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Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 14 June 2017 — What you lose last is hope. And those who have plans to immigrate to the United States maintain bulletproof optimism. Close to a small park in Calzada street, next to Rivero’s funeral home, dozens of restless people await their appointment for […] 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

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

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area July 2, 20178:26 AM ET CARRIE KAHN In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a small but vibrant opening afforded them since […] Continue reading

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales, 27 June 2018 — At the entrance to Calle Obispo a guide explains to her customers the restoration works in the historical center of Havana. A few yards away, the line to exchange currency is full of foreigners and in the corner bar one […] Continue reading

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba? Elliott Abrams, Newsweek • June 22, This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total) reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba. Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts […] Continue reading

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines? Zacks Equity Research On Jun 16, President Trump announced some changes to current U.S. policy on Cuba, which were put into action by his predecessor Barack Obama. The new policy is in line with Trump’s promise during the campaigning phase. In fact, Trump had reportedly tweeted in […] 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

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

Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba, but rules will be stricter

Americans will still be able to travel to Cuba, but rules will be stricter BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The good news for Americans who want to travel to Cuba is they still can, but a draft of President Donald Trump’s presidential policy directive indicates they shouldn’t even think of sneaking away for a day on […] Continue reading

Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers

Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 15 de Junio de 2017 – 15:39 CEST. A woman friend of mine who lives in Miami recently traveled to the Island with her children. As her father is Cuban, she wanted her children to meet the family members who are still there. […] Continue reading

The Cuban visa business: murky but profitable

The Cuban visa business: murky but profitable BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com Despite the recent start of regular commercial flights to Cuba by U.S. airlines and a record number of passengers, the process of traveling to the island can be murky and confusing to U.S. visitors. After decades of charter flights, the U.S. commercial flights are […] Continue reading

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say By Patrick Oppmann, CNN Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) June 12, 2017 Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cuban officials on the front lines of the fight against drug trafficking, the Trump administration’s threat to roll back improved relations between the United States and the communist-run […] Continue reading

They Deceived Us With Tourism

They Deceived Us With Tourism 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, 29 May 2017 — There was a time when I saw it as natural. I understood, to say it in a certain way, that Varadero beach was not ours despite its being in Cuban territory. My unconscious viewed the image of that strip of land, like many, […] Continue reading

Economic Crime, the Pitfall in the Path

Economic Crime, the Pitfall in the Path 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 May 2017 — The saleswoman described her merchandise in a murmur: loggerhead turtle steaks, beef and shrimp. The man salivated, but replied that he could not buy any of those products, the most persecuted in the informal market. Every opponent knows that […] Continue reading

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free May 30, 2017 Michael Reagan Perspective Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba. American Airlines is flying American tourists from Miami to Havana. For more than a year American-owned cruise lines have been hauling U.S. citizens by the thousands to the Castro brothers’ beautiful socialist paradise 90 […] 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

Cuba beach invaded by millions of crabs

Cuba beach invaded by millions of crabs By NBC News Published: April 25, 2017, 12:39 pm CIENAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba (NBC News) — Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded again, this time not by U.S. backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs. Each year, after the first spring rains, […] Continue reading

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters By Sarah Marsh BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs. Each year, after the first spring […] 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

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert 21 April 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against […] 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

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

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

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death By ANNIKA HERNROTH-ROTHSTEIN • 4/10/17 8:00 PM HAVANA — The young woman sees me watch in amazement as she gets up from her seat and attempts to carry the four bags with her through the aisle of the plane, […] 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

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, […] Continue reading
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