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    Raul Castro prepares Cuba for tough year despite US opening

    Raul Castro prepares Cuba for tough year despite US opening By Michael Weissenstein?|?AP December 29 at 8:11 PM HAVANA — President Raul Castro warned Cubans on Tuesday to prepare for tough economic conditions in 2016 despite warmer relations with the United States. Castro said that while tourism is booming, low oil prices have damaged the […] Continue reading

    Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch

    Cuba One Year After Obama’s Olive Branch Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama administration immediately moved to ease […] Continue reading

    Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures

    Cuba One Year After Obama’s Overtures Thousands of political arrests, migrants flee, and Russia wants in. Sound familiar? By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Dec. 20, 2015 4:13 p.m. ET This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s unilateral rapprochement with Cuba. Upon making the Dec. 17 announcement, the Obama administration immediately moved to ease restrictions […] 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

    Few Americans booking new Cuba cruises – Survey

    Survey: Few Americans booking new Cuba cruises CRUISE LOG Gene Sloan, USA TODAY 5:07 p.m. EDT September 2, 2015 The thaw in relations between the USA and Cuba has set off a race among cruise companies to start up sailings between the countries. But so far, few Americans are booking the trips, according to a […] Continue reading

    Cuban thaw poses tourism threat to Caribbean neighbours

    Cuban thaw poses tourism threat to Caribbean neighbours Steve Johnson The sight of the Stars and Stripes being hoisted over the newly opened US embassy in Cuba last week, was one of the most visible signs yet of the diplomatic rapprochement between the long-term foes. If President Barack Obama gets his way, the US Congress […] Continue reading

    In Cuba, a Potential for Prosperity

    In Cuba, a Potential for Prosperity Analysis AUGUST 5, 2015 | 09:15 GMT Print Text Size Forecast – Cuba and the United States will continue to strengthen political ties in the coming months and years. – In the short term, Cuban tourism revenue could increase and certain financial restrictions ease, but the country may still […] Continue reading

    American Remittances Speed Change in the Cuban Economy

    American Remittances Speed Change in the Cuban Economy by ROB LOVITT Call it dollar diplomacy, one money order at a time: Even as officials in Washington and Havana are hashing out the details of their countries’ newly normalized relations, individual Americans are helping foster free enterprise and a higher standard of living in the island […] Continue reading

    Cuba economic growth rises to 4.7 pct in first half – minister

    Cuba economic growth rises to 4.7 pct in first half -minister By Marc Frank HAVANA, July 15 (Reuters) – Warming relations with the United States and domestic reforms helped Cuba increase year-on-year economic growth to 4.7 percent during the first half of 2015, Economy Minister Marino Murillo told the country’s parliament on Wednesday. The figure […] Continue reading