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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

Russia signs agreement to supply oil to Cuba

Russia signs agreement to supply oil to Cuba Friday, May 05, 2017 HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – Russia’s state oil company Rosneft, has signed an agreement with Cuba’s state-run Cubametals to supply 250,000 tonnes of olive and diesel fuel.The agreement, signed on Wednesday, means that for the first time this century, Russia will be supplying the […] Continue reading

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Although the Trump administration’s Cuba policy review has not been completed, a U.S.-based broadcast and video facilities company, has received a liceaaense to operate on the island and to contract with a Cuban state enterprise. The license granted to Cuba […] Continue reading

Uncertainty surrounds charter flights from Pittsburgh to Cuba

Uncertainty surrounds charter flights from Pittsburgh to Cuba THERESA CLIFT | Monday, April 3, 2017, 11:00 p.m. Plans to launch charter service between Pittsburgh International Airport and Cuba are on hold indefinitely, a spokesman said Monday. Miami-based Choice Aire planned to start offering twice-weekly charter flights to Cuba by the end of last year, but […] Continue reading

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in public for a year Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year, Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election has cast a shadow over the nascent […] Continue reading

‘El deshielo’ – recuento de una política fallida

‘El deshielo’: recuento de una política fallida A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 16 de Enero de 2017 – 23:08 CET. Para sorpresa, incluso de los conocedores del tema cubano, el 17 de diciembre de 2014 el dictador Raúl Castro y el presidente Barack Obama anunciaron el restablecimiento de las relaciones […] 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

It Is Not Because Fidel Says It, It Is Because I Believe It

It Is Not Because Fidel Says It, It Is Because I Believe It / Somos+, Arlenys Miranda Mesa Somos+, Arlenys Miranda Mesa, 21 December 2016 — December 3rd was the ceremony in Santiago de Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro and the procession of his ashes across the entire Cuban archipelago. I sat down […] Continue reading

Tras doce años, Cuba vuelve a comprar petróleo en el mercado internacional

Tras doce años, Cuba vuelve a comprar petróleo en el mercado internacional Los envíos de Venezuela ya no alcanzan Miércoles, diciembre 21, 2016 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- El gobierno cubano ha debido recurrir al mercado internacional para conseguir petróleo luego de doce años sin hacerlo, informa un reportaje del prestigioso periódico estadounidense The Wall […] 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

In rural Cuba, economy stuck in time after Castro

In rural Cuba, economy stuck in time after Castro Alongside free education and healthcare, the Cuban revolution also brought anemic development and a one-party state, which controls 80 percent of the economy and fears losing its grip on the market By Rigoberto Diaz / AFP, CAMAGUEY, Cuba A convoy is carrying former Cuban president Fidel […] 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

Cuba’s Cienfuegos Refinery Reduced Production By Half Due to Cuts In Venezuelan Oil

Cuba’s Cienfuegos Refinery Reduced Production By Half Due to Cuts In Venezuelan Oil / 14ymedio, Mario Penton and Nora Gamez Torres 14ymedio, Mario Penton and Nora Gamez Torres, Miami, 31 October 2016 – Cuba’s Cienfuegos refinery, operated by Cuvenpetrol SA, a Cuban/Venezuelan joint venture, has been forced to cut production by half due to cuts […] Continue reading

In Cuba ‘Raulismo’ Follows The Fine Print Of ‘Fidelismo’

In Cuba ‘Raulismo’ Follows The Fine Print Of ‘Fidelismo’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 October 2016 – In recent weeks several alarming news reports about the Cuban economy have filled the front pages of newspapers. The attitude of the government in monopolizing the aid for the victims of Hurricane Matthew and its cutting off of […] 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

Almendrón Driver – A Daily Thriller in Havana

Almendrón Driver: A Daily Thriller in Havana PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 30 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The fact that Julio César, a 40-year-old freelance driver, glances into the rear view mirror of his car to ask his image “Are you talking to me?” does not mean that he’s […] 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

How the Cuban Gov. Hides Its Dirt Poor Salaries

How the Cuban Gov. Hides Its Dirt Poor Salaries September 15, 2016 Marlene Azor Hernandez HAVANA TIMES —The National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI) hasn’t published a series of necessary indicators for the government’s tax policy. Studies about poverty in Cuba are very scarce or limited to the capital and are over ten years […] 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

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

Intense Rains Give Evidence of the “Wonder” of Havana

Intense Rains Give Evidence of the “Wonder” of Havana / Iván García Iván García, 9 June 2016 — Ask Luis Carlos Rodríguez, retired, his opinion about the designation of “Wonder City” based on an Internet survey conducted in the winter of 2014 by the Swiss foundation, “New 7 Wonders,” and you will hear a long […] Continue reading

Cuba – the Looming Crisis

Cuba: the Looming Crisis July 21, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – Since Raul Castro announced at a session of the National Assembly that there will be economic problems, speculation hasn’t stopped about a new crisis like the one experienced in the 90s. However, the situation today is very different from that Cuba. The […] Continue reading

EEUU espera que cambios hacia Cuba sean irreversibles

EEUU espera que cambios hacia Cuba sean irreversibles Según declaraciones de una funcionaria del Departamento de Estado Miércoles, julio 20, 2016 | Agencias WASHINGTON, Estados Unidos.- Estados Unidos cumple hoy un año de relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba convencido de que se están haciendo avances “constantes” incluso en los temas más espinosos, y con la esperanza […] Continue reading

Panama Papers show Cuba used offshore firms to thwart embargo

Panama Papers show Cuba used offshore firms to thwart embargo At least 25 companies in tax havens had Cuban links A brother of Raul Castro’s son-in-law appears in the leaked documents Cuba was at the heart of a deal to export Russian oil that involves a Lebanese company NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The Cuban government […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

Raul Castro Re-Elected First Secretary Of The Communist Party Of Cuba

Raul Castro Re-Elected First Secretary Of The Communist Party Of Cuba / 14ymedio EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 19 April 2016 – The Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Tuesday re-elected the country’s president, Raul Castro, as first secretary of the organization, a position he has occupied since 2011, when he replaced his brother Fidel Castro. The newly […] Continue reading