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Cuba’s $7 billion elephant in the room

Cuba’s $7 billion elephant in the room
by Tim Rogers
Omar Bustamante / FUSION
August 14, 2015 2:20 PM

The stars and stripes are once again fluttering brightly in front of the
U.S. embassy in Havana. But in the darker recesses of the building, the
chore of mapping a route towards a full normalization of relations is
just getting started.… Continue reading

Cuba Plans Boating Boom as US Luxury Ships Head to Havana

Cuba Plans Boating Boom as US Luxury Ships Head to Havana
HAVANA — Aug 7, 2015, 12:47 AM ET
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press

A $3 million yacht left Key West this week with two barbeque grills, 250
channels of satellite TV and a just-in-case plan for rescuing stranded
Cuban rafters encountered in the Florida Straits.

After four hours smooth… Continue reading

Twenty-One Years After the Maleconazo

Twenty-One Years After the Maleconazo* / Somos+, Elizabeth Cruz
Posted on August 6, 2015

Somos+, Elizabeth Cruz, 5 August 2015 — We Cubans are chatty, talkative
and protagonists of everything whether it’s for good or for bad.
Recently arrived in Miami, I heard someone say that we’re like crabs in
a pail: when one tries to escape, another one pulls… Continue reading

Most of our people pretend – Angel Santiesteban

Angel Santiesteban: Most of our people pretend
Posted on August 3, 2015
Interview with Ángel Santiesteban after his conditional release – Cuba 2015.

Havana, Cuba, Augusto César San Martín — The writer Ángel Santiesteban
Prats suffers with every word he writes. “I classify my work as social,”
he declares in an interview given to Cubanet. “It’s always about the
environment… Continue reading

Cuba-USA Embassies and Average Cubans

Cuba-USA: Embassies and Average Cubans / Ivan Garcia
Posted on July 28, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 19 July 2015 — Norge imagines himself sipping Cuban coffee
at the Versailles restaurant in Miami on July 20 as officials of the
Castro regime in white guayaberas and Americans in jackets and ties
listen to their national anthems being played and watch flags being… Continue reading

A Good Place for Killing Children and Living Peacefully

A Good Place for Killing Children and Living Peacefully / Dora Leonor Mesa
Posted on July 23, 2015

In Cuba there are two ship sinkings that captured public opinion. One of
them (1994), the ferryboat 13 de Marzo, was presented in 1996 to the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights (1,2,3). The other occurred years
earlier (1980), known in the press… Continue reading

Cuba’s Automotive Heritage Has Been Virtually Plundered

Cuba’s Automotive Heritage Has Been Virtually Plundered / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on July 15, 2015

Juan Juan Almeida, 11 May 2015 — With the relaxation of relations
between the United States and Cuba, speculation has been unleashed and
is causing mischief. Some experts guarantee that several U.S. companies
are ready to buy the famous “almendrones”* on the island. It… Continue reading

Cuban rafters stopped from marking Fourth in USA

Cuban rafters stopped from marking Fourth in USA
Posted: Jul 04, 2015 4:47 PM
Posted by Olivia LevoyCONNECT

ABOARD THE U.S.C.G.C. CHARLES SEXTON (USA TODAY)— When 24 Cubans
secretly departed their island on a boat they’d built themselves this
week, they packed it tight with only basics to survive the treacherous,
90-mile voyage to America.

Gallons of water. Crackers. Pieces… Continue reading

Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy

Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy
BY ANITA SNOW
Associated Press

HAVANA
From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping
view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring
Cuba’s defiance of the United States.

“Homeland or Death!” reads the sign erected in front of the U.S.
Interests Section built… Continue reading

CARDINAL SINS

CARDINAL SINS
A Castro cleric brings disgrace.
By Jay D. Homnick – 6.26.15

Have you heard about the awful Cardinal hack scandal? It brings shame
and obloquy upon a respected organization which has spent many years
building up its good name. How could moral myopia prevail at such a
critical time? What manner of insensitivity and obtuseness would lead to… Continue reading

Nearly 2,800 Cubans Have Tried To Reach The US Coast Since October

Nearly 2,800 Cubans Have Tried To Reach The US Coast Since October /
14ymedio
Posted on June 26, 2015

14ymedio, 23 June 2015 — A total of 2,796 Cubans have tried to or have
arrived in the United States by the maritime route in the first eight
months of the 2015 fiscal year, according to figures from the US Coast… Continue reading

Cubans fear new diplomatic relations with US could change special rights as immigrants

Cubans fear new diplomatic relations with US could change special rights
as immigrants
JURRIAAN VAN EERTEN
COMMENT

MIAMI, Florida – One result of the recent warming of relations between
Cuba and the United States was a surge in “boat people” headed to U.S.
shores. Following the recent announcement of historic talks between the
two nations, many Cubans are concerned that… Continue reading

Finding Cuban rafters at sea poses dilemma for boaters

Finding Cuban rafters at sea poses dilemma for boaters
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO

When the Miami men aboard a fishing vessel spotted the rafters in serene
open seas, the Cuban balseros were disoriented and paddling the wrong
way — back to the island.

The captain of the 37-foot SeaHunter participating Sunday in the
Skippers Dolphin Tournament out of Key Largo… Continue reading

Massive emigration reveals the standard of living in Cuba

Massive emigration reveals the standard of living in Cuba / Hablemos
Press, Eduardo Herrera
Posted on June 4, 2015

Hablemos Press, Eduardo Herrera, 4 May 2015 — In Cuba, the constant
emigration of its citizens can reveal what is the standard of living on
the Island. Many of those who do not know the reality of life in Cuba
should… Continue reading

For Sucelys, to Be Reborn Tomorrow

For Sucelys*, to Be Reborn Tomorrow / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
Posted on June 4, 2015

And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do.

Luke 23:34

I write without knowing if she will get to read these words, or if she
would understand them, because there are matters in life that take us a
minute or… Continue reading

Obama Vows to Defend Human Rights in Talks With Cuba’s Raul Castro as He Prays at National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami

Obama Vows to Defend Human Rights in Talks With Cuba’s Raul Castro as He
Prays at National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami
BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
June 1, 2015|8:15 am

President Barack Obama has promised a Cuban priest that he will defend
human rights despite restoring diplomatic relation with Cuba late last
year. Obama… Continue reading

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY
ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO
MARCH 18, 2015

This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship.

The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent
childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad.
Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders…

During decadent decades the Cuban… Continue reading

Top Cuban spy released by Obama says he’s ready for his ‘next order’ from Castro regime

Top Cuban spy released by Obama says he’s ready for his ‘next order’
from Castro regime
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News, Gerardo Hernandez is defiant
about his role as ringleader of the Cuban Five spy network
By Michael Isikoff

HAVANA — In the depths of his 16-year odyssey through the U.S. prison
system, convicted Cuban spy Gerardo Hernandez… Continue reading

Ángel Santiesteban “I am a social reflection of my times”

Ángel Santiesteban: “I am a social reflection of my times” / Luis Felipe
Rojas
Posted on February 16, 2015

Luis Felipe Rojas, 12 February 2015 — Just days after Ángel Santiesteban
Prats sent this interview to Martí Noticias, he was transferred in an
untimely manner to Villa Marista, the general barracks of Cuban State
Security. However, his replies were already… Continue reading

The Cuban Adjustment Act and Future Emigrants

The Cuban Adjustment Act and Future Emigrants / Ivan Garcia
Posted on January 30, 2015

One of the few Havanans not happy with the historic agreements of
December 17th between President Obama and General Raul Castro was
Dagoberto, a guy approaching forty who got out of jail six months ago
after serving a six-year sentence for marijuana possession.

“I have… Continue reading

US-Cuba talks – deportation, diplomats and decades-old dogma dominate

US-Cuba talks: deportation, diplomats and decades-old dogma dominate
US wants Cubans to have unfettered access to future embassy in Havana
while Cuba seeks removal from state terrorism list in second day of talks
theguardian.com, Thursday 22 January 2015 21.58 GMT

Thw US and Cuba clashed over immigration at start of historic talks.
The US and Cuba are trying to eliminate… Continue reading

US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties

US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties
BY BRADLEY KLAPPER AND MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN ASSOCIATED PRESS
01/22/2015 3:57 AM 01/22/2015 3:57 AM

HAVANA
The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to
normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist
island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban
officials.

U.S.… Continue reading

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