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Obama – We’ll smoke your stogies & drink your rum! But Raúl Castro just represses more

Obama: We’ll smoke your stogies & drink your rum! But Raúl Castro just represses more BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com I’d say that Raúl Castro is still shaking in his military boots over President Barack Obama’s historic speech in Havana — one of the finest moments of his presidency and a jubilant one for the free […] 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

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark

Resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic ties hits one-year mark In an onging rapprochement that was formalized with the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba on July 20, 2015, many diplomatic steps have been taken. But there are still big areas of contention between the two nations. BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com At a minute […] Continue reading

Cuban-born tourists are left at the dock when ships lift anchor for homeland

Cuban-born tourists are left at the dock when ships lift anchor for homeland Hugo Martin When the Carnival Corp. ship Adonia leaves port on May 1, becoming the first U.S.-based cruise ship to sail to Cuba in more than 50 years, it will carry no Cuban-born passengers. Based on an arrangement with the Cuban government, […] Continue reading

Despite differences with Cuba, Obama says now is the time to visit the island

Despite differences with Cuba, Obama says now is the time to visit the island Obama says he plans to raise human rights with Cuban government Opponents criticize the March 21-22 visit Announcement comes amid busy week of U.S.-Cuba engagement BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com A thicket of issues still separates Cuba and the United States and […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Castro says U.S. can do more to normalize relations

Cuba’s Castro says U.S. can do more to normalize relations By Jaime Hamre HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is willing to keep improving relations with the United States even though Washington has failed to meet its key demands for normalization, Cuban President Raul Castro said on Friday, a day after the anniversary of detente. Castro, 84, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s police state remains intact

Cuba’s police state remains intact No political reform almost a year after ‘normalization.’ Dozens arrested before International Human Rights Day Cuba has done little to warrant lifting U.S. embargo One year after the half-century diplomatic estrangement between Cuba and the United States came to a well-deserved end, the unremitting harshness of the dynastic police state […] Continue reading

In Cuba, it turns out, security forces really are everywhere

In Cuba, it turns out, security forces really are everywhere By Nick Miroff December 1 at 2:30 PM HAVANA — The protests that erupted Friday in Havana at airline offices and outside Ecuador’s Embassy were a rare occurrence in this tightly controlled society, where street demonstrations and anti-government activism are essentially forbidden. As such, the […] Continue reading

Miami archbishop says pope’s visit will help bring Cubans together

Miami archbishop says pope’s visit will help bring Cubans together BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who will be leading his third pilgrimage to Cuba for a papal visit this month, says it’s no accident that Pope Francis chose to go to Cuba before a three-city visit to the United States. With the […] Continue reading

Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba will focus on families, the young and strengthening the church

Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba will focus on families, the young and strengthening the church BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com HAVANA In the shadow of a giant image of Argentine Che Guevara, workmen are in the final stages of building the altar where Argentina-born Pope Francis will celebrate mass in the Plaza de la Revolución during […] Continue reading

After ceremonial flag raising, real talk of diplomacy begins in Cuba

After ceremonial flag raising, real talk of diplomacy begins in Cuba BY BRADLEY KLAPPER AND MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS August 15, 2015 at 12:56 PM EDT HAVANA — A jubilant flag-raising at the reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana is giving way to serious talk about the road ahead in improving relations between the United States […] Continue reading

Cuba-USA Embassies and Average Cubans

Cuba-USA: Embassies and Average Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 July 2015 — Norge imagines himself sipping Cuban coffee at the Versailles restaurant in Miami on July 20 as officials of the Castro regime in white guayaberas and Americans in jackets and ties listen to their national anthems being […] Continue reading

Keeping score – Which side got more from new U.S.-Cuba policy?

Keeping score: Which side got more from new U.S.-Cuba policy? BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com As the United States and Cuba prepare to resume diplomatic relations Monday for the first time in 54 years, the debate over who got the better deal in the historic rapprochement continues to swirl, especially in South Florida, where Cuba-watching sometimes […] Continue reading

Obama would ‘relish’ opportunity to visit Cuba, spokesman says

Obama would ‘relish’ opportunity to visit Cuba, spokesman says BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com U.S. and Cuban negotiators talked for several hours on Thursday before deciding to continue the talks Friday, perhaps an indication that the two sides are nearing the finish line on renewing diplomatic relations and opening embassies. In its Twitter feed, Cuba’s Foreign […] Continue reading

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties BY JOSH LEDERMAN 04/10/2015 9:25 AM 04/10/2015 9:25 AM PANAMA CITY (AP) – The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the […] Continue reading

The Cuban Money Crisis

The Cuban Money Crisis The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations April 1, 2015 by Patrick Symmes The currency crisis starts about 75 feet into Cuba. I land in the late afternoon and, after clearing customs, step into the busy arrivals hall of Havana’s airport looking for help. I […] Continue reading

Here’s a Glimpse into the Future of U.S. Private Investment in Cuba

Here’s a Glimpse into the Future of U.S. Private Investment in Cuba Mar 13, 2015 As the relationship between the United States and Cuba evolves, so does the potential for U.S. investment in the island nation. Dan Loney, host of the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111 recently spoke on the […] Continue reading

American Tourists Won’t Bring Democracy to Cuba

American Tourists Won’t Bring Democracy to Cuba [02-02-2015 14:24:56] Jaime Suchlicki Director del Instituto de Estudios Cubanos y Cubano-Americanos de la Universidad de Miami (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Over the past decades hundred of thousands of Canadian, European and Latin American tourists have visited the island. Cuba is not more democratic today. If anything, Cuba is more totalitarian, […] Continue reading

Cheap oil – when bad things happen to bad people

Cheap oil: when bad things happen to bad people Date: December 28, 2014 – 3:20PM Paul Sheehan Sydney Morning Herald columnist Oil is, disproportionately, the fuel of evil. It may be the fuel of freedom of movement but it is also the greatest root source of more pollution and dirty politics than anything else. The […] Continue reading

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them Published December 21, 2014 Fox News Latino WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there […] Continue reading

After a half century, a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ties

After a half century, a thaw in U.S.-Cuba ties BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/17/2014 9:10 PM 12/17/2014 10:14 PM Changing a relationship frozen in time for more than 50 years, President Barack Obama ushered in a new era of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations Wednesday that could bring more trade, support for Cuba’s nascent entrepreneurs and more […] Continue reading

Kerry harps on Cuban democracy, climate change in OAS speech

Posted on Monday, 11.18.13 Kerry harps on Cuban democracy, climate change in OAS speech BY JIM WYSS JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM When it comes to promoting democracy in Cuba, Washington is committed to excursion diplomacy — packing airline flights to the island with U.S. travelers. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said the 2010 program that […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Other Embargo

Cuba: The Other Embargo / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 17, 2013 Although you can fly coach from Miami to Havana in less than forty-five minutes, the customs duties and price of an airline ticket are enough to give you a heart attack. For Cuban residents living in Florida, it is probably cheaper to travel […] Continue reading

How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors

Posted on Saturday, 03.16.13 Sex Tourism in Cuba: Second of three parts How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors HAVANA — These stories are the result of a joint investigation by Toronto Star reporters Robert Cribb, Jennifer Quinn and Julian Sher, and El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan O. Tamayo. The [...] Continue reading

Cuba: The Time to Fill the Jails Came Again

Cuba: The Time to Fill the Jails Came Again / Ivan Garcia #Cuba Ivan Garcia, Translator: mlk Trying to analyze the strategy of the Castro brothers is an exercise in pure abstraction. Their way of moving tokens on the political board tends to go against logic. The incarceration of 75 dissidents ordered by Fidel Castro [...] Continue reading

You Can Check Out Anytime You Like

You Can Check Out Anytime You Like… Why the Cuban government's new law relaxing travel restrictions isn't what it's reported to be. BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ | NOVEMBER 13, 2012 HAVANA — "Will the last to leave turn off El Morro," goes a popular Cuban joke. The witticism, which refers to the famous lighthouse in Havana [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s One-Party State is the Main Obstacle

Cuba's One-Party State is the Main Obstacle November 10, 2012 By Samuel Farber* HAVANA TIMES — Even though the monopoly of power by the Cuban Communist Party may be compatible with a certain degree of liberalization – that is, a relaxation of the control that the State exerts over certain aspects of economic and social [...] Continue reading

Cuba Scraps Exit Visa Requirement, Eliminating Major Impediment For Travel Overseas

Cuba Scraps Exit Visa Requirement, Eliminating Major Impediment For Travel Overseas By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and PETER ORSI 10/16/12 01:15 PM ET EDT AP HAVANA — The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for [...] Continue reading

A liberal view of tyranny at distance

A liberal view of tyranny at distance By Michael Moynihan 11:30 AM Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 In 1933, as Joseph Stalin was busy purging his enemies and building a murderous cult of personality, the New York-based left-wing magazine The Nation advised readers interested in travelling to Moscow that Intourist, the Soviet Union's official travel agency, [...] Continue reading

US Think Tank View of Raul’s Cuba Today

US Think Tank View of Raul's Cuba Today August 3, 2012 The following is a review of Philip Peters' A Viewer's Guide to Cuba's Economic Reform. by Samuel Farber HAVANA TIMES — This is a comprehensive account of the economic changes that have taken place in Cuba since Raul Castro assumed power that was prepared [...] Continue reading

Airline Brokers seeks to fly to 3rd Cuban city

Posted on Friday, 07.20.12 Airline Brokers seeks to fly to 3rd Cuban city By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Airline Brokers, a Miami company that charters flights to Cuba, said Thursday it has asked for U.S. Department of Transportation approval to put on the first flights from South Florida to the central city of Santa Clara. [...] Continue reading

The Machinery of Information / Eliécer Avila

The Machinery of Information / Eliécer AvilaEliécer Ávila, Translator: Unstated "We will defend the truth with our morals and our principals" No one denies that the great information media, especially those with a global reach, often reflect the influences of the economic-political circles of power that lead, plan and cause the principal international events. But [...] Continue reading

Congress may tighten travel, remittances to Cuba

Posted on Wednesday, 12.14.11CUBA Congress may tighten travel, remittances to CubaBy Juan O. Tamayojtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com An effort to harshly tighten restrictions on Cuban Americans' travel and remittances to Cuba has come down to last-ditch negotiations in Congress over a huge government spending bill. It remains unclear exactly how the restrictions would be tightened if a rider [...] Continue reading

Report: 10 accused of corruption

Posted on Wednesday, 11.17.10
Report: 10 accused of corruption
Cuban dissidents reported a corruption scandal in the nickel industry.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO
jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

A corruption scandal in a Cuban nickel processing plant — one of the
island's key sources of income — has led to the detentions of at least
10 of its executives, according to two dissidents in… Continue reading

Intransigent Cuba

Intransigent Cuba
Protest songs
Grumbling is not the same as dissent

Apr 15th 2010 | HAVANA | From The Economist print edition
Brave but few

WHEN one of Cuba's leading musicians, Silvio Rodríguez, took to the
stage at a hastily organised "Concert for the Motherland" in Havana on
April 10th the audience of a few thousand expected him to sing.… Continue reading

Honeymoon cancelled

Cuba and the United States
Honeymoon cancelled
A familiar mistrust descends
Mar 4th 2010 | HAVANA

THE Cubans who hawk second-hand books from makeshift stalls in Havana's
Plaza de Armas were thrilled when Barack Obama was elected. Could
millions of American tourists be far behind, they wondered. Word went
out that the vendors were in the market for pre-revolutionary American… Continue reading

Bitter words cut short US-Cuba progress

Bitter words cut short US-Cuba progress
By Marc Frank in Havana
Published: January 13 2010 00:46

A year after Barack Obama became US president, pledging "a new
beginning" in relations with Cuba and winning praise from Fidel Castro,
vitriolic rhetoric is once more flying between the two governments.

Governments, investors and residents – both on the island and off –… Continue reading

Cuban dissident faces scrutiny at home, in Miami

Cuban dissident faces scrutiny at home, in Miami
Posted on Thu, May. 22, 2008
By FRANCES ROBLES
frobles@MiamiHerald.com

When Martha Beatriz Roque uses an Internet cafe in Cuba, not only does
the government read all the dissident's electronic missives, but they
dust the keyboard for fingerprints.

They tap her phone and film her walking, protesting, shopping and even
typing. Then… Continue reading

Cuban Woman 15 Days Living in San José Airport Terminal

Cuban Woman 15 Days Living in San José Airport Terminal

Tom Hanks portrayed an eastern immigrant who finds himself stranded in
JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there in the 2004
movie "the Terminal". However, for Yuderci Abralantes García, living in
the Juan Santamaría (San José) international airport is no movie role,
but real life.

The Cuban dissident… Continue reading

Russian women stranded in Cuba since USSR fall

Russian women stranded in Cuba since USSR fall
By Anthony Boadle Wed Sep 5, 8:50 AM ET

HAVANA (Reuters) – They came from Russia with love to a tropical
socialist utopia when the going was good.

They were young women romantically drawn to Fidel Castro's revolution, a
breath of fresh air on a distant Caribbean island for those who were… Continue reading