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Parliamentary Karaoke

Parliamentary Karaoke 14ymedio, Generation y, Yoani Sanchez, 14 July 2017 — Wednesday night. The neighborhood of Nuevo Vedado is sliding into the darkness. Catchy music resonates in the Hotel Tulipán where parliamentarians are staying during the current regular session. They dance, drink under the sparkling lights of the disco ball and sing karaoke. They add […] Continue reading

Higher Taxes

Higher Taxes / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 6 July 2017 — It is no secret among Cubans that their government is inept and inefficient. Fifty-eight years of failure attest to this. With the emergence of self-employment, however, officials have found a way to fill the state’s coffers without having to devote resources or effort to […] Continue reading

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 11 July 2017 — The President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba recently underwent cosmetic surgery to improve his chin. The chief of Cuban communists wants to be rejuvenated so that young […] Continue reading

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 26 June 2017 — Another legal trial is threatening the invulnerability of the Ministry of Culture. This time the prosecutorial gaze is focused on officials at the National Council of the Performing Arts (CNAE) while overlooking the culpability of […] Continue reading

Perverse Uchronia

Perverse Uchronia* / Regina Coyula Miguel Coyula: So after editing it in Miami [the novel Red Sea, Blue Sea] I sent it out to Union Publishers and also ICAIC Publishers, but this is already four years ago. The universe of this novel, post-apocalyptic, with genetic manipulation, strongly influenced by the science-fiction anime, later became Red […] Continue reading

Why will the municipal elections be different this time?

Why will the municipal elections be different this time? DDC | La Habana | 5 de Julio de 2017 – 14:21 CEST. Cuba is preparing for its new “partial elections,”in which Cubans will elect those to represent them in the Municipal Assemblies of the People’s Power. This first stage of the electoral process has already […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro In Humor And Oblivion

Fidel Castro In Humor And Oblivion 14ymedio, Generation Y, Havana, 3 July 2017 — For decades Cubans were bombarded by official propaganda filled with materials about Fidel Castro’s supposed genius. In these vindications he was not only a father, but also a strategist, visionary, pedagogue, farmer and cattle rancher, among other lofty characteristics and pursuits. […] Continue reading

Nominating Commission That Will Propose Replacement for Raúl Castro is Sworn In

Nominating Commission That Will Propose Replacement for Raúl Castro is Sworn In 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 — The swearing in, today, of the National Nominating Commission (CCN) before the National Electoral Commission is a decisive step that makes it clear that the upcoming elections will be held under the provisions the electoral law of […] Continue reading

‘Revolutionary’ Unemployment: A Crime

‘Revolutionary’ Unemployment: A Crime ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 30 de Junio de 2017 – 10:04 CEST. The Cuban Government always lies in its economic and social statistics, and with total impunity, as no figures can actually be verified. It began to lie at the beginning of 1960, when the president of the […] Continue reading

The Hijacking Of Social Networks

The Hijacking Of Social Networks 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 June 2017 – More than five years ago social networks were roiled by the Arab Spring, while the screens of their mobile phones lit up the faces of the young protesters. In those years Twitter was seen as a road to freedom, but shortly afterwards […] Continue reading

No one signs the ‘Cuban Youth’s Statement’

No one signs the ‘Cuban Youth’s Statement’ PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 26 de Junio de 2017 – 11:43 CEST. The official newspapers Granma and Juventud Rebelde recently published the Cuban Youth’s Statement in response to the recent speech by US president Donald Trump and his announcement of a change in his country’s policy […] Continue reading

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the City Museum, Tomás […] Continue reading

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST. “What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?” “Disastrous.” “Why?” “Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to […] Continue reading

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba Norma Ibarra is on her 2nd trip to Cuba to donate boards from Vancouver CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 AM PT For a country with no skate shops, Cuba’s skateboarding scene is incredibly vibrant. That’s what Vancouver skateboarder […] Continue reading

Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba

Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 8 June 2017 — The die is cast. At the special session of the National Assembly of People’s Power held on May 31 and June 1 at the Palace of Conventions, delegates have, as expected, approved the economic plan for 2016 to 2021 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

Human Rights Violations: How to Report them?

Human Rights Violations: How to Report them? / Somos+ Somos+, 20 March 2017 — During the last session of Academia 10/10, we were joined by renowned Prof. Moisés Rodríguez Valdés, a physicist by profession but one with ample knowledge of human rights and civil liberties. He is the chief spokesperson in Cuba for Corriente Martiana. […] Continue reading

Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey

Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey 14ymedio, Havana, 2 June 2017 – The principal of Academy 1010 and Somos+ (We Are More) Movement activist, Joanna Columbie, was deported Friday from the Vivac detention center in Havana to Camaguey province, as reported to 14ymedio by the leader of the Somos+ organization, Eliecer Avila. “Joanna called from […] Continue reading

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba May 31, 2017 Rosa Martinez HAVANA TIMES — It is truly difficult to make any project come to light on my beloved island. The self-employed know this well enough, those who began a long time ago and those who have started up their own businesses right […] Continue reading

Carmelo Mesa-Lago: “The Cuban Government Panicked After Obama’s Visit”

Carmelo Mesa-Lago: “The Cuban Government Panicked After Obama’s Visit” 14ymedio, Maité Rico, Madrid, 1 June 12017 — Carmelo Mesa-Lago (born Havana, 1934) has spent a good part of his life trying to open a breach of good sense in the wall of absurdities with which that the Castro regime has ended up plunging into bankruptcy […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Parliament Positions Its New Straitjacket

Cuba’s Parliament Positions Its New Straitjacket Reinaldo Escobar, 1 June 2017 — With its usual unanimity, the National Assembly of People’s Power, on Thursday, supported the documents submitted to it by the Council of State. The extraordinary session put the final stitch in the straitjacket that the Communist Party of Cuba (CCP) is placing on […] Continue reading

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices 14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route […] Continue reading

In Cuba, Entrepreneurs Start First Private Business Group

In Cuba, Entrepreneurs Start First Private Business Group by ASSOCIATED PRESS A group of entrepreneurs have quietly formed communist Cuba’s first private small business association, testing the government’s willingness to allow Cubans to organize outside the strict bounds of state control. More than a half million Cubans officially work in the private sector, with tens, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela

Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela Mary Anastasia O’Grady in The Wall Street Journal The commitment to Maduro among soldiers and police is breaking down Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro is responding to mass demonstrations by selectively killing civilians. If, as a result, some branch of the military breaks with the regime, the country will descend into […] Continue reading

We Have Survived

We Have Survived 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2017 — Three years ago this digital daily was just a dream, a project on paper and a desire in the heads of several colleagues. On that 21 May 2014, the mirage took shape on the first cover of a site that robs us of our […] Continue reading

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to
accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the
presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where
Marino Murillo reappeared, vice-president of the Council of Ministers
removed… Continue reading

Behind the ‘Information Note’

Behind the ‘Information Note’ 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 18 June 2017 — The regular readers of the official press have learned that the most innocent headlines can hide the most interesting news. Phrases such as Notice to the population or Information note, which defy any elementary lesson in journalism, alert those initiated into the special “granmer” […] Continue reading

Why Not Connect Cuba's Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?
May 13, 2017 9:56 AM PDT

I’ve been covering Cuban streetnets (local area networks with
independent users that are not connected to the Internet) for some time.
Reader Doug Madory told me about Gaspar Social, a new streetnet in
Gaspar, a small town in central Cuba. Gaspar Social opened to the public… Continue reading

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