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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

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But due to the inaccessible and […] Continue reading

Ken Hall: US travelers can still bring good will to Cuba

Ken Hall: US travelers can still bring good will to Cuba Posted Jun 26, 2017 at 5:17 PM When we went to Cuba this winter, we flew from Miami on American Airlines to join a group tour, see some performances, meet some Cubans, stay at two very nice hotels and eat at a variety of […] Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process […] Continue reading

Travel Industry Scrambles After New Cuba Restrictions

Travel Industry Scrambles After New Cuba Restrictions By VICTORIA BURNETT JUNE 16, 2017 As President Trump outlined a stricter policy toward Cuba on Friday, travel industry representatives scrambled to decode new prohibitions and reassure clients that the island was not off limits. Hotel owners, tour operators and online booking agencies — who have been at […] 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

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 18 May 2017 — In an effort to persuade Cubans and the international left that “Cuba is building socialism,” while seeking to convince the world that Castroism is abandoning State Totalitarianism and also trying to counteract the relative independence achieved by the so-called boteros, or boatmen, as […] 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

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […] Continue reading

Activista del Movimiento Juan Pablo II, encerrado en una celda en Guantánamo junto a 14 detenidos

Activista del Movimiento Juan Pablo II, encerrado en una celda en Guantánamo junto a 14 detenidos mayo 03, 2017 Luis Felipe Rojas El opositor cubano Francisco Luis Manzanet Ortiz, detenido al salir de la embajada de Colombia en La Habana el pasado 21 de abril, permanece en una celda policial en Guantánamo, provincia a donde […] Continue reading

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’ 14ymedio, Havana, 25 April 2017 — On Tuesday morning the Court in Havana’s municipality of Diez de Octubre, confirmed the prosecutor’s request of two years and eight months in jail for Micaela Roll Gibert, 53. The woman, a member of […] Continue reading

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Published April 26, 2017 HAVANA – Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find. But Cuba’s hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and […] Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? Javier Garcia-Bengochea Guest Columnist Privacy Policy It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain. It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding […] Continue reading

The Fidel Castro Fair

The Fidel Castro Fair / Iván García Iván García , 21 February 2017 — The wood charcoal embers are slowly browning half a dozen kebabs with vegetables, pineapples and pieces of pork, while, on a shelf, the flies are hovering around the steamed corn cobs. From very early in the morning, Jesús, a chubby mulatto […] Continue reading

Cuba Frozen in Time

Cuba Frozen in Time Paul R. Pillar April 16, 2017 A week-long visit to Cuba reveals a tropical country of 11 million people that is stuck in a kind of time capsule. The anachronistic aspects of the country are symbolized by the 1950s-era U.S.-made automobiles that cruise city streets—and the resourcefulness of Cubans is symbolized […] Continue reading

Peripecias del transporte manzanillero

Peripecias del transporte manzanillero [13-04-2017 13:14:34] Dr. Santiago Emilio Márquez Frías (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- El servicio de transporte en el municipio de Manzanillo, Granma, está catalogado por algunos como regular por ser bastante céntrico el lugar en que residen; pero para los de la parte alta de la ciudad, las zonas suburbanas y las rurales tiene la […] Continue reading

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 11 April 2017 — The milk boils on the rustic stove while on the table the cream is churned to make butter. The whole family revolves around the modest production of artisan cheese, a product targeted by the police and appealing […] Continue reading

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba April 13, 2017 Of all the ports I’ve sailed into as a crew member, Havana is my favorite. I fell in love with the city while working as a guide on the first round of Cuba cruises. We were the only ship from the United States, […] Continue reading

In Cuba, young people are weighing professional dreams against the allure of the new economy

In Cuba, young people are weighing professional dreams against the allure of the new economy PRI’s The World April 11, 2017 · 4:45 PM EDT By Deepa Fernandes Seven-year-old Havana resident Jennifer Alvarez loves school. Her favorite subject is math, but “sometimes it’s complicated,” she says. Alvarez is a sweet little girl, being raised by […] Continue reading

Camila Cabello shares her success story: ‘I want to be what people think of when they think of America’

Camila Cabello shares her success story: ‘I want to be what people think of when they think of America’ hola.com April 6, 2017 Long before her pop star days, Camila Cabello was a young girl looking to start a new life in the United States. The singer and her mother Sinuhe candidly opened up about […] 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

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

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did not allow her to gossip; but she […] Continue reading

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 3 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:44 CET. Another ordinance to regulate transport in the capital has come to light, this one persecuting pedicabs and consisting of a prohibition against operating outside the municipality where the vehicle is registered. “Imagine. […] Continue reading

Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss

Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak. Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical […] Continue reading

The First Tangible Labor Strike

The First Tangible Labor Strike / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 21 February 2017 — New bureaucratic regulations governing the routes of shared fixed-route taxis have led to the first tangible labor strike by drivers. Of course, strikes have gone on for many years in our country due to the poverty-level wages paid to workers in […] Continue reading

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend the rights of people with disabilities. On Friday night Goberna, who is […] Continue reading

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’ – The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot /

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’: The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 17 February 2017 – The ending of the United States’ Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy – that allowed Cubans who touched American soil to stay – crushed the hopes of many Cubans of being able to achieve […] Continue reading
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