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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:13 am    Post subject: CUBA NEWS  Reply with quote




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Cuba plane crash kills 68
November 5,  2010  
A state airliner filled with Cubans and travelers from Europe and Latin America crashed and burst into flames in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency and losing contact with air traffic controllers.
All 40 Cubans and 28 foreigners aboard died.
AeroCaribbean Flight 883 was en route from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital when it reported an emergency, then lost contact with air traffic controllers.
The pilot had radioed that the plane was having problems.
One witness described the wreckage as "a ball of flame in the middle of the mountain."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40018650/ns/world_news-americas
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010.../report-plane-aboard-crashes-cuba


Cuba's Raul Castro backs gay rights
Cuban President Raul Castro backs ending discrimination against homosexuals, his sexologist daughter Mariela.
http://news.yahoo.com/cubas-raul-...ay-rights-daughter-215253417.html


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The Next Cuban Revolution?
April 2012
 As the winds of change swirled during the Arab Spring over the past year, many began to wonder whether there might be a similar movement in Cuba — a "Cuban Spring."
While visiting Cuba to cover the visit of Pope Benedict, we spent time with students at a University cafeteria, and in speaking with them it was clear that they know they want a better, different life, but they're isolated to what's happening off their shores.

While the internet and social media did not cause the uprising across the Arab world, they were vital as an electronic billboard for the organizers, and also to spread the news of political change. In Cuba, young people lack access to Facebook or Twitter, as private citizens are prohibited from purchasing computers without special authorization from the government.
Would such a uprising shatter the political façade of one of the bastions of communism today? We delve into this complex question.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/aroun...t-cuban-revolution-022037616.html


Cuba's Raul Castro mentions possible retirement
Feb. 2013
HAVANA  — Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent.  The Cuban leader is scheduled to be sworn in to a new five-year term on Sunday. Castro urged reporters to listen to his speech that day.

"I am going to be 82 years old," Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "I have the right to retire, don't you think?"
When reporters continued to shout questions about his plans for the next five years, Castro replied: "Why are you so incredulous?"
http://news.yahoo.com/cubas-raul-...ossible-retirement-152153266.html


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Cuba to eliminate currency pegged to dollar
Dec. 20, 2013
HAVANA (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.

Tourists currently use a convertible peso roughly equal to a U.S. dollar while most Cubans are paid in ordinary pesos worth about four cents. Many goods are easier to find in government stores that exclusively accept convertible pesos, a mechanism designed to keep the flow of the special currency under government control.

The dual system has created special privileges for Cubans who work in tourism, and resentment among those who don't.
The government of President Raul Castro pledged in October to gradually unify the two currencies in order to prevent shocks like spikes in inflation. Many Cuban economists said the process would take years
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Vice President Marino Murillo told parliament that the peso pegged to the dollar, known as the CUC, would eventually disappear, the first time the government has explicitly said that. He promised that savings in the convertible pesos would retain their value until the change took place.

"People who have the convertible Cuban peso (CUC), whether in the banks or kept at home, will not lose any financial capacity when the dual monetary system is eliminated," said Murillo.
He did not say when the change would go into effect.

The double monetary system was established in 1994 amid an economic crisis sparked by the fall of the Soviet Union, which heavily subsidized Cuba for decades.
It was designed to allow Cuba to receive hard currency needed for international trade from the outside world while insulating the rest of the communist economy from market influences.

In October, the official newspaper Granma said that the government's first step would be to allow several businesses that currently accept only convertible pesos, or CUCs, to do business in ordinary Cuban pesos, or CUPs.
The official exchange rate will remain in effect, Granma said, meaning the goods themselves will remain out of reach for Cubans without access to the foreigner exchange-driven economy, which includes millions of dollars a year in remittances from relatives in the United States and other countries.
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Cuba calls for civilised relations with USA
Dec 22, 2013  
Cuban President Raul Castro has called for "civilised relations" with the United States, saying the two countries should respect their differences.
President Castro said the US should drop its demand for regime change on the communist-run island.
That would allow both sides to continue work on improving relations, he said.
Castro's comments follow a public handshake with Obama at the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in South Africa earlier this month.

In a rare public speech, Mr Castro said Cuban and American officials had met several times over the last year to discuss practical matters, such as immigration and the re-establishment of a postal service.
That shows that relations can be civilised, Mr Castro explained.
But he warned: "If we really want to make progress in bilateral relations, we have to learn to respect each other's differences and get used to living peacefully with them. Otherwise, no. We are ready for another 55 years like the last."

The US broke off relations with in 1961 after the revolution and maintains an economic embargo against the island.
"We do not ask the United States to change its political and social system, nor do we agree to negotiate over ours," Mr Castro told legislators at the closing session of the parliament in the capital, Havana.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25479795
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Putin meets Fidel Castro
July 12, 2014  
HAVANA - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba Friday to begin a tour of Latin America.
Putin will also visit Argentina and Brazil for a summit of the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Putin is also promoting Russian trade with Cuba.
Russian oil seeks to explore for offshore oil.
http://www.newsweek.com/putin-mee...-start-latin-american-tour-258544

Russia Writes Off 90% of Cuba Debt as Putin Meets Castros
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/201...-debt-as-putin-meets-castros.html

Russia willing to help Caribbean in oil exploration
Russia has said that it is willing to help the Caribbean explore for oil and gas as well as deal with the impact of the global economy.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ne...bbean-in-oil-exploration_15064668

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Venezuela has oil wells in the Carribean.  To have Russia in that area so close to USA is disturbing.  Russian nuclear subs have been caught off shore USA.
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Russia 'to reopen Cold War Cuban listening post used to spy on America'
July 16, 2014
Facility at Lourdes was the largest Russian listening post abroad
It was mothballed in 2001 after relations with the U.S. warmed
But relations with the West have deteriorated amid the Ukraine crisis
Moscow has also shown a new interest in Latin America and Cuba
Last week, Russia agreed to write off 90 per cent of Cuba's debt

Russia has agreed to reopen a major Cold War listening post on Cuba that was used to spy on America, it was reported today.
Moscow-based daily Kommersant claimed Russia and Cuba have struck a deal 'in principle' after President Vladimir Putin visited the island last week.
Citing several sources within Russian authorities, the respected daily wrote: 'The agreements were finalised while President Vladimir Putin visited Havana.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...tening-post-used-spy-America.html
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Obama lifts sanctions and opens US embassy in Cuba
December 17, 2014
-  Barack Obama said the US is initiating plans to rebuild its relationship with Cuba and will open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.
http://rt.com/usa/215331-obama-cuba-policy-embassy
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New USA - Cuba rules
January 16, 2015
-  New travel and trade rules between the US and Cuba take effect.  The move implements ties severed since 1961.  The changes were announced despite concerns from Congress that the landmark shift in U.S.-Cuba relations is a one-sided deal that will benefit the Castro regime.

US ban on Cuban cigars is over.
Measures include allowing US citizens to use credit cards in Cuba and for US businesses to export some technologies.

While ordinary tourism is still banned, the new regulations will allow some US citizens to travel to Cuba without first obtaining a special licence from the government.  US credit and debit cards can be used there and there will be no more limits on how much money US citizens can spend in Cuba each day.
US firms will also find it easier to export mobile phones and software to Cuba, as well as provide internet services there.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30836679
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2...ba-making-trade-and-travel-easier
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http://news.yahoo.com/cuba-host-h...fficial-since-1980-095247163.html
Cuba, US see good first day of historic talks
1/21/15

Havana (AFP) - US and Cuban officials claimed a good first day in historic talks in Havana on Wednesday despite disagreements over migration policies ahead of negotiations to restore diplomatic ties.

Each side described the first of two days of talks as productive and constructive even though they remained deeply at odds over the exodus of Cubans to the United States.

It was the first meeting in Havana since the momentous decision by US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro in December to seek normal ties.

Roberta Jacobson, the US assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, became the highest-ranking American official to set foot in Cuba since 1980 when she landed in Havana around midday.

She was due to meet Cuban counterparts for a working dinner one the eve of talks aimed at negotiating the reopening of embassies in Havana and Washington, a US official said.

In Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the two sides still have much to negotiate before the Cold War rivals can normalize ties frozen since 1961.

"When it is timely, when it is appropriate, I'll look forward to traveling to Cuba in order to formally open an embassy and begin to move forward," Kerry told reporters.

A Cuban foreign ministry official sought to downplay expectations of major breakthroughs this week.

"We can't expect that everything will be resolved in one meeting," the official said, according to state media, adding that normalizing ties was "a much longer and complex process."

- Migration dispute -

Jacobson's deputy, Alex Lee, represented the US side on the first day of talks in the capital's Convention Center, sitting across from the head of the Cuban foreign ministry's US affairs department, Josefina Vidal.

"The productive and collaborative nature of today's discussion proves that despite the clear differences that remain between our countries, the United States and Cuba can find opportunities to advance our mutually shared interests," Lee said after the talks.

For her part, Vidal said: "Cuba aspires to have a normal relationship with the United States, in the broader sense but also in the area of migration."

But Vidal criticized US migration policies which she said encourage a brain drain, saying that they "don't correspond with the current bilateral context of relations between Cuba and the United States."

The migration talks tackled an issue that has vexed both nations for years, with Cubans regularly hopping on rickety boats to reach Florida, 145 kilometers (90 miles) away.

US policy gives Cubans who set foot in the United States quick access to permanent residency while those caught at sea are deported back to their island.

The United States has seen a surge of Cuban migrants who apparently fear that the US-Cuba negotiations will end the policy. The number of sea intercepts doubled in December compared to the previous year.

But Lee said the Obama administration was "completely committed" to upholding the current rules.

For Thursday's embassy talks, the US side wants Cuba to reaccredit its diplomats, lift travel restrictions for them within the island, ease shipments to the US mission and lift a cap on personnel.

Both nations currently have "interests sections" in each other's capitals.

- Obama wants embargo lifted -

Ordinary Cubans hope the rapprochement will improve their lives in a country where supermarket shelves often lack basic goods and people make $20 a month on average.

On the eve of the talks, Obama urged the Congress to end the decades-long embargo against Cuba, which the Castro regime has blamed for the country's economic woes.

The island's dissident community has had a mixed reaction, thanking Obama for his attempt to improve their country while voicing concern that too much was conceded to the Castro regime without getting much in return.

In Washington, some US lawmakers of Cuban origin have criticized Obama's decision, saying the administration had conceded too much without getting much in return in terms of human rights.


"As the administration pursues further engagement with Cuba, I urge you to link the pace of changes in US policy to reciprocal action from the Castro regime," said Senator Bob Menendez, a fellow Democrat.

The two countries have already taken steps to thaw their once glacial relations.

The Cuban government completed this month the release of 53 political prisoners demanded by Washington.

Days later, the US Treasury Department eased travel and trade restrictions, though the US Congress has final word on lifting the embargo, which prevents US tourism.


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