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Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:28 P.M.
By Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of
the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States
and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion… 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

As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations?

As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba
relations?
Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist
Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET
CNBC.com

U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the
latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions
about the U.S’s future relationship with its former Cold War… Continue reading

Can USC researchers solve an age-old issue in Cuba?

Can USC researchers solve an age-old issue in Cuba?
Cubans reach out to a USC expert in social support among low-income
minority populations
BY Eric Lindberg MARCH 21, 2017

Cuba is ahead of the curve in Latin America in terms of its increasingly
aging population. (Photo/Pexels)
A plummeting birthrate and scarcity of resources have left Cuba facing a
demographic dilemma.… Continue reading

Biotech Mission to Cuba

Biotech Mission to Cuba
BETC director Kamal Rashid hopes to develop collaborations in
biomanufacturing
March 20, 2017

As the 1950s vintage cars course through city streets seemingly frozen
in time, a vibrant biopharmaceutical sector flourishes in Cuba,
supplying most of the country’s essential medicines and exporting
life-saving vaccines to developing countries.

“It was not what I expected to find,” says… Continue reading

Directives for Cyber-offensive from the Ministry of Public Healt

Cuba: Directives for Cyber-offensive from the Ministry of Public Health
/ Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 15 March 2017 — The Cuban government is preparing an
insightful cyber-offensive and to do so plans to increase the army of
cyber-combatants where, in addition to the well-known guerrillas of
cyberspace — that is the students at the University of Information
Sciences… Continue reading

The Taliban Has Returned

The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last
decade, when Fidel Castro would call a “march of the fighting people”
for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived
from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little paper flags,
prominent for his… Continue reading

Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources

Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – Whether they are
independent or official, reporters share the same complaint against
institutions, which they accuse of hindering access to information and
hiding data. And for this reason all informants have the same
requirement: greater access to sources.

Gabriela Daihuela studies… Continue reading

Illinois Eyes Expanded Trade With Cuba

Illinois Eyes Expanded Trade With Cuba
Alex Ruppenthal | March 13, 2017 4:55 pm

Relaxing trade barriers between the U.S. and Cuba could unlock millions
of dollars in exports for Illinois agriculture producers, estimates
show, and industry advocates are optimistic such a change is coming.

In January, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas introduced a resolution
called the Cuba Agricultural… Continue reading

Conferencia sobre negocios en Cuba crea nueva polémica

Conferencia sobre negocios en Cuba crea nueva polémica
12 de marzo de 2017 – 16:03 – Por Daniel Castropé

El alcalde de Hialeah y el presidente de la Comisión de Ética del
Condado reavivan sus diferencias en torno a acusaciones sobre el
supuesto uso de fondos públicos para cubrir gastos de la disertación
comercial

MIAMI.- Los roces entre el alcalde… Continue reading

The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave -cruises

The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave: cruises
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Havana was exploding in yanqui frenzy. Seven hundred Americans streamed
across its streets one steamy May 2016 morning on an expedition of
rediscovery. They were the first to arrive via sea since John F. Kennedy
was president.

The wave of change was crashing… Continue reading

Embezzlement Today

Embezzlement Today / Regina Coyula

Regina Coyula, 17 February 2017 — The long laissez faire of the
government with the “if you behave well, I look the other way” has given
birth to a generation (just one?) of the cheerfully shameless, known
generically as “fighters.” The nice denomination that began by being
applied a few, no longer has color, sex… Continue reading

Comité de Ética responde a acusaciones sobre conferencia “Cómo hacer negocios en Cuba”

Comité de Ética responde a acusaciones sobre conferencia “Cómo hacer
negocios en Cuba”
10 de marzo de 2017 – 12:03 – Por Daniel Castropé

El alcalde de Hialeah calificó de “bochornosa” la ponencia y el
presidente de la entidad condal respondió a las recriminaciones

MIAMI.- En respuesta a las críticas del alcalde de Hialeah, Carlos
Hernández, que calificó de “bochornosa”… Continue reading

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast

Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast
As icy U.S.-Cuba relations begin to thaw, Cuba’s knowledge economy is
waking up. But it’s a delicate process

Like many Cubans, Ubaldo Huerta left his homeland during a time of deep
economic crisis following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989,
which decimated Cuba’s economy and sent tens of thousands of Cubans… Continue reading

In Miami, politicians struggle with ethics of doing business with Cuba

In Miami, politicians struggle with ethics of doing business with Cuba
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

The panel of three local mayors discussing how the United States should
approach doing business with Cuba was going predictably Friday until
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a likely Democratic candidate for
Florida governor, brought up a word that, once upon a… 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

Do You Want to be Free?

Do You Want to be Free? / 14ymedio, Jose Azel

In memory of Oswaldo Payá
Video:
https://youtu.be/TB0m5Euv1Ag

14ymedio, Jose Azel, Miami, 9 March 2017 – We take as a given that all
people aspire to be free, but the idea of ​​individual freedoms is not
universally accepted.

Defenders of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes argue that a
dictatorial approach to government… Continue reading

Future of democracy in Cuba

Future of democracy in Cuba
Posted: Mar 08, 2017 5:48 AM
Updated: Mar 08, 2017 6:09 AM

Two human rights activists from the island nation spoke about what it
will take to secure democracy in the country.

Rosa María Payá with the Christian Liberation Movement and Cuba Decide
and Oswaldo Payá were invited to the university by the Department of… 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

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to
Cuban spy chief
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

She was a Connecticut-born American ballerina and the wife of the
notorious chief of Cuba’s intelligence and subversive operations —
Manuel Piñeiro Losada, better known as Barbarroja, or “Red Beard.”

And now a trove of Lorna Burdsall’s recently discovered letters… Continue reading

Preparing for a business career in Cuba takes persistence

Preparing for a business career in Cuba takes persistence
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Cuban entrepreneur Liber Puente is working on a master’s thesis about
communication among “nontraditional friends,” so what better place for
some research than Miami.

“The question I’m trying to answer is how do we sit and negotiate with
our former enemies?” Puente said during a quick trip… Continue reading

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service / 14ymedio,
Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 3 March 2017 – With the opportunity to
study at the university by passing the University entrance exams with
the “minimum score,” the Ministry of Higher Education (MES) is offering
an incentive for young women who want to enlist in Military Service,
which… Continue reading

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