Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

February 12, 2015

US orchestra travel to Cuba in major cultural exchange

Anita Snow, Associated Press — The Minnesota Orchestra announced Thursday that it will play two concerts in Cuba in May in what’s believed to be the first major cultural exchange between the two countries since their leaders announced a move toward warmer relations. Orchestra CEO Kevin Smith said the Cuban… read more »

February 12, 2015

Senate bill would end Cuba trade embargo

The longstanding Cuba trade embargo would end under new legislation in the Senate. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, introduced a bill Thursday that would pave a way for American companies to do business in Cuba. The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act would strike… read more »

February 12, 2015

What does Cuba’s youth think of US thaw?

Will Grant, BBC — Every year on the anniversary of his birth, Cuban students light a flame to the country’s revered poet and independence hero, Jose Marti. The March of the Torches is held at the University of Havana to commemorate a man who embodied the rebelliousness of Cuban youth…. read more »

February 12, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan proposes building mosque in Cuba

Daren Butler, Reuters — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to Cuba the construction of a mosque on the Caribbean island during a visit to Havana, pushing ahead with a plan apparently inspired by his belief that Muslims discovered the Americas. After talks with Cuban President Raul Castro, Erdogan said on Wednesday… read more »

February 10, 2015

Corea de Sur anuncia por primera vez que normalizará sus relaciones con Cuba

RT – Corea de Sur está determinada a mejorar sus relaciones con Cuba, según ha anunciado este martes el canciller Yun Byung-se. Según la agencia Yonhap, es la primera vez que Corea de Sur –que, a diferencia de Corea de Norte, no mantiene relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba– anuncia que dará pasos reales… read more »

February 9, 2015

Netflix to Offer Service in Cuba

Robert Golum and Ezra Fieser,  Bloomberg – Netflix Inc., the online video-subscription service, said it will offer movies and TV shows in Cuba, becoming one of the first U.S. companies to operate there after President Barack Obama moved to restore diplomatic ties. Starting today, Cubans with broadband service and access to… read more »

February 6, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April – officials

Lesley Wroughton and Mark Hosenball, Reuters — The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island’s demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A refusal by Cuba to allow the… read more »

February 4, 2015

US says future of Guantánamo Bay is not on the table in Cuba talks

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian — The US official leading negotiations with Cuba said on Wednesday that the issue of Guantánamo Bay is not a part of diplomatic conversations with the country, despite Cuban president Raúl Castro’s demand last week that the US return the base. Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state… read more »

February 3, 2015

Cuba publishes first photos of Fidel Castro in 5 months

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what appears to be a lively conversation with a university student. Nearly two dozen images were published virtually simultaneously on the websites… read more »

February 2, 2015

U.S. lawmakers preparing Cuba telecomms, agriculture bills: aides

Patricia Zengerle, Reuters — U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, with plans to introduce them in the Senate in the next two months, senior congressional aides said on Monday. These would be the first practical steps toward lifting the U.S. trade… read more »