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Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead guilty in federal court Thursday to […] Continue reading

China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms

China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms February 14, 2017 8:30 PM Reuters HAVANA — From buses and trucks to a $500 million golf resort, China is deepening its business footprint in Cuba, helping the fellow Communist-run state survive a crisis in oil-benefactor Venezuela and insulate against a possible rollback of U.S. detente. […] 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 Restaurant Cooperative’s Uphill Battle

A Restaurant Cooperative’s Uphill Battle / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 15 September 2016 — At night the corner is illuminated and the new awnings surprise passersby. The Casa Potín restaurant, for decades, embodied the decline of state services, but now it is experiencing a rebirth in the hands of the cooperative. So […] Continue reading

France to fund development projects in Cuba

France to fund development projects in Cuba Indo Asian News Service 30 July 2016 Havana, July 30 (IANS) France will finance various priority development areas in Cuba through long-term preferential loans, sources said. Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca and French Ambassador Jean-Marie Bruno signed an agreement on Friday for the opening of […] Continue reading

Cuba – the Looming Crisis

Cuba: the Looming Crisis July 21, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – Since Raul Castro announced at a session of the National Assembly that there will be economic problems, speculation hasn’t stopped about a new crisis like the one experienced in the 90s. However, the situation today is very different from that Cuba. 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

Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms

Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms ARTEMISA, CUBA | BY MARC FRANK In Cuban farm country – between sugar cane, vegetable patches and overgrown fallow land a world away from Havana’s tourist-filled streets – producers are seething at what they say is the government’s backsliding on promised market reforms to make their lives […] Continue reading

Cuba’s State Monopoly on Hiring Slows Spanish Investment

Cuba’s State Monopoly on Hiring Slows Spanish Investment / 14ymedio Posted on March 30, 2016 14ymedio, Madrid, 30 March 2016 – The expectations that the upcoming Communist Party Congress will put forward a reform in the Foreign Investment Law that permits greater guarantees is growing among Spanish businesspeople. 14ymedio has confirmed this with Spanish diplomatic […] Continue reading

France Calls on US to Lift Economic Embargo on Cuba

France Calls on US to Lift Economic Embargo on Cuba By SYLVIE CORBET, ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS — Feb 1, 2016, 3:50 PM ET France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island’s president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris. […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro on grand bridge-building France trip

Cuba’s Raul Castro on grand bridge-building France trip By Martine Nouaille, and Alexandre Grosbois in Havana Paris (AFP) – Cuba’s Communist President Raul Castro will be welcomed under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a rare state visit Monday to showcase his island’s warming ties with big world powers. Cuba’s leader Raul Castro thanks […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Private Sector – The Dangerous Road Ahead

Cuba’s Private Sector: The Dangerous Road Ahead January 27, 2016 Osmel Ramírez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Until the end of the 1980s, the words “business person” were akin to an obscenity in Cuba. Working for the State was the norm and even farmers who hadn’t handed over their lands to a cooperative were suspect. The […] Continue reading

Five Points – Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech

Five Points: Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech Posted on January 22, 2016 Dimas Castellanos, 16 January 2016 — A commentary on five economic issues raised by the Cuban president on December 29, 2015 during the closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power. 1. The president stated that, though the effects of the […] Continue reading

Miami port parcel is ideal for proposed Cuba ferry

Miami port parcel is ideal for proposed Cuba ferry By Tom Stieghorst / January 18, 2016 At this point, it is anybody’s guess who will be sailing to Cuba from Miami this year. The Cuban government has issued no approvals for cruise lines, and several of the companies that have been selling cruises to Cuba […] Continue reading

Miami-Dade pursuing ferry service to Cuba from PortMiami

Miami-Dade pursuing ferry service to Cuba from PortMiami The new terminal would serve passenger and cargo runs to Cuba With ferry service a new option, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is dropping a controversial port development plan This is the same site David Beckham wanted for a soccer stadium BY DAVID SMILEY AND DOUGLAS HANKS dsmiley@miamiherald.com The […] Continue reading

Cuban TV Highlights National Assembly Attacks on the Self-employed

Cuban TV Highlights National Assembly Attacks on the Self-employed / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on January 1, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 1 January 2015 – December 29 was the National Assembly of People’s Power last day of work in its final session of 2015. Cuban State television highlighted two moments: the speech of a […] Continue reading

Critical Times for Cuba

Critical Times for Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on December 22, 2015 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 21 December 2015 – The year 2015 is drawing to a close and Cuba is living in critical times. There are five main factors that contribute to the Cuban situation: the breach of the fundamental agreements of the […] Continue reading

First Czech business delegation leaves for Cuba

First Czech business delegation leaves for Cuba ČTK | 12 OCTOBER 2015 Prague/Havana, Oct 10 (CTK) – The first group of representatives from Czech firms in modern history is leaving today for Cuba where it will join an official delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa. The business delegation represents firms that want to […] Continue reading

New port zone harbours big ambitions

New port zone harbours big ambitions A would-be capitalist enclave in a socialist state, Mariel is emblematic of change in Cuba, writes Marc Frank Waves of foreign businessmen have washed up on Cuba’s shores since the thawing of US-Cuba diplomatic rela¬tions. They are following such promi¬nent figures as the president of France, foreign ministers of […] Continue reading

Russia Eying $200 Million Investment in Cuban Airport With UAE

Russia Eying $200 Million Investment in Cuban Airport With UAE The Moscow Times Feb. 25 2015 15:59 Last edited 15:59 Russia may build a large international airport in Cuba with investors from the United Arab Emirates, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in an interview with a newspaper in Abu Dhabi. Manturov told […] Continue reading

Investing in Cuba can be a risky business

Investing in Cuba can be a risky business BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/29/2015 10:45 AM 01/29/2015 10:45 AM The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce holds its annual South Florida Economic Summit today. This is what businessmen should know about doing business with Cuba: From a business perspective, commercially engaging with Havana is different than doing […] Continue reading

Turbulent voyage – the Cuban baseball pipeline

Turbulent voyage: the Cuban baseball pipeline BY LINDA ROBERTSON LROBERTSON@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/27/2014 7:57 PM 12/27/2014 10:10 PM The clandestine journey from decaying ballparks to major league stadiums can be treacherous, degrading and expensive for Cuban baseball players who risk their lives on sea crossings only to be auctioned off by smugglers demanding an exorbitant cut of […] Continue reading

China Grants Credit to Cuba to Build Port Terminal in Santiago

China Grants Credit to Cuba to Build Port Terminal in Santiago July 23, 2014 HAVANA TIMES — China granted Cuba several new loans on Tuesday, including one for the construction of a port terminal in Santiago de Cuba, according to the agreements signed during the visit to the island by Chinese President Xi Jinping, reported […] Continue reading

Putin to visit Cuba, Argentina, Brazil – Kremlin

Putin to visit Cuba, Argentina, Brazil: Kremlin Friday, 04 July 2014 22:29 Posted by Muhammad Iqbal MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin will next week begin a major Latin America tour that will take him to Cuba, Argentina and Brazil as he seeks to counter Russia’s growing international isolation over the Ukraine crisis. Putin will begin his […] Continue reading

Cuba’s currency unification

Analysis: Cuba’s currency unification By Domingo Amuchastegui Cuba’s reforms and changes, aiming at a complete redesign of its rigid, state-controlled socialist experience, has come to a point of no return. There’s no turning back, and the Achilles Heel of this present stage is the effort to put an end to the two-tier currency system, with […] Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms replace muddy field with wholesale market

Cuban economic reforms replace muddy field with wholesale market HAVANA, Cuba — Two years ago, an ad-hoc wholesale produce market appeared on the outskirts of Havana. Vehicles of every size and shape from old American flatbeds to heavy-wheeled Russian hulks would converge at nightfall on an often muddy field where they jockeyed for position. Driver […]

Cuba about to order 10 more jets

Cuba about to order 10 more jets CUBA STANDARD — Possibly using its leverage with close allies in Latin America, Cuba may expand a previous order of three An-158 jets with Antonov Design Bureau and is now negotiating delivery of 10, Russia’s Komersant daily reported. Quoting Antonov’s Deputy General Designer, Alexander Keeva, the newspaper said […]