Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

July 21, 2014

Cuba hopes for more investment as Chinese president arrives

Marc Frank, Reuters — Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba on Monday evening, stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country after a number of important deals never materialized. Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and… read more »

July 17, 2014

Inspector General probing US ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan

Jack Gillum and Desmond Butler, Associated Press – The inspector general for the nation’s international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned. The review centers on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Twitter-like service in Cuba,… read more »

July 11, 2014

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

Alexei Anishchuk and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba’s struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island. Putin was joined in Havana by close… read more »

July 9, 2014

US, Cuba hold migration talks in Washington

Peter Orsi, Associated Press – U.S. and Cuban government officials were meeting in Washington on Wednesday for the latest round of migration talks, a rare chance for dialogue between two countries that have not had full diplomatic relations for more than five decades. Held every six months to monitor the implementation… read more »

July 7, 2014

America Finally Grounds Anti-Castro Propaganda Plane for Good

John Hudson, Foreign Policy – The United States officially ended one of the most ineffective and widely criticized programs of the last decade aimed at undermining the Cuban government, the State Department revealed Monday. Foggy Bottom’s inspector general released a report showing that AeroMarti, a multimillion-dollar boondoggle that involved flying an… read more »

July 5, 2014

Raul Castro: Economic changes must be gradual

Peter Orsi, Associated Press – President Raul Castro reiterated Saturday that Cuba’s program of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing GDP numbers that show the country’s already-struggling economy slowing. Days after Cuba downgraded its 2014 economic growth forecast by nearly a percentage point, Castro told parliament during the… read more »

July 4, 2014

Pioneering editor sees open Internet in Cuba’s future

Daniel Trotta and Rosa Tania Valdés, Reuters – A magazine editor who has tested the limits of free speech in Cuba believes the Cuban government has no option but to allow universal Internet access, and he plans to exploit that opening to promote a more pluralistic Cuba. “The government is obligated… read more »

July 1, 2014

French bank accepts harsh U.S. conditions, pulls out of Cuba

Johannes Werner and Vito Echevarria, Cuba Standard – As part of an agreement to pay record fines of $8.97 billion to settle allegations it used U.S. dollars in transactions with Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Burma, French bank BNP Paribas promised U.S. enforcers to terminate all business with U.S.-sanctioned countries “in any… read more »

June 30, 2014

Cuba prosecutors seek 15 years for Canadian man

Peter Orsi, Associated Press – Prosecutors are seeking 15 years in prison for a Canadian businessman who was arrested in a high-profile crackdown on corruption, Cuban authorities said Monday. The trial of Cy Tokmakjian, president of an automotive and transportation company, the Tokmakjian Group, concluded June 12 and a ruling is… read more »

June 28, 2014

Google execs visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet

David Adams, Reuters – A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote open Internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met the group in Havana. The team, led by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, met with Cuban officials as well as independent people in the technology… read more »