- The President of Brazil, visiting
and meeting the Pope, called again on the Rome to end its United States embargo. He spoke to President-elect Obama last Tuesday, according to EFE, but it’s not clear whether he discussed Cuba with him directly on the phone. Cuba
- CubaNews has an article (here, pdf) in its November issue on
’s announcement that doubled its previous estimate of offshore oil reserves, and it includes an oil industry perspective that is skeptical of the new estimate. My thanks to CubaNews for permission to reproduce the article. Cuba named Rodrigo Malmierca, former vice minister for foreign investment, as the new foreign investment minister. He is Cuba ’s UN ambassador and son of the late Cuba ’s foreign minister from 1976 to 1992. The Council of State’s brief notice is here; information on the new minister is here. Isidoro Malmierca, Cuba
- The New York Times has a guide to Cuban music and food in the Big Apple.
- Did you know that there is a Cuban government in exile, established under the 1940 constitution? With a full cabinet, viceministers, secret service, and a representative in the
? I didn’t either, but Rui Ferreira gets the press releases and he posted this government’s latest statement. The message: an Obama Administration is within its rights to negotiate with Dominican Republic ’s current government, but this group reserves the right not to recognize any agreement that may result. Cuba