US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, begins a two-day visit to Cuba on Tuesday. The US Secretary of Commerce is scheduled to visit today the port of Mariel.
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Private jet charter service from 19 United States cities to Cuba begins operations today. Victor, a British based company, will offer direct flights from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and other cities. Prices for a group of eight travelers flying to Havana for a four-night program begin at US $40,000.
During an interview with Chilean television, US Secretary of State John Kerry said his country’s embargo on Cuba could end “before full democracy exists” on the island, DPA reported. Kerry maintained that “there is progress” on the island.
Preparing for a concert in Cuba? Mick Jagger, the leader of the famous British band The Rolling Stones, is visiting the Caribbean island, reports dpa news on Monday. The Stones are hoping to hold their first concert in Havana next Spring.
With home Internet service unavailable to Cubans and public WiFi hot spots prohibitive in cost for the average worker/professional, the State monopoly Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) announces that it will now allow people in other countries to pay for Cubans’ Internet use.
The still powerful Hurricane Joaquin continues to move northeast headed for Bermuda and beyond and the passing of its outer bands are still producing a little much needed rain in the eastern part of Cuba.
The Cuban press appears to be re-editing that old maxim of “the selfless aid of the Soviet Union,” replacing the USSR with the Vatican. It remains to be seen whether they’ll be able to “sell” citizens the illusion of such help once again.
The issue of housing in Cuba still needs to be seriously addressed and the real estate market is still in diapers. That said, like everything else in Cuba, there are different ways to materialize one’s dream of having a home, be it through legal mechanisms or “under the table.”
Rather than become the target of criticisms over the situation of human rights in Cuba, as was quite often the Castro government over the past few decades internationally, the younger of the Castro brothers was one of the stars of the UN General Assembly’s first days.
I will focus on three important regulations stemming from the hard-headed, bureaucratic reluctance to raise worker salaries, “until the country’s productivity is increased,” as well as the excessive centralization of foreign and domestic trade and the insistence on egalitarianism in subsidies afforded by the ration booklet.