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Post-Obama Visit, Cuba’s Communist Party to Signal Next Steps

Post-Obama Visit, Cuba’s Communist Party to Signal Next Steps
Younger generation waiting in the wings for Castro to cede power
By JOSÉ DE CÓRDOBA
April 15, 2016 5:30 a.m. ET

Cuba’s ruling Communist party meets Saturday for the first time since
2011 amid a historic detente with the U.S. and a quiet revolution of
rising expectations as Raúl Castro prepares… Continue reading

Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms

Cuban farmers in ‘agony’ waiting for promised reforms
ARTEMISA, CUBA | BY MARC FRANK

In Cuban farm country – between sugar cane, vegetable patches and
overgrown fallow land a world away from Havana’s tourist-filled streets
– producers are seething at what they say is the government’s
backsliding on promised market reforms to make their lives better.

“It is still agony… Continue reading

Cuban Americans banned from first cruise to Cuba in decades

Cuban Americans banned from first cruise to Cuba in decades
11 APRIL 2016 • 4:47PM

A Cuban-American national has been refused permission to travel on the
first American-owned cruise ship to visit the island in decades.

Cuban-born Maria de los Angela Torres, an academic at the University of
Illinois, tried to book a cabin on a Fathom cruise to the… 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

Costa Rica Calls Emergency Meeting on New Immigration Crisis On Its Border

Costa Rica Calls Emergency Meeting on New Immigration Crisis On Its
Border / 14ymedio, Mario Penton
Posted on April 7, 2016

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 5 April 2106 — The Costa Rican government
has called an emergency meeting of the countries involved in the
migratory flow that includes that nation as a transit point to the
United States. The meeting… 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

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

Two die in tourist bus crash in Cuba

Two die in tourist bus crash in Cuba
04/04 03:59 CET

A bus carrying German and Austrian tourists has crashed in the central
Cuban city of Santi Spiritus. Two people have been killed and 28 others
injured.

The accident happened when a lorry struck an overpass and then collided
with the bus.

The bus driver and a German tourist died… 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

Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership With Cuba’s Castro Family

Rolling Stones Ink Business Partnership With Cuba’s Castro Family
HUMBERTO FONTOVA
12:44 PM 03/30/2016

What? You missed that news item? Well, you probably read about it, but
under a different headline last weekend. You probably read about a
“Historic!” — even an “Epochal!” — Rolling Stones concert in Havana
Friday night. The hyperventilating “reporters” probably followed up by
mentioning “historic… Continue reading

Fidel Castro to Obama – “We do not need the empire to give us any gifts”

Fidel Castro to Obama: “We do not need the empire to give us any gifts”
/ 14ymedio
Posted on March 28, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 28 March 2016 – A week after Barack Obama’s arrival in
Cuba, the official press has published a “Reflection” by former Cuban
president Fidel Castro, titled “Obama’s Brother,” but which contains
strong criticisms of the US… Continue reading

Sympathy for the devil? Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert a business deal with the Castros

Sympathy for the devil? Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert a business deal
with the Castros

Concert seemed to be a sign of ‘historic change’ in Cuba. It wasn’t.
But it was a great way to enrich the ‘Castro Family crime syndicate’
Cubans continue to flee the repressive island

BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA

You probably read about the item, but under a… Continue reading

American companies see potential in Cuba, but will need patience

American companies see potential in Cuba, but will need patience
Relations are warming but the U.S. trade embargo is still in place, so
investing in the country will be difficult.
BY KATE LINTHICUM LOS ANGELES TIMES

HAVANA — Chris Rosander was touring a mango grove in Cuba last year with
a group of U.S. agriculture leaders when he had a… Continue reading

5 myths about Cuba

5 myths about Cuba
Christopher Sabatini

President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba this past week returned
U.S. and world attention to the small Caribbean island of 11 million
people and the long, curious history between it and the United States.
It’s hard to think of a similarly sized country that has had such a
memorable, tumultuous, often romantic hold… Continue reading

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw
March 25, 2016 9.39am GMT
Author Miguel Altieri
Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley

Disclosure statement
Miguel Altieri does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive
funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this
article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic
appointment above.… Continue reading

Cuba – Caught Between The Castros And Capitalism

Cuba: Caught Between The Castros And Capitalism
Barack Obama is catching a nation on the cusp of change, suspended
between the Fidel era and its post-communist future.
08:33, UK,
Monday 21 March 2016
By Cordelia Lynch, US Correspondent

I visited Cuba four years ago as a tourist, keen to see one of the last
bastions of communism before it was… Continue reading

Stripe Wants To Help Cuban Entrepreneurs Enter The Digital Age

Stripe Wants To Help Cuban Entrepreneurs Enter The Digital Age
by Leena Rao @leenarao MARCH 18, 2016, 12:00 PM EDT

Ahead of President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba next week, Silicon
Valley payments upstart Stripe announced that it is helping Cuban
entrepreneurs set up U.S. businesses.

The initiative lets foreign entrepreneurs incorporate U.S. businesses,
obtain U.S. bank accounts and tax… Continue reading

Americans can plan ‘peoplepeople’ trips to Cuba, but what does that mean?

Americans can plan ‘people-to-people’ trips to Cuba, but what does that
mean?
By Kate Silver March 15 at 5:11 PM

U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba are easing further starting March 16.
But don’t plan your beach-lounging, mojito-sipping vacation to Cuba just
yet, says Tom Popper, president of insightCuba, a nonprofit travel
organization that’s been leading Americans in legal travel to…