Negotiations between Cuba and the United States are making it clear that the financial embargo on the island was also a blockade that placed restrictions on Havana’s relations with other countries around the world and international organizations. The avalanche of offers of business, credits, investments and partnerships, and the number of politicians and entrepreneurs who have visited the island after December 17 last year, demonstrate that many had not approached Cuba before fearing reprisals from Washington.
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The fourth round of negotiations between the US and Cuba began today in Washington at the headquarters of the State Department, a meeting which could lead to the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana, reported dpa news.
Richard Abril has just returned from the United States. When I contacted him for this interview, the first and only question on my mind was whether he was actually thinking about quitting boxing to raise pigs on his farm on the Isla de la Juventud?
Wielding a machete like a Mambi Cuban independence fighter, he tears apart, cuts and divides pieces of wood found at street corners and dump sites and, using tattered strips of old clothing, puts together an animal, an international pop icon or any other type of object.
The Cuban Interests Section in Washington has finally found a bank, overcoming another obstacle to the resumption of bilateral relations with the United States, according to sources with the State Department, reported dpa.
A flyer from the National Photography Center (CENAF), which called on all photographers, professional and not, equipped with cameras or cell phones, to take part in a kind of photography walk through the parish of Catia in Caracas. (25 photos)
Sailboats and other vessels participating in the Havana Challenge regatta arrived to Cuba from Florida around noon on Tuesday in the area of the US Interests Section, soon to be the US Embassy. (14 photos)
They named him Kenny, after the South Park character. He lives somewhere in Havana, where he’s been forced to grow up ahead of time. His mother, who worked at a private cafe, had to quit her job to raise his five brothers, as the grandmother couldn’t bear the burden all alone any longer.
Patricio, retired and left with only 143 pesos (around 7 USD) of his pension after paying for his Haier-brand fridge every month, wants financial aid. He wants a TV where he can “watch the news,” he says. “In all of my years of work, I’ve never once asked for any help from the government. If I ask for it now, it’s because I need it.”