Rubén Valladares just might be one of the most important entrepreneurs in Cuba.

No, he’s not a tourism tycoon. He’s not a tech titan.

Truth is, he makes…paper bags.

“But we are the biggest provider of bags in Cuba,” says Valladares, a slender, middle-aged man who finishes his sentences with the sort of raspy chuckle that helps people get through each trying day on this island...

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Date Title
3/31/16 Meet the lawyer who paid for the Rolling Stones concert in Havana
Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald
3/30/16 Obama's words may foster change among Cuba's youth
Mario Cartaya, Sun Sentinel
3/30/16 End the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba
Editorial Opinion, Star Tribune
3/30/16 Unusual dissent erupts inside Cuban Communist Party
Associated Press
3/30/16 How I spent 24 hours on Cuban Wi-Fi
Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy
3/29/16 Cuba's Fidel Castro knocks sweet-talking Obama after 'honey-coated' visit
3/28/16 Who shot 7 Cuban migrants? 6 in hospital while others await return home
Alfonso Chardy, The Miami Herald
3/28/16 Obama’s visit stirs call for change in Cuba — but will it last?
3/28/16 The Rolling Stones Rock Cuba
3/28/16 A momentous week in Cuba: From Barack Obama to Mick Jagger
Michael Weissenstein, AP
3/26/16 With Obama Visit to Cuba, Old Battle Lines Fade
Damien Cave, The New York Times
3/25/16 Cuba's journey from rock labor brigades to the Rolling Stones
3/25/16 To Beat the Rush, Americans Rush to Cuba, Overloading Services
Frances Robles, The New York Times
3/25/16 After Cuba trip, Miami Beach mayor announces support of local consulate
3/25/16 Hotels and Wi-Fi in Cuba Now, Human Rights, Eventually
William LeoGrande, Foreign Policy
3/25/16 Rolling Stones Fans Getting Ready For Historic Concert in Cuba
3/25/16 U.S. companies line up to do business in Cuba
L.A. Times
3/24/16 Google and Obama Administration Connect Over Cuba
The Wall Street Journal
3/24/16 Current Record
3/24/16 What Obama’s Historic Visit to Cuba Really Means for U.S. Businesses
3/24/16 Obama Cuba visit sets new tone
3/23/16 Carnival Will Begin Cruises to Cuba in May
The New York Times
3/23/16 Are there political prisoners in Cuba?
3/23/16 Obama leaves Cuba, but Obama effect remains
3/23/16 Mr. Obama’s Honest Message in Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
3/23/16 US telecom businesses struggling to make connections as Cuba opens up
Mark Walsh, The Guardian
3/22/16 Obama takes message of democracy to the people of Cuba
CSM, Yahoo
3/22/16 Obama: Reconciliation is critical to Cuba's future
CNBC, Yahoo
3/22/16 Obama invokes 'future of hope' for Cuban people
BBC Mundo
3/22/16 Full Transcript: US President Obama's Speech to People of Cuba
Voice of America
3/22/16 Obama offers support to Cuban entrepreneurs
USA Today
3/22/16 Obama appeals for political freedoms in speech to Cubans
3/21/16 Cubans Pack the Streets for a Glimpse of President Obama
Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Damien Cave, The New York Times
3/21/16 The U.S. & Cuba: Obstacles to Full Normalization
Tomas Bilbao, The Huffington Post
3/21/16 Obama in Cuba: 'Change is gonna happen here'
Nick Gass, Politico
3/21/16 Google to expand Wi-Fi and broadband access in Cuba, Obama reveals
Andrew Buncombe, The Independent
3/21/16 Obama's Cuba policy gains new fans
Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico
3/19/16 Influential Cuban-Americans Changed Stance on Embargo
Jose de Cordoba, The Wall Street Journal
3/18/16 1st direct mail to Cuba in five decades includes Obama note to Cuban pen pal
Miami Herald
3/18/16 Where Obama Sees Opportunity in Cuba, U.S. Companies See Hurdles
3/18/16 Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
3/18/16 The Republican Who Wants to Open Up Cuba
Nick Gillespie, The Republic
3/18/16 Cuba willing to drop 10 percent penalty on U.S. dollar exchanges
The Miami Herald
3/18/16 Let’s open the door to Cuba and its promising diabetes treatments
San Francisco Chronicle
3/18/16 What Obama's Cuba visit must accomplish
The Hill
3/18/16 Embracing Cuba
Editorial Opinion, The Houston Chronicle
3/18/16 U.S. Competes With China for Influence in Cuba
Wall Street Journal
3/17/16 Obama Hopes Cuba Trip Will Make Normalization 'Irreversible'
3/17/16 Cuba changing, but only slowly, since Obama's policy shift
3/17/16 With Historic Trip to Cuba, Obama Aims to Accelerate a Policy Shift
The Wall Street Journal
3/17/16 Castro, speech, dissidents, baseball and business to highlight Obama’s Cuba trip
Nora Gamez Torres, The Miami Herald
3/17/16 Obama’s goal for Cuba trip: Become a source of support
The Washington Post
3/17/16 MLB makes move in Cuba
The Hill
3/16/16 Bacardi files complaint over Cuba’s registration of Havana Club rum trademark
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herad
3/16/16 The Opening to Cuba Widens
Editorial Opinion, The New York Times
3/15/16 Young Cuban-Americans Think Marco Rubio Is Stuck In The Past
Scott Conroy, The Huffington Post
3/15/16 With Havana trip, Obama seeks to make history, lock in Cuba opening
3/15/16 Verizon signs direct connection agreement with Cuba
Daniel Trotta, Reuters
3/15/16 Airfares, convenience emerge as fault line in Cuba flight applications
3/15/16 A Rubio loss in Florida clears path for closer ties to Cuba
Franco Ordoñez, McClatchy
3/15/16 White House Eases More Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times
3/14/16 Cubans convicted of US crimes could face deportation
Associated Press
3/13/16 Obama tells Cuban dissidents he will discuss rights with Castro
3/13/16 IMF's Lagarde says yet to receive a request from Cuba for IMF membership
3/12/16 Obama to chop down more Cuba barriers, but is Havana ready?
Associated Press
3/11/16 Cuban concerns over Venezuela's economic woes
3/11/16 Cuban exodus leaves elderly behind
3/11/16 Obama trip to Cuba shows move away from focus on dissidents
Associated Press
3/11/16 Cuba, European Union to finalize deal amid thaw in relations
3/10/16 You Can Now Book a Flight to Cuba on Your Smartphone
MSN Money
3/10/16 Publishers Petition White House to End Cuba Book Embargo
The Wall Street Journal
3/10/16 Does Obama's Opening to Cuba Help Donald Trump in Florida?
William LeoGrande, The Huffington Post
3/9/16 U.S. to announce further easing of Cuba restrictions on March 17 - sources
3/9/16 Senator Urges Rule Changes So US Hotels Can Operate in Cuba
Associated Press
3/9/16 Diplomacy, election could decide fate of 28,400 Cuban felons facing deportation
The Miami Herald
3/8/16 Lawmakers to go to Cuba with Obama, who mulls more trade moves
3/8/16 Diplo and Major Lazer Bring Their Brand of Music to Cuba
Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times
3/8/16 Lawmakers Split Regarding Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Cuba
Warren Rojas, Roll Call
3/7/16 Cuban entrepreneurs build network of private schools
Michael Weissenstein, AP
3/7/16 With Obama visit, Cubans hope for home run in baseball diplomacy
Aaron Davis, The Washington Post
3/7/16 Pushing the Boundaries of Free Speech in Cuba
Ernesto Lodoño, The New York Times
3/7/16 White House and Cuba Maneuver Over Obama’s Visit
Julia Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times
3/4/16 Obama will push human rights agenda on Cuba trip
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herad
3/4/16 Cuba sending Americans to the beach during Obama visit
Mark Frank, Reuters
3/4/16 Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid haggling on human rights
Tracy Wilkinson and Christi Parsons, LA Times
3/3/16 Obama’s Long Game for Cubans’ Rights
William LeoGrande, NYT
3/3/16 Baseball: MLB seeks safe passage for Cuban players
3/3/16 The race is on for commercial air service to Cuba
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herad
3/2/16 The Rolling Stones Announce Free Concert in Cuba
3/2/16 Obama and Cuba: Should he stay or should he go?
Christopher Sabatini, Latin America Goes Global
3/2/16 Cuba Announces First Case of Zika, Imported From Venezuela
Michael Weissenstein, AP
3/2/16 Filming in Cuba under detente
Michael Weissenstein
3/2/16 Obama will take in a baseball game during his visit to Cuba
Greg Jaffe, The Washington Post
3/1/16 Rolling Stones to play Havana at Easter, say Cuban officials
The Guardian
3/1/16 A Miami congressional candidate and the evolution of U.S.-Cuba policy
Naked Politics, The Miami Herald
3/1/16 fathom™ to Open Cuba For Carnival Corporation
Cruise Diva