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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 Seizures Now Present Opportunities

Cuba Seizures Now Present Opportunities
By FRANCES ROBLESDEC. 21, 2014

MIAMI — It was a routine Saturday morning, almost two years after Fidel
Castro took power in Cuba, when Lois and Roy Schechter went to check on
their tobacco farm 100 miles west of their home in Havana.

The American couple encountered soldiers posted outside their property.

“My husband got… 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

Settlement results in $3.2 million check for Alan Gross

Settlement results in $3.2 million check for Alan Gross
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/23/2014 7:00 AM 12/23/2014 10:05 PM

The U.S. Agency for International Development and Development
Alternatives Inc. finalized a settlement this week for claims related to
USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, who was released from a Cuban prison
last week.

Development Alternatives is the Maryland-based international development
firm that… Continue reading

A new day for U.S., Cuba, but it is no sure thing

A new day for U.S., Cuba, but it is no sure thing
BY MICHAEL PUTNEY
12/23/2014 8:13 PM 12/23/2014 8:15 PM

The geopolitical world shifted on its axis last week and when it came to
rest, Miami was no longer the turning point of U.S.-Cuba policy.
Washington, after more than half a century of letting Miami Cubans set
that… 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’s Promising New Online Voices

Cuba’s Promising New Online Voices
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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

Cuba and the United States – Regret the past or build the future?

Cuba and the United States: Regret the past or build the future?
JORGE CALAFORRA, Warsaw | Diciembre 22, 2014

On 17 December 2014 at 12:01 Washington DC time, the President of the
United States, Barack Obama, announced the United States’ new policy
toward Cuba. It should be recalled that the president of the United
States of America makes his decisions… Continue reading

Shameful Distortions

Shameful Distortions / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on December 22, 2014

The big news for all Cubans, without a doubt, has been the
reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States, which
has been a dream for three generations on our captive island, although
there are opponents among some fellow countrymen both here and abroad.
The other story — the… Continue reading

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

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

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

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait
DECEMBER 21, 2014 9:36 AM ET
DAVID SCHAPER

With President Obama beginning the process of normalizing relations with
Cuba this week, many may envision soon soaking up the sun on a warm
Cuban beach, sipping a refreshing rum drink.

In reality, that’s not likely to happen for quite a… 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

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

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

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