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France Calls on US to Lift Economic Embargo on Cuba

France Calls on US to Lift Economic Embargo on Cuba
By SYLVIE CORBET, ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS — Feb 1, 2016, 3:50 PM ET

France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba
during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island’s president
aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris.

Raul Castro’s trip comes after… Continue reading

France to convert half of Cuban debt arrears into investment projects

France to convert half of Cuban debt arrears into investment projects
BUSINESS POLITICS
FEB 1, 2016 – 19:45

PARIS (Reuters) – France agreed on Monday to convert half of Cuba’s debt
arrears to Paris into investment projects during a visit by Cuban
President Raul Castro to the French capital to forge closer ties.
Though Cuban leaders have been to France… Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro on grand bridge-building France trip

Cuba’s Raul Castro on grand bridge-building France trip
By Martine Nouaille, and Alexandre Grosbois in Havana

Paris (AFP) – Cuba’s Communist President Raul Castro will be welcomed
under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a rare state visit Monday to
showcase his island’s warming ties with big world powers.

Cuba’s leader Raul Castro thanks pope for aiding U.S. detente… Continue reading

France to offer Cuba more debt relief during Castro visit

France to offer Cuba more debt relief during Castro visit – source

PARIS (Reuters) – France is to sign a deal with Cuba next week to ease
the Caribbean island nation’s bilateral debt to Paris during a visit by
the Cuban president to the French capital, a diplomatic source said on
Friday.

Raul Castro is due to arrive on Saturday… Continue reading

Cuba’s Private Sector – The Dangerous Road Ahead

Cuba’s Private Sector: The Dangerous Road Ahead
January 27, 2016
Osmel Ramírez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — Until the end of the 1980s, the words “business person”
were akin to an obscenity in Cuba. Working for the State was the norm
and even farmers who hadn’t handed over their lands to a cooperative
were suspect. The communist ethos had imposed its… Continue reading

My History

My History / Somos+, Frank Rojas
Posted on January 26, 2016

Somos +, Frank Rojas, 26 January 2016 — My history is like that of most
Cubans born during the Revolutionary period. My generation grew up with
our lives administered by others, carrying ration cards and bearing
witness to those great moments that marked the lives of millions of us.… Continue reading

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France
J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am.

Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled
to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of
State and of Ministers and the First Secretary of the Communist Party
(to… Continue reading

Five Points – Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech

Five Points: Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech
Posted on January 22, 2016

Dimas Castellanos, 16 January 2016 — A commentary on five economic
issues raised by the Cuban president on December 29, 2015 during the
closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power.

1. The president stated that, though the effects of the US blockade
remain unchanged and… Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro to visit France on Feb. 1

Cuba’s Raul Castro to visit France on Feb. 1
PARIS

Cuban President Raul Castro next month will make the first visit to
France by a Cuban head of state since his brother in 1995 as he tries to
carve out a larger role for the Communist-run nation since improving
ties with the United States.

French President Francois Hollande in May… Continue reading

Miami port parcel is ideal for proposed Cuba ferry

Miami port parcel is ideal for proposed Cuba ferry
By Tom Stieghorst / January 18, 2016

At this point, it is anybody’s guess who will be sailing to Cuba from
Miami this year.

The Cuban government has issued no approvals for cruise lines, and
several of the companies that have been selling cruises to Cuba have not
done anything to… Continue reading

Cuba Discounted, But Shut For Tourists, Trade?

January 11, 2016, 1:43 P.M. ET
Cuba Discounted, But Shut For Tourists, Trade?
By Dimitra DeFotis

Cuba can be compared to North Korea in some ways, if you consider
weapons of mass economic destruction.
In a fresh New Yorker article, author Barbara Demick, who has worked as
a foreign correspondent in many developing countries, writes about the
stark lack of… Continue reading

Cubans, Fearing Loss of Favored Status in U.S., Rush to Make an Arduous Journey

Cubans, Fearing Loss of Favored Status in U.S., Rush to Make an Arduous
Journey
By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 9, 2016

LA CRUZ, Costa Rica — In Gretchen López’s slumber, during whatever winks
of sleep she could get in a crowded open air shelter, she dreamed she
was sending money to her mother in Cuba to renovate her crumbling house
and buy… Continue reading

Miami-Dade pursuing ferry service to Cuba from PortMiami

Miami-Dade pursuing ferry service to Cuba from PortMiami

The new terminal would serve passenger and cargo runs to Cuba
With ferry service a new option, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is dropping a
controversial port development plan
This is the same site David Beckham wanted for a soccer stadium
BY DAVID SMILEY AND DOUGLAS HANKS

The largely undeveloped plot of land… Continue reading

Cuban TV Highlights National Assembly Attacks on the Self-employed

Cuban TV Highlights National Assembly Attacks on the Self-employed /
14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on January 1, 2016

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 1 January 2015 – December 29 was the
National Assembly of People’s Power last day of work in its final
session of 2015. Cuban State television highlighted two moments: the
speech of a delegate, supported by president Raul… Continue reading

Cuba Also Needs Democratic Multiparty Elections

Cuba Also Needs Democratic Multiparty Elections / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 31, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 29 December 2015 — Cuba is the only
country in this hemisphere that does not conduct democratic multi-party
elections, which is what the Revolution of 1959 fought for and what
different wings of the democratic left and the opposition forces of… Continue reading

17 December – First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage

17 December: First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage / Miriam Celaya
Posted on December 29, 2015

Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 December 2015 – At the end of the first year
of the restoration of relations between the governments of the United
States and Cuba, the expectations that the historical event awakened in
Cuba remain unfulfilled. With much pain and no… Continue reading

Japan to forgive ¥120 billion in claims against Cuba

Japan to forgive ¥120 billion in claims against Cuba
JIJI
DEC 28, 2015

Japan has decided to give up ¥120 billion in claims for damages against
Cuba that arose from the Caribbean country’s overdue debt, according to
informed sources.

The government is looking at resuming yen loans to Cuba, following the
restoration of its diplomatic ties with the United States… Continue reading

A bad year for freedom in Cuba

A bad year for freedom in Cuba
Saturday – Dec. 26, 2015
By Charles Lane

Much has changed in Cuba since President Obama and the island’s
dictator, Raúl Castro, announced their rapprochement a year ago.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed into Cuban government
coffers because of more U.S. tourism and remittances. Havana has
negotiated a generous U.S.-tolerated debt… Continue reading

Critical Times for Cuba

Critical Times for Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 22, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 21 December 2015 – The year 2015 is
drawing to a close and Cuba is living in critical times. There are five
main factors that contribute to the Cuban situation: the breach of the
fundamental agreements of the 6th Communist Party Congress; the… Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents – Obamas Castro Deal Has Made It Worse

Cuban Dissidents: Obamas Castro Deal Has Made It Worse

This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site.

This past week marked the anniversary of President Obamas new Cuba policy.

That policy is failing to produce any human rights improvements in Cuba.
So 126 Cuban former political prisoners who together have served 1,945
years in Castro’s prisons wrote… Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch
Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in.
Sound familiar?
By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY
Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET

This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral
rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama
administration immediately moved to ease restrictions on American travel
to… Continue reading

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures

Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures
Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in.
Sound familiar?
By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY
Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET

This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral
rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama
administration immediately moved to ease restrictions on American travel
to the… Continue reading

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