● The EU Council, led by
● The long arm of OFAC: an English travel agent’s websites are shut down, according to this blog, because they discuss
● From a new report on telecoms in
● This instructive essay by Raj Desai of the Brookings Institution looks at options for Cuban economic reform and argues that the chances for reform would be enhanced if American sanctions were dropped. It assumes a Cuban government interested in far-reaching economic policy decisions, which is not quite the case today. And I’ll quibble with one thing: it is not the case that Cubans jeopardize their housing or access to health care if they move to the private sector, such as a person who leaves a government or state enterprise job and moves into self-employment. But that’s a very small point; the essay’s great strength is the way it uses many examples from China’s and Eastern Europe’s economic reform experiences to put Cuba’s choices in context.