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    Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market

    Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in first. By David Whitford The Friday before […] Continue reading

    After Half a Century of Trying, Cuba Cannot Replace Imports

    After Half a Century of Trying, Cuba Cannot Replace Imports / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 30 December 2016 — “This is the last thing the ship brought,” you hear a young man say, to refer to one of the most recent products imported and sold on the black market in Havana. Being […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year

    Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […] Continue reading

    Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba

    Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba Island nation is just itching to breathe free Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:46 p.m. CDT I just returned from 2 weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from the land of Fidelismo. Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited, though American educational and professional […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s development priorities in the new landscape

    Cuba’s development priorities in the new landscape By Elena L. Pasquini @elenapasquini19 February 2016 Last month, the United States announced measures to further ease restrictions on Cuba — the latest in a series of amendments implemented since December 2014, when U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro divulged plans to resume diplomatic ties. […] Continue reading

    Five Points – Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech

    Five Points: Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech Posted on January 22, 2016 Dimas Castellanos, 16 January 2016 — A commentary on five economic issues raised by the Cuban president on December 29, 2015 during the closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power. 1. The president stated that, though the effects of the […] Continue reading

    Cuba Working Group goals and protecting farming operations

    Cuba Working Group goals and protecting farming operations A chat with Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford Jan 20, 2016 David Bennett | Delta Farm Press In mid-December, a working group from the House announced it would begin studying how best to deal with the emerging U.S./Cuba trade relationship. In a letter sent to Speaker Paul Ryan, […] Continue reading

    Cows, Capitalism and the Future of Cuba

    Cows, Capitalism and the Future of Cuba By Taylor Wofford 12/2/15 at 1:53 PM Every time Gator ejaculated, Dan Marvel grossed 10 grand. At the time of his death last year, the bull was a ton and a half of genetic perfection—or as close to it as has ever been recorded for his breed (Red […] Continue reading

    The quiet man who controls Cuba’s big money

    The quiet man who controls Cuba’s big money BY MICHAEL SMITH, OCTOBER 05 2015, 05:59 HAVANA’s redevelopment is in progress. Near El Floridita, where Ernest Hemingway once knocked back daiquiris, the hulking Manzana de Gómez building is being transformed into a five-star hotel. Stylish boutiques sell perfume and stereos. Inside an old warehouse is a […] Continue reading

    Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-In-Law

    Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-In-Law Michael SmithSep 30, 2015 12:01 am ET (Bloomberg) — Omar Everleny Pérez ?is eager to show me how far Raúl Castro’s overhaul of Cuba’s socialist economy has advanced, and so, on a muggy evening in August, the 54-year-old economist invites me into his home in […] Continue reading

    Want to Do Business in Cuba? All Roads Lead to Raúl Castro’s SonLaw

    Want to Do Business in Cuba? All Roads Lead to Raúl Castro’s Son-in-Law Things are changing rapidly in Cuba, and people from around the world are eager to get in on the action. Wait until they meet their new partner. September 30, 2015 Michael Smith Propaganda outside Mariel, a new base for private investment. The […] Continue reading