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Cuba will attract more tourists with U.S. deal, needs to modernize

Cuba will attract more tourists with U.S. deal, needs to modernize
By Daniel Wallis

HAVANA (Reuters) – Salsa music and cigar smoke swirl round the grand
courtyard of Havana’s famous Hotel Nacional, and guests enjoy stunning
views out over the “Malecon” seafront promenade and the ocean beyond.

But inside, many of its rooms are shabby and musty, the WiFi is… Continue reading

4 things to know before studying abroad in Cuba

4 things to know before studying abroad in Cuba
By: Caleb Diehl, Lewis & Clark College January 5, 2015 3:52 pm

In mid-February, Elliott Young, professor of history at Lewis & Clark
College, will carry tens of thousands of dollars in cash and travelers’
checks through Cuban customs. He leads a study abroad program where, in
addition to surviving without… Continue reading

In Miami, deportation fears rise as U.S. revives relations with Havana

In Miami, deportation fears rise as U.S. revives relations with Havana
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND ALFONSO CHARDY
01/03/2015 6:50 PM 01/03/2015 7:05 PM

President Barack Obama’s order to normalize relations with Cuba has
spread fear through the ranks of thousands of Cuban exiles facing
deportation to the island.

Many of those who have never become U.S. citizens now… Continue reading

Major Developments in Cuba for 2014

Major Developments in Cuba for 2014
January 2, 2015
By Café Fuerte

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, during a historical phone
conversation with Raul Castro on December 16.
HAVANA TIMES — Below, readers will find 12 highly important events that
made headlines and had a significant impact on Cuba and Cubans during 2014.

These were selected on the… Continue reading

Businesses Buzz With Anticipation In Wake Of U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Businesses Buzz With Anticipation In Wake Of U.S.-Cuba Thaw
DECEMBER 26, 2014 4:26 PM ET
JOHN BURNETT

The U.S. economic embargo on Cuba is still solidly in place. But the
president’s executive action opening relations with the island has set
off a frenzy of speculation about a new era of U.S.-Cuba commerce.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use… Continue reading

Cuba deal brings deportation questions

Cuba deal brings deportation questions
Renewing ties with Cuba raises questions about deportees
By Maria SacchettiGLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 26, 2014

The historic renewal of diplomatic relations between the United States
and Cuba has raised a thorny new question about the fate of tens of
thousands of Cubans the United States wants to deport, some of whom have
spent years in… Continue reading

In Cuba, some still remember three decades of “silent Christmases”

In Cuba, some still remember three decades of “silent Christmases”
Daniel A. Medina
@dmedin11
December 25, 2014

Just a week after US president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raúl
Castro made history by announcing that the United States and Cuba would
normalize diplomatic relations, much focus in the American media has
been on the isolation that Cuba has lived in… 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

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

Trade statistics point to Cuba’s plight

Trade statistics point to Cuba’s plight
BY KEN ROBERTS WWW.WORLDCITYWEB.COM
12/22/2014 7:55 PM  12/22/2014 9:48 PM

Amid the heated disagreements spawned by President Barack Obama’s decision last week to chip away at the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, one thing is indisputable: U.S. exports to Cuba are at the lowest level in a decade.

Another indisputable fact: Miami-Dade… Continue reading

Overhaul of Cuban relations seen reviving ‘dictatorship’

Overhaul of Cuban relations seen reviving ‘dictatorship’
Tom DiChristopher

Any move by the United States to normalize relations with Cuba without a
regime change will strengthen the hand of that country’s leadership,
experts told CNBC.
In a speech to the nation, President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined
a plan to overhaul its relations with Havana. The address followed the
release… Continue reading

U.S. sees more immigrants from Cuba as laws are relaxed

U.S. sees more immigrants from Cuba as laws are relaxed
POSTED ON DECEMBER 13, 2014
Michael Weissenstein and Christine Armario
The Associated Press

HAVANA — The number of Cubans heading to the United States has increased
dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year,
eliminating a costly exit visa and making it easier for emigrants to
return, new U.S.… Continue reading

A Cold War Prisoner Swap Involving Cuba

A Cold War Prisoner Swap Involving Cuba
December 8, 2014
Por Alcibiades Hidalgo* (Café Fuerte)

HAVANA TIMES — In March of 1989, South African Sargeant Johan Pepenfus
was released from the same prison in Havana’s Carlos J. Finlay Military
Hospital where US citizen Alan Gross has been kept for five years this
week, to be exchanged for three Cubans captured… Continue reading

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba
By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA

HAVANA (AP) — Panfilo, the elderly protagonist in a weekly show on Cuban
state television, has a broken water pipe in his house. When the city
repair worker says it’ll take six months to fix, Panfilo bribes her with
a bottle of shampoo and the repair is made… Continue reading

Tricking Customs, Another National Sport

Tricking Customs, Another National Sport / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez
Posted on December 7, 2014

14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 6 December 2014 — Establishing
the rules of a sport takes time. Let’s take for example baseball, one of
the most complicated games that exists; one could ask where the rules
for its practice come from, and why some are… Continue reading

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’
Ernesto Londoño
Posted: 12/06/2014 4:24 am EST

14ymedio, 1 December 2014 — Ernesto Londoño, who authored six
editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a
friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in
the hotel where he is staying in… Continue reading

Cuban Health Care Workers’ Motives: Idealism or Necessity?

Cuban Health Care Workers’ Motives: Idealism or Necessity?
Posted on November 27, 2014
By Jeovany Jimenez Vega

During an interview last Thursday on his afternoon radio program the
host, Ninoska Perez, told me about the mood he perceived in the Cuban
medical brigade workers dispatched a few days ago by Raul Castro. He was
struck by the “unfriendly” demeanor some… Continue reading

Shadow Market

Shadow Market / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on November 21, 2014

14ymedio, LILIANNE RUIZ, Havana, 20 November 2014 — In the shadow of the
doorways on Galleno Street in Havana, a young man shows several pairs of
sunglasses that he has encased in a piece of polystyrene foam, popularly
known as polyfoam. The improvised showcase is kept in a travel… Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Migratory Reform Falters

Raul Castro’s Migratory Reform Falters / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila
Posted on November 18, 2014

14ymedio, ELIECER AVILA, Las Tunas/November 15, 2014 — Officials,
opposition and public opinion in general have recognized as positive the
implementation of the Migratory Reform (covering emigration and travel)
promoted by the Cuban government at the beginning of 2013.

In spite of the fact that the… Continue reading

Cuban ‘exodus’ blamed on failed reforms

Cuban ‘exodus’ blamed on failed reforms
But Coast Guard doesn’t predict ‘mass migration’
BY DAVID GOODHUE
31, 2014 Updated 19 hours ago

Despite a marked increase in Cubans arriving by sea off South Florida,
the U.S. Coast Guard says it does not anticipate a Mariel boatlift-type
of crisis any time soon.

Between the 2,059 Cubans stopped at sea trying… Continue reading

Cuban Wave Arrives by Land

Cuban Wave Arrives by Land
Migrants Take Circuitous Routes to Reach the Border, Where They Gain Entry
MICHAEL STRAVATO FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
By MIRIAM JORDAN and ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES
Oct. 28, 2014 7:36 p.m. ET

In June, Luis Alberto Cuan Lio and his pregnant wife, Yordana Bravo
Perez, flew from Cuba to Ecuador as tourists. It was the first… Continue reading

Coast Guard still searching for 2 missing Cuban rafters; another group at sea

Coast Guard still searching for 2 missing Cuban rafters; another group
at sea
BY ALFONOSO CHARDY
10/28/2014 1:20 PM 10/28/2014 4:50 PM

The Coast Guard continued its search Tuesday for two missing Cuban
rafters, part of a group of 13 men that left days ago from Cojimar, on
Cuba’s northern coast about 340 miles east of Havana.

On Tuesday,… Continue reading

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