THE INDEPENDENT

Cuba is opening its doors to investment

 

THE INDEPENDENT

For a communist country, Cuba has marketed itself pretty well over the years. It's almost impossible to hear the island's name without thinking of white rum, cigars, salsa, Ernest Hemingway and streets lined with battered 1950s American cars.
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In this Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 photo, Pedro Rosa, of Havana, discusses a new trade policy, as he stands outside a Miami discount clothing store. Rosa planned to return to Cuba before new Cuban rules go into effect sharply limiting the amount of goods people can bring in on flights from abroad, an attempt to shut down the ‘mule’ business that’s feeding tons of new private enterprise in Cuba.

    Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

    Cubans braced Monday for a clampdown on the flow of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans and shampoo in the bags of travelers who haul eye-popping amounts of foreign-bought merchandise to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive.

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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, travelers wait in line with their luggage at Miami International Airport before traveling Cuba in Miami. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans and Cuban-Americans fly in and out of Cuba each year thanks to the liberalization of U.S. and Cuban travel rules over the last five years. On Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, the Cuban government will enact new rules meant to take a big bite of that traffic, sharply limiting the amount of goods people can bring into Cuba in their luggage, and ship by boat from abroad.

    Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage

    A carload of burly nephews and grandsons greeted Martha and Alfredo Gonzalez when they stepped out of Havana's international airport into the blazing heat of an August afternoon.

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U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad arrives for a ceremony where she will receive Cuba's The Order of Sporting Merit medal in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Nyad is the first swimmer to swim the crossing between Cuba and Florida without flippers or a shark cage for protection. Nyad made four previous attempts; first in 1978, and three times in 2011 and 2012.

    Cuba gives US swimmer Diana Nyad sporting medal

    One year after becoming the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Florida without a shark cage, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was back in Cuba to receive that country's Order of Sporting Merit award.

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