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    In Cuban Piñata, Military Picks Up Five-Star Hotels

    In Cuban Piñata, Military Picks Up Five-Star Hotels / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 9 November 2016 – The control exercised by the Cuban military over a sector as critical as tourism was common knowledge. However, the recent International Fair of Havana (FIHAV 2016) uncovered that the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) is not […] Continue reading

    Building Socialism in Cuba

    Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

    A new sponsor for Castro?

    A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading

    Cuba is in trouble

    Cuba is in trouble Economic reforms have stalled — and Cubans are running out of patience Jonathan Manthorpe Foreign Policy Under the Castro brothers’ brand of feudal Marxism, Cuba has always needed a sugar daddy. It hasn’t helped the island’s economic well-being, of course, that since Fidel and Raul Castro captured the island in 1959 […] Continue reading

    Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret

    Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 28 de Julio de 2016 – 21:21 CEST. On July 8, the then Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge reported in the National Assembly of the People’s Power on the state of the Cuban economy during the first half […] Continue reading

    Economic hardships in Cuba spark rumors of a new “Special Period”

    Economic hardships in Cuba spark rumors of a new “Special Period” Without Venezuelan aid, Cuba’s economy grew only 1 percent and could get worse in 2017 as the government confirms power blackouts and suspension of debt payments. NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban ruler Raúl Castro may have ruled out a return to the “Special Period” […] Continue reading

    Southwest Airlines CEO Kelly Talks Expansion, Cuba, TSA and Checked Bags

    Southwest Airlines CEO Kelly Talks Expansion, Cuba, TSA and Checked Bags Southwest itself is growing, with a capacity increase of nearly 5% in current quarter June 22, 2016 4:44 p.m. ET The U.S. airline industry is growing faster than the gross domestic product, and that has created “some real pockets of aggressiveness throughout the country,” […] Continue reading

    Backlash in Cuba

    Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] 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

    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

    Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?

    Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible? That was one of Obama’s goals in his recent trip—and he made huge progress, charming the Cuban public and establishing a rapport with Raúl Castro. By Peter KornbluhTwitterAPRIL 6, 2016 The day after President Obama ended his historic trip to Havana, Cubans turned on their TV sets and watched his […] Continue reading