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En Cuba duermen bien: asesinos, secuestradores, terroristas, los fugitivos de EEUU

En Cuba duermen bien: asesinos, secuestradores, terroristas, los fugitivos de EEUU junio 23, 2017 Rolando Cartaya La Habana les llama “luchadores sociales”, pero sus expedientes policiales confirman lo que dijo en Miami el presidente Trump: “mientras encarcelaba a personas inocentes (Castro) albergaba a asesinos de policías, secuestradores y terroristas”. Qué hicieron, cómo huyeron y qué […] Continue reading

It Is Not Because Fidel Says It, It Is Because I Believe It

It Is Not Because Fidel Says It, It Is Because I Believe It / Somos+, Arlenys Miranda Mesa Somos+, Arlenys Miranda Mesa, 21 December 2016 — December 3rd was the ceremony in Santiago de Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro and the procession of his ashes across the entire Cuban archipelago. I sat down […] Continue reading

Public Services in Havana – Real Chaos

Public Services in Havana: Real Chaos / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 27 October 2016 — The state aqueduct brigade came to La Vitoria neighborhood on Friday morning and using sledgehammers destroyed the sidewalks to install water meters on every home. The October rains transformed the open ditches into quagmires. Many of the connections were gushing […] Continue reading

Lessons From Myanmar

Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] Continue reading

Castro Inc. – Cuba as Family Business

Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business 04/04/2016 10:28 am ET | Updated 22 hours ago Daniel Williams Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East,” available from O/R Books. Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a […] Continue reading

Fugitive police killer complicates Cuba travel

Fugitive police killer complicates Cuba travel Bart Jansen, USA TODAY 5:46 p.m. EST February 22, 2016 A New Jersey state police group is urging the Transportation Department not to resume scheduled airline flights to Cuba until a fugitive convicted of killing a trooper with a $1 million reward on her head is returned to U.S. […] Continue reading

Price Controls Extended Across Havana

Price Controls Extended Across Havana / 14ymedio Posted on January 29, 2016 14ymedio, 25 January 2016 — What began as a novelty in mid-January has become common in the Cuban capital. The network of agricultural markets with controlled prices now extends to 66 markets and the authorities plan to extend the measure to the 105 […] Continue reading

Cuba – Waiting and Hoping for the Cruise Ships

Cuba: Waiting and Hoping for the Cruise Ships / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 13, 2015 Iván García, 9 November 2015 — One warm evening in September, a scrapping brigade arrived from Habaguanex* and, in a little more than two hours, dismantled the aluminum tubes and awnings of three open-air bars on the Avenida del […] Continue reading

The Cuba conundrum – where to now for Cuba-US relations?

The Cuba conundrum: where to now for Cuba-US relations? Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of relations with the US will make life on the Caribbean island worse, rather than better Rozana loves Rihanna. “I like her songs, the way she dresses, […] Continue reading

Cuba – Capitalism has Won the War

Cuba: Capitalism has Won the War / Miriam Celaya Posted on June 11, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 8 June 2015 — In the beginning, there were the cassettes, first the ones we viewed on ancient Betamax equipment, and a bit later on VHS. In those dark years in the 90’s, the illegal dealers, better […] Continue reading

Making a Living From Trash

Making a Living From Trash / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on May 3, 2015 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 1 May 2015 – They appear silently, without anyone taking notice, a little after dawn. They will not hide again until nightfall, when they return home or camp out in some corner of the city […] Continue reading

Yankee Comandante in Fidel Castro’s Cuba

Yankee Comandante in Fidel Castro’s Cuba BY MICHAEL SALLAH AND MITCH WEISSSPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD 01/17/2015 1:42 PM 01/17/2015 5:27 PM Editor’s Note: Much has been written about William Alexander Morgan, an American who emerged as one of the most controversial figures of the Cuban Revolution — and the Cold War. Drawing on declassified […] Continue reading

Capitalism Straight Away, or the Chinese Method First?

Capitalism Straight Away, or the Chinese Method First? / Rafael Alcides Posted on January 11, 2015 By Rafael Alcides — It’s December 17th. The majority (and right now there are about 30 of us in line at the pharmacy) is celebrating the agreements between Raul and Obama; if there had been firecrackers, they would have […] Continue reading

Cuban Gamers

Cuban Gamers / Yoani Sanchez Posted on April 16, 2014 One, two, three and start your computers. The sounds of the microprocessor fans will be heard all night. When the sun comes up the ashtrays will be overflowing, the coffee cups empty, and there will be a winner. They are the Cuban gamers, passionate about […] Continue reading

Money starts to talk

Cuba’s economy Money starts to talk And eventually, perhaps, in one currency, as the tempo of reform accelerates Jul 20th 2013 | HAVANA |From the print edition AT 9.01am one morning earlier this month, Marino Murillo, a member of Cuba’s ruling Politburo, strode on to the stage at the International Press Centre in Havana, gave […] Continue reading

Returning To Cuba

Returning To Cuba As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Carlo Bruno spent time in Cuba during WW II. After 69 years, Bruno returned to the island as part of a cultural exchange program. by Dennis Hannon April 05, 2013 The brothers Raul and Fidel Castro, notorious as keepers of political prisons, might […] Continue reading

The changing face of Cuba: Communism to capitalism

The changing face of Cuba: Communism to capitalism March 28, 2013 cuba For over half a century Cuba has been ruled by the Castro regime and has remained largely cut off from the rest of the world. The island's economy is in a state of collapse and still inhabits the crippling stranglehold of the US […] Continue reading

Santiago de Cuba: Epidemiological Crisis or Child’s Play

Santiago de Cuba: Epidemiological Crisis or Child's Play November 25, 2012 Janis Hernandez HAVANA TIMES — This morning, from my window I heard a group of young children playing on the sidewalk shouting "cholera's goin' 'round, cholera's goin' 'round… I'm gonna inject you. Better wash your hands." Of course those kids have no real idea […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Crosses Its Fingers Before Venezuelan Elections

The Cuban Regime Crosses Its Fingers Before Venezuelan Elections / Iván García Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated The presidential elections on October 7 may not be the triumphant military parade announced by Hugo Chavez. The Chavez vote has been trending downward. Capriles has gained the advantage. He has come from behind. Now it is a house-to-house […] Continue reading

Corruption and the Morality of Survival / Dimas Castellano

Corruption and the Morality of Survival / Dimas CastellanoDimas Castellanos, Translator: Unstated Corruption — the action of corrupting — is the result of many causes, that range from personal conduct to the political-economic system of each country. It is an ancient social phenomenon to that occurs to a greater or lesser extent in all societies [...] Continue reading

Craziness in the Neighborhood / Rebeca Monzo

Craziness in the Neighborhood / Rebeca MonzoRebeca Monzo, Translator: BW Yesterday was payday for retired people and active workers who collect their pay by debit card. The wandering to and fro by people of various ages, in search of a Cadeca (a place where money can be exchanged), a bank that doesn't have long queues [...] Continue reading

Trying to make the sums add up

Reform in Cuba Trying to make the sums add upRaúl Castro unveils his plan for an economy of powerful, more efficient state companies and the legalisation of small businessesNov 11th 2010 | Havana ON THE rare occasions when Cuba's political leaders want to signal a change of direction, or even just reaffirm existing policies, they [...] Continue reading