Important Updated Source of News About Cuba 

Engage Cuba, the leading U.S. bipartisan coalition of businesses and others who support U.S.-Cuba normalization, periodically is publishing by email a list of current news articles about U.S.-Cuba. There is a form to sign up for such updates on the first page of its website (https://www.engagecuba.org).

Here is the most current such list (as of 4/24/19):

Today’s Cuba News

 

POLITICS

Click here to read Engage Cuba’s explainer on the new sanctions announced last week.
Sun Sentinel: To Help Him Win Florida, Trump Goes Retro on Cuba

By Randy Schultz
Going retro on Cuba played well with the Republican politicians and Bay of Pigs veterans in Coral Gables for Bolton’s performance. The change, though, will make us few friends in our part of the world.

Associated Press: Trump Cuba Policy Worries European Companies

By Andrea Rodriguez
The Trump administration’s crackdown on business with Cuba’s communist government is causing unprecedented concern among European companies on the island.

Episcopal News Service: Episcopal Church Raises Concerns on Trump Policy Enforcing Provisions of Cuba Embargo
By David Paulsen 
The Episcopal Church urges an end to provisions that hamper the mission of the Church in Cuba and that contribute to the suffering of the Cuba people.

World Politics Review: Trump’s Latest Reversal in Cuba Policy Is a ‘Slap in the Face’ to U.S. Allies
To understand the implications of this move, WPR spoke with contributor William M. LeoGrande, an expert on Latin America at American University and the co-author of “Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.”

Daily Business Review: Policy Change May Result in Flood of Cuba Seized Property Lawsuits
By Alec Schultz
Title III is likely to generate a flood of new lawsuits in the United States, based upon a federal statute for which there is currently no established precedent.

The Guardian (Opinion):  Cuba is the Real Target, not Venezuela
By Peter McKenna
Most people think that the U.S. diplomatic and economic full-court press of President Nicolás Maduro is all about Venezuela and its Bolivarian revolution. It’s not. At its core, it has more to do with compelling regime change in Havana.

World Politics Review: Is Cuba Hoping to Emulate China With Its New Constitution?

By Luis Carlos Battista, Ricardo Barrios
A new constitution, which was formally adopted earlier this month, is Diaz-Canel’s first major accomplishment since his inauguration last year and should set the tone for the remainder of his tenure. Cuban authorities appear to have consulted many other countries’ constitutions in redrafting their own, and one country stands out: China.

New York Magazine: Cuban Players Helped Build the Modern MLB. America Doesn’t Want To Help Them
By Will Fischer
Trump has taken a harsher stance against Cuba and is less willing to make exceptions — even if it means preventing human trafficking.

The Washington Times (Opinion): Punishing Baseball Fans with a High-Priced Publicity Stunt
By Ron Paul
One area one would think that Mr. Bolton could do no harm is with our national pastime — Major League Baseball (MLB).
 

BUSINESS & TECH

Reuters: Cuba Orders Further Cuts to Power Generation

By Marc Frank
The Cuban government has ordered its state-run power system to further reduce electricity generation in the latest sign that a cash crunch exacerbated by new U.S. sanctions is taking an economic and human toll.

INTERESTING FINDS 

The Guardian: Cuba’s Faded Movie Theatres – in Pictures 
By Carolina Sandretto
In 1958, Cuba had 511 cinemas, and Havana alone had 130 – more than either New York or Paris at the time.

AS/COA: Meet Cuba’s Emerging Artist, Cimafunk

By Elizabeth Gonzalez
From Pinar del Rio to Havana, from Paris to New York, Cimafunk is taking his Afro-Cuban sound on the road.
EVENTS
May 2 & May 19-26: Cuban American Youth Orchestra Send-Off & Inaugural Tour
Minneapolis, MN & Havana, Cuba 
The group will kick off the 2019 ‘Juntos en Armonía’ Cuba tour at their send-off concern in Minneapolis on May 2 at 6:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

May 5: Creativas^2: Havana- Miami Creatives Exchange
Miami, Florida
Creativas2, a new initiative spearheaded by Havana-based HAPE Collective, CubaOne and Cuba Educational Travel, will bring four of Havana’s brightest women entrepreneurs to Miami.

Spring 2019: International Year of Cuba Events
Western Kentucky University 
WKU continues its celebration of the 2018-19 International Year of Cuba. Read also: “‘Rap Cubano’ Adds to WKU’s International Year of Cuba.” and “International Year of Cuba provides many opportunities for students to explore the country.

 

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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

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