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Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba ~ Cuban cigar ban ends in US

Featured Image: Cuba, Holguín Street. CREDIT: Photo Anton Zelenov. SOURCE:Wikipedia Commons. (Public Domain).

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Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba

AP By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN January 16, 2015 9:52 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, following through on its declaration of warming ties with Cuba, has eased travel restrictions and opened a wide range of new export opportunities with the communist island.

The series of executive branch moves, taken together, have had the effect of punching a large hole in America’s half-century-old embargo, although only Congress has the authority to fully end the 54-year embargo. President Barack Obama announced last month that he would soften the restrictions, and a new set of government regulations took effect Friday. . . . Read Complete Report

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Cuban cigar ban ends in US

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment.

The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban. . . . Read Complete Report

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Cuba Libre Updates: The Blockade; Migration

For the record, I seldom agree with anything the UN does. In fact I am against the UN period. But when they do something right I’ll admit that also.  I am 100% against the blockade of Cuba. It hasn’t hurt the Castro Brothers.  It’s time this unjust bullying policy against the people of Cuba ends. . . EDITOR

From Peoples World  by: W. T. WHITNEY JR. October 30 2014

Again, UN General Assembly rejects U.S anti-Cuban blockade

The United Nations General Assembly voted Oct. 28 for the 23rd consecutive year on a Cuba resolution calling upon the United States to end its economic blockade against the island. The results highlight U.S. isolation in the diplomatic community; 188 UN nations voted “Yes,” and only two, the United States and Israel, rejected the resolution. . . Read Complete Report

Cuba Florida Straights CREDIT NASA SOURCE Wikipedia Commons Public domain

 

 Photo taken from space of the Southern tip of Florida, the Keys, Florida Straights and Cuba. CREDIT: NASA SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

from Keys info Net BY DAVID GOODHUE dgoodhue@keysrep October 31, 2014

Cuban ‘exodus’ blamed on failed reforms

Despite a marked increase in Cubans arriving by sea off South Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard says it does not anticipate a Mariel boatlift-type of crisis any time soon.

Between the 2,059 Cubans stopped at sea trying to land on shore and the more than 800 who actually made it here, there has been a 75 percent increase in attempted and successful migration from last fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. . . . Read Complete Report

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Henry Kissinger ‘considered Cuba air strikes’ in 1976

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From BBC News 1 October 2014 Last updated at 11:49 ET

US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger drew up plans to “smash Cuba” with air strikes nearly 40 years ago, government papers obtained by researchers show.

He was angered by Cuba’s 1976 military intervention in Angola and was considering retaliation if Cuban forces were deployed elsewhere in Africa.

The information comes from documents declassified at the request of the National Security Archive. . . . Read Complete Report

CubaEl_Moro_Havanna_CREDIT Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo, NOAA NODC SOURCE Wikipedia Commons Public domain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: El_Moro Havana Cuba.  CREDIT Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo. NOAA NODC. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

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US, Cuba to hold migration talks in Havana

From Westport (CT) News  By PETER ORSI, Associated Press Updated 3:56 pm, Wednesday, January 8, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban and U.S. representatives are set to meet in Havana for a new round of restarted migration talks on Thursday, a signal of the longtime Cold War foes’ recent willingness to engage in areas of mutual interest but unlikely to be a harbinger of a major thaw in relations. . . . Read Complete Report

Cuba Libre Update: Historic US flight to Cuba lands in Havana

From The Nation By   Tuesday, 31 December 2013 08:06

The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect.

US Customs and Border Protection gave the final approval for the flight on Monday morning, and the nine-passenger aircraft departed 90 minutes later at 10am, Key West International Airport director Peter Horton said. . . . Read Complete Report

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Cuba Lebre Year End Reports & Updates: US Embargo Lifting

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Cuba opens market for new cars but who’s buying?

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So who can really afford a new car in the island and why is this measure coming along at this time? . . . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Cubans are getting the taste of it

Since the government of Raul Castro announced in 2010 that half a million workers would be laid off from the state’s payroll and opened the door for private entrepreneurship, thousands of Cubans had started their own small businesses. . .~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

United States lifting the embargo for good

In 2011, the Obama administration partially lifted the travel ban allowing limited visits for religious and academic groups. It also allowed U.S. Cuban residents to send up to $2000 yearly to their relatives and friends in the island to start new businesses. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by Margaret-Ann Balfour on Dec 17, 2013

Christmas in Cuba. Navidad en Cuba. 🙂

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Cuba migration reaches 20-year high

Featured Image: Photo taken from space of the Southern tip of Florida, the Keys, Florida Straights and Cuba. CREDIT: NASA SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

From youtube uploaded by BestFunnyVideos1701

Published on Dec 9, 2013

Government figures show that almost 50, 000 Cubans migrated permanently in 2012, the largest annual figure since 1994 . . . From description published with video.

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Cuba to lift ban on car imports (+) Cuba to eliminate currency pegged to dollar

Featured Image: 1952 Chevrolet, a so-called ‘yank tank’ or ‘maquina’ in Havana, Cuba. CREDIT: Dirk van der Made. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)

Cuba to lift ban on car imports

From ipl.co.nz December 20 2013 at 09:06am

Cuba will ease restrictions on vehicle imports for the first time in half a century, marking the end of an era that made icons of the island’s vintage cars.From ioj Motoring December 20 2013 at 09:06am

The official newspaper Granma said the decision to allow cars to be imported for sale at market prices on the island was taken on Wednesday by Cuba’s council of ministers. . . . Read Complete Report

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Cuba to eliminate currency pegged to dollar

From NBC29

Posted: Dec 20, 2013 4:48 PM PSTUpdated: Dec 20, 2013 6:28 PM PST
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – Cuba will eliminate a currency pegged to the dollar as part of a move to end its unique double-currency system, which had become a symbol of economic inequality to many islanders, Cuba’s top economic official said Friday. . . Read Complete Report629px-Cuban3Pesos SOURCE Wikipedia Fair UseImage: Cuban 3 peso note. SOURCE: Wikipedia (Fair Use)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Possible Steps to Normalize USA-Cuba Relations (+) Video: Life in Cuba

Featured Image: Location of Cuba on the globe. CREDIT: This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this: Source SVG image Americas on the globe (red).svg  by TUBS SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)

From Cuba Headlines 12 / 14 / 2013

If not in the coming government, maybe the following one, the normalization of relations with Cuba should experiment a substantial decision of the United States, the island”s former diplomat Ramón Sanchez-Parodi said. . . . Read Complete Report

“`From youtube uploaded by Overlander.tv

Life in Cuba; food shortages, low wages and exiled family members

Published on May 15, 2013

youtube’s best travel videos http://www.overlander.tv

CubaEl_Moro_Havanna_CREDIT Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo, NOAA NODC SOURCE Wikipedia Commons Public domainI met Alex at a Havana Pizza place. He spoke English and was keen to practise with me. I interviewed him about the realities of life in Cuba. We talk about the food shortages, the low wages and the fact that many Cuban’s have family members they have not seen for decades, living in America.

Image:  El Moro, the lighthouse and storm warning mast at the entrance to Havana. CREDIT: Dr. Anthony R. Picciolo, NOAA NODC SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (Public Domain)

The video features shots around Havana, capturing street life, the majestic historic buildings and the ancient American cars from the 40’s and 50’s.

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Obama thaws U.S.-Cuba relations (+) Yank Tanks of Cuba

This is waaay overdue. . . EDITOR

Featured image: A ‘maquina’ or ‘yank tank’ in Trinidad, Cuba, 4 January 2004. (1956 Ford). CREDIT: Photograph by Dirk van der Made (en:User:DirkvdM – for more photos see en:user:DirkvdM/Photographs). SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license.)

From Marshfieldnewsherald.com by DeWayne Wickham, USATODAY

While, understandably, a lot of news media attention in recent days has focused on the U.S.-led talks to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the Obama administration appears to be laying the groundwork for another diplomatic breakthrough.

In little noticed speeches given last month, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry cryptically acknowledged the need for a new approach to Cuba, a country the U.S. has — literally and figuratively — waged war with for over a half-century. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by MotorTrend

Coches de Cuba! Classic American Cars in Cuba!

Published on Apr 19, 2013

Join host Arthur St. Antoine and MT colleague Carlos Lago as they visit the embargoed island nation of Cuba—where they discover a time capsule of classic 1950s American cars, the world’s best cigars, and the unforgettable hangouts of writer Ernest Hemingway

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