China, Russia to upgrade Cuba’s Railway

China, Russia to upgrade Cuba’s Railway

HAVANA – Cuba’s first new passenger train cars after set off on their maiden journey across the island last Saturday in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit railway system with help from allies Russia and China. Cuba’s railway system is one of the oldest in the world; its first […]

Activists lash out at Canada for ‘aggression towards Cuba and Venezuela’

Activists lash out at Canada for ‘aggression towards Cuba and Venezuela’

By Lincoln DePradine Canada has been criticized for its role, along with the United States, in what activists call aggression towards Cuba and Venezuela. The efforts of Canada, the United States and other western nations are designed “to cause as much destruction as they can in Venezuela’’ and to choke Cuba, according Dr Isaac Saney, […]

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski to debut in Cuba this year

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski to debut in Cuba this year

Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba. Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is currently under construction and is scheduled to open later this year. “After having successfully introduced our city hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana almost […]

CARICOM calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

CARICOM calls for end to US embargo against Cuba

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), ,  has called on the United States to lift the “unwarranted economic embargo and sanctions” against Cuba. Addressing the 22nd meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) on Monday,  LaRocque said that next month, the 15-member grouping will host the Sixth […]

Cuban LGBT activists defy government, hold unprecedented pride parade

Cuban LGBT activists defy government, hold unprecedented pride parade

HAVANA – Cuban gay rights activists held an unauthorized independent pride parade in Havana on Saturday despite the Communist government warning against it and calling it subversive, an unprecedented show of civil society in the one-party state. More than a hundred Cubans chanting “long live a diverse Cuba” and carrying rainbow flags joyfully marched nearly […]

Cuban president calls for strengthened defences, economy in response to Trump threats

Cuban president calls for strengthened defences, economy in response to Trump threats

HAVANA – Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel accused the Trump administration on Saturday of dragging relations with the United States to their worst level in decades and called on Cubans to strengthen the Communist-run country’s defences and economy. Diaz-Canel, in a speech closing the National Assembly, said the United States is engaging in an “asphyxiating financial […]

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

Cuba begins public debate on modernizing constitution

HAVANA – Cuba began a rare public discussion on Monday  to overhaul its Cold War-era constitution, a process the government is calling participatory democracy at its best and opponents are branding a fraud. Cuba’s National Assembly approved a draft of changes to the 1976 constitution last month, including amendments that would pave the way for […]

Cuban president addresses lawmakers as they approve new constitution

Cuban president addresses lawmakers  as they approve new constitution

HAVANA  – Cuba’s economy grew less than expected in the first half of 2018 and an ongoing liquidity crisis will force fresh belt tightening, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Sunday. Diaz-Canel, who replaced former President Raul Castro in April, was addressing lawmakers at a national assembly meeting after they debated and then approved a revamping […]

Caribbean businesses invited to explore opportunities in Cuba

Caribbean businesses invited to explore opportunities in Cuba

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Businesses in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean are being encouraged to explore opportunities for trade and investment with Cuba. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cuba, Rogelio Sierra Diaz, said his Government is seeking to widen cooperation with countries in the region under its foreign investment law. “We are now promoting trade […]

Caricom and Cuba to strengthen relations

Caricom and Cuba to strengthen relations

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Government of Cuba have both pledged to continue to strengthen relations in matters related to trade and the arts. This was the outcome of talks between Caricom’s assistant secretary general, human and social development, Dr Douglas Slater, and Cuba’s Vice-Minister Rogelio Sierra Diaz, when they met […]