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Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161, between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C, in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8. […] Continue reading

Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy

Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy BY MIKE GONZALEZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 06/27/17 11:00 AM EDT 54 Was President Obama’s opening to the Castro government motivated by a real belief that it would help Cubans, or was it a vanity project from the start? We will never know for […] 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

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 June 2017 — “Impotence.” This is the word that a performer in the Guiñol Theater (located in the basement of the FOCSA building in Havana’s Vedado district) uses when asked her opinion of the new Trump Doctrine regarding Cuba. On […] 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

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when […] Continue reading

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy

Trump Rolls Back ‘Completely One-Sided’ Cuba Policy By TERESA FRONTADO & NANCY KLINGENER & ADRIANNE GONZALEZ & HOLLY PRETSKY & ISABELLA CUETO • JUN 16, 2017 President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama. “Effective […] Continue reading

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 June 2017 – The closure of three private restaurants in Havana last week has sparked doubts among owners of food service businesses. The fact that the three paladares – private restaurants – were rated “excellent” on Trip Advisor, one of […] Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017 MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with a blistering denunciation of the […] Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba policy tries to redefine ‘good’ U.S. tourism. That includes putting them back on tour buses.

Trump’s Cuba policy tries to redefine ‘good’ U.S. tourism. That includes putting them back on tour buses. By Nick Miroff June 17 at 2:43 PM The American traveler in Cuba — sweating, disoriented and probably a bit woozy from the rum drinks — is once more at the heart of the struggle for the island’s […] Continue reading

From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet)

Cuba: From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 June 2017 — In coming days when the administration of the unpredictable Donald Trump, following four months of review, announces its Cuba policy, it could be that Obama’s guidelines are retained save for touch-ups of a few items […] Continue reading

Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments?

Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments? JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 31 de Mayo de 2017 – 07:34 CEST. I recently went to buy cigarrettes at the Ruinas del Parque bar-restaurant, located on the corner of Obispo and Aguacate, in Old Havana. I said “good afternoon” to the doorman, […] Continue reading

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance CAIBARIÉN Cuba — Caibarién is a town on a bay that separates it from Cayo de Santa María, which is located on Cuba’s northern coast. It’s proximity to the city of Santa Clara, which is less than an hour to the south, provided the perfect place to escape “experiencing […] Continue reading

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 21 April 2017 — There is a slightly damp and cold breeze when Antonio, after drinking a rather bitter sip of coffee, with his wooden cart with rusty steel wheels, moves to a water spout in Manglar Street, very […] Continue reading

Advertising On Wheels Arrives In Havana

Advertising On Wheels Arrives In Havana 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 14 April 2017 — The vehicle belonging to El Biky cooperative is adorned with the images of its products and the smiling faces of some of its employees. The food center, located at the corner of Infanta and San Lázaro, is looking to conquer new […] Continue reading

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold” of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the island, due to the high level […] Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

In the twilight of the Castros By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017 SANTA CLARA, Cuba THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride” for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way toward a club […] Continue reading

Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists

Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 13 April 2017 — I still have a clear memory of the Cuban TV show Cocina a minuto, every Sunday before noon. It disappeared, of course, when it was no longer possible to make the recipes with what the people had at their disposal in […] Continue reading

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, 4 April 2017 — There was a time when its red card was a source of pride and most teenagers dreamed of entering its ranks. But those days have been left behind for the Young Communists Union (UJC), […] Continue reading

GAESA Traps the ‘Wonder City’ in its Tentacles

GAESA Traps the ‘Wonder City’ in its Tentacles PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 24 de Marzo de 2017 – 10:51 CET. Parodying Eusebio Leal Spengler’s TV show, I resolve to “walk Havana” to verify that at the intersection of the streets Zulueta and Teniente Rey workers of the Unión de Construcciones Militares […] Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda” by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band playing Cuban folk songs […] Continue reading

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am By David Bordewyk Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her […] Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. […] Continue reading

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time? Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the […] Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy. This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants, especially those born with the compound […] Continue reading

Revolutionary ‘Justice’

Revolutionary ‘Justice’ / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 February 2018 — The distance between the Havana Capitol and the Ciudad Deportiva (Sport City) remains the same and yet it seems to have changed. With the capped prices imposed by local government on the private taxi routes, this journey has become immense […] Continue reading

Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom

Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading

Un negocio prohibido que opera bajo el amparo del apellido Castro

Un negocio prohibido que opera bajo el amparo del apellido Castro 05 de febrero de 2017 – 17:02 – Por Juan Juan Almeida García Los derechos que concede en Cuba pertenecer a “la familia real”, permiten que un nieto del fallecido Fidel Castro opere una discoteca en la barriada de Miramar donde no hay límite […] Continue reading
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