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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

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

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

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

How a Cuban Spy and His Wife Came to Be Expectant Parents

How a Cuban Spy and His Wife Came to Be Expectant Parents
DEC. 22, 2014

It was no easy feat to get a vial of frozen sperm from Gerardo
Hernández, a Cuban spy serving two life sentences in California, to
Panama, where his wife, desperate to have a baby, was artificially
inseminated.

Yet the matter became an urgent priority over… 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

Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

For years Canada’s special, and profitable, relationship with Cuba was
another thing that set it apart from America. No longer—hence some mixed
feelings north of the border.

Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing.
Held several years back on the crocodile-shaped island of Cuba, it
stands out in… Continue reading

F.A.C.E. Obama’s Cuba move is misguided

F.A.C.E.: Obama’s Cuba move is misguided
12/21/2014 2:00 PM 12/22/2014 7:15 PM

What’s next for the Cuban people?

F.A.C.E., Facts About Cuban Exiles, usually does not enter the strictly
political arena, but as its name implies, it is an organization that
aims to tell the truth.

President Obama, in his broadcast to the nation, dedicated some words to
those of… Continue reading

Hillary Clinton secretly pushed the Obama Cuba deal

Hillary Clinton secretly pushed the Obama Cuba deal
BY JOSH ROGIN BLOOMBERG NEWS
12/21/2014 7:52 PM 12/21/2014 7:52 PM

Although President Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic
deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton
was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and
pushed far harder for a… Continue reading

After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what kind of change?

Marc Caputo: After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what
kind of change?
MARC CAPUTO
12/21/2014 7:45 PM 12/21/2014 7:54 PM

Comments
The U.S. president who brought us a hope-and-change campaign has helped
spread the same message to Cuba after announcing the two countries would
try to normalize relations.

But it’s likely Cuba will experience far more… Continue reading

Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy

Opponents formulate a strategy to derail Obama’s new Cuba policy
BY PAUL KANETHE WASHINGTON POST
12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/22/2014 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON
Opponents of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba
began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new
policy, focusing on areas where congressional consent is necessary.

The most likely targets are funding for new… Continue reading

Trade statistics point to Cuba’s plight

Trade statistics point to Cuba’s plight
BY KEN ROBERTS WWW.WORLDCITYWEB.COM
12/22/2014 7:55 PM  12/22/2014 9:48 PM

Amid the heated disagreements spawned by President Barack Obama’s decision last week to chip away at the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, one thing is indisputable: U.S. exports to Cuba are at the lowest level in a decade.

Another indisputable fact: Miami-Dade… Continue reading

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
By Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the
United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as the two countries work to
restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try
to sabotage the rapprochement.

U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington’s Cold War-era
policy on… Continue reading

Protesters – ‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

Protesters: ‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties
By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and RACHEL LA CORTE

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban
American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose
President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the communist
nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a
generational divide.… Continue reading

As Cuba Emerges, So Does a Legacy of Betrayal and Hope

As Cuba Emerges, So Does a Legacy of Betrayal and Hope
By Maureen Mackey

President Obama’s dramatic move this week to normalize relations with
communist Cuba has ignited a whirlwind of emotions from Cuban Americans,
many of whom remain thunderstruck by the president’s actions on Thursday
after 50 years of bitter distrust between Washington and Havana.

This isn’t as simple… 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

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service
Alex Fitzpatrick @alexjamesfitz Updated: Dec. 19, 2014 10:17 AM

Part of the new deal involves efforts to literally bring Cuba up to speed

About a quarter of Cubans have Internet access, according to the
International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that
oversees global communications. One in four may seem… Continue reading

Obama Defends Actions on Cuba and Promises Some Compromise With Congress

Obama Defends Actions on Cuba and Promises Some Compromise With Congress
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISDEC. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday rejected criticism that he should
not have reopened American relations with Cuba because of the nation’s
human rights record, saying the historic thaw would give the United
States more sway over the Cuban government.

“I share the… Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM

As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to
jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an
unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race.

A recent rally on racial discrimination in Cuba,… Continue reading

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
12/20/2014 2:00 PM 12/20/2014 7:00 PM

President Obama just blew oxygen into the moribund Cuban economy — and
its governing elite — by announcing the reestablishment of full
diplomatic relations and economic concessions, a dramatic shift in
diplomatic relations between the two countries. The change is huge, but… Continue reading

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