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Charting a New Course: U.S. Takes First Steps To Improve Relations with Cuba

53 years after the United States severed its ties with Cuba under the Kennedy administration, President Obama has announced an end to our outdated policies regarding Cuba, with plans to promote change that is consistent with U.S. support for the Cuban people and in line with U.S. national security interests.  Today marks the beginning of …

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Cuban Cigars: The Forbidden Fruit of the USA

Cuban Cigars (as well as most Cuban products) have been banned from the United States since 1960. As a result, the premium handmade cigars that are available legally in the U.S. are manufactured in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Though Cuban cigars typically rank  well internationally, many of the cigars that are …

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Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Mooch Schnorr Maduro

Handmade in Esteli, Nicaragua, Berger & Argenti Mooch cigars are a blend of Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves, and an aged Cuban-seed Nicaraguan-grown maduro wrapper. These stogies are a value-priced offering from the innovative company that brought us the unique Entubar and Quad Maduro series. Having enjoyed the Connecticut-wrapped Mooch on several occasions, I decided …

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Cuban Government Continues to Clean House

It’s been a nice long weekend, and now it’s time for some more Cuba news! According to a story from Reuters, Coral Capital Group Ltd., a British investment fund, is now being investigated by Cuban authorities on corruption charges. Few details have been released, partially due to a temporary “no comment” from the company, and …

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eBay and Paypal Bring our Embargo to Germany

The United States’ nearly-50-year-old embargo against Cuba is now causing a stir in Europe. According to an article on, in keeping with the embargo, eBay and its subsidiary, Paypal (which are U.S.-based), have blocked all transactions in Germany that involve Cuban goods. Several German merchants, notably several whose livelihoods come from sales of Cuban …

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