President Joe Biden said Thursday the United States was considering ways to force open internet access in Cuba, which he called a failed state as the communist leadership faces down the biggest protests in memory.
On Tuesday, the Treasury Department was to invite U.S. airlines to submit applications to be allocated the new flights. American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines and JetBlue have previously expressed an interest in running regular flights to Cuba.
Some economists say Cuba should seek to rejoin international financial institutions in order to reduce poverty and further economic reforms. Cuba is one of only eight countries that do not belong to the International Monetary Fund.
According to Costa Rica's former trade minister, Alberto Trejos, Cuba, whose halting reforms have failed to energize the island’s stagnant, centralized economy, may have a thing or two to learn from Costa Rica – which over the last 30 years has made strides in slashing poverty, promoting trade and luring foreign direct investment.