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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

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

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them
Published December 21, 2014 Fox News Latino

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans.
MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards.
Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be
demand for his… Continue reading

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves
The historic opening between the two countries could have an impact on
travel and business in the long-term, though changes are likely to
happen gradually.
By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer DECEMBER 19, 2014

MEXICO CITY — US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro
made history this week in announcing a plan… Continue reading

One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast

One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast
DEC. 17, 2014 Neil Irwin

A normal economic relationship between the United States and Cuba has
been a long time coming; the strict trade embargo with the island nation
has been in place longer than the current president of the United States
has been alive.

But if Cuba and the United… Continue reading

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship
Supporters of the Castros have long argued that a transition to
democracy is made impossible by US hostility. That excuse may no longer
hold
Owen Jones
theguardian.com, Thursday 18 December 2014 11.23 GMT

‘If Cuba establishes democracy – while maintaining the grand
achievements of the revolution – it could become… Continue reading

Cuban music producer denies having ‘worked’ for USAID

Cuban music producer denies having ‘worked’ for USAID
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/16/2014 8:27 PM 12/16/2014 9:23 PM

In an exclusive interview with el Nuevo Herald, Cuban artist Adrian
Monzon denied having worked for USAID in a project “to overthrow the
Cuban government”.

Monzon, known as “Vj Cuba,” was named in an Associated Press report as
the only Cuban… Continue reading

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the Americas

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the
Americas
BY JIM WYSS
12/10/2014 8:19 PM 12/10/2014 8:19 PM

In an apparent reversal of decades-long policy, Washington will not
stand in the way of Cuban participation in the next Summit of the
Americas, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday.

In a speech marking the… Continue reading

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba
By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA

HAVANA (AP) — Panfilo, the elderly protagonist in a weekly show on Cuban
state television, has a broken water pipe in his house. When the city
repair worker says it’ll take six months to fix, Panfilo bribes her with
a bottle of shampoo and the repair is made… Continue reading

Tricking Customs, Another National Sport

Tricking Customs, Another National Sport / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez
Posted on December 7, 2014

14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 6 December 2014 — Establishing
the rules of a sport takes time. Let’s take for example baseball, one of
the most complicated games that exists; one could ask where the rules
for its practice come from, and why some are… Continue reading

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 3, 2014

Renato’s family emigrated to the United States on October 3 but that did
not stop them from having some weak communal soup, drinking cheap rum
and dancing the timba on a block of Reparto Sevillano south of Havana on
the night of the 27th, the… Continue reading

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation
December 2, 2014
Dariela Aquique*

HAVANA TIMES — In its efforts to “refashion” economic and political
concepts and practices on the basis of the Party’s Economic Guidelines,
the Cuban State has declared that these weren’t valid at other points in
history because of the impact the globalized world, characterized by a… Continue reading

Why the U.S. Should Not Reward Castros’ Cuba

Why the U.S. Should Not Reward Castros’ Cuba

Cuba, a small island lying in the Caribbean 90 miles away from Key West,
Florida, is the only Communist country in the Western Hemisphere. It has
been ruled by two brothers, Fidel and Raul Castro since 1959. A strong
lobby by the left and some business companies has been launched in
Washington… Continue reading

Cuban prosecutor that was awaiting trial on corruption escapes from Cuba,Submitted by: Camila

Cuban prosecutor that was awaiting trial on corruption escapes from Cuba
Submitted by: Camila
11 / 27 / 2014

The Cuban prosecutor Hilda Batista Torriente, who was awaiting for trial
on charges of forgery and insider trading, managed to evade immigration
controls and escaped from Cuba on a flight to Costa Rica.

Hilda Torriente Batista, who weighed about a prosecution… Continue reading

Fees for Americans a sore spot in Cuba travel

Fees for Americans a sore spot in Cuba travel
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: November 23, 2014

TAMPA — The battle for the Cuban charter flight business out of Tampa
International Airport has landed in federal court, exposing what U.S.
citizens must pay the secretive Cuban government for use of Havana’s
José Martí International Airport.

The annual total… Continue reading

Where There’s Smoke

Where There’s Smoke / Fernando Damaso
Posted on November 21, 2014

For months Cuban authorities have been waging an intense campaign to end
the blockade (or embargo) imposed by the US government against the Cuban
government. Among Cuba’s demands are the release of three spies now
serving time in US jails and removal of the country from the list of… Continue reading

4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children

4 Foreigners jailed in Cuba for sexual abuse of children
Published November 18, 2014 EFE

Four foreign citizens – a Canadian, an Indian and two Italians – have
been sentenced to prison in Cuba for the sexual abuse of children, while
another two are awaiting trial for similar offenses, an official report
released Tuesday said.

Specifically, a Canadian has been… Continue reading

Cuba arrests six foreigners for corruption of minors

Cuba arrests six foreigners for corruption of minors
Nov 19,2014

HAVANA, Nov.18 (Xinhua) — Four foreign citizens are jailed in Cuba for
corruption of minors, while other two are awaiting for trial, the Cuban
Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, citing a report.

A Canadian citizen is sentenced to 13 years in prison, an Indian gets
three decades for the same… Continue reading

Cuba and Weeding Out Corruption

Cuba and Weeding Out Corruption
November 6, 2014
FERNANDO RAVSBERG*

HAVANA TIMES — The struggle against corruption in Cuba has proven to be
a long-distance race where every lap presents new and more difficult
challenges. It’s like opening a Russian nesting doll and finding that
the one inside is larger than the first.

The Comptroller’s Office is making a huge… Continue reading

Cuba sentences 7 to jail for selling college entrance exam papers

Cuba sentences 7 to jail for selling college entrance exam papers
Xinhua News Agency November 5, 2014 7:40am

HAVANA, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — A Cuban court sentenced six teachers and an
employee of the Higher Education Ministry to prison terms ranging from
18 months to eight years for stealing and selling university entrance
exam papers, state daily Granma reported Tuesday.… Continue reading

Long faces and empty pockets

Long faces and empty pockets / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on November 4, 2014

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 1 November 2014 – One of the
distinctive features of the new era in Cuba is that it is no longer
shortages but pricing that explains the difficulty of acquiring food
grown on the island, but at bottom the issue is the… Continue reading

What You Saved Yourself From Camilo!

What You Saved Yourself From Camilo! / Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on October 29, 2014

Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 31 October 2014 – For the first and last time,
I saw him from afar for a fraction of a second on 21 October 1959, the
day he passed through Camaguey to arrest Comandante Huber Matos. No one
understood anything, but the presence… Continue reading

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