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This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba By Kari Paul Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its borders to the U.S. in 2016 for […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Mariel port builds for bigger ships amid headwinds

Cuba’s Mariel port builds for bigger ships amid headwinds Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Apr 07, 2017 7:38 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS — Cuba’s fledgling Port of Mariel is feeling the effects of the country’s weak economy but is preparing to handle more trade and larger ships if restrictions on US trade are lifted, said […] 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

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

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 Melody of Money

The Melody of Money / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 15 January 2017 — A peculiar manifestation of freedom of expression can be seen in signs painted on the trucks used for passenger transport, the windshields of some automobiles or on the walls of private businesses. Some are cryptic, others explicit and not […] Continue reading

New Rules on Horse-Drawn Carts Force the People of Santiago to Change Their Travel Patterns

New Rules on Horse-Drawn Carts Force the People of Santiago to Change Their Travel Patterns / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada 14ymedio, Yosmani Mayeta Labrada, Santiago de Cuba, 10 January 2017 — The hooves ring on the pavement in the middle of the night. The sun begins to illuminate Santiago de Cuba, where horse-drawn carts, trucks […] Continue reading

Public Services in Havana – Real Chaos

Public Services in Havana: Real Chaos / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 27 October 2016 — The state aqueduct brigade came to La Vitoria neighborhood on Friday morning and using sledgehammers destroyed the sidewalks to install water meters on every home. The October rains transformed the open ditches into quagmires. Many of the connections were gushing […] Continue reading

Cuba, Russia sign nuclear energy cooperation deal

Cuba, Russia sign nuclear energy cooperation deal Published September 27, 2016 EFE VIENNA – Cuba and Russia relaunched their relations on Tuesday with a pacific nuclear energy deal signed in Vienna alongside the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference. Cuban vice Minister of Science, Environment and Technology José Fidel Santana signed the deal with Sergey […] Continue reading

Mariel port head outlines Cuba’s long-term shipping prospects

Mariel port head outlines Cuba’s long-term shipping prospects Greg Miller, Special Correspondent | Sep 05, 2016 7:00AM EDT Within maritime circles, there is tremendous interest in the promise of Cuban trade and how shipping can navigate the political minefield of the US embargo and the 180-day rule, which bars a vessel that calls in Cuba […] Continue reading

Cuba approves first commercial flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale

Cuba approves first commercial flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com American Airlines and JetBlue have received final approval from the Cuban government to begin commercial airline service to several airports on the island, clearing the last hurdle for inaugural flights from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue, with a flight scheduled to […] 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

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

A Cuba cruise travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go

A Cuba cruise travel guide: Everything you need to know before you go BY MIKE CLARY Sun Sentinel So you’re thinking about taking a cruise to Cuba. As the Fathom ship Adonia launches a schedule of biweekly cruises from Miami to Cuba, passengers will find a few changes in scheduling and activities from the inaugural […] Continue reading

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers

Florida farmers worry about Cuba organic growers Jeanette Leehr, Round Earth Media 4:11 p.m. EDT March 18, 2016 Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that opening a Department of Agriculture office in Cuba is a proposal that has not been approved. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When third-generation farmer […] Continue reading

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast / Iván García Posted on March 13, 2016 Iván García, 10 March 2016 — It does not take a Secret Service expert to determine, by the rush of the building work, the sites which Barack Obama is predicted to pass by or stop at during his two days […] Continue reading

Cuba for sale – ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’

Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’ Property developers are queuing up to pounce as Cuba opens its doors to the world. Proposals for Havana’s old harbour are described as ‘Las Vegas meets Miami in the Caribbean’. So can the city cope with the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s old trains offer fine-grained look at country off the beaten track

Cuba’s old trains offer fine-grained look at country off the beaten track Associated Press Oct. 29, 2015 | 12:27 a.m. EDT + More By RAMON ESPINOSA, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — From east to the west, trains offer a fine-grained, slow-moving view of Cuba that few foreigners ever see. Goats graze alongside tracks in […] Continue reading

First Czech business delegation leaves for Cuba

First Czech business delegation leaves for Cuba ČTK | 12 OCTOBER 2015 Prague/Havana, Oct 10 (CTK) – The first group of representatives from Czech firms in modern history is leaving today for Cuba where it will join an official delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Tlapa. The business delegation represents firms that want to […] Continue reading

Cuba’s tourism boom has many in remote areas worrying

Cuba’s tourism boom has many in remote areas worrying ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug 11, 2015, Last Updated: 3:24 PM ET SANTIAGO, Cuba — This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish. Residents stroll along a recently completed harbour promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal […] Continue reading

Cuba’s tourism boom leaves some worrying they’ll be left out

Cuba’s tourism boom leaves some worrying they’ll be left out Posted 12:11 a.m. today By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press SANTIAGO, CUBA — This 500-year-old city smells of fresh paint and varnish. Residents stroll along a recently completed harbor promenade under gleaming new streetlights, enjoying sea breezes while relaxing on newly installed metal benches. Missing are […] Continue reading

Eastern takes flight from Miami again

Eastern takes flight from Miami again BY HANNAH SAMPSON hsampson@MiamiHerald.com The well-known carrier with the hockey stick logo — a resurrection of the airline that called Miami home for decades — lifted off for its first revenue flight on Thursday afternoon. The destination for Eastern flight 3145 was Havana, in partnership with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern […] Continue reading

The Cuban Money Crisis

The Cuban Money Crisis The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations April 1, 2015 by Patrick Symmes The currency crisis starts about 75 feet into Cuba. I land in the late afternoon and, after clearing customs, step into the busy arrivals hall of Havana’s airport looking for help. I […] Continue reading

The Malecon as Pier

The Malecon as Pier / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on February 21, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 21 February 2015 — Jose Manuel is 70 years old and has spent more than half his life fishing from Havana’s Malecon. For this retiree with leathery skin and eyes that have seen almost everything, it is a […] Continue reading

Follow the Trail of Flour

Follow the Trail of Flour / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on February 12, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 9 February 2014 – “The flour trail is easy to follow,” says a retired baker whose hands, for more than five years now, haven’t mixed ingredients nor added leavening to a dough. “I left it all behind, […] Continue reading

At the Train Station We’re All Fighters

At the Train Station We’re All Fighters / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz Posted on June 4, 2014 In Havana, travelers bound for the provinces don’t just say goodbye from the platform, they wage a daily battle for survival Lilanne Ruiz, Havana / June 4, 2014 – It’s seven p.m. in Havana. The train to Guantanamo has […] Continue reading