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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

72 Hours to Demolition

72 Hours to Demolition / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on August 31, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, Luz Escobar, 26 August 2014 — Impotence and
indignation has spread among residents of La Timba, in the Plaza de la
Revolution municipality, one of the Havana neighborhoods affected by the
Government’s war on architectural illegalities. For years, thousands of
families with housing needs built… Continue reading

Cuba introduces new customs limits

Cuba introduces new customs limits
1 September 2014 Last updated at 01:37 GMT

Cuba is bringing in new rules limiting personal imports of foreign goods
into the country, where locally-made items are scarce and expensive.

Some $2bn (£1.2bn) in goods have been flown into Cuba in travellers’
baggage each year since air travel restrictions were lifted in 2009.

Many ordinary… 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

Cuban migrants head back to sea as relatives pray in the U.S.

Cuban migrants head back to sea as relatives pray in the U.S.
BY PETER POLACK
GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:26pm EDT

(Reuters) – Sixteen Cuban migrants who sought refuge in Grand Cayman
have resumed their voyage in a small, homemade aluminum boat after local
officials turned them away, citing a migration agreement with Cuba.

The 20-foot… 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

Company to tour Cuba via yacht

Company to tour Cuba via yacht
By Gay Nagle Myers

Group IST, a new entrant in the people-to-people programs from the U.S.
to Cuba, is offering a twist on an eight-day island tour: Travelers,
joined by Cuban specialists and an interpreter, explore the western part
of Cuba aboard the megayacht S/C Panorama.

U.S. regulations do not permit people-to-people travel to… Continue reading

In the End, How Much is My Money Worth?

In the End, How Much is My Money Worth? / Anddy Sierra Alvarez
Posted on August 27, 2014

The Cuban population has no idea of the real worth of a Cuban peso. So
many private taxi drivers, like the pioneers of money devaluation–the
state snack bars–never stop annoying people with measures outside any
legal range.

If the government pays you… Continue reading

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program

Posted on Friday, 08.22.14

Costa Rica to investigate US anti-Cuba program
BY JAVIER CORDOBA
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The Costa Rican government will investigate
undercover U.S. programs operated from the Central American country and
using its citizens in a ploy to destabilize the government in Cuba, the
director of intelligence and security said Friday.

Mariano Figueres told… Continue reading

Portugal Has Spent $ 12 Million Euros Since 2009 to Recruit Cuban Doctors

Portugal Has Spent $ 12 Million Euros Since 2009 to Recruit Cuban
Doctors / 14ymedio
Posted on August 20, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, 19 August 2014 – The Portuguese National Health
Service spent about 12 million euros (about $16 million dollars) in the
last six years to recruit Cuban doctors, the local newspaper Jornal I
reported Tuesday.

In June 2009, the… Continue reading

State Commissioner’s Cuba Trip Was Authorized On False Pretenses, Probe Concludes

State Commissioner’s Cuba Trip Was Authorized On False Pretenses, Probe
Concludes
Massachusetts Inspector General Says Connecticut Official Was
‘Ineligible’ For Trip Led By Ex-Trinity President Dobelle
By JON LENDER,
9:34 p.m. EDT, August 20, 2014

State Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Stephen B. Delaney and his wife
last year joined a delegation from Westfield State University on a trip
to Cuba… Continue reading

The Business of Standing in Line

The Business of Standing in Line / 14ymedio
Posted on August 19, 2014

14YMEDIO, 18 August 2014 – From Thursday night at 10:00 PM Anabel stood
in the line at International Legal Counsel on 22nd Street in Playa.
She’d already tried at dawn that morning, when she thought if she got
there at 5:00 AM she would have a good… Continue reading

U.S. living in the past over Cuba

U.S. living in the past over Cuba
For more What in the World watch Sundays at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. ET on CNN
By Global Public Square staff

Remember last December when President Barack Obama shook hands with
Cuban President Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, and
got a lot of criticism for it? In truth it didn’t… Continue reading

A long journey by raft, and a lesson in freedom

Posted on Monday, 08.18.14

A long journey by raft, and a lesson in freedom
BY PEDRO FOURNIER
SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

I was born in Guantánamo in 1956. I moved to Havana as a teenager to
study and ultimately graduated with a math degree. In 1994, I decided
take a raft to the United States.

I had to leave… 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

Cuba – A country where toilet paper is rarer than partridge

16 August 2014 Last updated at 23:03 GMT

Cuba: A country where toilet paper is rarer than partridge
By Sarah Rainsford
BBC News, Havana

Years after the collapse of the USSR, Cuba remains a bastion of
communism, central planning… and shortages of basic goods. Anyone
returning from a trip abroad therefore takes as many of these as they
can carry… Continue reading

If Alan Gross Dies in Cuba… Who Is Responsible?

If Alan Gross Dies in Cuba… Who Is Responsible?
Posted: 08/15/2014 3:27 pm EDT Updated: 08/15/2014 3:59 pm

Raul Castro, Barack Obama, Bob Menendez, Marco Rubio, Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Mario Diaz-Balart or Joe Garcia?

All of the above!!!! But especially the last six.

The government of the United States and the government of Cuba should
feel deeply ashamed by… Continue reading

The End of the Cuban Rafters

The End of the Cuban Rafters
August 14, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters –
some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for
this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an
agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the… Continue reading

14 mil cubanos cruzaron la frontera mexicana rumbo a EEUU hasta julio

14 mil cubanos cruzaron la frontera mexicana rumbo a EEUU hasta julio
Posted on 11 agosto, 2014
Por Wilfredo Cancio Isla

La llegada de cubanos a Estados Unidos por la frontera mexicana suma ya
más de 14,000 personas durante el año fiscal 2014, una cifra que
constituye récord histórico en el flujo ilegal de ciudadanos de la isla
a través… Continue reading

Record Number of Cubans Crossing the Mexican Border to USA

Record Number of Cubans Crossing the Mexican Border to USA
August 11, 2014
Wilfredo Cancio Isla (Cafe Fuerte)

HAVANA TIMES — More than 14,000 Cubans crossed the Mexican border into
the United States in the 2014 fiscal year, setting a historical record
for the illegal inflow of Cuban citizens through US immigration control
points.

Statistics made available to CafeFuerte by… Continue reading

‘Change is Afoot:’ One-on-One With Tom Popper, Insight Cuba

‘Change is Afoot:’ One-on-One With Tom Popper, Insight Cuba
TOUR OPERATOR | DAVID COGSWELL | AUGUST 09, 2014

The demand for Cuba is huge and not letting up, in spite of a U.S.
embargo on Cuba since 1963. Insight Cuba, one of the premier Cuba
operators, has been on the front lines of travel to Cuba since 2000.
Travel Pulse… Continue reading

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policies on Cuba, migration

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policies on Cuba, migration
Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
Friday, August 8, 2014 11:23am

Buried amid widespread calls that the young migrants fleeing to the
southern U.S. border be returned home is a question of fairness with a
strong Florida connection: If Cubans who flee their country are
welcomed, why aren’t those escaping gang… Continue reading

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