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Czech delegation flies to Cuba to discuss trade, old debt

Czech delegation flies to Cuba to discuss trade, old debt
ČTK | 9 OCTOBER 2015

Prague, Oct 8 (CTK) – The Czech diplomatic delegation that will visit
Cuba next week would like to reopen the negotiations on the debts from
the era of the communist bloc that Fidel Castro’s island left unpaid,
apart from hoping to start a new business… Continue reading

Is Now the Right Time?

Is Now the Right Time?
PABLO DÍAZ ESPÍ | Madrid | 6 Oct 2015 – 2:37 am.

Will a lifting of the US embargo be beneficial with the Castros still in
power?

The most recent and vocal proponents of the lifting of the American
embargo on Cuba wield as their main argument that this measure will
benefit the Cuban people,… Continue reading

Incident at the Airport Yesterday

Incident at the Airport Yesterday / Somos+, Eliecer Avila / Somos+
Posted on October 5, 2015

Somos+, Eliecer Avila, 5 October 2015 — Everything appeared normal until
I got to the immigration desk. There the official meeting me had a sign
on his screen with the word “CONTROLLED” flashing in red. With more or
less discrete gestures, the young official… Continue reading

Raul Castro Tells UN that Human Rights Are ‘a Utopia’

Raul Castro Tells UN that Human Rights Are ‘a Utopia’ / Diario de Cuba
Posted on September 30, 2015

The general stands in defense of Latin American populist governments and
criticizes democracies with parties “alien and distant from the
aspirations of the people.”

DiariodeCuba.com, New York, 28 September 2015 – General Raul Castro
affirmed this Monday, in his speech before… Continue reading

In U.N. speech, Raúl Castro calls for end of embargo

In U.N. speech, Raúl Castro calls for end of embargo

Castro delivers his first speech ever before U.N. General Assembly
He says lifting the embargo and other conditions must be met before
relations are normal
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker plans trip to Cuba next week
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
AND HANNAH ALLAM

UNITED NATIONS
Cuban leader Raúl Castro said… Continue reading

Czech Prime Minister Receives Cuban Regime Opponent Manuel Cuesta Morua

Czech Prime Minister Receives Cuban Regime Opponent Manuel Cuesta Morua
/ 14ymedio
Posted on September 17, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, September — Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka met
Wednesday with Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua–leader of the
Progressive Arc and promoter of several citizen projects–during the last
day of the 19th version of Forum 2000 in Prague. In the conversation,
the… Continue reading

Troubled sugar market seen facing threat of a revitalized rival -Cuba

Troubled sugar market seen facing threat of a revitalized rival: Cuba
By Reuters Media on Sep 12, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

MIAMI, Sept 11 (Reuters) – As if bearish market conditions weren’t bad
enough, sugar producers in top growers Brazil, Thailand and India may
soon have to face heftier competition in an already crowded field from
an old rival: Cuba.… Continue reading

Younger Cubans Lead with Optimism and Entrepreneurship, Says Western Union

Younger Cubans Lead with Optimism and Entrepreneurship, Says Western Union
More than 10.4 million global social media posts reveal Cuban insights
on U.S.-Cuba relations
September 10, 2015 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Western Union Company, a leader
in global payment services, said today that the younger Cuban generation
aged under 18 expressed the highest overall tone of… Continue reading

‘Substantial progress’ in EU-Cuba talks

‘Substantial progress’ in EU-Cuba talks

Havana (AFP) – There has been “substantial progress” in talks in Havana
on normalizing ties between the European Union and Cuba, the head of the
EU delegation said.

“There has been substantial progress, including in the areas of human
rights, democracy and governance, and the remaining differences were
narrowed even further,” said Christian Leffler, who… Continue reading

U.S. and Cuban delegations to meet in Havana

U.S. and Cuban delegations to meet in Havana
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

The United States and Cuba will hold the first session of their new
bilateral commission on normalization issues in Havana on Friday, the
U.S. State Department said.

U.S. Secretary John Kerry and Cuba Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
announced creation of the commission following a meeting on Aug. 14… Continue reading

EU, Cuba enter difficult phase of bilateral talks, focus on political pact

EU, Cuba enter difficult phase of bilateral talks, focus on political pact
HAVANA | BY DANIEL TROTTA

The European Union and Cuba entered the most difficult phase of their
bilateral talks on Thursday when they started to discuss a new political
agreement to replace a unilateral policy imposed by the Europeans 19
years ago.

The two sides have met five… Continue reading

EU-Cuba talks turn to delicate issues

EU-Cuba talks turn to delicate issues

Havana (AFP) – The European Union and Cuba opened a new round of talks
on normalizing ties Wednesday in Havana, taking on the sensitive
subjects of politics and human rights.

Cuban state media said the two sides were expected to “conclude
negotiations on cooperation and trade and open discussions on political
dialogue” during the… Continue reading

Spain wants to aid Cuba-U.S. relations, Spanish parliament speaker says

Spain wants to aid Cuba-U.S. relations, Spanish parliament speaker says
Published September 05, 2015 EFE

Spain wants to “facilitate to the maximum” relations between Cuba and
the United States, the speaker of the lower house of Spain’s parliament,
Jesus Posada, said Saturday in Havana, adding that his country will “do
all it can” to smooth the path to normalization between… Continue reading

The Absence of Freedoms – The Gravest Conflict in Cuba

The Absence of Freedoms: The Gravest Conflict in Cuba / Hablemos Press,
Oscar Sanchez Madan
Posted on September 3, 2015

Hablemos Press, Oscar Sánchez Madan, Matanzas, 2 September 2015 – The
principal difficulty that Cubans have faced for the past five decades is
the absence of basic freedoms. They have had to live under a one-party
police regime whose functionaries… Continue reading

‘Difficult’ to finish EU-Cuba talks this year – EU official

‘Difficult’ to finish EU-Cuba talks this year: EU official

Brussels (AFP) – The EU and Cuba have made good progress in
normalisation talks but getting an accord this year, the stated aim of
both sides, may prove difficult, an EU official said Wednesday.

“An end-2015 deal, that is the objective … but it is difficult. It is
better to have… Continue reading

Cuba’s Internet Dilemma – How to Emerge From the Web’s Stone Age

Cuba’s Internet Dilemma: How to Emerge From the Web’s Stone Age
Indira Lakshmanan
August 27, 2015 — 11:00 AM CEST

Julio Hernandez is a telecommunications engineer, but like almost anyone
else in Cuba who wants to get on the Internet, to do so he must crouch
on a dusty street corner with his laptop, inhaling car exhaust and
enduring sweltering… Continue reading

Cuba and Belgium seek to boost trade

Cuba and Belgium seek to boost trade
Published on August 27, 2015

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Interested in diversifying trade, entrepreneurs of
Cuba and Belgium will seek on August 27 in Havana new business
opportunities in key sectors such as construction, telecommunications
and pharmaceuticals.

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According to the Cuban Chamber of Commerce, the two delegations will
hold a business forum… Continue reading

Cuban Activists Discuss the Diplomatic Normalization with the United States

Cuban Activists Discuss the Diplomatic Normalization with the United
States / 14ymedio
Posted on August 10, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 10 August 2015 – Under the title “Diplomatic
Normalization and Democratic Normalization,” an even this Monday brought
together some 25 Cuban activists of different points of view. The site
of the meeting was the “Hannah Arendt Institute of Artivism” in Old… 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

Keeping score – Which side got more from new U.S.-Cuba policy?

Keeping score: Which side got more from new U.S.-Cuba policy?
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

As the United States and Cuba prepare to resume diplomatic relations
Monday for the first time in 54 years, the debate over who got the
better deal in the historic rapprochement continues to swirl, especially
in South Florida, where Cuba-watching sometimes resembles a contact sport.

Some… Continue reading

Spanish minister – Cuba’s economic reforms open “extraordinary opportunities”

Spanish minister: Cuba’s economic reforms open “extraordinary opportunities”
Published July 07, 2015 EFE

Spain’s minister of industry, energy and tourism said here Tuesday that
the economic reforms being pursued by Cuba’s President Raul Castro “mark
a good route” and open up “extraordinary opportunities.”

“On that road of reforms, Spain and its companies are always going to be
here,” said Jose… Continue reading

Hitler, Stalin y Fidel

Hitler, Stalin y Fidel / Angel Santiesteban
Posted on July 4, 2015

Angel Santiesteban-Prats, 14 May 2015 — Like in an old historical museum
of the horror of the Cuban Revolution, the visit of the most powerful
rulers to Fidel Castro’s lair is expected. It’s like visiting a living
mummy, still able to continue to do harm to those who… Continue reading

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