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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

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

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’

‘Yes, we do need the empire, or aliens, to give us everything’
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 Abr 2016 – 9:44 am.

The article by Fidel Castro published Monday by state media, entitled
“Brother Obama,” has sparked strong criticism in the streets of Havana.

The text, in which “the historic leader of the revolution” – as the… Continue reading

Cuba’s State Monopoly on Hiring Slows Spanish Investment

Cuba’s State Monopoly on Hiring Slows Spanish Investment / 14ymedio
Posted on March 30, 2016

14ymedio, Madrid, 30 March 2016 – The expectations that the upcoming
Communist Party Congress will put forward a reform in the Foreign
Investment Law that permits greater guarantees is growing among Spanish
businesspeople. 14ymedio has confirmed this with Spanish diplomatic
sources, who say that the… Continue reading

EEUU repatria a balseros cubanos cuyos compañeros fueron baleados

EEUU repatria a balseros cubanos cuyos compañeros fueron baleados
AGENCIAS | Miami | 30 Mar 2016 – 11:15 pm.

La Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos anunció este miércoles que repatrió
a 52 balseros cubanos, entre ellos 20 que iban en una balsa junto a
otros seis inmigrantes heridos de bala, que fueron atendidos en
hospitales estadounidenses y podrán permanecer en… Continue reading

Logistics Executives See Shipping Hub Potential in Cuba

Logistics Executives See Shipping Hub Potential in Cuba
U.S. businesses touring freight sites find modern facilities along with
decaying infrastructure and “endless” possibilities for American exports
By LORETTA CHAO
March 29, 2016 2:51 p.m. ET

U.S. logistics executives who toured Cuba’s shipping facilities say the
island nation has potential to be a key shipping hub for the region, but
that… Continue reading

Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper

Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper
By Tom Burson | March 29, 2016 | 11:55am

Looks like the warming of relations between the U.S. and Cuba could spur
something beyond
cheap cigars and rum: flights to Cuba are about to get ridiculously cheap.

According to research by Hopper, flight prices from the U.S. to Cuba
could drop by 50 percent… Continue reading

Is Cuba ready for the business boom? – 03-2016

Is Cuba ready for the business boom?
As Barack Obama becomes the first US president to visit in almost 90 years, Cuba’s “practically virgin” foreign business scene is drawing increasing interest. But is Havana ready?

By Harriet Alexander, Havana10:35PM GMT 19 Mar 2016

Nico had a problem. The small, turquoise bungalow he runs as a B&B in the far east… Continue reading

Big week ahead in Havana with historic Obama visit

Big week ahead in Havana with historic Obama visit

The city has been cleaned and spiffed up
The Tampa Bay Rays will play Cuban team on Tuesday
The week finishes with a Rolling Stones concert

BY MIMI WHITEFIELD


HAVANA
There are unprecedented sights and sounds around Havana: fleets of
burgundy-colored Jeeps carrying U.S. security teams; huge U.S. Air… Continue reading

U.S. to open more airports to Cuban travel

U.S. to open more airports to Cuban travel
By Marilyn Malara | March 19, 2016 at 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
will allow more airports to support flights to and from Cuba as part of
its most recent change to current travel regulations to the communist
country.

The adjustment, announced Friday, will… Continue reading

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers
Jeanette Leehr, Round Earth Media 4:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story did not
make clear that opening a Department of Agriculture office in Cuba is a
proposal that has not been approved.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When third-generation farmer Rick Roth envisions
the possible… Continue reading

Un grupo de 11 balseros llega a la isla puertorriqueña de Mona

Un grupo de 11 balseros llega a la isla puertorriqueña de Mona
AGENCIAS | La Habana | 18 Mar 2016 – 6:10 pm.

Agentes de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de Estados
Unidos (CBP, siglas en inglés) informaron el viernes sobre la detención
de 11 balseros indocumentados que desembarcaron esta semana en el islote
de Mona, al extremo… Continue reading

Havana Hides its Beggers

Havana Hides its Beggers / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada
Posted on March 18, 2016

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 17 March 2016 – Fixing up the
Latin American Stadium and repairing the streets where Barack Obama’s
motorcade will travel are just a part of the preparations before the
coming of the president of the United States to Havana this Sunday.… Continue reading

Cruise lines forecast big boost from Cuba

Cruise lines forecast big boost from Cuba
Sun Sentinel

Cuba is expected to boost demand for Caribbean cruises overall

It won’t be easy, but cruises to Cuba could provide a 20 percent boost
to the industry once they’re finally allowed, a panel of cruise leaders
says.

The heads of four major cruise companies, speaking Tuesday in Fort
Lauderdale, all said… Continue reading

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast / Iván García
Posted on March 13, 2016

Iván García, 10 March 2016 — It does not take a Secret Service expert to
determine, by the rush of the building work, the sites which Barack
Obama is predicted to pass by or stop at during his two days in Havana.

If Air Force… Continue reading

Upgraded Empress could become Royal Caribbean’s Cuba ship

Upgraded Empress could become Royal Caribbean’s Cuba ship
By Tom Stieghorst / March 13, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE — Royal Caribbean International is spending millions of
dollars to upgrade the Empress of the Seas, but that effort might be
more about Cuba than launching short cruises from Florida.
The Empress, which launched in 1990 as the Nordic Express, will resume
sailing… Continue reading

Right and Left, from a Cuban Perspective

Right and Left, from a Cuban Perspective
JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 2 Mar 2016 – 9:43 am.

From Havana I get an email seeking to address the challenges facing the
country applying the binary axis of “Left” and “Right.” I imagine that
two factors lead to this interest. One is an incipient ebb in regional
populism. Another is… Continue reading

Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit?

Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 4 Mar 2016 – 12:56 pm.

Imagine thousands of Cubans —members of the CDR, the Territorial Militia
Troops and even the Communist Party— spontaneously clapping and cheering
the US President while he strolls, smiling, through the streets of
Havana, accompanied by Raúl Castro. This would have been… Continue reading

Silver Airways wants Cuba route from Key West

Silver Airways wants Cuba route from Key West
BY KEVIN WADLOW
March 5, 2016

The busiest airline at Key West International Airport wants to fly to
destinations throughout Cuba.

Silver Airways, which flies 34-passenger twin-propeller aircraft, filed
its application Tuesday to fly from Florida to 10 destinations in Cuba.

“While many airlines will apply to serve the large, lucrative… Continue reading

What Are You Complaining About?

What Are You Complaining About? / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on March 7, 2016

Rebeca Monzo, 7 March 2016 — Many citizens complain about events such as
these: President Obama’s visit, the Rolling Stones concert, the Chanel
fashion show on the Paseo del Prado, international sporting events and
others. They often take them as a show of support for the regime,… Continue reading

Coffins First, Boxes Second

Coffins First, Boxes Second / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on March 8, 2016

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 March 2016 — One’s last will reveals
much about the life one had or wanted to have. Some ask for a glass of
rum or a lit cigar at their wake, while others dream of returning their
ashes to the courtyard where… Continue reading

Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves

Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves
WASHINGTON | BY PATRICIA ZENGERLE AND MATT SPETALNICK

President Barack Obama will be accompanied on his historic visit to Cuba
this month by up to 20 members of Congress, and is also considering
further measures to ease travel and trade restrictions around the time
of the visit, U.S.… Continue reading

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