Cuban Continuity on Display for May Day Rally

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In a show of unity, Raúl Castro stood side by side with Cuba’s new President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, during the annual May Day festivities. May Day is celebrated in socialist countries worldwide in support of workers. One of the key speakers at the rally, where hundreds of thousands paraded through Revolution Square, was Ulises Guilarte of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation. He praised the Castros, affirmed his support of the new president, and denounced the U.S.’s recent behavior — then poignantly remarked that the turnout was a show of worker’s support for updating the nation’s “economic and social order.” (Business Insider)

Jamaica Pushes Trade With Cuba: The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has advanced its trade negotiations with Cuba following a recent visit by Cuban government buyers. Last month the delegation of 11 visited 15 Jamaican factories and attended Expo Jamaica. JAMPRO President Diane Edwards says that Jamaican companies have an opportunity to serve the growing tourism sector in Cuba. A key asset for Jamaica is the ability to help finance trade via the nation’s Exim Bank. Jamaica has had little trade with Cuba to date. (The Gleaner)

Melbana Clears Environmental Hurdle for Drilling: Australian energy company Melbana has been awarded an environmental license for exploratory drilling on Cuba’s north coast. Cuba’s Ministry of Science Technology and an environmental regulatory agency has approved Melbana for Block 9, just east of Cárdenas on Cuba’s north coast, about 80 miles from Havana. The company now needs a Permit to Work and a final Approval to Drill before it can start. Melbana’s Alameda-1 project in Block 9 has a potential of 2.5 billion barrels of oil ‘in place,’ with 130 million barrels immediately recoverable. (Hydrocarbons Technology)

Rubio Recommends Rigalado to Run Radio Martí: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has recommended that former Miami mayor Tomas Regalado lead the federal office that oversees Radio and TV Martí, which attempts to counter state media in Cuba. Regalado is in the running for the job, but needs approval from President Trump, whom he previously criticized for his anti-immigration policies. On the other hand, Regalado has been a supporter of Trump’s Cuba policies, and was in the front row of Miami’s Manuel Artime Theater last June when Trump announced his restrictions on Cuba. The $29 million in funding for Radio and TV Martí was initially cut by the Trump Administration, but restored by Congress in the final budget. (Politico)


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