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Jorge Duany, Director of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, says, "Given the fact that tourism has practically collapsed, this as a result of the pandemic, the remittances have become the most important... It is estimated that about half of all money that goes to Cuba goes through these informal channels. It is likely this form of transfer will increase in the immediate future."

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According to FIU Professor Guillermo Grenier, "neither the Cuban government, nor the military, nor large enterprises will suffer the interruption of U.S. funds, but rather the true victim is the Cuban people."

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We're happy to share the program of our virtual Classically Cuban Concert with Enrique Chía. The program features some of the best-known and most beloved boleros, guajiras, habaneras, and criollas from Cuba's musical repertoire.

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CRI Director Jorge Duany and History Professor Michael Bustamante will lecture as part of the series on "The Greater Caribbean: A Space for Political and Cultural Interlocution, 19th and 20th Centuries," sponsored by the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. The seminar will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021, at 11:00 AM (Miami time).

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According to Jorge Duany, the head of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, President-elect Joe Biden won't insist on lifting the embargo. Instead, Duany predicted, his objective will be to "empower" the Cuban people and promote democracy on the island.

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The Miami New Times interviews two FIU faculty members—Guillermo Grenier and Kathryn De Palo-Gould—to explain why Donald Trump did so well in one of Florida's Democratic strongholds, particularly among Cuban Americans.

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The Miami New Times interviewed Dr. Guillermo J. Grenier, head of the FIU Cuba Poll released last month. "Cuban Americans are a voting bloc that Republicans can rely on," Grenier told the New Times. "Fifty-three percent of Cubans are Republican, and [the] independents vote like Republican."

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BBC News reviews how Florida was the master key to the 2000 presidential elections and examines the role of the Cuban-American community after the Elián González affair. The possibility of a tight and contested election in 2020 raises the specter of a repeat scenario in Florida.

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According to "Foreign Policy," young Cuban Americans have turned the internet into a political battlefield in this must-win swing state, but the Cuban American vote is even more pro-Trump now than in 2016. CRI Director Jorge Duany comments on why many young Cuban Americans intend to vote for the president's reelection in November.

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According to the "South Florida Sun-Sentinel," Democrats are trying to mobilize Puerto Ricans to outmuscle Republican Cubans at the voting booth and help Joe Biden beat Donald Trump in November.

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