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The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García

Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th
anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of
the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the
City Museum, Tomás Estrada Palma — born in… Continue reading

Farmers Blast Trump’s Cuba Retreat as Bad for Trade

Farmers Blast Trump’s Cuba Retreat as Bad for Trade
June 17, 2017 4:55 AM
Reuters

CHICAGO —
U.S. farm groups criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to retreat
from his predecessor’s opening toward Cuba, saying it could derail huge
increases in farm exports that totaled $221 million last year.

A trade delegation from Minnesota, one of the largest U.S. agriculture
states,… Continue reading

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of
the United States Toward Cuba

MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT
THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR
THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION
THE… Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President
Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening
travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President
Barack Obama and banning U.S. business transactions with… Continue reading

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 June 2017 — His mother died, his
brother emigrated and now no one brings flowers to the tomb of one of
those many young Cubans who lost their lives on the African plains. His
death served to build the authoritarian regime of José Eduardo dos
Santos in… Continue reading

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up

Race to influence the president on Cuba policy heats up
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

With an announcement on Cuba policy by President Donald Trump apparently
imminent, those for and against engagement are jockeying to get their
positions before the president — even his daughter Ivanka.

There has been a flurry of letters to the president this week as Miami
awaits… Continue reading

Cuba to Trump: We are ready to deal

Cuba to Trump: We are ready to deal
By Jim Acosta, CNN
Updated 1540 GMT (2340 HKT) June 12, 2017
Source: CNN

Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba
Trump has said he would rollback some of what Obama initiated
Washington (CNN)The Cuban government is signaling it is willing to enter
into detailed negotiations with the Trump administration as the… Continue reading

Will Congress pass bills to encourage Cuba trade, farm labor changes?

Will Congress pass bills to encourage Cuba trade, farm labor changes?
The view from the Louisiana Secretary of Agriculture
David Bennett | Jun 12, 2017

With crop prices low and too many rural communities economically
sluggish, recent news out of the White House hasn’t helped disperse
lingering dark clouds. The Trump administration put forth a budget that
would slash USDA… Continue reading

High on Cuba policy proposal: restricting U.S. business deals with Cuba’s military-run entities

High on Cuba policy proposal: restricting U.S. business deals with
Cuba’s military-run entities
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban-American members of Congress have been pushing the Trump
administration to restrict deals between U.S. companies and Cuban firms
controlled by the island’s military, as part of the new Trump policy
toward Cuba expected to be announced this week in Miami.

White… Continue reading

Can ocean science bring Cuba and the United States together?

Can ocean science bring Cuba and the United States together?
JORGE ALBERTO ANGULO-VALDES, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA June 5, 2017 Updated:
June 5, 2017 6:02pm

(THE CONVERSATION) Cuba is the ecological crown jewel of the Caribbean.
It harbors thousands of the region’s endemic species and about half of
its coastal ecosystems. It is rare to find comparable ecosystems or such
rich… Continue reading

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017

Senators introduce The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017
The legislation repeals the Cuban trade embargo.
Jun 06, 2017

A bipartisan coalition of senators have introduced legislation, The
Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2017, to eliminate legal barriers for
Americans doing business in Cuba.

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Patrick Leahy
(D-VT), and… Continue reading

New bill adds tax on sales to Cuba

New bill adds tax on sales to Cuba
For reparations, Crawford says
By Frank E. Lockwood
This article was published today at 2:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford wants to remove barriers to trade
with Cuba while also aiding victims of the Cuban government, the
Jonesboro Republican said Friday.

So his legislation, which seeks to open Cuban markets… Continue reading

Cuba Loses More Than Half of the Food Harvested, Reports a Spanish NGO

Cuba Loses More Than Half of the Food Harvested, Reports a Spanish NGO

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Agriculture in Cuba is among the lowest
performing in Latin America according to an evaluation published by the
non-governmental organization Mundubat, based in the Basque Country
(Spain). On the island, losses during harvest and after collection
represent 30% of total production,… Continue reading

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 18 May 2017 — In an effort to persuade
Cubans and the international left that “Cuba is building socialism,”
while seeking to convince the world that Castroism is abandoning State
Totalitarianism and also trying to counteract the relative independence
achieved by the so-called boteros, or boatmen, as independent taxi
drivers are known,… Continue reading

Agricultural exports to Cuba would help compensate those whose properties were seized

Agricultural exports to Cuba would help compensate those whose
properties were seized
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The congressional battle between lawmakers from farming states and Cuban
American colleagues on funding food exports to Cuba could be coming to
an end thanks to an “elegant” solution that is part of proposed
legislation: a 2 percent user fee on agricultural products… Continue reading

An Appeal to the White House

Editorial: An Appeal to the White House
DDC | Madrid | 30 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:42 CEST.

Castroism’s plans for 2018 are clear: to officially sanction the
transfer of power to the family’s heirs and double down on the kind of
state capitalism that the Castros and the military elite already
administrate.

This road map involves two farcical… Continue reading

Private credit for Cuba on table

Private credit for Cuba on table
Bill would ease agriculture trade
By Frank E. Lockwood

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he wants to
remove barriers to trade with Cuba, telling a House committee this week:
“If our folks grow it, I want to sell it.”

Current U.S. law prevents American farmers from extending credit to
Cuban purchasers.… Continue reading

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008
By Chuck Abbott
5/15/2017

The nonpartisan U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council says the first
shipment of U.S. rice to Cuba in nine years apparently passed unnoticed
in the ongoing debate over trade with the island nation. Based in New
York, the council, which produces monthly reports on commerce involving
the countries,… Continue reading

Trade with Cuba remains a priority for potato, wheat officials

Trade with Cuba remains a priority for potato, wheat officials
A team from Potatoes USA recently returned from an “informational
exchange mission” in Cuba.
John O’ConnellCapital Press
Published on May 1, 2017 10:06AM
Last changed on May 1, 2017 2:51PM

A team from Potatoes USA tours a potato field in Cuba. Cuba plans to
evaluate seed from the U.S. in… Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
jcharles@miamiherald.com

Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some
economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to
eke out even negligible economic growth.

“The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

The provinces at greatest risk for fire are Guantanamo, Pinar del Rio,
Matanzas, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Isla de la Juventud. (EFE)
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2017 – When the wind blows, the
odor of burning overwhelms the town of El Guay, in the municipality of… Continue reading

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process
with Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Sixteen retired senior military officers are asking the Trump
administration to continue the process of normalization with Cuba for
the sake of U.S. national security and stability in the region.

“The location of Cuba in the Caribbean and proximity to the US make it… Continue reading

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