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January 12, 2014

Ex Florida governor travels to Cuba

Cuba Standard — Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, a long-time supporter of the embargo, is traveling to Havana Monday as part of a U.S. group that will talk with Cuban officials about offshore oil drilling safety. The delegation, consisting of about a dozen experts, was put together… read more »

March 15, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Cuba A-Z (from Aruca to Zoo-bio)

The New York Times once described him as “a cheerful, box-shaped man with a face like a friendly bulldog.”  Like a bulldog, Francisco Aruca was resolute and courageous, friendly with strangers and, when provoked, he was a force to be reckoned with. So, we were stricken when friends like Silvia… read more »

August 29, 2012

Fire extinguished at Venezuela refinery

Associated Press- Venezuela’s biggest oil refinery remained shut down Tuesday after firefighters extinguished a blaze that raged for more than three days following an explosion that killed at least 41 people. While fuel tanks smoldered at the Amuay refinery, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said officials expected to restart operations at… read more »

July 5, 2012

Solar, wind energy a missed opportunity for Cuba

Andrea Rodriguez, AP-The sleepy country setting that farmer Juan Alonso calls home hasn’t changed much since he was born 74 years ago, with the two rustic wooden houses nestled among palm trees against a backdrop of green hills and clear skies. Incongruously perched atop the homes are the only visual… read more »

June 15, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: Cold Warriors in the Congress and the lessons of overreach

Finally, they overreached.  All too often, Congress’s Cold Warriors thwart changes in U.S.-Cuba policy and obstruct U.S. relations with Latin America – always with “red menace” rhetoric (think Obama and “appeasement”) at the ready.  Few stand up to oppose them, which is costly to our national interest and the U.S…. read more »

June 14, 2012

CEL Plans El Salvador’s First Wind, Solar Power Plants

Stephan Nielsen, Bloomberg - Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa, El Salvador’s state-owned utility, is planning the nation’s first utility-scale solar and wind projects to diversify its energy mix. CEL, as the company is known, will auction development rights for a 14.2-megawatt solar farm in 2013 and for a 42- megawatt wind… read more »

April 20, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: Frustration or Rebellion? Cuba’s In or the Summit’s Out, Region Tells President Obama

Last Sunday, the Sixth Summit of the Americas ended without a formal declaration but with the United States chastised and isolated by its regional allies. Nearly everything has been said about the Summit – setting aside for a moment the Secret Service scandal – and nearly everyone has said it. … read more »

March 27, 2012

Power to the People?

More than 50 years ago, the government of Cuban leader Fidel Castro seized the power plants of the Cuban Electric Company. You’d be forgiven for thinking that would have spelled the electric company’s demise. You’d be wrong. In fact, the company (ticker: CGAR) held its annual shareholder meetingin Naperville, Ill., last November…. read more »

March 23, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: Benedict and the Balancing Act; Googling the Heritage Foundation; U.S. Ponders Oil Crisis Response Plans

As old saying goes, where you stand depends on where you sit.  As the New York Times reported this week, Cuba’s Cardinal Ortega, the priests, the faithful, the protestors in Cuba, the diaspora in Miami, official Washington, and many others have assigned great expectations to the visit of Pope Benedict… read more »

March 9, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: This is news: U.S. Says Something Nice about Cuba (but it still can’t attend the Summit of the Americas)

The U.S. rarely has a kind word for Cuba or its government.  So, it was noteworthy this week when our State Department released its 2011 annual reports on drug trafficking and money laundering and Cuba received good marks for its counter-narcotic efforts. The brief section on Cuba in the report,… read more »