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Cuba Isn’t Libre Yet

Cuba Isn’t Libre Yet
By Peter Coy December 23, 2014

If the embargo of Cuba had been aimed at keeping the Castro brothers in
power, it might be judged today as the most successful foreign policy in
the history of the U.S. Almost 53 years after President John F. Kennedy
declared the embargo on all trade “in light of the… Continue reading

Can Cuba become the bread basket of North America?

Can Cuba become the bread basket of North America?
By Kieron Monks
December 23, 2014 — Updated 1819 GMT (0219 HKT)

Cuba has new opportunities following historic deal with U.S.
Economic liberalization already occurring with 500,000 privately employed
Biotech, tourism, and agriculture could boom, Internet should be
dramatically improved
The new alliance will not remove mutual suspicion
(CNN) — From… Continue reading

Cuba and the United States – Regret the past or build the future?

Cuba and the United States: Regret the past or build the future?
JORGE CALAFORRA, Warsaw | Diciembre 22, 2014

On 17 December 2014 at 12:01 Washington DC time, the President of the
United States, Barack Obama, announced the United States’ new policy
toward Cuba. It should be recalled that the president of the United
States of America makes his decisions… Continue reading

Shameful Distortions

Shameful Distortions / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on December 22, 2014

The big news for all Cubans, without a doubt, has been the
reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States, which
has been a dream for three generations on our captive island, although
there are opponents among some fellow countrymen both here and abroad.
The other story — the… 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

Cuba Reality Check – Can You Really Do Business There?

Cuba Reality Check: Can You Really Do Business There?
By Gail DeGeorge, David Tweed and Christopher Donville Dec 22, 2014
6:01 AM GMT+0100

For companies seeking Miami attorney Pedro Freyre’s advice on how to
exploit President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, two stories may serve
as cautionary tales.

One concerns an 18-hole golf course that took a Canadian designer eight… Continue reading

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them
Published December 21, 2014 Fox News Latino

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans.
MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards.
Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be
demand for his… Continue reading

After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what kind of change?

Marc Caputo: After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what
kind of change?
MARC CAPUTO
12/21/2014 7:45 PM 12/21/2014 7:54 PM

Comments
The U.S. president who brought us a hope-and-change campaign has helped
spread the same message to Cuba after announcing the two countries would
try to normalize relations.

But it’s likely Cuba will experience far more… Continue reading

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves
The historic opening between the two countries could have an impact on
travel and business in the long-term, though changes are likely to
happen gradually.
By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer DECEMBER 19, 2014

MEXICO CITY — US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro
made history this week in announcing a plan… Continue reading

Cuba’s Coke and Hollywood among embargo’s paradoxes

Cuba’s Coke and Hollywood among embargo’s paradoxes
By Francisco Jara

Havana (AFP) – Despite Cuba’s reputation as an island cut off from all
things American, it is possible to drink Coca-Cola and watch Hollywood
movies here, one of the paradoxes of the five-decade embargo.

Cuba’s postcard image of pre-embargo American cars rolling down Havana
streets that are so close yet… Continue reading

How Venezuela’s Collapse Helped Thaw Cuban-American Relations

How Venezuela’s Collapse Helped Thaw Cuban-American Relations
Girish Gupta @jammastergirish Dec. 18, 2014

Today a beleaguered Venezuela no longer has the spare cash to fund the
island’s beleaguered economy. The Castros likely realized this as
Chávez’s presidency was coming to an end and were not keen for a return
to the scarcity of the euphemistically titled Special Period of the… Continue reading

Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba

Castro brothers’ resistance to change could test renewed U.S.-Cuba
By Nick Miroff December 18 at 10:25 PM

During the 47 years that he ruled the island, Fidel Castro was a
dominant and near-daily presence in the lives of ordinary Cubans. He
cajoled, lectured and admonished them, feuding with enemies — especially
the United States — in looping, animated speeches that… Continue reading

Obama’s decision, pro and con

Obama’s decision, pro and con
12/18/2014 7:10 PM 12/18/2014 7:10 PM

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a
chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the
accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed
miserably for half a century could ever work.

What is it about Cuba that makes… Continue reading

For exiles in Miami, move toward closer Cuba ties stirs complicated emotions

For exiles in Miami, move toward closer Cuba ties stirs complicated emotions
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
12/18/2014 7:36 PM 12/18/2014 10:21 PM

A man burst into Hialeah’s famed Vicky Bakery on Thursday afternoon and
held up his arms in victory.

“¡Triunfamos! ¡Triunfamos!” he said. We triumphed.

“What are you talking about?” a woman working behind the counter asked
him in… Continue reading

Venezuelan oil might be behind Cuba’s pivot to the U.S.

Venezuelan oil might be behind Cuba’s pivot to the U.S.
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/18/2014 8:44 PM 12/18/2014 11:05 PM

After 53 years of acrimony, a motivating factor in Cuba striking a
historic deal with the United States to renew diplomatic relations might
have been Venezuelan oil.

Both sides, of course, were eager to see their prisoners released —
USAID… Continue reading

Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture – USDA

Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture: USDA
BY KARL PLUME
CHICAGO Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:18pm EST

(Reuters) – Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice,
soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move
toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials
said on Wednesday.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom… Continue reading

South Florida busineses may gain from revised U.S.-Cuba policy

South Florida busineses may gain from revised U.S.-Cuba policy
BY INA PAIVA CORDLE, MIMI WHITEFIELD, MARTHA BRANNIGAN, HANNAH SAMPSON
AND NANCY DAHLBERG
12/17/2014 7:31 PM 12/17/2014 7:31 PM

As the United States takes steps to normalize relations with Cuba, South
Florida businesses centered on banking, shipping, trade,
telecommunications and travel are positioned to reap benefits — over time.

“The… Continue reading

Cuba reforms – Who are the biggest winners?

Cuba reforms: Who are the biggest winners?
By Kim Gittleson
BBC business reporter, New York

The 53-year-old Cuban embargo is the US’s longest-running trade sanction.

Although US President Barack Obama cannot fully lift that sanction
without approval from Congress, his executive action eases several
provisions.

This has everyone from Cuban-Americans looking to send money home to big
investors eyeing the… Continue reading

Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’

Andres Oppenheimer: Probably too soon to call Cuba policy change ‘historic’
BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
12/17/2014 7:44 PM 12/18/2014 12:06 AM

While President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday that he will
normalize relations with Cuba is the biggest diplomatic breakthrough
with the island after six decades of hostilities, his speech may have
been less “historic” than he portrayed it, according to… Continue reading

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans
BY JIM WYSS
12/16/2014 5:30 PM  12/16/2014 9:16 PM
MIAMI HERALD

QUITO, ECUADOR
On “Calle Ocho” in the La Florida neighborhood, a few dozen Cubans mill around, downing tar-thick cortadito coffee and explaining to curious locals how to cook malanga.

But the snow-capped volcano peeking through the clouds dispels… Continue reading

Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison

Alan Gross: Cuba Releases Him After Five Years in Prison
Dec 17, 2014, 8:48 AM ET
By JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Senior National Correspondent

Held for five years in Cuba, 65-year-old American contractor Alan Gross
has been released from prison and is en route to U.S. soil, ABC News has
learned exclusively.

In a landmark humanitarian prisoner exchange to… Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality
By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Dec 16 2014 (IPS) – One of the major challenges assumed by
President Raúl Castro when he launched a series of reforms in Cuba is
improving living standards in a country still suffering from a recession
that began over 20 years ago and has undermined the aim of achieving… Continue reading

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