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Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba
By LISA MONTI

Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi
who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities.
Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck
by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has… Continue reading

Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital

Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put
Father in the Hospital
by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110
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An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba
(UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night,
hurling bottles at them and reportedly punching the woman in the… Continue reading

PostCastro Cuba isn’t that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before
Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World

For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s
downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet,
months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the
streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist Party.

As Gladys Esther Marta… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional
Tiny pensions must be supplemented by whatever work is available
Mar 23rd 2017 | HAVANA

NORBERTO MESA, a 66-year-old grandfather, stands in the hot sun 11 hours
a day, six days a week, guiding cars in and out of the parking spaces in
front of a bustling farm stand. The 4,000 Cuban… Continue reading

To Live As Third Class Citizens

Cuba: To Live As Third Class Citizens / Iván García

Iván García, 17 March 2017 — On a wooden shelf are displayed two bottles
of liquid detergent, a dozen packs of Populares cigarettes, a packet of
coffee, and, on a hastily-drawn poster, a quotation from the deceased
Fidel Castro.

Past 10:30 am, the hot bodega [in this case a store… Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy /
14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential
plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016,
Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes
and sparked questions. One year after that visit,… Continue reading

Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know

Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 4 March 2017 — Another crazy initiative…a bit
picturesque, perhaps interesting, but totally absurd. Representatives of
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) arrive at the José
Martí Airport in Havana with the express intention of combatting animal
abuse and creating vegetarian… Continue reading

Jorge Pérez financió un documental que resultó una propaganga contra el embargo

Jorge Pérez financió un documental que resultó una propaganga contra el
embargo
FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

El documental Embargo es deficiente desde el punto de vista técnico. Es
tedioso, confuso y no está a la altura de los estándares del Miami Film
Festival, el cual cuenta con un historial de excelencia con respecto a
películas sobre Cuba, ya sean hechas en… Continue reading

Louisiana explores ways to develop Cuban ties outside of trade

Louisiana explores ways to develop Cuban ties outside of trade
BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ECRISP@THEADVOCATE.COM MAR 12, 2017 – 8:30 PM

Louisiana could soon take more steps toward developing deeper relations
with Cuba, even though federal restrictions continue to hamper trade
efforts.

The Legislature last year directed the Louisiana Economic Development
agency to examine ways for Louisiana to foster a… Continue reading

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse
mgreenlar@syracuse.com
Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com

on March 09, 2017 at 1:54 PM, updated March 09, 2017 at 2:11 PM
Syracuse, N.Y. — Alejandro Cobus would leave his apartment in Syracuse
for his ballet class three hours early. He’d walk nearly six miles in
the snow and cold in sneakers.… Continue reading

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules
BY DAVID G. MOLYNEAUX
TheTravelMavens.com

ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, CUBA
After a calm winter’s night at anchor on Cuba’s remote Siguanea Bay, 34
American travelers on the 150-foot motor-sailor Panorama II awakened
before dawn and collected their snorkeling gear, prepared for a ride on
a local boat to the southwest corner of Isla… Continue reading

Growing Old in Cuba – Luck or Misfortune?

Growing Old in Cuba: Luck or Misfortune? / Cubanet, Ana Leon

Cubanet, Ana Leon, Havana, 3 March 2017 – Jose Vargas is 85 years old
and a retired musician. He lives alone in a room in a tenement in Old
Havana, depending on a monthly check of 240 Cuban pesos (eight dollars
U.S.) and whatever help his neighbors can offer.… Continue reading

The Ladies In Green Can Not Sell Their Lettuce

The Ladies In Green Can Not Sell Their Lettuce / 14ymedio, Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 2 March 2017 — A few minutes after noon,
the Lettuce Women stood on the corner of Obispo and Mercaderes streets
in Old Havana. They came with their unique message that promotes healthy
food and a love of animals. Under the March sun, their… Continue reading

PETA’s ‘lettuce diplomacy’ heads to Havana

PETA’s ‘lettuce diplomacy’ heads to Havana
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Practicing a bit of lettuce diplomacy, PETA plans to take its animal
rights and eat vegan campaign to Cuba Tuesday.

Two “lettuce ladies” clad in bikinis covered with lettuce leaves plan to
board a JetBlue Havana flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Airport and spend the next few day delivering $1,000… Continue reading

Canary Islanders in Cuba, Islanders Two Ways

Canary Islanders in Cuba, Islanders Two Ways / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mara
and Daniel Delisau

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata and Daniel Delisau, Havana/Las Palmas de Gran
Canaria, 20 February 2017 — The players arrange their dominoes on the
table. Outside, the sun still floods the wide entryway on Monserrate
Street in Old Havana and time seems to have stopped. The scene occurs… Continue reading

WFP Cuba Country Brief, January 2017

WFP Cuba Country Brief, January 2017
REPORT from World Food Programme Published on 31 Jan 2017

WFP is providing food and logistical assistance to the populations
affected by Hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba.

WFP supports the strengthening of drought-related early warning systems
at provincial level and the inclusion of vulnerability indicators for
food security and nutrition in drought risk assessments.… Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are
deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible
realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure
development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom
succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently
in their reports they describe a Latin America and its inhabitants
encased in… Continue reading

Cochran backs bill to expand ag exports to Cuba

Cochran backs bill to expand ag exports to Cuba
The Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi 1:54 p.m. CT Feb. 11, 2017

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is supporting a new effort to help create more
export opportunities for Mississippi farmers by lifting a U.S.
restriction on private financing for American agricultural exports to Cuba.

The Mississippi Republican is an original cosponsor of the Agricultural… Continue reading

Have you been to Cuba? CEOs discuss business and travel opportunities on the island

Have you been to Cuba? CEOs discuss business and travel opportunities on
the island

This week’s question: Have you ever been to Cuba? Do you plan to go? Why
or why not?

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No, I have not been to Cuba. Of all of the places I would like to visit,
Cuba is not a priority of where I desire to… Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba
by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated

Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party,
neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a
century — still needs to be defeated.

Fidel’s brother,… 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

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

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