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What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to Cuba as individuals, what people-to-people tours are and how they […] Continue reading

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 1 April 2017 — Rumors of a general rise in prices have sharpened shortages at gas stations this Saturday, with long lines of vehicles waiting their turn at service stations across the country. The fuel sold at preferential prices for thousands of state employees has […] 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

Hopes too high, too soon?

Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon? PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT. It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba, the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90 years. As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to […] 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

Charter service to Cuba planned from Pittsburgh International Airport

Charter service to Cuba planned from Pittsburgh International Airport September 9, 2016 9:41 PM By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette As little as a year ago, a nonstop flight to Cuba from Pittsburgh would have been the stuff of pipe dreams. Now it may be just months away from happening. Miami-based Choice Aire intends to […] Continue reading

Booking a flight to Cuba? Here’s what to expect now

Booking a flight to Cuba? Here’s what to expect now TODAY IN THE SKY Seth Miller, Special for USA TODAY 7:28 a.m. EDT September 9, 2016 SANTA CLARA, Cuba — A new era for U.S.-Cuba aviation began last week with JetBlue Flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale to the Cuban city of Santa Clara. The historic […] Continue reading

Private Transport Drivers in Central Cuba Demand End to Excessive Controls

Private Transport Drivers in Central Cuba Demand End to Excessive Controls / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 9 August 2016 — Private trucks covering the stretch between Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus remained out of service during the weekend and Monday in response to new demands from the authorities. For several days, at […] Continue reading

BBC Earth Announces 3D Film ‘Cuba’

BBC Earth Announces 3D Film ‘Cuba’ Bryn Gelbart Mar 10, 2016 5:34 pm A new large format 3D film with the working title “Cuba” has today been announced by BBC Earth. The film is being directed by well-known award-winning cinematographer Peter Chang. It plans to be an adventure of epic proportions, about not just the […] Continue reading

The Cuban Government Wants to Regulate Prices for Collective Taxis

The Cuban Government Wants to Regulate Prices for Collective Taxis / Iván García Iván García, 19 July 2016 — At the traffic signal on Infanta and Carlos III, in the heart of Havana, Guenady takes advantage of the red light to thirstily take a swig out of a half-liter of ice water that he keeps […] 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

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

US customs prepares for more international flights in Keys

US customs prepares for more international flights in Keys Published on April 18, 2016 MARATHON, Fla. – A new customs checkpoint is opening at Florida Keys airport in preparation for more traffic involving the island chain and Cuba and other international destinations. According to a statement from the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, the new […] Continue reading

Big week ahead in Havana with historic Obama visit

Big week ahead in Havana with historic Obama visit The city has been cleaned and spiffed up The Tampa Bay Rays will play Cuban team on Tuesday The week finishes with a Rolling Stones concert BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com “ HAVANA There are unprecedented sights and sounds around Havana: fleets of burgundy-colored Jeeps carrying U.S. […] Continue reading

Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba

Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba The Associated Press by WILLIAM BIGELOW 20 Feb 2016 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI arrested Bart Hernandez, an agent who has represented Cuban baseball stars, including Jose Abreu, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler and Leonys Martin, on charges of human smuggling. The […] Continue reading

U.S., Cuba sign civil aviation accord in Havana as Cuba’s foreign trade minister visits Washington

U.S., Cuba sign civil aviation accord in Havana as Cuba’s foreign trade minister visits Washington Accord allows first regularly scheduled U.S.-Cuba flights in more than 50 years U.S. airlines have until March 2 to submit applications for routes Cuba’s Foreign Trade minister speaks at U.S. Chamber BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Cuba and the United States […] 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

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

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] 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

US-Cuba aviation deal allows 110 scheduled flights per day

US-Cuba aviation deal allows 110 scheduled flights per day Posted: Saturday, December 26, 2015 5:15 am | Updated: 5:15 am, Sat Dec 26, 2015. Associated Press HAVANA — The United States and Cuba have struck a deal to allow as many as 110 regular airline flights a day, allowing a surge of American travel to […] Continue reading

Chilean business leaders keen to invest in Cuba’s special economic zone

Chilean business leaders keen to invest in Cuba’s special economic zone English.news.cn 2015-09-05 10:53:58 HAVANA, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) — Chilean business leaders Friday expressed an interest in investing in Cuba’s special economic zone (SEZ) of Mariel, a deep-water port being developed near the capital Havana. Some 30 business leaders accompanying Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz […] 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

The Ferry At Last!

The Ferry At Last! / Rebeca Monzo Posted on May 11, 2015 For many years, a ferry in our country served as a practical and economic means of communication between Havana and Key West (Cayo Hueso). It was heavily utilized by those people who travel with their automobiles, to facilitate movement to other places after […] Continue reading

New US Treasury Info on Traveling to Cuba and Doing Business

New US Treasury Info on Traveling to Cuba and Doing Business April 17, 2015 HAVANA TIMES — The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Treasury Dept. published a revised list of questions and answers for United States citizens interested in travel to Cuba, travel services, banking, sending remittances, or doing any type […] Continue reading

How Baseball Betrayed Cuba’s Covert Ops

How Baseball Betrayed Cuba’s Covert Ops American intel looked for telltale diamonds by ADAM RAWNSLEY April 5 is opening day for Major League Baseball. This season, there’s speculation that the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations could lead to even more players from Cuba, home to some of the world’s best ballplayers and most enthusiastic fans, […] Continue reading