April 3, 2015 |
NEW YORK - A majority of Cuban Americans, whose opposition to the Communist regime in Cuba helped cement a 50-year U.S. trade embargo, now support normalizing trade relations between the two countries, according to a poll taken since President Obama's call for closer ties in December. The survey of 400 Cuban Americans by pollsters Bendixen & Amandi International, Miami, done in mid-March after the community had had three months to debate the new policy, showed 51 percent approved of Obama's call to end the embargo and improve trade relations, and 40 percent against.
January 1, 2015 |
Jumping on the interest generated by President Obama's new policy on Cuba, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania said Tuesday that it would conduct a conference April 1 in New York City for companies and executives interested in doing business in the Caribbean nation. "This is going to be a really big change for the entire region, and a historic change for relations between the United States and Cuba," said Mukul Pandya, editor-in-chief of Knowledge@Wharton , who will host the Cuba Opportunity Summit.
December 19, 2014 |
Tiffany Manuel, a hostess at Cuba Libre, an Old City restaurant, was working Wednesday when President Obama announced historic steps to normalize relations with Cuba after a half-century of acrimony and isolation. Manuel welcomed the news. "Everything needs to change. If it ain't broke, don't fix it? They need to fix it," said Manuel, 32, whose father was born in Cuba and whose mother is African American. The policy changes, which include reopening a U.S. embassy in Havana, reconsideration of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, prisoner releases, and restructuring of rules on travel, remittances, and business exchanges, set off strong reaction on all sides.
May 30, 2013 |
LONDON - A day after securing an end to the European Union's weapons embargo on Syria, Britain and France are facing criticism from Russia, and pressure at home and abroad, to show restraint before acting to arm the rebels seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Britain, along with France, scored a diplomatic victory in Paris on Monday, effectively blocking an attempt by other European nations to extend the regional embargo that has prevented them from sending weapons to help the Syrian opposition.
April 29, 2013 |
HAVANA - Clarinets, reedy and thin, played something I'd never heard before. The low whine hung like humidity up and down narrow Consulado Avenue in Old Havana. I cocked my ear and detected the music coming from somewhere upstairs, through windows of a decaying, Spanish colonial-looking apartment building within sight of the national opera house. Brightening with each step as I drew closer, the sound wove an unforgettable sonic tapestry somewhere between laughing klezmer and the noble shriek of bagpipes.
April 17, 2013 |
" Wanna give me jail time and a fine "Fine, let me commit a real crime. " - Jay-Z, "Open Letter" If pictures tell the tale, Beyonce and Jay-Z had a marvelous time on their recent trip to Cuba, where they were trailed by starry-eyed fans. According to press accounts, they were forced to cut short a tour of Havana's old city because they were surrounded by a swarm of thousands, and their security guards got nervous. That just goes to show you that Fidel Castro's efforts to wall off the island nation from his powerful enemy to the north have failed.
February 19, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union foreign ministers announced Monday that they were keeping current sanctions against Syria in place for three months, rejecting attempts to alter an embargo on the country so that arms could be funneled to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad. However, in an apparent nod to Britain, which had argued that the rebels should be exempted from the embargo, the ministers adopted a nonspecific amendment "so as to provide greater nonlethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians.
February 8, 2012 |
HAVANA - When it started, American teenagers were doing "The Twist. " The United States had yet to put a man into orbit around the Earth. And a first-class U.S. postage stamp cost 4 cents. The world is much changed since the early days of 1962, but one thing has remained constant: The U.S. economic embargo on communist-run Cuba, a near-total trade ban that turned 50 on Tuesday. Supporters say it is a justified measure against a repressive government that has never stopped being a thorn in Washington's side.
January 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Europe slapped a boycott on Iranian oil Monday, signaling that the Islamic Republic's second-largest market is likely to dry up as part of a U.S.-led campaign of sanctions that has already inflicted serious damage on Iran's economy and sharply increased tensions. The value of Iran's currency is falling dramatically, prices are rising and Iranians are stocking up on supplies in fear of worse to come. Iran, which earns an estimated 70 percent of its revenue from oil sales, has threatened to retaliate by choking off the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz at the southern end of the Persian Gulf.
December 2, 2011 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union foreign ministers failed Thursday to reach an agreement on an oil embargo against Iran - a measure that some argued would have choked off funding for Iran's alleged program to develop nuclear weapons. But the ministers, incensed by a mob's attack Tuesday on the British Embassy in Tehran, did impose a new round of sanctions targeting dozens of people, groups, and businesses in the country. The ministers also imposed new sanctions on Syrian individuals and businesses to pressure the regime there to halt its deadly crackdown on antigovernment demonstrations.