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The Cuban Evolution in the Arts and Free Enterprise

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Carol Johnson Jan 24, 2015 at 09:31 AM

MasterCard to Lift Transaction Block on US Cards in Cuba
Friday, 23 Jan 2015 01:34 PM

MasterCard Inc. said it will lift a block on U.S. bank-card transactions in Cuba after receiving guidance from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The change takes effect March 1, according to a bulletin the Purchase, New York-based company sent to banks and other customers and obtained by Bloomberg News. Seth Eisen, a MasterCard spokesman, confirmed the bulletin’s contents.


Wind Vogel Jan 18, 2015 at 03:01 PM

Will there be any possibility of seeing work done by the artist, Jose Fuster? He has decorated many homes (including his own) with murals and tiles. His home (on the outskirts of Havana) has an outdoor workshop gallery open daily from 9 am - 5 pm.
Premium Email Subscriber Jan 18, 2015 at 03:32 PM

We were in Cuba 2 months ago and the tour spent 2 hours at Fuster's studio. Had plenty of time to look and purchase art
Winn Kalmon Jan 18, 2015 at 10:47 PM

I'll be with the March 4 group, and hope we can put Fusterlandia on our schedule.
Ellen D Jan 25, 2015 at 11:23 PM

We are going Feb 11 and I am going to call RS to see if we will see the studio. How much cash do you recommend we bring if we wan to buy art?


Thomas Bruno Jan 17, 2015 at 09:14 AM

I just uploaded a 16 minute video to YouTube of a trip I took to Havana in April 2001 chaperoning a group of high school students.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOrRzwn4pMA
I guess I'll get to compare what changes, if any, I find when we arrive on our trip January 22, 2015
Eloise Mares Jan 18, 2015 at 09:32 PM

Thank you for sharing your video. It was very interesting. I look forward to our January 22, 2015 trip also.


Murray Bodin Jan 16, 2015 at 08:09 AM

I just downloaded the Google Translate app. Seems to work well.


carol yost Jan 15, 2015 at 04:08 PM

How soon will we actually be able to use credit cards to get cuban pesos?


Ellen D Dec 28, 2014 at 01:47 PM

Is anyone going on the trip leaving Feb. 11?


Kathleen M Dec 19, 2014 at 09:35 PM

Does anyone know if there are any Christmas Day Church services or religious celebrations in Havana. We arrive on Christmas Day early in the morning and have a little free time. I am going to try to go to the Christmas eve services at the Episcopal Cathedral in Miami. Also, we will be in Varadero on New Years. Any suggestions there?
Thomas Bruno Dec 20, 2014 at 07:12 AM

This Wikipedia article lists dozens of Roman Catholic churches in Havana: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_Archdiocese_of_San_Crist%C3%B3bal_de_la_Habana#Churches
Kathleen M Dec 20, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Thanks Thomas. I found that and followed a ton of links. What I can find is anything about the actual servies. How wonderful it would be to attend a Midenight Mass in Havana!


Thomas Bruno Dec 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM

There is certainly nothing more satisfying than being at a place in the world where history is happening. With yesterday's announcements it is probably too soon to predict how quickly changes will occur.
Somethings will require congressional action and some only require executive action. For instance, the president has the sole authority to diplomatically recognize another country but only Congress can approve the appointment of an ambassador.
The Wi-Fi infrastructure cannot be improved overnight, but in a country that has already been accepting European credit cards, banking regulation changes could happen quickly. I suppose it is not impossible to imagine that they would be accepting United States credit cards within 30 days or less.
The Helms-Burton Act of 1996 gives the Congress power to override any action taken by the executive to lift the embargo.
But judging by the reaction of most members of Congress, they will not stand in the way of normalizing relations with Cuba. Only a handful are likely to continue to take that position.
Interesting times, indeed.


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