Cuba says it has a right to grant asylum to US fugitives
Updated: Dec 23, 2014 4:28 AM RST
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
HAVANA (AP) – Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to
U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has
no intention of extraditing America’s most-wanted woman… Continue reading
Cuba inches toward transparency, seeking investment and credit
By Marc Frank
HAVANA, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Cuba released more information on its fragile
external finances this week than it has in over a decade, as it seeks
foreign investment and credit following its sudden improvement in
relations with the United States.
The government revealed a healthy current account surplus of… Continue reading
Cuban dissidents shaken by U.S. rapprochement, seek new tactics
BY DANIEL TROTTA
HAVANA Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:21pm EST
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s decision to end five decades of
enmity with Cuba has shaken the island’s political dissidents, dividing
their ranks and forcing them to rethink tactics.
Throughout the Cold War and beyond, the United States relied on the… Continue reading
Canada’s Foreign Minister: U.S. Influence Will Make Cuba Better
The Conservative politician agrees with Obama: America’s opening will
help transform the island.
JEFFREY GOLDBERGDEC 21 2014, 9:22 AM ET
President Obama is receiving sustained criticism from Republican
senators, conservative media, and many Cuban Americans for his efforts
to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and bring about the
eventual end of… Continue reading
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
The new alliance will not remove mutual suspicion
(CNN) — From… Continue reading
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
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
How Does Fidel Castro See Cuba’s New Era with the USA?
December 22, 2014
By Isaac Risco (dpa)
HAVANA TIMES — Where is Fidel Castro? The total absence in public of the
former Cuban president begins to generate questions days after the
governments of Washington and Havana announced a landmark agreement to
resume their relations.
Fidel has not published a… Continue reading
Cuba’s private sector braces for US tourism boom
By Rigoberto Diaz
Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s nascent private sector is bracing for an influx of
visitors should the US embargo ease, but many businesses in the
communist country appear unprepared for a torrent of tourists.
Currently, most hotels, guest houses and restaurants in Cuba are
state-owned, though the number of private… Continue reading
Cuba ponders next move after US policy shift
By Christopher SnyderPublished December 22, 2014 FoxNews.com
President Obama’s major policy shift toward Cuba has regional experts
closely watching how the Castro regime will look to use this renewed
connection with Washington to its benefit.
Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to analysts Roger
Noriega and Ana Quintana about the… Continue reading
Marc Caputo: After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what
kind of change?
12/21/2014 7:45 PM 12/21/2014 7:54 PM
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
Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system
By Daniel Trotta
HAVANA (Reuters) – President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the
United States respect Cuba’s communist rule as the two countries work to
restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try
to sabotage the rapprochement.
U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington’s Cold War-era
policy on… Continue reading
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
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
From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva
Posted on December 20, 2014
Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, HAVANA, 18 December 2014 — President Barack Obama
announced a new direction in US policy toward Cuba, on December 17. The
Cuban population has expressed great joy at the news, both within the
archipelago and abroad. It is a brave and… Continue reading
US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record
Published December 19, 2014 Associated Press
HAVANA – To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a
brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out
political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty.
Cuba’s supporters see the government as heroic, its sins… Continue reading
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
The Wall Around Cuba is Falling
December 18, 2014
HAVANA TIMES — I got wind that Cuba and the United States were
exchanging prisoners while interviewing a group of medical doctors who
left for Brazil this Wednesday. When I told them the Cuban agents
imprisoned in the United States were on their way home, there was
applause, cheering… Continue reading
The Chinese cars that are changing Cuba
Matt Clinch | @mattclinch81
Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:53 AM ET CNBC.com
The U.S.’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba could eventually
lead to an influx of American imports into the country. But when it
comes to automobiles, one country has got there first: China.
Cuba has long been known for its… Continue reading
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
U.S. trade embargo with Cuba keeps broader economic impact at bay for now
By Michael A. Fletcher December 18 at 2:02 PM
The biggest opening in U.S. relations with Cuba in more than half a
century could be a boon for farmers, telecommunications firms and
construction suppliers, but any broader economic impact is limited for
now by the trade embargo… Continue reading
Every big question you have about the U.S. opening to Cuba, answered
By Daniel W. Drezner December 18 at 9:19 AM
Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at Tufts
University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
U.S. President Barack Obama greets Cuba’s President Raul Castro before
giving his speech at the memorial service for… Continue reading
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