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Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 14 June 2017 — What you lose last is hope. And those who
have plans to immigrate to the United States maintain bulletproof optimism.

Close to a small park in Calzada street, next to Rivero’s funeral home,
dozens of restless people await their appointment for the consular
interview at the… Continue reading

Trump administration again suspends a part of Cuba embargo

Trump administration again suspends a part of Cuba embargo
By JOSH LEDERMAN Published July 14, 2017 Markets Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is suspending for another six
months a provision of the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

The State Department says it has told Congress that it will keep
suspending a provision of the Helms-Burton Act that deals with… Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump
– Castro’s comments to Cuba’s National Assembly were his first on
Trump’s June announcement of a partial rollback of the Cuba-U.S. detente
– He also rejected any “lessons” on human rights from the U.S., saying
his country “has a lot to be proud about” on the issue
The Associated Press

Cuban… Continue reading

UM names interim director for the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

UM names interim director for the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American
Studies
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The University of Miami has appointed founder and former senior fellow
Andy Gómez as interim director of the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-
American Studies.

Gómez, who retired from UM in 2012 with a Presidential Medal, replaces
Jaime Suchlicki, who will leave ICCAS… Continue reading

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 28 June 2017 — On Havana there are illegal stores for all
tastes. Pirated jeans at 20 CUC, copies of Nike shoes at 40 CUC and
imitation Swiss watches at 50 CUC. People with higher purchasing power
mark the difference. By catalog, they buy fashions, smartphones,… Continue reading

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 3 July 2017 — The fan stopped turning around 3:30 in the
morning, when in the middle of a heat wave, a black out forced Ricardo,
his wife and their two children to sleep on a mat on the balcony of
their apartment in the Lawton neighborhood,… Continue reading

If Trump Ends Our Remittances?

If Trump Ends Our Remittances? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 8 July 2017 — Without too much caution, the CUPET tanker
truck painted green and white begins to deposit fuel in the underground
basement of a gas station located at the intersection of Calle San
Miguel and Mayía Rodríguez, just in front of Villa Marista, headquarters
of State Security, in… Continue reading

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to
escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that,
according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista,
reflect the prevailing system on the island. From a neighborhood on the
outskirts… Continue reading

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 July 2017 — He dries his sweat
and takes a drink of water from a bottle he carries in his backpack. “In
my time the young people spent the holidays in front of the television,”
says Ignacio, the father of two teenagers. As… Continue reading

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy
July 10, 20174:35 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered

U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from
President Trump’s changes to the Obama administration’s Cuba travel
policies. The new rules don’t affect cruises, and may help them.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

President Trump announced new… Continue reading

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy
07/13/2017 09:20 am ET
William M. LeoGrande
Professor of Government at American University

President Donald J. Trump signs the National Security Presidential
Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,
Miami, June 16, 2017

On June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba… Continue reading

Will Trump Open A Pandora’s Box Of Litigation Over Cuban Property?

Will Trump Open A Pandora’s Box Of Litigation Over Cuban Property?
If the president fails to continue the suspension of Title III, business
relations will be disrupted far more severely and irreparably than they
would be by any regulatory change.
07/10/2017 02:34 pm ET

Long before the Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce finish
writing the new regulations that President… Continue reading

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds second vessel

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds
second vessel
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Visiting Cuba by sea is turning into the preferred method for American
travelers — at least for now.

On Monday, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced it is adding a
second ship for four-day cruises to Havana, following a barrage of
announcements from… Continue reading

The impact of Trump’s Cuba policy revisions will likely be small

The impact of Trump’s Cuba policy revisions will likely be small
BY MARK FEIERSTEIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 07/11/17 05:40 PM EDT

As U.S. officials prepare to implement President Trump’s Cuba policy,
the rancor over the revised course is masking an emerging bipartisan
consensus over American policy toward the island. Despite declaring he
was “cancelling” President Obama’s deal with Cuba, Trump’s… Continue reading

How President Trump can borrow from US Cuba policy to squeeze Beijing on North Korea

How President Trump can borrow from US Cuba policy to squeeze Beijing on
North Korea
Asia, Foreign and Defense Policy

The New York Times reports that “President Trump, frustrated by China’s
unwillingness to lean on North Korea, has told the Chinese leader that
the United States is prepared to act on its own in pressuring the
nuclear-armed government in Pyongyang.”… Continue reading

Panama’s migration chief says the country is not closing the door to Cubans but to illegal migration

Panama’s migration chief says the country is not closing the door to
Cubans but to illegal migration
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Javier Carrillo Silvestri, Panama’s head of migration services, is
accustomed to order and hierarchy. So he is matter-of-fact when he says
that his nation has nothing against Cuban migrants, but that those who
enter the… Continue reading

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba has a new interim chief at its seaside building
in Havana: career diplomat Scott Hamilton.

Hamilton, who has served as deputy chief of mission since July 2015,
replaces Jeffrey DeLaurentis as Chargé d’Affaires.

A brief notice posted on the embassy website… Continue reading

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Julio de 2017 – 10:40 CEST.

If you were told that in a Latin American country almost 60% of the
fertile land available for agriculture is not even cultivated, producing
nothing at all, you would think they were pulling your leg, because in
the 21st century… Continue reading

Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift

Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift

Ishmael Muslim Ali now lives a quiet life in Cuba, where he remains
wanted by the F.B.I. for aircraft piracy. Credit Cave 7 Productions
For more than 30 years, Ishmael Muslim Ali has lived a relatively full
and unremarkable life in Cuba. He taught English in the nation’s public
schools,… Continue reading

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years
BY DAVID J. NEAL
dneal@miamiherald.com

Once Silvio “Jander” Morales smuggled six women from Camaguey, Cuba into
Miami, he shed any niceties like a moulting anaconda losing skin.
Morales constricted the women into prostitution by mushrooming their
debt, threatening their families’ lives and even threatening to feed one
woman… Continue reading

Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Cuban Sex Trafficking

Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Cuban Sex Trafficking
A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for operating a
sex trafficking ring involving women he lured from Cuba.
July 8, 2017, at 10:38 a.m.

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for
operating a sex trafficking ring involving… Continue reading

Panama makes a final offer to Cuban migrants: $1,650, a plane ticket and permission to return

Panama makes a final offer to Cuban migrants: $1,650, a plane ticket and
permission to return
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

Panama’s deputy minister of public security on Friday made a final offer
to Cuban migrants staying at a temporary shelter in that nation: $1,650,
a plane ticket to Havana and a multiple-entry visa that would give them
legal entry… Continue reading

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