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Obama eases trade restrictions on Cuba

By the A.M. Cuba wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama's administration announced Friday the easing of restrictions on Cuba in an attempt to create more economic opportunities between the two countries.

The administration approved a package of regulatory changes that is intended to expand scientific, humanitarian, trade and commercial opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba.

President Obama said "very real differences" on democracy and human rights still exist between the two countries but the best way to address the differences is through engagement.

The administration's plan is intended to promote joint medical research between the two countries, the sale of Cuban pharmaceuticals in the U.S. and banking opportunities for Americans in Cuba.

Humanitarian-related initiatives involving scholarships for scientific research and improving Cuba's infrastructure will also be expanded.

"These steps have the potential to accelerate constructive change and unlock greater economic opportunity for Cubans and Americans," Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in a statement.

The changes, which will take effect on October 17, are another step in President Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba.

— Oct. 14, 2016

Matthew takes aim on Cuba

By the A.M. Cuba wire services

Heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew pelted Jamaica and Haiti Monday, flooding streets and sending many people to emergency shelters as the Category 4 storm with 220 kilometer-per-hour winds moved through the Caribbean.

Two deaths were reported in Haiti, bringing the total attributed to Matthew to at least four.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of the storm would pass just east of Jamaica Monday night and approach Haiti's southwestern tip before heading for eastern Cuba Tuesday.

Hundreds of people had to be airlifted out of the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ahead of the storm.

The U.S. Navy says people staying at the base and military detention center on the eastern end of Cuba are being told to take shelter, and a mandatory evacuation of non-essential personnel was put into effect.

Scores of prisoners are still held at the detention center and about 5,500 people live on the base.

The United States Agency for International Development issued a statement saying officials are prepared to "assist governments and communities in the region." The agency has deployed two disaster response teams to Haiti and Jamaica.

"These disaster experts are actively monitoring the storm's track in real time and communicating with officials in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and Belize to coordinate relief efforts, if requested," the statement said.

Matthew is the strongest hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea since Felix in 2007.

The Cuban government has declared a state of emergency in the island nation's five eastern provinces.

— Oct. 3, 2016

Report critical of Cuba's press freedoms

By the A.M. Cuba wire services

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says that while Cuba's press is finding more space for critical comment, harassment and intimidation from authorities continue.

In a special report released Wednesday, CPJ says that despite reforms called upon by President Raúl Castro in 2010, Cuban journalists still work under a cloak of fear due to a "legal limbo" caused by outdated and restrictive press laws.

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Despite reforms, journalists in Cuba still need to be careful what they write.

The report also chastises Cuba's excruciatingly slow conversion to a modern internet infrastructure:

"Limited and expensive access to the internet is slowing the island nation's progress toward press freedom."

Among the CPJ recommendations:
  • Allow the creation of press cooperatives or privately owned media so that journalists are not forced to operate in legal limbo.
  • Foster an environment that encourages the state press to operate independently and report critically.
  • End the practice of summonses, brief detentions and harassment of independent journalists.
  • Make internet access more affordable and extend connectivity to the internet without restrictions.
  • Implement constitutional and legal reforms to ensure full respect for freedom of expression and to allow journalists to work freely without fear of reprisal.
Founded in 1981, CPJ responds to attacks on the press worldwide. CPJ documents hundreds of cases every year and takes action on behalf of journalists and news organizations without regard to political ideology. CPJ is funded by private contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.
— Sep. 30, 2016

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