Sandra is a 32-year-old Cuban psychologist. In 2015 she began to rent her home in the Flores neighborhood, outside of historic Old Havana, to take advantage of the boom in US tourism following the historic breakthrough in US-Cuban relations announced by Presidents Barack Obama and Raúl Castro on December 17, 2014. But now the boom is a bust. This fall, she turned in her cuentapropista—self-employment—license since, she says, “only American tourists are willing to be this far from the center and pay the prices we charge for these residences.”

Julio is a 68-year-old retiree. At considerable cost, he restored and altered his 1951 Oldsmobile, cutting off the roof and transforming it into one of the popular vintage convertibles that give Havana’s streets so much color and character. American visitors love these classic US cars so much that, until recently, they paid as much as $50 an hour to drive around in one. Today, Julio’s car is at home. There are no more tourists to pay for his services; and because there’s no longer a roof, he can’t drive the car around as a taxi for Cubans because the “sun is too bothersome.”

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Date Title
12/21/17 Current Record
12/21/17 Common-sense next steps for US-Cuba agricultural trade
Rep. Rick Crawford, The Hill
12/21/17 Cuba says current leadership to remain through April
Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, ABC News
12/19/17 More than 37,000 Cubans face deportation orders
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
12/19/17 Vulgar, materialistic, apolitical. Why do recently arrived Cubans get a bad rap?
Sarah Moreno, Miami Herald
12/17/17 Cuba’s Castro and Russian oil executive meet in Havana
12/17/17 U.S. deports twice as many Cubans in 2017 vs 2016
Franco Ordoñez and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
12/14/17 Cuban women trying to run business in Communist island have message for Rubio
Hatzel Vela, WPLG
12/14/17 Cuba exports medicine to dozens of countries. It would like the U.S. to be one of them
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
12/14/17 Cuban researchers hope to join forces with U.S. in biotech field
Emily Michot, Miami Herald
12/14/17 This Cuban industry began with 6 scientists, a tiny lab — and Fidel Castro’s obsession
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
12/12/17 Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families
12/12/17 U.S. policy is hurting Cuba’s entrepreneurs
Niuris Higueras, Yamina Vicente, Julia de la Rosa Quesada, and Marla Recio, Miami Herald
12/11/17 What's the result of new Cuba restrictions? Lots of confusion
Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
12/11/17 US Embassy in Cuba should not be a foreign relations pawn
Ralph Patino, Sun Sentinel
12/11/17 Raúl Castro’s economic reforms were supposed to make life better in Cuba. Didn’t happen
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
12/10/17 Cold War: Can a New President in Cuba Win Over Trump and End the Castro Era?
Nicole Rodriguez, Newsweek
12/7/17 Cuba’s leaders are trapped between the need for change and the fear of it
The Economist
12/6/17 Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery
Josh Lederman, AP
12/6/17 Long-distance U.S.-Cuba couples have flourished — but Trump’s new policy keeps them apart
Allison Yates, Washington Post
12/5/17 Exclusive: Trump names career diplomat to head Cuban embassy
Marc Frank, Reuters
12/4/17 Royal Caribbean to add more cruises to Cuba
Gene Sloan, USA Today