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National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba

National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES […] Continue reading

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions March 27, 2017 7:47 AM HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — Fidel Castro’s government punished Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo and sent him to two years of work camp for preaching in Cuba where atheism was law. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to […] Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda” by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band playing Cuban folk songs […] Continue reading

Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing

Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 12 September 2016 — In the best of times, when there were two ration books, sixty-year-old retiree Juan Alberto was happy. One was for food, which allotted you half a pound of beef every fifteen days, and one was for “manufactured goods,” which […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat – Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MAY 16, 2016 08:14 PM HAVANA – President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more co-operation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs […] Continue reading

Making a Living Off Coffee

Making a Living Off Coffee / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 16 July 2016 — In the early morning hours insomniacs, travelers and night watchmen are surprised to find an ode to excellence in a cup of coffee. At 3:00 in the morning the rush to prepare the nectar begins at […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Cigar Industry Isn’t Ready for Its American Moment

Smoked: Cuba’s Cigar Industry Isn’t Ready for Its American Moment Cuba is trying to boost cigar production in anticipation of the end of the U.S. trade embargo, but tobacco fields lie fallow, and the country won’t likely be ready for the demand boom By Tripp Mickle Journal SAN LUIS, Cuba—The fertile soil here in the […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday. BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press HAVANA President Barack Obama’s trip to […] 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

U.S. businesses’ money can be frozen because of references to Cuba

U.S. businesses’ money can be frozen because of references to Cuba By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: May 1, 2016 Updated: May 1, 2016 at 07:51 PM Nothing from his inventory originates from the island nation nor does any of the business’s money come from or go to Cuba. Still, over the past year, […] Continue reading

The Potential and Pitfalls of Doing Business in Cuba

The Potential and Pitfalls of Doing Business in Cuba Pablo González Alonso Alec Lee MARCH 16, 2016 When President Obama visits Cuba on March 21, it will have been a little more than 57 years since the end of the Cuban revolution and slightly less than 55 years since the initial implementation of the U.S. […] Continue reading

US OK’s first factory in Cuba since revolution

APNewsBreak: US OK’s first factory in Cuba since revolution By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration has approved the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than half a century, allowing a two-man company from Alabama to build a plant assembling as many as 1,000 small tractors a year for sale to private […] Continue reading

Land Leases, a “Half-ownership”

Land Leases, a “Half-ownership” / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez Posted on January 17, 2016 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 14 January 2016 – The earth and the man who works it end up resembling each other. The skin becomes rough and dark like freshly plowed earth, and the face is lined with furrows […] Continue reading

How Cuba is, and isn’t, changing, one year after the thaw with the U.S.

How Cuba is, and isn’t, changing, one year after the thaw with the U.S. By Nick Miroff December 15 at 7:00 AM HAVANA — No event in decades shook up Cuba like the announcement last Dec. 17 by presidents Obama and Raul Castro that their countries would begin normalizing long-broken relations. In the 12 months […] Continue reading
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