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Commentary: Obama puts his foot down: Ends 'wet foot, dry foot' policy

January 21, 2017
Commentary: Obama puts his foot down: Ends 'wet foot, dry foot' policy On January 12, with fewer than ten days left in his presidency, President Barack Obama announced the ending of the Clinton administration’s ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy, effectively removing this unique Cuban exemption from Washington’s standard immigration policies.  The announcement...

Letter: Cuba's tourism rollercoaster: Lessons for Argyle Airport

January 19, 2017
Letter: Cuba's tourism rollercoaster: Lessons for Argyle Airport Cuba is the best Caribbean example why it was economically foolhardy to build an international airport at Argyle without either a surge or steady increase in tourists flying here, combined with firm guarantees from developers to build hospitality facilities in response to this upswing or continuous growth.

Graffiti artist still in maximum-security prison in Cuba

January 18, 2017
Graffiti artist still in maximum-security prison in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) continues to be detained in a maximum-security prison, a month and a half after his arrest. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

Change in US-Cuba immigration policy includes expulsion of remaining criminal 'Marielitos'

January 17, 2017
Change in US-Cuba immigration policy includes expulsion of remaining criminal 'Marielitos' WASHINGTON, USA -- Last Thursday’s announcement by US President Barack Obama that he is ending the longstanding "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to US soil to stay and become a legal resident also included a previously unreported agreement...

US Coast Guard repatriates 71 Cuban migrants

January 17, 2017
US Coast Guard repatriates 71 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans repatriated 71 Cuban migrants on Sunday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. This repatriation was a result of five separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits between January 4 and January 6, prior to the Department of...

Obama renews designation of Cuba and Venezuela as national security threats

January 16, 2017
Obama renews designation of Cuba and Venezuela as national security threats WASHINGTON, USA -- The United States declared a national emergency to deal with perceived "threats" in Cuba and Venezuela on Friday, along with Iran, Libya, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and countries that Washington claims "support terrorism." The declarations effectively extend for another year...

Change in Cuba immigration policy may preempt Castro threat

January 14, 2017
Change in Cuba immigration policy may preempt Castro threat WASHINGTON, USA -- Thursday’s announcement by US President Barack Obama that he is ending the longstanding "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to US soil to stay and become a legal resident may, according to US intelligence sources...

Commentary: The end of 'wet foot-dry foot' - parting gift for whom?

January 13, 2017
Commentary: The end of 'wet foot-dry foot' - parting gift for whom? Tomas Regalado, the mayor of Miami – long a hotbed for Cuban exiles – has described as a “parting gift” the decision of the waning Obama administration to end the US ‘wet foot-dry foot’ policy toward Cubans seeking entry to the US. The question is: a parting gift to whom?

US Coast Guard repatriates 150 Cuban migrants

January 7, 2017
US Coast Guard repatriates 150 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 150 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since December 30. The Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton crew repatriated 74 Cuban migrants on Tuesday, and the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 76 Cuban migrants...

Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana

January 7, 2017
Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana LOS ANGELES, USA -- Alaska Airlines on Thursday launched the first regularly scheduled US commercial flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. "LAX is America's gateway to the world -- and today, an exciting new chapter in US-Cuba relations begins at our airport," said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana

January 6, 2017
Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) was out of the red and made a profit during the period when Robbi Lachmising was CEO. He was reappointed CEO of the company last year. Sitting in his office on a bright sunny day in the tropics, Lachmising outlined his vision...

First Cuban exports to US in more than half a century to mark new era of trade

January 6, 2017
First Cuban exports to US in more than half a century to mark new era of trade WASHINGTON, USA -- Reneo Consulting LLC announced on Thursday that its subsidiary company Coabana Trading LLC has finalized an agreement with Cuba Export to import into the United States marabu (sickle bush) charcoal produced in Cuba. This marks the first time in more than...

Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean

January 6, 2017
Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional customer service to the Cayman Islands, beginning June 4, 2017. The carrier filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International...

US congressman to reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba

January 3, 2017
US congressman to reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba WASHINGTON, USA -- A US congressman from Arkansas will reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba, and says he's hopeful that barriers to agricultural sales will be addressed early in 2017. However, it's unclear whether President-elect Donald Trump would be willing...

US Coast Guard repatriates 29 migrants to Cuba

December 31, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 29 migrants to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 29 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Saturday. The Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew repatriated five Cuban migrants on Monday and another 24 migrants on Friday. These repatriations are a result of three separate...

Florida man sentenced to 48 months in US prison for Caribbean cellphone fraud scheme

December 27, 2016
Florida man sentenced to 48 months in US prison for Caribbean cellphone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A Florida resident has been sentenced to 48 months in prison by a US court in connection with a sophisticated cell phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cellphone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls to several...

Fathom receives approval for six additional voyages to Cuba

December 23, 2016
Fathom receives approval for six additional voyages to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Fathom, one of Carnival Corporation's ten global cruise brands, announced it has received Cuban government approval to add stops to Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba, on six of its upcoming cruises to the Dominican Republic. Travelers will enjoy two distinct...

US Coast Guard repatriates 136 Cuban migrants

December 22, 2016
US Coast Guard repatriates 136 Cuban migrants MIAMI, USA -- The US Coast Guard has repatriated 136 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, since Saturday. The Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. crew repatriated 53 Cuban migrants on Saturday and 83 Cuban migrants on Monday. These repatriations are a result of eight...

Silver Airways starts regularly scheduled service to Manzanillo, Cuba

December 19, 2016
Silver Airways starts regularly scheduled service to Manzanillo, Cuba FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Silver Airways on Friday started regularly scheduled air service between Fort Lauderdale and Manzanillo, Cuba. Silver is the only US airline scheduled to provide service to Manzanillo, a port city in eastern Cuba on the Gulf of Guacanayabo near the Cauto River.

Commentary: Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic could each propel the entire Caribbean region

December 17, 2016
Commentary: Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic could each propel the entire Caribbean region I am revisiting and expanding upon an essay written some ten years ago where I made the proposition that Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic represent the first engine of the locomotive of the Caribbean. Cuba was under the American embargo, Haiti was and is still under an economic...

New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme

December 15, 2016
New York man pleads guilty to sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme MIAMI, USA -- A New York City resident pleaded guilty on Monday in connection with a sophisticated Caribbean cell-phone fraud scheme that involved compromising cell-phone customers’ accounts and “cloning” their phones to make fraudulent international calls. Farintong Calderon...

Google signs agreement with Cuba to improve online services

December 14, 2016
Google signs agreement with Cuba to improve online services HAVANA, Cuba -- Internet search giant Google and Cuba’s national telecom provider ETECSA have signed an agreement to deploy the Google Global Cache service to help improve the online experience for Cubans who are using Google products. The deal allows ETECSA to use...

Commentary: Cuba, a model of sustainable agriculture towards global food security

December 14, 2016
Commentary: Cuba, a model of sustainable agriculture towards global food security With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the US embargo, the early 1990s saw Cuba facing a severe food crisis and a collapse of more than 30 percent of the island’s GDP. In order to tackle this grave moment, in which Havana’s government was unable to deliver...

Opposition-minded Venezuelans have their say on the legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro

December 12, 2016
Opposition-minded Venezuelans have their say on the legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro CARACAS, Venezuela -- In the era of Castro-inspired homages, debates, farewells and even celebrations that are still going strong in the Americas, Venezuelans have also had their say on the Cuban communist icon's legacy. For Venezuelans, Fidel Castro and his Cuba loom large. To some...

Commentary: Embargo bogeyman

December 12, 2016
Commentary: Embargo bogeyman Some opponents of the United States and supporters of the Cuban people ascribe the suffering of Cubans to the trade embargo that the US imposed in 1962, for Cuba becoming communist and seizing over $1 billion of US assets. At a rate of interest of 6 percent per annum Cuba would owe...

Jamaica and Cuba pledge to deepen relations

December 9, 2016
Jamaica and Cuba pledge to deepen relations KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica and Cuba have pledged to identify ways to deepen collaboration and exchanges in the areas of trade, tourism, climate change and disaster mitigation as well as culture and education. “We have affirmed the commitment...

Royal Caribbean Cruises approved to begin Cuba service

December 9, 2016
Royal Caribbean Cruises approved to begin Cuba service MIAMI, USA -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) has been granted approval by the Cuban government for the company to begin cruises to Cuba. The company said it plans to announce its first Florida-Cuba itineraries in the near future. "Our guests have expressed real interest in having the...

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