Policy Isn’t Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Bottleneck – It’s Business Programs

Policy Isn’t Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Bottleneck – It’s Business Programs

By Wes Wagner At first, the sunlit logo of a thriving private business seemed ironic beside the shadowed poster of the communist president, Raul Castro. Upon closer inspection, the juxtaposition made sense–the poster of Raul actually contained an endorsement of private business. In English, it read: “Cuba counts on cuentapropistas as the engine of future … Read more

Premiere of “The Forbidden Shore” At the DC Film Festival

Premiere of “The Forbidden Shore” At the DC Film Festival

The DC Film Festival this month featured the premiere of Ron Chapman’s “The Forbidden Shore”. Director Ron Chapman and his documentary capture five decades of Cuban cultural, artistic, and political stories through music.  More than 40 concerts and interviews are featured throughout the film. Forbidden Shore Trailer from CHAPMAN PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo. Award-winning filmmaker, Ron … Read more

A U.S. Lawyer’s Perspective on Changes to the U.S. Embargo of Cuba

A U.S. Lawyer’s Perspective on Changes to the U.S. Embargo of Cuba

Since President Obama’s announcement in December 2014 of a change in policy towards Cuba, we have been a wild, legal ride. Both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), plus the U.S. Department of State, have amended their regulations several times to remove many bureaucratic requirements that … Read more

Children’s Harrowing Journey Depicted in Operation Pedro Pan Exhibit

Children’s Harrowing Journey Depicted in Operation Pedro Pan Exhibit

From December 1960 to October 1962, more than fourteen thousand Cuban children arrived, unaccompanied, to the United States. Known as “Operation Pedro Pan,” it was the largest recorded child refugee exodus in the Western Hemisphere. Since it opened in June 2015, more than 15,000 visitors, including the Cuba Journal, have journeyed alongside the Cuban children … Read more

Could Cuba Ever Revive Its Casino Industry?

While attending the Caribbean Hotel Conference and Operations Summit (“CHICOS”), Cuba was noted as “unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean” by many panelists discussing the culture of the Country. While there are a number of outstanding issues that currently stand between the United States and Cuba such as the billions in outstanding claims against Cuba … Read more

New U.S. Poll Highlights Millennials’ Interest in Traveling to Cuba

New U.S. Poll Highlights Millennials’ Interest in Traveling to Cuba

Cuba, the formerly off-limits land of vintage cars, beautiful beaches, cigars, mojitos, and Ernest Hemingway, will be opening for American tourism for the first time since the 1960s. A Switchfly Travel Trend Report: How Interested Are U.S. Travelers in Visiting Cuba offers an overview of those Americans who are most curious about visiting Cuba – … Read more