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Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper's phone has been ringing off the hook. Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to … Click to Continue » Continue reading


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"Mi hijo está desnutrido totalmente. No quiere pesarse. Está pasando por un proceso delicado de los riñones. Los médicos me dijeron que no orina, que podría ser un paro renal y que pueden proceder a hacerle hemodiálisis", explicó Alba Verdecia García, de 78 años, madre del activista Jorge Cervantes.

La anciana pudo ver a su hijo este martes en el hospital Ernesto Guevara de Las Tunas donde el opositor se encuentra internado desde la pasada semana después de 35 días en huelga de hambre.

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Cuba y Bolivia crearon un grupo de trabajo para poner en marcha una nueva “agenda económico-comercial bilateral” que incluirá intercambios agroalimentarios, tecnológicos y una posible conexión aérea directa, anunció el … Click to Continue » Continue reading

El Congreso de los Diputados de España aprobó este martes una proposición no de ley que pide al Gobierno de Mariano Rajoy impulsar "acciones que contribuyan a fomentar la capacitación de la mano de obra en Cuba en aras de una mayor productividad" y como parte de la Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo.

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Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) Los medios de prensa y todo el monstruoso entramado propagandístico del régimen castrista se concentra en atacar los pronunciamientos del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, el pasado 16 de junio en el teatro Manuel Artime en Miami. Sobre esto, la pregunta que habría que formular es: ¿En qué ha cambiado el criminal comportamiento del régimen militar totalitario castrista después del 17 de diciembre de 2014, cuando el entonces presidente Obama anunció sus […] Continue reading
La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Habana, (PD) El pasado viernes 16 de junio, el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump expresó: “Cuba está gobernada por la misma gente que mató a decenas de miles de sus propios ciudadanos, que buscó extender su ideología represiva y fallida en nuestro hemisferio y que una vez trató de albergar armas nucleares del enemigo a 90 millas de nuestra costa”. Más adelante acotó, “El régimen de Castro ha enviado armas a Corea del Norte y alimentado el […] Continue reading
Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) El Movimiento Damas de Blanco (MDB), dio a conocer su informe sobre el existir ciudadano frente a la represión ejercida por el régimen militar totalitario castrista. El mismo está fechado en 26 de junio de 2017 y expone en detalle, los más recientes episodios represivos contra el actuar político ciudadano independiente, la manifestación política ciudadana pacífica y las siempre reprimidas, libertades de expresión y asociación. El domingo 25 de junio del 2017, salieron a […] Continue reading
La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Habana, (PD) El Centro de Aplicación de Marketing y Publicidad Política (CAMPP) dio a conocer la Personalidad de la Semana que para la ocasión recayó en el recientemente fallecido poeta, escritor y periodista independiente, Rogelio Fabio Hurtado. En su exposición, el Centro de Aplicación de Marketing y Publicidad Política (CAMPP) expuso como Rogelio Fabio Hurtado, al igual que los generales mambises, al nacer la república, murió en la más absoluta pobreza. Como un exponente meridiano de […] Continue reading
Arroyo Naranjo, La Habana, Luis Cino (PD) Las medidas con respecto a Cuba anunciadas por el presidente Trump en Miami el pasado 16 de junio han sido sobrevaloradas. Han primado las emociones, la exageración, y no se ha prestado demasiada atención a sus reales alcances –los que están más allá del wishful thinking- y los costos para las partes involucradas. A los asistentes al acto en el teatro Manuel Artime, olvidados de la prudencia política, se les fue la mano […] Continue reading
Lawton, La Habana, Juan González, (PD) Aquello de que el apoyo al cuentapropismo y la “inversión privada” aportará elementos para una eventual democratización en Cuba, se ha convertido en algo que se repite una y otra vez. Pero todo no es más que una soberana idiotez. Cuando el totalitarismo consigue instalarse y consolidar los amarres totalitarios de una dictadura absoluta, el crecimiento económico global y el de sectores escogidos y autorizados para ello, solo fortalece al totalitarismo. Estamos ante una […] Continue reading
El Cerro, la Habana Rogelio Travieso, (PD) El viernes 16 de junio, el presidente de Estados Unidos Donald Trump, en Miami, hizo un discurso donde anunció las medidas que en lo adelante llevará a cabo su administración con relación a las relaciones con Cuba. Las medidas anunciadas por Trump provocaron en los medios oficialistas reacciones muy críticas, como si lo anunciado fuera el fin para los cubanos dentro de Cuba. ¿Las medidas anunciadas realmente en qué afectan a los cubanos […] Continue reading
El Vedado, La Habana, Aleaga Pesant, (PD) La comisión de asuntos exteriores de la Cámara de Eurodiputados, apoyo el acercamiento entre la Unión Europea y el gobierno de Cuba, firmado en diciembre, durante la visita de su primera diplomática a La Habana.  Cincuenta y siete votos contra nueve, se dio paso franco a un acuerdo que incorpora una visión positivista de las relaciones políticas a partir de mantener la puerta abierta para poder conversar de cualquier tema.     El trámite parlamentario […] Continue reading
El lado oscuro del turismo ZUNILDA MATA, Viñales | Junio 27, 2017 A la entrada de la calle Obispo una guía explica a sus clientes las obras de restauración del casco histórico de La Habana. A pocos metros, la cola para cambiar divisas está repleta de extranjeros y en el bar de la esquina se […] Continue reading
Se encarece la vida de los cubanos en las zonas turísticas Residentes en zonas turísticas de Cuba explicaron a Radio Martí algunas de las aristas poco deseadas del incremento de visitantes extranjeros, que van desde la escasez de alimentos y el transporte hasta el alto costo de servicios privados. El turismo es una de las […] Continue reading
Por qué los cubanos convictos del Mariel merecen amnistía (y los republicanos anticastristas deben apoyarla) Posted on 26 Junio, 2017 Por Mark Dow* Mi vecino del sur de la Florida no quería que la gente supiera en qué año había llegado de Cuba. Esperaba evitar el estigma del éxodo del Mariel de 1980. Pero la […] Continue reading
Informe de EE.UU. sobre trata de personas denuncia trabajo en el campo de estudiantes cubanos La administración Trump no bajó a Cuba al nivel 3 de su informe anual sobre la trata de personas, sino que la dejó en la lista de observación del nivel 2, donde la puso Obama. Cuba rechaza que cooperantes internacionalistas […] Continue reading
Activistas en huelga de hambre encuentran apoyo dentro y fuera de Cuba Luis Felipe Rojas La causa de cuatro opositores que llevan una huelga de hambre en Cuba pidiendo revisen los procesos penales en que están envueltos o ser liberados de cargos, ha encontrado eco dentro y fuera de la isla. El Partido por la […] Continue reading
Diplomático alerta a México sobre represalias de Cuba y Venezuela por papel en OEA “Existe el riesgo para México de que La Habana responda interviniendo en sus asuntos internos” e incluso “va a tratar de desestabilizarlo”, afirmó el diplomático estadounidense. Roger Noriega, uno de los diplomáticos de origen hispano más experimentados del Departamento de Estado […] Continue reading
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Los documentos difundidos en Venezuela contra un antiguo ministro de Chávez parecen falsos Continue reading
Con 56% de tierras baldías, agricultura cubana no levanta vuelo Salvo en algunos renglones, un informe de la Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas reseñado por Reuters arroja crecimientos marginales e insuficientes, estancamientos y retrocesos en la producción agrícola 2016 de un país que dedica $2.000 millones al año a importar alimentos. Más de la mitad de […] Continue reading
Cuba impide viajar a México a varios opositores, frustra asistencia a evento Idolidia Darias Las autoridades cubanas impidieron viajar a México a Kirenia Yalil Núñez, María Elena Marrero y Lía Villares. Esta última fue arrestada y más tarde liberada por mostrar un cartel donde reclamaba sus derechos. Con arrestos arbitrarios y prohibición de salida del […] Continue reading
Habaneros temen epidemia de Zika con llegada del verano junio 26, 2017 Idolidia Darias La basura sin recoger, aguas albañales en la mayoría de las calles, lluvias de los próximos meses y la entrada al país de personas procedentes de áreas donde abunda el zika, figuran entre las razones por las que los capitalinos vaticinan […] Continue reading

El régimen cubano impidió a más de 20 opositores cubanos, "de forma injusta, arbitraria y violadora de los derechos fundamentales de las personas", viajar el lunes a varios eventos que se celebran en Cancún, México.

Según denunciaron voceros de la Mesa de Unidad de Acción Democrática (MUAD) en un mensaje recibido por DIARIO DE CUBA, muchos de estos activistas fueron interceptados antes de llegar al aeropuerto Internacional José Martí.

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… by many Cuban Americans today. Tourism has been soaring in Cuba since … Cubans who work in the hotels, shops, clubs, and restaurants. In Havana … plan their own Cuba trips for “meaningful interaction” with Cuban citizens. It … economic engagement with Cuba, it will be with the Cuban people.” The … Continue reading
Cuba: Nuevas cajas decodificadoras con Android y televisores Smart TV Rafa Perez La empresa cubana Industria Electrónica lanzará al mercado en los próximos meses una caja decodificadora de televisión digital con sistema Android, informó la semana pasada un reportaje de la Televisión Cubana. Según anunciaron los medios nacionales en marzo de este año, el nuevo […] Continue reading
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Opositores que asistían a evento en México son detenidos en el aeropuerto de La Habana La Seguridad del Estado permitió viajar solo a algunos de ellos Lunes, junio 26, 2017 | María Matienzo Puerto LA HABANA, Cuba.- La estrategia de la Seguridad del Estado para desmantelar el Foro Caminos para una Cuba Democrática, convocado por […] Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales, 27 June 2018 — At the entrance to Calle Obispo a guide explains to her customers the restoration works in the historical center of Havana. A few yards away, the line to exchange currency is full of foreigners and in the corner bar one hears English, French and German. Tourism is shaping the … Continue reading "The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba" Continue reading
Editorial: Cancer patients stand to lose if Trump blocks Roswell Park's
work with Cuban institute
By News Editorial Board
Published Mon, Jun 26, 2017

President Trump's plan to revise his predecessor's overtures to Cuba
carries a significant risk for Buffalo. A promising partnership between
Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research institution could be
endangered if Trump isn't careful.

The lifesaving prospect is for U.S. acceptance of a lung cancer vaccine
developed by Cuba's Center for Molecular Immunology. The partnership
with Roswell Park grew out of a 2015 visit to Cuba by prominent New
Yorkers, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Dr. Candace S. Johnson, CEO
of Roswell Park. Clinical trials here could open the door to U.S.
approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration.

First and foremost, that could save many, many lives. On its own that
fact should overcome any associated objections Trump has to former
President Barack Obama's move to end decades of estrangement from Cuba.
As local matters, successful trials will bolster Roswell Park's standing
in its field, a benefit that accrues not only to the hospital, but to
Buffalo, as well.

In announcing his plan to close the door on Obama's opening to Cuba,
Trump might not have understood the potential damage it could do to this
region and to the life prospects of millions of Americans. That's not an
excuse; he's the president and needs to act with the relevant
information in hand.

But, if he doesn't know now, Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, will surely
inform him. Collins is one of Trump's most devoted supporters in
Congress and, more important to Western New York, has pledged to support
the region's interests when Trump puts them at risk.

Trump promised during last year's presidential campaign to roll back the
opening to Cuba, mainly, one suspects, as a political maneuver to curry
favor with Florida's remaining anti-Castro voters.

One of Trump's professed concerns is Cuba's government, which, in fact,
remains oppressive despite some improvements. Yet the United States
maintains working relationships with other repressive nations, including
one of Trump's favorites, Russia.

The fact is that more than 50 years of isolating Cuba has not worked to
change its ways. It's a failed policy, pursued by both Republican and
Democratic administrations, and it was past time to end it.

Nevertheless, elections do have consequences and Trump has the authority
to make changes in this policy, however unwarranted or unwise. And, in
fact, Trump is only partially changing Obama's policy.

Diplomatic relations between the countries will remain open, for
example. No additional restrictions on the types of goods that Americans
can take out of Cuba are planned.

But the administration says it will strictly enforce the rules that
allow travel between Cuba and the United States, and will prohibit
commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence
services.

Against that backdrop, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, has written a
letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross to make them aware of the potential threat to the
partnership between Roswell Park and the Center for Molecular Immunology
in Cuba. Collins needs to inject himself into this matter, as well.

It's time to move forward in our relations with Cuba. That's the better
way of encouraging the country out of its repressive ways. But we
absolutely cannot go backward on developments in cancer treatment and
the possibility of giving years back to Americans suffering from lung
cancer.

Source: Editorial: Cancer patients stand to lose if Trump blocks Roswell
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Analysis: Can Trump Destroy Obama's Legacy?
The New York Times
By PETER BAKER

WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack
Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other
things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his
sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and his
diplomatic opening to Cuba.

That was then. Five months after leaving office, Mr. Obama watches
mostly in silence as his successor takes a political sledgehammer to his
legacy. Brick by brick, President Trump is trying to tear down what Mr.
Obama built. The trade deal? Canceled. The climate pact? Forget it.
Cuba? Partially reversed. Health care? Unresolved, but to be repealed if
he can navigate congressional crosscurrents.

Every new president changes course, particularly those succeeding
someone from the other party. But rarely has a new president appeared so
determined not just to steer the country in a different direction but to
actively dismantle what was established before his arrival. Whether out
of personal animus, political calculation, philosophical disagreement or
a conviction that the last president damaged the country, Mr. Trump has
made clear that if it has Mr. Obama's name on it, he would just as soon
erase it from the national hard drive.

"I've reflected back and simply cannot find another instance in recent
American history where a new administration was so wholly committed to
reversing the accomplishments of its predecessor," Russell Riley, a
presidential historian at the University of Virginia's Miller Center,
said. While other presidents focus on what they will build, "this one is
different, far more comfortable still in swinging the wrecking ball than
in developing models for what is to follow."

Shirley Anne Warshaw, director of the Fielding Center for Presidential
Leadership Study at Gettysburg College, said Mr. Trump is not unusual in
making a clean break from his predecessor. "Trump isn't doing anything
that Obama didn't do," she said. "He is simply reversing policies that
were largely put in place by a president of a different party."

The difference, she said, is that other presidents have proactive ideas
about what to erect in place of their predecessor's programs. "I have
not seen any constructive bills in this vein that Trump has put forth,"
she said. "As far as I can tell, he has no independent legislative
agenda other than tearing down. Perhaps tax reform."

With a flourish, Mr. Trump has staged signing ceremonies meant to show
him tearing down. Not only did he pull out of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade deal and the Paris climate accord, he approved the
Keystone XL pipeline Mr. Obama had rejected and began reversing his
fuel-efficiency standards and power plant emissions limits. Not only is
he trying to repeal Obamacare, he has pledged to revoke regulations on
Wall Street adopted after the financial crash of 2008.

Still, he has not gone as far as threatened. He has for now kept Mr.
Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran, however reluctantly, and while he
made a show of overturning Mr. Obama on Cuba, the fine print left much
of the policy intact. He did not rescind Mr. Obama's order sparing
younger illegal immigrants from deportation. Senate Republicans released
a new version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare in recent
days, but it may yet end in impasse, leaving the program in place.

Advisers insist Mr. Trump is not driven by a desire to unravel the Obama
presidency. But like the Manhattan real estate developer he is, they
said, he believes he must in some cases demolish the old to make way for
the new.

"He hasn't dismantled everything, and I don't know that that's exactly
what he's looking to do," said Hope Hicks, the White House director of
strategic communications. "That may be a side effect of what he's
building for his own legacy. I don't think anybody's coming into the
office every day saying, 'How can we undo Obama's legacy, and how can he
go back?' "

Yet Mr. Trump has depicted the Obama legacy as a disastrous one that
needs unraveling. "To be honest, I inherited a mess," he said at a news
conference soon after taking office. "It's a mess. At home and abroad,
a mess. Jobs are pouring out of the country. You see what's going on
with all of the companies leaving our country, going to Mexico and other
places, low pay, low wages, mass instability overseas no matter where
you look. The Middle East is a disaster. North Korea. We'll take care of
it, folks."

Critics say Mr. Obama brought this on himself. His biggest legislative
achievements were passed almost exclusively with Democratic votes,
meaning there was no bipartisan consensus that would outlast his
presidency. And when Republicans captured Congress, he turned to a
strategy he called the pen and the phone, signing executive orders that
could be easily erased by the next president.

"I've heard it joked about that the Obama library is being revised to
focus less on his legislative achievements as each week of the Trump
administration goes by," said Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American
Conservative Union. "It's like living by the sword and dying by the
sword. When your presidency is based on a pen and a phone, all of that
can be undone, and I think we're seeing that happening rather
systematically."

Mr. Obama would argue he had little choice because of Republican
obstructionism. Either way, he has largely remained quiet through the
current demolition project, reasoning that speaking out would only give
Mr. Trump the public enemy he seems to crave. He made an exception on
Thursday, taking to Facebook to assail the new Senate health care bill
as "a massive transfer of wealth from middle class and poor families to
the richest people in America." But Mr. Obama's team takes solace in the
belief that Mr. Trump is his own worst enemy, better at bluster than
actually following through.

"Obama's legacy would be under much greater threat by a more competent
president than Donald Trump," said Josh Earnest, who served as Mr.
Obama's White House press secretary. "His inexperience and lack of
discipline are an impediment to his success in implementing policies
that would reverse what Obama instituted."

Other Obama veterans said much of what Mr. Trump has done was either
less dramatic than it appeared or reversible. He did not actually break
relations with Cuba, for instance. It will take years to actually
withdraw from the Paris accord, and the next president could rejoin. The
real impact, they argued, was to America's international reputation.

"There's a lot of posturing and, in fact, not a huge amount of change,
and to the extent there has been change, it's been of the self-defeating
variety," said Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser.
"What's been happening is not that the administration is undoing
President Obama's legacy, it's undoing American leadership on the
international stage."

Mr. Trump, of course, is hardly the first president to scorn his
predecessor's tenure. George W. Bush was so intent on doing the opposite
of whatever Bill Clinton had done that his approach was called "ABC" —
Anything but Clinton. Mr. Obama spent years blaming his predecessor for
economic and national security setbacks — blame that supporters
considered justified and that Mr. Bush's team considered old-fashioned
buck passing.

For decades, presidents moving into the Oval Office have made a point on
their first day or two of signing orders overturning policies of the
last tenant, what Mr. Riley called "partisan kabuki" to signal that "a
new president is in town."

The most tangible example is an order signed by Ronald Reagan barring
taxpayer financing for international family planning organizations that
provide abortion counseling. Mr. Clinton rescinded it when he came into
office. Mr. Bush restored it, Mr. Obama overturned it again and Mr.
Trump restored it again.

Even so, neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Obama invested much effort in
deconstructing programs left behind. Mr. Bush kept Mr. Clinton's health
care program for lower-income children, his revamped welfare system and
his AmeriCorps service organization. Mr. Obama undid much of Mr. Bush's
No Child Left Behind education program, but kept his Medicare
prescription medicine program, his AIDS-fighting program and most of his
counterterrorism apparatus.

That was in keeping with a longer tradition. Dwight D. Eisenhower did
not unravel Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, nor did Richard M. Nixon
dismantle Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society. Mr. Reagan promised to
eliminate the departments of Education and Energy, created by Jimmy
Carter, but ultimately did not.

Mr. Obama understood that his legacy might be jeopardized by Mr. Trump.
During last year's campaign, he warned supporters that "all the progress
we've made over these last eight years goes out the window" if Mr. Trump
won. Only after the election did he assert the opposite. "Maybe 15
percent of that gets rolled back, 20 percent," he told The New Yorker's
David Remnick. "But there's still a lot of stuff that sticks."

Indeed, when it comes time to tally the record for the history books,
Mr. Trump can hardly reverse some of Mr. Obama's most important
achievements, like pulling the economy back from the abyss of a deep
recession, rescuing the auto industry and authorizing the commando raid
that killed Osama bin Laden. Nor can Mr. Trump take away what will
surely be the first line in Mr. Obama's obituary, his barrier-shattering
election as the first African-American president.

Conversely, Mr. Obama owns his failures regardless of Mr. Trump's
actions. History's judgment of his handling of the civil war in Syria or
the messy aftermath of the intervention in Libya or the economic
inequality he left behind will not depend on his successor. If anything,
America's decision to replace Mr. Obama with someone as radically
different as Mr. Trump may be taken as evidence of Mr. Obama's inability
to build sustained public support for his agenda or to mitigate the
polarization of the country.

But legacies are funny things. Presidents are sometimes defined because
their successors are so different. Mr. Obama today is more popular than
he was during most of his presidency, likely a result of the contrast
with Mr. Trump, who is the most unpopular president this early in his
tenure in the history of polling. By this argument, even if Mr. Trump
does disassemble the Obama legacy, it may redound to his predecessor's
historical benefit.

Richard Norton Smith, who has directed the libraries of four Republican
presidents, said presidents are often credited with paving the way
toward goals that may elude them during their tenure. Harry S. Truman is
called the father of Medicare even though it was not achieved until
Johnson's presidency. Mr. Bush is remembered for pushing for immigration
reform even though Congress rebuffed him.

"It's hard to imagine future historians condemning Barack Obama for
breaking with his country's past ostracism of Cuba or joining the
civilized world in combating climate change or pursuing a more humane
and accessible approach to health care," Mr. Smith said. "Indeed, we
build memorials to presidents who prod us toward fulfilling the
egalitarian vision of Jefferson's declaration."

But that may not be all that comforting to Mr. Obama. Presidents prefer
memorials to their lasting accomplishments, not their most fleeting.

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GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL
Trip delayed 24 hours after Airbus A330 jet returned to Manchester with
oil pressure problem
SIMON CALDER TRAVEL CORRESPONDENT
@SimonCalder

Hundreds of Thomas Cook Airlines passengers have had their Cuban holiday
extended by more than 24 hours after an inflight mechanical incident
involving an Airbus A330. They will be paid £530 for the inconvenience
caused.

Flight MT2652 took off from Manchester with 332 passengers on board on
Monday afternoon, the destination Holguin in eastern Cuba. But as it was
flying over the Atlantic about 200 miles west of the Irish coast, the
pilots decided to return to the Thomas Cook base in Manchester because
of an oil pressure issue with the left-hand engine.

No emergency was declared, and the plane made a normal landing.

Unusually, the plane was missing a wingtip on the left-hand wing, which
caused some mistaken concern that part of the wing had fallen off. One
newspaper headline read: "Jet returns to UK for emergency landing with a
broken wing."

In fact, engineers had previously removed the wingtip - which is not an
essential component, but an aid to fuel efficiency - for repair.

Passengers were given overnight accommodation in the Manchester area,
and have continued their journey today on a different aircraft.

The 295 holidaymakers in Cuba who were expecting to fly back on Monday
were able to stay at their hotels, and will return just over 24 hours late.

Thomas Cook has confirmed that all the passengers at both ends of the
route will qualify for €600 (£530) in statutory EU compensation for the
delay. They should apply to contact customer relations to have their
claims processed. If they all claim, the compensation will total £335,000.

When the costs of hotel accommodation and the aborted flight are added,
the holiday firm's total bill for the episode will be around
half-a-million pounds.

Airbus A330 jets have encountered a series of problems in recent weeks,
with an AirAsia X plane returning to Perth after an engine issue which
left it "shaking like a washing machine", and a China Eastern aircraft
returning to Sydney after a large hole appeared in the engine housing.

The original Thomas Cook Airbus A330 has been repaired and inspected,
and is now back in service.

Source: Glitch on Thomas Cook flight to Cuba leaves airline with £500k
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Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy
BY MIKE GONZALEZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR - 06/27/17 11:00 AM EDT 54

Was President Obama's opening to the Castro government motivated by a
real belief that it would help Cubans, or was it a vanity project from
the start? We will never know for sure, but we do know it violated his
Inaugural promise that he would shake the hands of tyrants only if they
first unclenched their fists.

Raul Castro has never relaxed his grip on the island he and his brother
have ruled for nearly 60 years. In fact, after Obama announced the
re-establishment of relations with in December 2014, he tightened it.
Since then, Cuban dissidents have paid a heavy price in repression,
arrests and beatings.

According to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and Reconciliation,
politically motivated arbitrary arrests rose rapidly after the opening,
culminating in 9,940 last year—a six-year high. In December alone, 14
dissidents were beaten by government officials, according to the
Havana-based Commission, whose numbers are reported by Amnesty
International.

President Obama argued that, by "normalizing" relations with Cuba, the
regime would be inspired to grant fundamental freedoms to its people.
Yet Obama asked for, and of course received, nothing in return from the
Cuban authorities.

President Trump put some of that right yesterday when he announced that
he would reverse some of the Obama changes and reinstate some
prohibitions on trade with military-controlled entities and persons on
the communist-ruled island.

Trump's changes don't go far enough. Still, his critics should resist
the urge to lash out at him.

Once upon a time, American liberals knew that legitimizing dictators
never ended well for those who dared speak their minds. That insight led
them to denounce Washington's support for dictators and call out the
moral hollowness in FDR's fatuous line that Anastasio Somoza Sr. may
have been an S.O.B., "but he's our S.O.B."

They should not be surprised today that the Washington establishment's
rush to embrace the Castro regime in pursuit increased trade would only
further entrench the family's hold on power. The Obama changes, which
facilitated American trade and transfer of convertible currency to the
military and the Castro family, only made easier the prospect of their
continued rule.

In other words, if you denounced the Somozas, Augusto Pinochet and
Ferdinand Marcos, and you want to be considered consistent, you should
support the changes Trump announced in Miami.

Those changes are, in fact, narrowly tailored to restrict the
aggrandizement of the regime's military. And they didn't come easy.

Two factions waged a tremendous struggle to win President Trump's heart
and mind on the issue. On one side were a phalanx of congressional
offices that sought to curb the Cuban military's access to convertible
currency. Opposing them were career officials burrowed inside the
Treasury and the State Departments, who wanted President Obama's
legacy—the "historic opening" to the Castros—to be left untouched.

Nor was Cuba an idle bystander in the debate. According to Marc Caputo
at Politico, the regime launched a last-minute bid to stave off the
changes, enlisting Colombia's help in lobbying Trump. The government of
President Juan Manuel Santos reportedly threatened to pull out of a
U.S.-led summit on security in Latin America.

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), told the White House to tell Colombia that
if it withdrew from the summit, it could kiss the $450 million "Peace
Colombia" aid package goodbye. And that was that.

In the end, the Trump Cuba change closely mirrored the 2015 Cuban
Military Transparency Act introduced by Rubio in the Senate and by Devin
Nunes, (R– Calif.), in the House. The bill prohibits U.S. persons and
companies "from engaging in financial transactions with or transfers of
funds to" the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, the
Ministry of the Interior, any of their subdivisions and companies and
other entities owned by them.

In other words, it aims directly at Cuba's largest company, the Grupo
Gaesa holding company (Grupo de Administracion Empresarial, Sociedad
Anonima). Founded by Raul Castro in the 1990s, Gaesa is run by the
military, more specifically, by Gen. Luis Alberto Rodriguez
Lopez-Callejas—who also happens to be Castro's son-in-law. It represents
an estimated 80 percent of the island nation's economy.

Its affiliate, Gaviota, SA., owns the tourism industry. If you eat ropa
vieja at a restaurant, sip a mojito in bar, play golf in a resort, or
sleep in a hotel—you are paying Gaviota. Same with renting a taxi or
renting a car. Thanks to Trump's changes, that cash flow will now be
interrupted.

Or Raul Castro can unclench his fist and allow real Cubans to own and
run these places, and we really have President Obama's dream, expressed
on a January 14, 2011 speech, of increasing "people-to-people contact;
support civil society in Cuba; enhance the free flow of information to,
from, and among the Cuban people; and help promote their independence
form the Cuban authorities."

Shouldn't liberals support this?

Mike Gonzalez (@Gundisalvus) is a senior fellow in the Kathryn and
Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy
Studies at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The views expressed by contributors are their own and are not the views
of The Hill.

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El imán Yahya Pedro Lazo Torres, presidente de la Liga Islámica de Cuba (LIC), dijo que la Isla es "ejemplo de libertad religiosa" y celebró que los musulmanes tengan sus espacios en La Habana "sin restricción alguna y plena de respeto a sus creencias".

Lazo Torres, citado por el periódico oficial Trabajadores, se refirió a las actividades del Ramadán en Cuba en un acto realizado en La Habana.

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Ken Hall: US travelers can still bring good will to Cuba
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at 5:17 PM

When we went to Cuba this winter, we flew from Miami on American
Airlines to join a group tour, see some performances, meet some Cubans,
stay at two very nice hotels and eat at a variety of restaurants.

Even though President Trump says he is imposing limitations on travel,
if we decided to do it again, we could.

We might need to substitute one restaurant or hotel for another, but the
kind of trip we took, the kind that accounted for the vast majority of
American tourists we ran into, will continue with only minor changes.

So what was this all about?

It was the president's sad attempt to do what he does best - increase
hostility.

You could join another march in protest. Better yet, you could schedule
a trip soon, meet some Cuban people and explain in person that we would
much rather get to know our neighbors than fight with them.

When President Obama re-established diplomatic relations — better known
as "normalization," as opposed to Trump's attempt at "abnormalization" —
he made it possible for the cautiously adventurous traveler, people like
us and a lot of others we know, to dip a toe into the Cuban experience.

A group tour of Cuba provides the same kind of comfort as a group tour
of France or China or anywhere else.

The operator makes sure you get where you are going, reserves the rooms,
arranges some of the meals and gives you a bit of free time to explore.

For all of the bluster about cracking down, those tours will not be
affected, and any need to swap one forbidden location for a new approved
one will be the responsibility of the tour organizer. We tourists will
not be affected.

Those who find such tours with their schedules and bus trips stifling
will still be able to do it on their own in Cuba, but it will take more
work.

As the initial explanations put it, they will be asked more questions
and have to "self-certify" that they did not stray.

I don't know about you, but I'm always ready to self-certify that I have
followed the rules.

If you go, no matter how, you will find that traveling in Cuba has
limitations because of some things that did not change under the Obama
approach and will not change now.

Our banks are not allowed to operate there, making your credit card
worthless. Our phones do not work there, and the Internet will remind
you of dial-up days.

A more open relationship between our two countries has not quickly
improved communications or human rights in Cuba.

That does not surprise me, because it's only been a few months, and
changes take years.

But it also does not surprise me, because anyone who travels widely will
learn that commerce and communication do not automatically bring more
freedom.

In the past few years, I've been able to freely use my phone, my laptop
and my ATM card in some countries around the world that are either near
or below Cuba on those lists ranking nations by how much freedom their
residents enjoy.

The difference when it comes to Cuba is the embargo, a failed 50-year
attempt to impose democracy.

Today, all it does is impose restrictions on American travelers.

thrkenhall@gmail.com

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Caribbean hotel association criticizes Cuba rollback
By Gay Nagle Myers / June 27, 2017

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) joined the chorus of
industry critics denouncing Trump's Cuba policy, saying that the
re-imposed restrictions could stall or reverse the progress made in
recent years.
The Trump administration has banned individual people-to-people travel
to Cuba, only allowing such visits with licensed groups.
"If restrictions are indeed reimposed, CHTA expects adverse effects for
U.S. businesses -- not only for import-export companies but also for the
U.S.-based travel businesses that have made considerable investments in
Cuba since normalization began -- and lost opportunities for those U.S.
companies considering doing business there," CHTA said in a statement.
CHTA pointed to the growth of the hospitality industry in Cuba, which
has outpaced the rest of the region. "Major global hotel chains from
outside the U.S. have been investing in Cuba and today manage tens of
thousands of rooms. As latecomers, U.S. firms already are at a
competitive disadvantage in Cuba."
CHTA continues to support the ending of the embargo and urged that new
regulations continue to encourage small and medium enterprise
opportunities, both Cuban and U.S.-sourced.

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