U.S. plans new satellite service in Cuba

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting is hiring a Miami company to send live broadcasts, audio files, videos and documents into homes throughout Cuba. The $558,000 project will enhance “the viewing experience for the clandestine viewers and listeners,” according to the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, or OCB. Users would need a satellite dish measuring at least … Read more

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Cuban ambassador touts people-to-people diplomacy

TAMPA – More than a million Americans and Cuban-Americans visited Cuba in 2017 and 2018, the Cuban ambassador to the U.S. said today. “Never before we have had that amount of people coming to Cuba” from the United States, José Ramón Cabañas said. The flood of visitors helped boost relations between the people of both … Read more

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Lawyers wrangle over “illegal trafficking” of property

Lawyers for a Jacksonville family whose businesses were confiscated in Cuba before the revolution urged a federal judge today not to dismiss their lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, a Jacksonville neurosurgeon, sued the cruise company on May 2, saying it was “illegally trafficking” in the waterfront properties that his family owned in Santiago … Read more

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One-two punch against Expedia

On June 18, a Florida family sued trivago, a German travel services company, for “unlawful trafficking” in a hotel they owned before the Cuban revolution. The family of Antonio Mata y Alvarez says trivago, which is spelled with a lowercase t, benefited from the Hotel San Carlos in Cienfuegos and “scores of properties like it.” … Read more

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Lawmakers want $20 million for Cuba projects in 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $982.8 billion spending package that includes $20 million for democracy promotion in Cuba and $12,973,000 for Radio and TV Martí. The spending would cover fiscal year 2020, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020. The House Committee on Appropriations included a request that … Read more

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