Tag Archives: Cuban Five

April 4, 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 »

March 30, 2014

Cuba passes law to lure foreign investment

Francisco Jara, AFP — Cuba’s parliament unanimously approved a new law on foreign investment Saturday aimed at boosting sputtering economic growth on the communist-ruled island. President Raúl Castro, who was scheduled to speak to the assembly, has called the bill “crucial” to the Cuban economy, which has so far failed… read more »

March 28, 2014

Collin Laverty: U.S.-Cuba people-to-people exchanges effective

Collin Laverty, Miami Herald — I was disappointed to see the way my presentation at the recent Cuban Americans for Engagement conference was presented in the March 16 story Groups gather to push for stronger ties between Cuba, U.S. The story said that people-to-people exchanges “have not worked out.” However, I… read more »

March 4, 2014

Damien Cave: As Cuba’s Economy Opens a Bit, Some Who Fled Castro Return to Help

Damien Cave, The New York Times — The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial… read more »

March 3, 2014

President Raul Castro Calls for Deep Analysis of Economic Update Process

ACN – Cuban President Raul Castro insisted in the need to critically and constructively analyze the ongoing process aimed at updating the country’s economic model, which must involve the active participation of all officials and leaders from the base to the top government levels. Raul said that the process will continue… read more »

March 3, 2014

Tour bookers hopeful U.S. may ease rules on travel to Cuba

Amy Langfield, CNBC – While more than half a million Americans are already traveling to Cuba legally every year, the door could open wider. There are indications of a thawing of relations, even as the decades-old embargo remains in place, according to travel professionals who gathered Saturday at The New York Times Travel… read more »

February 28, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Freedom for One?

After more than 15 years behind bars, a Cuban named Fernando González was released from prison on Thursday and immediately turned over to immigration officials.  A member of the “Cuban Five,” Mr. González returned home today to his family. While we celebrate his freedom, it makes no sense to us… read more »

February 28, 2014

Cuban media say ‘Cuban Five’ agent Fernando Gonzalez back on island after US prison release

Peter Orsi, AP — HAVANA – A second member of the “Cuban Five” returned to the Caribbean island and a hero’s welcome Friday, a day after leaving a prison in the United States, where he spent 15 years behind bars on spy-related charges. Fernando Gonzalez arrived at the Havana airport… read more »

February 27, 2014

Another Cuban 5 Spy Released From US Prison

Curt Anderson, AP — A second member of the “Cuban Five” — the spy ring whose arrests and convictions have caused repeated tensions between Washington and Havana — was released Thursday from a U.S. prison after spending more than 15 years behind bars. Fifty-year-old Fernando Gonzalez, known to U.S. authorities… read more »

February 13, 2014

Tim Padgett: America, Florida Want Cuba Policy Change Because They Want Change In Cuba

Tim Padgett, WLRN – A major poll released Monday confirms that most Americans, and especially Floridians, feel it’s time to normalize relations with communist Cuba after more than a half century of Cold-War rupture. But on the same day that the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center of the Atlantic Council issued the poll,… read more »