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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’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

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

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism
Ben Fox, Associated Press 6:07 p.m. EST December 22, 2014

Havana — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening
to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians.
What they aren’t doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in
the sun and sipping mojitos… Continue reading

Cuba Reality Check – Can You Really Do Business There?

Cuba Reality Check: Can You Really Do Business There?
By Gail DeGeorge, David Tweed and Christopher Donville Dec 22, 2014
6:01 AM GMT+0100

For companies seeking Miami attorney Pedro Freyre’s advice on how to
exploit President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, two stories may serve
as cautionary tales.

One concerns an 18-hole golf course that took a Canadian designer eight… Continue reading

A necessary and useful change

A necessary and useful change
ELIECER ÁVILA, La Habana | Diciembre 19, 2014

The change in US policy concerning Cuba was necessary and useful,
although it did not happen with all the guarantees that many of us
wanted. Obama’s cabinet did not act lightly, but made a thorough
analysis and came to the same conclusions that many of the actors… Continue reading

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record
Published December 19, 2014 Associated Press

HAVANA – To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a
brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out
political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.

Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, its sins… 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

Obama’s decision, pro and con

Obama’s decision, pro and con
12/18/2014 7:10 PM 12/18/2014 7:10 PM

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a
chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the
accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed
miserably for half a century could ever work.

What is it about Cuba that makes… Continue reading

Here’s What Happened in Cuba Today, and Why You Should Care

Here’s What Happened in Cuba Today, and Why You Should Care
By Natalie Kitroeff December 17, 2014

In simultaneous speeches from Washington and Havana, the United States
and Cuba announced plans on Wednesday to restore their diplomatic
relationship, an historic shift marked by setting up a U.S. embassy in
Havana and loosening trade and travel restrictions between the two
countries.… Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality
By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Dec 16 2014 (IPS) – One of the major challenges assumed by
President Raúl Castro when he launched a series of reforms in Cuba is
improving living standards in a country still suffering from a recession
that began over 20 years ago and has undermined the aim of achieving… Continue reading

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity
After 50 years of perfect policy failure, the U.S. has a political
opening to help a reforming Cuba prosper.
By PHILIP PETERS • December 16, 2014

George Washington’s farewell address did more than warn against
permanent alliances that could “entangle” our young Republic in the
“ambition” and “rivalship” of others in ways that do not serve our… Continue reading

Aging population is top challenge to Cuba’s future; by 2030 almost a third will be over 60

Aging population is top challenge to Cuba’s future; by 2030 almost a
third will be over 60
Published December 14, 2014 EFE

HAVANA – Cuba must deal with the challenges posed by a rapidly aging
population, a trend that poses a threat to its future comparable to an
economic crisis or climate change.

The demographic figures have been around for… Continue reading

Cuba’s Economy at a Crossroads

Cuba’s Economy at a Crossroads
By THE EDITORIAL BOARDDEC. 14, 2014

In July 2007, while serving as acting president as his brother underwent
medical treatment, Raúl Castro delivered a startling indictment of the
Cuban economy when he railed about the inefficiencies of the dairy
industry. His description of the onerous and expensive mechanism to get
milk from cows to dinner… Continue reading

Much unfinished work remains as Cuba reforms its economy

Much unfinished work remains as Cuba reforms its economy
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/14/2014 7:00 AM 12/14/2014 6:25 PM

Unifying Cuba’s cumbersome dual-currency system tops the list of reforms
the government says it will carry out, but analysts say other changes —
from measures to speed up foreign investment to a new tax structure —
are critical to deepen and… Continue reading

Rapidly aging population poses challenge to Cuba’s future

Rapidly aging population poses challenge to Cuba’s future
Published December 14, 2014 EFE
By Anett Rios.

Cuba must deal with the challenges posed by a rapidly aging population,
a trend that poses a threat to its future comparable to an economic
crisis or climate change.

The demographic figures have been around for years, pointing to a
shrinking population, a low… Continue reading

A Disappointing International Human Rights Day in Cuba

A Disappointing International Human Rights Day in Cuba
December 11, 2014
Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — International Human Rights Day has just been celebrated
and Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian minister who took part in a planting of
olive trees near Ramala, was murdered by an Israeli soldier. The soldier
hit the minister on the chest with his rifle and… Continue reading

Cuba detains activists in skirmishes on Human Rights Day

Cuba detains activists in skirmishes on Human Rights Day
By Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban police detained peaceful demonstrators at a
busy Havana square on Wednesday, shoving dissidents into squad cars in
front of onlookers on international Human Rights Day.

Police snatched demonstrators intermittently as they arrived
individually or in small groups over some 90 minutes. The skirmishes
briefly… Continue reading

US Co-Opted Cuba’s Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

US Co-Opted Cuba’s Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change
HAVANA — Dec 11, 2014, 1:01 AM ET
By DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and ANDREA
RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba’s
underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a
youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained
by The Associated… 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

Must Caricom-Cuba relations be always about begging?

Must Caricom-Cuba relations be always about begging?
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THE heads of the governments of Cuba and the member states of the
Caribbean Community (Caricom) met in Havana on Monday. This was the
fifth Caricom-Cuba summit and concluded with the declaration of La
Habana, which reaffirmed solidarity among those small developing
countries based on a clear recognition that… Continue reading

Cuba urges slashing tariffs on intra-Caribbean trade

Cuba urges slashing tariffs on intra-Caribbean trade
Published December 08, 2014 EFE

Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday called for revising and updating
the trade and cooperation agreement between his country and the
Caribbean Community to scrap tariffs on 300 products.

“Small and vulnerable” countries need to receive “special treatment on
trade access and investments,” he said in an address… Continue reading

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