April 14, 2009 |
Airline flights. Phone service. Money transfers. Those are among enticing new or expanded business opportunities seen ahead for U.S. companies with Monday's loosening of the U.S. embargo with Cuba. "This is a big deal; it's a significant change in U.S. policy," said former Ambassador David A. Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy and a partner at law firm Wiley Rein.
April 1, 2009 |
A bipartisan group of senators predicted Tuesday that Congress was ready to pass legislation to allow all Americans to travel to Cuba. Removing the travel ban would produce a burst of tourism, create thousands of jobs and generate as much as $1.6 billion in business a year, an independent research group said. A Senate news conference Tuesday and one in the House set for Thursday reflect new attempts to lift the travel ban, a key part of the U.S.
February 21, 2010 |
The highest-level meeting of U.S. and Cuban officials in Havana in years was overshadowed Saturday by a flourish of recriminations reminiscent of the Cold War-era tensions that have long polarized the two nations. The talks Friday in Havana focused on immigration issues, including visas and repatriation, part of a dialogue resumed in July after a six-year suspension. Both governments labeled the talks as positive. But on Saturday, Cuba scolded the U.S. officials, who used their visit to meet with dissidents.
April 14, 2010
So, a Cuban walks into his neighborhood barbershop for a trim and a shave on a Havana afternoon. In all likelihood, haircutter and customer argue about baseball. Maybe they discuss Companero Companero Fidel's latest column in Granma. When they finish, the newly coiffed client pays for the services in Cuban pesos; about 15% goes to the state for taxes, and the owner legally pockets the rest. For the record: A previous version of this editorial incorrectly said that since the 1959 revolution, Cuba had "privatized" most of its economy.
April 14, 2009 |
The Obama administration announced Monday that it would permit unlimited travel to Cuba by Cuban Americans and lift limits on transfers of money to relatives on the Caribbean island while keeping in place many long-standing U.S. trade restrictions. Obama's moves make good on a campaign promise and seek to take advantage of shifting winds in Havana as Raul Castro, who formally took over from his ailing brother Fidel a year ago, adopts limited reforms.
January 3, 2010 |
President Obama has loosened travel restrictions to Cuba. His critics accuse him of harboring socialist sentiments. And he is, of course, a member of the African American intelligentsia -- a group that has tended, for the last half-century, to have a soft spot for the Cuban revolution. It sounds like the perfect atmosphere for the love affair between black American liberals and the regime of the Castros to fully flourish. Except that it's not. A group of 60 African American artists and thinkers launched a rare -- and some say unprecedented -- attack on Cuba's human rights record, with a particular focus on the treatment of black political dissidents.
September 9, 2007 |
If Christopher J. Dodd is elected president, he will end a decades-old trade embargo with Cuba and lift travel restrictions to the communist island, the Democratic candidate pledged Saturday. He'll also open an embassy in Havana and shut down TV Marti, a U.S. government-run station that has broadcast to Cuba for 17 years, said Sen. Dodd of Connecticut. "Other than the war in Iraq, no other American policy is more broadly unpopular internationally" than U.S. policy on Cuba, Dodd.
May 6, 2013 |
Beyonce appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to set the record straight about her trip to Cuba and open up about expanding her family. Bey, who is in the middle of the European leg of her world tour, the Mrs. Carter Show, spoke with Amy Robach in London about her eyebrow-raising fifth anniversary trip to Cuba with husband Jay-Z in April. Lawmakers questioned the validity of the trip and sought clarification on why two of the U.S.' biggest stars were visiting the communist island-nation, which is under an embargo for routine tourism.
November 7, 2008 |
Hurricane Paloma churned toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba with winds of about 75 mph. Forecasters say the storm could become a major Category 3 hurricane by Saturday as it approaches Cuba. A hurricane warning was in effect for the Caymans, where the storm could dump up to 8 inches of rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
November 6, 2002 |
Film director Steven Spielberg, visiting Cuba for the first time, said the United States should end its trade embargo against the communist-run island and allow more cultural interaction with Cubans. "I personally feel that this embargo should be lifted. I do not see any reason for accepting old grudges being played out in the 21st century," Spielberg said at a news conference Monday. "It does not make sense to me that my country will trade with North Korea and China, but not with Cuba."