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Banking deadline raises Cuba question – Still a terrorist state?

Banking deadline raises Cuba question: Still a terrorist state?
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: February 14, 2014 | Updated: February 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM

TAMPA — On Monday, Cuba’s bank in the United States is scheduled to stop
accepting the country’s deposits. At that point, any travel between the
two nations — made easier with action by… Continue reading

The Beatles that we didn’t get to hear in Cuba

February 9, 2014

The Beatles that we didn’t get to hear in Cuba
Silvio Canto, Jr.

The world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles landing at
JFK Airport and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.
It was one of those events that changed music, radio playlists and the
length of our hair. My mom used to call them… Continue reading

US, rights groups condemn Cuban dissident detentions

Posted on Tuesday, 01.28.14

US, rights groups condemn Cuban dissident detentions
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch
joined Tuesday in condemning the Cuban government’s detentions of dozens
of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders.

Human rights activists in Havana said an estimated 100 pro-democracy
activists… Continue reading

First phase of Cuba’s Mariel port update opens

Posted on Monday, 01.27.14

First phase of Cuba’s Mariel port update opens
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

Cuban President Raúl Castro and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
snipped a ribbon Monday to mark the opening of the first phase of the
Port of Mariel renovation, a nearly $1 billion project that is largely
financed by Brazil.

Better known in Miami as the… Continue reading

The hypocrisy summit

Posted on Monday, 01.27.14

The hypocrisy summit
OUR OPINION: Hemispheric forum in Havana a fearful time for dissidents

The two faces of the Cuban government will be on full display in Havana
Tuesday and Wednesday during the summit of a hemispheric body explicitly
designed to spite the United States and Canada, which are excluded from
membership.

On the surface,… Continue reading

Convicted air pirate asks judge to reduce sentence

Posted on Sunday, 12.22.13

Convicted air pirate asks judge to reduce sentence
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KEY WEST, Fla. — A Cuban man convicted of air piracy in the U.S. after
landing a hijacked plane in Key West is asking a federal judge to
reconsider his 20-year prison sentence.

Ardemis Wilson Gonzalez was sentenced months after his April 2003
landing in… Continue reading

In Cuba, clock ticking just a bit faster for some

Posted on Friday, 12.20.13

In Cuba, clock ticking just a bit faster for some
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder.

For many islanders, the days still pass slowly under an enervating sun.
After a half century of Communism, they see time frozen in the facades
of crumbling colonial mansions,… Continue reading

U.S. man accused of hijacking Miami-bound jetliner to Cuba 30 years ago gears up to plead guilty

Posted on Wednesday, 12.18.13

U.S. man accused of hijacking Miami-bound jetliner to Cuba 30 years ago
gears up to plead guilty
BY JAY WEAVER

A former New Jersey man who hijacked a Miami-bound commercial jet to
Cuba almost 30 years ago and finally surrendered to U.S. authorities
last month is gearing up to plead guilty to an air-piracy charge,… Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba money transactions could get more complicated

Posted on Monday, 12.02.13

U.S.-Cuba money transactions could get more complicated
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuba travel agency owner Vivian Mannerud says she tried for three years
to find a bank that would hold an account for her money remittance
business, which was fully licensed by the U.S. government.

“Not one would do it. I tried several banks, and… Continue reading

Cuban pastor says he was denied permission to travel abroad

Posted on Thursday, 12.12.13

Cuban pastor says he was denied permission to travel abroad
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

A Cuban pastor who has been harshly critical of the government says he
was denied permission to travel abroad last month for a religious
gathering even though his passport and visa were all in order.

Bernardo de Quesada Salomón said he… Continue reading

Key West to Cuba flights struggle to take off

Posted on Tuesday, 11.26.13

Key West to Cuba flights struggle to take off
BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

KEY WEST, Fla. — One of the first sights greeting passengers at the Key
West International Airport is a statue of two families with children
standing around a large, concrete buoy. “Ninety miles to Cuba,” reads
the words etched on the centerpiece.… Continue reading

Obama Invites Cuban Dissidents to Washington

Obama Invites Cuban Dissidents to Washington
November 20, 2013
Fernando Ravsberg*

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet accompanies his wife to the airport in Havana
from where she flew directly to Miami . Photo: Raquel Perez
HAVANA TIMES — Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet and his wife, Elsa
Morejon, were invited by President Barack Obama to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of the… Continue reading

U.S. man who hijacked jet airliner to Cuba denied bond in Miami federal court

Posted on Tuesday, 11.19.13

U.S. man who hijacked jet airliner to Cuba denied bond in Miami federal
court
BY JAY WEAVER

An American accused of hijacking a Miami-bound airliner to Cuba almost
30 years ago “described what he did as an act of terrorism” to federal
agents who brought him back from Havana earlier this month, a prosecutor
said… Continue reading

Cuban Airports – The Chokepoint

Cuban Airports: The Chokepoint / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 17, 2013

People crowd together in the suffocating heat, some are holding signs
with names printed on them. The flight from Madrid just landed at José
Martí International Airport, bringing tourists and many nationals now
living in Spain. Each person must wait forty minutes to an hour — at
least… Continue reading

Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega leaves a church leadership panel

Posted on Saturday, 11.16.13

Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega leaves a church leadership panel
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega has been replaced as vice president of the
Conference of Cuban Catholic Bishops, fueling speculation that Pope
Francis will soon appoint his successor in the communist-ruled nation.

Ortega submitted his resignation as archbishop of Havana in 2011 after… Continue reading

USVI authorities detain 35 Cuban migrants

USVI authorities detain 35 Cuban migrants
Published on November 15, 2013

ST CROIX, USVI — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field
operations officers on Wednesday evening took custody of 35 Cuban
migrants that allegedly landed in Coakley Bay, in the northern coast of
the island.

USVI police notified CBP officers at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, and
reaching Coakley… Continue reading

Former Cuban political prisoners ask for investigation of Coral Gables firm

Posted on Thursday, 11.14.13

Former Cuban political prisoners ask for investigation of Coral Gables firm
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Former political prisoners of the Cuban regime asked the Department of
Justice to investigate whether OdebrechtUSA, a Coral Gables branch of a
Brazilian conglomerate, has violated U.S. laws by failing to register as
an agent of a foreign country.

The… Continue reading

Key West-Cuba charter flights postponed

Key West-Cuba charter flights postponed
By SEAN KINNEY

Posted – Saturday, November 09, 2013 10:35 AM EST

Ambitious plans announced last month by a Miami travel agency to offer
small charter flights between Key West and Cuba beginning Nov. 15 have
been pushed back to a Dec. 15 kick-off by Mambi International’s partners
at Air Marbrisa Airlines.

In a… Continue reading

Is Diaz-Canel the Third Power in Cuba?

Is Diaz-Canel the Third Power in Cuba? / Orlando Freire Santana
Posted on November 8, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, November, www.cubanet.org -In closed societies, where
there is no freedom of information, it’s necessary to read between the
lines to break the secrecy imposed from above. Secrecy that, among other
things, makes it impossible to know the real share of power of… Continue reading

Cuba Has A Currency Problem

Cuba Has A Currency Problem
By Danielle Buhagiar

Cuba’s dual currency system has created the one thing the revolution was
meant to wipe out – a class system. Proposed reforms to the system can’t
come soon enough, writes Danielle Buhagiar

Determined to take the trip “before Castro dies” my partner and I
recently spent a couple of weeks exploring Cuba,… Continue reading

Havana airport briefly evacuated for fire

Posted on Thursday, 11.07.13

Havana airport briefly evacuated for fire
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — The main international terminal of Havana’s airport has been
briefly evacuated due to a fire, but there are no reports of deaths or
injuries.

Amalia Reigosa was at Terminal 3 of Jose Marti airport to pick up her
mother who was arriving from Italy. Reigosa… Continue reading

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