January 2009 Havana Journal Member Newsletter
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Here is a newsletter that we recently sent out to members:

Dear Havana Journal member,

Welcome to another one or our very periodic newsletters. We have been posting many news and information articles lately at http://HavanaJournal.com and in our Cuba Forum at http://havanajournal.com/forums/ so have a look around if you haven’t been by lately. So, what else is new?

1. Cuba Select ranking featuring top 24 Cuba related websites in the world
2. HavanaTimes.org exposed as Cuban government propaganda
3. Havana.biz featuring Cuba Stock Index, Cuba domains and consulting

1. Our proprietary Cuba Select Ranking Report featuring the top 24 Cuba websites in the world

Havana Journal Inc produced the Cuba Select Ranking Report to identify and quantify the top Cuba related websites in the world. All the information regarding the selection criteria are in the forum post and we have posted the raw data for all to compare and verify. We ranked sites by Alexa traffic ranking, Compete traffic ranking, Quantcast traffic ranking, monthly visitors, number of pages in Google and more. If you know of a site ranking in the top 24, please let me know.

Here is the list, alphabetically, NOT the order of rank:

AfroCubaWeb.com
BabaluBlog.com
Cuba.com
Cuba.TC
CubaGenWeb.org
Cuba-Junky.com
CubaMania.com
Cubanet.org
CubanFoodMarket.com
Cuba-Pictures.com
CubaWeb.cu
DTCuba.com
GoCuba.ca
HavanaJournal.com
LaHabana.com
MyCubanStore.com
NetForCuba.org
Netssa.com
SuperCubaTravel.com
TasteOfCuba.com
TheRealCuba.com
USACubaTravel.com
VacacionarTravel.com
WebHavana.com

Forum Post: http://CubaSelect.com domain posts to the forum post for easy reference.
Raw Data: http://havanajournal.com/images/cuba-select-2009.htm link is in forum post.

2. HavanaTimes.org exposed as Cuban government propaganda site by Havana Journal Inc.

With a title like “HavanaTimes.org is pure Cuban government propaganda” our readers get a pretty good idea what the article is about. For casual readers of HavanaJournal.com, the new website HavanaTimes.org was launched with the slogan “open minded writing from Cuba” by Circles Robinson and the translator for a Cuban media site. Neither person has a large presence at the site and neither one acknowledges to their readers that they work for the Cuban government. So, we felt obligated to tell their readers that the site is written by Cuban government workers and monitored or at least influenced by the Cuban government.

Also, since we registered HavanaTimes.COM many years before they registered the .org version, we are now pointing HavanaTimes.com to HavanaTimes.org.

Link to article: http://havanajournal.com/politics/entry/havanatimes.org-is-pure-cuban-government-propaganda/

 

3. Havana.biz website launched to highlight Havana Journal Inc business

We have posted several items of interest such as our new Cuba Stock Index along with the Havana Network list of 60 Cuba websites that we have in various stages of development, our Cuba domain portfolio of over 2500 domains and our Cuba consulting information.

Cuba Stock Index

The Cuba Stock Index highlights US based, Canadian and European corporations that are publicly traded and involved in or expect to be involved in Cuba related business ventures. We will monitor these companies and post updates on their corporate strategy as it relates to business opportunities in Cuba.A numerical value is being created that will assign an index average to this basket of Cuba related and potentially Cuba related stocks.

Please send us any company name that you think might benefit financially from post-Embargo and/or post-Castro Cuba. Simply go to http://CubaStockIndex.com to get to our forum post.

The companies are broken into categories with descriptions and reasons why the company might benefit from a more open Cuba in the future. Here is the list of companies alphabetically:

Atlantic Tele network
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines
Consolidated Water
Crowley Maritime
Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund
Imperial Tobacco Group
Leisure Canada
Pebercan
Petrobras
Repsol
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Seaboard Marine
Sherritt
Sol Melia
Trailer Bridge
Vulcan Materials
YM Biosciences

Havana Network

The Havana Network features a list of 60 Cuba websites in various stages of development with different business models, Cuba vacation destinations, cultural interests and specialty Cuba information websites.  Simply go to http://HavanaNetwork.com and you will land on the page listing these interesting Cuba websites.

Cuba Domains

Havana Journal Inc owns over 2500 Cuba related domains. Many are being tested as candidates for development or point to one of our existing websites in the Havana Network. Remember http://HavanaDomains.com and you will land on the Cuba domains page at Havana.biz. If you are into domains, you can read about our recent Cuba domain acquisitions here http://havanajournal.com/forums/viewforum/21/ .

Cuba Consulting

We offer a variety of Cuba related business and consulting services. We can help you understand Cuba and research potential opportunities, network you into decision makers, help you market your products and services or refer you to people that can assist with document retrieval and legal matters.

 

4. Summary

In summary, we thank our readers, those who like to comment on articles and the people that call and email us with questions, requests for information and help, suggestions for improvement, hate mail and love mail. We are motivated by their collective interest in all things Cuba and we are looking forward to a great 2009 where we just might finally have a post-Embargo and/or post-Castro Cuba.

There are so many stories lately about Raul Castro, Obama and his transition team, all the organizations calling for an end to the Embargo we couldn’t take the time to list them all. We invite you to visit http://HavanaJournal.com and have a look around for yourself to find news stories and information that interests you all broken down by Cuba business, culture, politics, travel, Cuban Americans and Cuban cigars.


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