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Cuba loosens grip on media, allows for more independent reporting

June 21, 2018

Newly named Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is allowing the media to have a bit more freedom with their reporting. Journalists can now publish news of important events without government approval and accept advertising from Cuba's small private sector. Read More
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These Americans suffered severe neurological disorders in Cuba. Now they have a lawyer.

June 20, 2018

Several U.S victims of alleged "health attacks" in Cuba have hired a lawyer out of concern over how the U.S. government will handle their long-term medical treatment. Read More
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Havana could see cruise arrivals triple as Cuba's tourism boom continues

June 18, 2018

The number of Cuba itineraries and Caribbean cruises with port calls at Havana (on the Atlantic coast), Cienfuegos and former capital Santiago de Cuba (both on the Caribbean coast) has soared in the last two years. Read More
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Reaction mixed on first anniversary of Trump's Cuba policy

June 17, 2018

President Donald Trump stood before a crowd of Cuban Americans at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana a year ago Saturday and with great fanfare and to the accompaniment of an exile violinist playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" announced his new vision for Cuba policy. Read More
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Trump is willing to negotiate with North Korea — but not Cuba

June 14, 2018

One year after President Donald Trump came to Miami and signed a presidential directive outlining his new Cuba policy, the White House shows little appetite for negotiations of a “better deal” with Havana, one of his campaign promises. Read More
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The Trump-Rubio politics of hypocrisy: Cuba, no deal. North Korea? 'Has great beaches.'

June 13, 2018

He doesn’t want you to think so, but as is customary for him, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is standing by his old campaign foe and "con man" — aka President Donald Trump — when it comes to engagement with North Korea’s brutal dictatorship. Read More
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The Reconciliation Project

The Reconciliation Project seeks to provide Cubans everywhere with information regarding processes of reconciliation from around the world and to create a safe space of respectful dialogue that helps advance the goal of the reunification of the Cuban nation. Read More
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Cuba Small Business Initiative

The goal of the Cuba Small Business Initiative is to identify ways to empower Cubans on the island with the resources and information to start and operate small businesses in Cuba.

Objective 1: To identify resources, technology and information that could be employed today to empower Cuban entrepreneurs on the island... Read More
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Cuba IT & Social Media Initiative

The power of Internet technology and social media to fuel economic growth, enhance communication and expand educational opportunities is, without doubt, one of the legacies of the last quarter century. However, while Internet technology and social media have helped increase communication and grow the economies of developed nations and some emerging nations, others have fallen behind and into an ever-expanding technology gap. If access to basic healthcare and education were the determining factors for development in the past, access to technology may very well be the determining factor for this generation. Read More
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The Cuban Enterprise Fund

The Cuban Enterprise Fund is modeled after the successful enterprise funds created by the Support for Eastern European Democracy Act of 1989, following the fall of the Berlin wall. Its purpose, like that of previous funds, is to assist in the development of private enterprise by providing equity investments, loans, technical assistance, training, and other forms of assistance to truly independent businesses within host nations. Read More
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Unleashing Micro-Economic Reforms in Cuba: Investing in Cubans

This Cuba Study Group sponsored project is aimed towards assisting Cubans on the island by providing them with the know-how, the resources and the conditions to setup and operate their own small businesses as soon as Cuban law permits. Read More
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Consenso Cubano

In April of 2005, the Cuba Study Group joined over 20 other organizations in a project aimed at uniting the Cuban diaspora along a series of basic principles. The result of this effort is Consenso Cubano, a plural gathering space for refection, conciliation and concord among Cuban organizations. The Pilares para un Consenco Cubano, a series of fundamental areas of agreement among member organizations, constitutes the foundation and framework of reference for Consenso Cubano. The Cuba Study Group is a founding member of Conseso Cubano. Read More
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Defending the Rights of Cuban Workers

In April of 2005, the Cuba Study Group joined over 30 organizations from 7 different countries at the first Annual Conference of the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility in Madrid, Spain. At that conference the 35 organizations that were represented, including independent labor unions and non-profit organizations from around the world, unanimously approved a resolution condemning the Cuban regime's systematic violation of internationally recognized labor standards and agreed to form the International Group for Social Corporate Responsibility in Cuba. Read More
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Cuba in Transition: Issues to Watch 2018-2023

This week, Cuba begins an important transition. On April 19, 2018, Rau?l Castro steps down as head of state. An as-yet unnamed suc- cessor elected by Cuba’s National Assembly—presumably First Vice President Miguel Di?az-Canel—will take his place. We do not know whether Rau?l...
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Is Cuba’s Economy Ready for the 2018 Leadership Transition?

Cuba has changed considerably in these last ten years of economic reforms, though not enough. Family income, tourist services, food production, restaurants, and transportation depend less on the state and much more on private initiative. The real estate market, sales of dive...
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Is Cuba’s Economy Ready for the 2018 Leadership Transition?

Cuba has changed considerably in these last ten years of economic reforms, though not enough. Family income, tourist services, food production, restaurants, and transportation depend less on the state and much more on private initiative. The real estate market, sales of dive...
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U.S.-Cuba Relations in the Trump Era: Confronting Rollback, Salvaging Engagement, Laying t...

As the Executive Branch prepares to issue regulations implementing the President’s National Security Memorandum on Cuba, the Cuba Study Group published a White Paper that assesses the projected impact of the Trump administration’s policy and makes recommend...
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The Current State and Future Prospects of the Cuban Economy

The Cuba Study Group partnered with celebrated Cuban economist Dr. Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, formerly a Professor of Economics and Researcher at the University of Havana’s Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, to produce a White Paper analyzing the cu...
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Memo to President Trump and His Incoming Administration. U.S. Policy Toward Cuba: The Case...

The Cuba Study Group and 17 other organizations and individuals released a letter addressed to the incoming Trump administration. The document urges the president-elect to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of progress made in U.S.-Cuba relations, believing that such an anal...
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Issue #12: Toward a new social and political model for Cuba

Cuba needs to recreate itself, that is, it must create a new socio-political-economic-cultural-legal model. To do so will require the chiseling of existing institutions and the creation of new ones. It is also essential to promote spirituality and a culture of values and res...
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Issue #11: Cuba Does Have Ideas, Projects and Actors for its Future

Fear of change is always paralyzing. One of those fears is the alleged lack of projects and actors for the transition process and for the future of Cuba. Often, authorities and international observers interested in maintaining the status quo in Cuba, argue that changes are n...
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Issue #10: The Catholic Church and Nationalism: The challenges from Pope Benedict XVI visi...

There are two anecdotes, both symbolic, that marked the year of 1981 when the Holy See decided to promote Monsignor Jaime Ortega, bishop of Pinar del Rio, to Archbishop of Habana.
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Issue #9: Cuban agriculture and the current economic transformation process

The Cuban economy has begun an interesting and important process of economic transformation, which has been identified as: the "Updating of the economic model."
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Issue #8: With pain and without glory

The First Conference of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), was held on January 28th and 29th. It would be difficult to find in the national history an event that attracted less interest from the population.
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Issue #7: Steps toward Access to Banking Services for Cuba’s Non Governmental Sector

A central piece in the recent reform of the Cuban economic model is the opening to a small-scale nongovernmental sector
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Issue #6: The Road of Patience

In this Dec. 15, 2011 issue, Lenier Gonzalez Mederos, editor of Espacio Laical analyzes the role of independent media in Cuba.
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Issue #5: The Catholic Church and the destiny of the Cuban nation

Roberto Veiga Gonzalez, editor of the Catholic publication Espacio Laical, reflects on the role of the Catholic Church in Cuba and its role in helping shape Cuba's future ...
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Issue #4: Migration policy, updating or readjustment?

Co-founder of Convivencia Cuba, Virgilio Toledo Lopez, analyses the announced updating or readjustment of Cuba's migration laws ...
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