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Cuba removed officials from their posts due to “inefficiency”

<p style="text-align: justify;">Ten Havana bureaucrats have been axed for “inefficiency,” according to CubaEncuentro. A Granma report on the Havana Communist Party Assembly—where the decision was made—chastised the group for “superficiality in their approach, lack of control of resources and energy to mobilize workers.” CubaEncuentro characterizes the firings as part of the effort to revamp Cuba’s lethargic state apparatus. Read More

Dems, State Dept near resolution on Cuba money

<p style="text-align: justify;">By DONNA CASSATA and DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press.July 14, 2011 11:52 AM. Thursday, July 14, 2011. 07-14) 11:52 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) --Two top Senate Democrats and the Obama administration are close to ending a monthslong impasse over $20 million targeted for programs to promote democracy in communist Cuba. Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry and Sen. Patrick Leahy, who heads the Appropriations subcommittee overseeing foreign aid, had blocked the money over concerns that it wasn't helping the Cuban people and instead had provoked Raul Castro's government. Read More

Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Will Arrive in Texas This Weekend

<p style="text-align: justify;">2011.07.14 - 11:50:36 / HAVANA, Cuba.- More than 100 members of the 22nd Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will meet in Texas, the United States, this coming weekend after visiting over 130 U.S. and Canadian cities gathering humanitarian materials for the Caribbean nation. Read More