Daily Briefings

Daily Briefing – July 5, 2018

Rhodes: Russia Benefits from Trump’s Cuba Policies. Russia was against President Obama’s re-engagement with Cuba, according to former White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes, and is pleased with President Trump’s pullback. According to Rhodes new book, The World As It Is, Russia closely monitored negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba, and was relieved when Trump […]

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Daily Briefing – July 3, 2018

New Oil Drilling in Cuba as Early as December: Australia-based energy company Melbana said yesterday that an oil rig could be in place as early as December to begin drilling on the north shore of Cuba. Melbana Energy Ltd. got the go-ahead from Cuba’s Ministry of Science and Technology in April to drill in a targeted […]

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Daily Briefing – July 2, 2018

Farm Bill Vote Could Come Today: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said that a vote could come today on the new five-year farm bill, despite attempts by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to block the legislation. Last week Rubio and Cruz announced their opposition to the bill so long as it included amendments […]

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Daily Briefing – June 29, 2018

Cuba Private Sector Now at 1.3 Million, Steel a Priority: In a recent ministerial meeting on national employment led by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, Minister of Labor and Social Security Margarita González Fernández reported that 4,474,800 people are now gainfully employed in the country. Of those, some 1.3 million are employed in the private sector, reports […]

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Daily Briefing – June 28, 2018

Senate Farm Bill With Cuba Provision Stalled By Rubio: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) declared yesterday that he would block passage of a new farm bill if it contained amendments that would allow USDA market development funds to be used to promote U.S. food sales to Cuba. Two weeks ago the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a five-year […]

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Daily Briefing – June 27, 2018

JetBlue To Serve Havana From More U.S. Cities Than Any Other Airline:JetBlue, the first U.S. airline to operate scheduled commercial service between the U.S. and Cuba since the U.S. embargo began, announced yesterday that it will further expand its service to Havana. With the addition of a new direct flight from Boston Nov. 10, JetBlue […]

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Daily Briefing – June 26, 2018

Carnival Cites Cuba For Record Earnings: Cruise giant Carnival Corp. reported record revenues for its second quarter, reaching $4.4 billion compared with $3.9 billion for the same quarter last year. While CEO Arnold Donald said that demand was increasing across all global markets, the company’s report highlighted strong appeal for sailings to Cuba. Carnival recently received […]

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Daily Briefing – June 25, 2018

China Wants to Build Electric Vehicles in Cuba: China intends to increase its presence in Cuban transportation, according to several companies that attended last week’s International Convention and Exhibition of Cuban Industry (CubaIndustria 2018). At present, there are 8,600 buses in Cuba manufactured by China’s Yutong corporation. Now a Chinese company intends to manufacture electric tricycles […]

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Daily Briefing – June 22, 2018

Cuba Begins to Loosen Media Control Under Diáz-Canel: Cuban journalists are being allowed to report the news with less control by the state, according to a report by the Associated Press. A recently approved document known as the “New Communication Policy” is a sign of change under new President Miguel Diáz-Canel, who was vice president earlier […]

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