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Published at ForeignAffairs.com by R. M. Schneiderman - editor and writer for Newsweek and Daily Beast Our Man in Havana - The Imprisonment of Alan Gross and the U.S. Effort to Bring Him Home The streets had darkened in Havana on December 3, 2009, as Alan Gross sat in his room at the Hotel Presidente,… Read More

Summary of Cuba emigration reform law changes by Phil Peters

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Philip Peters, Vice President Lexington Institute has written a great summary of the upcoming Cuba emigration law changes titled Migration Policy Reform: Cuba Gets Started, U.S. Should Follow His introduction follows… New laws and regulations promulgated in Havana in October 2012 have overhauled… Read More

Cuba ready to negotiate with US… if US gives Cuba everything it wants

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Juan O. Tamayo of the Miami Herald writes a good article titled “Cuba again offers talks with Obama government” with the sub title of “But repeats old positions, says nothing about democracy or human rights”. I’m all for a better relationship… Read More

Reliable source reports Fidel Castro had a massive stroke

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

By Juan Carlos Chavez | Miami Herald Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people, said a Venezuelan physician who assured El Nuevo Herald that he has access to firsthand sources and… Read More

Fidel Castro is dead - A headline but when?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I wrote about the Irrelevance of Fidel Castro back in August. It was clear to me that Fidel’s health, at least his mental health, has deteriorated greatly this year. He stopped writing his Reflections and started using Twitter in order to post short, meaningless comments.… Read More

Cuba news to start your week

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Here’s some Cuba news that I think is interesting… Behind the Cuba Cover Story from the New York Times: John Jeremiah Sullivan on Cuba By RACHEL NOLAN John Jeremiah Sullivan, a contributing writer and the author of “Pulphead” and “Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter’s Son,” wrote… Read More

The Irrelevance of Fidel Castro

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Heard from Fidel Castro lately? Read any news articles about him lately? Do you care? If you answered no, you are not alone. Seems that no one cares about Fidel Castro anymore. Maybe this is by design so there is no unrest in Cuba? This is what I have believed for a long time.… Read More

Oswaldo Paya - Rest in Peace

Posted in Cuba Politics > Oswaldo Paya

Here is a summary of news and information regarding the death of Cuban democracy advocate, Oswaldo Paya. Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya dies in car crash By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya, who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul… Read More

OFAC Enforcement update - Great Western Malting to pay $1.3million fine

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Great Western Malting Co. settles apparent violations of Cuban Assets Control Regulations Great Western Malting Co. (“Great Western”), of Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to pay $1,347,750 to settle apparent violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations. The apparent violations by Great… Read More

American Rebel book about William Morgan the “Yankee Comandante”

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Press Release The story of William Morgan, the only foreigner other than Che Guevara to achieve the rank of comandante in the Cuban revolution, is making waves on both sides of the Atlantic having been buried in the mists of time for more than fifty years. A new novel by Joss Gibson titled American Rebel… Read More

Senators Durbin and Moran to take hiatus from pro-Cuba trade efforts

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

By Erik Wasson | The Hill Two Senate advocates for increased trade with Cuba have backed off their efforts in light of the detention of a U.S. citizen by the Fidel Castro regime. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had been leading a congressional push to “reset” relations with Cuba… Read More

23 Newly Authorized Cuba service providers added to OFAC list

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal OFAC has updated the list of authorized service providers such as Travel Service Providers, Carrier Service Providers and Remittance Forwarders. There are now 365 companies that have been authorized to offer travel services to and in Cuba, charter flights to and from Cuba… Read More

Senior aide to Ricardo Alarcon arrested in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

(No one is safe. Is Raul Castro eating his own now? LOTS of reshuffling, lousy sugar harvest, arrests of foreign businessmen. Since just about everything is illegal in Cuba, maybe everybody should be arrested.) By Juan O. Tamayo | Nuevo Herald A senior aide to Ricardo Alarcón, Cuba’s long-serving… Read More

New York Public Library welcomes Raul Castro’s daughter

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Comments by Rob Sequin: The original title is “LGBT Rights in Cuba, the United States and Beyond: Mariela Castro and Rea Carey in Conversation” but I think my title is a fair interpretation. I find it interesting that New York taxpayers are paying to host the daughter of a Communist leader.… Read More

OFAC updates Application Guidelines for legal travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal OFAC updated its Comprehensive Guidelines for License Applications to Engage in Travel-Related Transactions Involving Cuba to reflect changes made to the licensing criteria set forth in the section of the Application Guidelines pertaining to educational exchanges not involving… Read More

Rare collection of Cuban Revolution history photos at auction

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal On May 16, 2012 at 6:00pm, an important rare photograph collection of Cuban Revolutionaries will be offered at auction by Kaminski Auctions. The Kaminski Auctions Inaugural Photography Sale will feature dozens of rare and historic photos but the ones most interesting to us… Read More

2012 and Cuba still supports expropriation of oil business

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal (my commentary in bold) Still thinking about doing business in Cuba? You may want to think again. Reuters is reporting that Cuba has declared its support for Argentina’s decision to expropriate a 51 percent controlling stake in the South American country’s largest… Read More

Secretary Clinton dances at Cafe Havana in Colombia

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I rarely report on Secretary Clinton since she says very little publicly about anything Cuba related. However, this past weekend she was in Colombia for the Summit of the Americas where President Obama and Secretary Clinton are making Cuba related news. President Obama stands… Read More

Report says Chavez cancer spreading, he is back in Cuba now

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Bloomberg is reporting that Chavez has gone back to Cuba for more cancer treatment forcing him to go to the Summit of the Americas where he could have met with President Obama. Something Chavez would not miss unless his condition has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. RunRun.es… Read More

Who will die first: Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez or Alan Gross?

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal What a question, right? A sad question to ask but one that needs to be addressed. In no particular order… Fidel Castro dies After many alleged attempts to kill Fidel by the CIA and major intestinal surgery several years ago, no one has expected Fidel to live this long.… Read More

ICCAS in the press

Posted in Cuba Politics > US Embargo

Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies has been very active in the press lately, thanks in part to the Pope’s trip to Cuba. Agence France Press interviewed Jaime Suchlicki on the Pope’s visit to Cuba. Andy Gomez was interviewed by the Houston Chronicle on Ted Cruz running for U.S. Senate.… Read More

Cuban Five agent Rene Gonzalez arrives in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuban History

(See bold below for what I think are interesting points in this article by Peter Orsi of the AP with my comments in parenthesis) A Cuban intelligence agent on probation after imprisonment in the United States arrived Friday for a two-week visit to see his ailing brother in Cuba, where authorities consider… Read More

Pope in Cuba update - March 28

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal EWTN is being broadcasting the Pope’s visit to Cuba live from Plaza de Revolucion in Havana from 10:00am today on the EWTN channel. Here is the channel finder for EWTN and this is their webpage covering the Pope in Cuba. Pope to meet with Fidel Castro Former Cuban leader… Read More

Pope in Cuba update

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Variety of articles about the Pope in Cuba How Pope Benedict could shape religious freedom in Cuba By Teo A. Babun | ECHO Cuba | Washington Post Fourteen years ago, Pope John Paul II, great champion of freedom and warrior against communism, visited the island of Cuba. And Monday, his successor, Pope… Read More

Alan Gross, prisoner in Cuba update

Posted in Cuba Politics > Castro's Cuba

Miami Herald is reporting that Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has asked Pope Benedict XVI to intercede in the case of Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor who’s been imprisoned in Cuba for more than two years.  Nelson wrote the pope in advance of the papal visit to Cuba set for March 26 to 28.. The… Read More

Yoani Sanchez summary

Posted in Cuba Politics > Yoani Sanchez

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal I haven’t posted much about Yoani Sanchez for a long time since she is making the main stream news so often, I figured anyone interested can read about her or follow her Twitter feed. Of course there is her Generation Y blog in English and Generación Y en español.… Read More

New push to get Alan Gross released from Cuban prison

Posted in Cuba Politics > Cuba Human Rights

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal US Senator from Illinois Dick Durbin apparently went to Cuba for a short trip to talk to the Cuban government and others about Cuba’s oil drilling and Alan Gross. According to a statement from the Senator’s office, “The trip has focused on changes in Cuba—including… Read More

OFAC 2012 Financial Industry Symposium

Posted in Cuba Politics > OFAC

If you are involved in any Cuba related financial transactions, you may want to consider attending the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is hosting a special Financial Industry Symposium from 8:00am to 5:00pm on March 20, 2012 in Washington DC. The Financial Symposium will… Read More

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