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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

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

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

Private Taxi Drivers Close Ranks Against Fixed Prices Charged By The State

Private Taxi Drivers Close Ranks Against Fixed Prices Charged By The State / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 12 February 2017 – “Take me, I’ll pay you double,” implores a woman to a taxi driver on the main route of Prado y Neptuno. The car is empty, but the driver does not stop to […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 December 2016 — At the exit of the Bay Tunnel, the P-11 bus is packed with passengers. While the riders enjoy the view of the sea, the odor of saltpeter fills their noses. In this stretch of Havana’s geography, where Monumental Avenue […] Continue reading

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a year he goes to Miami where […] 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

Repression Instead of Solutions

Repression Instead of Solutions / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 19 July 2016 — The topic of discussion among Havanans today is not only the intense heat and “the evil of it,” but also the beginning of the persecution and repression against self-employed taxi drivers who have raised their prices. Given the lack of public transport, […] Continue reading

The Regime’s Lost Cause – Preserving Its ‘Culture’

The Regime’s Lost Cause: Preserving Its ‘Culture’ ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 20 de Junio de 2016 – 3:27 pm. Cuban leaders cannot shake off fears that the Castro legacy will be completely extinguished when the “historic generation” of the Revolution dies out, or when the first political reform measures are implemented in […] Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 6, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to work in his specialty. “With […] Continue reading

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on December 15, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba […] Continue reading

Intensified Vigilance Against Fish and Yogurt Sellers in Mayabeque

Intensified Vigilance Against Fish and Yogurt Sellers in Mayabeque / 14ymedio, Carmona Osniel Breijo Posted on December 3, 2015 14ymedio, Osniel Carmona Breijo, Guines, 3 December 2015 – “Anyone with more than five pepinos [the liter-and-a-half plastic bottles that are standard for homemade yogurt] can get off now.” This phrase, according to Nereida, a 61-year-old […] Continue reading

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 16, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during […] Continue reading

Raul Castro’s Pyrrhic Victory

Raul Castro’s Pyrrhic Victory / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2015 After the jubilation over the arrival in Cuba of the three spies imprisoned in the US comes to an end, when the campaign of tributes in the official media is over and the lights installed on the stands for government agents to hear […] Continue reading

The Two Mariels – Mega-Port and Ghetto

The Two Mariels: Mega-Port and Ghetto / Polina Martinez Shvietsova Posted on May 21, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba — The mega-port of Mariel and the impoverished town of Mariel are two sides of the “prosperous and sustainable socialism” — wealth and poverty — which Raul Castro promotes as a “solution” to Cuba’s problems. The Brazilian company […] Continue reading

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: December 7, 2013 MEXICO CITY — It is a rare day in Cuba when the Communist Party’s triumphalist newspaper suggests that the government — just maybe — messed up. Or when the party’s chief ideologist renounces government secrecy. Or […] Continue reading

Seven Years of Governing

Raul Castro: Seven Years of Governing / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 4, 2013 Giving an accounting of their administration was never among the priorities of the Castro brothers. The modern caudillos are considered beyond good and evil. Indeed, Fidel Castro managed the nation like a private bodega, with outlandish economic plans, bypassing the state […] Continue reading

Pyramids in Cuba, Pyramids in Egypt

Pyramids in Cuba, Pyramids in Egypt July 15, 2013 Graham Sowa HAVANA TIMES — Within 24 hours of arriving to Cuba almost three years ago I made the following conclusions about the society at large: smoking is allowed anywhere, even the airport and public transport; yelling long distances is an accepted form of social interaction; [...] Continue reading

Ministry for Foreign Affairs publishes reports on human rights situation – Sweden

Ministry for Foreign Affairs publishes reports on human rights situation The human rights reports, presented by Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs in spring 2013, cover the 35 countries of the Americas. The reports reflect the Government’s ambition to integrate human rights into all areas of foreign policy and are part of its efforts to safeguard [...] Continue reading

Should the U.S. raise a fist or offer a hand to Cuba?

Should the U.S. raise a fist or offer a hand to Cuba? / Yoani Sánchez Yoani Sánchez Havana, Cuba (CNN) — In the '90s a certain joke became very popular in the streets and homes of Cuba. It began with Pepito — the mischievous boy of our national humor — and told how his teacher, [...] Continue reading

The Streets Belong to Cubans / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado

The Streets Belong to Cubans / Rosa María Rodríguez TorradoRosa María Rodríguez Torrado, Translator: Unstated Cuba's leaders and their acolytes have warned for years and without the least reserve, that the streets belong to the Revolutionaries. This amounts to the segregation that only government sympathizers can march and protest peacefully and publicly, but always in [...] Continue reading
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