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U.S. urged to cooperate with Cuba on offshore oil

<p style="text-align: justify;">HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States must work with its ideological foe Cuba on joint safety plans as the communist island readies to begin exploration of its still-untapped Gulf of Mexico oil fields, the co-chief of the U.S. BP oil spill investigation said on Wednesday. William Reilly told reporters the United States should make its expertise and equipment available in case of an accident when a Chinese-made rig begins drilling for oil later this year in Cuban waters about 60 miles from the Florida Keys. Read More

Cuba's Roads Take on New Look as Classic American Cars Wane

<p style="text-align: justify;">Sept. 6, 2011. Ellen Creager. The 50-year-old U.S. trade embargo prevents American auto companies or parts suppliers from doing business with Cuba. That didn't matter much in 1961. But now it's half a century later, and these cars need work. "Sometimes you see a pile of rust on four tires, and you're thinking, how can that thing even move?" said John McElroy of Autoline Detroit, who has been to Cuba. "I saw people who were making their own brake fluid using sap from a bush and mineral spirits." Read More

US embargo of Cuba, half a century later

<p style="text-align: justify;">MERIDA, Mexico – Fifty years ago this week, on September 4, 1961, the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 which prohibited all aid to Cuba and authorized the President to declare a “total embargo upon all trade” with that Caribbean island nation. Advocates heralded this bold move as a sure measure to “create the conditions” necessary for Fidel Castro to be removed from power “within one year.” Fast forward half a century, and both Castro and the embargo remain. Read More

Cuba Chases 5 Billion Barrels of Undiscovered Oil; U.S. Intervenes

<p style="text-align: justify;">The island nation of Cuba is scrambling to secure access to what it believe to be about 5 billion barrels of oil lying deep under the ocean off its northern coast.&nbsp; A massive drilling rig is en route to Cuba and plans to start drilling in a matter of months. Meanwhile, the United States government is sufficiently concerned about the risks of another oil spill that is dispatching a group of quasi-diplomats to Cuba on a fact-finding mission as early as tomorrow, according to reports in Dow Jones. Read More

Virtues and Hopes in Cuba's Tourism

<p style="text-align: justify;">By&nbsp; Roberto F. Campos. The Cuban tourism authorities try to close 2011 with the reception of 2.7 million travelers.In the midst of a changing economic situation that today impacts in many ways, especially in poor countries, tourism is for Cuba a useful tool that takes environmental strategies into account. Until now, the increases and imbalances in fuel prices, and hence the cost of airfare, influence the modern world, especially so in the Caribbean. Read More

Julio Casas, Cuban defense minister and longtime revolutionary, dies of heart failure

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Associated Press,HAVANA — Gen. Julio Casas Regueiro, who oversaw the Cuban military’s lucrative economic enterprises for years before replacing Raul Castro as defense minister, died Saturday of heart failure, state television reported. He was 75. Casas, who was also a vice president of the Council of State, Cuba’s supreme governing body, was the most important figure from the revolution to die since Juan Almeida Bosque in 2009. Read More

Cuban defense minister dies of heart attack, state media reports

<p style="text-align: justify;">Havana (CNN) -- Cuba's defense minister died suddenly Saturday from a heart attack, the Caribbean nation's state news service reported. Julio Casas Regueiro, 75, became head of Cuba's armed forces in February 2008. A longtime revolutionary, he fought alongside Fidel and Raul Castro in the guerrilla war that brought the two brothers to power in January 1959. Read More

Legal Travel to Cuba is Easier, But It's Not All Mojitos and Montecristos

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Blane Bachelor. Published September 03, After five decades during which most Americans were all but banned from traveling to Cuba, it's finally legal for tour groups to visit the Communist-led nation, thanks to new easing of restrictions passed by the Obama administration. Groups of travelers under "people-to-people exchanges" have begun arriving to the island to enhance the flow of information and culture. Read More

Barroque sounds to inundate Old Havana in September

<p style="text-align: justify;">By: Maritza Mariana Hernández. CUBARTE.03 de Septiembre 2011. Ancient scores will come to life during the ninth month of the year in the San Francisco de Paula Church, when on September 3 starts the ninth Barroque September concert season, organized by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana and the Ars Longa Antique Music Band. Read More

US Oil-Spill Chief Heading To Cuba To Evaluate Country's Drilling Plans

<p style="text-align: justify;">By Tennille Tracy, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES. WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Oil spill commission co-chief Bill Reilly is heading to Cuba next week to help evaluate that country's plans for developing its oil resources, Dow Jones Newswires has learned. The trip represents an important development in a thorny situation that has U.S. lawmakers raising concerns about potential oil spills and oil experts pressing the Obama administration to grant exemptions under the decades-long embargo. Read More

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