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French Airline Corsair Starts Flights to Havana

French Airline Corsair Starts Flights to Havana
CUBAN NEWS AGENCY.
Friday, 9 June, 2017

Corsair aircrafts currently flies to the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean,
Canada and West Africa

With the arrival of its first flight ever from Paris to Havana this
Thursday, June 8, the French airline Corsair, opened a new route into
the Caribbean.

Twice a week, Thursdays and… Continue reading

Cuba Seeks To Use Tourism Boom To Boost Other Economic Areas

Cuba Seeks To Use Tourism Boom To Boost Other Economic Areas

14ymedio, Havana, 20 May 2017 — Cuba seeks to take advantage of the
recent rise of tourism, one of the locomotives of the island’s economy,
to boost other areas and local services, in which the tourism sector
invested more than 310 million Cuban convertible pesos in 2016.

This figure… Continue reading

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

The new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora is striking in its
architectural resemblance to the grand colonial houses of Havana, yet
has a modern Miami flair. From the imposing stairwell to the natural
light that bathes the halls and bounces off sparkling white marble
floors,… Continue reading

Cuba to close 2017 cigar harvest with nearly 30,000 tons of tobacco leaves

Cuba to close 2017 cigar harvest with nearly 30,000 tons of tobacco leaves
Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-30 11:27:02

HAVANA, May 29 (Xinhua) — Cuba will conclude its current tobacco
harvest with almost 30,000 tons of leaves, which is expected to increase
incomes of one of the island’s main exports and have a positive impact
on its economy.
The state-owned Tabacuba business… Continue reading

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s annual celebration

Cuban man carrying U.S. flag rewrote monotonous script of Havana’s
annual celebration
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

The rehearsals for Havana’s annual May Day celebration went on for
weeks. The Plaza of the Revolution was to host hundreds of thousands of
Cubans as they marched past top government leaders in the best Soviet
tradition.

But a man who came out… Continue reading

Uncertainty surrounds charter flights from Pittsburgh to Cuba

Uncertainty surrounds charter flights from Pittsburgh to Cuba
THERESA CLIFT | Monday, April 3, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Plans to launch charter service between Pittsburgh International Airport
and Cuba are on hold indefinitely, a spokesman said Monday.

Miami-based Choice Aire planned to start offering twice-weekly charter
flights to Cuba by the end of last year, but those flights never got off… Continue reading

European Diplomats Visit The Center For Coexistence Studies In Pinar Del Río

European Diplomats Visit The Center For Coexistence Studies In Pinar Del Río

14ymedio, Havana, 31 March 2017 — A delegation from the European Union
in Cuba visited the Coexistence Study Center (CEC) in the city of Pinar
del Río on Thursday. The group was headed by EU political attaché in
Havana, Carlos Perez Padilla, and also included representatives from the… Continue reading

Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook

Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook
By Sarah Marsh | CIRO REDONDO, CUBA

Cuba, battling a chronic energy deficit, has all the sunshine, wind and
sugar to fuel what should be a booming renewables sector – if only it
could find the money.

The country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, a biomass
plant in Ciro Redondo, is finally… Continue reading

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST.

The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the
US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple
mental exercise: imagine that Washington banned travel, remittances and… Continue reading

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

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

No sign of release for the last Cuban spy in a US jail

No sign of release for the last Cuban spy in a US jail
Despite thaw in relations, Ana Belén Montes looks set to serve last nine
years of quarter-century sentence
PABLO DE LLANO
Corresponsal en Miami
Miami 8 MAR 2017 – 16:05 CET

On February 28, in her cell at a maximum security prison in Fort Worth,
Texas, Ana Belén… Continue reading

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS
Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’
Published: 16 hours ago
BOB UNRUH

Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s
executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the
communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights
standards.

For example, government officials… Continue reading

Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops

Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops
By Sarah Marsh | PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA

Communist-led Cuba is struggling to maintain the supply of some premium
cigar brands in the face of poor tobacco harvests and rising demand,
industry experts said at its annual cigar festival.

El Niño weather that brought excessive rains and unseasonable drought
damaged all… Continue reading

Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’

Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’ / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 31 January 2017 – With an
indigenous name and sands full of memories, Guanabo is the beach east of
Havana that in recent months has experienced a quiet
transformation. Many repatriated Cubans, foreign residents on the
island, and local entrepreneurs have bought homes just a few… Continue reading

Cuban emigration – causes and incentives

Cuban emigration: causes and incentives
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 24 de Enero de 2017 – 10:40 CET.

From the 16th century until the first half of the 20th Cuba was a
country of immigrants. In spite of the close relationship with the
United States, in 1959 the number of Cubans in the latter country did
not exceed 125,000.… 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

Artisanal marabu charcoal to become 1st Cuban export to US

Artisanal marabu charcoal to become 1st Cuban export to US
BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated Press

HAVANA
Artisanal charcoal will become the first legal Cuban export to the
United States in decades under a deal announced Thursday between Cuba’s
government and the former lawyer for imprisoned U.S. government
contractor Alan Gross.

Attorney Scott Gilbert, who has sought to build economic ties… Continue reading

Cuba after Fidel Castro – Arthur I. Cyr

Cuba after Fidel Castro
Published December 4, 2016
By Arthur I. Cyr

The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major
moment in the midst of important economic changes. Acknowledging his
importance as an epic Machiavellian survivor in no way minimizes the
ruthlessness of his regime.

In May 2015, the United States removed Cuba from the list… Continue reading

Tsunami risk for Florida and Cuba modeled

Tsunami risk for Florida and Cuba modeled
Research suggest that large submarine landslides off Great Bahama Bank
in the past were large enough to generate tsunamis

Source: University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric
Science

Summary:
While the Caribbean is not thought to be at risk for tsunamis, a new
study indicates that large submarine landslides on the… Continue reading

Cuba and Trump – a quick study in market blindness

Cuba and Trump: a quick study in market blindness
Markets will always reflect better than they predict, even as they
attempt both
DECEMBER 9, 2016 by: Cardiff Garcia

For a quick study in market blindness, look at how an obscure US fund
reacts to events in a country where markets do not even exist.

Nearly two years ago US president… Continue reading

Raul Castro at the Crossroads

Raul Castro at the Crossroads / Carlos Alberto Montaner

Carlos Alberto Montaner, 10 December 2016 — Raúl Castro is on his own.
Gone is his mentor, his paternal figure, the man who molded his life and
led him at gunpoint — literally — from insignificance to the nation’s
leadership. But he did so brusquely, reminding him every so often that… Continue reading

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