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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

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

President Obama Continues To Loosen Cuba Sanctions

President Obama Continues To Loosen Cuba Sanctions Last Updated: November 21 2016 Article by Andrea Fraser-Reid Torres Law, PLLC In December 2014, President Obama announced a shift in U.S. policy to Cuba and initiated a process leading towards normalizing relations. In the latest step in that process, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (“OFAC”) announced […] Continue reading

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba By FRANCES ROBLESNOV. 15, 2016 MIAMI — To Chad Olin, it seemed like the perfect opportunity: Decades of animosity between the United States and Cuba were peeling away, opening a final frontier in the Caribbean to dollar-wielding Americans. Mr. Olin, 30, a Harvard Business School graduate, gave […] 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

Voices – Trump Win Casts Shadow on U.S., Cuba Relations

Voices: Trump Win Casts Shadow on U.S., Cuba Relations by LUISITA LOPEZ TORREGROSA Jet Blue and American flights loaded with tourists, businessmen, academics and journalists fly in and out of Cuba every day, perhaps the most dramatic and visible sign of the thaw in Washington-Havana relations since the restoration of relations nearly two years ago. […] Continue reading

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement GlobeNewswire • November 10, 2016 VANCOUVER, British Colombia, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cuba Ventures Corp. (CUV.V) (MPSFF) (the “Company”) – Donald J. Trump, the newly elected Republican President of the United States of America confirmed victory over Democratic rival […] Continue reading

Trump win prompts fear, uncertainty in Cuba

Trump win prompts fear, uncertainty in Cuba Carlos BATISTA AFP November 10, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries’ rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana. The brash Republican billionaire’s shock victory cast uncertainty over two […] Continue reading

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations EDITORIALS NOV 8, 2016 Both Americans and Cubans would benefit from normalization of relations between our two countries, President Barack Obama vowed two years ago. Then, despite concerns expressed by many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Obama proceeded to lift many of the diplomatic, economic and social […] Continue reading

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 27 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:59 CEST. The arbitrary arrest of a group of Cuban journalists on October 12 while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in […] 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

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

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] 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

‘Candyman’ reggaeton star isn’t sweet on Cuban government

‘Candyman’ reggaeton star isn’t sweet on Cuban government BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The so-called “father” of Cuban reggaeton — known by his fans simply as “Candyman” — has nothing sweet to say about the Cuban government. The Santiago de Cuba artist, whose music was silenced in official government media outlets, is now an openly […] Continue reading

Freedom remains in short supply in Cuba

Freedom remains in short supply in Cuba By ROBIN BERES 12 hrs ago In January 1961, the American embassy in Cuba was abruptly closed as the U.S. State Department recalled all of its personnel and President Eisenhower formally severed relations with the island nation. Within a few weeks of that decision, the only Americans remaining […] Continue reading

What next for US-Cuba relations?

What next for US-Cuba relations? By Will Grant BBC News, Havana 15 August 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean A year has passed since one of the most symbolic moments in the long and tangled history between the United States and Cuba: the official reopening of the long-shuttered US embassy in Havana. On […] Continue reading

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION?

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION? No Americans should be dancing and dining their way through Cuba, enjoying the beaches, while those struggling for freedom lie in prison. BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS ON 7/31/16 AT 11:00 AM The motto of the American Bar Association (ABA) is “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.” It should perhaps be […] Continue reading

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 28 de Julio de 2016 – 21:21 CEST. On July 8, the then Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge reported in the National Assembly of the People’s Power on the state of the Cuban economy during the first half […] Continue reading

U.S. urges Cuba to do more to improve relationship

U.S. urges Cuba to do more to improve relationship Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 6:53 p.m. EDT July 20, 2016 MIAMI — On the anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. government prodded the island’s communist leaders Wednesday to take greater steps toward economic and political freedom. A senior State […] 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

Havana Impedes Progress of Obama’s Policy Toward Cuba

Havana Impedes Progress of Obama’s Policy Toward Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 18 July 2106 — Paradoxes of history: The United States and Cuba began a process of normalization of relations on 17 December 2014 and with the visit of President Barack Obama to Havana in March of 2016, aimed at […] Continue reading

A year on, US, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends

A year on, US, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends Hector Velasco July 19, 2016 Havana (AFP) – A year after restoring diplomatic ties, the United States and Cuba are far from fully normalizing their troubled relationship, which remains haunted by Cold War ghosts despite cautious ongoing talks. In a reconciliation that was […] Continue reading

Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building

Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 July 2016 — Some claim that “nothing ever happens in Cuba.” However, the signals we have been receiving of late indicate otherwise. The price increases at the produce markets since the last quarter of 2015, accompanied by periodic (and […] Continue reading

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military July 3rd, 2016by Miami Herald Mr. President, what’s wrong with this picture? Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opens the first U.S.-operated hotel in Cuba in more than five decades. But it’s not a joint enterprise between an American firm and a Cuban entrepreneur, the kind that is supposed […] Continue reading

A Cuban doctor who moves history

A Cuban doctor who moves history Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:00 am By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON — When awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2007, Dr. Oscar Biscet had a scheduling conflict, being in a Cuban prison. At the White House ceremony, Bush called him a “dangerous man … […] Continue reading

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors Starwood opens first U.S.-operated hotel in in Havana in more than five decades It’s not an opportunity for Cubans to earn a living independent of government Neither is sending Shaquille O’Neal as “Sports Envoy to Cuba” to join celebrity circus BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Mr. President, […] Continue reading

Obama in Cuba – Three Months Later

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later 06/27/2016 12:57 pm ET Miriam Leiva Havana-based independent journalist In Cuba, time goes by slowly. Raul Castro proudly declares he moves without rush. Cubans have been waiting 57 years, so in three month nothing usually happens apart from queues, boring meetings, soap operas, propaganda, spinning out the ridiculous salaries […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Cuba – Communism, Contradiction and Monumental Change

Cuba: Communism, Contradiction and Monumental Change Analysis JUNE 5, 2016 | 13:01 GMT By Lynn Wise Cuba is embarking on a new era, and the excitement is palpable in the thick Caribbean air. Last year, the United States — Cuba’s longtime political nemesis — restored full diplomatic relations with the island nation. Soon, Washington could […] Continue reading

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards

A Cuban dissident able to travel for the first time praises new U.S. ties and warns of hazards Tracy Wilkinson Fast-talking and often harassed, Cuban political dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer could hold himself up as Exhibit A in the improving relations between Washington and Havana. Ferrer, 45, has been allowed to travel abroad for the […] Continue reading

When Will the Government of Cuba Have Normal Relations With the Cuban People?

When Will the Government of Cuba Have Normal Relations With the Cuban People? / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin 14ymedio, Henry Constantin, New York, 31 May 2016 — This video is mute. Like Josefina Vidal, an official from Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (MINREX), and José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the United States, when I asked […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] Continue reading

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now 5/20/2016 by Leila Cobo The Rolling Stones may play there. Vin Diesel May film there. The Kardashians may strut there. But beyond the giddy excitement and quaintness of Cuba’s newfound celebrity appeal lie many artists and taste makers who, out of principle, will not perform on […] Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an […] Continue reading