Cuba’s International Stand on Minority Issues

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The ninth session of the UN’s Forum on Minority issues took place on the 24th and 25th November, at the Palace of Nations in Geneva. The subject was “Minorities in situations of humanitarian crises.”

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Cuba Hopes Trump Maintains Dialogue

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The Cuban government hopes that the next president of the United States, Donald Trump, maintains the policy of dialogue “on the basis of respect,” said diplomatic sources on Thursday.

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Venezuela Presents New Currency Denominations to Face Inflation

December 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) introduced six new banknotes this week and three coins to facilitate commercial transactions amid the escalating inflation in the country. Circulation will begin as of December 15th.

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Cuba-USA Renew Talks in Havana

December 7, 2016 | 2 comments

Representatives of Cuba and the United States meet Wednesday in Havana to define actions to “advance the process of improving bilateral relations” with high-level visits and new agreements, the Cuban Government reported Tuesday.

Standing Rock Protest Wins Big Victory

December 5, 2016 | 3 comments

In an historic win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and the environment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River—officially halting construction on the Dakota Access pipeline.

Colombia One Step Closer to Peace

December 2, 2016 | No Comments »

The Colombian Congress ratified the new peace deal earlier this week, which the Government and the FARC signed last week and which began to be implemented on Thursday to put an end to the domestic armed conflict that the country has experienced for over half a century.

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Obama to Skip Fidel Castro’s Funeral

November 30, 2016 | 12 comments

US President Barack Obama will neither attend nor send a high-level delegation to Fidel Castro’s funeral in Santiago Cuba. Instead he will leave the country’s representation in the hands of a security adviser and the unofficial ambassador on the island.

Venezuela to Charge Tourists in US Dollars

November 30, 2016 | 3 comments

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro signed an agreement on Tuesday that authorizes the tourist industry to charge for services in US dollars, as an “exceptional” measure under the currency exchange scheme in effect since 2003.

American Airlines Flies into Havana, Future Uncertain with Trump

November 29, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The first commercial flight between Miami and Havana in more than 50 years landed on Monday in the Cuban capital, coinciding with the start of funeral honors for Fidel Castro and the threat of Donald Trump to reverse the opening towards the island.

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Will Obama Attend Fidel’s Funeral in Cuba?

November 27, 2016 | 11 comments

Will Barack Obama return to Cuba for the funeral of Fidel Castro? At this point who will represent the US at the official sendoff for the Cuban leader has yet to be announced. The last State funeral Obama and Raul Castro were both present at was for Nelson Mandela in 2013.