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07/17/2017 05:07 PM
Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary
Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary 14ymedio, Mario Penton and Luz Escobar, Miami and Havana, 14 July 2017 — Ileana Sánchez is anxiously rummaging through her tattered wallet, looking for some bills to buy a toy slate for her seven-year-old granddaughter who dreams of becoming a teacher. She has had […]
07/13/2017 11:22 PM
Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba
Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that, according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista, reflect the prevailing system on the island. From […]
07/12/2017 04:28 PM
Food scarcity, another Castroist crime
Food scarcity, another Castroist crime ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Julio de 2017 – 10:40 CEST. If you were told that in a Latin American country almost 60% of the fertile land available for agriculture is not even cultivated, producing nothing at all, you would think they were pulling your leg, […]
07/02/2017 04:52 PM
They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba
They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that they say reflects what is normal life on the island. They got stranded in Panama, but […]
07/01/2017 06:33 PM
According to the report, the average salary in Cuban increased from 408 CUP ($16.30 US) in 2007 to 740 CUP in 2016.
Average Monthly Salary in Cuba is $29.60 US EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 – The average monthly salary in Cuba in 260 was 740 Cuban pesos (CUP), the equivalent of $29.60 in US dollars, although the figure is higher in sectors such as the sugar industry – where the best paid earn 1,246 […]
06/15/2017 06:07 PM
Where is Socialism in Cuba?
Where is Socialism in Cuba? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 20 May 2107 — A downpour in May hits the corrugated metal roof hard. Water filters in through several holes into the house of Mireya, a blind, half-deaf seventy-one-year-old woman. She relies on pieces of black rubber to cover and protect her most precious possessions: […]
06/15/2017 06:02 PM
Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership
Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were […]
06/09/2017 06:46 PM
The Unqualified Cuban Truth
Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+ Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers […]
06/09/2017 06:21 PM
Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans
Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans They fly 13 hours seeking items to sell in a Communist island still starved of consumer goods MOSCOW—Sometimes the wheels of history turn slowly. The hottest shopping destination for Cubans is not across the water in Miami. It’s Moscow, 6,000 miles away. Tougher U.S. […]
06/07/2017 04:18 PM
Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism
Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism By Xu Qin | 00:01 UTC+8 June 7, 2017 | PRINT EDITION ANY talk of Cuba conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, scintillating music, culture, traditions and a history that continues to unfold even now, but the Caribbean island nation’s top envoy in China is keen that visitors […]
06/06/2017 02:23 PM
The miracle of marabú, Cuba’s wonderful weed
The miracle of marabú, Cuba’s wonderful weed A nuisance that can be used to light barbecues and generate electricity Jun 1st 2017 | HAVANA THE peskiest weed in Cuba sprouts a charming flower. Pink and wispy, with a bushy yellow tail, it looks like a cross between a Chinese lantern and a Muppet. Marabú, as […]
06/02/2017 07:20 PM
Danger, Men At Work
Danger, Men At Work 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 29 May 2017 — They call him “Manolo 440” because a few years ago he had an electrocution accident in a building under construction. He managed to survive and has since been given the nickname of the voltage that almost killed him. He was lucky, unlike the […]
06/02/2017 06:52 PM
Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops
Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 18 May 2017 — In an effort to persuade Cubans and the international left that “Cuba is building socialism,” while seeking to convince the world that Castroism is abandoning State Totalitarianism and also trying to counteract the relative independence achieved by the so-called boteros, or boatmen, as […]
06/02/2017 06:35 PM
El opositor José Rolando Casares, otra víctima del régimen castrista
El opositor José Rolando Casares, otra víctima del régimen castrista 28 de mayo de 2017 – 16:05 – Por Ania Liste Quienes se oponen al castrismo son severamente castigados. A quien disiente el régimen cubano lo golpea, lo encierra en prisión o lo condena a trabajos forzados José Rolando Casares es una de las últimas […]
05/30/2017 08:48 PM
No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal
No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com USAID programs in Cuba, which have been highly controversial in recent years, aren’t funded under the Trump administration’s proposed State Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018. “As we work to streamline efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. taxpayer dollars, we […]
05/20/2017 07:15 PM
Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks
Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks Revolution in the time of the internet by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been. It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke, offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas […]
05/08/2017 09:40 PM
Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba
Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants and neighbours who could afford them. […]
05/08/2017 09:01 PM
Cuba: Another perspective
Cuba: Another perspective U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba (“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal, April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the worst credit records in the world. Americans […]
05/02/2017 06:12 PM
What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell?
What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 1 de Mayo de 2017 – 09:38 CEST. There are probably not many Cubans who are aware of the economic and social tsunami that the fall of the military regime in Venezuela could unleash upon them. They can’t be. Reading […]
04/28/2017 06:39 PM
Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma
Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic system of […]
04/27/2017 05:27 PM
Scots pair delivering Cuba’s first major renewables project
Scots pair delivering Cuba’s first major renewables project Written by Reporter – 27/04/2017 8:18 am Two Scots, including the head of the biggest manufacturer of Harris Tweed, are helping deliver Cuba’s first major renewables project. A ground-breaking ceremony at Ciro Redondo sugar mill today will herald the start of construction on one of four planned […]
04/26/2017 07:02 PM
Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success
Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success by Hector Velasco – AFP on April 26, 2017, 4:30 pm Pedro Betancourt (Cuba) (AFP) – A sweet smell of treacle used to fill the air in the village of Pedro Betancourt — but like the workers from the derelict Cuba Libre sugar refinery, it has […]
04/24/2017 06:22 PM
An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba
An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba SARAH MARSH AND ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI Apr 23rd 2017 6:01PM CIEGO DE AVILA, April 20 (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says his favorite fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it died of illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays it on […]
04/21/2017 04:18 PM
Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode?
Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018. I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to […]
04/21/2017 01:06 AM
Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas
Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas By Sarah Marsh and Alexandre Meneghini Reuters April 20, 2017 CIEGO DE AVILA (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says his favorite fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it died of illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays it on his […]
04/18/2017 01:35 AM
The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’
The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’ 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 11 April 2017 – The treatment of blacks and the market in slaves brought from Africa developed by the European colonists has clearly been established as a crime against humanity before all contemporary civilized beings without the slightest doubt. It was a practice that “sold” human […]
04/17/2017 02:37 AM
The Secrets of Secretismo
The Secrets of Secretismo 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 16 April 2017 — The term secretismo (secretiveness), to refer to the absence or delay of certain information of public interest in the Cuban official media, began to be used first among critics of the system, until it came to appear in the speeches of the highest officials […]
04/16/2017 04:35 PM
A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters
A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 April 2017 — Juana Chiroles will never forget December 26, 2015. It was the last day she saw her son and her two nephews. As night fell the young men told her they were going to […]
04/14/2017 04:30 PM
It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside
It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 11 April 2017 — The milk boils on the rustic stove while on the table the cream is churned to make butter. The whole family revolves around the modest production of artisan cheese, a product targeted by the police and appealing […]
04/13/2017 01:44 PM
Separating baseball from politics
Separating baseball from politics DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 13 de Abril de 2017 – 13:13 CEST. The decline of Cuban baseball and the formation of a unified team with athletes from the Island and the Big Leagues have sparked much discussion since the fiasco at the 4th World Baseball Classic. These issues are […]
04/13/2017 12:47 PM
Separar la pelota de la política
Separar la pelota de la política DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 12 de Abril de 2017 – 09:05 CEST. El retroceso de la pelota nacional y la conformación de un equipo unificado con atletas de la Isla y de las Grandes Ligas han encabezado los debates después del fracaso en el IV Clásico Mundial […]
04/10/2017 05:13 PM
Cynicism to disguise defeat
Cynicism to disguise defeat PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST. Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval. Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed […]
04/05/2017 01:04 PM
Soccer beginning to gain foothold in Cuba
Soccer beginning to gain foothold in Cuba Tim Wendel, USA TODAY Sports Published 9:02 p.m. ET April 4, 2017 HAVANA — Aerial photographs of soccer fields in Cuba were once enough to sound the alarm. “Cubans play baseball,” warned a CIA consultant in 1970 after studying U.S. satellite images. “Russians play soccer.” That was then […]
04/03/2017 07:51 PM
Volunteer Blood Donors Ignore The Cuban Regime’s Business Dealings
Volunteer Blood Donors Ignore The Cuban Regime’s Business Dealings / Iván García Iván García, 6 March 2017 — A sloppy piece of cardboard painted with a crayon announces the sale of a discolored house in the neighborhood of La Vibora, 30 minutes by car south of Havana. If Amanda, the owner, who is raving poor, […]
04/02/2017 05:03 PM
Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba
Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 17 March 2017 — From the very moment it gained power, the Cuban regime has devoted precious resources to exporting its ideology and cultivating followers. Overseas military conflicts as distant as those in Africa in the late […]
03/31/2017 01:42 PM
Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook
Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook By Sarah Marsh | CIRO REDONDO, CUBA Cuba, battling a chronic energy deficit, has all the sunshine, wind and sugar to fuel what should be a booming renewables sector – if only it could find the money. The country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, a biomass plant […]
03/30/2017 07:25 PM
Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital
Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night, hurling bottles at them and reportedly […]
03/27/2017 05:00 PM
Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever
Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […]
03/24/2017 02:57 PM
As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional
As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional Tiny pensions must be supplemented by whatever work is available Mar 23rd 2017 | HAVANA NORBERTO MESA, a 66-year-old grandfather, stands in the hot sun 11 hours a day, six days a week, guiding cars in and out of the parking spaces in front of a bustling […]
03/09/2017 10:19 PM
Renting Out Medical Specialists
Cuba: Renting Out Medical Specialists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 4 March 2017 — Twenty years later, Nivaldo (names changed), 43, an orthopedist, still remembers the hot morning when his parents said goodbye to him in the old train station in a small village in the depths of Cuba. The economy of his native village, […]
03/08/2017 06:09 PM
Disappeared
Disappeared / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The two personalities who represent the polar opposites of the so-called process of updating the Cuban model have disappeared. We have seen neither hide nor hair of the “captain” of economic reforms, Marino Murillo, since October of last year, and Jose Ramon […]
03/05/2017 04:38 PM
Pennsylvanians make a rum run to Cuba
Pennsylvanians make a rum run to Cuba March 5, 2017 12:33 AM By Brian O’Neill / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette HAVANA, Cuba — Pennsylvania legislators flew to Havana last month with a simple idea for getting around the 55-year-old embargo against Cuba: Trade our agricultural products for rum. Two days in, the plan got even simpler: just […]
03/04/2017 08:32 PM
Travelling to Cuba this year? Swap your hotel for a homestay
Travelling to Cuba this year? Swap your hotel for a homestay Nicola Trup Evening Standard March 3, 2017 There’s a cowboy waiting outside my room. Kitted out in a checked shirt, jeans and a Stetson, he introduces himself as Miguel, and soon we’re clip-clopping away in a horse-drawn cart. Trinidad, in southern Cuba, is more […]
02/26/2017 03:19 PM
Undercover American Tourists in Cuba
Undercover American Tourists in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 23 January 2017 — Miami Airport is almost a city. And the American Airlines’ departures area is a labyrinth, with dozens of corridors and passages. That’s why Noahn, an American living in Michigan, arrived five hours before his flight’s scheduled departure time to Varadero. He […]
02/23/2017 06:41 PM
Canary Islanders in Cuba, Islanders Two Ways
Canary Islanders in Cuba, Islanders Two Ways / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mara and Daniel Delisau 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata and Daniel Delisau, Havana/Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 20 February 2017 — The players arrange their dominoes on the table. Outside, the sun still floods the wide entryway on Monserrate Street in Old Havana and time seems to […]
02/21/2017 01:39 PM
Cuba owes Australia almost $10m from 1980s
Cuba owes Australia almost $10m from 1980s By AAP The Cuban government is yet to pay back almost $10 million it borrowed from Australia more than 30 years ago. The Hawke government issued two loans to Cuba in 1984 and 1985 to support the sale of sugar cultivation and harvesting equipment. Australia is still owed […]
02/19/2017 05:52 PM
Local Producers Missing From Pinar Del Rio Wine Shop
Local Producers Missing From Pinar Del Rio Wine Shop / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 17 February 2017 – The Pinar del Rio Casa de los Vinos (House of Wines) got off on a bad foot the day of its inauguration. The opening ceremony, held on Tuesday, had to be delayed […]
02/19/2017 05:08 PM
The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families
The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com PALMIRA, CUBA José Entenza Montalvo, a babalawo, or priest, shows the faded handwritten books, some more than a century old, where special knowledge of medicinal herbs and plants and the names of those initiated as babalawos are recorded. For Entenza, the […]
02/15/2017 10:54 PM
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms February 14, 2017 8:30 PM Reuters HAVANA — From buses and trucks to a $500 million golf resort, China is deepening its business footprint in Cuba, helping the fellow Communist-run state survive a crisis in oil-benefactor Venezuela and insulate against a possible rollback of U.S. detente. […]
02/10/2017 07:24 PM
Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally
Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez, Artemisa/Pinar del Rio, 9 February 2017 – When he was a boy, Jorge Luis Ledesma Herrera played around the charcoal ovens his father had built. Now, approaching 50, this Pinar del Rio man […]
02/08/2017 07:35 PM
Dangerous Current
Dangerous Current / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 February 2017 – In Central Havana where people live in very close quarters, popular speech develops at a dizzying speed and the illegal sellers have their kingdom among the corridors and passageways. But this part of the city is also among the few areas […]
02/07/2017 01:44 PM
Maderas Mayarí – how a company is destroyed
Maderas Mayarí: how a company is destroyed OSMEL RAMÍREZ ÁLVAREZ | Holguín | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 23:30 CET. One of the landmark companies in Mayarí, Holguín, is MADEMA (Maderas Mayarí), among the largest of its kind in the country. It boasts a combine that processes wood, workshops that turn out rustic-style finished […]
02/05/2017 05:48 PM
Colombia Sugar Mill, A Giant That Is Slow To Wake Up
Colombia Sugar Mill, A Giant That Is Slow To Wake Up / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 4 February 2017 — Colombia’s sugar mill whistle sounded again at the end of January, like a giant awakened from a seven-year-long lethargy. The residents in the area breathed a sign of relief: the driving force […]
02/02/2017 06:36 PM
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in first. By David Whitford The Friday before […]
01/31/2017 03:50 AM
Americans who visit Cuba struggle with conflicting feelings
Americans who visit Cuba struggle with conflicting feelings By Kari Paul Published: Jan 30, 2017 4:36 p.m. ET Recently, I took one of the first commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba to spend a week in Havana and Cienfuegos, taking in the sights and sounds of a country relatively few Americans had been able […]
01/30/2017 06:25 PM
East Coast ports, including Charleston’s, debate Cuban trade
East Coast ports, including Charleston’s, debate Cuban trade By David Wren dwren@postandcourier.com Jan 29, 2017 El Nuevo Herald via Associated Press The first legal exports from Cuba to the U.S. in more than 50 years arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week. The shipment aboard the K-Storm included two containers of artisanal […]
01/29/2017 04:42 PM
Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms
Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms January 28, 2017 By Angel Vazquez Mourenza HAVANA TIMES — I’d wanted to go to Cuba for a long time now, and I finally went. I would have liked to have gone a long time ago, 25 years ago for example, when the country seemed to be living better […]
01/28/2017 05:36 PM
Taking Stock of the Flood Damage in Havana
Taking Stock of the Flood Damage in Havana / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 24 January 2017 — The hectically busy residents of the areas bordering Havana’s Malecón, on Tuesday, tried to repair the damages left by seawater flooding over the seawall the previous day. The strong northwestern winds associated with an extensive extratropical low […]
01/28/2017 05:31 PM
Leaving Cuba But Stranded on Another Island
Leaving Cuba But Stranded on Another Island / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Miami, 25 January 2017 — They left Cuba before January 12 and are now stranded on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela. They arrived with the advantage of not needing a visa, but they have lost hope of […]
01/25/2017 02:24 PM
Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland
Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland Nancy Truman, Special to National Post | January 24, 2017 3:16 PM ET More from Special to National Post Just weeks after Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro was laid to rest on December 3, 2016, I found myself on the largest island in […]
01/18/2017 06:33 PM
Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro
Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […]
01/12/2017 06:13 PM
Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast
Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers. Casey Corr // Jan 11, 2017 Cuba has an outsized presence in American culture. The reminders begin when you step off the airplane at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Blasted by hot, moist Caribbean […]
01/10/2017 03:25 PM
Lighthouse Cuban rafters in legal limbo after six months at Guantánamo Navy base
Lighthouse Cuban rafters in legal limbo after six months at Guantánamo Navy base BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com They crossed the Florida Straits six months ago and, in a desperate act, sought refuge on the American Shoal Lighthouse off the Florida Keys to avoid being repatriated to Cuba. Later, a bottle with a handwritten message […]
01/09/2017 12:32 PM
Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains
Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […]
01/07/2017 07:03 PM
‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo
‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo MANUEL ALEJANDRO LEÓN VELÁZQUEZ | Guantánamo | 7 de Enero de 2017 – 01:18 CET. Three months after Hurricane Matthew hit, the inhabitants of Baracoa and Maisí are complaining about the Government’s sluggish response to aid those who lost everything, and criticizing the […]
01/07/2017 07:09 PM
Washington retira las sanciones a 28 empresas e individuos vinculados con La Habana
Washington retira las sanciones a 28 empresas e individuos vinculados con La Habana AGENCIAS | Washington | 6 de Enero de 2017 – 22:18 CET. El Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos retiró este viernes de su lista de sanciones a casi una treintena de individuos y empresas que actuaban como intermediarios comerciales del Gobierno […]
01/04/2017 05:30 PM
The Odebrecht-GAESA money trail
The Odebrecht-GAESA money trail PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 4 de Enero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. All the President’s Men is the title of a 1976 film that told the story of how the Watergate scandal was exposed, the ultimate outcome being the resignation of then-US president Richard Nixon. The misdeeds […]
01/01/2017 06:59 PM
Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9%
Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9% / 14ymedio 14ymedio, (With information from EFE), Havana, 27 December 2016 – The Cuban economy closed the year with a 0.9% contraction in GDP, well below the 1% growth forecast, according to an announcement from Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Minister of the Economy and Planning, during the final 2016 […]
12/29/2016 07:12 PM
Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US
Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press December 28, 2016 HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday that its economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century as a plunge in aid from Venezuela overwhelmed a surge in tourism set off by detente with […]
12/26/2016 03:32 PM
Gente del Año 2016
Gente del Año DDC | Madrid | 26 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:18 CET. Camila Cabello, cantante Nacida en Cojímar en 1997, ha sido incluida este año en la lista de los 25 adolescentes más influyentes de la revista Time. Una elección que destaca su trabajo artístico en la agrupación de pop Fifth Harmony, […]
12/24/2016 04:35 PM
Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year
Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […]
12/24/2016 04:33 PM
The One Who Left Ashes
The One Who Left Ashes / Miriam Leiva Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, November 29, 2016 – Fidel Castro died on November 25 at 10:29 p.m. and, according to his own will, his remains will be cremated, according to the brief statement read by Raúl Castro on Cuban television. at midnight. As a deceased person, the […]
12/22/2016 09:02 PM
What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)
What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […]
12/20/2016 11:20 PM
Party In A Whisper – The End Of The Year To Come
Party In A Whisper: The End Of The Year To Come / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 15 December 2016 — Celebrations postponed, revelry suspended and a call not to party in the street, is the reality for Cubans at this year’s end. The sobriety for the death of former President Fidel Castro […]
12/19/2016 07:35 PM
What’s next for Cuba? – Alvaro Vargas Llosa
What’s next for Cuba? Updated December 19, 2016 11:34 AM By Alvaro Vargas Llosa, InsideSources.com One would think there is no doubt in anybody’s mind about Fidel Castro’s horrific legacy. And yet we have heard important leaders say some outrageous things. What is Castro’s real political legacy? The last free election in Cuba was in […]

 

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