Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Mariel workers to keep most of what employers pay

Cuba Standard – Although foreign investors at the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM) will still have to hire employees through a state agency, they will be able to negotiate salaries, contract self-employed Cubans, and hire as many foreign workers as they want, and workers will pocket most of what their employers… read more »

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Cuba makes Good Friday an official holiday

EFE – Cuba has now made Good Friday an official national holiday after restoring that Catholic feast as an “exceptional” measure when Pope Benedict XVI visited the island in 2012. The new Labor Code, passed by the National Assembly in December, established Good Friday as a holiday “every year,” Communist Party… read more »

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

European governments, businesses seek new ties with Cuba

The Associated Press – A French foreign minister visited Cuba for the first time in more than 30 years Saturday, traveling to the communist-run nation at a time when it is seeking to attract more foreign investment and improve ties with the European Union. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he met… read more »

Friday, April 11th, 2014

American imprisoned in Cuba ends hunger strike

The Associated Press – An American imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally working to set up Internet access on the island suspended his hunger strike Friday after more than a week. Alan Gross, 64, had eaten his last solid meal April 2 and said in a statement… read more »

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Cuba protests PriceSmart’s suspension of memberships in Jamaica

Aileen Torres-Bennett, Reuters – Cuba is protesting the decision by PriceSmart Inc, a major U.S.-based bulk-shopping warehouse, to suspend memberships of shoppers from the communist country at its Jamaica subsidiary, Cuban officials said on Friday. PriceSmart took the action this week, citing the decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba that prohibits economic relations between the two countries, Cuban… read more »

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Senate Committee orders review of ‘Cuban Twitter’

Jack Gillum, The Associated Press – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is asking the U.S. Agency for International Development to turn over all records about a Twitter-like program it secretly built in Cuba. As part of its announced review, the committee also wants any messages the government or its contractors transmitted… read more »

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Alan Gross, U.S. contractor held in Cuba, goes on hunger strike

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post- Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years, began a hunger strike last week to protest his treatment by both the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said Tuesday. “I am fasting to object to mistruths, deceptions,… read more »

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Cuba slashes more than 100,000 health care jobs

Franklin Reyes, The Associated Press – Cuban authorities say they have eliminated more than 100,000 jobs in health care, considered one of the pillars of the 1959 revolution. The cuts come as President Raul Castro tries to streamline government as part of a broader economic reform package. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/cuba-slashes-more-than-100000-health-care-jobs/2014/04/07/5fb64bba-be86-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_story.html

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects

Marc Frank, Reuters – Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island’s government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples. The U.S. government has admitted it created a social media network called… read more »

Friday, April 4th, 2014

‘Cuban Twitter’ heads to hearings in Congress

Desmond Butler, Jack Gillum, Alberto Arce, The Associated Press — The head of the U.S. government agency that secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba is expected to testify next week before a senator who thinks the whole idea was “dumb, dumb,… read more »