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The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 July 2017 – In his most recent
public speech before Parliament, General-President Raul Castro offered a
self-criticism about “political deviations” under which the private
sector and cooperatives are governed. “Mistakes are mistakes, and they
are mistakes… they are my mistakes in the first place, because I am a
part of… Continue reading

Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary

Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary

14ymedio, Mario Penton and Luz Escobar, Miami and Havana, 14 July 2017 —
Ileana Sánchez is anxiously rummaging through her tattered wallet,
looking for some bills to buy a toy slate for her seven-year-old
granddaughter who dreams of becoming a teacher. She has had to save for
months to… Continue reading

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful
entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161,
between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C,
in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8.

The reasons are not clear.… Continue reading

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis
Colombian president flies to Havana to seek support for regional
John Paul Rathbone in Miami

Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, was set to fly to Cuba on
Sunday on a mission to convince Havana to support a regional diplomatic
push to staunch Venezuela’s growing crisis, which has left 90 dead after
three… Continue reading

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

Cuba says GDP recovers, up about 1 percent so far in 2017

Cuba says GDP recovers, up about 1 percent so far in 2017
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HAVANA — Jul 14, 2017, 5:59 PM ET

The Cuban government said Friday that the economy is growing again
following a decline last year that was the first drop reported in two
decades.

Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas said at the opening session of the… Continue reading

Higher Taxes

Higher Taxes / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 6 July 2017 — It is no secret among Cubans that their
government is inept and inefficient. Fifty-eight years of failure attest
to this.

With the emergence of self-employment, however, officials have found a
way to fill the state’s coffers without having to devote resources or
effort to it. It’s called taxes.

They… Continue reading

The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas

The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 19 June 2017 — Teresa Sulien Castillo Sotto, a
27-year-old Cuban doctor born in Bayamo, died due to multiple fractures
and traumatic brain injury on the night of Tuesday 13 June, at 10:20 PM,
after jumping off the 8th floor of the C-05… Continue reading

TWO CUBAN PLAYERS DESERTING THE TEAM JUNIOR

TWO CUBAN PLAYERS DESERTING THE TEAM JUNIOR
magictr | July 14, 2017 | News
Stéphane Bouchard
Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

JONQUIÈRE | Two players from the cuban national team junior tour against
the teams of major League baseball junior élite du Québec, missing since
Tuesday.

These two players have left of their own accord, in the night of Monday… 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

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 11 July 2017 — The President of the Councils of State
and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba recently underwent cosmetic
surgery to improve his chin. The chief of Cuban communists wants to be
rejuvenated so that young people won’t feel they are… 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

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

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen
Marianna Parraga and Marc Frank

HOUSTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – Venezuela’s crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba
have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to
documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters,
threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run
island.

Cuba’s government since… 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

Cuba’s ‘elections’: asking the man on the street

Cuba’s ‘elections’: asking the man on the street
OSMEL RAMÍREZ ÁLVAREZ | Holguín | 13 de Julio de 2017 – 11:51 CEST.

On June 14 the Council of State announced general elections. In this
first stage (September 2017) only partial elections will be held, in
which district delegates are to be elected.

It is obvious that the “elections” are not… 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

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