Tag Archives: embargo

July 21, 2014

Cuba hopes for more investment as Chinese president arrives

Marc Frank, Reuters — Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two day visit to Cuba on Monday evening, stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country after a number of important deals never materialized. Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and… read more »

July 18, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: A Single Standard of Justice

In the news summary that follows, you will find reports about a new investigation into the USAID Cuban Twitter scandal, the growing impact of the increasingly tight enforcement of U.S. sanctions against Cuba and other nations on banks and global commerce, and the resumption of peace talks in Havana between… read more »

July 17, 2014

Inspector General probing US ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan

Jack Gillum and Desmond Butler, Associated Press – The inspector general for the nation’s international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned. The review centers on the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Twitter-like service in Cuba,… read more »

July 15, 2014

SARAH STEPHENS: Putin in Havana, America at the Movies

When Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Havana this week to build closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begged the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our narrative starts at the height of the Cold War. Cuba’s revolutionary government established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May… read more »

July 11, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Putin in Cuba, Groundhog Day in America

As Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Havana, and builds closer ties with Cuba’s senior leadership, it begs the question, “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” Our six-decade stalemate with Cuba started at the height of the Cold War.  Cuba established formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union on May 8,… read more »

July 11, 2014

Putin pledges to help Cuba explore for offshore oil

Alexei Anishchuk and Daniel Trotta, Reuters — Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba’s struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island. Putin was joined in Havana by close… read more »

July 5, 2014

Raul Castro: Economic changes must be gradual

Peter Orsi, Associated Press – President Raul Castro reiterated Saturday that Cuba’s program of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing GDP numbers that show the country’s already-struggling economy slowing. Days after Cuba downgraded its 2014 economic growth forecast by nearly a percentage point, Castro told parliament during the… read more »

July 3, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Democracy: Is there an app for that?

We are on the cusp of our July 4th holiday here in the U.S., when we remember the revolutionary origins of our country and celebrate our independence with baseball, beer, and displays of fireworks accompanied by a spirited rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Because we’re eager to finish the work week,… read more »

July 1, 2014

French bank accepts harsh U.S. conditions, pulls out of Cuba

Johannes Werner and Vito Echevarria, Cuba Standard – As part of an agreement to pay record fines of $8.97 billion to settle allegations it used U.S. dollars in transactions with Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Burma, French bank BNP Paribas promised U.S. enforcers to terminate all business with U.S.-sanctioned countries “in any… read more »

June 30, 2014

Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press – Just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles have been sold in Cuba in the nearly six months since a new law took effect that let islanders buy vehicles from state-run dealerships without a special permit for the first time in decades, authorities said Monday. Sales totaled about… read more »