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This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba By Kari Paul Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its borders to the U.S. in 2016 for […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion

Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Humanitarian shipments, frozen chicken parts, chocolate bars, empty beer kegs from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, medicine, even a traveling Bible exhibit. These items and more have flowed through the state’s ports […] Continue reading

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option / Ivan garcia Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2017 — There are few things that spontaneously bring Cubans on the island together. For example, if the provincial team is crowned champion in the national baseball series, where, in between the infamous beer and a noisy […] Continue reading

Gov. Scott puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba

Gov. Scott puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Following on the heels of last’s week threatened retaliation against Florida ports that sign agreements with Cuba, Gov. Rick Scott has tucked another anti-Cuba provision into his proposed state budget that is even more far-reaching. Port Everglades and the […] Continue reading

Gov. Rick Scott wants Florida ports to cease trade with Cuba

Gov. Rick Scott wants Florida ports to cease trade with Cuba Posted By Jim Turner, the News Service of Florida on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:23 am Gov. Rick Scott is using Twitter to threaten funding cuts for port operators that do business with Cuba, as legal cargo arrived Wednesday at Port Everglades from […] Continue reading

Gov. Scott doesn’t want Florida’s ports making deals with Cuba

Gov. Scott doesn’t want Florida’s ports making deals with Cuba JANUARY 25, 2017 3:43 PM BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@miamiherald.com Florida Gov. Rick Scott threatened Wednesday to strip state funds from two South Florida seaports ready to sign business deals with the Cuban government. Over three posts on Twitter, the governor said he would ask state […] Continue reading

How the Cuban Gov. Hides Its Dirt Poor Salaries

How the Cuban Gov. Hides Its Dirt Poor Salaries September 15, 2016 Marlene Azor Hernandez HAVANA TIMES —The National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) hasn’t published a series of necessary indicators for the government’s tax policy. Studies about poverty in Cuba are very scarce or limited to the capital and are over ten years […] Continue reading

Rubio unveils bill to halt Cuba flights

Rubio unveils bill to halt Cuba flights By Melanie Zanona – 09/07/16 03:42 PM EDT Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) dropped legislation on Wednesday that would halt commercial U.S. flights to Cuba until a thorough security review is conducted at all of the island nation’s 10 airports. The measure, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez […] Continue reading

Air travel to Cuba divides Congress

Air travel to Cuba divides Congress By Melanie Zanona – 09/03/16 02:30 PM EDT Commercial flights to Cuba resumed for the first time in 50 years this week, but don’t expect a flood of legislative changes to follow. Proponents of further loosening travel restrictions on Cuba had hoped that the resumption of air service with […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] 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

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

Life is a carnival

Life is a carnival JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 26 Abr 2016 – 11:48 am. The passionate controversy that recently erupted around the Carnival cruise line reminded me of the immortal Celia Cruz song “La vida es un carnaval.” A foolhardy decision by said company sparked criticism from the Cuban-American community, amongst both those […] Continue reading

Political pressure mounts against Carnival over Cuba trip

Political pressure mounts against Carnival over Cuba trip Cuba bars Cuban-born Americans from traveling to the island by sea Carnival said it believes Cuba will lift its decree before May 1 That’s when the cruise company plans to set sail BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND CHABELI HERRERA pmazzei@miamiherald.com Carnival Corp.’s scheduled sail to Cuba — even […] Continue reading

Cuba wrong to exclude Cuban-born travelers from cruising to the island – Kerry

Kerry: Cuba wrong to exclude Cuban-born travelers from cruising to the island The secretary of state was in Miami on Thursday for a series of meetings He called on Cuba to change a policy that bars arrivals by boat for those born in Cuba He capped the day with an address to students at Miami […] Continue reading

Right and Left, from a Cuban Perspective

Right and Left, from a Cuban Perspective JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 2 Mar 2016 – 9:43 am. From Havana I get an email seeking to address the challenges facing the country applying the binary axis of “Left” and “Right.” I imagine that two factors lead to this interest. One is an incipient ebb […] Continue reading

Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves

Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves WASHINGTON | BY PATRICIA ZENGERLE AND MATT SPETALNICK President Barack Obama will be accompanied on his historic visit to Cuba this month by up to 20 members of Congress, and is also considering further measures to ease travel and trade restrictions around the […] 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

US Relaxes More Aspects of its Embargo on Cuba

US Relaxes More Aspects of its Embargo on Cuba January 26, 2016 HAVANA TIMES — The US government today announced a further easing of some aspects of its embargo on Cuba, which could facilitate travel, trade and finance. The new measures take effect on Wednesday, announced the US Departments of Treasury and Commerce in a […] Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

US-Cuba aviation deal allows 110 scheduled flights per day

US-Cuba aviation deal allows 110 scheduled flights per day Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2015 5:15 am | Updated: 5:15 am, Sat Dec 26, 2015. Associated Press HAVANA — The United States and Cuba have struck a deal to allow as many as 110 regular airline flights a day, allowing a surge of American travel to […] Continue reading

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw By Alexandre Grosbois Havana (AFP) – Thursday marks one year since the United States and Cuba surprised the world by announcing they would end decades of Cold War hostility, but the budding rapprochement is still overshadowed by the US embargo. After months of secret negotiations, Presidents Barack […] Continue reading

Cubans Propose Paying for Air Transport Out of Costa Rica

Cubans Propose Paying for Air Transport Out of Costa Rica / 14ymedio Posted on November 28, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 27 November 2015 — A group of Cuban migrants stranded in the Costa Rican city of La Cruz on the border with Nicaragua, have sent a letter to the country’s government in San Jose, and to […] Continue reading

The Cuba conundrum – where to now for Cuba-US relations?

The Cuba conundrum: where to now for Cuba-US relations? Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of relations with the US will make life on the Caribbean island worse, rather than better Rozana loves Rihanna. “I like her songs, the way she dresses, […] Continue reading

We Cubans Need to Solve Our Own Problems

We Cubans Need to Solve Our Own Problems / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 27, 2015 Fifty-four years, seven months and eleven days after that January 3, 1961— the day on which American diplomatic personnel closed their embassy — seventy-three year old Denis Sentizo, a heavy-set African-Cuban with an easy smile, did not want to […] Continue reading

How the Obama White House runs foreign policy

How the Obama White House runs foreign policy By Karen DeYoung August 4 at 8:33 PM When Susan E. Rice took over as President Obama’s national security adviser two years ago, she was struck by how the White House had grown. Since she had last served on the National Security Council, during the Clinton administration, […] Continue reading