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Issue 2 | March, 2017



A publication of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS)


NEWS
Iran, Cuba Fortify Ties with 12 Cooperation Agreements
By Vishakha Sonawane
Iran and Cuba signed 12 new cooperation agreements Thursday fortifying ties at a time when U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments on Tehran and Havana have upset the two countries. The agreements have been made in areas such as agriculture, health, biotechnology and higher education...
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Raúl Castro: Cuba won't compromise sovereignty to normalize US relations
By Reuters in Havana
Raúl Castro has said Cuba hopes to continue to normalize relations with the United States but made it clear that the Trump administration should not expect concessions affecting the country’s sovereignty...
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Amnesty International Annual Report, 2017
By Amnesty International
Despite purported political openness, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and movement continued. Local civil society and opposition groups reported increased politically motivated detentions and harassment of government critics....
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SPOTLIGHT
U.S. sanctions Venezuelan vice president
By Antonio Maria Delgado
The U.S. government added Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami to its sanctions list Monday, saying he “played a significant role in international narcotics trafficking” and freezing his access to a fortune estimated at $3 billion after a lengthy investigation of his alleged links to drug traffickers and Muslim extremists...
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GAESA, Castro's military emporium now seeking US investments
By Rolando Cartaya and Álvaro Alba
Envoys from the economic conglomerate of the Cuban military, GAESA, cross the US ports and promote trade and investment with Cuban military companies. A delegation from Cuba , made up of diplomats, business executives and officials from the ministries of Transport, Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment and diplomats, is on a US tour...
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Cuba is stifling international dialogue on human rights
By Roger F. Noriega
The Cuban government recently denied a visa request by the Secretary-General of Organization of American States Luis Almagro, blocking his planned trip to the island to receive an award from a Cuban human rights group. Over two years into President Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba, the decision to block Almagro’s visit highlights Cuba’s continued refusal to meet or advance toward the hemisphere’s basic standards for human rights and political freedoms...
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