Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

June 25, 2014

Alan Gross “plans to end his life,” says lawyer of American jailed in Cuba

CBS News – The wife and lawyer of Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba, said Wednesday they fear for his life even more after his mother’s death from cancer last week. In Havana to visit her husband, Judy Gross again urged Washington to do whatever is necessary… read more »

June 23, 2014

Cuba downgrades 2014 GDP forecast to 1.4 percent

Associated Press – Cuba has revised its 2014 economic growth forecast downward to 1.4 percent, Communist Party newspaper Granma said Monday, nearly a point off previous projections of 2.2 percent. Economy Minister Adel Yzquierdo attributed the downgrade to lagging foreign income, adverse climatic conditions and “internal insufficiencies that our economy continues… read more »

June 23, 2014

Cuba permits internet access for co-ops

TeleGeography – Cuba’s Ministry of Communications (MIC) has authorised state-owned telecoms monopoly Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA) to provide internet services to non-agricultural cooperatives from 29 June, the Cuba News Agency reports. According to MIC Resolution No. 396, internet access will only be provided from existing facilities on the premises of non-agricultural… read more »

June 23, 2014

Crist changes mind, won’t visit Cuba this summer

Paul Guzzo, The Tampa Tribune – Charlie Crist, who capped his change of heart over the Cuban embargo with the news last month that he would visit the Communist nation this summer, will not go there after all, his campaign said this morning. “If at some point after the election there… read more »

June 22, 2014

Cuba rejects U.S. accusation over human trafficking

Xinhua News Agency – Cuba on Saturday dismissed a U.S. report which put the island nation on a black list of “human trafficking countries.” “The Cuban government rejects categorically as unfounded this unilateral move offending our people,” Josefina Vidal, director-general of the U.S. Department at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said in… read more »

June 20, 2014

Florida law seeks to change rules for Cuban baseball players

Bill Cotterell, Reuters – Major League Baseball must allow players in Cuba to sign contracts directly with professional teams in the United States in order to receive tax breaks in Florida under a new law signed by Governor Rick Scott on Friday. Because of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, existing… read more »

June 20, 2014

Cuba ferry possible for Tampa port property

Yvette C. Hammett, The Tampa Tribune — Patrick Allman envisions the day when a Cuban businessman could come to Tampa, purchase 20 cars at auction and on the same day, ship them back to his home country on a ferry docked in the Channel District. “I could see a shipment… read more »

June 20, 2014

Obama Urges Cuba To Release Jailed U.S. Citizen

Mark Felsenthal, Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama has sent an indirect message to Cuban President Raúl Castro through Uruguay’s leader, asking Cuba to release a jailed U.S. aid contractor and encouraging political reforms, U.S. officials said on Friday. It was a rare presidential-level communication between the United States and Cuba,… read more »

June 20, 2014

Cuba lifts censorship on critical Web pages

Juan Tamayo, Miami Herald – Cuba has suddenly unblocked access to several Web sites censored for years because of their criticism, including the U.S. government’s Radio/TV Marti. But it was not immediately clear if the change was temporary or permanent. The opening, which might signal a step forward in freedom of… read more »

June 19, 2014

Mujica said to be mediating between Obama, Castro

El Observador – At the summit of the Group of 77+China, held June 14-15 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, [Uruguayan] President José Mujica took a key step toward an improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations and the end of the embargo that the U.S. has maintained against the island for more… read more »