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Should Cuba be on the list of terror states?

The designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism has been a contentious issue from the start. The fact that Cuba has been a victim of terrorism itself and ironically form the United States, has meant that this has been a source of deep resentment in Havana. However, the hurt is more than moral, economically too, the inclusion of Cuba on the so-called 'terror list' has meant that foreign banks have been severely fined in the US for dealing with the island to the extent that they have pulled out of dealing with Cuba altogether. This has added enormously to the financial burden placed on the Cuban economy.

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Obama’s Cuba gambit: Is the US embargo finally coming to an end?

Does this departure by the White House signal the end of the US policy? Will Congress block any of the initiatives? How will these new policies impact on the Presidential Race? The President's actions have raised far more questions than they have answered.

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What should Obama do? The view from Cuba

There is much debate at present regarding the direction the Obama administration might take Cuba policy during its second term. Inevitably, the debate is focused on what politicians are saying in the United States. So here at the IISC, we thought we would provide the view from the other side of the Florida Straits. Here we offer a translation of a lecture on the topic of US-Cuba relations given by Dr. Néstor García Iturbe one of the Cuban Communist Party's leading academics and experts on foreign affairs.

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Cuba can cope without Chávez

Once again the web is abuzz with stories of impending doom for Cuba now that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez lost his battle against Cancer. However, I do not believe that the death of Chavez will be as disastrous for Cuba as many suppose.

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Dutch initiative is open for business

New investment fund aims to catch wave of interest in Cuba

Aiming at wealthy individual investors, the Amsterdam-based conglomerate Romar group has launched aprivate investment fund for Cuban undertakings. Initiated by the Romar group which has had many years of operating in Cuba, the Cuba Financial Fund is a separate entity with its own organization and governance.

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Five possible areas of cooperation highlighted in groundbreaking report

Cuban and US academics unveil roadmap to improved relations

Cuban and US academics have unveiled a working paper that proposes ways in which the US and Cuba could start to cooperate in order to improve relations.

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