Articles Tagged with Raul Castro

Raul-castro-2016-292x300The Cuban government has opened its first wholesale food market in Havana. The new market is intended to sell staple items to private-sector cooperatives.

By opening the Mercabal wholesale market, the government hopes to address concerns from the private-sector food industry that they had no alternative but to buy supplies from retail stores. This not only meant they were paying high prices, but it has also led to shortages in those stores for ordinary consumers.

Mercabal will sell a limited array of the products most in demand in cafes and bars. These staples include sugar, salt, beans, beer, chicken, and hamburgers. Products are sold at prices between 20 and 30 percent less than in retail stores.

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https://www.attorneycuba.com/files/2018/01/cuba_canada.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086x0-300x200.jpgOn March 11, Cubans will go to the polls as the country continues to move towards a new political reality. Then, on April 19, the freshly elected National Assembly will select a new president.

For the first time in nearly 60 years, that president will not be a member of the Castro family. In 2013, Raúl Castro announced he would retire at the end of his second term as president of Cuba. Coming at a time of tension in the economic and social spheres, Cubans are bracing for a period of transition.

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Congressional-delegation-meets-with-Castro-300x169Cuba has been using two currencies for over 20 years now but it may soon go back to one, according to a U.S. congressional delegation visiting the island this week.

“Cuban officials repeatedly said this was the year to get it done, to unify the currency,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

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raulo-300x169Once upon a time, Cuba accumulated billions of dollars in debt. A handful of countries worldwide lent Cuba money under the late Fidel Castro, but Cuba hasn’t paid off what it owes.

Despite restructuring some of these loans within the past 5 years, the time for Cuba to repay their debt is nigh, as a creditors group has begun to start the legal process to recover the debt. Continue reading

donny-300x169The Trump administration wants to create an “internet task force” to expand information access in Cuba, but not everyone is for the plan. Alan Gross was arrested and jailed in Cuba in the year 2009 for doing his job; he was a United States government contractor employed by USAID – the United States Agency for International Development.

Gross was held until his trial in March of 2011, when he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Released in 2014, he has been a political activist and author ever since. Now, he is speaking out against the Trump administration’s plans for Cuba. Continue reading

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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CAT-300x200Even with US-Cuba relations up in the air, business continues as usual. Despite the negative writing on the wall from a foreign policy standpoint, companies are continuing with their plans to do business with Cuba.

Cuba gave RIMCO, Caterpillar’s Puerto Rico-based dealer, permission to set up a Caterpillar warehouse and distribution center in Cuba’s Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, envisioned by the Cuban government as the island’s economic future. After a long process of campaigning and negotiations, Caterpillar Inc. is the first US company to locate in the Cuban economic zone.

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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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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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