Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Lawmakers seek to end restrictions on travel to Cuba

Patricia Zengerle, Reuters — Eight Republican and Democratic senators will introduce legislation on Thursday to end restrictions on U.S. citizens’ travel to Cuba, the first effort in Congress toward ending the U.S. embargo since President Barack Obama moved to normalize relations last month. The bill would end legal restrictions on… read more »

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

As Demand Grows, Kayak Adds Cuba to Its Travel Search Engine

Max Kutner, Newsweek – President Barack Obama’s decision earlier this month to ease restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba has already increased demand from travelers, and travel websites are responding. Kayak, a travel search engine, announced on Thursday that it will now include Cuba hotel and flight information… read more »

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Raul Castro Demands Return of Guantanamo Bay, End of Trade Embargo

Alastair Jamieson, NBC News — Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base – an apparent bargaining tool in the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the countries. Castro also asked for a complete lifting of the decades-old trade embargo and… read more »

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Fidel Castro: Cuba can reconcile with US

The Guardian — Fidel Castro appears to be lending his support to Cuba’s talks with the United States after releasing a statement addressing his longtime adversary for the first time since Havana and Washington announced they would restore diplomatic ties. “I don’t trust the policy of the United States, nor… read more »

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

MasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba using U.S.: issued cards

Reuters — MasterCard Inc (MA.N) said it would allow its cards issued in the United States to be used in Cuba, effective March 1. The United States announced sweeping new rules this month that will significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the communist-ruled island to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial… read more »

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

Bradley Klapper and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press — Still at odds over human rights, the United States and Cuba closed two days of historic talks in Havana with some progress toward restoring diplomatic ties after a half-century of estrangement. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the human rights issue, which has… read more »

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

U.S., Cuba clash over immigration at start of historic talks

Daniel Trotta, Reuters–The United States and Cuba clashed over immigration policy on Wednesday at the first session of high-level talks seeking to restore diplomatic ties between the Cold War adversaries. Despite Havana’s objections, the Americans vowed to continue granting Cuban immigrants special status that allows nearly every Cuban reaching U.S. soil to… read more »

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

US and Cuba meet for high-level talks as part of thaw

BBC — The US and Cuba are due to hold their highest-level talks in decades in the Cuban capital, Havana. The talks are part of a thaw in relations between the two rivals announced last month in simultaneous speeches by US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro…. read more »

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Obama to Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is the Right Thing to Do

Jim Avila and Serena Marshall, ABC News — President Obama will tell members of Congress at tonight’s State of the Union he has done all he can do to normalize relations with Cuba and only they can lift the 50-year-old embargo, sources told ABC news. The president will say it’s… read more »

Monday, January 19th, 2015

U.S. wants end to travel curbs, set up embassy in Cuba talks

Lesley Wroughton and Marc Frank, Reuters–The United States will urge Cuba to lift travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats and agree to opening embassies in historic talks on restoring relations this week in Havana, a senior State Department official said on Monday. The talks will be led by Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S…. read more »