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UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
China, Iran, Bangladesh
By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017

GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran,
Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights
council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights
non-governmental organization, after he criticized… Continue reading

Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture

Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:15 AM
By Jackson French Bowling Green Daily News

BOWLING GREEN — U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, recently
visited Cuba and hopes to restore agricultural trade with the island
nation and provide the United States with a valuable new market for
agricultural exports.

Comer said Cuba is a “logical” market… Continue reading

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast
As icy U.S.-Cuba relations begin to thaw, Cuba’s knowledge economy is
waking up. But it’s a delicate process

Like many Cubans, Ubaldo Huerta left his homeland during a time of deep
economic crisis following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989,
which decimated Cuba’s economy and sent tens of thousands of Cubans… Continue reading

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola

The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET.

This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one,
it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society.
Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, fomenting his social
diminution and… Continue reading

Official Fervor Towards Fidel Castro Contrasts With the Indifference of Young People

Official Fervor Towards Fidel Castro Contrasts With the Indifference of
Young People / EFE-14ymedio, Lorena Canto

EFE (via 14ymedio), Lorena Canto, Havana, 5 March 2017 — A hundred days
after his death and although Cuba has limited by law the use of his name
and image, the figure of Fidel Castro is more present than ever on the
island, where… Continue reading

CUBA’S QUIET BATTLE FOR AMERICAN AIRSPACE

CUBA’S QUIET BATTLE FOR AMERICAN AIRSPACE
By Barbara Sturken Peterson
THE DAILY DOSEMAR 03 2017

Flight CU188, a twin-jet Airbus A320 on its way from the Caribbean to
Canada, looks no different than the 5,000 other commercial planes flying
through U.S. airspace —except maybe for that red, white and blue livery
that looks straight out of the swingin’ ’60s. In… Continue reading

Americans skipping out on Cuba

Americans skipping out on Cuba
By The Washington Post By Justin Bachman

America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the
hottest new destination?

Apparently. Service to the long-time U.S. foe began in September, but
after just five months the largest carrier to the island, American
Airlines Group Inc., cut daily flights by 25 percent and switched to… Continue reading

Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going

Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going
Last year they couldn’t wait to see Havana. This year airlines cut
service. What happened?
by Justin Bachman
February 17, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1

America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the
hottest new destination?

Apparently. Service to the long-time U.S. foe began in September, but
after just five… Continue reading

The Cuban hustle – Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay

The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for
meager pay
By ROB WATERS
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his
father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and
ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at Cuba’s premier
cardiovascular hospital, performed… Continue reading

One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton

One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted
what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on
Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former
owners of commercial property expropriated by Cuba to sue foreign
companies… Continue reading

Everyone in Cuba Wants to Learn English

Everyone in Cuba Wants to Learn English / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 3 February 2017 — It’s raining cats and dogs in Havana and
the Weather Institute announces a moderate cold front on the west of the
island. Like any weekend, after lunch people gather in front of the TV
to watch a Spanish football game, a Hollywood film pirated… Continue reading

Bill allowing private financing of food/agriculture exports to Cuba introduced in Senate

Bill allowing private financing of food/agriculture exports to Cuba
introduced in Senate
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Two farm state senators reintroduced a bill Thursday aimed at making
U.S. agricultural exports more competitive in the Cuban market by
allowing private financing of ag exports.

It was the first Cuba-related bill introduced since President Donald
Trump has been in the White House.… Continue reading

Rural Women – Between Furrow And Domestic Labors

Rural Women: Between Furrow And Domestic Labors / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Alquizar (Artemisa), 30 January 2017 –In
Alquízar the red earth covers everything with a reddish layer. To Gladys
Montero that crimson powder gets into the wrinkles of the face. “I come
from the deep field,” she warns. In Cuba, 21% of women live in rural
areas,… Continue reading

Heitkamp, Boozman reintroduce bill to expand exports to Cuba

Heitkamp, Boozman reintroduce bill to expand exports to Cuba
By Agweek Wire Report Today at 10:29 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and John
Boozman (R-Ark.) on Thursday reintroduced their bipartisan bill to help
American farmers and support good-paying jobs in North Dakota, Arkansas
and across the country by lifting restrictions on private financing for
U.S. agricultural… Continue reading

Economist sees East, Gulf coasts served by Cuba, Nova Scotia transshipment hubs

Economist sees East, Gulf coasts served by Cuba, Nova Scotia
transshipment hubs

The U.S. East and Gulf coasts can expect to be significantly served by a
pair of transshipment hubs – ideally in Cuba and Canada’s province of
Nova Scotia – a leading port industry economist said today [Feb. 2].

Robert W. West, Waltham, Massachusetts-based chief senior consultant for
the… Continue reading

Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market

Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden
from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of
being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in
first.
By David Whitford

The Friday before Halloween, Josh Weinstein was set… Continue reading

Un absurdo caso con tema cubano para el asilo político

Un absurdo caso con tema cubano para el asilo político
Rosa Tania Valdés

Un profesor universitario estadounidense pasó por encima de su
patriotismo estadounidense y de cierta aversión a la nobleza y ha
decidido convertirse en ciudadano canadiense para protegerse del
presidente Donald Trump.
Un profesor estadounidense que reside en Canadá desde hace 30 años dijo
esta semana que con… Continue reading

What does Trump mean to Cubans? It’s complicated

What does Trump mean to Cubans? It’s complicated
By STEVE LIPSHER
January 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

My hostess in Havana, speaking in English, frequently invoked a phrase:
“It’s complicated.”

Whether giving directions to navigating the narrow streets of historic
Habana Vieja or describing the intricacies of operating a private hostel
in an officially socialistic country, Aida would start her… Continue reading

Cuba Expects To Receive 4.2 Million Tourists In 2017

Cuba Expects To Receive 4.2 Million Tourists In 2017 / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 19 January 2017 — Cuba is preparing to receive 4.2 million
foreign tourists in 2017, with priority for investments in new and
higher quality facilities for tourists, according to projections
announced Wednesday by management of the island’s Ministry of Tourism
(Mintur).

Cuba’s Deputy Minister for Tourism, Mayda Álvarez,… Continue reading

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick
Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban
communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with
fanaticism.
By Armando Simón
JANUARY 16, 2017

Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have
been experiencing déjà vu. At age ten, I fled my… Continue reading

As Cuban tourism booms, U.S. travel companies wonder: What will Trump do?

As Cuban tourism booms, U.S. travel companies wonder: What will Trump do?
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The wait in the line to exchange money at the Havana airport can stretch
for hours, reservations are a must at popular private Cuban restaurants
and tangerine and hot-pink-colored vintage cars ferrying visitors crowd
the streets around the most frequented tourist destinations.

Tourism on… Continue reading

Winnipeg couple on vacation in Cuba killed in ambulance crash

Winnipeg couple on vacation in Cuba killed in ambulance crash
Dario Balca , CTVNews.ca Writer
@DarioBalca
Published Sunday, January 8, 2017 3:44PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 8, 2017 8:45PM EST

A Winnipeg family is mourning the loss of a couple killed in an
ambulance crash while vacationing on the island of Cayo Coco, Cuba.
Relatives have identified the victims… Continue reading

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