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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.

The GNP, the house and the table

The GNP, the house and the table

Often, talking about Cuba’s economy and daily problems someone asks, “Well, how’s the situation?” to which I –more practical than optimistic — always respond “How do YOU see it?” Take, for example, the 1.6 percent rise in the GNP. At first glance an astounding figure, taking into account the effects of a hurricane that left us practically naked, among other calamities. But anyway, 1.6 percent more … of what?

Another Cuban struggle against the blockade

Another Cuban struggle against the blockade

Recently, mostly young professionals are dedicating themselves to traveling and bringing “merchandise” back to the island to sell. They fulfill two noble aspirations in this way: earn a bit extra and discover what lies on the other side of the sea.

Challenges and results for Cuba since 2017

Challenges and results for Cuba since 2017

Cuba — as a small and underdeveloped economy with a domestic structural crisis it has not overcome — will always be influenced by an adverse international context. For that reason, the country will have to assume challenges to overcome its economic crisis that it hasn’t assumed so far.

Cuban town that inspired Hemingway, famous for eco-friendly carwash

Cuban town that inspired Hemingway, famous for eco-friendly carwash

Cojimar, just a few minutes east of Cuba’s capital city of Havana, is a small picturesque fishing village where American novelist Ernest Hemingway docked his boat is gaining notoriety again due to an environmentally-friendly carwash called “La Ecologica.”

Cuba’s gains

Cuba’s gains

This article from the Colombian newspaper El Espectador was written two years ago. With the Trump administration trying to undo the many positive moves carried out by the Obama administration, we have decided to publish it to remind us of the many good things Cuba does offer, and what we might learn from them.

Cuba’s economy in 2017

Cuba’s economy in 2017

Although the economy dealt with several shocks throughout the year, the response — from the standpoint of economic policy — was insufficient. We might even say that the economic agenda slipped into the background. During the year, no initiative was concretized dealing with any new form of transformation of the economic model.

Cuban envoy to Moscow will end his mission New Year’s Day

Cuban envoy to Moscow will end his mission New Year’s Day

Emilio Ratmir Lozada García will leave his post in Moscow as Cuba’s ambassador to Russia and return to Cuba on Jan. 1, 2018, after a four-year assignment in the Russian capital. His experience in Moscow will be invaluable now that President Donald Trump’s reversal of policy has made Russia an important supplier of goods to Cuba, second only to China.

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.”

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