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… American citizens to travel to Cuba, more specifically, curbing one known … . According to Engage Cuba, rolling back current Cuba policy could cost U … provider of people-to-people trips to Cuba. Kate Simpson, president of the … schedule of meaningful interaction with Cubans. “Self-directed people-to-people travel is no … Continue reading
Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>> Posted: Friday, June 16 2017 10:34 PM EDT2017-06-17 02:34:30 GMT Updated: Friday, June 16 2017 11:20 PM EDT2017-06-17 03:20:46 GMT A mother grieving the loss of her 18 year old son. North Cummins lost … Continue reading
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El ministro de Comunicación de Venezuela, Ernesto Villegas, denunció este sábado que Twitter Latinoamérica ha suspendido cuentas de organismos públicos venezolanos y militantes del chavismo, lo que consideró una operación de "limpieza étnica".

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El presidente del Parlamento de Venezuela, el opositor Julio Borges, convocó este domingo a una marcha masiva para este lunes para demostrar acompañamiento a los cancilleres de los países miembros de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) que se reunirán mañana en México para tratar la crisis venezolana, reporta EFE.

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… dissidents to organize, and other Cubans to utilize information sources not … previous approach unduly favored to Cuban refugees over those fleeing other … other refugees better, not consigning Cubans to oppression. It is better … Miami announcing his new Cuba policy, Trump denounced Cuba’s repressive policies … Continue reading
Rusia dice que política de Trump hacia Cuba recuerda “estilo de la Guerra Fría” Para Rusia este cambio de rumbo de EEUU en su política hacia la isla demuestra que “el discurso anticubano todavía es muy popular”, dijo el ministerio de Exteriores ruso en un comunicado. El ministerio ruso de Exteriores condenó este domingo el […] Continue reading
Trump fortalece a radicales y debilita a moderados en Cuba POR MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Y ANDREA RODRÍGUEZ Associated Press LA HABANA El anuncio del presidente Donald Trump de una política más severa hacia Cuba deleitó a los sectores radicales de la isla que aseguran dejó al desnudo las intenciones de mucho tiempo de Estados Unidos de […] Continue reading
Federación universitaria cubana ve “retórica obsoleta” en anuncios de Trump Agencia EFE LA HABANA La Federación Estudiantil Universitaria (FEU) de Cuba calificó este domingo de “retórica obsoleta” con una visión “totalmente descontextualizada” la declaración con la que el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, dio marcha atrás el viernes en Miami al acercamiento entre ambos […] Continue reading
… Partagás, two called La Gloria Cubana, two called Montecristo, two called … the expat version of Havana Club, while the Cuban government has partnered with Pernod Ricard to distill its Havana … ; Quesada says. That Cuban tobacco grown in Cuba soil is a superior … Continue reading
Trump y Cuba (y Venezuela) Un nuevo guion expone la miopía de Obama HÉCTOR E. SCHAMIS 18 JUN 2017 – 02:20 CEST La escena tenía un cierto aire retro. En Miami rodeado del anti-castrismo puro y duro, Trump era uno más entre ellos. En otra época habría sido la elite del poder de Florida, si […] Continue reading
El gobernante de Cuba, Raúl Castro, recibió el sábado en el Palacio de la Revolución de La Habana a su homólogo de Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, quien realiza una visita … Click to Continue » Continue reading
«Castro es el gran culpable de que EE.UU. revierta la política hacia Cuba» La disidencia se muestra dividida sobre el giro de la Casa Blanca, que preocupa al incipiente sector privado de la isla El opositor José Daniel Ferrer, líder de Unpacu, cree que el régimen de La Habana ha desperdiciado una oportunidad para reducir […] Continue reading
Yoani Sánchez: “Populismo, para los cubanos, es lo que hemos conocido toda la vida” “Una reunión de tres personas ya puede considerarse delito”, señala la periodista cubana. Libre Mercado 2017-06-18 “Hablar de populismo para un cubano es hablar de lo que hemos conocido durante toda nuestra vida, porque esa forma de ejercer el poder ha […] Continue reading
Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami's Cubans are divided
Les Neuhaus

When President Trump scaled back President Obama's pact that broadened
relations with Cuba, he said he was "completely canceling" a "terrible
and misguided deal."

There was a time in Florida when the Cuban American community would have
reacted to such an announcement with almost uniform approval.

But a paradigm shift has occurred over the last 20 years. Younger
generations of Cuban Americans have been looking for opportunities to
capitalize on trade and business with Cuba. According to a 2016 poll by
Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute, a majority
of Cuban Americans oppose the U.S. embargo on the island and want better
relations.

Not surprisingly, Trump's announcement, made in Miami's Little Havana,
left some cheering but many in the business community disappointed.

Vicente Amor, vice president of ASC International USA, a Florida-based
commercial travel agency specializing in executive-service trips to
Cuba, said that aside from the drop in business expected from the Trump
doctrine on Cuba, the president's action signaled another issue.

"The problem is not only the impact of the changes," he said. When the
Obama administration forged the pact to improve U.S.-Cuban relations,
the work was done without input from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
and what Amor called "the Miami extremists." This time, he said, they
were "at the center of the deal," along with the Treasury Department's
Office of Foreign Assets Control. For Amor, that's a bad development.


Contrary to Trump's sweeping statements, he did not completely gut the
Obama administration agreement. However, it will affect a large
community of entrepreneurs — both in the U.S. and in Cuba — that had
been at the forefront of establishing economic ties between the two
nations, according to the Washington, D.C.-based group, Engage Cuba, a
coalition of pro-Cuban business companies that includes P&G, Viacom,
Honeywell and Choice Hotels.

"We are encouraged that the Trump administration wants to help Cuba's
private sector, but unfortunately, the people who will be most
negatively impacted by this directive are Cuban entrepreneurs,"
Madeleine Russak, spokeswoman for Engage Cuba, said Saturday.

"The confusion that will surround this policy will undoubtedly stifle
U.S. demand to travel to the island," she said. "Additionally, by
requiring Americans to travel in tour groups, the administration is not
only making it more expensive for everyday Americans to travel to the
island, but it pushes them away from staying in private homes, which are
unable to accommodate large tour groups, and into state run hotels."

Albert Fox, a Cuban American from Tampa, which has a generations-old
Cuban community descended from the war for independence at the turn of
the last century, said that although commercial flights might continue
under the new policy, Trump's decision will hurt American and foreign
businesses.

"Overnight he's eliminating hundreds and hundreds of people that were
going there on a daily basis," said Fox, who serves as president of the
Tampa-based Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation. "Do you
think Southwest could cancel flights eventually for a lack of passengers?"

On Saturday, Southwest Airlines responded to that very question.

"Southwest is now reviewing the president's statements made in South
Florida and is assessing [the] impact any proposed changes could have on
our current scheduled service to Cuba," airline spokesman Dan Landson
said by email Saturday.

Amor, the travel industry executive, said the trade embargo is patronizing.

"I don't like President Trump's policy," he said. "It treats Cuba like a
colony and fails to recognize Cuba as a sovereign nation."

Trump had pledged during the presidential campaign to roll back Obama's
Cuban initiative, and Rubio had lobbied Trump intensely to keep that
promise. Among other things, the new rules prohibit Americans from
spending money on businesses controlled by the military.

"Economic practices that benefit the Cuban military at the expense of
the Cuban people will soon be coming to an end #BetterDealforCuba,"
Rubio tweeted.

But in the Cuban community, the pact drew diverse opinions from
Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. On Saturday
he tweeted, "Whatever the intent, new Cuba regs help Cuban Govt and hurt
Cuban entrepreneurs."

A day earlier, he suggested on Twitter that the Senate weigh in on
U.S.-Cuba ties: "There is overwhelming support in the US Senate to allow
all Americans the freedom to travel to Cuba. Let's vote!"

Despite the generation shift, many in Florida's Cuban American community
resist any engagement with the Cuban communist government.

"The Obama administration's policy towards Cuba consisted of a slew of
unconditional and unilateral concessions that placed business interests
over human rights and democracy," said Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat,
co-founder and spokesman for the Cuban Democratic Directorate, a
Miami-based "resistance" group to the Castro government. "These
unilateral concessions to the Castro regime actually emboldened them to
increase their repression against the Cuban people. ... Only [the] rule
of law in Cuba would guarantee American investment and protect the Cuban
people."

Source: Better ties between the U.S. and Cuba? Miami's Cubans are
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How Trump's Cuba policy impacts US travelers
BY MELANIE ZANONA - 06/18/17 08:00 AM EDT 72

Americans may need to rethink their travel plans to Cuba in the wake of
President Trump's effort to crack down on the communist regime.

The White House announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday aimed at
tightening travel and commercial ties between the U.S. and Cuba, which
comes after a nearly five-month policy review of former President
Obama's historic opening with the island nation.

Trump didn't fully reverse the rapprochement with Cuba. But the
significant policy shift will curtail Americans' ability to travel
freely to Cuba, even as numerous U.S. airlines, hotels and travel sites
like AirBnb have begun offering services there.

Here's how Trump's new Cuba policy impacts U.S. visitors.

Legal types of travel

One of the biggest changes is what constitutes a legal form of travel to
Cuba.

Under Trump's new restrictions, Americans will only be able to visit
Cuba as part of a tour group if they want to go to the island for
educational purposes.

Obama allowed U.S. visitors to travel to the country under 12 different
license categories, including for educational purposes, religious
reasons, journalistic activities and family visits. There was also a
general license. Tourism was still prohibited, however.
Trump is eliminating the so-called people-to-people trips, a
sub-category of education that enables Americans to design their own
trips and go to Cuba on their own. That method has been one of the more
popular ways that U.S. travelers have been seeing the island since Obama
announced his changes.

White House officials also said it's the category most ripe for abuse,
with Americans using it to skirt the tourism ban.

Visitors will still be able to self-certify under a general license that
they are traveling to Cuba for one of the remaining legitimate
reasons. And Cuban-Americans will be able to continue to visit their
family in Cuba and send them remittances, according to a fact sheet.

But those going for educational purposes will now need to apply with the
Treasury Department and go with a licensed tour group – a process than
can be far more lengthy and expensive, according to anti-embargo advocates.

"By requiring Americans to travel in tour groups, the administration is
not only making it more expensive for everyday Americans to travel to
the island, but pushing them away from staying in private homes – which
are unable to accommodate large tour groups – and into state run
hotels," said James Williams, president of Engage Cuba.

Spending restrictions

Another major crux of Trump's Cuba policy is prohibiting any financial
transactions that benefit the Cuban military's business arm, Grupo de
Administración Empresarial (GAESA), in an effort to restrict the flow of
money to the oppressive elements of Raúl Castro's regime.

That means Americans will be largely restricted in where they can spend
their money, given the Cuban government's control of a large swath of
the travel and tourist economy, including hotels, restaurants and other
entities.

GAESA currently operates the Four Points by Sheraton Havana, one of the
first U.S. hotels to open on the island in decades.

The administration hopes that the ban on financial transactions with
companies linked to the Cuban military will help funnel more money
towards free and private Cuban businesses.

White House officials also noted that Americans can still bring back
Cuban cigars from their trips.

Stronger enforcement

U.S. visitors may face more questioning from authorities when they
return home from Cuba.

Part of Trump's policy focuses on enforcing the existing ban on tourism,
which means travelers can expect to see stepped up enforcement, either
from customs agents at the airport or through audits later on.

"Our policy begins with strictly enforcing U.S. law," Trump said during
his speech in Miami, unveiling the new policy. "We will enforce the ban
on tourism."

All visitors are required to maintain full schedules while in Cuba and
keep detailed logs for five years – something that has been rarely checked.

The White House is now directing the Treasury Department to conduct
regular audits of travelers and calling on the Inspector General to keep
tabs on the agency's effort.

Those who are caught violating Cuban sanctions could face civil or
criminal penalties, with individual civil fines that could reach up to
$65,000 per violation, according to the Treasury Department.

Commercial flights

Commercial flights, which resumed between the U.S. and Cuba for the
first time in over 50 years last summer, will be allowed to continue
uninterrupted under Trump's Cuba policy.

Seven U.S. airlines now fly nonstop to Cuba, following an intense effort
to win a direct flight route to the island last year.

But facing lower than expected travel demand, a number of carriers have
already begun to scale back their Cuba operations.

If demand continues to decline once people-to-people trips are banned,
and with tour groups more likely to book charter flights, travelers may
see higher ticker prices and less commercial flight options.

"There was already a sense that there were way too many flights. I do
think you're likely to see a fewer number of flights and higher fares,"
said Andrew Keller, a partner at Hogan Lovells focusing on international
trade and investment. "You may well see more of the airlines pulling
out, if it's just not worth it."

Timeline

The Treasury and Commerce departments will now have 30 days to start
drafting new rules that fulfill Trump's directive, but "then the process
takes as long as it takes," said one senior official.

That means that travelers who have already scheduled a trip to Cuba can
still move ahead with their plans, as long as the new regulations have
not taken effect yet.

In writing new rules, the Treasury Department is expected to spell out
exactly what will happen to people who book trips before the new rules,
but travel after their release.

Source: How Trump's Cuba policy impacts US travelers | TheHill -
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Impiden a jóvenes opositores cubanos asistir a foro de la RedLat Agentes comunicaron a Félix Llerena que sobre él pesa una prohibición de viaje al exterior por estar “bajo investigación”. Otros seis activistas tampoco pudieron salir este sábado hacia México para asistir al evento. El joven activista cubano Félix Y. Llerena López denunció este sábado […] Continue reading


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Trump golpea al conglomerado militar empresarial castrista junio 17, 2017 Desde que sustituyó a su hermano Fidel en el gobierno, en 2006, Raúl Castro, hasta entonces ministro de las FAR, fortaleció las empresas estatales bajo administración militar y nombró a oficiales en diferentes puestos. Al prohibir transacciones estadounidenses con entidades cubanas bajo control de las […] Continue reading
Montaner: Política de Trump puede asfixiar al Gobierno cubano junio 17, 2017 “A medio o largo plazo, si el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos logra efectivamente privar de recursos al aparato militar eso va a tener consecuencias políticas importantes en Cuba”, afirma el escritor cubano Carlos Alberto Montaner. El escritor, periodista y analista político cubano, […] Continue reading
Empresas con negocios en Cuba reaccionan al discurso de Trump junio 17, 2017 “Hay tantas otras oportunidades en tantos otros países donde resulta más fácil tratar con el Gobierno y la infraestructura (que en Cuba), que las empresas hoteleras examinarán esas oportunidades primero”, Steven Zelkowitz, accionista gerente de la firma de abogados GrayRobinson El presidente […] Continue reading
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AP: Al “cancelar” política de Obama hacia Cuba, Trump deja intactos muchos componentes de esta junio 17, 2017 Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press El corresponsal jefe de Associated Press en La Habana cree que la selectividad en las medidas del Presidente y el mantenimiento de muchas implementadas por Obama aminorarán el impacto económico para el gobierno […] Continue reading
Rosa María Payá entrega a Trump petición de apoyo a plebiscito en Cuba junio 16, 2017 La activista cubana Rosa María Payá, promotora de la campaña Cuba Decide, entregó al presidente Donald Trump un documento con la petición de apoyo a la iniciativa de un Plebiscito Vinculante en Cuba. Payá, quien estuvo presente en el […] Continue reading
Tentáculos de militares penetran en la economía cubana junio 16, 2017 Marc Frank/Reuters Turistas estadounidenses que pasean por plazas y estrechas calles de La Habana colonial probablemente no sepan que el famoso bar Floridita de Hemingway o el restaurante Sloppy Joe’s son propiedad de militares cubanos. Es a esos lucrativos negocios a los que apunta […] Continue reading
Damas de Blanco escriben al presidente Donald Trump junio 16, 2017 El régimen de Castro, aprovechando la falta de presión de Estados Unidos, aumentó reciamente los niveles de opresión advierten en la misiva las Damas de Blanco Las Damas de Blanco envían una carta al Presidente de Estados Unidos que fue dada a conocer este […] Continue reading
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Russia ​slammed ​President Trump’s ​plan to reverse​ US policies on Cuba ​as​ a return to Cold War-era “rhetoric.” “The new line towards Cuba announced by US President Donald Trump takes us back to already half-forgotten rhetoric in the style of the Cold War,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The ministry​​... Continue reading


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Rusia reafirmó este domingo su “solidaridad inquebrantable” con Cuba ante el “estilo altanero” de Washington, que recuerda la retórica de los tiempos de la Guerra Fría. “La nueva política hacia … Click to Continue » Continue reading


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El cubano André Miguel Bernal ganó el cuarto lugar en el certamen de belleza Míster Universo 2017, según informa la página de Facebook del evento.

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Autoridades venezolanas están investigando la muerte en “extrañas circunstancias” de una médica cubana en la ciudad de Caracas. Teresa Sulien Castillo Sotto, de 27 años falleció el martes 13 de … Click to Continue » Continue reading