Photo-from-CubaTrade-620x420-300x203Horace Clemmons and Cuban-born business partner Saul Berenthal, owners of tractor manufacturing company CleBer LLC, have been eyeing a deal in Cuba since U.S. relations with Cuba finally eased back in 2014. Eased relations, paired with the Cuban government returning unused state-owned land to the people in hopes of stimulating growth in the agricultural industry back in 2008, have revealed to the two entrepreneurs an opportunity they are still pushing for after 3 years.

Manufacturing has been a shrinking industry in the United States since the end of World War II, when the country’s galvanized work force undertook one of the greatest military industrial efforts in history. Although manufacturing still accounts for a solid twelve percent of the United States’ GDP, today’s manufacturing industry is a far cry from the World War II days, due much in part to cheaper labor sources in countries like China and Mexico. But the industry is far from dead, and one company is looking to go where none have gone before – Cuba.

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Hurricane Irma charged through Cuba last weekend, demolishing buildings, uprooting trees, and leaving 10 dead in its wake. The Category 5 storm had winds as fast as 160 miles per hour when it made landfall in Cuba, making it the most powerful storm to reach the island since 1932.

The amount of damage to the country’s infrastructure and industry was devastating. In the aftermath, some people are mourning, many are rebuilding, and some are just enjoying the feeling of relief brought on by clear skies.
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raul-300x125Yesterday, Cuba began a five-month transition period that is likely to end the Castro dynasty and make way for elections at the local, provincial, and national levels.

The first phase of the transition will take place during September, where small groups of Cubans will nominate municipal representatives at the local level.

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cuba-fitness-300x201If you live in or near a decent-sized city, you’ve probably noticed that fitness is a fad that doesn’t seem to be going away. From CrossFit gyms to bike lanes to pricey fitness apparel stores, it’s clear that people demand that fitness be more available to them.

Cuba is also jumping on the fitness bandwagon. In a time where it looks like Cuba might finally ease up on private enterprise, more and more entrepreneurs are looking to enter a market that will always be making gains.

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acoustics-300x169As facts continue to surface about the mysterious “acoustic attacks” marring already fragile US-Cuba relations since late 2016, it is clear that the situation is not getting any less confusing.

Initially, the victims were reported to be at least 10 US diplomats and their family members, who suffered symptoms ranging from mild concussions to possibly permanent hearing loss. Now, at least five Canadian diplomats and their families living in Cuba are reported to have experienced the same symptoms.

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carnival-300x200Good news for Cuba-bound cruisers – your options for a Cuban cruise vacation are increasing by the day. As demand for cruises to the Caribbean’s largest island increases, more and more companies are adding tours of Cuba to their menus.

With the first American cruise ship visiting the island just last year, it’s a market that is still developing. And with President Trump’s proposed rollback of Obama-era regulations that allowed for a broad category of “people to people” visits, the future is relatively uncertain for tourists. After all, trips to Cuba for the sole purpose of tourism are still not allowed. Cruises, however, seem to be safe from future measures, as most cruise lines have an official group people to people program; President Trump has only indicated that he would be tightening up individual travel to the island.

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maduro-300x225In a surprise visit to Cuba, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid homage to the late Fidel Castro just after the 91st anniversary of his birth on August 13, 1926.

Maduro met with Cuban President Raul Castro for a visit to the cemetery in Santiago de Cuba and the mausoleums of both Fidel and national hero Jose Marti. The visit marks a continuation of strong relations between the two socialist countries, who remain regional ideological allies.

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https://www.attorneycuba.com/files/2017/08/cuba-professionals_f2c47df30835a792b5d71fbab64cc18e.nbcnews-ux-600-480-300x197.jpgProfessionals in Cuba are in limbo as the Castro government decides how much to loosen its firm grip on private enterprise. The private sector has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, with private employment rising from 140,000 in 2009 to 535,000 in 2016.

At the same time, Cubans working for the state at a rate of $25 or less per month have been flocking to slightly more lucrative private sector jobs, such as waiting tables and driving taxis. Those are not exactly the types of jobs that young, ambitious Cubans are thrilled to take, but unskilled jobs aren’t the only ones opening up. As Cuba finds its way, opportunities for professionals come and go. Continue reading

mojitos-300x200The best way to end a hot day in sunny Havana, whether you’re there for business or pleasure, is with a cold drink (or two). But contrary to the craft beer craze here in the States, in Cuba it’s more about where you drink as opposed to what you drink. If you’re looking for a hoppy IPA or nitro stout, for example, prepare to be disappointed. But with an open mind, you’ll be more than content with a Havana cocktail. Here are a few places in Havana that shouldn’t be missed on your next visit.

El Floridita

El Floridita is a historic bar just across the street from the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, making for the perfect afternoon combo. After all, fine art is so much finer after a drink.

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cuban-honor-guard-1800-ts600-300x200In the continuation of a truly bizarre and unfortunate trend, two US diplomats in Havana recently lost their hearing due to covert devices that perform “acoustic attacks”; that is, devices that play frequencies out of the range of normal hearing that can cause damage to the internal ear. One of the diplomats may never regain his hearing, and another reports that he now requires a hearing aid.

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