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Daily Briefing – April 19 – Cuba Elects New President

Cuba’s National Assembly Elects New President: In a historic transition of power, the National Assembly of Cuba today elected Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel as the nation’s new president. The National Assembly yesterday voted for 31 members of the Council of State, including the new president, but waited until today to announce the results. The results were […]

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Raul Castro’s Economic Reforms a Work in Progress

The reforms that President Raúl Castro initiated to modernize Cuba’s centrally planned economy “have borne mixed results” reports Marc Frank of Reuters. Some are moving forward, others have stalled or been slowed down, others have yet to begin. In agriculture, some progress has been made in leasing land to farmers; small businesses have expanded in […]

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Trump’s Cuba Travel Policies Backfire 

A new summary by the Associated Press of regulations for American travel to Cuba concludes that Trump’s new policies have produced the opposite of their declared intent. When Trump announced that ‘people-to-people’ travel to Cuba would no longer be permitted, many Americans shifted their travel to cruise excursions, with land excursions organized by the government. […]

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Cuba’s Opportunity: A Mixed Economy

Despite apparent conflicts for whoever will succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba – namely the need to improve the economy while placating Communist Party hardliners who will resist market reform – the future is not without opportunity. On the one hand, Cuba is in debt, its exports are down, its dual currency remains cumbersome, […]

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Cars drive past the recently re-opened U.S. embassy in Havana as the sun sets. Photo by Matias J. Ocner.

State Department makes embassy staff cuts permanent in Cuba

The State Department made staff cuts permanent at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The U.S. withdrew 60 percent of its diplomats after 24 Americans suffered mysterious ailments, and the State Department said it couldn’t send them back because it still doesn’t have “definitive answers on the source or cause of the attacks.”

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Photo of the week: Somewhere over the sunset

Photo of the week: Somewhere over the sunset

The sun goes down for the evening in Old Havana, illuminating the city's historic Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Photo by Julienne Gage