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Gerardo Peñalver takes over as Cuba’s envoy to Russia

Gerardo Peñalver takes over as Cuba’s envoy to Russia

Cuba has filled a key diplomatic post with the appointment of Gerardo Peñalver Portal as ambassador to the Russian Federation. Peñalver submitted his credentials on Wednesday (Jan. 17) to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Cuba ready to resume links to Russian ‘kultura’

Cuba ready to resume links to Russian ‘kultura’

Cuba is ready to bring Russian values back to Cuba as Washington turns its back on the island nation. In Havana this week, Cuba’s Deputy Culture Minister Fernando Rojas expressed a strong desire for his country to resume and expand the links that existed before the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991.

Happy 2018

Happy 2018

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

U.S. immigration agency moves office from Cuba to Mexico — “temporarily”

U.S. immigration agency moves office from Cuba to Mexico — “temporarily”

In an apparent move to further hinder travel between Cuba and the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended operations in Havana. The announcement, made Friday,stated: “Due to staff reductions at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, USCIS will temporarily suspend operations at its field office in Havana, effective immediately.

Experts: Trump’s snub of Cuba brings Russia into U.S. backyard

Experts: Trump’s snub of Cuba brings Russia into U.S. backyard

An article in the British daily The Independent has buoyed Russian politologists, businessmen and politicians for its outlook on Russo-Cuban relations. Jason Marczak, director of the Washington-based Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, says, “the more the Russian footprint increases in Cuba, the more that will reinforce hardened anti-U.S. attitudes and shut out U.S. businesses from eventually doing greater business in Cuba.”

Question to the DNC: $700 million paid to 5 consultants?

Question to the DNC: $700 million paid to 5 consultants?

“My friends, if we let the old guard, the party hacks of the Democratic party call the shots next year, we are doomed,” says Roger Moore. “They want to save their money and spend it only on the old time Dems who’ve already been in Congress for years and who don’t want to lose their cushy jobs.”

Russia and Cuba are working on ‘a major energy agreement’

Russia and Cuba are working on ‘a major energy agreement’

President Raúl Castro and Igor Sechin, head of the Russian oil giant Rosneft, met in Havana on Saturday, the news agency Reuters reported, describing the meeting as “the latest sign the two countries are readying a major energy agreement.”

Rubio won’t face these Cuban women

Rubio won’t face these Cuban women

Sen. Marco Rubio has been called the architect of the new Trump regulations towards Cuba. Now Cuban women entrepreneurs want to meet with him with hopes of making him understand the plight of the private sector in Cuba and how this new policy has hurt them. Rubio and his staff have yet to reach out to them or to answer any of their calls.

Trump names U.S. envoy to Cuba

Trump names U.S. envoy to Cuba

In a move signaling the U.S.’s now again Cold War-like mentality with Cuba, the Trump administration has named career diplomat Philip Goldberg to head the U.S. embassy in Havana. Goldberg was expelled in 2008 from Bolivia for “fomenting social unrest.”

Cuban envoy to Spain now oversees Latin America and Caribbean

Cuban envoy to Spain now oversees Latin America and Caribbean

Eugenio MartÌnez Enríquez, Cuba’s ambassador to Spain, has been appointed the Foreign Ministry’s director general for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a Twitter posting by the MinRex on Thursday.

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