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    Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US

    Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press December 28, 2016 HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday that its economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century as a plunge in aid from Venezuela overwhelmed a surge in tourism set off by detente with […] Continue reading

    Cuba faces deep financial woes

    Cuba faces deep financial woes Tourism increase is great hope in 2017. HAVANA (AP) — Alex Romero was delighted when President Barack Obama came to Havana in March bearing the promise of a bright new future. Like so many other Cubans, the 42-year-old state photography shop employee was thrilled with the president’s vision of restored […] Continue reading

    Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017

    Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017 Castro must manage economic and diplomatic challenges during a year of transition Published: 16:15 December 26, 2016 AP Havana: Alex Romero was delighted when President Barack Obama came to Havana in March bearing the promise of a bright new future. Like so many other Cubans, the […] Continue reading

    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