Archive for the ‘Cuba News’ Category

March 17, 2015

3 months out of a Cuban prison, Alan Gross savors his freedom

Patrick Oppmann, CNN – So what has U.S. State Department subcontractor Alan Gross been up to since he was released from a Cuban prison exactly three months ago? It turns out a lot more than most of the rest of us. Gross, 65, has started to make up for the five… read more »

March 17, 2015

Cruise line leaders have sights on Cuba

Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel — Cruise lines are looking to send their ships to Cuba as soon as general tourism is allowed, executives said Tuesday at the industry’s biggest annual convention in Miami Beach. Travel to Cuba has been loosened under new U.S. regulations, but it remains limited to 12… read more »

March 17, 2015

Latest Cuba-U.S. talks on diplomatic ties end after one day

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The latest talks between Cuba and the United States on restoring diplomatic relations concluded after one day, Cuba said on Tuesday without disclosing what may have been agreed. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson met in Havana on Monday with Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief of U.S…. read more »

March 17, 2015

NY Cosmos and Cuba set June 2 for soccer friendly in Havana

Eric Nunez, Associated Press — The coaches of the New York Cosmos and Cuba’s national soccer teams jointly announced Monday they will play a June 2 match in Havana. The announcement comes amid talks by Washington and Havana to work toward the restoration of diplomatic relations between the former Cold… read more »

March 13, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat to return to Havana for new Cuba talks

Matt Spetalnik, Reuters — The U.S. government is moving as quickly as possible to decide whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries, a senior State Department official said on Friday ahead of a new round of talks in Havana next week. The official, speaking on condition… read more »

March 12, 2015

Cuba allows rare free public Wi-Fi at Havana cultural center

Andrea Rodriguez, AP — Cuba has allowed the launch of the island’s first known free, public Internet service at a Havana cultural center that quietly began offering open Wi-Fi in recent weeks. Dozens of youths have been flocking each day to the center run by famed artist Kcho, whose spokeswoman… read more »

March 11, 2015

New poll shows bipartisan support for Obama’s Cuba policy

David Adams, Reuters — A new national poll shows a bipartisan majority of American voters support the Obama administration’s new Cuba policy and would like to see an end to the 50-year-old economic embargo against the communist-ruled island. The poll released on Wednesday by Beyond the Beltway, a joint public… read more »

March 11, 2015

US, Cuba re-establish direct phone link

Carlos Batista, AFP — The United States and Cuba have re-established a direct telephone link, the Cuban state telecommunications company said Wednesday, in the latest step toward normalizing ties between the one-time Cold War foes. For the first time since 1999, calls can now be made directly from the United… read more »

March 11, 2015

Cuba: Leader of Dissident Group Retains Her Post After Challenge

Victoria Burnett, The New York Times – Cuba’s most high-profile opposition group, the Ladies in White, voted Wednesday to keep their leader, Berta Soler, in a referendum prompted by complaints that she was autocratic and should resign. The challenge to Ms. Soler’s leadership exposed divisions within the group as it grapples… read more »

March 5, 2015

EU says U.S. policy change helps its own talks with Cuba

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The sudden U.S. engagement with Cuba has helped the European Union’s own bilateral talks on improving relations with the Communist-led island, a top European diplomat said on Thursday at the conclusion of two days of negotiations in Havana. When the United States and Cuba announced on Dec. 17 they would… read more »