Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Florida companies push U.S. to license ferry services to Cuba

David Adams, Reuters — Catamaran builder Brian Hall is too young to remember when ferries plied the route between Florida and Cuba in the 1950s, but he has plans to be among the first to revive the once-popular route. Boosted by President Barack Obama’s policy of seeking to normalize relations with the Communist-ruled island… read more »

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Cuba frees Canadian businessman Tokmakjian after three years in jail

Daniel Trotta, Reuters – Cuba has freed Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian after more than three years in jail, his company said on Saturday, resolving a case that had strained Cuban-Canadian relations and alarmed foreign investors. Tokmakjian, founder of the Ontario-based company, was convicted of bribery and other charges and sentenced to 15… read more »

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Congressional delegation meets Cuba’s heir apparent

Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives met Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday, marking the first time Cuba’s heir apparent to power has received an official American delegation. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and eight other House Democrats concluded their two-day visit by meeting… read more »

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Cuba temporarily cuts price of Internet access

Andrea Rodriguez, AP — Cuba has temporarily reduced the hourly charge for using state-run Internet cafes in the country’s first small but substantive public move to increase online access since the declaration of detente with the U.S. President Barack Obama said late last year that Cuba had promised to increase… read more »

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Fresh talks as US and Cuba aim to restore full diplomatic ties

The Guardian — A new round of negotiations to restore full diplomatic ties with Cuba will take place next week in Washington, according to a delegation of US senators who said they were hopeful the two sides would reach a deal soon. Mark Warner of Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Amy… read more »

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Conan O’Brien Heads to Cuba to Film Show Segments

Alex Stedman, MSN — “Saturday Night Live” fans were likely wondering why Conan O’Brien, who was a writer for the show in the late ’90s, wasn’t a part of the 40th anniversary special that aired Sunday night. O’Brien’s excuse? He was in Cuba. O’Brien was in the country over the Presidents Day weekend… read more »

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Pelosi traveling with lawmakers to Cuba

Susan Cornwell, Reuters –U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is traveling to Cuba on Tuesday with a delegation of congressional Democrats, Pelosi’s office announced. Late last year, President Barack Obama moved toward normal relations with Cuba and some members of Congress favor further relaxation of trade and travel restrictions with the communist-led island. Read… read more »

Friday, February 13th, 2015

US Allows Imports of Privately Produced Products From Cuba

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, ABC News — The Obama administration says it will allow Cuba’s small private business sector to sell goods to the United States in a potentially important loosening of the half-century trade embargo on the communist island. A list published by the U.S. State Department Friday said Americans… read more »

Thursday, February 12th, 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 »

Thursday, February 12th, 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 »