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A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 May 2017 — The worst thing that can happen to Agustín is to have his battery go dead in the street. It is even more terrible than the failure of a headlamp or the lack of parking for his made-in-China electric motorcycle. 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

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […] Continue reading

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’ – The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot /

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’: The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 17 February 2017 – The ending of the United States’ Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy – that allowed Cubans who touched American soil to stay – crushed the hopes of many Cubans of being able to achieve […] Continue reading

East Coast ports, including Charleston’s, debate Cuban trade

East Coast ports, including Charleston’s, debate Cuban trade By David Wren dwren@postandcourier.com Jan 29, 2017 El Nuevo Herald via Associated Press The first legal exports from Cuba to the U.S. in more than 50 years arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week. The shipment aboard the K-Storm included two containers of artisanal […] Continue reading

Gov. Rick Scott wants Florida ports to cease trade with Cuba

Gov. Rick Scott wants Florida ports to cease trade with Cuba Posted By Jim Turner, the News Service of Florida on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:23 am Gov. Rick Scott is using Twitter to threaten funding cuts for port operators that do business with Cuba, as legal cargo arrived Wednesday at Port Everglades from […] Continue reading

Gov. Scott doesn’t want Florida’s ports making deals with Cuba

Gov. Scott doesn’t want Florida’s ports making deals with Cuba JANUARY 25, 2017 3:43 PM BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@miamiherald.com Florida Gov. Rick Scott threatened Wednesday to strip state funds from two South Florida seaports ready to sign business deals with the Cuban government. Over three posts on Twitter, the governor said he would ask state […] Continue reading

Port Everglades to explore cruise, export opportunities with Cuba

Port Everglades to explore cruise, export opportunities with Cuba Marcia Heroux Pounds More cruises and exports to Cuba? Port Everglades to explore opportunities with Cuban officials Port Everglades plans to sign an agreement with Cuba designed to generate job opportunities locally and revenue for both the port and its Caribbean counterpart, according to a letter […] Continue reading

Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home thanDonald Trump

Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump Christopher Woody Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a “better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry that the president-elect will halt or […] Continue reading

Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9%

Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9% / 14ymedio 14ymedio, (With information from EFE), Havana, 27 December 2016 – The Cuban economy closed the year with a 0.9% contraction in GDP, well below the 1% growth forecast, according to an announcement from Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Minister of the Economy and Planning, during the final 2016 […] 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

In rural Cuba, economy stuck in time after Castro

In rural Cuba, economy stuck in time after Castro Alongside free education and healthcare, the Cuban revolution also brought anemic development and a one-party state, which controls 80 percent of the economy and fears losing its grip on the market By Rigoberto Diaz / AFP, CAMAGUEY, Cuba A convoy is carrying former Cuban president Fidel […] 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

Cuba’s Cienfuegos Refinery Reduced Production By Half Due to Cuts In Venezuelan Oil

Cuba’s Cienfuegos Refinery Reduced Production By Half Due to Cuts In Venezuelan Oil / 14ymedio, Mario Penton and Nora Gamez Torres 14ymedio, Mario Penton and Nora Gamez Torres, Miami, 31 October 2016 – Cuba’s Cienfuegos refinery, operated by Cuvenpetrol SA, a Cuban/Venezuelan joint venture, has been forced to cut production by half due to cuts […] Continue reading

In Cuba ‘Raulismo’ Follows The Fine Print Of ‘Fidelismo’

In Cuba ‘Raulismo’ Follows The Fine Print Of ‘Fidelismo’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 October 2016 – In recent weeks several alarming news reports about the Cuban economy have filled the front pages of newspapers. The attitude of the government in monopolizing the aid for the victims of Hurricane Matthew and its cutting off of […] 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

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

Cuba shipping gains unlikely in the short term

Cuba shipping gains unlikely in the short term Greg Miller, Special Correspondent | Aug 24, 2016 12:23PM EDT Despite all the hype on Cuba, commercial shipping’s opportunities to do business with the island are unlikely to significantly improve until at least February 2018. U.S. President Barack Obama has since December 2014 used his regulatory powers […] Continue reading

JetBlue to launch first US commercial flights to Cuba next week

JetBlue to launch first US commercial flights to Cuba next week AFP Relax News • August 26, 2016 The US airline JetBlue will make the first regular commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century next Wednesday, the Cuban authorities said Thursday. The August 31 inaugural flight — the […] 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

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights AFP July 21, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Cuba said Thursday there is “nothing to fear” regarding security as direct flights resume between the communist island and the United States, part of their historic rapprochement. With regular commercial flights set to resume in the coming weeks, Cuba’s aging […] 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

Cuba objects to U.S. lawmakers’ attempts to stop flights

Cuba objects to U.S. lawmakers’ attempts to stop flights HAVANA | BY SARAH MARSH Cuba on Thursday objected to attempts by a small group of U.S. lawmakers to prevent scheduled flights between the two countries from going ahead on security grounds, underscoring its longstanding cooperation with U.S. authorities on the issue. The former Cold War […] Continue reading

A year on, US, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends

A year on, US, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends Hector Velasco July 19, 2016 Havana (AFP) – A year after restoring diplomatic ties, the United States and Cuba are far from fully normalizing their troubled relationship, which remains haunted by Cold War ghosts despite cautious ongoing talks. In a reconciliation that was […] Continue reading

In Age Of Terror, Why Is Obama Rushing to Open Daily Flights With Cuba?

In Age Of Terror, Why Is Obama Rushing to Open Daily Flights With Cuba? Mike Gonzalez, CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. As the horrific attack in Nice made clear again Thursday night, America is in the midst of a global war against terrorists who seek to exploit whatever weak spots there […] Continue reading

US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities

US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities Scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities won tentative government approval Thursday, advancing President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba. BY JOAN LOWY AND SCOTT MAYEROWITZ Associated Press WASHINGTON Scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Port of Mariel Lags Behind Panama Canal Expansion

Cuba’s Port of Mariel Lags Behind Panama Canal Expansion / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 June 2016 — “We want to be on the front pages of newspapers” claimed a taxi driver in the middle of heavy traffic on a Panamanian street after being asked about the leaked documents from the firm […] Continue reading