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Mexico foreign secretary visits Cuba

Mexico foreign secretary visits Cuba
Published September 08, 2014 EFE

Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade on Monday began a visit to
Cuba as part of a tour to promote the agenda of the Ibero-American
Summit his country is hosting later this year and to strengthen links
with the island.

His arrival was preceded by the publication of an article… Continue reading

Cuba’s Computer Clubs – Another Endangered Social Achievement

Cuba’s Computer Clubs: Another Endangered Social Achievement
September 8, 2014
Isbel Díaz Torres

HAVANA TIMES – Computer and electronics clubs (Joven Club de Computacion
y Electronica) in Cuba’s province of Artemisa have begun charging users
for their services, yet another measure by the Cuban government that is
reverting the country’s social achievements, including those in the
field of education.

As… Continue reading

Pope Francis tells Cuban faithful that victory comes to those who don’t get discouraged

Posted on Monday, 09.08.14

Pope Francis tells Cuban faithful that victory comes to those who don’t
get discouraged
The pope sends a powerful message to Cuba on the feast day of our Lady
of Charity of El Cobre, patroness of Cuba.
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD

Pope Francis delivered a powerful message of hope and perseverance to
the Cuban faithful Monday… Continue reading

Francis’ letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Francis’ letter to Cubans: Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Sep 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking
the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre,
Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia
Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to
remain steadfast… Continue reading

Cocoa Beach chamber planning trip to Cuba

Cocoa Beach chamber planning trip to Cuba
By Ilana Kowarski, FLORIDA TODAY 10:51 p.m. EDT September 5, 2014

Given the trade embargo between the United States and Cuba, you may be
surprised to learn that the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce is
organizing a February trip to Cuba.

The public is invited to go along.

The seven-day “Discover Cuba”… Continue reading

Search for wreckage of runaway plane continues off Jamaican coast

Posted on Friday, 09.05.14

Search for wreckage of runaway plane continues off Jamaican coast
The FAA says the pilot was apparently unconscious as the plane drifted
across Cuban air space before crashing north of Jamaica.
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD AND JACQUELINE CHARLES

A small private aircraft flew past its destination of Naples Municipal
Airport with an apparently unconscious pilot at… Continue reading

Brazil extends contracts for 11,500 Cuban doctors

September 3rd 2014

Brazil extends contracts for 11,500 Cuban doctors

Event

Since August 2013, Cuba has collected over US$700m from the Brazilian
government in exchange for the services of 11,456 Cuban medical
professionals working in over 2,700 towns and cities across the country.
The Brazilian government recently announced that the programme will
continue next year, with total payments amounting to… Continue reading

Blockade or Embargo – It’s All the Same to Me

Cuba: Blockade or Embargo: It’s All the Same to Me
September 4, 2014
Vicente Morin Aguado

HAVANA TIMES — During an unforgettable session of the recently-concluded
yearly conference of the ASCE – an organization based in the United
States devoted to the study of the Cuban economy – journalist Miriam
Leyva spoke about the immediate future of relations between the… Continue reading

Member of Cuba 5 says he’s optimistic about deal

Posted on Thursday, 09.04.14

Member of Cuba 5 says he’s optimistic about deal
BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN AND ANNE-MARIE GARCIA
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — A Cuban intelligence agent who spent more than 15 years in a
United States prison said Thursday that he’s optimistic that softening
U.S. attitudes will lead to the liberation of three fellow agents who
remain behind… Continue reading

What Purpose Did the Dual Currency System Serve?

What Purpose Did the Dual Currency System Serve? / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya
Posted on September 3, 2014

“This commercial site accepts payment in national currency”

14ymedio, Havana, Miriam Celaya, 27 August 2014–The information that the
Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) published on August 19th in the paper edition
of the newspaper Granma about “the next issuance of high denomination
bank… Continue reading

Cuba Banks on Exporting Services

Cuba Banks on Exporting Services
September 2, 2014
By Eileen Sosin (Progreso Weekly)

HAVANA TIMES — In the past 25 years, the profile of Cuban exports has
gone from a strong specialization in goods (nickel, sugar, citrus fruit)
to a marked increase in services, especially tourism and health related
services.

In 2012, services accounted for 12.6 billion CUC (just over… Continue reading

Cuba Gets Tough With Tourists Bringing Goods To Island

Hey, You With The 25 Smartphones! Cuba Gets Tough With Tourists Bringing Goods To Island
Published September 01, 2014Fox News Latino

HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and toiletries, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday carried loads of hard-to-obtain consumer goods but complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting.… Continue reading

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba
Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:00am EDT

(Reuters) – Cuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries.

Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro in 2008, Cuba has expanded… Continue reading

Cuba tightens bra limits, but serious threat to trade comes from US sanctions

Cuba tightens bra limits, but serious threat to trade comes from US
sanctions
AUTHOR: Emily Morris
Research Associate, Institute of the Americas, UCL at University College
London
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Emily Morris does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive
funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this
article, and has no relevant affiliations.
Provides… Continue reading

Young Cuban rafter who played Star-Spangled Banner on boat is now a mom and teacher in Hialeah

Posted on Sunday, 08.31.14

Young Cuban rafter who played Star-Spangled Banner on boat is now a mom
and teacher in Hialeah
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

Lizbet Martínez, the Cuban rafter girl who warmed the hearts of U.S.
Coast Guard officers and many others across the nation 20 years ago with
her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, still has the… Continue reading

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers’ luggage

Posted on Monday, 09.01.14

Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers’ luggage
BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires,
flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers
who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island
where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and… Continue reading

No, No and No Raul Castro

No, No and No Raul Castro / Jose Luis Garcia Antunez
Posted on August 31, 2014

This I believe is the second or third occasion that I write to you, and
as always without the least mood or desire that you answer me, because
given the absolute contempt and disgust that emanates from your person I
can’t feel otherwise.

Señor… Continue reading

You Can’t Come In

You Can’t Come In / 14ymedio, Rosa Lopez
Posted on August 28, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, Rosa Lopez, 27 August 2014 – “You can’t come in,” a
young doorkeeper emphatically tells a young man, while gesturing for him
to move away from the door. When the target protests, he receives the
explanation that in this crowded Havana club, “you can’t enter… Continue reading

Different Times

Different Times / Fernando Damaso
Posted on August 29, 2014

In my far-off childhood, extracurricular organizations — whether public
or private — were concerned principally with sponsoring weekend trips to
interesting natural locations, cultural institutions or factories.

The goal was to encourage our love of nature, expand our general
knowledge, provide opportunities to attend age-appropriate entertainment
events, enhance participation in… Continue reading

Cuba in Search of Lost Hopes

Cuba in Search of Lost Hopes
August 28, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — “I don’t care how bad things in Spain are. I’m not going
back to Cuba, there’s no future for me there,” a Cuban woman said to me
in Barcelona, where she has lived for the last 10 years. She has been
working as a house cleaner… Continue reading

In Cuba, entrepreneurial spirits sparkle

In Cuba, entrepreneurial spirits sparkle
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 2:28 p.m. EDT August 26, 2014

MIAMI – Cuba is a land that remains a mystery to most Americans.

Are the economic changes instituted in recent years by President Raul
Castro working? Can the dissident movement ever gain enough traction to
overthrow the Communist government? Just how good is its acclaimed… Continue reading

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba
By William SchmidtOn August 26, 2014

With the control of Cuba falling into the hands of Fidel Castro in 1959,
Americans no longer had easy accessibility to visit the island. But in
May, a group of students were able to visit Cuba to see what a Latin
American socialist country looks like as… Continue reading

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