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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

Armandito’s Wheels

Armandito’s Wheels
REINALDO ESCOBAR, Havana | Enero 06, 2015

With the authorization of mobile vendors, among the new forms of
self-employment, an unexpected problem has arisen: the wheels. I’m not
going to wear myself out here talking about the intimate relationship
that exists between translational movement and this circular mechanical
piece that rotates around an axis. The lack of foresight… Continue reading

Coast Guard Worries About Wave of Cuban ‘Boat People’

Coast Guard Worries About Wave of Cuban ‘Boat People’
BY MARK POTTER

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard is worried about a recent spike in the
number of Cuban migrants setting sail illegally to the United States,
officials said.

The increase began in mid-December, officials said, right after
President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced their
intentions to… Continue reading

Will it be another frustrating year?

Will it be another frustrating year?
BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ 14YMEDIO.COM
01/05/2015 7:00 AM 01/05/2015 6:21 PM

HAVANA — They began to put the dummy together in the afternoon. An old
shirt, a palm-tree hat and the dirty pants of a neighbor who repairs
cars. It ended up with a sad face and some straw sticking out of the eye
holes.… Continue reading

The Thousand Ways to Conjure a New Year

The Thousand Ways to Conjure a New Year / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on January 5, 2015

Miami Herald, Yoani Sanchez, 3 January 2015 – In the afternoon they
started to assemble a doll. An old shirt, a straw hat and the dirty
pants of a neighbor who repairs cars. In the end, it had a sad face and
some straw… Continue reading

Lacking Internet, Cubans Rely On ‘The Package’ For Entertainment

Lacking Internet, Cubans Rely On ‘The Package’ For Entertainment
JANUARY 05, 2015 3:34 AM ET

Cuba has promised its citizens better Internet access in this New Year.
The few Cubans who now manage to get online find it expensive and slow.

Warming ties with the U.S. have stirred hope for improved
telecommunications. But until then, many residents have devised an… Continue reading

No winners in unwise change toward Cuba

Commentary: No winners in unwise change toward Cuba
Posted: Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:00 am
BY JAMES JAY CARAFANO/THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON—President Obama’s decision to make nice with Cuba’s
repressive, anti-American regime creates a great number of losers.
Topping the list, of course, are the people of Cuba. They are starting
from a bad place, lacking fundamental freedoms. And Mr.… Continue reading

How Obama’s Cuba Deal Hurts Cubans

How Obama’s Cuba Deal Hurts Cubans
James Carafano / @JJCarafano / January 04, 2015

James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign
policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign
and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.
Read his research.
President Obama’s… Continue reading

Some Maryland-based businesses look to Cuban frontier

Some Maryland-based businesses look to Cuban frontier
By Arthur Hirsch
The Baltimore Sun

Before the Cuban Revolution, Maryland’s relationship with the Caribbean island was lots of sugar and spice.

Baltimore-based McCormick & Co. and the defunct Baltimore Spice Co. did business there, and when a sugar refinery opened in 1922, a U.S. senator from Maryland called Cuba, with its sugar… 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

Turbulent voyage – the Cuban baseball pipeline

Turbulent voyage: the Cuban baseball pipeline
BY LINDA ROBERTSON
12/27/2014 7:57 PM 12/27/2014 10:10 PM

The clandestine journey from decaying ballparks to major league stadiums
can be treacherous, degrading and expensive for Cuban baseball players
who risk their lives on sea crossings only to be auctioned off by
smugglers demanding an exorbitant cut of their contracts.

No matter which… Continue reading

Sen. Marco Rubio says Castros, not embargo, reason Cubans don’t have Internet

Sen. Marco Rubio says Castros, not embargo, reason Cubans don’t have
Internet
BY LAUREN CARROLL AND STEVE CONTORNOPOLITIFACT
12/26/2014 3:49 PM 12/26/2014 3:51 PM

MOSTLY TRUE: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is right that the Cuban
government has nearly complete control over the Internet, keeping
millions of Cubans from getting access, says PolitiFact Florida. J.
SCOTT APPLEWHITE AP
Story
Comments
There’s… 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

The “weekly packet” rules in Cuban homes

The “weekly packet” rules in Cuban homes / Cubanet, Anddy Sierra Alvarez
Posted on December 24, 2014

Cubanet, Anddy Sierra Alvarez, Havana, 28 October 2014 — With the
delivery of the “weekly packet” to Cuban homes, the people have taken an
important leap toward access to information and entertainment. In a
country where the only television is state-run and there… Continue reading

Cuba Seizures Now Present Opportunities

Cuba Seizures Now Present Opportunities
By FRANCES ROBLESDEC. 21, 2014

MIAMI — It was a routine Saturday morning, almost two years after Fidel
Castro took power in Cuba, when Lois and Roy Schechter went to check on
their tobacco farm 100 miles west of their home in Havana.

The American couple encountered soldiers posted outside their property.

“My husband got… Continue reading

President’s failure to lead

President’s failure to lead
BY CARLOS CURBELO WWW.CARLOSCURBELO.COM
12/23/2014 8:12 PM 12/23/2014 8:12 PM

In my campaign to represent Florida’s 26th Congressional District in the
U.S. House, I pledged that when discussing U.S.-Cuba policy, I would do
so from my perspective as a proud U.S.-born citizen, seeking to advance
our country’s interests, independent of my personal and emotional ties
to… Continue reading

McCain blasts new Cuba policy as illegal

McCain blasts new Cuba policy as illegal
12/22/14 09:50 AM—UPDATED 12/22/14 10:00 AM
By Steve Benen

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made the latest in a series of Sunday show
appearances yesterday, and CNN’s Candy Crowley noted that he seems to
agree with President Obama about closing the detention facility at
Guantanamo Bay. “How can you help this president close Guantanamo… Continue reading

Historic agreement expands visiting rights to Cuba — and more

Historic agreement expands visiting rights to Cuba — and more
BY AMY SHERMAN POLITIFACT FLORIDA
12/19/2014 1:08 PM 12/19/2014 1:08 PM

In a historic move, President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that the
United States will begin talks with Cuba on normalizing relations after
five decades and re-open an embassy in Havana.

The announcement included Cuba releasing USAID worker… Continue reading

Wait, Cuba has its own Internet?

Wait, Cuba has its own Internet?
By Nancy Scola December 19 at 3:06 PM

According to official Cuban government statistics, some 23 percent of
Cubans are on the Internet. But when the White House announced the
President Obama’s new approach to Cuba, it railed against that country’s
“Internet penetration of about five percent—one of the lowest rates in
the world.”… Continue reading

Obama hands Cuba’s Castros a major victory, but Congress can still stop it

Obama hands Cuba’s Castros a major victory, but Congress can still stop it
By Mike GonzalezPublished December 17, 2014 FoxNews.com

Establishing ties with Cuba has been on President Obama’s bucket list
for some time. Health care — done. Amnesty for illegal immigrants —
done. Cuba — next. This last one also has the added bonus point that it
puts him… Continue reading

US, Cuba seek to normalize relations after Alan Gross released

US, Cuba seek to normalize relations after Alan Gross released
Published December 17, 2014 FoxNews.com

The Obama administration is moving to normalize diplomatic relations
with Cuba, sources told Fox News, after American Alan Gross was released
from the communist country Wednesday following five years in prison.

Sources say President Obama plans to announce the opening of a U.S.
embassy in… Continue reading

My Take on Cuba’s “Weekly Package” (Part I)

My Take on Cuba’s “Weekly Package” (Part I)
December 16, 2014
Isbel Díaz Torres

HAVANA TIMES – I buy Cuba’s weekly TV series, music and software package
on a regular basis. In my opinion, some of its contents are valuable in
more than one sense. That said, there are a series of factors behind
this phenomenon that have truly piqued… Continue reading

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