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Cuba Isn’t Libre Yet

Cuba Isn’t Libre Yet
By Peter Coy December 23, 2014

If the embargo of Cuba had been aimed at keeping the Castro brothers in
power, it might be judged today as the most successful foreign policy in
the history of the U.S. Almost 53 years after President John F. Kennedy
declared the embargo on all trade “in light of the… Continue reading

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality

Change in Cuba policy is a nod to reality
By Katrina vanden Heuvel December 23

President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba is a
decision to recognize reality. For 50 years, the United States has
pursued a policy that has failed. The embargo hurt the Cuban people it
claimed to help and bolstered the regime that it intended to… Continue reading

Can Cuba become the bread basket of North America?

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
dramatically improved
The new alliance will not remove mutual suspicion
(CNN) — From… Continue reading

Cuba’s Zeal for Tight Control Casts a Pall on New Markets

Cuba’s Zeal for Tight Control Casts a Pall on New Markets
By DAMIEN CAVEDEC. 23, 2014

MARIEL, Cuba — When Raúl Castro officially opened the new container
terminal here on Cuba’s northern coast, he described the project and the
special business zone alongside it as “a transcendent project for the
national economy.”

Official documents promised big incentives for investors: Foreign… Continue reading

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority

Polls show support for embargo, Cuba hardline is in minority
BY MARC CAPUTO
12/23/2014 8:41 PM 12/23/2014 9:32 PM

The polling is in: Cuban exile hardliners and Republicans are in the
clear minority nationwide when it comes to the embargo and
reestablishing ties with the island nation.

A raft of new surveys, taken after President Barack Obama announced
plans… Continue reading

Cuba’s private sector braces for US tourism boom

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

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait

Ready To Hit The Cuban Beach? Americans Still Have To Wait
DECEMBER 21, 2014 9:36 AM ET
DAVID SCHAPER

With President Obama beginning the process of normalizing relations with
Cuba this week, many may envision soon soaking up the sun on a warm
Cuban beach, sipping a refreshing rum drink.

In reality, that’s not likely to happen for quite a… Continue reading

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism
Ben Fox, Associated Press 6:07 p.m. EST December 22, 2014

Havana — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening
to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians.
What they aren’t doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in
the sun and sipping mojitos… Continue reading

Cuba Reality Check – Can You Really Do Business There?

Cuba Reality Check: Can You Really Do Business There?
By Gail DeGeorge, David Tweed and Christopher Donville Dec 22, 2014
6:01 AM GMT+0100

For companies seeking Miami attorney Pedro Freyre’s advice on how to
exploit President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, two stories may serve
as cautionary tales.

One concerns an 18-hole golf course that took a Canadian designer eight… Continue reading

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them
Published December 21, 2014 Fox News Latino

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans.
MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards.
Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be
demand for his… Continue reading

Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

For years Canada’s special, and profitable, relationship with Cuba was
another thing that set it apart from America. No longer—hence some mixed
feelings north of the border.

Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing.
Held several years back on the crocodile-shaped island of Cuba, it
stands out in… Continue reading

Cuba says it might not turn over fugitive cop killer Chesimard

Cuba says it might not turn over fugitive cop killer Chesimard
Print By The Associated Press
on December 22, 2014 at 6:42 PM, updated December 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

HAVANA — 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… Continue reading

Hillary Clinton secretly pushed the Obama Cuba deal

Hillary Clinton secretly pushed the Obama Cuba deal
BY JOSH ROGIN BLOOMBERG NEWS
12/21/2014 7:52 PM 12/21/2014 7:52 PM

Although President Obama is taking the credit for Wednesday’s historic
deal to reverse decades of U.S. policy toward Cuba, when Hillary Clinton
was secretary of state, she was the main architect of the new policy and
pushed far harder for a… Continue reading

After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what kind of change?

Marc Caputo: After Obama’s announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what
kind of change?
MARC CAPUTO
12/21/2014 7:45 PM 12/21/2014 7:54 PM

Comments
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

5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves

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
happen gradually.
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

One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast

One Big Risk for Cuba-U.S. Relations: Moving Too Fast
DEC. 17, 2014 Neil Irwin

A normal economic relationship between the United States and Cuba has
been a long time coming; the strict trade embargo with the island nation
has been in place longer than the current president of the United States
has been alive.

But if Cuba and the United… Continue reading

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift

Castros the beneficiaries of perilous policy shift
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
12/20/2014 2:00 PM 12/20/2014 7:00 PM

President Obama just blew oxygen into the moribund Cuban economy — and
its governing elite — by announcing the reestablishment of full
diplomatic relations and economic concessions, a dramatic shift in
diplomatic relations between the two countries. The change is huge, but… Continue reading

Raúl Castro – Despite a new relationship with the U.S., Cuba’s revolution will continue

Raúl Castro: Despite a new relationship with the U.S., Cuba’s revolution
will continue
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
12/20/2014 2:10 PM 12/20/2014 8:19 PM

Despite U.S. promises of more trade and travel under renewed diplomatic
ties with the communist island, Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday
vowed his country would continue to make economic changes at its own
pace and wouldn’t… Continue reading

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties

Many Cubans optimistic – and cautious – about new U.S. ties
BY TIM JOHNSON MCCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
12/20/2014 7:39 PM 12/20/2014 7:39 PM

HAVANA
Francisco Gavez, a barber, shoved a newspaper into a visitor’s hands.

“Have you seen how the newspapers are covering this? Take a look at
Granma,” he said.

The mouthpiece of Cuba’s Communist Party, Granma reprinted the… Continue reading

John Kerry – President Obama’s new Cuba policy looks forward, not back

John Kerry: President Obama’s new Cuba policy looks forward, not back
BY JOHN KERRY, PENNY PRITZKER AND JACOB J. LEWWWW.STATE.GOV
12/20/2014 8:09 PM 12/20/2014 8:31 PM

President Obama’s decision to begin normalizing relations with Cuba will
advance United States’ interests and those of the Cuban people. The 11
million people of this island nation have waited far too long —… Continue reading

Lifting the Embargo Means Cuba Can No Longer Play Victim

Lifting the Embargo Means Cuba Can No Longer Play Victim
Jose Miguel Vivanco Dec. 19, 2014

The status quo has allowed the Cuban government to exploit U.S. policy
to garner sympathy abroad

Some critics contend that President Obama’s decision to re-establish
full diplomatic relations with Cuba means that the United States has
abandoned its commitment to protect human rights in… Continue reading

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours

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

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