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Cuba sets new record for tourist arrivals in 2015

Cuba sets new record for tourist arrivals in 2015
Published December 24, 2015 EFE

Cuba set a new record for foreign tourist arrivals with one month
remaining in 2015, a year in which the Caribbean island has consolidated
its status as a growing cruise-ship destination.

A total of 3,139,764 foreign visitors, with Canada accounting for the
largest single chunk, visited… Continue reading

Cuban adjustment – Migrants talk of hope, hardship, and why they’re coming to America

Cuban adjustment: Migrants talk of hope, hardship, and why they’re
coming to America
Mike Clary Contact Reporter
Sun Sentinel

Recently arrived Cuban migrants on why they, and so many others, are
leaving the island

As a barber in Havana, Duniesky Herrera Matamoros made about $20 a month
— barely enough to live on, he said, and not enough for a… Continue reading

Who Will Speak for Black Cubans on the Lack of Economic Opportunity?

Who Will Speak for Black Cubans on the Lack of Economic Opportunity?
Renewing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will open up
financial prospects on the island, but racial disparities have long kept
black Cubans on the bottom rung of the economic ladder.
BY: DEWAYNE WICKHAM
Posted: Dec. 23 2015 3:00 AM

Havana: If President Barack Obama comes here… Continue reading

Are Cooperatives Dangerous for Cuba?

Are Cooperatives Dangerous for Cuba?
December 24, 2015
Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — A few days ago, I saw a report by Telesur, Latin
America’s left-wing broadcaster, which praised the creation of
cooperatives in Mexico and stressed that these had helped prevent the
closure of companies and unemployment in other Latin American countries.

Socialist sectors are precisely those that impel… Continue reading

Cuban Middle Class Takes Over ‘Proletarian’ Neighborhoods

Cuban Middle Class Takes Over ‘Proletarian’ Neighborhoods / 14ymedio,
Lilianne Ruiz
Posted on December 23, 2015

14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 22 December 2015 — “These buildings are
earthquake resistant,” says the owner of an apartment for sale in a
Havana neighborhood. The potential buyer listens incredulous, looking
out from the balcony at other concrete blocks in the surrounding area.
What… Continue reading

Cuba’s Energy Revolution is in a Tailspin

Cuba’s Energy Revolution is in a Tailspin / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on December 23, 2015

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 21 December 2015 – “Hurry! Get in! The
patient is dying,” the driver warned the young man flagging him down at
the corner of Calzada del Cerro. At the wheel was Carlos Alberto Valdes,
a technician from the Electrical Generators… Continue reading

Better Relations With Cuba Could Boost Ga. Poultry

Better Relations With Cuba Could Boost Ga. Poultry
By ELLY YU

Relations between the United States and Cuba have been thawing over the
past year. Earlier this month, the countries stuck a deal for regular
flights between the two nations, and the United States reopened its
embassy in Havana over the summer. But while much is still up to
Congress… Continue reading

Fooling everyone, all the time?

Fooling everyone, all the time?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | La Habana | 23 Dic 2015 – 4:49 pm.

General Raúl Castro’s government is lying when it claims that in 2015
the Cuban economy grew 4%, which would be eight times more than the 0.3%
to 0.5% that the ECLAC estimates for average growth in the Latin
American nations this year.… Continue reading

Why Do Cubans Emigrate?

Why Do Cubans Emigrate? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 22, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 16 December 2015 — Laying the blame on “Yankee imperialism”
or the “perverse and criminal” Cuban Adjustment Act will not stem the
flow of people escaping poverty and bleak futures.

The national debate should be of a different nature. A responsible and
reasonable government would ask… 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

Cuba may not want American business

Cuba may not want American business
Tribune Staff Published: December 22, 2015

TAMPA — Whether people in the Tampa area should do business with Cuba
has been hotly debated since relations between the U.S. and the island
nation began to thaw a year ago.

Willing businessmen believe it is the best way to build Tampa’s economy
while enabling the impoverished… Continue reading

A Rough Economic Year Ahead for Cuba

A Rough Economic Year Ahead for Cuba
Media Center, Image DECEMBER 22, 2015 | 20:23 GMT

According to a U.N. 2015 study led by the Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean, Cuba’s services sector is responsible for the
growth in the Cuban economy, representing roughly 70 percent of gross
domestic product. Tourism in particular has and continues to… Continue reading

The Counterrevolution That Has Paralyzed Cuba

The Counterrevolution That Has Paralyzed Cuba
December 21, 2015
By Pedro Campos

HAVANA TIMES — In the most classic sense of the word, the
counterrevolution is that which prevents the advance of revolutionary
measures in Cuba’s political and economic spheres and keeps the country
from making progress.

What is the counterrevolution, specifically? Where is it located and
what power does… Continue reading

Cuba reparations talks should look to future, not past

Cuba reparations talks should look to future, not past
The Times Editorial Board

Just over a year ago, President Obama began thawing the half-century
Cold War chill between the U.S. and Cuba when he and President Raul
Castro agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations. More recently,
Florida-based Stonegate Bank announced it would start issuing debit
cards that American travelers can use… Continue reading

Cuba Prepares for Another Year in Isolation

Cuba Prepares for Another Year in Isolation
Analysis DECEMBER 21, 2015 | 09:15 GMT

Summary

Cuba has made some notable political and economic improvements in 2015,
but the same will not be true in 2016. Cuba’s economy, underpinned by
tourism and remittance revenues and Venezuelan energy ties, has thrived,
especially after the United States re-established economic and political
ties with… Continue reading

Groups criticize U.S. relations with Cuba

Groups criticize U.S. relations with Cuba

Two Miami organizations send letter to President Barack Obama
Nearly 100 former Cuban political prisoners send their own letter as well
BY BRENDA MEDINA

Two Cuban exile organizations in Miami have published an open letter to
President Barack Obama, complaining about the “negative consequences”
that his decision to warm U.S. relations with Cuba… 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

U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade – Past, Present, and Possible Future

U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade: Past, Present, and Possible Future
by Steven Zahniser and Bryce Cooke

Highlights:
– Establishing a more normal economic relationship between the United
States and Cuba would allow Cuba to resume exporting agricultural
products to the United States and lead to additional growth in U.S.
agricultural exports to Cuba.
– The United States is already one of Cuba’s… Continue reading

One Year After December 17, Who Took The Lead?

One Year After December 17, Who Took The Lead? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 20, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 17 December 2015 – Several articles have
already appeared alluding to the first anniversary of the normalization
of relations between Cuba and the USA and evaluating the results.

For some nothing has happened: nothing has changed. But diplomatic… Continue reading

Business leaders pen ‘open letter’ urging fellow Cuban Americans to embrace U.S. policy changes

Business leaders pen ‘open letter’ urging fellow Cuban Americans to
embrace U.S. policy changes

Ten businessmen, mostly from Miami, traveled to Cuba this month
They say they saw ‘progress’ in a fledgling entrepreneurial class
They want to give cover to more Cuban Americans to engage with the island
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI

Earlier this month, nearly a year to the… Continue reading

U.S. and Cuba at Odds Over Exodus of the Island’s Doctors

U.S. and Cuba at Odds Over Exodus of the Island’s Doctors
By VICTORIA BURNETT and FRANCES ROBLES DEC. 19, 2015

As he came of age in Cuba, José Angel Sánchez enrolled in medical school
for the usual reasons: to help the sick and to make a better living than
most in his destitute eastern town. But he had another motive,… Continue reading

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