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Menendez's New Stories Delight, Provoke, Confound - ABC News

Menendez's New Stories Delight, Provoke, Confound - ABC News | Cuba | Scoop.it

"Adios, Happy Homeland!" (Black Cat), by Ana Menendez: In Ana Menendez's second book of short stories, everything flies: the characters, in parachutes and out of airplanes; time, in jolting movements back and forth; and the quiet, cutting realism that has defined her previous works. 

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In Your Kitchen | Coffee-rubbed cowboy ribeyes

In Your Kitchen | Coffee-rubbed cowboy ribeyes | Cuba | Scoop.it
Cuban-American, Lourdes Castro, author of the new cookbook "Latin Grilling" was born in Miami, where she ran a successful catering business and cooking school.

She also has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and food from New York University and a master's in nutritional sciences from Columbia, and is on the faculty at NYU as a professor of food science. In addition, she serves as director of the cooking school at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., and has somehow found the time to write three books.
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Cuba to Ease Travel Restrictions

“We take this step as a contribution to the increase in links between the nation and the émigré community, whose makeup has changed radically since the firest decades of the revolution,” said Cuban leader Raul Castro, speaking to the National Assembly of Peoples’ Power this week.
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Dissident says Castro hasn’t seriously attacked bureaucrats

Dissident says Castro hasn’t seriously attacked bureaucrats | Cuba | Scoop.it
Cuban leader said in a speech to parliamentarians that bureaucrats are in the way of reform but that resistance will be useless.
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The Remittance Conundrum

The Remittance Conundrum | Cuba | Scoop.it
An academic study released over the weekend shows that nearly half of all Cubans that receive remittances from abroad have absolutely no interest in leasing a self-employment license (ownership remains prohibited) from the Castro regime, while another 34% would only "think" about it. That leaves few that actually have or would.
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Home sales would be a sea change for Cuba

A law allowing Cubans to buy and sell homes could be enacted this week when the Cuban parliament convenes to discuss pending economic reforms.

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"Now with the possibility of a true real estate market developing, people have been dusting off property titles or trying to find them and have been busy fixing up properties they anticipate putting on the market."
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Cuba prepares for parliamentary session on economic reforms

Cuba prepares for a three-day parliamentary session that begins Monday on economic reforms.

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"A full congress of the ruling Communist Party in April approved a list of more than 300 “guidelines” for the reforms, designed to yank the Soviet-styled economy out of its deep and long-running slump."
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Democrat, State Dept end impasse on Cuba money


A senior Democratic senator and the State Department have resolved their dispute over U.S. aid to a program that promotes democracy in communist Cuba, clearing the way for the Obama administration to spend $20 million in assistance.
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Cristina Saralegui an 'Angel' at Telemundo TCA panel - Monsters and Critics

Cristina Saralegui an 'Angel' at Telemundo TCA panel - Monsters and Critics | Cuba | Scoop.it
The Cuban-American phenomenon is firing up a new show for Telemundo that not only will have angels, but English and Spanish superstars and acts from all over the world, as the hard working journalist shared her 21 year journey's ups and downs, and praised her ex employer Univision for giving her a platform for so many years.
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US Releases Documents on Botched 1961 US Invasion of Cuba

US Releases Documents on Botched 1961 US Invasion of Cuba | Cuba | Scoop.it
The documents were released this week by George Washington University's National Security Archive. In April, the Archive filed a lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency to secure the declassification of five volumes of the official history of the invasion. One volume remains classified.
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After a day-long bustle, U.S. funds for Cuba programs were partially freed

After a day-long bustle, U.S. funds for Cuba programs were partially freed | Cuba | Scoop.it
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., freed funds for Cuba but some senators say they have questions that they want answered.
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Exiled writer Eliseo Alberto dies in Mexico

Exiled writer Eliseo Alberto dies in Mexico | Cuba | Scoop.it
Cuban-born writer Eliseo Alberto died over the weekend at a Mexico City hospital, where he was undergoing therapy after recently receiving a kidney transplant, a family spokesman told Efe. He was 59.
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Cuban Vine's Acoustic Leaves Attract Bats

Cuban Vine's Acoustic Leaves Attract Bats | Cuba | Scoop.it
Marcgravia evenia, a vine in the rain forests of southeastern Cuba, uses its dish-shaped leaves to bounce back sound made by bats...
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