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Cuba launches era of perestroika

<p style="text-align: justify;">20.04.2011. Cuba launches era of perestroika. The congress of the ruling Communist Party is being held in Cuba for the first time in 14 years. It was opened with the address of virtual head of state Raul Castro. In his speech he announced major upcoming changes. However, as the leader assured, "there will never be the "shock therapy" in Cuba under socialism and "the revolution will not leave anyone without support." Read More

Cuba Seeks Self-Sufficiency in Wood

<p style="text-align: justify;">Cuba will begin this year a program of intensive management of plantations in order to meet domestic demand for timber in the medium term, announced Tuesday Juan Alberto Herrera, who is the coordinator of the Forest Development Project.With the arrival of the rainy season will begin planting of fast growing plants, including Cuban and exotic species, Herrero told Prensa Latina. Read More

Raúl Castro Proposes Change from Within Socialist System

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Dalia Acosta. HAVANA, Apr 19, 2011 (IPS) - Accompanied unexpectedly by Fidel Castro, his brother Raúl brought the sixth congress of Cuba's Communist Party (PCC) to a close Tuesday with a call to "change everything that should be changed," but without abandoning the socialist path taken on Apr. 16, 1961."The congress is over; to work now," was President Raúl Castro's closing remark at the end of the four-day congress, in which some 1,000 delegates met in Havana and elected him first secretary of the PCC. Read More

Cuba Meets 2010-2011 Sugar Production Plan

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA, CUBA.- The head of the Office of Institutional Communication of the Cuban Sugar Ministry (MINAZ), Liobel Perez, announced that the 2010-2011 sugar production plan has been met.Perez noted that the achievement is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the socialist character of the Revolution and of the victory over the U.S.-backed mercenary invasion of Bay of Pigs in 1961, and to the Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC). Read More

National Conference of the Cuban Communist Party called for January 2012

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.19 - 11:57:12 / HAVANA, CUBA.- A National Conference of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) will take place in January 2012 as announced on Tuesday morning in the closing session of the Sixth Congress of this political organization at Havana’s Convention Center. Read More

China praises Cuba's planned economic reforms

<p style="text-align: justify;">TUESDAY Apr 19, 2011 06:12 ET. By Associated Press. China has praised Cuba's ruling Communist Party for approving sweeping economic and social reforms.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday the decisions made during Cuba's Sixth Party Congress were sure to have a "profound and far reaching impact" on the country. Read More

FAC added 19 new travel service providers

<p style="text-align: justify;">Monday, April 18, 2011.The Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, updated its list of travel service providers. Companies shown as newly authorized Read More

Privatization push in agriculture nearing completion

<p style="text-align: justify;">Exceeding the expectations of planners, some 143,000 farmers have received long-term leases to fallow state land since the government began a land distribution program two years ago, Pedro Olivera, director of the Agriculture Ministry’s Centro de Control de la Tierra, told foreign reporters during a press briefing at the 6th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.<br /> <br /> Read More

Chucho and Bebo Valdes to Receive Honorary Doctorate in Boston

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.04.19 - 14:21:13 /, CUBA.- Cuban pianists Chucho and Bebo Valdes will receive an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston on May 7, according to information provided by the Spanish General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE).The names of the two artists will be added to the list of the group of personalities previously honored by Berklee, like Dizzy Gillespie, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea, Ruben Blades, George Benson, Juan Luis Guerra, Duke Ellington, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock and Paco de Lucia. Read More

Cuba to allow sale of private homes for first time since the revolution

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY. Cuba plans to allow people to buy and sell their homes for the first time since the 1959 revolution brought Fidel Castro to power, the BBC reports.The decision came during the first congress held by the ruling Communist party in 14 years.No details were released on how the new property sales could work, but President Raul Castro is likely to elaborate on a wide-range of economic reforms during a closing speech he made today in Havana, The Miami Herald reports. Read More