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    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

    Steps Obama has taken to ease US restrictions on Cuba

    Steps Obama has taken to ease US restrictions on Cuba By The Associated Press President Barack Obama aims to use his historic trip to Cuba starting Sunday to further his bid to restore ties after a half-century of acrimony. Though his visit will be one of the most visible symbols of the new approach, Obama […] 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