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Appeasement Never Works

Appeasement Never Works by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM And it’s making matters worse in Cuba. At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of American […] Continue reading

Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage

Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage February 23, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – The drought in Cuba could stop being a crisis and become a chronic disease, as is already the case in many other countries. The only way out seems to be to devise a global strategy that allows us and requires a […] Continue reading

Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast

Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers. Casey Corr // Jan 11, 2017 Cuba has an outsized presence in American culture. The reminders begin when you step off the airplane at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Blasted by hot, moist Caribbean […] Continue reading

Louisiana state government spent more than $150,000 on Cuba trip

Louisiana state government spent more than $150,000 on Cuba trip By Julia O’Donoghue, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on December 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM, updated December 30, 2016 at 11:23 AM The Louisiana state government spent at least $150,134 on a five-day trade mission in October to Cuba for Gov. John Bel Edwards, Agriculture Commissioner […] Continue reading

The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro

The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro / Miriam Leiva ABC International, Miriam Leiva, 26 November 2016 — Fidel Castro left Cuba in disastrous economic conditions after exerting absolute power for more than 47 years. His brother received a country “on the precipice” on 31 July 2006. Raul Castro has had to eliminate the “genial” initiatives […] Continue reading

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE. Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica […] Continue reading

The Cuban economy goes into a tailspin

The Cuban economy goes into a tailspin DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 27 de Julio de 2016 – 20:54 CEST. On 29 December, 2015 the Cuban president announced before the National Assembly of the People’s Power that “despite the impact of the international economic crisis, exacerbated in our case by the effects of the […] Continue reading

How Cuba could be an opportunity for one-time top trade partner Louisiana

How Cuba could be an opportunity for one-time top trade partner Louisiana BY RICHARD THOMPSON| RTHOMPSON@THEADVOCATE.COM June 22, 2016; 6:15 p.m. More than a half-century ago, ferry-boats regularly brought tourists from New Orleans to Cuba, separated by only 700 miles. Now, with commercial air service expected to resume to the isolated island nation amid normalizing […] Continue reading

The Decline of Cuban Coffee

The Decline of Cuban Coffee DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 15 de Junio de 2016 – 9:49 am. µ Coffee, growing on bushes in tropical regions, of the genus Coffea, came to Cuba from La Española, just like cattle did. Don José Antonio Gelaber brought it in 1748, founding the first coffee plantation in […] Continue reading

The Need for a Cuban Middle Class

The Need for a Cuban Middle Class / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellano, 15 April 2016 — Economic and social stagnation in Cuba are related to the lack of a middle class. To defend this thesis and promote debate, I submit the arguments below. According to Karl Marx, social classes are structured around the ownership of […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise

Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise Reports of greater opportunities for small and medium enterprises are based on vaguely worded documents that project government plans until 2030, which were discussed during the Communist Party’s recent VII Congress. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Reports that Cuba plans to legalize small and […] Continue reading

Normalizing relations with Cuba – not so fast

Normalizing relations with Cuba: not so fast By aronsbarron May 22, 2016 7:22 a.m. Polls make it clear that the American public is way ahead of Congress in supporting normalization of relations and reopening trade with Cuba. But positive numbers from several polls don’t mean that the normalization process will be easy or fast. That […] Continue reading

The Challenges and Gifts for Sustainable Tourism in Cuba

The Challenges and Gifts for Sustainable Tourism in Cuba 05/14/2016 10:33 pm ET | Updated 13 hours ago Dr. Dave Randle President and CEO, WHALE Center Richard Berman, Director of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS), and I traveled to Havana, Cuba, to explore the possibilities of an exchange program. We were immediately […] Continue reading

It’s Not Business as Usual in Cuba – Yet

It’s Not Business as Usual in Cuba – Yet May 9, 2016 by Paul Chaney President Obama’s push to open trade with Cuba has many U.S. small businesses itching to plant their flag on Cuban soil. But is now the right time? Here are the pros and cons of doing business in Cuba. Good Reasons […] Continue reading

Cuba opens up to U.S., revealing its paradoxes

Cuba opens up to U.S., revealing its paradoxes Much has changed during half-century embargo BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN SPECIAL TO THE BLADE HAVANA — This city is a short 45 minutes from Miami, but until the relaxation of travel between Cuba and the United States, it could have been at the end of the world. […] Continue reading
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