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Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost?

Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost?
FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 17 de Julio de 2017 – 12:05 CEST.

The establishment of Cuba’s two different currencies (CUC and CUP), and
their different applications (1×24, 1×10, 1×2 and 1×1), according to the
Government’s convenience, besides sowing economic chaos, also features
an immoral component for those affected by it.

Setting… 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

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 28 June 2017 — On Havana there are illegal stores for all
tastes. Pirated jeans at 20 CUC, copies of Nike shoes at 40 CUC and
imitation Swiss watches at 50 CUC. People with higher purchasing power
mark the difference. By catalog, they buy fashions, smartphones,… 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

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

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

Family of teen who died on grad trip to Cuba trying to bring her body home

Family of teen who died on grad trip to Cuba trying to bring her body home
CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2017 7:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2017 8:51
AM ET

Alex Sagriff was a student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in
Belleville. She had been vacationing in Varadero with other graduating
students when she was found… Continue reading

The “Undead” Market: Long-Dormant U.S.-Cuba Air Travel Market Still Isn’t Alive

The “Undead” Market: Long-Dormant U.S.-Cuba Air Travel Market Still
Isn’t Alive
Dan Reed , CONTRIBUTOR
I write about airlines, the travel biz, and related industries
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

When you shoot a zombie, does it count as murder, or at least attempted
murder?

That question actually is of some epistemological importance in the
context of… Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the
plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the
roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer
under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The José
Martí International Airport in… Continue reading

A Lot of Heat and No Fire

A Lot of Heat and No Fire / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 18 June 2017 — The policy toward Cuba, announced by
United States President Donald Trump, in an event in Miami that was more
buffoonish than serious, as well as the Declaration of the Revolutionary
Government responding to it, constitute “a lot of heat and no fire.”

First of… Continue reading

US-Cuba sea mission finds healthy reefs, invasive lionfish

US-Cuba sea mission finds healthy reefs, invasive lionfish
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS
HAVANA — Jul 4, 2017, 6:28 PM ET

A joint U.S.-Cuban expedition to explore the island’s coral reefs
uncovered a surprisingly healthy ecosystem and large schools of mackerel
with significant commercial value, scientists involved in the mission
said Tuesday.

The study also found alarmingly high numbers of… Continue reading

Turoperadores de EEUU temen que política de viajes a Cuba pueda ‘empeorar’

Turoperadores de EEUU temen que política de viajes a Cuba pueda ‘empeorar’
Podrían llegar más restricciones desde la Casa Blanca
Martes, julio 4, 2017 | CubaNet

MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Los operadores turísticos a Cuba de EE.UU. temen
que las medidas anunciadas a principios de mes por el presidente Donald
Trump pudieran ser un precursor de una política mucho más restrictiva… Continue reading

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Nidialys Acosta handles the booking for a loose association of vintage
car owners who have banded together to offer transportation for visiting
dignitaries and other groups. Clients have included a New York business
delegation led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and one of the founders of Airbnb.

But… Continue reading

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of
daily life in Cuba
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that
they say reflects what is normal life on the island.

They got stranded in Panama, but still hope to eventually reach… Continue reading

Under Trump’s revised policy, black Cubans will get left behind, again

Under Trump’s revised policy, black Cubans will get left behind, again
BY ALEJANDRO DE LA FUENTE
delafuente@fas.harvard.edu

As President Trump announced the administration’s new policies on Cuba,
I worried that Afro-Cubans would be the main losers. They have been
losing for some time. The timid economic reforms implemented by the
Cuban government in the past two decades have resulted in… Continue reading

Cuba expects tourism growth despite Trump’s crackdown on U.S travel

Cuba expects tourism growth despite Trump’s crackdown on U.S travel
World16 hours ago (Jun 28, 2017 08:20PM ET)

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba earned more than $3 billion from tourism in 2016
and expects to better that this year despite President Donald Trump’s
tightening of restrictions on U.S. travel to the Caribbean island, a
government official said on Wednesday.
“In 2016,… Continue reading

Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay

Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay
Ben Mutzabaugh , USA TODAY Published 8:46 a.m. ET June 29, 2017

Southwest Airlines will ax two of its three routes to Cuba, becoming the
latest U.S. carrier to trim flights to the nation amid disappointing
demand.

Southwest said flights to Varadero and Santa Clara will be discontinued
so that… Continue reading

First Tampa to Cuba Carnival cruise leaves today

First Tampa to Cuba Carnival cruise leaves today
By Avery Cotton
Published: June 29, 2017, 6:26 am Updated: June 29, 2017, 8:05 am

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Carnival Paradise makes its inaugural 4-day
trip to Cuba out of Port Tampa Bay Thursday morning.

The ship sets sail Thursday and will dock in Havana.

This trip comes on the heels… Continue reading

Annexationism among Cubans

Annexationism among Cubans
HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 29 de Junio de 2017 – 00:20 CEST.

A group of Cuban intellectuals gather at Cuban TV’s Round Table (a
misnomer) to analyze (once again) Donald Trump’s alteration of America’s
policies towards the Cuban Government. They insist on accusing US
leadership of harboring annexationist intentions, albeit only cultural
—the preferred… Continue reading

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