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Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom? By Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi. We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English and […] Continue reading
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations? Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET CNBC.com U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions about the U.S’s future relationship […] Continue reading
Atkins: Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains Kimberly Atkins Tuesday, March 07, 2017 NO LONGER JUST HANGING ON: Cuba’s begun to see a revival since former President Barack Obama restored diplomatic ties with the island nation. HAVANA — Raul Castro is not the only Cuban who is blasting President Trump’s foreign policy. Many […] Continue reading
Could Cuba become the next destination for software development? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com In Havana’s iconic Bacardí building, teams of computer programmers are working for U.S. companies with the tacit permission of the Cuban government. Could the island become the next international hotspot for software development? That’s not far-fetched, says John McIntire, chairman of […] Continue reading
Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading
Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 February 2017 — Rustic, elegant or family friendly. These are the preferred accommodations offered by Airbnb in Cuba. The hosts, for their part, prefer serious customers who pay well, but above all value the ability to directly manage their rental, two years […] Continue reading
Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 28 January 2017 — Guided by the current political-military leadership, the Cuban economy could be heading “without pause, but without haste*” towards virtual annexation to the United States. There would be no Platt Amendment, nor Marines landing on […] Continue reading
Cuba: Skepticism Beats Hope / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 4 January 2017 — Like a metaphorical invisible hand, moving to place a ouija or bet on Russian roulette, David, a young writer, considers that the coming year will be unpredictable for the island. In the hope that the Ifá priests (Yoruba mystics) will spread around […] Continue reading
Cuba at a Crossroads Analysis JANUARY 22, 2017 | 14:00 GMT By Mark Fleming-Williams It’s been more than a month since the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and the mood in Cuba is somber. Messages of remembrance are daubed on walls, and banners reading “Hasta Siempre, Comandante” hang in the streets. Official New Year’s […] Continue reading
How Airbnb piggybacked on a communist program to make Cuba its fastest growing market ever Tim Rogers VIÑALES, Cuba—As the strengthening sun burns off the mid-morning haze that hangs low over Viñales, the strange dome-like rock outcroppings that line the valley floor come into view for the tourists crowded on the hillside lookout above. While […] Continue reading
‘Cuba was the opposite of everything I imagined’ JANUARY 7, 20175:35PM Kirrily Schwarz news.com.au BARACK Obama’s visit to Cuba in March 2015 was historic, marking the end to decades of hostility between the two nations. Just five months later, in August, the first commercial flight left American soil for Havana, opening the island to mass […] Continue reading
Cuba says ‘yes’ to English as tourism flourishes 4 January 2017 From the section Latin America & Caribbean As Cuba slowly opens up its economy to the rest of the world, more and more Cubans are learning English. The Cuban government has made proficiency in English a requirement for all high school and university students. […] Continue reading
What is Cuba like? It’s complicated By Daniel Dauplaise Published 5:22 pm, Sunday, January 1, 2017 STAMFORD — The first question that I get from everyone when I tell them I went to Cuba is always a broad one — “How was it?” It’s asked in a way that indicates general curiosity. After all, it’s […] Continue reading
What the reform measures implemented by Raúl Castro in 2006 have achieved, and failed to ELÍAS AMOR | Valencia | 29 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:12 CET. The close of 2016 marks a wasted year for the Cuban economy. A few days ago the CEPAL announced that GDP growth would be 0.4%, one of […] Continue reading
Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba By Marissa Piazzola Published December 27, 2016 Cuba FOX Business The United States’ relationship with Cuba has thawed over the last two years, thanks in part to a December 2014 agreement between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to end a decades-long period of policy […] Continue reading
One night in an Airbnb in Cuba costs twice what many Cubans make per month By Nidhi Prakash Four months after Airbnb opened for business in Cuba, it’s becoming clear what kind of impact the uptick in American tourism may have on the local economy. The Associated Press reports that between January and May alone, […] Continue reading
In Cuba, American tourists increase demand for hotels December 17, 2016 at 3:51 PM EST Two years ago, President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. Since then, Cold War-era travel restrictions that prohibited most Americans from visiting were lifted, leading to a surge of U.S. tourists and a scramble to accommodate them. NewsHour Weekend […] Continue reading
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