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March 2, 2015

Thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations benefits art world

Anna Buj, Fox News Latino – The normalizing of relations between the United States and Cuba opens endless opportunities in the world of art, from bilateral collaboration between museums to ambitious tours and exhibits by Cuban artists, who spark more interest than ever among New York’s collectors. “I was there when… read more »

March 2, 2015

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo

Marc Frank and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island. Two former agriculture… read more »

February 27, 2015

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press — Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his “habanos” sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. Now he’s delighted by the idea of customers lighting them up in New York, Los Angeles… read more »

February 13, 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 »

January 23, 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 »

January 20, 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 »

January 16, 2015

Treasury and Commerce Announce Regulatory Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions

U.S. Department of Treasury Press Office — On December 17, 2014 the President announced a set of diplomatic and economic changes to chart a new course in U.S. relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department… read more »

October 24, 2014

As Cuban economy stagnates, economists press for deeper reforms

Marc Frank, Reuters –Some of Cuba’s best-known economists are openly questioning the very core of the Soviet-style command economy and saying market reforms under way are too modest to boost weak growth. Emboldened by freer debate in the country, they are increasingly vocal in criticizing rigid instructions coming down from… read more »

October 17, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: End It! What the NY Times and UN say about the US Embargo

In its lead editorial on Sunday, “Obama Should End the Embargo on Cuba,” the New York Times reignited the debate on Cuba by calling for the U.S. embargo to be lifted to serve the national interest and provide President Obama with a foreign policy legacy worthy of the name. In… read more »

October 3, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: On Ending Pipsqueak Diplomacy

We offer three loud, enthusiastic cheers to our friends Bill LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh.  Their new book, Back Channel to Cuba, immediately made news and refocused discussion on the decrepit state of U.S.-Cuba diplomacy. “Clobber the pipsqueak” was Henry Kissinger’s call to war against Cuba. Using documents obtained from President… read more »