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Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd, next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers in the […] Continue reading

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead guilty in federal court Thursday to […] 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

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 3 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:44 CET. Another ordinance to regulate transport in the capital has come to light, this one persecuting pedicabs and consisting of a prohibition against operating outside the municipality where the vehicle is registered. “Imagine. […] 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

Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom

Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading

Taxi drivers – ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’

Taxi drivers: ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’ JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 15 de Febrero de 2017 – 13:53 CET. “Now the race to get an almendrón (taxi) will be liked a marathon,” warned writer Yani Monzón on the social networks last weekend. Private-sector workers holding […] Continue reading

Taxi Prices – Raul’s Reform Is Not Working

Taxi Prices: Raul’s Reform Is Not Working ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 13 de Febrero de 2017 – 22:04 CET. When a society manages to liberalize prices – that is, they are determined by the relationship between supply and demand – they constitute an indicator of economic health. This is so because a […] Continue reading

Winnipeg couple on vacation in Cuba killed in ambulance crash

Winnipeg couple on vacation in Cuba killed in ambulance crash Dario Balca , CTVNews.ca Writer @DarioBalca Published Sunday, January 8, 2017 3:44PM EST Last Updated Sunday, January 8, 2017 8:45PM EST A Winnipeg family is mourning the loss of a couple killed in an ambulance crash while vacationing on the island of Cayo Coco, Cuba. […] 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

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

Los planes de austeridad de Cuba amenazan la meta de los 10 M de turistas

Los planes de austeridad de Cuba amenazan la meta de los 10 M de turistas La industria del turismo en Cuba está en “clara expansión” y podría triplicar el número de visitantes hasta los 10 millones anuales en 2030, pero necesita una fuerte inversión. Sin embargo, esta condición se ve ahora amenazada por los planes […] Continue reading

Crisis económica en Cuba amenaza meta de triplicar el turismo

Crisis económica en Cuba amenaza meta de triplicar el turismo Se prevé una contracción de las importaciones y las inversiones Sábado, diciembre 3, 2016 | Agencias WASHINGTON, Estados Unidos.- La industria del turismo en Cuba está en “clara expansión” y puede triplicar el número de visitantes hasta los 10 millones anuales en 2030, pero necesita […] 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

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ Miami’s tightly knit and often contentious exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s. They knew him when he was a college student struggling for attention, when he was holed up in the Sierra Maestra mountains […] Continue reading

Enough With the War Games

Enough With the War Games / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, Havana, 20 November 2016 — Tiredness, in the voice of the friend who calls and asks when they are going to mute the sirens that have been going off since morning. Exhaustion, in the neighbor who couldn’t get home in time […] 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

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

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

Dissatisfied with Bus Service Changes in Havana

Dissatisfied with Bus Service Changes in Havana / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 7 September 2016 – The P15 bus now begins its route at the Santa Fe Bridge and new routes with the letter A have appeared in Havana’s bus system as of the end of August. The changes in the route names and destinations has […] Continue reading

How many Cubans read?

How many Cubans read? JOSÉ PRATS SARIOL | Miami | 2 de Septiembre de 2016 – 15:11 CEST. An article by Juan Cruz in the Spanish daily El País features frightening figures about reading habits in Spain: 39.4% of Spanish adults have not read a book in the last 12 months. It adds that 57.5% […] Continue reading

Travel, Whatever the Cost

Travel, Whatever the Cost / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez The “last minute” terminal in Havana for the purchase of interprovincial bus and train tickets. (14ymedio) 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 18 July 2016 – “Give me the suitcase, I’m off to the countryside,” says the chorus of a tune that gets more popular during the school holidays. […] 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

Rain, A Justification for So Many Things

Rain, A Justification for So Many Things / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 10 June 2016 –“Why did you bring the girl if it is raining?” my friend’s daughter’s second grade teacher asked when she brought her child to school on Wednesday. Although the school year should continue, many elementary school teachers […] 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

Cruise ship passengers break away from guided tours to see real life in Cuba

Cruise ship passengers break away from guided tours to see real life in Cuba While still basking in the glow of the enthusiastic welcome they received from hundreds of Cubans at the dock in Havana, some Adonia passengers began to wonder if two days of guided tours gave them an accurate picture of the harsh […] Continue reading

Historic cruise to Cuba returns to Miami after forging new ties

Historic cruise to Cuba returns to Miami after forging new ties Cubans warmly welcomed ship during stops in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago Passengers say there weren’t enough opportunities for exchanges with Cuban people Fathom officials acknowledge their fledgling on-shore programs need improvement BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Fathom Adonia returned to Miami shortly before 6:30 […] Continue reading