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On the homepage of Cuba Travel Services, a company that makes travel arrangements to Cuba, a banner proclaims: “YES, American travel to Cuba is still legal!” In the five months … Click to Continue » Continue reading
He was a CIA informant, but was considered so dangerous that the agency watched him closely. It trained him and used him in plots to topple Fidel Castro, as well … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuba hopes that, in the end, science will absolve it in the mysterious acoustic attacks that have damaged the health of diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. In its … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Herman Portocarero, a Belgian-born writer and former diplomat of Spanish and Portuguese descent, likes to say his new book about Havana picks up where the travel guides leave off. Part … Click to Continue » Continue reading
An updated U.S. list of Cuban companies that Americans are prohibited from doing business with because of their links to the Cuban military includes two Cuban rum brands — Ron … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Way to go, Miami Republicans. You’re really socking it to engagement in your dreams. The word that best describes President Donald Trump’s Cuba policy — and the newly issued Treasury … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Clinging to hope that Raúl Castro’s promise to step down in February will open the door to a political transition in Cuba, more than 100 dissidents launched an island-wide effort … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Josefina Vidal, who was Cuba’s chief negotiator in the rapprochement with the United States, says the Trump administration’s new rules on travel and trade with the island confirm the “serious … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The night before the White House planned to announce new regulations restricting U.S. business and travel in Cuba, the biggest champions of President Donald Trump’s tighter policy — Miami’s Republican … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The days of Americans legally staying at Ernest Hemingway’s Old Havana haunt, the Hotel Ambos Mundos, or making purchases at Havana’s only luxury shopping arcade, will be over under new … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The United States voted against a UN resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba on Wednesday. The embargo resolution was overwhelmingly approved in the 193-member General Assembly by a vote of 191-2, with Israel joining the U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said the American people had chosen a new president and the United States would vote against any resolution calling for the lifting of the embargo "as long as the proceeds from trade with Cuba go to prop up the dictatorial regime responsible for denying those (human) rights." … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A slow, steady campaign to become the first U.S. company to locate in Cuba's Mariel Special Economic Development Zone has paid off for a Caterpillar distributor. Cuba gave RIMCO, Caterpillar’s … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In the peculiar world of Miami-Dade politics, it’s perfectly normal to eagerly pursue a deal worth millions of dollars — financed with taxpayer funds, no less — with the Communist … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Saying that Cuba has used the U.S. embargo against the island as a “shiny object to distract the world” from its own failures, the United States bucked the sentiment in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
When the catchy announcement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry came through my Twitter feed, I was as culturally removed from Miami as it gets — meaning relaxed, the political button … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As it has every year since 1991, the United Nations General Assembly will vote Wednesday on a Cuba-promoted resolution condemning the U.S. embargo against the island and predictably it will … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Five members of Congress, critical of the State Department’s handling of suspected “sonic” attacks on members of the American embassy in Havana, wrote a letter to the congressional watchdog office … Click to Continue » Continue reading
New travel regulations that Cuba announced over the weekend appear designed to make sure a steady flow of Cuban-American visitors continues. But the rules — which include welcoming back Cubans … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez announced a series of measures Saturday that could ease travel to the island for Cuban Americans. As of Jan. 1, those born in Cuba but … Click to Continue » Continue reading
For a half hour on prime time Thursday night, the Cuban government took to state-owned television to defend itself against U.S. accusations that American diplomats suffered from a mysterious sonic … Click to Continue » Continue reading
How much was the life of a Cuban communist worth in 1962? Depending on their rank within the party and the government, it could be worth up to a million … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Some 2,000 investigators and scientists were assigned to uncover the mystery behind alleged sonic attacks against U.S. diplomats in Havana. Three hundred people were interviewed. Air and soil samples were … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The parents of Alina López Miyares left Cuba in 1969 to escape Fidel Castro's revolution. But that did not keep her from falling in love and marrying a former Cuban … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cuban triathlete Nino Fraguela wanted to finish his 287-mile performance in Havana, but the island's government did not answer his requests so he will instead finish in the Bahamian island … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A group of Cuban exiles who spent their best years fighting Fidel Castro's regime are the heart of “Exile Legends,” an ambitious Spanish-language production that has begun airing on Sunday … Click to Continue » Continue reading
After years of Cuba talking about the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone as the island’s economic future, the sprawling site 28 miles west of Havana is beginning to take shape … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Twenty-eight miles west of Havana in Mariel, one of the biggest economic development projects in Cuba history is taking shape. Cuban officials hope to attract sustainable industries, advanced manufacturing and high-tech companies to the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone. Their plans depend heavily on attracting foreign investment to the zone, which adjoins the Mariel container port. One U.S. company that wanted to locate in the zone was turned down but three other U.S. projects are in advanced negotiations. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The U.S. State Department added two more victims to the list of diplomats who have suffered mysterious attacks in Havana. The number of Americans affected is now 24. “Based on … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The local Cuban newspaper put it this way: “A month after Irma's lashing, the northern coastal region of Sancti Spiritus wakes up each day looking as though the hurricane had … Click to Continue » Continue reading
An attorney for a man accused of helping plot the 9/11 attacks invoked the ongoing U.S.-Cuba dispute over sonic interference with American diplomats’ brains to urge a judge to take … Click to Continue » Continue reading
A bizarre string of attacks on diplomats in Havana has sent Cuban-American relations to their lowest point in decades, with the Trump administration virtually closing its embassy here and expelling … Click to Continue » Continue reading
As relations between the United States and Cuba chill in the midst of mysterious attacks on diplomats in Havana, Cuba is getting a lot cozier with its old ally: Russia. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The United States will maintain the family reunification program in Cuba but has not yet offered more details on how the process will be carried out following the suspension of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. embassy workers heard in Havana as they were attacked by what investigators initially believed was a sonic weapon. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Followers of the Yoruba religion will soon have TV and radio channels devoted entirely to them and believers of other religions that mix African faiths with Catholic Church iconography. The … Click to Continue » Continue reading
In his most important speech so far this year, the possible successor to Raúl Castro described accusations made by the U.S. government of sonic attacks targeting nearly two dozen of … Click to Continue » Continue reading
An ambitious technology project conceived in Chile could offer Spanish-speaking doctors who emigrated to the United States and have not validated their diplomas with U.S. authorities a chance to work … Click to Continue » Continue reading
An ominous U.S. State Department warning against visiting Cuba and a U.S.-mandated cutback in the consular officers who issue visas at the Cuban Embassy in Washington could put the chill … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Traveling to the U.S., home to an estimated two million Cuban Americans, will now be more difficult and expensive for family members living in Cuba. With the severe reduction in … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Juan Carlos Cordero stares at two walls and a staircase to nowhere — all that remains of a seaside home that he was renovating. The walls he built with his … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Cojímar, Cuba, a small fishing village made famous by Hemingway is busy with recovery efforts after Irma. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The dark arts of intelligence and diplomacy are often compared to a chess match. But a former U.S. diplomat this week turned to a less sophisticated, but perhaps more apt, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
The United States has given Cuba seven days to evacuate 15 members of its embassy in Washington, a State Department official told reporters on Tuesday. Also, a 22nd American diplomatic … Click to Continue » Continue reading
Stretches of the famed Malecón boulevard are still closed for repairs and seaside businesses show the scars of 30-foot waves that crashed through the seawall during Hurricane Irma. But tourists have returned to the capital, even as areas hit hard by the storm continue to struggle. … Click to Continue » Continue reading