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Cuban deportations create dilemma for Trump and Rubio

February 21, 2017
Cuban deportations create dilemma for Trump and Rubio HAVANA, Cuba -- More than 680 Cubans have been deported back to Cuba since the United States ended in January its so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy, creating a political dilemma for US President Donald Trump and Florida Republican senator Marco Rubio, in relation to Cuban-American voters.

Cuba travel projected to grow in 2017, according to new survey

February 15, 2017
Cuba travel projected to grow in 2017, according to new survey PLYMOUTH, USA -- Demand for Cuba travel is not slowing among American travelers despite the continued US government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation via 12 authorized categories, based on trend information released on Tuesday. According to Cuban officials...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba responds to the thinking of a new generation

February 11, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Cuba responds to the thinking of a new generation When it comes to Cuba, the world’s media tends to focus on the obvious: the possible outcome of the new US administration’s policy review, the multiple difficulties faced by Cuba’s over-centralised planned economy, or the implications of Fidel Castro’s passing. Few journalists, it seems, take the...

CARICOM, Cuba agree to expand preferential market access

February 8, 2017
CARICOM, Cuba agree to expand preferential market access GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba have reached agreement for the expansion of preferential access to each other's markets. An agreement to this end came at the meeting between the two sides held at the end of last month.

Cuba can help strengthen region, says Barbados foreign minister

February 3, 2017
Cuba can help strengthen region, says Barbados foreign minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The most fitting testament of solidarity between Cuba and the Caribbean would be their active collaboration to strengthen the region’s domestic, regional and global agendas, said Barbados minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

Human rights defender still in custody in Cuba

February 1, 2017
Human rights defender still in custody in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- Dr Eduardo Cardet Concepción, the leader since 2014 of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, MCL), was arrested in Holguín on 30 November 2016, five days after the death of the former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro. Cardet has spent...

Commentary: The many dangers to the region of Secretary Tillerson

January 28, 2017
Commentary: The many dangers to the region of Secretary Tillerson With the confirmation of former CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson to the office of secretary of state, the Trump administration is poised to relive the mistakes of the Reagan era foreign policy towards the Caribbean and Latin America in a way that may fundamentally destabilize the region for decades.

Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico

January 27, 2017
Four vessels with 126 undocumented migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), US Coast Guard and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti.

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.

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