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May
15
A Nigel Idea - Cuba's Old "Ex-American" Cars The sheer volume of pre 1960's American cars still running everyday (often all day) across Cuba is quite staggering. Though, actually, they stopped being "American" made some decades ago. Much of their original parts were refabricated and replaced by Cuban engineers quite a while back, and is very much an everyday ongoing process. So! How long before circumstances change and the incentives to keep the old cars alive is lost? Or can they go on forever?
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Mar
13
Cuba To Revitalize Road Infrastructure Havana, March 13 (acn) Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage toured a new asphalt plant in Havana that is part of an ambitious government program to improve the nation’s road infrastructure now that the economy is experiencing rigorous growth, reports Granma newspaper today. Read More »

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Mar
13
Cuba News Extracts - Various Sources Cuba's flirtations in the mid 1990s with market-style reforms were emergency measures designed to meet the crisis brought on by the collapse of the Soviet Union, its main trading partner. Today its economy is on the verge of another round of economic liberalization, analysts say, similar in many ways to the measures of the 1990s. "I don't have any doubt there will be economic changes. The question is how profound they will be," said Carmelo Mesa-Lago, a Cuban-American expert on the Cuban economy at the University of Pittsburgh. Cuba's new president, Raul Castro, 76, is expected to introduce the first reforms in the coming weeks, from new micro-business licenses to redistribution of idle state land to small farmers. Despite surrounding himself with old guard hard-liners, Castro used his inaugural speech last month to reiterate a commitment to improving the standard of living of Cuba's 11-million citizens.
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Mar
13
Financial risks and increased protectionism will damage America's business environment over the next five years The Economist Intelligence Unit business environment rankings forecast till December 2008 says, as its opening remark:

The comparative attractiveness of America's business environment is set to decline over the next five years as a result of mounting financial and macroeconomic risks, increased protectionism, security concerns and strained international relations. The Economist Intelligence Unit's business environment rankings for 2008-12 show America falling to ninth position, the lowest the country has placed since the launch of the business environment rankings in 1997.

US and Cuba Business Environment Rankings

If you are a US American I strongly recommend you read the full Economist analysis and start seriously lobbying your government to rethink its policy on Cuba. The later country is the exact same size as England but a hell of a lot closer. They are crying out for your products. What better time than now for the US to have a whole new market to sell too. Most other countries would conclude "what lucky buggers" to have Cuba right on the doorstep. Read More »

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Mar
12
Lloyds TSB and Barclays banks no longer allow UK citizens to transfer money to Cuba A friend of mine, Mike Mirecki, who operates the UK travel agency "Cuba Welcome" was told last week by his London branch of Lloyds TSB that he, and all their customers, are no longer be allowed to transfer UK British Pounds Sterling to Cuba. He has since discovered that Barclays Bank now has the same policy. Read More »

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Mar
12
British Travel Agent Cuba Websites/Domains/Assets Frozen by US Government Extracts from The New York Times published on 5th March 2008:

Steve Marshall is an English travel agent. He lives in Spain, and he sells trips to Europeans who want to go to sunny places, including Cuba. In October, about 80 of his Web sites stopped working, thanks to the United States government. Read More »

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Mar
10
Cuba signed two major human rights treaties at the UN in New York The country’s Foreign Minister, Felipe Perez Roque, signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on Thursday 29 February 2008. The treaties commit Cuba to respect rights including freedom of expression and association, and freedom of movement. Read More »

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Mar
10
UN once again calls for end to United States embargo against Cuba 30 October 2007 – The United Nations General Assembly today once again urged an end to the commercial, economic and financial embargoes imposed on Cuba by the United States for nearly half a century. Read More »

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