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Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans

Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans They fly 13 hours seeking items to sell in a Communist island still starved of consumer goods MOSCOW—Sometimes the wheels of history turn slowly. The hottest shopping destination for Cubans is not across the water in Miami. It’s Moscow, 6,000 miles away. Tougher U.S. […] Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants and neighbours who could afford them. […] Continue reading

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules

American cruise travelers bump into Cuba’s rules BY DAVID G. MOLYNEAUX TheTravelMavens.com ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, CUBA After a calm winter’s night at anchor on Cuba’s remote Siguanea Bay, 34 American travelers on the 150-foot motor-sailor Panorama II awakened before dawn and collected their snorkeling gear, prepared for a ride on a local boat to […] Continue reading

El marketing de cruceros de EEUU a Cuba encara severas limitaciones

El marketing de cruceros de EEUU a Cuba encara severas limitaciones Tanto por las limitaciones del gobierno de la isla como por la incertidumbre del deshielo Miércoles, enero 4, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- Agentes de compañías de cruceros en EE.UU. que ya han comenzado a vender viajes a Cuba han declarado que el […] Continue reading

Short windows limit marketing of Cuba cruises

Short windows limit marketing of Cuba cruises By Tom Stieghorst / January 02, 2017 Travel agents have begun selling cruises to Cuba set to sail in the first half of 2017, but some said the limited number of itineraries approved so far by the Cuban government makes it hard for them to justify a marketing […] Continue reading

Christmas for Rich People and for Poor People

Cuba: Christmas for Rich People and for Poor People / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 24 November 2016 — Two trucks with trailers, full of reddish-brown earth, park in a narrow street, next to the agricultural market in Mónaco, a neighbourhood thirty minutes from the centre of Havana. Four men with teeshirts and dirty overalls lug […] Continue reading

Rice Might Be In Short Supply This Festive Season

Rice Might Be In Short Supply This Festive Season / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 22 December 2016 — Sad, paradoxical and irresponsible — but real. Rice, the common denominator, and basic ingredient, of Cuban cuisine, could be almost absent from the island’s tables at the end of the year. The official press has […] Continue reading

Fidel’s best-sold myth

Fidel’s best-sold myth ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET. Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution” constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many that […] Continue reading

Villa Clara – Poverty, Wifi and Monotony

Villa Clara: Poverty, Wifi and Monotony / Iván García Iván García , 3 November 2016 — Situated between sugar cane fields and with the Escambray mountain chain visible in the distance, at the side of the old Central Highway is the village of La Esperanza, part of Ranchuelo, one of the 13 towns of Villa […] Continue reading

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help

Residents of hurricane-ravaged eastern Cuba say they need help BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Matthew’s winds had scarcely subsided in eastern Cuba Wednesday when Msgr. Wilfredo Pino Estévez, bishop of the Diocese of Guantánamo-Baracoa, set off at 5 a.m. to see what the hurricane had wrought on Cuba’s northern coast. Representatives of Caritas Guantánamo, a Catholic […] Continue reading

Cuba – Last Chance to Leave for US

Cuba: Last Chance to Leave for US Washington-Havana détente means many are worried time is running out to seek a new life. By Fernando Donate Roberto Castillo’s finger glides over the map showing one of the possible routes he can take through Central America when he leaves Cuba. His final destination will be the United […] 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

Cómo afecta la crisis de Venezuela a la economía de Cuba?

¿Cómo afecta la crisis de Venezuela a la economía de Cuba? Redacción BBC Mundo 15 julio 2016 Cuando la prensa oficial en La Habana anunció la semana pasada que Cuba debería reducir en un tercio el consumo de combustible en el segundo semestre de 2016, algunos observadores externos recordaron una expresión tristemente célebre de la […] 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

Gobernador de Misuri visita Cuba para aumentar el comercio bilateral

Gobernador de Misuri visita Cuba para aumentar el comercio bilateral Tiene interés especial en el área de la agroalimentación Lunes, mayo 30, 2016 | Agencias LA HABANA, Cuba.- El gobernador de Misuri, el demócrata Jeremiah Nixon, inició hoy una visita oficial a Cuba, acompañado de una veintena de empresas, para aumentar el comercio bilateral, especialmente […] Continue reading

Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba

Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba Island nation is just itching to breathe free Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:46 p.m. CDT I just returned from 2 weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from the land of Fidelismo. Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited, though American educational and professional […] Continue reading

It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic

Fathom is a cruise to Cuba with a social purpose Fathom is Carnival’s new social-impact cruise line It offers sailings to Cuba and the Dominican Republic The Dominican itinerary emphasizes volunteer tourism; the Cuban one focuses on people-to-people exchanges BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com SANTIAGO, CUBA After the Madrigalista Choir finished a performance for a group […] Continue reading

How a Havana Couple Lives on Cuban Pesos

How a Havana Couple Lives on Cuban Pesos / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 26 January 2016 — In the large commercial centers of Havana, whether Carlos III, Galerias Paseo or the at Avenida Boyeros and Camagüey Street, you will not find families like Yesenia and Sergio. In these ’shoppings’ or […] Continue reading

Five Points – Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech

Five Points: Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech Posted on January 22, 2016 Dimas Castellanos, 16 January 2016 — A commentary on five economic issues raised by the Cuban president on December 29, 2015 during the closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power. 1. The president stated that, though the effects of 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

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] 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

How the Obama White House runs foreign policy

How the Obama White House runs foreign policy By Karen DeYoung August 4 at 8:33 PM When Susan E. Rice took over as President Obama’s national security adviser two years ago, she was struck by how the White House had grown. Since she had last served on the National Security Council, during the Clinton administration, […] 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

Los rockeros se fueron pa’l monte

Los rockeros se fueron pa’l monte Desafiando pronósticos adversos, los seguidores cubanos de este género tuvieron su Festival Atenas Rock al aire libre en Matanzas los pasados días 5 y 6 de junio lunes, junio 8, 2015 | Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro LA HABANA, Cuba. – Desafiando pronósticos adversos, los rockeros cubanos tuvieron su Festival […] Continue reading

South Louisiana delegation in Cuba for talks on promoting business ties

South Louisiana delegation in Cuba for talks on promoting business ties TYLER BRIDGES| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE March 14, 2015 Thirty-five years ago, Joe Doss helped load 473 political prisoners on a World War II-era ship bound for the United States. Doss, then an Episcopal priest in New Orleans, had spent two weeks in Cuba […] Continue reading

Could Houston be the U.S. hub of trade with Cuba?

Could Houston be the U.S. hub of trade with Cuba? Yes, say experts: Houston exports things that Cuba needs By Olivia P. Tallet January 30, 2015 Updated: January 30, 2015 3:02pm Could Houston become the major trading hub between the U.S. and Cuba? Experts say that if Washington finally lifts the embargo that restricts trade […] Continue reading