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July 2015
Governmental functions can move at a snail's pace, but when the government wants to move, it can move quickly. That's the case with a U.S. Embassy in Cuba, which is scheduled to open July 20. The embassy will be in Havana, and Cuba will open an embassy in Washington D.C., officials announced today.
Two Republican presidential candidates with family ties to Cuba are vowing to block the appointment of a the first U.S. ambassador to the Communist island nation in more than 50 years.
The Obama administration’s sudden move to normalize relations with Cuba – including Wednesday’s announcement that the nations would open embassies in each other’s capitals — has fueled excitement in the business world at the prospect of a new market. A door long shut by the Cuban trade embargo is opening up, paving the way for U.S. companies to reap big rewards.
President Barack Obama spoke in mostly hopeful terms on Wednesday as he announced the U.S. is reopening its Embassy in Cuba, declaring “this is what change looks like” and promising that “a better future lies ahead.”
WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement on Wednesday to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, according to administration officials.
Casting aside more than a half century of hostilities, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and open respective embassies on July 20.
Robin Pedraja, a lanky 28-year-old former design student from Havana, walked into the Cuban government’s office of periodicals and publications early last year seeking approval for a dream: starting an online magazine about Cuba’s urban youth culture.
Washington, DC- The Cuba Study Group issued the following statement today on news of President Obama’s announcement that an agreement has been reached with the Government of Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations which were severed on January 3, 1961:
Cuba has become the world's first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, "a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation," the World Health Organization announced today.
June 2015
Discovery Channel is revving up for its new auto series “Cuban Chrome,” set to premiere July 13. Produced by Pilgrim Studios, the docu-series is the first American television series to be filmed entirely on location in Cuba. Plans for the series were under way even before President Obama made the decision in December to restore diplomatic relations with the Communist country.
(Bloomberg) -- Normalization of U.S. and Cuban ties should include resolution of land ownership claims from exiled citizens to encourage more real estate investment on the island, one property developer said.
For most Americans, Cuba is an isolated third-world island country with a backward economy and a regrettable political and human rights record. After 56 years of the Castro regime, this reputation has been well-earned, but there was a time when Cuba represented something quite different.
Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the end of the Elián González drama — the international custody battle that gave the cable news networks bizarre fodder for seven long months in 1999 and 2000.
Miami developer and arts patron Jorge Pérez, chairman of The Related Group, recently returned from the Havana Biennial art festival. It was his second trip to the island.
HAVANA — A leading U.S. Democratic senator said Saturday that Cuba is making progress on reform, but much remains to be done, including opening a U.S. embassy in the country.
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