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Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

GUALACA, PANAMA
The color green seems to fill everything in Chiriqui, the western
province of Panama where the government is holding 124 undocumented
Cuban migrants. The morning’s quiet amid huge pine trees is broken only
by the hum of insects that torture at dawn and… Continue reading

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter
ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST.

“What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?”

“Disastrous.”

“Why?”

“Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want
to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to work with them, or ask… Continue reading

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy
By TERESA FRONTADO & NANCY KLINGENER & ADRIANNE GONZALEZ & HOLLY PRETSKY
& ISABELLA CUETO • JUN 16, 2017

President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and
business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations
instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama.

“Effective immediately, I am canceling the… Continue reading

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy
By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM

Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards
the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was
“canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with
Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most of Obama’s policies in
place.… Continue reading

Panama offers stranded Cuban migrants multiple entry visas if they return to island

Panama offers stranded Cuban migrants multiple entry visas if they
return to island
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
The Panamanian government has a proposal for a group of Cubans stranded
in that country: return voluntarily to the island, become self-employed
entreprenuers known as cuentapropistas and, in exchange, obtain multiple
entry visas and even start-up capital — still… Continue reading

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided

Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami’s Cubans are divided
Les Neuhaus

When President Trump scaled back President Obama’s pact that broadened
relations with Cuba, he said he was “completely canceling” a “terrible
and misguided deal.”

There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have
reacted to such an announcement with almost uniform approval.

But… Continue reading

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers
BY MELANIE ZANONA – 06/18/17 08:00 AM EDT 72

Americans may need to rethink their travel plans to Cuba in the wake of
President Trump’s effort to crack down on the communist regime.

The White House announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday aimed at
tightening travel and commercial ties between the… 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

Obama opened the U.S. up to Cuba, and Trump may be about to close it again

Obama opened the U.S. up to Cuba, and Trump may be about to close it again
By Matt Spetalnick Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to
visit Miami as early as next Friday to announce a new Cuba policy that
could tighten rules on trade and travel, rolling back parts of former
President Barack Obama’s… Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours /
Iván García

Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important
consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s
chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two
things: fake support for the autocracy and show loyalty to government
business.… Continue reading

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth
June 8, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork
for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his
government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most
sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and a
consequent accumulation of wealth.… Continue reading

Increased investment in ICT infrastructure likely in Cuba but connectivity problems and control over internet to remain

Increased investment in ICT infrastructure likely in Cuba but
connectivity problems and control over internet to remain
Diego Moya-Ocampos – IHS Jane’s Intelligence Weekly
06 June 2017

Key Points
– The Cuban government is increasingly viewing new information and
communication technology as a possible sector for foreign direct
investment, rather than necessarily a threat over its information monopoly.
– Despite… Continue reading

Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba
June 6, 2017
Albertina Nakale

Windhoek-President Hage Geingob says there is much ground to cover to
ensure the complete lifting of the United States of America’s long
running economic and trade blockade against Cuba.

Geingob made the remarks yesterday during the commencement of the 5th
Continental African Conference in Solidarity… Continue reading

Another Friday Without Water for Thousands of Havana Residents

Another Friday Without Water for Thousands of Havana Residents

14ymedio, Havana, 2 June 2017 – The water supply pipe from the South
Catchment area that suffered a rupture a week ago began to operate on a
trial basis Thursday morning, according to a report by the Havana Water
enterprise. Nevertheless, service has still not been re-established in
all of the… Continue reading

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García

Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro
opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess
items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank
accounts in financial paradises and they do not own yachts or beach
houses. I… Continue reading

Carmelo Mesa-Lago: “The Cuban Government Panicked After Obama’s Visit”

Carmelo Mesa-Lago: “The Cuban Government Panicked After Obama’s Visit”

14ymedio, Maité Rico, Madrid, 1 June 12017 — Carmelo Mesa-Lago (born
Havana, 1934) has spent a good part of his life trying to open a breach
of good sense in the wall of absurdities with which that the Castro
regime has ended up plunging into bankruptcy a country that was, in… Continue reading

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 May 2017 — The cranes show off
their slender anatomy in some areas of Havana where several luxury
hotels are being built. Apart from this landscape of progress, private
construction and repairs face technological problems and shortages. This
week it has been cement’s turn.… 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

Trump Threatens to Rescind Obama’s Cuba Engagement—and Activists Fight Back

Trump Threatens to Rescind Obama’s Cuba Engagement—and Activists Fight Back
The advocacy community now includes travel agencies, airline and
agricultural companies, and a growing number of politicians.
By Peter KornbluhTwitterTODAY 7:00 AM

At mid-day on May 29, the conservative media website The Daily Caller
posted an “exclusive” story titled “Trump Set To Roll Back Obama’s Cuba
Policies.” The article stated… Continue reading

Cuba’s parliament meets to approve Communist Party roadmap

Cuba’s parliament meets to approve Communist Party roadmap
Reuters International
JUN 1, 2017 – 16:00
By Marc Frank and Sarah Marsh

HAVANA (Reuters) – With less than a year until Raul Castro steps down as
president, Cuba’s parliament met on Thursday to vote on documents
confirming the Communist Party as the country’s guiding force and
banning the concentration of wealth.… Continue reading

Hard-up Cubans snub graduate jobs for higher pay

Hard-up Cubans snub graduate jobs for higher pay
Rigoberto DIAZ • AFP May 29, 2017

Havana (AFP) – As a trained nurse, Jose Antonio Torres can help save
lives — but in Cuba’s labor market, he finds riding a bicycle rickshaw
a surer way to feed his four children.

“I can earn the same in a day doing this as… Continue reading

In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens

Derek B. Miller: In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens
By Derek B Miller
Published: May 24, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Updated: May 23, 2017 1:21 p.m.

Utah business and community leaders recently visited Cuba on a
fact-finding mission and discovered a beautiful country with welcoming
people. Asked at every turn where we were from, the answer “America” was
met… Continue reading

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