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Nuclear instability at levels not seen since Cuban Missile Crisis, says former US ambassador

“The risk of a global nuclear arms race has risen to a level not seen since the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, according to a former U.S. ambassador to Russia” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The former ambassador added that a separate 2010 “New START” (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) arrangement, which sought to limit nuclear missile launchers and improve inspections, could also fall by the wayside when its terms expire in 2021. Source: cnbc.com

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Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolution amid challenges and change…

“Another surviving leftist leader, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, said Cuba’s revolution gave birth to “the light of hope and invincible will for the liberation of the people.”” reports yahoo.com. Last week, a defiant Diaz-Canel wrote on Twitter: “The Cuban revolution is invincible, it grows, it lasts.”. Diaz-Canel wasn’t even born when Fidel Castro declared victory for his revolution on January 1, 1959. Source: yahoo.com

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MLB, MLBPA reach agreement with Cuban Baseball Federation eliminating…

“The MLB, MLB Players Association and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) have reached an agreement to eliminate the need for Cuban players to defect to play baseball in the United States” reports sportingnews.com. It’s a similar agreement to what the MLB already has with Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in which teams have to pay a posting fee and then sign players to contracts.The reason for this deal, according to MLB’s press release, is to eliminate trafficking of players defecting from the nation.There’s a lot of talent in that country.”…

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MLB’s new Cuba deal is a win-win

“Major League Baseball, its Players Association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation agreed to a landmark deal Wednesday that will ease the process for star Cuban baseball players to sign with MLB teams” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Once a player is released, they are treated like other international free agents – similar to the deals MLB has with the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Korean Baseball Organization, and Chinese Professional Baseball League.It’s less dangerous to allow players simply to sign under this new deal, their old teams receive compensation and it’s definitely more enticing…

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MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation reach agreement that will eliminate need for players to defect

“The agreement, the result of years of negotiations between MLB, the MLB Players Association, the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) and the U.S. government, is designed to end decades of fraught relations between MLB and Cuba and eliminate the need for Cuban players to defect” writes Dave Sheinin for sun-sentinel.com. “Literally the only reason we are doing this agreement is to try to end the trafficking of Cuban players.”.  Source: sun-sentinel.com

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Country fails to replace thousands of doctors who left after Cuba spat

“Brazil has failed to replace nearly one third of the thousands of Cuban doctors who exited the country after a diplomatic spat, as many new recruits failed to turn up for work, the health ministry has said” writes Reuters In Brasilia for theguardian.com. Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, had criticized Cuba’s involvement in a government healthcare program, saying that Cuban doctors were being used as “slave labor” because Havana took 75% of their salaries.Cuba generates major export earnings by dispatching more than 50,000 health workers to more than 60 countries. Source: theguardian.com

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U.S. Cuba lobby celebrates a farm bill win despite worsening ties

“The agriculture issue has bipartisan support, and the fact that food touches everyone’s life in Cuba rather than one sector or group of people.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Despite the deteriorating political climate between the old Cold War foes, much of the economic thaw begun under Obama, from food sales to travel and communications, remains in place. Source: 95kqds.com

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The Cuban spy and Watergate burglar who won a presidential pardon

“He was told to contact the FBI, who approved a double-agent mission to infiltrate Cuban intelligence” writes Shane O Sullivan for washingtonpost.com. In April 1977, one month before approaching Martínez, Cuban intelligence had met another FBI double agent in Mexico City: Felix Zabala Mas, Veciana’s close friend and business partner.Thinking Martínez was embittered by his Watergate experience, the Cuban intelligence service (Direccion General de Inteligencia — DGI) requested a meeting in Kingston, Jamaica.Cuban intelligence thought they had “turned” Zabala Mas against his friend. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Cuban-themed care-package company Abuela Mami branching out with new coffee brand

“Abuela Mami, the Miami-based subscription company that mails a box of Cuban-themed treats and goodies each month to customers, is expanding with its own coffee brand” writes Johnny Diaz for sun-sentinel.com. It will be called Abuela Mami Coffee, an online-based business that will launch early next week. “It’s 100 percent Arabica bean,” said Kiki Valdes who founded the Abuela Mami subscription company with his brother Humby in 2015.For now, the coffee brand will only be available through online orders via AbuelaMamiCoffee.com. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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Mark Cuban’s advice to Elon Musk: Be yourself

“Billionaire Mark Cuban offered some simple advice recently to Elon Musk: “Be yourself.”” writes Steve Jennings for cnbc.com. An inventor’s vision — combined with passion — sets entrepreneurs apart from other leaders.That advice might be surprising given Musk’s headline-making behavior in recent months, actions some have called “erratic.”. Cuban likened Musk to personal computing pioneer Alan Kay who once said: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”.  Source: cnbc.com

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