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Post by mmmirele » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:53 pm

About the only thing I agree with my senator, Jeff Flake, on is restoring relations with Cuba. Here's what he had to say on the reopening of the embassy:
“The United States will be able to do much more to protect and serve U.S. citizens in Cuba and encourage a better future for the Cuban people with an American flag flying over our embassy in Havana. More specifically, I hope this move will hasten the end of U.S. imposed restrictions on Americans traveling to the island. The more U.S. travel to Cuba, the better.”
http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/inde ... cb941075e1

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Post by Foggy » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:00 am

Hey wait, a Republican said a sane thing? :shock:


There must be a rip in the space-time continuum. That is just so wrong.


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Post by Lani » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:34 am

Whoa. That was an amazingly sane statement.

On a personal note, I have 2 connections with Cuba. The 1st was in college with an upper middle class Cuban American roommate whose parents considered themselves white. They were horrified that we enjoyed tanning on the beach. My roommate's mom referred to the family as Spanish and urge her daughter to carry an umbrella at all times to shield her skin.

The 2nd was a partner who was a child in Cuba and witnessed the revolution in Havana. He and his friends gathered in the street to welcome the change. But then he saw the body of a family guest dead in the streets. His family was removed to the US because his dad worked for RCA. During our time together, I learned a great deal about the Cuban revolution. I hope we are finally coming to a resolution.



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Post by Gnarly Goat » Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:08 am

This was an interesting touch to the ceremony in Havana.
It was a few days into January 1961 when three Marines at the U.S. Embassy in Havana were given a sad task: Take down the American flag. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was shutting down the diplomatic compound and pulling Americans out, a response to the downward spiral in U.S. relations with the new government of Fidel Castro.

The non-commissioned officer in charge at the embassy asked for three volunteers — “the biggest, ugliest Marines you can find,” recalled retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Jim Tracy, then a sergeant. He and two others — then-Lance Cpl. Larry C. Morris and then-Cpl. Francis “Mike” East — were sent out to part a crowd of about 300 Cubans and take down Old Glory, Tracy said.

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On Friday, the Marines, now in their 70s, returned to Havana alongside Secretary of State John F. Kerry to take part in a ceremony to raise the flag again. It has been more than 54 years since U.S. relations with Cuba were severed, but the embassy reopened following an agreement reached earlier this year between Havana and Washington.
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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:06 pm

Miami Herald
Cuban doctors fleeing Venezuela find themselves in limbo

BOGOTA, Colombia

Working in Venezuela, a country where they often had to wait in line for hours to buy food, even small gestures were welcome. So Félix Pérez, his daughter and two colleagues — all Cuban health workers sent there as part of the island’s foreign-aid program — jumped at the chance when they were invited to a neighbor’s house for lunch.

Later that day, however, their supervisors accused them of breaking bread with a member of Venezuela’s opposition.

“They took away our cellphones and our passports — they essentially took everything so we wouldn’t be able to communicate,” recalls Pérez, a 50-year-old rehabilitation specialist. “We knew they were going to end our mission and send us back to Cuba, so we decided to flee to Colombia.”

In this thriving capital, they were expecting quick and safe passage to the United States under the 2006 Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program, tailor-made for the island’s health workers. But six months later, Pérez and his daughter are still waiting for a response from the U.S. Embassy. Their money has run out and they spend their days playing cards in a cramped home with other Cubans caught in limbo.

Exiles here say they’ve registered some 250 Cuban health workers in Bogotá waiting to go to the United States. Most came here expecting their cases to be resolved within 30 to 90 days, but some have waited as long as seven months without a response, or only to be turned down.


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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:55 am

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U.S. opens up business with Cuba, eases embargo

The United States on Friday issued regulations easing restrictions on American companies seeking to do business in Cuba and opening up travel in the latest action to weaken the U.S. trade embargo amid warming relations with the Communist country.

The rules, which take effect on Monday, Sept. 21, target travel, telecommunications, Internet-based services, business operations and banking, and allow U.S. companies to establish a presence in Cuba. They also eliminate limits on the amount of money people can send back to the Caribbean nation.

"A stronger, more open U.S.-Cuba relationship has the potential to create economic opportunities for both Americans and Cubans alike," U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement.

"By further easing these sanctions, the United States is helping to support the Cuban people in their effort to achieve the political and economic freedom necessary to build a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba," he said.


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Post by Slim Cognito » Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:31 am

Just got an email from Carnival offering a 7-day cultural cruise from Miami to Cuba. Didn't read the fine print but I got the impression anyone could go. I did see three ports of call, including Havana. I hope one day soon we can go.


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Post by Foggy » Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:40 am

Slim Cognito wrote:Just got an email from Carnival offering a 7-day cultural cruise from Miami to Cuba.
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Post by SueDB » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:43 pm

Pardon Me, But Have You Seen The Hellfire Missile We Misplaced???

Cuba gives it back.
WASHINGTON — Cuba has returned a dummy U.S. Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped to the country in 2014, American officials said Saturday.

The Hellfire is a laser-guided, air-to-surface missile that weighs about 100 pounds. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, it can be deployed from an attack helicopter like the Apache or an unmanned drone like the Predator.

The weapon returned by Cuba was an inert training missile that was inadvertently sent to the island from Europe, where it was used in a NATO training exercise.

It didn't contain explosives, but the device's diversion raised concerns that Cuba could share technology with potential U.S. adversaries like North Korea or Russia. It had an incomplete guidance section and no operational seeker head, warhead, fusing system or rock...


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Post by Skip Intro » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:28 pm

Hey, Sue, if you need a new avatar how about this one?

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Post by SueDB » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:33 pm

Skip Intro wrote:Hey, Sue, if you need a new avatar how about this one?

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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:10 pm

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Post-Obama Visit, Cuba’s Communist Party to Signal Next Steps

Cuba’s ruling Communist party meets Saturday for the first time since 2011 amid a historic detente with the U.S. and a quiet revolution of rising expectations as Raúl Castro prepares to cede power to a younger generation.

Party officials have been particularly secretive about the four-day congress, which is in charge of setting the nation’s economic path until 2030.

One thing to watch will be whether the party signals it wants faster steps toward a more free-market system—such as allowing Cubans to operate more types of businesses—or if it keeps the current pace or even slows things down. ...

The party congress is taking place in a somewhat changed atmosphere in the wake of Mr. Obama’s visit. In a speech broadcast across the island, Mr. Obama challenged Mr. Castro not to fear the voices of his own people.

The “Obama effect,” says Ted Henken, a Cuba specialist at New York’s Baruch College, appears to have driven a public wedge between hard-liners and supporters of change within the Cuban regime.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 25, 2016 4:33 pm

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Cuba legalises small and medium private businesses

It is the latest stage of reforms begun when President Raul Castro took over from his brother, Fidel in 2008.

Raul Castro has been trying to stimulate Cuba's stagnant economy but has faced resistance from Cuban Communist Party hardliners.

With the restoration of relations with the US last year, Cuba is also opening up to foreign investment.

The government currently allows self-employment in several hundred job categories from restaurant owners to hairdressers.

The Cuban economy has been stimulated by many of these becoming small businesses and employing other workers.

The latest reforms were published in a 32-page document detailing the party's plan for economic development, and approved by Congress.


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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:36 pm

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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:05 pm

Obama consigns ‘wet foot, dry foot’ law to history
US President Barack Obama has ended the immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who reached US soil to remain and be granted residency.



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Post by Addie » Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:58 am

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Port Everglades Backs Out of Agreement With Cuban Government

A major Florida port has canceled plans to sign an agreement with Cuba, one day after Gov. Rick Scott threatened to cut off its state funding if it signed the pact.

Port Everglades issued a statement Thursday that the National Port Administration of Cuba says no agreement is currently needed. The Fort Lauderdale-area port and the Port of Palm Beach began meeting with Cuban officials Thursday.

The Republican governor was highly critical of former President Barack Obama for allowing some products produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs to be imported. The United States had imposed a trade embargo on the communist island for more than half a century.

The first shipments arrived Tuesday at Port Everglades: two containers of artisanal charcoal.


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Post by ZekeB » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:09 am

Now that's no way to treat a Soviet Russian ally.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:44 am

ZekeB wrote:Now that's no way to treat a Soviet Russian ally.
It's only temporary, until Putin has spoken stern words with his child Donald. :shock:



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Post by SueDB » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:38 pm

I betcha that the SFV and his puppet master are working on a deal....the first Trumped up war is going to be an invasion of Cuba, but the price will be the Russians invading Ukraine. They will just do a simple trade or swap. It's so common in the business world to trade stuff with someone getting the shitty end of the stick.


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Post by Chilidog » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:52 pm

Trump and Putin had some cake over the deal

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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:36 pm

Prensa Latina
American Airlines Opens its First Office in Havana

Havana, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The American company American Airlines opened its first office in this capital, said today Josefina Vidal, an official of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, in her Twitter account.

The head of the United States Department of Foreign Affairs, inserted in that social network a photo of the opening, which took place yesterday.

An inaugural flight of American Airlines landed on November 28 at the International Airport Jose Marti to reopen scheduled air connections from that country to the Cuban capital.

The main specialist in International Relations and Communication of the Cuban Aviation Corporation, Miguel Landeras, told Prensa Latina that the commercial director for the Americas of the company, Alfredo González, arrived on that trip.


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Post by Lani » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:31 pm

MIAMI — President Donald Trump will visit Miami next Friday to announce he will tighten some restrictions on those who travel to and do business with Cuba, fulfilling a campaign promise to reverse historic changes former President Barack Obama made more than three years ago when he removed decades of diplomatic and economic barriers between the two countries.

The specifics of Trump's executive action aren't yet clear, according to sources familiar with the administration's discussions. But it's expected to bear the stamp of two pro-embargo anti-Castro Miami Republican hardliners, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who helped advise the White House and national security officials.
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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:55 am

Mother Jones
How a Crew of Hardliners Hijacked Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy

Trump is rolling back Barack Obama’s normalization efforts. Here’s how it happened.

On Friday, Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Miami, home to America’s largest Cuban-American community, where he will announce a new rollback of several Obama-era reforms on US-Cuba policy. Trump plans to implement greater restrictions on travel to Cuba and outlaw any business transactions that involve the Cuban military, which is deeply intertwined with most economic activity on the island. The tourism industry will be hit especially hard. “Economic practices that benefit the Cuban military at the expense of the Cuban people will soon be coming to an end #BetterDealforCuba,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), an opponent of the Obama reforms, tweeted on Thursday.

Trump’s announcement is the culmination of a contentious, months-long process that pitted a small crew of Cuba hardliners within Congress and the administration against virtually the entire US military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies. (Not to mention many Cuban Americans, too. In South Florida, majorities say they oppose the 56-year-old embargo and want better relations with Cuba.) The hardliners say Obama’s efforts only empowered and enriched the Castro regime while turning a blind eye to human rights and political abuses. Pro-engagement activists say the current policies are working, bringing money and jobs and opportunity to Cuba. (Trump’s directive is not a wholesale repeal of Obama’s actions. It will not address Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the state-sponsored terrorism list and to end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cuban migrants who reached the US to stay here and become permanent residents.)

This is the story of how the hardliners gained the upper hand and—for now—set the administration on a path back to the days of greater hostility toward Cuba.


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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:28 pm

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Changes in Cuba policy could adversely impact Trump's hotel competitors

Miami (CNN)The proposed changes in US-Cuba relations that President Donald Trump will unveil Friday in Miami could adversely impact hotel brands that directly compete with Trump's business empire, making it more difficult for them expand their foothold in Cuba.

Trump's changes in Cuba policy include prohibiting "financial transactions, including transactions incidental to travel with GAESA and its affiliates, subsidiaries, and successors," according to documents reviewed by CNN. Gaviota, the tourism arm of the government-run GAESA, currently operates the Four Points by Sheraton Havana, a hotel that, when it opened, was the first US hotel to open in Cuba in nearly 60 years.

GAESA, the company directly targeted by Trump's plan, controls large swathes of the Cuban economy and is run by Gen. Luis Alberto Rodríguez López-Callejas, Raul Castro's son-in-law.

Even Americans traveling legally to Cuba, according to the new Trump policy, would not be able to stay in any hotel connected to the Cuban military, including the Four Points by Sheraton in Havana.


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Post by RVInit » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:51 pm

I worked with a man who escaped from Cuba many years ago. I talked with him one day at length about his experience living in Cuba and about how he, his wife, and another couple escaped by getting permission to work in South Africa and then seeking political asylum. It is quite a story. He dutifully joined the Communist Party in order to be able to provide more than just minimal sustenance for his family. He told me that even party members are pretty well strapped for money and strapped for basic necessities. This is how the Castro regime kept such tight control of people. Most people are near starving and have to resort to the black market to make money and get things for their families.

My friend is a computer programmer and he was able to get himself into a position where he was sent to South Africa to work. It's apparently very hard for Cubans to get assignments outside of Cuba, it requires playing a long game and having every appearance of being faithful to the party and to the regime. He and his wife became very friendly with another couple who were sent to South Africa around the same time. Eventually they confessed to each other that they wanted to leave Cuba and eventually come to the USA. They planned their escape for months and then took themselves and their families, leaving almost everything they had behind, and went to an embassy in South Africa and applied for political asylum. I can't remember which country's embassy they originally sought asylum, for some reason I am thinking it was not the US embassy, but a different country. I'm fuzzy now on that detail, it was many years ago that I worked with this man. Eventually they did end up in the USA and have been citizens for many years now. His kids were very young at the time they made their escape. It was quite a story.

His wife also worked with us. They made a cup of espresso every morning as soon as they got to the office, part of their morning ritual. He always referred to her as his "girlfriend" and they are wonderfully "cute" together, like newlyweds. At that time they were married for 25 years.


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