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Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 27 February 2017 — After working twelve hours driving a vintage 1957 Chevrolet for a collective taxi company on the Cotorro-Central Park route, twenty-nine year old Osdiel sits down to have a beer at a dark bar in the south end of Havana, where […] Continue reading

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period?

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period? / Iván García Joel, a fifty-five-year-old engineer, remembers the summer of 1994 when, after finishing his day job, he came home to roast two or three pounds of peanuts. After packaging them in paper cones fashioned from the pages of school textbooks, he went out to […] Continue reading

Repression Instead of Solutions

Repression Instead of Solutions / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 19 July 2016 — The topic of discussion among Havanans today is not only the intense heat and “the evil of it,” but also the beginning of the persecution and repression against self-employed taxi drivers who have raised their prices. Given the lack of public transport, […] Continue reading

US Relaxes More Aspects of its Embargo on Cuba

US Relaxes More Aspects of its Embargo on Cuba January 26, 2016 HAVANA TIMES — The US government today announced a further easing of some aspects of its embargo on Cuba, which could facilitate travel, trade and finance. The new measures take effect on Wednesday, announced the US Departments of Treasury and Commerce in a […] Continue reading

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair June 22, 2015 Naty Gabriela Gonzalez HAVANA TIMES — I get on a bus and see people run and cling to the open door, trying to keep their heels from being mangled. I see a mother hoist her kid onto her shoulder and grab hold of […] Continue reading

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation September 7, 2014 Jorge Milanes Despaigne HAVANA TIMES — “I’ve always had a bicycle, but I’m in love with this particular one because it was tailor-made,” my brother Luis said to me, polishing the bike he brought from Ecuador. When he saw I was interested in the subject, […] Continue reading

Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law

Posted on Monday, 06.30.14 Cuba: Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles have been sold in Cuba in the nearly six months since a new law took effect that let islanders buy vehicles from state-run dealerships without a special […] Continue reading

Public Transportation in Cuba – Moving Backwards

Public Transportation in Cuba: Moving Backwards April 4, 2014 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — As far as its public transportation system is concerned, Cuba has two choices: to continue doing the same thing for another 50 years or to study the experiences of other countries and apply those that best suit the situation at home, […] Continue reading

Rise in Havana Bus Fares in the Wind

Rise in Havana Bus Fares in the Wind September 21, 2013 By Rogelio Manuel Díaz Moreno HAVANA TIMES – I have the impression that it won’t be long before there’s a new rise in the price of public transportation in Havana. The formal price of a ticket on the urban buses is 40 cents (of […] Continue reading

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy?

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy? / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 20, 2013 While in Sao Paulo and other cities in Brazil the outraged people flooded the streets to protest the increase in transportation prices, rampant corruption and the millions in public expenditures for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in Cuba the […] Continue reading

A Day’s Salary is Spent in Two Trips

A Day’s Salary is Spent in Two Trips / Veizant Boloy Posted on September 7, 2013 LA HABANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org — With the 2013-2014 school year beginning, Havana’s public transport crisis is hard to overlook. Bus stops are already crowded with waiting passengers and the situation could become even worse in the coming weeks […] Continue reading

Measuring Cuba’s Moral Degeneration

Measuring Cuba’s Moral Degeneration August 29, 2013 Osmel Almaguer HAVANA TIMES — We speak so much about the moral degradation of Cuban society that sometimes it feels we are deep in a quagmire that can’t get any worse. This isn’t exactly true, and we should not deceive ourselves that it is. Today, I had one […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Public Transport System Adjustments are not Enough

Cuba’s Public Transport System: Adjustments are not Enough July 4, 2013 | Print | Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — Fifty years of unsuccessful attempts at re-structuring its public transportation into a system that works should suffice to make Cuba consider changing the very foundations of the system. The “reorganization” being proposed today promises to be […] Continue reading

Report says Cuban economic growth hasn’t quickened despite reforms

Posted on Monday, 07.01.13 Report says Cuban economic growth hasn’t quickened despite reforms BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuba said Monday its economy will grow by no more than 3 percent this year, about the same as in 2012 but far short of the 3.6 percent goal and another indication that ruler Raúl Castro’s reforms […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Astro Buses, Quite an Experience

Cuba’s Astro Buses, Quite an Experience June 4, 2013 Dariela Aquique HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s public transportation system – arguably close to the top of that long list of things that work badly or do not work at all in the country – is one of our pending public discussions. If public transportation within city […] 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

Urban Transportation in Cuba

Urban Transportation in Cuba May 4, 2012 Janis Hernandez HAVANA TIMES, May 4 — Urban transportation, as the system vehicles for moving people within cities, is one of the most pressing problems in Cuba. Our economic and logistic inability to purchase automobiles is the result of the economic embargo on the island, but it's also [...] Continue reading

An Anticlimactic Mass

An Anticlimactic MassMarch 30, 2012Isbel Diaz Torres HAVANA TIMES, March 29 — "Who had the idea that people would be able hold out here from as early as 6:00 am?" rhetorically asked a man as he was leaving. He was one of those who, by the hundreds, walked away from Revolution Square just as Pope [...] Continue reading

Havana Faces New Public Transportation Crisis

Havana Faces New Public Transportation CrisisMarch 22, 2012Pedro Campos HAVANA TIMES, March 22 — Once again Havana's public transportation system is in crisis. Again the mass media of the party-government are pointing the finger at "transportation workers and indisciplina social (public negligence)." Again they are advocating more control and repressive measures used against workers and [...] Continue reading

They say, and the lies aren’t mine / Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez, Cuban Law Association

They say, and the lies aren't mine / Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez, Cuban Law AssociationCuban Law Association, Translator: Unstated Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez, Attorney Ask an ordinary citizen for their rights, it would be like asking how far Mars is from Earth, it would be impossible to get a precise answer, clear and consistent, but if you [...] Continue reading

In Cuba, Women Often Prefer Thumbing A Ride

In Cuba, Women Often Prefer Thumbing A Rideby Nick MiroffListen to the Story Cuba's capital, Havana, has good public safety and terrible public transportation. That has led to a curious form of travel, especially for young women in the city: urban hitchhiking. At major intersections, women climb in and out of strangers' cars, commuting to [...] Continue reading