Last Wednesday, the State Department announced that it was lowering the severity of the travel alert for Cuba. The new recommendation is that Americans “reconsider” traveling to the island nation.

The announcement comes after a nearly four-month period in which the State Department advised that Americans not travel to Cuba under any circumstances. Tensions are still running high between the two countries after the sonic attacks last September which prompted the State Department to set the “do not travel” warning.

https://www.attorneycuba.com/files/2018/01/cuba_canada.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086x0-300x200.jpgCanada has joined the ranks of those affected by the sonic attacks that were initially thought to have plagued just United States diplomats, adding more complexity to an already tense situation.

The Canadian capital of Ottawa acknowledged that an unspecified number of Canadians in Cuba had been affected based on the fact that a doctor had been sent by the Canadian federal government to investigate the attacks on its citizens. The new facts add a new angle to the attacks, as many speculated that whoever was responsible for the attacks had an anti-American agenda. Continue reading

a__ussia__utin__astro_01022018_1-300x200With the United States turning its back on Cuba after a history of long complicated relations, Cuba has been showing signs that it will shift its focus to deal with another world superpower – Russia.

Russian oil exports to Cuba were up 81% in the first few months of 2017, and a deal with Russian oil giant Rosneft will likely mean an even stronger economic relationship between the two countries in the future. The last time that Cuba and Russia enjoyed such a strong relationship was during the Cold War, when nuclear tensions between the United States and Russia had the world on edge. William M. LeoGrande, a professor at American University in Washington, D.C. and expert in Latin American affairs, spoke about these renewed ties and what might lie ahead for Cuba.

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havana-300x168Despite the recent changes to US policy towards Cuba that make tourism and business more difficult for US citizens, there are still ways to go about visiting the Caribbean island.

Although many of the changes have made it more difficult to travel to Cuba as an American, tour operators have adjusted to the new regulations to allow the flow of tourists to continue, as tourism is a main industry for the island nation.

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castro-300x199Despite his impending exit from the office of President of Cuba, Raul Castro is still making potentially major political moves.

Castro met with the chief executive of state-owned Russian petroleum leader Rosneft, Igor Sechin, this past Sunday. State-controlled media released a photo of Castro, Sechin, and Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas with a simple caption that read, “a working meeting.”

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Biotech-02-EKM-300x169Almost 40 years ago, Dr. R. Lee Clark’s visit to Cuba kick-started a small but concerted effort to become a leader in biomedical science.

Today, the results-driven Cuban health science industry has grown to such an extent within Cuba that it is looking to expand to the rest of the world, including to the United States. And even further, some people are heading to Cuba for treatment of chronic diseases.

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NestleCuba_Embedded-300x208Depending on who you ask about Cuba’s economy, you’ll get a different answer. It can be hard to look at the current tensions between the US and Cuban governments and be optimistic.

But rocky relations between the US and Cuba aren’t necessarily new, and some people are foraging ahead despite mixed signals. Between new developments in Cuba’s economic zone and a US airline pulling flights from Cuba, the message from the markets is far from clear.

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Cuba-Elections-300x225Earlier this year, Raul Castro announced that he would be stepping down as president to give way to elections including the selection of a new president by a national assembly, and the man who is expected to take his place, Miguel Diaz-Canel, seems to be preparing to take over the reins of the Cuban government.

Known to keep a low profile and not be very outspoken, Diaz-Canel seems to be stepping up and speaking out to become a national figure during the elections expected to end with his taking over from Raul Castro next year.

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ri-300x198Amidst rising global tensions, North Korea sent Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to Cuba on Monday of this week.

The visit marks a continuation of friendly relations between the two nations that have lasted since 1960, despite Havana’s staunch opposition to pursuing nuclear weapons. Some diplomats maintain that the relationship with Cuba might be of use in deescalating the current conflict, while others fear that talks are not so innocent.

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la-cuba-20170112-300x169Last Wednesday, the Trump administration announced new restrictions on American travel and trade with Cuba, finally implementing the changes promised months ago when President Trump said that he would reverse Obama-era policies that were meant to improve the relationship between the US and Cuba.

The announcement by the White House comes after diplomatic relations between the two nations have hit a low point in the wake of the United States’ decision to withdraw a majority of its diplomats from Cuba and expel Cuban diplomats from the US in turn.

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