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July 31st

Cuba prepares for parliamentary session on economic reforms

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Juan O. Complaints of continuing corruption, shortfalls of food production and other economic ills rattled Cuba Friday on the eve of a session of parliament expected to endorse Raúl Castro’s ambitious efforts at reforms. “Order, discipline and exigence,” Castro demanded at a cabinet meeting in which he laid out the string of problems undermining his reforms, according to a report Friday in the state-run Granma newspaper. Read More

Golf course condo buyers will get unlimited ownership

<p style="text-align: justify;">In a surprise change from previously announced 99-year leasehold arrangements for golf course real estate, the Cuban government agreed to let a Canadian developer sell condominiums in perpetuity.Three investor groups from Britain and Spain whose golf course real estate projects are in similarly advanced stages of planning hope the government will apply same arrangement to their projects as well. Although banks consider 99-year agreements as equal to outright ownership, perpetual ownership might convince more individual buyers to take the plunge and invest hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Communist island. Read More

Cuba readies new phase in retail sector reform

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Marc Frank | Reuters. HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will broaden private retail service beyond beauty parlors and barbers in October to include everything from coffee shops to locksmiths, and may even rent space on busy streets, an official told parliament. The measures, which take effect in October, are yet another step in President Raul Castro's plan to get the state out of administering thousands of small businesses by turning them over to employees to compete with a growing private sector. A Communist Party daily Granma report on Saturday cited the testimony of Internal Trade Minister Mary Blanca Ortega before parliament's Economic Affairs Committee. Read More

Cuba renews appliance sales amid economic changes

<p style="text-align: justify;">AP.By PETER ORSI - Associated Press. Saturday July 30, 2011. HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is renewing sales of energy-sucking appliances, reversing a pillar of Fidel Castro's "energy revolution" in response to popular demand and to support the growing ranks of independent workers under an economic overhaul launched by President Raul Castro.The measure covers appliances such as air conditioners, electric stoves, coffee makers, grills and sandwich makers. The appliances will begin going on sale gradually as they become available, according to a notice published in the Official Gazette and dated Friday. Read More

UN Project to Benefit Cuban Marine Areas

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Raquel Maria Garcia Alvarez. 30 de julio de 2011, 00:05Pinar del Río, Cuba, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Marine areas in Pinar del Rio, in western Cuba, will benefit from an international project funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF), which supports environmental research and initiatives in those areas.Four protected areas of this western region have been included in the GEF program, which will allocate over five million USD to Cuba in five years. Read More

Cuba Encourages Capitalism While Marking the 58th Anniversary of the Start of Communism

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Steve Harrigan. Published July 29, Cuba marked its 58th anniversary of the start of the Communist Revolution this week, a key message from Vice President Jose Machado was that Cubans need to work harder. Machado, 81, who spoke for 25 minutes while President Raul Castro who attended the ceremony sat silent, blamed corruption and inertia for Cuba’s economic woes. In past years the holiday was marked by lengthy speeches from Fidel Castro lauding the revolution and attacking the U.S. government. Read More

Newly authorized Cuba trips sell out fast, run into controversy

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY. As the walls between Cuba and the USA started to crumble, starting with the Obama administration loosening restrictions on Cuban-Americans visiting home and sending money, a controversy has arisen. Established and respected U.S. tour companies such as upscale Abercrombie &amp; Kent recently began selling cultural tours to bring American vacationers to the Communist island, still off limits to the average tourist. A&amp;K's trips -- due to start late this summer -- and those of Vantage Deluxe World Travel, just to name two, sold out fast and more departures were added. Read More

July 30th

Andean Summit for New Boost to Integration

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Dayami Interián García.29 de julio de 2011, 12:41Lima, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) The Andean Community of Nations (CAN) is headed toward a process of becoming stronger, the Andean Presidential Council agreed during a brief summit in the Peruvian capital after the inauguration of President Ollanta Humala. The 18th meeting of that Council was attended by Humala and the presidents of Bolivia, Evo Morales; Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; and Ecuador, Rafael Correa. Read More

Packed House Acclaims Cuban Film Habanastation in the USA

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Indira Santana. 29 de julio de 2011, 17:30.Havana, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban film Habanastation by novice filmmaker Ian Padron, had its USA premiere in a packed house at the International Transverse Film Festival. The audience acclaimed the movie with a standing ovation. In statements to Prensa Latina via Internet, Padron said there was laughter and tears in the Hockstand Lars Auditorium, where U.S. movie maker Michael Moore, who is the Festival's president, presented the film. Read More

Daily poll: Should the American embargo of Cuba be rescinded?

<p style="text-align: justify;">Saturday, July 30, 2011, 5:27 AM. The Jersey Journal.There is a move afoot by Republican lawmakers -- mostly in South Florida -- to again tighten restrictions on travel to Cuba, the tiny Communist nation 90 miles south of Florida. They claim that when President Obama eased travel restrictions that had been imposed by President George Bush, Cuba reaped a financial windfall. Under Bush, family members could only visit once every three years and as it has been since the embargo began, people without family there were not allowed to travel there. Read More