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Cuba’s ‘offline internet’ – no access, no power, no problem

Cuba’s ‘offline internet': no access, no power, no problem
Cubans have found a unique albeit semi-legal way around their country’s
practically nonexistent internet access – external hard drives passed
from person to person
Jonathan Watts in Havana
theguardian.com, Tuesday 23 December 2014 12.00 GMT

As she makes her way past the art deco houses of Havana’s Miramar
neighbourhood, there is… Continue reading

Cuba Isn’t Libre Yet

Cuba Isn’t Libre Yet
By Peter Coy December 23, 2014

If the embargo of Cuba had been aimed at keeping the Castro brothers in
power, it might be judged today as the most successful foreign policy in
the history of the U.S. Almost 53 years after President John F. Kennedy
declared the embargo on all trade “in light of the… Continue reading

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality
By Katrina vanden Heuvel December 23

President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba is a
decision to recognize reality. For 50 years, the United States has
pursued a policy that has failed. The embargo hurt the Cuban people it
claimed to help and bolstered the regime that it intended to… Continue reading

Cuba Seizures Now Present Opportunities

Cuba Seizures Now Present Opportunities
By FRANCES ROBLESDEC. 21, 2014

MIAMI — It was a routine Saturday morning, almost two years after Fidel
Castro took power in Cuba, when Lois and Roy Schechter went to check on
their tobacco farm 100 miles west of their home in Havana.

The American couple encountered soldiers posted outside their property.

“My husband got… Continue reading

Canada’s Foreign Minister – U.S. Influence Will Make Cuba Better

Canada’s Foreign Minister: U.S. Influence Will Make Cuba Better
The Conservative politician agrees with Obama: America’s opening will
help transform the island.
JEFFREY GOLDBERGDEC 21 2014, 9:22 AM ET

President Obama is receiving sustained criticism from Republican
senators, conservative media, and many Cuban Americans for his efforts
to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and bring about the
eventual end of… Continue reading

Can Cuba become the bread basket of North America?

Can Cuba become the bread basket of North America?
By Kieron Monks
December 23, 2014 — Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)

Cuba has new opportunities following historic deal with U.S.
Economic liberalization already occurring with 500,000 privately employed
Biotech, tourism, and agriculture could boom, Internet should be
dramatically improved
The new alliance will not remove mutual suspicion
(CNN) — From… Continue reading

Cuba’s Zeal for Tight Control Casts a Pall on New Markets

Cuba’s Zeal for Tight Control Casts a Pall on New Markets
By DAMIEN CAVEDEC. 23, 2014

MARIEL, Cuba — When Raúl Castro officially opened the new container
terminal here on Cuba’s northern coast, he described the project and the
special business zone alongside it as “a transcendent project for the
national economy.”

Official documents promised big incentives for investors: Foreign… Continue reading

Settlement results in $3.2 million check for Alan Gross

Settlement results in $3.2 million check for Alan Gross
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/23/2014 7:00 AM 12/23/2014 10:05 PM

The U.S. Agency for International Development and Development
Alternatives Inc. finalized a settlement this week for claims related to
USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, who was released from a Cuban prison
last week.

Development Alternatives is the Maryland-based international development
firm that… Continue reading

A new day for U.S., Cuba, but it is no sure thing

A new day for U.S., Cuba, but it is no sure thing
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
12/23/2014 8:13 PM 12/23/2014 8:15 PM

The geopolitical world shifted on its axis last week and when it came to
rest, Miami was no longer the turning point of U.S.-Cuba policy.
Washington, after more than half a century of letting Miami Cubans set
that… Continue reading

President’s failure to lead

President’s failure to lead
BY CARLOS CURBELO WWW.CARLOSCURBELO.COM
12/23/2014 8:12 PM 12/23/2014 8:12 PM

In my campaign to represent Florida’s 26th Congressional District in the
U.S. House, I pledged that when discussing U.S.-Cuba policy, I would do
so from my perspective as a proud U.S.-born citizen, seeking to advance
our country’s interests, independent of my personal and emotional ties
to… Continue reading

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority
BY MARC CAPUTO
12/23/2014 8:41 PM 12/23/2014 9:32 PM

The polling is in: Cuban exile hardliners and Republicans are in the
clear minority nationwide when it comes to the embargo and
reestablishing ties with the island nation.

A raft of new surveys, taken after President Barack Obama announced
plans… Continue reading

Cuba’s Promising New Online Voices

Cuba’s Promising New Online Voices
Leer en español (Read in Spanish) »
By THE EDITORIAL BOARDDEC. 23, 2014

At times, hitting the publish button feels like playing Russian
roulette. Carlos Alberto Pérez, a blogger in Havana, is far from being a
dissident. He works for the Ministry of Communication and has
government-provided access to the Internet at work and at… Continue reading

Prometedoras nuevas voces digitales de Cuba

Prometedoras nuevas voces digitales de Cuba
Por EL COMITÉ EDITORIALDEC. 23, 2014

A veces, hacer clic para publicar un texto genera la sensación de un
juego de ruleta rusa. Pero, en el caso de Carlos Alberto Pérez, un
bloguero en La Habana, su situación está lejos de ser la de un
disidente. Trabaja para el Ministerio de Comunicaciones, lo cual… Continue reading

Fidel’s Shocking Silence

Fidel’s Shocking Silence / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya
Posted on December 22, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 December 2014 — After the brief
speech by General-President, Raúl Castro, about the release of Alan
Gross and of “a Cuban-born citizen” at the service of the CIA, and of
other prisoners who received “prison benefits, including the release of
individuals the US… Continue reading

Cuba and the United States – Regret the past or build the future?

Cuba and the United States: Regret the past or build the future?
JORGE CALAFORRA, Warsaw | Diciembre 22, 2014

On 17 December 2014 at 12:01 Washington DC time, the President of the
United States, Barack Obama, announced the United States’ new policy
toward Cuba. It should be recalled that the president of the United
States of America makes his decisions… Continue reading

Shameful Distortions

Shameful Distortions / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on December 22, 2014

The big news for all Cubans, without a doubt, has been the
reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States, which
has been a dream for three generations on our captive island, although
there are opponents among some fellow countrymen both here and abroad.
The other story — the… Continue reading

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White

Sunday Respite for the Ladies in White
14YMEDIO, Havana | Diciembre 22, 2014

The Ladies in White marched for the freedom of political prisoners as
they left mass this Sunday, an activity held every week and one which
had special significance on this occasion because it was the first time
since the announcement of reestablishment of relations with the United… Continue reading

Cuba, Waiting for the “Yumas”

Cuba, Waiting for the “Yumas*” / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 22, 2014

Dreaming does not cost anything. Lisván, a self-employed taxi driver who
spends twelve hours a day behind the wheel of an old American car from
the 1940s surrounded by the piercing smell of gasoline and cigar smoke,
is in theory one of those people counting on the… Continue reading

How Does Fidel Castro See Cuba’s New Era with the USA?

How Does Fidel Castro See Cuba’s New Era with the USA?
December 22, 2014
By Isaac Risco (dpa)

HAVANA TIMES — Where is Fidel Castro? The total absence in public of the
former Cuban president begins to generate questions days after the
governments of Washington and Havana announced a landmark agreement to
resume their relations.

Fidel has not published a… Continue reading

Cuba’s private sector braces for US tourism boom

Cuba’s private sector braces for US tourism boom
By Rigoberto Diaz

Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s nascent private sector is bracing for an influx of
visitors should the US embargo ease, but many businesses in the
communist country appear unprepared for a torrent of tourists.

Currently, most hotels, guest houses and restaurants in Cuba are
state-owned, though the number of private… Continue reading

McCain blasts new Cuba policy as illegal

McCain blasts new Cuba policy as illegal
12/22/14 09:50 AM—UPDATED 12/22/14 10:00 AM
By Steve Benen

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made the latest in a series of Sunday show
appearances yesterday, and CNN’s Candy Crowley noted that he seems to
agree with President Obama about closing the detention facility at
Guantanamo Bay. “How can you help this president close Guantanamo… Continue reading

Cuba ponders next move after US policy shift

Cuba ponders next move after US policy shift
By Christopher SnyderPublished December 22, 2014 FoxNews.com

President Obama’s major policy shift toward Cuba has regional experts
closely watching how the Castro regime will look to use this renewed
connection with Washington to its benefit.

Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to analysts Roger
Noriega and Ana Quintana about the… Continue reading

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