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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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630x355-300x169The first time the term “Cuban exile” came into the modern lexicon was after the Cuban Revolution of 1959 led by Fidel Castro. Many exiles thought that the new government would not last and left behind their valuables, which ended up being confiscated by the Cuban government.

Since then, a steady stream of Cuban exiles has left the island nation; today, there are over 800,000 living abroad, with the majority of those who went to the United States living in Florida. Now, the Cuban government is extending an open hand to Cuban exiles, allowing some to return for the first time in their lives.

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cleveland-cuba-puertos-1-300x195Cleveland, Ohio became the latest city to sign a port agreement with Cuba this week, making it the first agreement since the US State Department’s decision to remove American diplomats from Cuba and request the removal of Cuban diplomats from Washington.

The so-called “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed by the Darrell McNail, president of the Board of Administration of the port of Cleveland and Captain José Joaquín Prado, general director of Cuba’s Maritime Administration in Havana last Friday.

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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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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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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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Raul-Castro-300x200Cuban President Raul Castro dismissed President Donald Trump’s harder line on relations with Havana to Cuba’s National Assembly on Friday, calling it a setback.

“Any strategy that seeks to destroy the revolution either through coercion or pressure or through more subtle methods will fail,” said Castro.

This was the first time he has commented on Trump’s June announcement of a rollback of some of the changes established by former President Barack Obama.

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Ladies-in-White-300x148Cuban opposition group Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco) has spoken out about the increased repression against political dissidents in Cuba since former U.S. President Barack Obama thawed relations with the island.

The group spoke about the worsening political situation during a press conference in Miami, Florida last week, El Nuevo Herald reports.

“We ask the international community to tell the Castro regime to stop repression in Cuba,” said Ladies in White member Maria Elena Alpizar.

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Airbnb-Goes-to-Cuba-300x200Cuban locals who rent their homes to U.S. visitors using Airbnb have been complaining about not receiving payments for months now, The Miami Herald reports. The American company opened its platform to Cubans after former U.S. President Barack Obama thawed relations with Cuba in 2014.

It was the first major U.S. company to enter the island nation and has become a convenient way for locals to directly earn a significant income. It worked well until a few months ago. One Cuban host told the press that the digital platform now owes her $2,000 and the company has not told when she can expect to receive her money.

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Marco-RubioRepublican Senator Marco Rubio has mostly kept quiet about what he has discussed with President Donald Trump on the three occasions they have met, including once over dinner with their wives at the White House. But Rubio told the host of a Spanish-language TV show last week that he used the conversations with the president to bring up Cuba and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

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