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Cuba receives first 2 million foreign visitors in 2014

Cuba receives first 2 million foreign visitors in 2014

HAVANA, Aug.19 (Xinhua) — The number of foreigners visiting Cuba since
the beginning of 2014 reached 2 million on Tuesday, and the island
nation aims to receive 3 million tourists before the end of the year,
said a release from the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur).

Mintur’s tally was based on registered… Continue reading

The Day the People of Havana Protested in the Streets

The Day the People of Havana Protested in the Streets / Ivan Garcia
Posted on August 18, 2014

1994 was an amazing year. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the
disappearance of the USSR had been the trigger for the beginning in Cuba
of the “Special Period in Times of Peace,” an economic crisis which
lasted for 25 years.… Continue reading

Industry tour of Cuba set for early 2015

Industry tour of Cuba set for early 2015
Posted on August 15th, 2014
Written by Reagan Haynes

Cuba is gaining attention as a potential trade partner for the marine
industry as some speculate whether the United States will lift its
half-century trade embargo with the country.

Marina consultant Richard Graves and Associates is planning a
U.S.-sanctioned industry tour of the… Continue reading

Cuban defector says he has information about Payá’s death

Posted on Friday, 08.15.14

Cuban defector says he has information about Payá’s death
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

An officer in Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior who claims to be related
to former MININT chief Jose Abrantes and to have valuable information
has defected and is being held in a migrant detention center in the Bahamas.

Ortelio Abrahantes Bacallao, 42,… Continue reading

Cash-strapped Cubans fret over dual currency

Cash-strapped Cubans fret over dual currency

A Cuban shows Cuban Pesos CUP (Left hand) and Convertible Pesos CUC
(Right hand), on October 22, 2013 in Havana. YAMIL LAGE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

HAVANA – “The decision to unify Cuba’s dual currency and exchange rate
cannot be postponed,” says Joaquin Infante, advisor to the head of the
Cuban Association of Economists.

The interview with… Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez visits Cuba to be with ailing mother

Posted on Tuesday, 08.05.14

Fidel Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez visits Cuba to be with ailing
mother
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Alina Fernandez, the rebellious daughter of Cuban former ruler Fidel
Castro, has gone from Miami to Havana to be with her seriously ill
mother. It’s her first trip back since 1993, when she escaped the island
using a false… Continue reading

New revelations about Cuban spy Ana Montes

Posted on Saturday, 08.02.14

New revelations about Cuban spy Ana Montes
Details about Cuban spy Ana Montes from the Department of Defense
Inspector General’s 2005 report — only now declassified — shed new light
on the case.
BY BRIAN LATELL
SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

For 16 years, Ana Belen Montes spied for Cuba from increasingly
responsible positions at the… Continue reading

How to view a changing Cuba

How to view a changing Cuba
By Kevin O’Donnell

GPS intern Kevin O’Donnell speaks with Jorge Dominguez, professor of
Mexico studies at Harvard University, faculty associate of the David
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the author of numerous
books on Cuba, about relations with the United States. The views
expressed here are his own.
It seems discussion about… Continue reading

The Latell Report – More About Cuban Spy Ana Montes

The Latell Report
[30-07-2014 08:58:45]
Cuba Transition Project

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The Latell Report analyzes Cuba’s
contemporary domestic and foreign policy, and is published periodically.
It is distributed by the electronic information service of the Cuba
Transition Project (CTP) at the University of Miami’s Institute for
Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS).

More About Cuban Spy Ana Montes

For sixteen years Ana Belen… Continue reading

Spanish police smash network trafficking Cubans to US

Spanish police smash network trafficking Cubans to US
mySarawak | 28/07/2014

MADRID: Spanish police said yesterday they had smashed a ring suspected
of trafficking people, mainly Cubans, from Spain to the United States
through Mexico, with the arrest of 14 people.

The group, based on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife, charged
1,000-1,500 euros (US$1,350-2,000) for fake Spanish residence permits… Continue reading

Cuba’s Customs and the Import Market

Cuba’s Customs and the Import Market
July 24, 2014
Once again putting the cart ahead of the oxen
FERNANDO RAVSBERG*

HAVANA TIMES — In Cuba, hacerse el sueco (literally “playing the Swede”)
is a popular idiom that means to play dumb and to pretend not to notice
the obvious. I believe that, following the implementation of the new
customs regulations… Continue reading

Payá family launches new effort for plebiscite in Cuba

Posted on Tuesday, 07.22.14

Payá family launches new effort for plebiscite in Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

On the second anniversary of the death of Cuban opposition leader
Oswaldo Payá, his daughter, Rosa María Payá, announced Tuesday that the
Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) he founded is preparing a campaign
to demand a plebiscite on the island’s future.

Rosa Maria… Continue reading

Oswaldo Payá’s death in Cuba two years ago still awaits a proper investigation.

Oswaldo Payá’s death in Cuba two years ago still awaits a proper
investigation.
By Editorial Board July 21 at 6:40 PM

TWO YEARS ago Tuesday, a blue rental car was wrecked off a deserted road
in eastern Cuba. In the back seat was Oswaldo Payá, one of Cuba’s
best-known dissidents, who had championed the idea of a democratic
referendum on… Continue reading

I do not know if it makes much sense to try to legalize the Hispano-Cuban Foundation on the Island

“I do not know if it makes much sense to try to legalize the
Hispano-Cuban Foundation on the Island” / 14ymedio, Marta Beatriz Roque
Posted on July 19, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, 18 July 2013 — The Cuban economist Martha Beatriz
Roque has just been named president of the Hispano-Cuban Foundation
(FHC). The institution has tried to “promote the presence and… Continue reading

Cruise Cuba by yacht

Travel deals: Cruise Cuba by yacht
By Phil Marty, Special to Tribune Newspapers
1:29 p.m. CDT, July 15, 2014

Since the U.S. government has somewhat loosened restrictions on visits
to Cuba by Americans, the island nation has been turning up on a lot of
people’s bucket lists. Group IST has a new Havana-to-Cienfuegos tour
that’s unique in that it’s a… Continue reading

Putin eyes Cuba as springboard for economic expansion into Latin America

Putin eyes Cuba as springboard for economic expansion into Latin America
Russian leader visits Havana after forgiving €26 billion in debt owed by
island nation
JUAN JESÚS AZNAREZ Madrid 11 JUL 2014 – 17:01 CEST

Vladimir Putin’s official trip to Cuba – the first leg of a tour that
will also take him to Argentina and Brazil – underscores the… Continue reading

Cuba’s problem is within Cuba

“Cuba’s problem is within Cuba” / 14ymedio
Posted on July 9, 2014

Speaking at the Atlantic Forum, Yoani Sánchez tells Mario Vargas Llosa that help is needed to move the center of the discussion to the island.

14ymedio, Madrid, 8 July 2014 — “Cuba’s problem is within Cuba. The locus of the discussion needs to be moved to the island.”… Continue reading

Renowned Cuban Poet Resigns from Cuba’s Artists & Writers Association

Renowned Cuban Poet Resigns from Cuba’s Artists & Writers Association
July 4, 2014
By Cafe Fuerte

HAVANA TIMES — Poet Rafael Alcides Perez, one of the most prestigious of
contemporary Cuban intellectuals, publicly announced he has resigned
from the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) in protest
against the government restrictions he is being subjected to.

“In view of… Continue reading

Putting the Military Back in its Barracks

Cuba: Putting the Military Back in its Barracks
July 3, 2014
“One cannot found a nation, General, as one commands a military
encampment” – Jose Marti
Pedro Campos

HAVANA TIMES — Not a day goes by without a report published by Cuba’s
alternative or official media telling us of important decisions made and
regrettable actions taken by high or mid-level… Continue reading

French bank accepts harsh U.S. conditions, pulls out of Cuba

French bank accepts harsh U.S. conditions, pulls out of Cuba
By Johannes Werner and Vito Echevarria

CUBA STANDARD — As part of an agreement to pay record fines of $8.97
billion to settle allegations it used U.S. dollars in transactions with
Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Burma, French bank BNP Paribas promised U.S.
enforcers to terminate all business with U.S.-sanctioned countries… Continue reading

I Am Nothing Else But Cuban

I Am Nothing Else But Cuban / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Carlos Alberto
Montaner
Posted on June 26, 2014

Interview with Carlos Alberto Montaner, writer, journalist and political

REINALDO ESCOBAR, Havana, 24 June 2014 — Carlos Alberto Montaner has
long been a kind of black beast in the official Cuban government
propaganda. Accused of being a terrorist, a CIA agent, an… Continue reading

Cuban delegation in Europe to tout benefits of new investment law

Cuban delegation in Europe to tout benefits of new investment law
Published June 26, 2014 EFE

Cuba’s deputy foreign trade minister explained here Thursday the
opportunities available to foreign companies under the Communist-ruled
island’s new investment law.

Ileana Nuñez Mordoche, who is heading a high-level Cuban delegation,
arrived in Madrid as part of a tour of European capitals.

In Madrid,… Continue reading

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