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January 2015
Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, who headed the U.S. negotiations with Cuba last week said Wednesday in an interview on MSNBC's "The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart" that the administration's policy change is "designed to ensure that we can also empower the Cuban people."
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio took the helm Wednesday of a subcommittee -- and promptly scheduled a hearing on on President Obama's new Cuba policy.
SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, Cuba — Just an hour's drive from downtown Havana, people in the rural outskirts tend to be more concerned with crops, church and scraping together their next meal than politics. Yet many intently followed last week's historic talks in the capital between U.S. and Cuba to gauge how the diplomatic détente was progressing.
Add American Airlines to the list of carriers that want to take you to Cuba. An airline executive said Tuesday that American already operates about 20 charter flights a week to Cuba and would like to add regular flights from Miami.
Jan 28 (Reuters) - Cuba will not accept any interference in its internal affairs in talks with the United States, President Raul Castro said on Wednesday, warning that meddling would make a diplomatic thawing between the two countries meaningless.

The agenda in Cuba

January 26, 2015

Anyone who believed that a mutual decision by the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations would produce immediate changes is bound to be disappointed by the results of the first round of face-to-face talks between top diplomats for the two countries. Welcome to the world of diplomacy.

Tech eyes Cuban payda

January 26, 2015

Tech companies see a potential windfall in the Obama administration’s decision to ease trade restrictions with Cuba — and they’re racing to cash in. The historic announcement late last year is leading to a rush of business interest to plug the island nation in to the rest of the world.
HAVANA — Most Americans have been barred by their own government from visiting Cuba for decades. For the rest of the world, it’s just another Caribbean vacation destination.
Roberta Jacobson, the top U.S. negotiator at normalization talks with Cuba, said Saturday that she’s optimistic about the process but doesn’t want to raise expectations too high.
(Reuters) - The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations.
HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba moved closer to restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday with historic, high-level talks, but the Americans noted the two sides must overcome more than 50 years of mistrust to normalise trade and travel.
Havana acknowledged Wednesday that only Congress could change U.S. immigration laws for Cubans, but contended that there could be leeway in how the laws are implemented. Cuban officials have long said they have serious concerns about the Cuban Adjustment Act and the U.S. wet foot/dry foot policy, and they repeated those concerns at U.S.-Cuba immigration talks in Havana.
HAVANA — Seeking to restore relations ruptured more than five decades ago, the United States and Cuba began talks here on Wednesday by agreeing to disagree on a central issue dividing them — the privilege of Cubans who arrive in the United States to automatically qualify for residency.
The most unusual of votes about U.S.-Cuba policy took place Wednesday -- not in Washington or Havana, but in Miami. After a wrought discussion, the Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously agreed to ask Congress to revise the Cuban Adjustment Act, a 1966 federal law that allows Cubans, unlike any other foreigners, to apply for U.S. residency one year and one day after arriving.
The resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and the beginning of the normalization of ties of every kind between both countries, which implies the elimination of the political blockade that the great power of the north sustained against the small Caribbean Island, opens a compass of hope and a new space that, taken good advantage of by all the constructive and democratic Cuban forces, creates — as never before — the conditions for a better Cuba for all Cubans.
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