Richard Feinberg’s New Book on Cuba’s Frontier Economy

Richard Feinberg’s New Book on Cuba’s Frontier Economy

Reading Richard Feinberg’s book, Open for Business: Building the New Cuban Economy, reminds me of the phrase, “Sometimes it’s better to be approximately right rather than exactly wrong.” This point was driven home for me in the collapse of LTCM (run by two Nobel Prize-winning economists) – and provides an interesting counterpoint to Feinberg’s use … Read more

How to Use Poetry to Improve Your Spanish Before Traveling to Cuba

How to Use Poetry to Improve Your Spanish Before Traveling to Cuba

Learning some Spanish before traveling to Cuba will greatly enhance your experience by exposing you to aspects of Cuban culture that you would otherwise miss if you could not communicate directly with Cuban people. Poetry contains essential elements of culture and lots of vocabulary that is likely missing in structured language learning tools.  Plus, encoding … Read more

Alabama State Leadership Organize Support for Ending the Cuban Embargo

Alabama State Leadership Organize Support for Ending the Cuban Embargo

The Alabama State Council plans to build statewide support for Congressional action to end the travel ban and trade embargo on Cuba. Engage Cuba today launched the Engage Cuba Alabama State Council to advocate for a change in US policy towards Cuba. The founding members of the State Council include Alabama leaders from a broad range of sectors including agriculture, … Read more

Here’s What You Need to Know About Cuba’s Changing Domestic Property Rights

Here’s What You Need to Know About Cuba’s Changing Domestic Property Rights

The Cuban constitution establishes two types of property rights, those guaranteed to Cuban citizens and those guaranteed to the state. According to Cuba’s constitution, all Cuban citizens are granted the right to own their homes as well as, “other possessions and objects which serve to satisfy one’s material and cultural needs.” Likewise, Cubans are allowed … Read more