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Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 1 April 2017 — Rumors of a general rise in prices have sharpened shortages at gas stations this Saturday, with long lines of vehicles waiting their turn at service stations across the country. The fuel sold at preferential prices for thousands of state employees has […] Continue reading

Port of Seattle hopes to help out Cuban ports

Port of Seattle hopes to help out Cuban ports Glenn Farley, KING 7:30 PM. PDT March 30, 2017 As Cuba develops its ports, the Port of Seattle hopes to be a role model. In January, Port of Seattle commissioners and its then chief executive met with Cuban transportation officials in Havana. The occasion was the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in public for a year Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year, Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election has cast a shadow over the nascent […] Continue reading

Hopes too high, too soon?

Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon? PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT. It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90 years. As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to […] Continue reading

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again American Airlines has already reduced its capacity in Cuba and JetBlue Airways is set to do so in early May. This week, Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines said they will exit the Cuban market entirely. Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Mar 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM Just six months ago, a slew […] Continue reading

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March 2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal market, until he discovered […] Continue reading

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2017 — On one of the side walls, inside a small newspaper stand on Avenida 26, in Nuevo Vedado (Havana), an unusual sign announces: “This stand became private property.” The event is unique. The elderly self-employed […] Continue reading

Mississippi ports eye Cuba, sign agreements in Havana

Mississippi ports eye Cuba, sign agreements in Havana The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state looking on, despite concerns President Donald Trump might backtrack on improved relations. Senator Thad Cochran is the only Republican […] 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

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

Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil

Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC Last week, the newly inaugurated Trump administration warned it was in the middle of a “full review” of U.S. policy toward Cuba—prompting new questions about how committed President Donald Trump will be to the political and cultural thaw […] Continue reading

Cuban delegation arrives amid threats by Gov. Scott to cut funding to ports that sign pacts

Cuban delegation arrives amid threats by Gov. Scott to cut funding to ports that sign pacts BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, AMY SHERMAN AND PATRICIA MAZZEI mwhitefield@miamiherald.com A high-level Cuban business delegation toured Port Everglades and met with port officials Thursday, although the planned highlight — the signing of a cooperation pact — was canceled after Gov. […] Continue reading

Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades

Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades BY MIMI WHITEFIELD The first Cuban exports since the embargo went into effect over a half century ago arrived at Port Everglades Tuesday as port officials prepared to receive a business delegation from Cuba later in the week. […] Continue reading

Port Everglades to explore cruise, export opportunities with Cuba

Port Everglades to explore cruise, export opportunities with Cuba Marcia Heroux Pounds More cruises and exports to Cuba? Port Everglades to explore opportunities with Cuban officials Port Everglades plans to sign an agreement with Cuba designed to generate job opportunities locally and revenue for both the port and its Caribbean counterpart, according to a letter […] Continue reading

Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home thanDonald Trump

Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump Christopher Woody Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a “better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry that the president-elect will halt or […] Continue reading

Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9%

Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9% / 14ymedio 14ymedio, (With information from EFE), Havana, 27 December 2016 – The Cuban economy closed the year with a 0.9% contraction in GDP, well below the 1% growth forecast, according to an announcement from Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Minister of the Economy and Planning, during the final 2016 […] Continue reading

Rice Might Be In Short Supply This Festive Season

Rice Might Be In Short Supply This Festive Season / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 22 December 2016 — Sad, paradoxical and irresponsible — but real. Rice, the common denominator, and basic ingredient, of Cuban cuisine, could be almost absent from the island’s tables at the end of the year. The official press has […] Continue reading

Why American Airlines is trimming the number of flights to Cuba

Why American Airlines is trimming the number of flights to Cuba With supply outpacing demand, American Airlines is cutting flights to several cities, while leaving four daily routes to Havana in place. Political uncertainty and limited infrastructure may be deterring some Americans from visiting the island. By Ellen Powell, Staff DECEMBER 3, 2016 Though lower-than-expected […] Continue reading

Mariel, el naciente polo de inversión extranjera en Cuba

Mariel, el naciente polo de inversión extranjera en Cuba AFP LA HABANA A dos años de su inauguración, el megapuerto de Mariel es el símbolo de la naciente inversión extranjera en Cuba, el país socialista que durante décadas receló de los capitales foráneos. Llamado a convertirse en el mayor enclave industrial del Caribe, Mariel es […] Continue reading

American Airlines soars into the Cuban market but most flights are half empty

American Airlines soars into the Cuban market but most flights are half empty BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com American Airlines has been flying to five Cuban cities for just over a month but so far its regularly scheduled flights to the island are often less than half full. With 56 weekly flights to Cuba already and […] 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

Almendrón Driver – A Daily Thriller in Havana

Almendrón Driver: A Daily Thriller in Havana PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 30 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The fact that Julio César, a 40-year-old freelance driver, glances into the rear view mirror of his car to ask his image “Are you talking to me?” does not mean that he’s […] Continue reading

Russia offers Cuba 55 cooperation projects worth $4 bln

Russia offers Cuba 55 cooperation projects worth $4 bln 27 September 2016 TASS The projects are to be implemented in 2016-2020. Russia has offered Cuba 55 bilateral cooperation projects with a total value of about $4 billion, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economics Nikolai Podguzov told TASS on Monday. “Cuba was offered 55 projects to be […] 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

Mariel port head outlines Cuba’s long-term shipping prospects

Mariel port head outlines Cuba’s long-term shipping prospects Greg Miller, Special Correspondent | Sep 05, 2016 7:00AM EDT Within maritime circles, there is tremendous interest in the promise of Cuban trade and how shipping can navigate the political minefield of the US embargo and the 180-day rule, which bars a vessel that calls in Cuba […] 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

Cuba – Last Chance to Leave for US

Cuba: Last Chance to Leave for US Washington-Havana détente means many are worried time is running out to seek a new life. By Fernando Donate Roberto Castillo’s finger glides over the map showing one of the possible routes he can take through Central America when he leaves Cuba. His final destination will be the United […] Continue reading