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Politicians still naive, or manipulative, on Cuba

Politicians still naive, or manipulative, on Cuba
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

“I wish every Cuban back in Cuba could spend a day walking around Miami
and see what you have built here, how you have turned this city into a
dynamic global city. … It would not take them long to start demanding
similar opportunities and achieving similar success back… Continue reading

Cuba – Transforming a Revolution

Cuba: Transforming a Revolution
Castro and Obama balance gradual normalization with showing benefits for
both US and Cuba
Patricia Alejandro
YaleGlobal, 23 July 2015

CAMBRIDGE, MA: During the 1990s, the popular assumption was that most
Cubans, if they had a choice, would leave their country for the United
States in a heartbeat. Today, while many Cubans still try to cross… Continue reading

Americans have new hopes to reclaim property seized by Cuba 50 years ago

Americans have new hopes to reclaim property seized by Cuba 50 years ago
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 7:44 p.m. EDT July 30, 2015

MIAMI — Across the country, thousands of Americans are storing fading
documents that represent a piece of Cuba taken from them by Fidel Castro
in the 1960s. They could be worth billions.

For U.S. companies such as… Continue reading

The Politics of Prevention – Cholera in Cuba

The Politics of Prevention: Cholera in Cuba
[30-07-2015 01:02:47]
Cuba Transition Project

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Even before the scheduled opening of the
US Embassy on July 20, 2015, there were advertisements, blog posts,
tweets, and news feeds welcoming U.S. residents to Cuba for cultural,
religious or educational opportunities. Cuba remains a popular
destination for Canadian and Western European tourists with its rich… Continue reading

How Arizona companies can jump on the Cuban trade opportunity

How Arizona companies can jump on the Cuban trade opportunity
Jul 25, 2015, 11:03am MST
INDUSTRIES & TAGS Human Resources, International Business

Barriers to trade with Cuba are coming down, and the island nation’s
shopping list includes opportunity for Arizona businesses.
Michael Patterson and Melissa Proctor, shareholders and Latin American
international trade specialists with Phoenix law firm Polsinelli, say
that… Continue reading

Cuba could become big buyer for Oklahoma wheat

Cuba could become big buyer for Oklahoma wheat
Oklahoma sent a shipment of wheat to Cuba in 2004, but Cuba hasn’t
bought from the United States since 2011.
BY LEILAH NAIFEH Business Writer • Published: July
26, 2015

If the United States embargo on trade with Cuba is lifted, it has the
potential to drastically change Oklahoma’s wheat market.… Continue reading

Cuba, US improve relations, but sports defections continue

Cuba, US improve relations, but sports defections continue
By STEPHEN WADE (AP Sports Writer)
AP – Sports

TORONTO (AP) — The manager of Cuba’s baseball team at the Pan Am Games
wanted nothing to do with questions about defections to the United States.

Cuba has acknowledged that two players defected during warm-up games two
weeks ago in the United States,… Continue reading

Cuban defections ‘will continue’

Cuban defections ‘will continue’
By Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review
Thursday, July 16, 2015 5:15:29 EDT PM

Despite improved relations between Cuba and the United States, don’t
expect to see a rapid decline in defections from the Caribbean island,
says the chairman of the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association of Niagara.

“I’m sure it will continue. There are still powerful groups that… Continue reading

Four Cuban Pan Am rowers team defect to U.S., coach says

Four Cuban Pan Am rowers team defect to U.S., coach says
Coach Juan Carlos Reyes says Liosmel Ramos, Wilber Turro, Manuel Suarez
and Orlando Sotolongo have left the team and travelled to the United States.
By: Stephen Spencer Davis Staff Reporter, Published on Wed Jul 15 2015

Four Cuban rowers have defected while attending the Pan Am Games,
joining a… Continue reading

Opening for Business

Opening for Business
A former Marielito positions himself as an entrepreneur in the new Cuba.
BY JON LEE ANDERSON

One night not long ago, in a new restaurant in Havana called VIPs, the
owner, a white-haired Catalan named Jordi, was speculating about what
life might be like in Cuba after a reconciliation with the United
States. “Come, let me show… Continue reading

Cuba reaches 2 mn tourist arrivals more quickly than last year

Cuba reaches 2 mn tourist arrivals more quickly than last year
Published July 11, 2015 EFE

Cuba said it has registered 2 million tourist arrivals thus far in 2015,
39 days ahead of last year’s pace, state-run media outlets reported
Saturday, citing Tourism Ministry figures.

State media hailed that figure, which was announced Friday and marks a
16 percent increase… Continue reading

Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May

Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises in May
BY SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer

The world’s largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba.

Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the
Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it
would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since… Continue reading

‘Opportunity’ in Cuba, but for whom?

‘Opportunity’ in Cuba, but for whom?
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES – – Sunday, July 5, 2015

After 50 years an American flag will again fly over the American Embassy
in Havana. The Cubans, no doubt eager to sample the sweet life in the
West, will open their diplomatic representation in Washington.

President Obama tries to justify the renewal with the… Continue reading

MSC to sail cruises from Cuba

MSC to sail cruises from Cuba
By Tom Stieghorst / July 05, 2015

MSC Cruises said it will deploy the 2,120-passenger MSC Opera on
weeklong cruises from Havana, beginning Dec. 22.
The cruises will include two nights and two-and-a-half days in Havana,
and also visit Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and Georgetown in
the Cayman Islands. The seasonal schedule will… Continue reading

Cuba confirms defection of 2 baseball players during US trip

Cuba confirms defection of 2 baseball players during US trip
The Associated Press

HAVANA
Two Cuban baseball players have defected while in the United States for
a series of games against U.S. collegians, the island’s official sports
media confirmed.

Third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where
the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead… Continue reading

Cuban entrepreneur builds a business on classic American cars

Cuban entrepreneur builds a business on classic American cars
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

HAVANA
Julio Alvarez Torres started business with a single refurbished 1955
Chevy Bel Air that had been in his family for decades and put it into
service in 2010 driving tourists around the city.

They liked the feeling of going back in time, and Alvarez and other… Continue reading

The Embassy Wall Fell

The Embassy Wall Fell
YOANI SÁNCHEZ, Madrid | Julio 02, 2015

In a few days they will change the letterhead, replace the name plaque,
and hoist the flag. This building with its green-tinted windows by the
sea will cease to be called the Untied States Interests Section and
become the United States Embassy in Havana. A transformation that
transcends the… Continue reading

US property claims in Cuba – The next hurdle for normalized relations

US property claims in Cuba: The next hurdle for normalized relations
In order to lift the embargo, Americans whose property was seized in the
Cuban revolution must somehow be compensated
July 1, 2015 5:00AM ET
by Marisa Taylor @marisahtaylor

When Carolyn Chester Lamb was growing up in Mount Dora, Florida in the
1960s, her parents often talked about Cuba, the… Continue reading

Cuba first among nations to end motherchild HIV, syphilis

Cuba first among nations to end mother-to-child HIV, syphilis
– Island nation helped by integrated, national health system
– WHO effort seeks to get rates so low they are no longer health problem
– Officials believe U.S. has met requirements as well
BY CHRIS ADAMS

WASHINGTON
World health officials say Cuba has become the first country in the
world… Continue reading

Cuba’s top rum gets boost from tourism while awaiting U.S. entry

Cuba’s top rum gets boost from tourism while awaiting U.S. entry
Sales of Havana Club rum have soared in Cuba as tourism has grown.
BY ANDREW WILLIS
Bloomberg

The Parisian distiller Pernod Ricard SA is toasting the thaw in
U.S.-Cuba relations.

After decades on the U.S. no-go list, Cuba is developing into a hotspot
in the Caribbean, spurring interest by… Continue reading

Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans

Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans
BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated Press

HAVANA
Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant
expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first
major U.S. business to enter the island in decades.

Chief technology officer Nathan Blecharczyk, one of the firm’s three
co-founders, told The Associated… Continue reading

Door Opens Slightly to Cuba, but Businesses Face Difficulty Getting In

Door Opens Slightly to Cuba, but Businesses Face Difficulty Getting In
By LIZETTE ALVAREZJUNE 19, 2015

MIAMI — Six months after President Obama cracked open a more than
five-decade Cold War stalemate with Cuba, American money, travelers and
business executives are streaming onto the island and a United States
flag is poised to fly over the de facto embassy in… Continue reading

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