Thursday, September 3, 2009

US Treasury eases cash, travel restrictions on Cuba



Priest Felix Varela, Nov. 20 1778-Feb. 27 1853, proposed as a saint in the Vatican today, was first taught to think that the Cubans as political refugees in the United States from the Caribbean cultural identity as a nation, was a journalist, writer and patron of the first Irish immigrants in America.
Felix Varela is currently the cultural heritage of Cuba and the United States, where, today, for example in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. and Cuban neighbors are celebrating now a "Cuban Night" at the community level.
All this illustrates a cultural trend that is reflected for example in the multiplicity of Cuban rhythms with American influence in New Orleans, one of the most marked ...

The Cubans, when we look in the mirror of our culture we are one nation in the world inserted by Chinese roots, the Middle East, Africa, the historic cultural heritage shared with the United States and a rich powerhouse in Spain to mark our way of being , thinking, and to idealize the world. Os cubanos, quando olhamos no espelho da nossa cultura, somos uma nação no mundo inserido por raízes chinês, o Oriente Médio, África, o património histórico-cultural partilhada com os Estados Unidos e uma potência rica em Espanha para marcar a nossa maneira de ser , pensar e idealizar o mundo.
Các Cuba, khi chúng ta nhìn vào gương của nền văn hóa của chúng tôi là một trong những quốc gia trên thế giới bằng cách chèn vào rễ của Trung Quốc, Trung Đông, Châu Phi, các di sản lịch sử văn hóa được chia sẻ với Hoa Kỳ và một cỗ máy giàu ở Tây Ban Nha để đánh dấu cách của chúng tôi bị , suy nghĩ, và để quan niệm hóa trên thế giới.

In Cuba you have fun with everything around you, surrounded by magic and beauty of its organic nature, musicality even in architecture, spiritual vibrations you feel when walking through the streets and lots of warmth and cordiality by the people, not only family, but of all his people very friendly, cordial and healthy ideas, with a great desire to be useful and help those in need whoever or wherever you are.

Although the streets and buildings in Cuba, and particularly those of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, need to be repaired and painted the captivating beauty of its cities to the traveler as much as the ruins of Greece and Pompeii.
Cuba maintains grace and grandeur even in the material poverty of its architectural infrastructure that requires billions of dollars to be reconstructed.Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233,

(AFP) – 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Thursday eased restrictions on travel and money transfers to Cuba, five months after President Barack Obama announced the measures in a bid to improve ties with the communist island.
The changes to Treasury rules, which take effect immediately, focus on visits by Cubans living in the United States to the island, remittances by Cuban-Americans to their relatives, and telecommunications.
The 47-year-old US economic embargo on Cuba however remains.
The goal is to "promote greater contact between separated family members in the United States and Cuba" and also to "increase the flow of remittances and information to the Cuban people," the Treasury said.
"Travelers may visit 'close relatives' (including, for example, aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins) who are nationals of Cuba," the statement said, adding that there was no limit on the duration or frequency of the visits.
There is also no limit on the amount of remittances Cuban-Americans can send to their "close relatives" on the island, though restrictions remain on sending money to "prohibited" officials in the Cuban government and members of the Communist Party.
US-based travelers however are limited to spending 179 dollars a day on their visit to Cuban relatives.
The move also opens a wide array of telecommunications links to the island, after decades of antipathy between Washington and Havana.
It allows US telecommunications network providers to link to Cuba with fiber-optic cables and satellite technology, permits US wireless telephone providers to enter roaming service agreements with Cuban firms, and allows US satellite broadcasts to the island.
An estimated 1.5 million US residents have relatives in Cuba and the question of how to deal with the government -- headed by Raul Castro after decades of rule by his brother, Fidel -- has long been an emotional one for the politically powerful exile community.
The Treasury Department also announced a new general license that authorizes "travel-related transactions incident to agricultural and medical sales."
US law permits states to sell agricultural, medical and information technology products on a cash basis to Cuba. Since 2000, such sales have totaled more than three billion dollars.
In late August New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson traveled to Cuba on a trade mission aimed at developing agricultural and cultural ties with the Caribbean island.
Other US governors have traveled to the island on similar missions.
When it first announced the planned changes in April, the White House said the move was intended to encourage expanding democratic and political rights in Cuba, and called on Havana to respond in kind to help ease decades of fierce antipathy.
Among other things, the White House called on Cuba to reduce charges it levies on money transfers to family members.

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