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January 16, 2015

Treasury and Commerce Announce Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Office — On December 17, 2014 the President announced a set of diplomatic and economic changes to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department… read more »

January 13, 2015

Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

Anne-Marie Garcia and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday that the warming of relations would help them keep pushing for change inside their country. Fifty-three dissidents were freed, most in the last week, as part of… read more »

January 12, 2015

Cuba moves to expand WiFi service slightly

Associated Press — Cuba’s telecommunications company says that it will offer WiFi service in a public park in the country’s far east but only for access to the island’s restricted Cuba-only intranet. Cuba’s official journalists union said Monday that the government would offer WiFi internet access in a park in… read more »

January 12, 2015

US: Cuba completes release of 53 political prisoners

Matthew Lee, Associated Press — Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. said Monday The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the… read more »

January 6, 2015

Cuba has released some of 53 ‘political’ prisoners, U.S. says

Reuters — Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as agreed under last month’s U.S.-Cuban rapprochement, the U.S. government said on Tuesday in its first acknowledgement that some detainees have been released. The lack of information about the fate of the detainees, who… read more »

January 5, 2015

Coast Guard reports surge in Cubans trying to reach Florida

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press — Driven by fear that their window is closing, the number of Cuban migrants attempting to reach the U.S. illegally in rafts has surged since the two countries announced they would restore diplomatic relations after 50 years, Coast Guard officials said Monday. U.S. authorities have captured,… read more »

December 17, 2014

Obama hails ‘new chapter’ in US-Cuba ties

BBC — US President Barack Obama has hailed a “new chapter” in US relations with Cuba, announcing moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties. Mr Obama said the plans represented the “most significant changes in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years”. The US is looking to open an embassy… read more »

December 14, 2014

ALBA Countries Gather in Cuba on 10th Anniversary

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — The left-leaning regional economic and diplomatic bloc known as ALBA marked its 10th anniversary Sunday amid pressures made by tumbling oil prices on petroleum-producing countries such as top ALBA member Venezuela. Presidents Nicolas Maduro, of Venezuela; Daniel Ortega, of Nicaragua; and Evo Morales, of Bolivia joined Raul… read more »

December 13, 2014

‘US embargo delayed’ Cuban Ebola team’s pay

Al Jazeera – Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the US embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organisation, according to an official at the UN agency. Jose Luis Di Fabio, the health agency’s representative for Cuba, told the Associated Press… read more »

December 11, 2014

Fidel Castro awarded China’s Confucius Peace Prize

Associated Press — Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is this year’s winner of China’s Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize, which they see as biased against China. The committee that sponsors the prize praised 88-year-old Castro for “contributions to peace” — in stark… read more »