CubaBuzz: Issue 5

IFCO’s CubaBuzz: Issue 5
In an effort to better inform our supporters about issues related to Cuba we will be producing a weekly digest of articles on news about the Island; its progress, challenges and the ongoing process of normalizing relations with its neighbor to the north. Many of these articles will be very informative and useful for preparing for your meetings with elected officials when the 27th Caravan makes a stop in your city

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of IFCO/Pastors for Peace.  While we might not agree with all the language in the reports list below, given the rapid rate of change in US-Cuba relations and the increased flow of information about Cuba, we feel it is important to stay informed.

Ending Cuba embargo offers opportunities for Louisiana farm, petrochemical, & tourism industries, Coalition says

The Advocate
Cuba imports $2 billion worth of agricultural goods a year, with soy and rice accounting for $500 million of the total. Louisiana rice farmers may be able to grab a piece of that.  If the U.S. opens trade with Cuba, the value of Cuba’s import market for agriculture products and other goods will increase exponentially.
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Cuba, EU to Resume Negotiations to Normalize Ties
CRIENGLISH.com
Cuba and the European Union (EU) are expected to resume talks on normalizing bilateral relations next week, according to the EU office in Havana Wednesday. Negotiators from the two sides will meet in Havana on March 3-4 for the seventh round of talks, said a statement released by the EU representative in Cuba.  Learn more…
Cuba’s first American Embassy Secretary in 50 years visits Bay Area

 El Telecote

Miguel Fraga, the first secretary of the newly reestablished Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., will be touring the San Francisco Bay Area from March 7-11, engaging audiences as he speaks on Cuban-U.S. relations. El Tecolote had the pleasure of asking Mr. Fraga various questions regarding his job post, and upcoming tour.  Learn more…
 Looking to improve its public schools, D.C. searches for clues in communist Cuba

The Washington Times
The D.C. Public Schools System is looking to Cuba for lessons to improve literacy in the nation’s capital. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson have toured several schools in Havana during a five-day visit to the communist-run island nation, which boasts a 99.8 percent literacy rate.  Learn more...
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