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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. […] Continue reading

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. […] Continue reading

Christmas for Rich People and for Poor People

Cuba: Christmas for Rich People and for Poor People / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 24 November 2016 — Two trucks with trailers, full of reddish-brown earth, park in a narrow street, next to the agricultural market in Mónaco, a neighbourhood thirty minutes from the centre of Havana. Four men with teeshirts and dirty overalls lug […] Continue reading

Villa Clara – Poverty, Wifi and Monotony

Villa Clara: Poverty, Wifi and Monotony / Iván García Iván García , 3 November 2016 — Situated between sugar cane fields and with the Escambray mountain chain visible in the distance, at the side of the old Central Highway is the village of La Esperanza, part of Ranchuelo, one of the 13 towns of Villa […] Continue reading

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Matthew’s winds had scarcely subsided in eastern Cuba Wednesday when Msgr. Wilfredo Pino Estévez, bishop of the Diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa, set off at 5 a.m. to see what the hurricane had wrought on Cuba’s northern coast. Representatives of Caritas Guantánamo, a Catholic […] Continue reading

Cuba – Last Chance to Leave for US

Cuba: Last Chance to Leave for US Washington-Havana détente means many are worried time is running out to seek a new life. By Fernando Donate Roberto Castillo’s finger glides over the map showing one of the possible routes he can take through Central America when he leaves Cuba. His final destination will be the United […] Continue reading

Jack’s Magic Beans Still Haven’t Come to Cuba

Jack’s Magic Beans Still Haven’t Come to Cuba July 19, 2016 By Regina Cano HAVANA TIMES — Sitting in a flower bed, his feet facing the pavement, a 40-year-old or so man was making conversation with some shining red beans that lay scattered on the ground before his eyes, which had fallen out of a […] Continue reading

Are new cruises to Cuba just too different?

Are new cruises to Cuba just too different? By Beth J. Harpaz AP Travel Editor Published: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:06 p.m. Miami-based Carnival Corp.’s new Fathom brand cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, launched in May, appear to be experiencing growing pains. Both […] Continue reading

Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba

Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba Island nation is just itching to breathe free Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:46 p.m. CDT I just returned from 2 weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from the land of Fidelismo. Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited, though American educational and professional […] Continue reading

It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic

Fathom is a cruise to Cuba with a social purpose Fathom is Carnival’s new social-impact cruise line It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic The Dominican itinerary emphasizes volunteer tourism; the Cuban one focuses on people-to-people exchanges BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com SANTIAGO, CUBA After the Madrigalista Choir finished a performance for a group […] 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

Central Committee Plenary, Beans, Clothes, and the Roof

Central Committee Plenary, Beans, Clothes, and the Roof / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on January 24, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 23 January 2016 — A brief note on 15 January in the State-Party controlled newspaper Granma reports that the 13th Plenary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) was apparently held […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Bahia Honda Coffee Farmers Denounce Lack Of Equipment

Cuba’s Bahia Honda Coffee Farmers Denounce Lack Of Equipment / 14ymedio, Jorge Luis Guillen Garcia Posted on November 2, 2015 14ymedio, Jorge Luis Guillen Garcia, Bahia Honda (Artemisa), 2 November 2015 — In Bahia Honda the coffee tastes much more bitter lately. The farmers of the Castro Brothers Credits and Services Cooperative of this Artemisa […] 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

Los rockeros se fueron pa’l monte

Los rockeros se fueron pa’l monte Desafiando pronósticos adversos, los seguidores cubanos de este género tuvieron su Festival Atenas Rock al aire libre en Matanzas los pasados días 5 y 6 de junio lunes, junio 8, 2015 | Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro LA HABANA, Cuba. – Desafiando pronósticos adversos, los rockeros cubanos tuvieron su Festival […] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Pyrrhic Victory

Raul Castro’s Pyrrhic Victory / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2015 After the jubilation over the arrival in Cuba of the three spies imprisoned in the US comes to an end, when the campaign of tributes in the official media is over and the lights installed on the stands for government agents to hear […] Continue reading

At the Train Station We’re All Fighters

At the Train Station We’re All Fighters / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz Posted on June 4, 2014 In Havana, travelers bound for the provinces don’t just say goodbye from the platform, they wage a daily battle for survival Lilanne Ruiz, Havana / June 4, 2014 – It’s seven p.m. in Havana. The train to Guantanamo has […] Continue reading

The Two Mariels – Mega-Port and Ghetto

The Two Mariels: Mega-Port and Ghetto / Polina Martinez Shvietsova Posted on May 21, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba — The mega-port of Mariel and the impoverished town of Mariel are two sides of the “prosperous and sustainable socialism” — wealth and poverty — which Raul Castro promotes as a “solution” to Cuba’s problems. The Brazilian company […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Holodomor Next Door

Cuba: The Holodomor Next Door Cuba’s starvation policy is a crime against humanity. By Robert Zubrin I just got back from a business trip to Mexico. While there, I met with some Mexicans who had recently traveled to Cuba. What they told me was shocking. The Cuban people are being held on the edge of […] Continue reading

Losers

Losers / Regina Coyula Regina Coyula, Translator: Unstated Fulano? She is in Guanajuato. Menganita? At the Boston Ballet. Ciclano? With MauriceBéjart. Zutanito? Up a small staircase in Miami. Esperanceja? Things have not gone so well for her. She's giving ballet classes in Barcelona. And so it went as I spent the day with five friends, […] Continue reading

The Real Enemies of Raul Castro’s Reforms / Iván García

The Real Enemies of Raul Castro's Reforms / Iván GarcíaIván García, Translator: Regina Anavy It's a war of power against power. On one side, General Raúl Castro manages military counter-intelligence, pulls the strings in the major economic sectors of the nation and has consolidated his cabinet with loyalists as bullet proof as atomic bombs. But [...] Continue reading

Cuba waits on Castro

Cuba waits on CastroThe Irish Times – Saturday, October 9, 2010 Cuba is milking its tourists like never before as all await what will happen post-Fidel, writes FRANK MCDONALD POWDERED MILK. That's what was so amazing about it. The young coffee-coloured Cuban guy who was trying to sell us cigars on our first night in [...] Continue reading

IF IT WERE JUST THE MARABÚ

IF IT WERE JUST THE MARABÚ . . .CUBA'S AGRICULTURE 2009-10G.B. Hagelberg "We face the imperative of making our land produce more . . . the needed structural and conceptual changes will have to be introduced," Raúl Castro famously proclaimed on 26 July 2007, a few days short of a year after provisionally taking over [...] Continue reading