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Raúl Castro and hardline deputy remain at helm of Cuba’s Communist Party

Raúl Castro and hardline deputy remain at helm of Cuba’s Communist Party Raúl Castro reelected to five-year term as first secretary of the party’s Political Bureau He has said he will step down as president of the Council of State in 2018 Revolutionary stalwart José Ramón Machado Ventura elected as second secretary BY MIMI WHITEFIELD […] 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

The Mariel Overruns

The Mariel Overruns PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 12 Abr 2016 – 10:12 pm. From the town of Mariel, in the distance one can make out the giant cranes at the container terminal, like specters beckoning us over to hear their confessions, while Marcello, the character from the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet, bursts […] Continue reading

Cuban Americans banned from first cruise to Cuba in decades

Cuban Americans banned from first cruise to Cuba in decades 11 APRIL 2016 • 4:47PM A Cuban-American national has been refused permission to travel on the first American-owned cruise ship to visit the island in decades. Cuban-born Maria de los Angela Torres, an academic at the University of Illinois, tried to book a cabin on […] Continue reading

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’ JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 Abr 2016 – 9:44 am. The article by Fidel Castro published Monday by state media, entitled “Brother Obama,” has sparked strong criticism in the streets of Havana. The text, in which “the historic leader of […] Continue reading

Is Cuba ready for the business boom? – 03-2016

Is Cuba ready for the business boom? As Barack Obama becomes the first US president to visit in almost 90 years, Cuba’s “practically virgin” foreign business scene is drawing increasing interest. But is Havana ready? By Harriet Alexander, Havana10:35PM GMT 19 Mar 2016 Nico had a problem. The small, turquoise bungalow he runs as a […] Continue reading

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers Jeanette Leehr, Round Earth Media 4:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016 Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that opening a Department of Agriculture office in Cuba is a proposal that has not been approved. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When third-generation farmer […] Continue reading

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast / Iván García Posted on March 13, 2016 Iván García, 10 March 2016 — It does not take a Secret Service expert to determine, by the rush of the building work, the sites which Barack Obama is predicted to pass by or stop at during his two days […] Continue reading

Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit?

Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 4 Mar 2016 – 12:56 pm. Imagine thousands of Cubans —members of the CDR, the Territorial Militia Troops and even the Communist Party— spontaneously clapping and cheering the US President while he strolls, smiling, through the streets of Havana, accompanied by Raúl […] 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

Cuban Tourism – Are There Enough Beds?

Cuban Tourism: Are There Enough Beds? / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 12, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 10 January 2016 — One month before their trip, José María, his wife and two sons from Valencia Spain made reservations through the internet for two rooms at the Hotel Riviera, which faces Havana’s seaside drive, the Malecón. “There […] Continue reading

Analistas instan a incrementar relaciones comerciales Cuba-EEUU por vías ejecutivas

Analistas instan a incrementar relaciones comerciales Cuba-EEUU por vías ejecutivas AGENCIAS | Washington | 11 Ene 2016 – 11:57 am. Una reciente misión comercial a Cuba del gobernador de Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, subraya la necesidad de profundizar este año la relación para impedir una eventual reversión, dijo el centro de investigaciones Atlantic Council, de acuerdo […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Economy – From Total State Control to Unregulated Markets?

Cuba’s Economy: From Total State Control to Unregulated Markets? January 7, 20161 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — A year and a half ago, we conducted a journalistic investigation on the prices of food products sold at produce and livestock markets. Among other things, we revealed that a sack of peppers put in Havana cost […] Continue reading

McAuliffe announces port agreement with Cuba

McAuliffe announces port agreement with Cuba Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 6:30 pm By GRAHAM MOOMAW Richmond Times-Dispatch The Virginia Port Authority has struck a deal with its Cuban counterpart to explore commercial opportunities with the island nation, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. McAuliffe, in the middle of a three-day trade mission to Cuba, said […] 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

The Cuban Exodus – Causes and Effects

The Cuban Exodus: Causes and Effects DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 30 Nov 2015 – 11:51 pm. The inexorable exodus of Cubans has become a crisis once again. While thousands of countrymen are stuck at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border, the Government of Cuba chooses to deny the main cause. In recent months thousands of […] Continue reading

Old Havana reflects a new era in Cuba

Old Havana reflects a new era in Cuba By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: November 21, 2015 | Updated: November 21, 2015 at 09:02 AM HAVANA — Imagine block after block of buildings as grand and historic as the Cuban Club in Ybor City, except the verandas, balustrades and high-arched windows are crumbling and […] Continue reading

Carlson examines Cuba

Carlson examines Cuba Starting next semester, the school will offer a course that focuses on business in Cuba. A Sun Country Airlines plane takes off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday. Sun Country is one of many businesses positively affected by the lifting of the United States embargo against Cuba, whose planes are […] Continue reading

American Comandante – nueva visión del guerrillero de EEUU de la Revolución Cubana

American Comandante: nueva visión del guerrillero de EEUU de la Revolución Cubana El documental se trasmite el martes 17 de noviembre, 9 p.m., en WPBT2 Canal 2 Incluye aventuras, mafiosos, espías, contado a través de testigos Se recuperaron películas familiares de Morgan OLGA CONNOR Especial/el Nuevo Herald Una de las tantas historias al parecer inverosímiles, […] Continue reading

Officials Arrested For Stealing Chemical Used To Fight Dengue Fever

Officials Arrested For Stealing Chemical Used To Fight Dengue Fever / 14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa Posted on October 14, 2015 14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa, Holguin, 14 October 2015 — Several directors and heads of health districts in Holguin have been arrested for their links with the illegal sale of permethrin, a chemical used to fumigate […] 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

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

EEUU prevé vuelos comerciales, visitas individuales a Cuba – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal: EEUU prevé vuelos comerciales, visitas individuales a Cuba El diario indica que es posible que las aerolíneas inicien vuelos regulares en diciembre, y los viajeros sean autorizados a viajar individualmente, con lo que se abaratarán los viajes a la isla. Martinoticias.com agosto 18, 2015 El diario The Wall Street Journal, que cita […] Continue reading

Obama Administration Pushes for Deal to Start Flights to Cuba by Year’s End

Obama Administration Pushes for Deal to Start Flights to Cuba by Year’s End White House aims to loosen travel restrictions for individual U.S. travelers despite congressional ban By FELICIA SCHWARTZ, JACK NICAS and CAROL E. LEE Aug. 17, 2015 9:13 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is working to reach a deal with Cuba by year’s […] Continue reading

Cuba’s tourism boom has many in remote areas worrying

Cuba’s tourism boom has many in remote areas worrying ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug 11, 2015, Last Updated: 3:24 PM ET SANTIAGO, Cuba — This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish. Residents stroll along a recently completed harbour promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal […] Continue reading

Cuba’s tourism boom leaves some worrying they’ll be left out

Cuba’s tourism boom leaves some worrying they’ll be left out Posted 12:11 a.m. today By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press SANTIAGO, CUBA — This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish. Residents stroll along a recently completed harbor promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal benches. Missing are […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Mariel port project, economic zone attracting 1st companies due to operate in 2016

Cuba’s Mariel port project, economic zone attracting 1st companies due to operate in 2016 Associated Press July 14, 2015 | 4:30 p.m. EDT + More By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MARIEL, Cuba (AP) — At Cuba’s new mega-port project west of Havana, shipping containers are stacked five-deep the length of its 2,300-foot (700-meter) dock alongside […] Continue reading