to ensure the continuity of its Cuba policy, but Ben Rhodes, one of the chief architects of the rapprochement with the island, says he’s still not sure […] Continue reading

Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba By Marissa Piazzola Published December 27, 2016 Cuba FOX Business The United States’ relationship with Cuba has thawed over the last two years, thanks in part to a December 2014 agreement between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to end a decades-long period of policy […] Continue reading

The One Who Left Ashes

The One Who Left Ashes / Miriam Leiva Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, November 29, 2016 – Fidel Castro died on November 25 at 10:29 p.m. and, according to his own will, his remains will be cremated, according to the brief statement read by Raúl Castro on Cuban television. at midnight. As a deceased person, the […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] Continue reading

Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises

Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises President-elect could face pushback from some companies regarding his Cuba policies By FELICIA SCHWARTZ and CAROL E. LEE Updated Nov. 27, 2016 11:14 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — The death of Fidel Castro is putting unexpected pressure on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on […] Continue reading

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba By Anthony Hall Posted: Nov 27, 2016 12:54 AM Updated: Nov 27, 2016 5:57 AM LUBBOCK, Texas – Two Cuban-Americans were political prisoners for nearly four years each after they were caught discussing change in Cuba during perestroika and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership in the […] Continue reading

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade andinvestment in Cuba until regime stops oppression

Cuban human rights activist urges U.S. to suspend trade and investment in Cuba until regime stops oppression By Elizabeth Llorente Published November 18, 2016 One of Cuba’s most prominent human rights activists is in the U.S. to push for a halt or suspension of U.S.-Cuba trade and investment changes that he and other leaders say […] Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

Obama to the Castro regime – Do whatever you want

Obama to the Castro regime: Do whatever you want By Editorial Board October 18 at 8:07 PM ON FRIDAY, President Obama unveiled a Presidential Decision Directive trumpeting further overtures to the Cuban government designed to make the thaw he announced on Dec. 17, 2014, “irreversible.” That would imply “regardless of results” — which so far […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

A Disappointing And Unfair Report

A Disappointing And Unfair Report / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 30 September 2016 — The most recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on the state of journalism in Cuba is, more than disappointing, worrisome. It is not that its authors are uninformed about the Cuban reality. Rather, they […] Continue reading

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba U.S. exporters can sell to only one customer—the Castro government. Ana QuintanaRandall Ramos October 6, 2016 Will Congress lift the ban on private financing towards Cuba’s agriculture sector? Proponents of a bill to do just that claim it would benefit American farmers as well alleviate the suffering […] Continue reading

A new sponsor for Castro?

A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading

Cuban diplomat takes to Twitter, says rapprochement with U.S. must continue

Cuban diplomat takes to Twitter, says rapprochement with U.S. must continue BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s chief negotiator in normalization talks with the United States, said Friday that Cuba has been “intensely” laying the groundwork so that the process of rapprochement that began under President Barack Obama will continue even after he leaves […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] Continue reading

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2016 — A report from the European Union details that in 2015 Cuba continued “arbitrary and short-term arrests of opposition members, activists and human rights defenders.” This situation that has led the bloc to communicate “on […] Continue reading

Farmers Have Awakened To The Reality Of The System, Although They Can Not Protest Openly

“Farmers Have Awakened To The Reality Of The System, Although They Can Not Protest Openly” / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 12 September 2016 – Rolando Pupo Carralero is a self-declared lover of the countryside, despite having begun working the land by necessity, when he abandoned his studies in economics. Currently […] Continue reading

Lessons From Myanmar

Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat – Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MAY 16, 2016 08:14 PM HAVANA – President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more co-operation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs […] Continue reading

One Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Castro’s Cuba

One Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Castro’s Cuba Andrew Egger / July 26, 2016 A slim Cuban woman speaks from a wheelchair at the front of the room. The woman speaks softly for 10 minutes in Spanish, pausing at intervals to wait for her translator’s words. Her left arm ends at the wrist, and she […] Continue reading

America’s Conflicted Cuba Policy

America’s Conflicted Cuba Policy By THE EDITORIAL BOARD JULY 23, 2016 One year after the United States and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic relations, the two governments have made considerable, if halting, progress toward rebuilding what has been the most poisonous relationship in the hemisphere. Washington and Havana have agreed to cooperate on health care challenges, […] Continue reading

Cuban Poets – Exile, Prison and Oblivion

Cuban Poets: Exile, Prison and Oblivion / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 9 July 2016 — José Abreu Felippe has become a goldsmith. He’s a guy who’s creating a city that will be lost, and he wants to change it into a jewel that we all will carry with us. Poesía exiliada y pateada […] Continue reading

Why Cuban Agriculture Is Inefficient

Why Cuban Agriculture Is Inefficient / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 May 2016 — The raindrops tinkle on the zinc roof of a greasy hut used to store sacks of fertilizer, agricultural tools, and the various ancient contraptions that are always be a nuisance to keep in the house. Osvaldo, the sixty-five-year-old owner of a […] Continue reading

Normalizing relations with Cuba – not so fast

Normalizing relations with Cuba: not so fast By aronsbarron May 22, 2016 7:22 a.m. Polls make it clear that the American public is way ahead of Congress in supporting normalization of relations and reopening trade with Cuba. But positive numbers from several polls don’t mean that the normalization process will be easy or fast. That […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday. BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press HAVANA President Barack Obama’s trip to […] Continue reading

Third meeting of U.S.-Cuba commission to be held in Havana

Third meeting of U.S.-Cuba commission to be held in Havana The two former enemies will meet Monday to discuss mutual concerns It will be the third meeting of the U.S.-Cuba Bilateral Commission Cuba says it will raise U.S. embargo and return of Guantánamo base BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The United States and Cuba plan the […] Continue reading

The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations

The Road to Cuba: Three Scenarios for U.S. Business Relations Apr 26, 2016 On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his intention to normalize relations with Cuba. Since that time there have been a number of changes in U.S. policy and regulations affecting trade, investment and travel. To provide business leaders with the latest […] Continue reading