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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cuba’s oil a new frontier, surrounded by hopes and doubts

Cuba’s oil a new frontier, surrounded by hopes and doubts

MIAMI — One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits
just off Cuba’s northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the
United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the
action.

It’s a prospect welcomed by Cubans desperate… 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

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties
BY TIM JOHNSON MCCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
12/20/2014 7:39 PM 12/20/2014 7:39 PM

HAVANA
Francisco Gavez, a barber, shoved a newspaper into a visitor’s hands.

“Have you seen how the newspapers are covering this? Take a look at
Granma,” he said.

The mouthpiece of Cuba’s Communist Party, Granma reprinted the… Continue reading

Thinking About a Trip to Cuba? 5 Things You Should Know

Thinking About a Trip to Cuba? 5 Things You Should Know
Kristen Bellstrom @kayelbee Dec. 18, 2014

Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. will loosen restrictions on
visiting Cuba has some travelers in tizzy. By all means, pack your
bags—but read this first.

Why Smart People Send Stupid Emails That Can Ruin Their Careers
Did you hear that noise yesterday afternoon?… Continue reading

Q&A – Understanding new U.S.-Cuba rules

Q&A: Understanding new U.S.-Cuba rules
BY AMY SHERMAN
12/19/2014 6:11 PM 12/19/2014 10:00 PM

President Barack Obama announced this week a reset in the United States’
relations with Cuba, including establishing full diplomatic relations
and easing travel restrictions, among other things. None of the new
rules about Cuba take effect until they are published in the federal
register in… Continue reading

US Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

US Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade
MINNEAPOLIS — Dec 19, 2014, 1:42 AM ET
By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From
wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest
beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease economic and
travel restrictions imposed… Continue reading

Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba

Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba
By Nick Miroff December 18 at 10:25 PM

During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a
dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He
cajoled, lectured and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially
the United States — in looping, animated speeches that… Continue reading

How Travel to Cuba May Change

How Travel to Cuba May Change
DEC. 18, 2014
By MATT BEARDMORE

President Obama’s order on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations
with Cuba after more than 50 years has many ramifications, including for
travel. Many restrictions remain in place for Americans wanting to visit
Cuba, but the order makes it easier for a number of prospective travelers.

Q. What impact… Continue reading

U.S. trade embargo with Cuba keeps broader economic impact at bay for now

U.S. trade embargo with Cuba keeps broader economic impact at bay for now
By Michael A. Fletcher December 18 at 2:02 PM

The biggest opening in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than half a
century could be a boon for farmers, telecommunications firms and
construction suppliers, but any broader economic impact is limited for
now by the trade embargo… Continue reading

Every big question you have about the U.S. opening to Cuba, answered

Every big question you have about the U.S. opening to Cuba, answered
By Daniel W. Drezner December 18 at 9:19 AM

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts
University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

U.S. President Barack Obama greets Cuba’s President Raul Castro before
giving his speech at the memorial service for… Continue reading

Fabiola Santiago – Sound bites don’t capture maturity of Cuban exiles

Fabiola Santiago: Sound bites don’t capture maturity of Cuban exiles
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
12/18/2014 7:01 PM 12/18/2014 8:50 PM

Ours is a weary exile community, molded by decades of searing losses and
dashed hopes.

In this Miami — “a profoundly American city, a place that reminds us of
what Cuban people can achieve,” as the president described us —… Continue reading

Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture – USDA

Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture: USDA
BY KARL PLUME
CHICAGO Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:18pm EST

(Reuters) – Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice,
soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move
toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials
said on Wednesday.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom… Continue reading

Don’t expect a Cuban oil bonanza

Don’t expect a Cuban oil bonanza
By MATT DAILY and ELANA SCHOR 12/17/14 3:14 PM EST Updated 12/17/14 5:01 PM EST

More U.S. travelers may soon start flocking to Cuba, but don’t expect oil executives to follow them.

Cuba is believed to hold sizable oil and gas resources off its northwest coast, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico — raising… Continue reading

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