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Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2017 — On one of the side walls, inside a small newspaper stand on Avenida 26, in Nuevo Vedado (Havana), an unusual sign announces: “This stand became private property.” The event is unique. The elderly self-employed […] Continue reading

Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike

Police In Havana Deploy In Response To Taxi Driver Strike / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 February 2017 — Residents of Havana woke up on Monday morning to a strong police deployment, motivated by the announcement of a strike by private taxi drivers. In response to a question from 14ymedio, a uniformed officer said that it […] Continue reading

Do We Have to Wait for the Government to Sell the Peugeot 508s to Improve Public Transport?

Do We Have to Wait for the Government to Sell the Peugeot 508s to Improve Public Transport? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 18 February 2017 — Seven in the morning at the bus stop at Acosta Avenue and Poey Street, in the dense La Vibora neighborhood in southern Havana. Almost a hundred people are waiting […] Continue reading

Private Taxi Drivers Feel Harassed By The Cuban Government

Private Taxi Drivers Feel Harassed By The Cuban Government / Iván García Iván García, 15 February 2017 — Decidedly, equanimity isn’t one of Pastor’s strong points. He’s an industrial engineer transformed into a private taxi driver, and six days a week he drives a 1954 Dodge with a body from a Detroit factory, patched up […] Continue reading

Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems

Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems Claire Boobbyer The Telegraph 17 February 2017 Cuba remains a hot-ticket destination for British travellers as airlines launch new routes and cruise tourism surges. But as the boom continues, confusion has taken hold over whether Britons are able to board the new direct […] Continue reading

Top Cuba charter follows others out of market as Tampa commercial flight debuts

Top Cuba charter follows others out of market as Tampa commercial flight debuts Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer Monday, December 19, 2016 11:44am Tessie Aral knew for months it was happening, yet she wept tears of both joy and sadness Dec. 12 when Southwest Airlines launched its daily service from Tampa to Havana. Tears of […] Continue reading

Kidnapped by Human Traffickers

Kidnapped by Human Traffickers / 14ymedio, Georlys Olazabal Drake 14ymedio, Georlys Olazabal Drake, Florida, Camagüey Province, 19 October 2016 — At 29, like many of the young people here, Georlys Olazabal Drake fled the lack of opportunities in Cuba for undertake the risky journey to the United States. A member of the opposition movement Somos+ […] Continue reading

Mariel port head outlines Cuba’s long-term shipping prospects

Mariel port head outlines Cuba’s long-term shipping prospects Greg Miller, Special Correspondent | Sep 05, 2016 7:00AM EDT Within maritime circles, there is tremendous interest in the promise of Cuban trade and how shipping can navigate the political minefield of the US embargo and the 180-day rule, which bars a vessel that calls in Cuba […] Continue reading

Cuban migrants stranded in Panama have nowhere to go

Cuban migrants stranded in Panama have nowhere to go BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com After escaping deportation in Colombia, some 650 Cubans hoping to make it to the United States managed to cross the border through the Darien jungle and are now in the Panamanian town of La Miel. The migrants are being assisted under […] Continue reading

Private Transport Drivers in Central Cuba Demand End to Excessive Controls

Private Transport Drivers in Central Cuba Demand End to Excessive Controls / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 9 August 2016 — Private trucks covering the stretch between Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus remained out of service during the weekend and Monday in response to new demands from the authorities. For several days, at […] Continue reading

Top Official Of The Ministry Of The Interior Implicated In Contraband Case – Crime Or Reckoning?

Top Official Of The Ministry Of The Interior Implicated In Contraband Case: Crime Or Reckoning? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, August 8, 2016 — This past July 18, in the Cuban capital, Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Mujica, the head of the Capdevila Special Command of Firefighters, Boyeros municipality, and of the prevention unit of […] Continue reading

The Cuban Government Wants to Regulate Prices for Collective Taxis

The Cuban Government Wants to Regulate Prices for Collective Taxis / Iván García Iván García, 19 July 2016 — At the traffic signal on Infanta and Carlos III, in the heart of Havana, Guenady takes advantage of the red light to thirstily take a swig out of a half-liter of ice water that he keeps […] Continue reading

A Phone Number for Cubans to Report Taxi Drivers Who Overcharge

A Phone Number for Cubans to Report Taxi Drivers Who Overcharge / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 18 June 2016 — The Directorate General of Transportation has taken a further step to freeze the fares for private transportation in Havana. Price controls take effect this coming Monday, and a phone number – 18820 – has been established […] Continue reading

Cuban Government to Set Price Controls on Private Transport on Monday

Cuban Government to Set Price Controls on Private Transport on Monday / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 15 June 2016 — The Cuban government will apply price controls to private transport starting Monday, according to information broadcast on official television this Friday. The measure seeks to put the brakes on the rising prices of shared fixed-route taxis […] Continue reading

Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper

Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper By Tom Burson | March 29, 2016 | 11:55am Looks like the warming of relations between the U.S. and Cuba could spur something beyond cheap cigars and rum: flights to Cuba are about to get ridiculously cheap. According to research by Hopper, flight prices from the U.S. to Cuba […] Continue reading

Pedaling to Survive

Pedaling to Survive / 14ymedio Posted on February 25, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 23 February 2016 — Preferred by customers for short distance travel and demonized by motorists who consider them a danger to traffic, pedicabs are part of the urban landscape of Havana and many provincial cities. With their three wheels and their many decorative […] Continue reading

US OK’s first factory in Cuba since revolution

APNewsBreak: US OK’s first factory in Cuba since revolution By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration has approved the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than half a century, allowing a two-man company from Alabama to build a plant assembling as many as 1,000 small tractors a year for sale to private […] Continue reading

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’ / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata Posted on February 6, 2016 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales and Havana, 6 February 2016 – First they ran out of water bottles, then packaged juices became scarce, and now it is difficult to find fresh fruit. This is how a hostess of tourist […] 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’s Private Sector – The Dangerous Road Ahead

Cuba’s Private Sector: The Dangerous Road Ahead January 27, 2016 Osmel Ramírez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Until the end of the 1980s, the words “business person” were akin to an obscenity in Cuba. Working for the State was the norm and even farmers who hadn’t handed over their lands to a cooperative were suspect. The […] 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

Intensified Vigilance Against Fish and Yogurt Sellers in Mayabeque

Intensified Vigilance Against Fish and Yogurt Sellers in Mayabeque / 14ymedio, Carmona Osniel Breijo Posted on December 3, 2015 14ymedio, Osniel Carmona Breijo, Guines, 3 December 2015 – “Anyone with more than five pepinos [the liter-and-a-half plastic bottles that are standard for homemade yogurt] can get off now.” This phrase, according to Nereida, a 61-year-old […] Continue reading

The Growth of GDP, and the Cuban Railway: Past and Present

The Growth of GDP, and the Cuban Railway: Past and Present / Dimas Castellano Posted on November 30, 2015 Dimas Castellano, 31 July 2105 — According to a report presented by the Minister of Economy and Planning, Marino Murillo Jorge, in the Fifth Ordinary Sessional Period of the National Assembly of Popular Power, during 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 Growth of GDP, and the Cuban Railway – Past and Present

The Growth of GDP, and the Cuban Railway: Past and Present / Dimas Castellano Posted on November 30, 2015 Dimas Castellano, 31 July 2105 — According to a report presented by the Minister of Economy and Planning, Marino Murillo Jorge, in the Fifth Ordinary Sessional Period of the National Assembly of Popular Power, during the […] Continue reading