Cuba

Sunshine Economy
2:02 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

U.S. Cuba Policy Changes: Opportunity Or Entrenchment?

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Miami is not a top departure point for American goods headed to Cuba. So say the official U.S. government trade statistics. Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is the second-largest American port from which goods are sent to Cuba.

Yes, despite the 53-year-old trade embargo, America still does a little business with Cuba. The U.S. sells fresh and frozen chicken, soybeans, corn and an assortment of other food and medical supplies. 

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Politics
11:08 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Florida Roundup: What's Ahead In 2015

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  Editor's note: This is a pre-recorded episode.

In this episode of The Florida Roundup, we discuss what's ahead for Floridians in the new year. 

POLITICAL LEADERS

A few political possibilities hang in the air for 2015. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is making way for a 2016 presidential run. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez reconsiders his party affiliation. While this isn't an election year, candidates will make their future intentions known.  

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Latin America Report
3:04 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

China Proves Obama Right On Cuba! And Other Top Latin America Stories Of 2014

As far as I’m concerned, one of the year’s most important Latin American stories happened this week in China.

Yep, communist China. On Monday the government’s Internet watchdragon, known as the Great Firewall, pulled the plug on Gmail because it's a subversive instrument of free speech and dissent.

In the process, Beijing affirmed President Obama’s historic decision this month to pursue a policy of engagement with communist Cuba.

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Cuba
7:08 am
Mon December 29, 2014

How Will Changes In Cuba Policy Affect Florida's Economy?

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This was originally posted on Dec. 23, 2014 from WMFE.

Impassioned reactions continue to pour in over the political and social implications of President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba. This week, 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind takes Nicole Creston through the economic implications for Florida and for our region. 

On the President’s plan:

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Culture
1:13 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Broadway Musical ‘Rent’ Opens in Cuba

The Broadway musical “Rent” in rehearsal at the Berthold Brecht Cultural Center in Havana directed by Miami native Andy Señor Jr.
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Broadway returned to Havana on Wednesday night for the first time in a half-century with a three-hour, invitation-only opening of the Tony Award winning musical Rent.

It was a natural to do on nochebuena, said the director, Miami native Andy Señor Jr., because the 1996 Tony winner about struggling artists in New York City mostly takes place on Christmas Eve.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

The 2014 Florida Roundup

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Note: This is a pre-recorded episode of the Florida Roundup. 

  On the Florida Roundup, we look back at the year that was 2014. The year ends with the biggest change in U.S. - Cuba relations in almost two generations.

ELECTIONS

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Cuba
9:16 am
Fri December 26, 2014

While Poll Supports New U.S.-Cuba Relations, Political Hurdles Remain

Cars in Havana, Cuba.
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About 60 percent of Americans agree with the President’s decision on Cuba, according to a new poll this week from CNN and Opinion Research Corporation.

Almost as many said the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, which only Congress can overturn, should be lifted. And two-thirds want U.S. tourist travel to the island restored as well.

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Cuban Immigration
8:45 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot Policy Stays In Place For Now

Since 1994, thousands of Cubans a year have crossed the Straits of Florida, either in smugglers' boats or in homemade vessels called chugs. Those that reach U.S. soil, as the people on these boats did at the Dry Tortugas, are allowed to stay under current policy.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The Cuban immigration policy known as "wet-foot, dry-foot" — where migrants who make it to U.S. soil can stay, while those intercepted at sea are returned to Cuba — remains in place after President Obama's announcement of normalizing relations with Cuba.

"Essentially everything remains the same. Our missions and operations here in the Southeast are unchanged," said Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma, spokesman for the Coast Guard's District 7 in Miami.

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Newscast
10:30 am
Mon December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014: Some Cuban Catholics Feel Betrayed By Pope Francis

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Cuba
10:18 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Older Cuban-Americans Protest Obama, But Poll Suggests Younger Generation Approves

Cuban exile protesters at a rally in Little Havana hold up a sign that says in Spanish: "We are all part of the resistance."
Credit Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald

  President Obama's decision last week to normalize relations with Cuba was bad news for Cuban exiles who oppose engagement with the communist island. And a new poll released over the weekend doesn't give them a lot of future comfort, either.

The survey by the Bendixen and Amandi International firm, conducted for the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Tampa Bay Times, shows Cuban-Americans are split on President Obama’s new Cuba policy: 48 percent say they disagree with it while 44 percent agree.

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Cuba
9:04 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Cuban Emigré Helps U.S. Companies Prepare For An Embargo-less Future

Emilio Morales doing Cuba market research.
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Now that President Obama wants to normalize U.S. relations with communist Cuba, the big question is: Can the U.S. trade embargo last much longer? WLRN Americas editor Tim Padgett spoke to a Cuban émigré here in South Florida who doesn’t think so – and who’s helping U.S. companies prepare for an embargo-less future:

“It’s like a storm now. A storm. I finished work last night at one o’clock in the morning.”

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Cuba Travel
12:00 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Here's What The New U.S.-Cuba Rules Mean For Travelers

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A promise that travel to Cuba would be easier for Americans was part of President Obama’s historic announcement this week that he’s taking steps to normalize relations.

What will the easing of sanctions against Cuba mean for the average traveler -- as well as for people who want to do business there?

We asked reporter Mimi Whitefield, who covers the Latin American economy for the Miami Herald.

Here are a few things you need to know.

Below is an edited transcript.

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Politics
11:38 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Florida Roundup: Eyes On Cuba

President Obama supporter Peter Bell debates with anti-Obama demonstrators at Versailles Restaurant in Miami on Dec. 17, 2014 after the decision to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States.
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U.S.-Cuba Relations

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Cuba
8:19 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Importing Cuban Cigars And Rum Legal Again Under New U.S. Rules

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Among those cheering President Obama’s plans to ease up on sanctions against Cuba are fans of the island’s legendary cigars and rum.

The president announced on Wednesday that the United States will be re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.  That includes relaxing certain trade and travel restrictions.

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The Salt
5:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Sugar, coffee, fruit juice for babies, oil and salt inside a market subsidized by the government in Havana on July 11, 2013.
Enrique De La Osa Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:14 am

It took a few hours for some Cubans to realize the magnitude of President Obama's announcement on Wednesday about changes in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, according to Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez.

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