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Mitsubishi Corp says scouting for Cuba infrastructure projects

Mitsubishi Corp says scouting for Cuba infrastructure projects
HAVANA | BY SARAH MARSH

Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp (8058.T) is scouting for business
opportunities in Cuba including infrastructure projects at its Mariel
special development zone, a top executive said on Friday.

Companies from Cuba’s long-term trading partners such as Japan have
stepped up interest in the Communist-ruled island since its… Continue reading

Cuba making it difficult for farmers to export coffee to the U.S.

Cuba making it difficult for farmers to export coffee to the U.S.

The U.S. State Department added coffee to a list of products
entrepreneurs within Cuba are permitted to export to the United States.
However, Cuban policies on the exportation of goods are making it
difficult for Cuban coffee farmers to utilize this change in policy.
BY EMILY WILLIAMS
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Texas ag embraces trade with Cuba

Texas ag embraces trade with Cuba
Posted: Yesterday 11:43 a.m.

In the push for free trade with Cuba, Texas has managed to sell rice and
other states have sold soybean oil. In turn, we have bought some coffee,
but what we really want are those Cuban cigars, John Block, former U.S.
secretary of agriculture, said.

Meanwhile, leaders in business and… Continue reading

Leni Gas Cuba takes a sip of Cuban coffee company

Leni Gas Cuba takes a sip of Cuban coffee company
07:58 20 Jun 2016

For an investment of £27,300, the company has secured a 10% stake in a
company looking to promote Cuban coffee round the world

CMC plans to provide equipment and know-how in return for a supply of
green coffee beans

Cuban specialist investment company Leni Gas Cuba… Continue reading

Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau pushing for free trade with Cuba

Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau pushing for free trade with Cuba

Partial list of members of the Engage Cuba Texas State Council
Tony Bennett, president and CEO, Texas Association of Manufacturers
Ric Bonnell, director of Global Health, Dell Children’s Medical Center
Theldon R. Branch III, commissioner of the Port of Houston Authority
J. Allen Carnes, farmer with Carnes Farms Inc.
Erika… Continue reading

Nitza Villapol – The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About

Nitza Villapol: The Woman Who Taught Cubans To Cook With Just About Anything
By EDITOR • JUN 16, 2016

They call her Cuba’s Julia Child.

You may not have heard of Nitza Villapol, but for millions of Cubans
both on the island and abroad, her recipes offer an abiding taste of
home. In many Cuban-American homes, dog-eared, decades-old copies of… Continue reading

In Cuba You Eat What You Can

In Cuba You Eat What You Can / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 13 June 2016 — After making the rounds at the farmers’
market and complaining about the paltry assortment of meat, fruits and
vegetables, Mercedes, a seventy-nine-year-old retiree, is standing in
front of a stall selling fresh and smoked pork.

She is buying ten pounds of pork chops for… Continue reading

For Cubans sent back to the island, home comes with a hard landing

For Cubans sent back to the island, home comes with a hard landing

Nations throughout the hemisphere are clamping down on Cuban migrants.
For those who end up back on the island, life often goes from bad to worse.
BY JIM WYSS

ALQUÍZAR, CUBA
Like others who have gone abroad, Yoandy Boza Canal was feeling like a
stranger in… Continue reading

The Decline of Cuban Coffee

The Decline of Cuban Coffee
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 15 de Junio de 2016 – 9:49 am. µ

Coffee, growing on bushes in tropical regions, of the genus Coffea, came
to Cuba from La Española, just like cattle did. Don José Antonio Gelaber
brought it in 1748, founding the first coffee plantation in Wajay.

In the 1760s Havana’s… Continue reading

Are new cruises to Cuba just too different?

Are new cruises to Cuba just too different?
By Beth J. Harpaz
AP Travel Editor
Published: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:06 p.m.

Miami-based Carnival Corp.’s new Fathom brand cruises to Cuba and the
Dominican Republic, launched in May, appear to be experiencing growing
pains.

Both offerings are different than anything… Continue reading

If you want to make money in Cuba, join a band

If you want to make money in Cuba, join a band
A growth industry
WRITTEN BY Ana Campoy
June 08, 2016
Varadero, Cuba

If Jorge Guevara worked as a doctor in the US, he’d likely have a
six-figure salary. But this is Cuba, and as a drummer hammering out
tropical standards for sunburned tourists in the resort town of
Varadero,… Continue reading

Japan Trading Houses Knocking on Cuba’s Door Amid U.S. Opening

Japan Trading Houses Knocking on Cuba’s Door Amid U.S. Opening
Stephen Stapczynski Ichiro Suzuki
June 7, 2016 — 2:26 AM CEST

Mitsubishi, Marubeni and Mitsui are opening offices in Havana
Traders look to Cuba as business confidence in region drops

Japan’s largest trading houses are positioning themselves in Cuba before
any easing of U.S. sanctions, seeking opportunities in infrastructure,
resources… Continue reading

El Paso social services respond to Cuban migrant surge

El Paso social services respond to Cuban migrant surge

El Paso has eclipsed San Diego as the third most popular entry point for
Cuban migrants, following Laredo and Miami
BY BORDERZINE SPECIAL REPORTS
borderzine.com

EL PASO, TX
Cuban refugees continue to seek asylum in the U.S., traveling from
Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, with many staying in the Texas border… Continue reading

Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba

Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba
Island nation is just itching to breathe free
Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:46 p.m. CDT

I just returned from 2 weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from
the land of Fidelismo.

Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited,
though American educational and professional groups may visit the island… Continue reading

For Cuban Home Cooks, Ingenuity and Luck Are Key Ingredients

For Cuban Home Cooks, Ingenuity and Luck Are Key Ingredients
By KIM SEVERSONMAY 17, 2016

HAVANA — One recent afternoon, Kanye West and three Kardashians
Instagrammed their way through the streets of old Havana in a 1950s-era
Chevy Bel Air. In a working-class neighborhood a 20-minute drive away,
Yolanda Horruitiner, who hasn’t left Cuba since she was born here 70… Continue reading

Cuban Government Announces New Set of Price Reductions

Cuban Government Announces New Set of Price Reductions / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 17 May 2016 – The Cuban government has published an “official
note” announcing price reductions for products sold in Cuban convertible
pesos (CUC) which will go into effect on Tuesday. The measure is aimed
at “gradually increasing the purchasing power of the Cuban pesos (CUP),”
explained the Ministry of… Continue reading

El Trigal Wholesale Market’s Last Day

El Trigal Wholesale Market’s Last Day / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 May 2016 — The line of trucks extends
along the embankment that provides access to the only wholesale
agricultural market in Havana. But unlike other days, the farmers who
have come with their merchandise neither unload it nor sell it. The
place is surrounded by… Continue reading

It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic

Fathom is a cruise to Cuba with a social purpose

Fathom is Carnival’s new social-impact cruise line

It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic

The Dominican itinerary emphasizes volunteer tourism; the Cuban one
focuses on people-to-people exchanges
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

SANTIAGO, CUBA
After the Madrigalista Choir finished a performance for a group of
American travelers in this… Continue reading

Cuba in the Name of Deception

Cuba in the Name of Deception
May 10, 2016
By Maykel Paneque

HAVANA TIMES —I don’t recall when I began to distrust the Cuban
government. It may have been a Saturday near the end of the 90s, during
a hot month like August, when I first heard about a series of forced
labor camps that existed in Cuba, known as… Continue reading

Cuba sets ceiling for prices of farm products

Cuba sets ceiling for prices of farm products
Published May 03, 2016 EFE

The Cuban government – starting Tuesday – set maximum prices on select
agricultural products with the aim of protecting both consumers and
agricultural producers, state-run media reported.

The measures will result in an “increase (in) the supply of agricultural
products in high demand and their sale to… Continue reading

Cuba opens up to U.S., revealing its paradoxes

Cuba opens up to U.S., revealing its paradoxes
Much has changed during half-century embargo
BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

HAVANA — This city is a short 45 minutes from Miami, but until the
relaxation of travel between Cuba and the United States, it could have
been at the end of the world. Many travelers assume the flight… Continue reading

Increased agricultural trade with Cuba faces obstacles in addition to embargo

PURE CUBA: Increased agricultural trade with Cuba faces obstacles in
addition to embargo
By TRACY SAMILTON & MERCEDES MEJIA • APR 28, 2016

Michigan agriculture businesses are intrigued by the prospect of doing
business in Cuba, after the Obama administration re-established formal
ties with the island nation.

Cuba also sees the U.S. as a potential new market.
But there are… Continue reading

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