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Los 5 grandes efectos económicos del acuerdo entre Cuba y EE.UU.

Los 5 grandes efectos económicos del acuerdo entre Cuba y EE.UU.
Kim Gittleson
Corresponsal de negocios de la BBC
21 diciembre 2014

El embargo a Cuba, que empezó hace 53 años, es la sanción comercial
estadounidense con más tiempo en vigencia.
Pese a que el presidente estadounidense Barack Obama no puede levantar
completamente el embargo sin la aprobación del Congreso,… 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

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard, a.k.a. Assata Shakur

Cuba harbors one of America’s most wanted fugitives, JoAnne Chesimard,
a.k.a. Assata Shakur
BY TINA GRIEGOTHE WASHINGTON POST
12/22/2014 1:00 AM 12/21/2014 9:34 PM

Last week’s announced shift in relations between Washington and Havana
has renewed the call for Cuba to turn over one of the United States’
most controversial fugitives — a woman U.S. law enforcement officials
call a… Continue reading

Protesters – ‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties

Protesters: ‘It’s not the time’ for more Cuba ties
By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and RACHEL LA CORTE

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban
American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose
President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with the communist
nation and disputing the notion that their community is split by a
generational divide.… Continue reading

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service
Alex Fitzpatrick @alexjamesfitz Updated: Dec. 19, 2014 10:17 AM

Part of the new deal involves efforts to literally bring Cuba up to speed

About a quarter of Cubans have Internet access, according to the
International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that
oversees global communications. One in four may seem… Continue reading

Cuba’s oil a new frontier, surrounded by hopes and doubts

Cuba’s oil a new frontier, surrounded by hopes and doubts

MIAMI — One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits
just off Cuba’s northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the
United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the
action.

It’s a prospect welcomed by Cubans desperate… Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM

As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to
jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an
unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race.

A recent rally on racial discrimination in Cuba,… 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

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift

With Cuba decision, Obama hands Hillary Clinton a gift
BY STEVE HOLLAND
WASHINGTON Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:15pm EST

(Reuters) – Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary
Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one.

She was quick to embrace the step this week when President Barack Obama,
a fellow Democrat no longer having to face an electorate, relaxed… Continue reading

Obama jokes that long-winded speeches run in the Castro family

Obama jokes that long-winded speeches run in the Castro family
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES
12/19/2014 2:48 PM 12/19/2014 6:45 PM

When President Barack Obama spoke by phone to Cuban leader Raúl Castro
earlier this week, they even had time for a bit of levity about Fidel
Castro’s legendarily long speeches.

The two leaders spoke Tuesday to… Continue reading

Things are not going to change overnight

“Things are not going to change overnight” / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez
Posted on December 20, 2014

14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 20 December 2014 — “Now when
they lift the blockade …” a student says jokingly to his friends sitting
in Mella Park at the University of Havana. His sentence ends mentioning
some a problem that has been solved,… Continue reading

This is going to get good

“This is going to get good”
ROSA LÓPEZ, La Habana | Diciembre 19, 2014

The semester is ending at the University of Havana, a time when
everything shuts down until the middle of January. But this year is
different. Expectation runs through the corridors and the central plaza
on University Hill, and the high attendance, on days close to Christmas,… Continue reading

Focusing on Future, Cuba Leaves Fidel Castro to History

Focusing on Future, Cuba Leaves Fidel Castro to History
By DAMIEN CAVEDEC. 18, 2014

At a moment described by many as an equivalent to the collapse of the
Berlin Wall, the absence of Fidel Castro — he has said nothing about it,
and has not appeared in public for months — spoke volumes. For many
Cubans, it confirmed that Fidel,… Continue reading

Cuban-Americans deeply divided over opening to Cuba

Cuban-Americans deeply divided over opening to Cuba
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 8:50 a.m. EST December 20, 2014

MIAMI — Christmas Eve dinner just got a little more interesting in this
South Florida city.

As Cuban-Americans soak in the news that the United States is
re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in
more than 50 years, it’s rekindled… Continue reading

Historic agreement expands visiting rights to Cuba — and more

Historic agreement expands visiting rights to Cuba — and more
BY AMY SHERMAN POLITIFACT FLORIDA
12/19/2014 1:08 PM 12/19/2014 1:08 PM

In a historic move, President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that the
United States will begin talks with Cuba on normalizing relations after
five decades and re-open an embassy in Havana.

The announcement included Cuba releasing USAID worker… Continue reading

Settling U.S. business, property claims against Cuba poses challenges

Settling U.S. business, property claims against Cuba poses challenges
BY MARTHA BRANNIGAN
12/19/2014 7:33 PM 12/19/2014 7:33 PM

If the devil is in the details, one hellish issue along the road to
normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba will be finding a way
forward to settle claims by U.S. companies and individuals who lost
property in the Cuban… Continue reading

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record

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

Congreso – a favor y en contra del acercamiento con Cuba

Congreso: a favor y en contra del acercamiento con Cuba
Marco Rubio dijo que era un “acuerdo terrible” de cooperación que
implica a áreas tan importantes como las de telecomunicaciones o
bancaria, mientras que otros colegas del Senado alaban la medida.
Agencias
diciembre 18, 2014

Sectores del exilio cubano en Miami y legisladores republicanos de
Florida, “indignados” por el giro… Continue reading

US Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

US Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade
MINNEAPOLIS — Dec 19, 2014, 1:42 AM ET
By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From
wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest
beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease economic and
travel restrictions imposed… Continue reading

Obama’s options on Cuba end at embargo

Obama’s options on Cuba end at embargo
Ledyard King, USATODAY 5:56 p.m. EST December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s steps toward normalizing relations with
Cuba don’t alter two key facts: Only Congress can overturn the law
barring widespread commerce with Cuba, and there’s almost no chance that
will happen anytime soon.

Key Republican lawmakers, whose party will take full… Continue reading

As Washington and Havana talk, a question – Where is Fidel Castro?

As Washington and Havana talk, a question: Where is Fidel Castro?
BY NANCY SAN MARTIN AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES
12/18/2014 3:11 PM 12/18/2014 9:40 PM

The stunning announcement made simultaneously in Washington and Havana
of renewed diplomatic ties between both nations after nearly 56 years
has raised many questions.

Among the most prevalent: Where is Fidel Castro? And did… Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba’s complex political puzzle

U.S.-Cuba’s complex political puzzle
BY MARC CAPUTO
12/18/2014 8:53 PM 12/18/2014 10:37 PM

Talking about U.S. policy toward Cuba used to be relatively easy for
politicians in Florida: say “Cuba libre” or “Cuba sí, Castro no.”

Support for sanctions and the embargo was a given.

But no longer.

The reaction to President Barack Obama’s historic announcement Wednesday
to try… Continue reading

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