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Without Democratization There is No Guarantee of Cuba’s Independence

Without Democratization There is No Guarantee of Cuba’s Independence /
14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on April 10, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, Pedro Campos, 6 April 2016 — Politicians, analysts and
academics, both socialists and liberals, have addressed the importance
of the political and economic democratization of Cuban society as a
basis for the desired lift-off towards the development and modernization
of… Continue reading

Business in Cuba promises rewards, but there’s risk, too

Business Forum: Business in Cuba promises rewards, but there’s risk, too
By Evan Berquist APRIL 10, 2016 — 2:00PM

After President Obama’s historic visit to Havana, many Americans are
excited about greater trade and travel opportunities to the island. For
good reason: Cuba is an alluring place, and new regulations issued by
the Obama administration now permit an unprecedented level… Continue reading

Ferry Operators Discuss Connecting Cuba With Florida Ports

Ferry Operators Discuss Connecting Cuba With Florida Ports

Ferry operators interested in carrying cargo and passengers to Cuba have
opened discussions with officials at several Florida ports.
Such service has not yet begun because the Cuban government has not
approved a U.S. ferry to use one of its ports, but ferries are expected
to be a popular way to travel… Continue reading

Lacking approval, cruise line cancels more Cuba voyages

Lacking approval, cruise line cancels more Cuba voyages
Gene Sloan, USA TODAY 11:09 a.m. EDT April 9, 2016

When it comes to cruising to Cuba, saying you’re going to do it is one
thing. Getting permission is another.

That’s the lesson that small-ship operator Pearl Seas Cruises has been
learning in recent weeks as it has been forced to cancel… Continue reading

Cuba running low on beer as thirsty US tourists descend

Cuba running low on beer as thirsty US tourists descend
Shortages prompt island’s main brewer to consider opening a new plant
and importing beer from outside the country to keep pace with growing demand
Sunday 10 April 2016 01.55 BST

The ubiquitous fridges that dispense beer in Cuba’s bars, cafes and
petrol stations are running out of the island’s favourite… Continue reading

Spotlight on Cuba’s future at last party congress of Castro era

Spotlight on Cuba’s future at last party congress of Castro era
For now Cubas roads are still filled with vintage American cars, but
tourism from America is starting to build up. Picture: Getty Images
CHRISTINE ARMARIO
19:28Friday 08 April 2016

Victor Rodriguez imagines a future Cuban economy that will let him
import large quantities of thread, export the women’s clothing… Continue reading

Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?

Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?
That was one of Obama’s goals in his recent trip—and he made huge
progress, charming the Cuban public and establishing a rapport with Raúl
Castro.
By Peter KornbluhTwitterAPRIL 6, 2016

The day after President Obama ended his historic trip to Havana, Cubans
turned on their TV sets and watched his surprise guest appearance in a… Continue reading

AT&T, Verizon express divergent opinions on U.S.-Cuba route policies

AT&T, Verizon express divergent opinions on U.S.-Cuba route policies
April 7, 2016 | By Sean Buckley

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) are eager to take advantage of the
service opportunity in Cuba as the United States has started to lift
decades-long restrictions with the island country, but the two telcos
take a different view on U.S.-Cuba route policies.… Continue reading

What, Reserve a Table? Cubans Confront a New Dining Culture

What, Reserve a Table? Cubans Confront a New Dining Culture
By MICHAEL Y. PARKAPRIL 4, 2016

HAVANA — Cubans sometimes joke that of all the lessons living under
three generations of communism has taught them, by far the most
important is learning how to wait.

So it’s a little surprising that as capitalism creeps in — the
introduction of private… Continue reading

Airbnb’s rapid growth in Cuba comes with a few problems

Airbnb’s rapid growth in Cuba comes with a few problems

Lack of Internet service means sometimes your reservation isn’t certain
Government also takes its cut, and hosts must report passport numbers to
authorities
Still, the experience can be interesting and rewarding
McClatchy
BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ

HAVANA
The first foreign travelers who stayed with Raissa Acevedo and her
mother were… Continue reading

Police Prevent Attorney Wilfredo Vallin From Leaving Home

Police Prevent Attorney Wilfredo Vallin From Leaving Home / 14ymedio
Posted on April 9, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 8 April 2016 – On Friday, State Security prevented
attorney Wilfredo Vallin from leaving home to participate in a
discussion on the Electoral Law. The meeting, to be held at the home of
Eliecer Avila, leader of the independent movement Somos+ (We Are… Continue reading

What will happen at the VII Congress of the CCP?

What will happen at the VII Congress of the CCP?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 7 Abr 2016 – 11:10 pm.

Although there were rumors about a possible postponement, the Seventh
Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), the western world’s only
single-party state, is to be held as scheduled, from 16 to 18 April …
and… Continue reading

The stagnation in Cuba – US relations may be coming to an end

The stagnation in Cuba – US relations may be coming to an end
FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 6 Abr 2016 – 9:18 am.

Stagnation, that yearning to move forward while one remains stuck in the
same place, is the result of ambiguity. Those observing the phenomenon
from the outside feel that their hands are tied because imprecision
entails… Continue reading

Could Tampa Bay offer cruises to Cuba?

Could Tampa Bay offer cruises to Cuba?
Justine Griffin, Times Staff Writer
Monday, April 4, 2016 10:51am

TAMPA — Airline service is not the only way local tourism boosters are
vying to get American tourists to Cuba from Tampa Bay.

Port Tampa Bay, already home to four seasonal cruise lines, hopes to
lure a cruise ship that would take passengers… Continue reading

Castro Inc. – Cuba as Family Business

Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business
04/04/2016 10:28 am ET | Updated 22 hours ago
Daniel Williams
Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle
East,” available from O/R Books.

Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US
President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a baseball
game together in Havana… Continue reading

Who is Investing in the Island?

The New Cuba: Who is Investing in the Island?
By Jillian Sequeira | April 4, 2016

President Obama touched down in Cuba last week, making him the first
sitting president to visit the nation in eighty-eight years. As the
President and the First Family toured the historic center of Havana,
they likely witnessed the stunning old city filled with the… Continue reading

Obama missed paradox of Cuba

Obama missed paradox of Cuba
By Lilia Harvey and Madeline Zavodny
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 2 a.m.

We just returned from spending a week in Cuba with college freshmen, and
we were struck by parallels and differences between President Barack
Obama’s visit there and ours.

Presidents surely see little of real life in the places they visit. Yet,
the… Continue reading

On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat

On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat
March 29, 2016
Regina Cano

HAVANA TIMES — Some of us who live in Cuba have the strong feeling that
our current eating habits aren’t exactly healthy. Some know this, others
simply don’t even worry about it.

The situation could become much worse when many more food products begin
to… Continue reading

What 59% of Americans Get Wrong About Cuba

What 59% of Americans Get Wrong About Cuba
by Anne VanderMey @vandermy MARCH 31, 2016, 12:32 PM EDT

It’s not the communism that’s going to ruin your trip.

So you want to go to Cuba, but you’re worried about crime and the
insidious specter of communism that hangs over the island?

You’re joined by a surprisingly high percentage of Americans,… Continue reading

Cuba’s no investment grade bet yet – Fertitta

Cuba’s no investment grade bet yet: Fertitta
Denise Garcia | @denisejaeg 20 Hours Ago

Know the land you’re investing in

Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire restaurateur, has been relentless in
unearthing new businesses in the U.S. Yet unlike so many other private
U.S. businesses, he’s ruling out a move beyond the straits of Florida,
at least for now.

Fertitta is the… Continue reading

Cuba is changing, more for some than others

Cuba is changing, more for some than others
In the same week , Cubans saw President Obama and the Rolling Stones, a
symbol of opening on the island. But while many talk about changes in
Cuba, the private sector is still small and the government could react
slowly to the U.S. offer to strengthen ties.
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
Continue reading

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary timeline.

How were democracy and civil liberties laid to rest in Cuba? A summary
timeline.
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 31 Mar 2016 – 2:44 pm.

An anonymous commentator recently wrote, under an article by Dimas
Castellanos about Castro’s conception of human rights, published in this
newspaper, that he would like to read details of “how democracy
disappeared in… Continue reading

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