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Cuba cruises could become less flexible under new Trump policy

Cuba cruises could become less flexible under new Trump policy Gene Sloan , USA TODAY Published 12:20 p.m. ET June 16, 2017 Cruises from the USA to Cuba will be allowed to continue under President Trump’s new Cuba policy, but the trips could become more restrictive, industry and Cuba watchers say. Passengers on voyages to […] Continue reading

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections 14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2017 –Authorities have taken a firm stand with private transportation in Santiago de Cuba and have begun to demand exhaustive proof of fuel purchases from the state gas stations to verify that they are not from the black market. “Last Friday there […] Continue reading

They Deceived Us With Tourism

They Deceived Us With Tourism 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, 29 May 2017 — There was a time when I saw it as natural. I understood, to say it in a certain way, that Varadero beach was not ours despite its being in Cuban territory. My unconscious viewed the image of that strip of land, like many, […] Continue reading

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The transport ministry (MITRANS) has issued a new provision that obligates Havana’s pedicab drivers to have visible identification that specifies the municipality where they can operate. The sticker carries the driver’s license number and the name of the municipality. […] Continue reading

Los bicitaxistas solo pueden trabajar donde residen

Los bicitaxistas solo pueden trabajar donde residen MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Abril 20, 2017 El ministerio de transporte (Mitrans) ha emitido una nueva disposición que obliga a los bicitaxistas habaneros a tener una identificación visible donde se especifica el municipio donde pueden operar. La pegatina, lleva el número de licencia del conductor y el […] Continue reading

Hit by Venezuela shortage, Cuba to restrict premium gasoline sales

Hit by Venezuela shortage, Cuba to restrict premium gasoline sales By REUTERS PUBLISHED: 00:03 BST, 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 00:03 BST, 31 March 2017 By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta HAVANA, March 30 (Reuters) – Cuba will stop selling premium grade gasoline except to tourists starting Saturday due to a fuel crunch affecting Venezuela, […] 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 Cuba travel bubble is popping

Analysis: The Cuba travel bubble is popping Fabiola Santiago Miami Herald At the height of the Cuba travel frenzy, unleashed by the restoration of diplomatic relations and relaxed U.S. travel rules, not a day went by without an onslaught of photos on social media of americanos cruising Havana in antique convertibles and puffing on cigars. […] 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

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

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

Revolutionary ‘Justice’

Revolutionary ‘Justice’ / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 February 2018 — The distance between the Havana Capitol and the Ciudad Deportiva (Sport City) remains the same and yet it seems to have changed. With the capped prices imposed by local government on the private taxi routes, this journey has become immense […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Has Redoubled Its Assault On The Private Sector

The Cuban Regime Has Redoubled Its Assault On The Private Sector / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2017 — Marino Murillo, the presumptive tsar of economic reforms in Cuba, a prime minister with broad powers, passed up a seat in the first row next to the senior staff of a long-lived revolution governed by […] 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

A Day Without Private Taxis

A Day Without Private Taxis / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 10 February 2017 — Without posters, lists of demands or protest demonstrations, Havana’s private taxi drivers are responding to the recently imposed fare caps. The authorities made a bold move, adjusting their previous fare caps – which the drivers got around by […] Continue reading

Gov. Scott puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba

Gov. Scott puts provision in proposed budget to block trade with Cuba BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Following on the heels of last’s week threatened retaliation against Florida ports that sign agreements with Cuba, Gov. Rick Scott has tucked another anti-Cuba provision into his proposed state budget that is even more far-reaching. Port Everglades and the […] Continue reading

Citizens… Time To Tighten Your Belts

Citizens… Time To Tighten Your Belts / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 29 December 2016 – My generation knows no good news. We grew up with the grey subsidies of the rationed market, we reached puberty amid the rigors of the Special Period, we raised our children in a country with two […] 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

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 December 2016 — At the exit of the Bay Tunnel, the P-11 bus is packed with passengers. While the riders enjoy the view of the sea, the odor of saltpeter fills their noses. In this stretch of Havana’s geography, where Monumental Avenue […] Continue reading

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a year he goes to Miami where […] Continue reading

Havana Wakes up ‘Olive-Green’ for a Military Parade Rehearsal

Havana Wakes up ‘Olive-Green’ for a Military Parade Rehearsal /14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 November 2016 — From the early hours of the morning this Saturday frenetic activity it has taken possession of Rancho Boyeros Avenue, near the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana. Hundreds of buses, with thousands of soldiers, arrived for the rehearsal of […] 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

Cuban exile activists to take action against American Airlines for alleged discrimination

Cuban exile activists to take action against American Airlines for alleged discrimination MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com The president of the Democracy Movement, Ramón Saúl Sánchez, said Tuesday in Miami that his organization would ‘take action’ against American Airlines’ “apartheid policies” toward its Cuban-American employees if said policies are not changed within 24 hours. “The Democracy […] Continue reading

Cuba won’t allow Cuban-Americans flight crews to stay overnight, so an airline grounded them

Cuba won’t allow Cuban-Americans flight crews to stay overnight, so an airline grounded them BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com When American Airlines launched the first of an unprecedented 12 daily commercial flights from Miami to six cities in Cuba, the company rolled out the Cuban-American brass to mark the milestone at Miami International Airport. At a […] Continue reading

Lessons From Myanmar

Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] Continue reading