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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

Depressed But Happy?

Depressed But Happy? / Francis Sanchez Francis Sanchez, 29 March 2017 – Cuba is the country with the second highest levels of depression in Latin America, exceeded only by Brazil. The statistics appear in a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) released in Geneva. From this report, paradoxically, this data is omitted by Cuban […] Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your trip, but […] Continue reading

The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba

The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 7 March 2017 — The days of the anachronistic “process of rendering accounts” are approaching. This is period known as the genuine exercise of socialist democracy because they are neighborhood meetings in which the people and the leadership (at the […] Continue reading

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, […] Continue reading

Are Bikes Coming Back to Cuba With the Economic Crisis?

Are Bikes Coming Back to Cuba With the Economic Crisis? / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 23 February 2017 — When you look at the photos of the most difficult years of Cuba’s “Special Period,” there are several details that can be observed: how skinny Cubans were, the deterioration of their clothing, and […] Continue reading

ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA

ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA BY LAURA SIGAL FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:24 According to Israel Radio, the injured, all in their 60s, suffered from minor to moderate injuries. One went though surgery overnight. One Israeli, named as 70-year-old, Nahum Heinken from Gadera, was killed and eight others were injured […] Continue reading

Taxi Prices – Raul’s Reform Is Not Working

Taxi Prices: Raul’s Reform Is Not Working ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 13 de Febrero de 2017 – 22:04 CET. When a society manages to liberalize prices – that is, they are determined by the relationship between supply and demand – they constitute an indicator of economic health. This is so because a […] 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

Fidel’s best-sold myth

Fidel’s best-sold myth ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET. Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution” constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many that […] Continue reading

Long Lines In the Plaza Of The Revolution To Say Goodbye To FidelCastro

Long Lines In the Plaza Of The Revolution To Say Goodbye To Fidel Castro / 14ymedio 14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 28 November 2016 — The memorial to José Martí in the Plaza of the Revolution opened its doors on Monday so that Cubans could say goodbye to former president Fidel Castro, who died on the 25th, and […] Continue reading

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ Miami’s tightly knit and often contentious exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s. They knew him when he was a college student struggling for attention, when he was holed up in the Sierra Maestra mountains […] Continue reading

Southwest Airlines Begins Cuba Service Nonstop From Ft. Lauderdale To Varadero, Announces Santa Clara Service Plans

Southwest Airlines Begins Cuba Service Nonstop From Ft. Lauderdale To Varadero, Announces Santa Clara Service Plans PR Newswire November 13, 2016 DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) today inaugurated service between South Florida and Cuba with the scheduled 11:00 a.m. EST departure of Southwest Flight 3914 to Varadero (VRA) from Fort […] Continue reading

Southwest Airlines To Begin Cuba Service Nonstop From Ft. Lauderdale And Tampa Bay With Fares As Low As $59 One-Way

Southwest Airlines To Begin Cuba Service Nonstop From Ft. Lauderdale And Tampa Bay With Fares As Low As $59 One-Way* October 13, 2016 DALLAS, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) today announced its flight schedule of new nonstop service between Florida and Cuba, bringing Southwest’s legendary low fares to a ninth country […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2016 — At the same time that Hurricane Matthew is setting off alarms throughout the island, especially in the eastern part of the country, the wall of secrecy surrounding the Castro family is starting to […] Continue reading

JetBlue pushes (again) to create a daily flight from Boston to Cuba

JetBlue pushes (again) to create a daily flight from Boston to Cuba By Adam Vaccaro GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 03, 2016 JetBlue Airways is making another attempt for permission to fly between Boston and Cuba, petitioning the US government to strip a rival airline of a new route between Los Angeles and Havana and replace it […] Continue reading

Cuba approves U.S. air marshals on commercial flights

Cuba approves U.S. air marshals on commercial flights NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuba will allow U.S. air marshals on regularly scheduled commercial flights between the two countries, island authorities announced Friday. Josefina Vidal, director of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s department for the United States, posted on her Twitter account that an “arrangement on the deployment […] Continue reading

Russia offers Cuba 55 cooperation projects worth $4 bln

Russia offers Cuba 55 cooperation projects worth $4 bln 27 September 2016 TASS The projects are to be implemented in 2016-2020. Russia has offered Cuba 55 bilateral cooperation projects with a total value of about $4 billion, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economics Nikolai Podguzov told TASS on Monday. “Cuba was offered 55 projects to be […] Continue reading

How the Cuban Gov. Hides Its Dirt Poor Salaries

How the Cuban Gov. Hides Its Dirt Poor Salaries September 15, 2016 Marlene Azor Hernandez HAVANA TIMES —The National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) hasn’t published a series of necessary indicators for the government’s tax policy. Studies about poverty in Cuba are very scarce or limited to the capital and are over ten years […] Continue reading

Cuba Beckons, but U.S. Airlines and Passengers Face Hurdles

Cuba Beckons, but U.S. Airlines and Passengers Face Hurdles As regular flights get under way, carriers cope with incompatible technical systems and travelers will find most wireless devices and credit cards won’t work By SCOTT MCCARTNEY Sept. 7, 2016 1:37 p.m. ET Just a short hop from Florida, flying to Cuba should be easy. But […] Continue reading

Zika Reveals the True Character of the Cuban Health Service

Zika Reveals the True Character of the Cuban Health Service / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 18 August 2016 — While wards 3-A (they have also prepared 3-B) and 4-A, on the third and fourth floors of the “Lucía Iñiguez Landín” Clinical Surgery Hospital in Holguín, notable for their absence of basic health care […] Continue reading

General Francis is Out of the Game and Raul’s Grandson Ascends

General Francis is Out of the Game and Raul’s Grandson Ascends / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 29 August 2016 — The most powerful of all the Cuban generals, Division General Humberto Omar Francis Pardo, was replaced in his job as Head of the General Direction of Personal Security (DGSP). The position is now […] Continue reading

Cuba approves first commercial flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Cuba approves first commercial flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com American Airlines and JetBlue have received final approval from the Cuban government to begin commercial airline service to several airports on the island, clearing the last hurdle for inaugural flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue, with a flight scheduled to […] Continue reading

Traffic Accidents – The Fifth Highest Cause of Death in Cuba

Traffic Accidents: The Fifth Highest Cause of Death in Cuba / Iván García . Iván García, 11 July 2016 — Fernando, owner of a private business to the east of Havana, bought his ancient black Moskvitch during the difficult years of the Special Period, when the proprietor, a national labour hero, found himself obliged to […] Continue reading

Cuba – the Looming Crisis

Cuba: the Looming Crisis July 21, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – Since Raul Castro announced at a session of the National Assembly that there will be economic problems, speculation hasn’t stopped about a new crisis like the one experienced in the 90s. However, the situation today is very different from that Cuba. The […] Continue reading

Guilty!

Guilty! / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 20 July 2106 – At the beginning of the year evil was incarnated in the intermediaries, who were blamed for the high food prices in the produce markets. At the end of 2013, the boogeymen were those who worked for themselves selling imported clothes and other […] Continue reading