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The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a coastal strip where tourists rarely come and […] 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

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

CUBA’S PREMIUM GAS SHORTAGE LEAVES DIPLOMATS STUCK

CUBA’S PREMIUM GAS SHORTAGE LEAVES DIPLOMATS STUCK BY REUTERS ON 4/9/17 AT 6:40 AM When they are not tending to international affairs, diplomats based in Havana can be found these days stewing in interminable lines at gas stations and concocting ways to increase the octane in fuel as Cuba’s premium gasoline shortage takes its toll. […] Continue reading

Over 50 injured in Cuba road accident

Over 50 injured in Cuba road accident Society 20.03.2017 | 09:51 HAVANA, 20 March (BelTA – Xinhua) – At least 55 people were injured in a serious traffic accident outside the city of Bayamo in eastern Cuba. The accident happened on Sunday morning when the driver of a passenger bus lost control of the vehicle […] 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

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March 2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal market, until he discovered […] 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

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

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

Cubana’s fleet – VIPs come first

Cubana’s fleet: VIPs come first MICHEL SUÁREZ | Madrid | 21 de Noviembre de 2016 – 23:11 CET. Cubana de Aviación has blamed its disastrous state (once again) to the US embargo. “There are no aviation supply companies in the world that dare to sell direct to Cuba,” the company’s director recently alleged. As he […] 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

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

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

Poking the Hornet’s Nest

Poking the Hornet’s Nest / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 31 October 2016 — Here on my planet, the government used the term “hornet’s nest” to name student groups at all levels, whose classes were suspended because they were forced to participate in organized protests against the so-called blockade, enlivened with musical and theater groups, putting […] 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

New site aims to serve as a guide for baffling car sales in Cuba

New site aims to serve as a guide for baffling car sales in Cuba ABEL FERNÁNDEZ Staff@InCubaToday.com Trying to buy a car in Cuba can be as vexing as finding your way through a maze at night. So a young Havana entrepreneur has decided to put some order to car sales in his homeland with […] 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

Bodyshop Workers – Artists with Metal and Torches

Bodyshop Workers: Artists with Metal and Torches / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcello Hernandez, 10 September 2016 – The noise drowns out all talking. There is hammering, the sound of metal being cut, and a polisher that buzzes relentlessly. In the bodyshop belonging to Manolo – called El Gordo, the Fat Guy – located in […] 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

Cuban Workers In State Enterprises Will Pay Taxes Starting In October

Cuban Workers In State Enterprises Will Pay Taxes Starting In October / EFE, 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 1 September 2016 — The workers of more than 94% of Cuba’s state enterprises will have to pay personal income taxes and a special contribution to social security starting on October 1, Cuba’s official media reported Thursday. […] 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

Cuba warns cabbies not to raise fares amid energy crunch

Cuba warns cabbies not to raise fares amid energy crunch Cuban authorities warned Friday that they will pull the licenses of private taxi drivers who raise fares. BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA Cuban authorities warned Friday that they will pull the licenses of private taxi drivers who raise fares, amid recently announced energy restrictions […] Continue reading

American Harleys capture Cuban soul

American Harleys capture Cuban soul In their new book “Cuban Harleys, Mi Amor,” authors explore the rocky relationship between Cuba and Harley Davidson motorcycles through the eyes of Cuban “Harlistas” ELIZABETH PÉREZ emperez@elnuevoherald.com While Harley Davidson does not necessarily come to mind when discussing Cuban political collateral damage, it is very present on the mind […] Continue reading

‘Top Gear’ Hosts Are First Americans to Legally Race in Cuba in Over 50 Years

‘Top Gear’ Hosts Are First Americans to Legally Race in Cuba in Over 50 Years George BackJune 29, 2016 Top Gear, the US version, was officially cancelled this week. But the long-running auto show at least went out on top, drag racing in Cuba! Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood, and Tanner Foust travelled to the island […] Continue reading