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February 20, 2014

Caracas Connect, February 2014 Report

So far, 2014 has brought little more than a further deterioration of the center in Venezuelan politics. The weekend of February 12 saw the eruption of the most serious political violence in the country since the short-lived coup against Hugo Chávez in 2002. Two student demonstrators and a prominent pro-government activist died.

February 19, 2014

Cuba makes Hemingway trove available to US

AFP – Cuba has released to US researchers copies of more than 2,000 documents related to Ernest Hemingway, media reported Tuesday, February 18, in Havana, the American literary giant’s home during the 1940s and 1950s. “More than 2,000 documents held at the Finca Vigia Museum in Havana are now available for… read more »

February 18, 2014

Mexico to Hold Inter-Parliamentary Meeting with Cuba

Prensa Latina — The 14th Mexico-Cuba Inter-Parliamentary Meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, the chairman of the Executive Board of the Mexican Chamber of Deputy, Ricardo Anaya, stated. That meeting will be an opportunity to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation from his country with the island, El… read more »

February 14, 2014

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: As Manuel and Lisandra Plan Wedding, Hardliners wonder “Where is the love?”

We asked our friend Yamina Vicente, who runs Decorazón, an event-planning firm in Havana, if her business benefits from our Hallmark card-driven “holiday,” Valentine’s Day. She wrote us back: February 14th is a date chosen by many couples to celebrate their marriage. In Cuba, many couples fill spaces with flowers, music, and… read more »

February 13, 2014

Venezuela anti-government rally turns deadly

Al Jazeera — At least four people have been killed, including a police officer, after thousands of Venezuelans opposing President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets of Caracas following two weeks of anti-government protests across the country. Gunfire erupted in the centre of the capital when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on… read more »

January 29, 2014

New oil spill pact between U.S., Cuba has Tampa roots

Paul Guzzo, Tampa Bay Tribune — In a deal initiated in Tampa, the U.S. is putting concerns over the environment above the trade and travel embargo against Cuba by agreeing to cooperate with the Communist island nation in the event of an oil spill.   Read more: http://tbo.com/news/politics/new-oil-spill-pact-between-us-cuba-has-tampa-roots-20140129/

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 »

August 30, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: A note to our readers

As ever, we are sending along a blast that is chock-a-block with news about Cuba, including a hint that more bilateral negotiations could be in store on the long-unresolved issue of restarting direct mail service in both directions. It is good that both governments maintain their interest in talking especially… read more »

November 30, 2012

Cuba Central Newsblast:Double Talk at State and Doubling Down on USAID’s Regime Change Strategy

We report on a flurry of activity concerning the case of Alan Gross, just days before the third anniversary of his arrest in Cuba, an event marked at a press conference in Washington this morning by his wife Judy Gross, understandably disconsolate, with his lawyer, Jared Genser, by her side…. read more »

November 9, 2012

Cuba’s Prospects for an Oil-Fueled Economic Jolt Falter With Departure of Rig

Clifford Krauss and Damien Cave, New York Times- Cuba’s hopes of reviving its economy with an oil boom have produced little more than three dry holes, persuading foreign oil companies to remove the one deepwater rig able to work in Cuban waters so it could be used for more lucrative prospects… read more »