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Critical Times for Cuba

Critical Times for Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on December 22, 2015 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 21 December 2015 – The year 2015 is drawing to a close and Cuba is living in critical times. There are five main factors that contribute to the Cuban situation: the breach of the fundamental agreements of the […] Continue reading

The Cuban Exodus – Causes and Effects

The Cuban Exodus: Causes and Effects DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 30 Nov 2015 – 11:51 pm. The inexorable exodus of Cubans has become a crisis once again. While thousands of countrymen are stuck at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border, the Government of Cuba chooses to deny the main cause. In recent months thousands of […] Continue reading

The Shipwreck of Havana

The Shipwreck of Havana / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 November 2015 — One hour before noon, the bus stops on Calzada 10 de Octubre are flooded with irritated people who want to transfer to other neighborhoods in the capital. Hundreds of old cars reconverted into collective taxis full of […] Continue reading

Castro’s Marielitos For Medicaid

Castro’s Marielitos For Medicaid 10/13/2015 05:25 PM ET Socialism: After years of touting the putting-people-first humanity of Cuba’s communism, the Castro regime has decided it’s easier to outsource costs for its retirees to the U.S. When did the U.S. become Cuba’s 401(k)? For years, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul have preached the […] Continue reading

An Unconvincing Achievement

An Unconvincing Achievement / Fernando Damaso Posted on October 3, 2015 Fernando Damaso, 30 September 2015 — In the face of failure of many countries to achieve the 2015 economic and social objectives established by the UN in 2000, the Cuban government has unleashed its current campaign, presenting itself as an example of a success, […] 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-USA Embassies and Average Cubans

Cuba-USA: Embassies and Average Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 July 2015 — Norge imagines himself sipping Cuban coffee at the Versailles restaurant in Miami on July 20 as officials of the Castro regime in white guayaberas and Americans in jackets and ties listen to their national anthems being […] Continue reading

Could Cuba be Vietnam in the Caribbean?

Opinion: Could Cuba be Vietnam in the Caribbean? Richard E Feinberg Hanoi may have lessons for Havana What might Cuba look like a decade or two from now, when its ageing revolutionary leadership has faded from view? Consider the remarkable economic success of Vietnam, once a highly centralised planned economy as Cuba is today. Vietnam […] Continue reading

New federal licenses mean cruises to Cuba may be close

New federal licenses mean cruises to Cuba may be close the island. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: May 19, 2015 | Updated: May 20, 2015 at 06:44 AM TAMPA — It has been less than a month since the U.S. Treasury Department approved the first licenses for ferries to carry […] 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

Turbulent voyage – the Cuban baseball pipeline

Turbulent voyage: the Cuban baseball pipeline BY LINDA ROBERTSON LROBERTSON@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/27/2014 7:57 PM 12/27/2014 10:10 PM The clandestine journey from decaying ballparks to major league stadiums can be treacherous, degrading and expensive for Cuban baseball players who risk their lives on sea crossings only to be auctioned off by smugglers demanding an exorbitant cut of […] Continue reading

Cuba ferry possible for port property

Cuba ferry possible for port property By Yvette C. Hammett | Tribune Staff Published: June 20, 2014 TAMPA — Patrick Allman envisions the day when a Cuban businessman could come to Tampa, purchase 20 cars at auction and on the same day, ship them back to his home country on a ferry docked in the […] Continue reading

Descriptive Hardship

Descriptive Hardship / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Posted on April 17, 2014 An acquaintance of mine traded his one-and-a-half-room apartment for an even smaller one and a little cash, to ease his alcoholism and misery. I never entered his house and so I was unaware of his poverty. His furniture looked like shabby junk, which was […] Continue reading

Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit

Posted on Monday, 03.24.14 Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — It’s Saturday night at El Cocinero, a chic rooftop bar that has arguably become Havana’s hippest watering hole in the year since it opened, and there’s no getting in without a reservation. There are plenty of […] Continue reading

Letter from Havana

Letter from Havana Surrounded by history but bereft of innovative work from the past four decades, Cuban architects hope for the future. By Clifford A. Pearson March 21, 2014 Making a living as an architect is tough anywhere. But in Cuba it is essentially impossible. Although Raúl Castro has loosened state control of the economy […] Continue reading

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: December 7, 2013 MEXICO CITY — It is a rare day in Cuba when the Communist Party’s triumphalist newspaper suggests that the government — just maybe — messed up. Or when the party’s chief ideologist renounces government secrecy. Or […] Continue reading

Direct Russia-Cuba flights launch this month

Direct Russia-Cuba flights launch this month Xinhua | 2013-10-9 13:03:54 By Agencies Russian carrier Orenair will launch direct flights between Russia and the famed beach resort of Varadero in Cuba on October 25, Cubanacan Travel Agency said Tuesday. Velio Barrero, commercial director of the agency, said tour operator Pegas Turistik will organize a biweekly flight […] Continue reading

The Fault Always Lies With the People, or the United States

The Fault Always Lies With the People, or the United States / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Posted on September 25, 2013 LA HAVANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org — A new program recently started on television at the end of the newscast at 8 pm. It is named “Cuba says” and is listed as an investigative journalism […] Continue reading

Cuban Airline launches scheduled service to Jamaica

Cuban Airline launches scheduled service to Jamaica BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com Tuesday, August 27, 2013 THE options for travel from Cuba to Jamaica each year have been boosted with yesterday’s official launch of Aerogaviota’s scheduled air service between Havana and Kingston. The airline has been operating chartered flights to Kingston for the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s silence on cholera dangerous to your health

Posted on Saturday, 08.17.13 CHOLERA, DENGUE, MALARIA Cuba’s silence on cholera dangerous to your health BY SHERRI L. PORCELAIN SPORCELA@MED.MIAMI.EDU After a century hiatus, cholera has returned to Cuba. Along with the re-emergence of dengue, a mosquito-born disease, both the local population and tourists visiting the island remain at risk today. This is no surprise […] Continue reading

Building a Home in Cuba, Without Bank Loans, Without Legal Supply Markets

Yoani Sanchez Award-winning Cuban blogger Building a Home in Cuba, Without Bank Loans, Without Legal Supply Markets Posted: 08/09/2013 5:25 pm She gets up and has a little coffee. The concrete of the counter is still fresh. Magaly, her two sons and her husband live in a house under construction. They’ve spent seven years like […] Continue reading

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2013 (Exclusive, Iván García in Havana) If you want confirmation that socialism does not work, do yourself a favor and visit Alamar. This community, twenty minutes east of Havana, is an example of real urban chaos. A […] Continue reading

Santiago de Cuba – Prognosis Guarded

Santiago de Cuba: Prognosis Guarded / Regina Coyula Posted on July 25, 2013 Santiago de Cuba suffered a heart attack last year. The family conceals her dark circles, puts on makeup, and dyes her hair, but can’t control her chronic hypertension. All this to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks. […] Continue reading

Cuba’s sugar mills get new lease of life

22 May 2013 Last updated at 04:15 GMT Cuba’s sugar mills get new lease of life Sarah Rainsford By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Mejico It is a sight the people of Mejico thought they would never see again – sugar cane pouring onto a conveyer belt, beneath chimneys pouring smoke into a bright blue sky. […] Continue reading

Cuba’s New Real Estate Market, Betting on the Future, Wary of the Past

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Cuba’s New Real Estate Market, Betting on the Future, Wary of the Past Posted: 05/18/2013 5:19 pm Placing zeros to the right seems to be the preferred sport of those who put a price on the homes they sell in Cuba today. A captive market at the end of […] Continue reading