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Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2017 – This Wednesday the gates have begun to
close around independent journalist Sol Garcia Basulto, who has been
charged with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity.” (In other
words, “practicing journalism without a license.”) The correspondent for
this newspaper in Camaguey is facing a sentence of… Continue reading

And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba

“And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba” / Cubanet

I literally just saw a police officer ask a couple of kids for their
identification and I’m pretty sure he did it because they were black.
That’s just the life they were dealt. I have almost never seen the same
happen to white kids. It’s as… Continue reading

El éxito de un negocio garantiza el éxito del negocio vecino

“El éxito de un negocio garantiza el éxito del negocio vecino”
Entrevista a Gilberto ‘Papito’ Valladares, líder del proyecto habanero
Artecorte elogiado por Barack Obama en su visita a Cuba
TED HENKEN, La Habana | Marzo 24, 2017

Casi exactamente un año atrás, el 22 de marzo de 2016, durante su
histórica visita a Cuba, el presidente Barack Obama celebró… Continue reading

PostCastro Cuba isn’t that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before
Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World

For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s
downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet,
months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the
streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist Party.

As Gladys Esther Marta… Continue reading

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers
March 22, 2017
By Alexander Londres

HAVANA TIMES — Everything begins with an order “from above”. Then the
paperwork comes down and nighttime preparations. The following day, from
the crack of dawn, the commotion, chaos, crowds… This isn’t an
undercover operation; there’s a sale.

Every once in a while, because of policies which… Continue reading

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes
March 23, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo
because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth
Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any
diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population.

However, fuel shortages haven’t affected… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional
Tiny pensions must be supplemented by whatever work is available
Mar 23rd 2017 | HAVANA

NORBERTO MESA, a 66-year-old grandfather, stands in the hot sun 11 hours
a day, six days a week, guiding cars in and out of the parking spaces in
front of a bustling farm stand. The 4,000 Cuban… Continue reading

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN
By Emily Rhyne March 23, 2017

In 2016, thirty-six female boxers competed at the Summer Olympics, in
Rio. It was only the second time that women had competed in the sport in
the Olympic Games, but already twenty-five countries, including boxing
powerhouses such as the United States and Russia, were represented. One
country known for its… 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 (UCM) and the French
construction… Continue reading

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from Castro regime agent

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from
Castro regime agent
“I am obliged to once again denounce the dictatorial regime of the
Castros, this time as a mother and human rights defender.” – Sirley
Avila Leon, March 20, 2017

Las Tunas, Cuba: Yoerlis Peña Ávila on March 15, 2017 received a death
threat against him… Continue reading

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Raps hela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty”

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Rapshela’ Denounces “Fear of
Liberty” / 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto

14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto, Camaguey, 22 March 2017 – Hip Hop has
become that redoubt of rebellion that other musical genres, like rock
and roll, used to embody. The Trakean2 Fesitval, which ended Monday in
Camaguey, gave voice to performers who sing as if… Continue reading

Now That ‘El Supremo’ Is Gone, I’ll Be The King Of Havana

“Now That ‘El Supremo’ Is Gone, I’ll Be The King Of Havana” / Cubanet

You’re lucky to be witnessing the debut of one of the major go-getters
in the bicitaxi business. Old Havana is crammed with ‘yumas’
[foreigners]. You see them on the streets, getting crazy, desperate to
move from one place to another, looking and always asking. (…) And… Continue reading

My Father Washed His Hands Of Me And My Mom Did The Best She Could

“My Father Washed His Hands Of Me And My Mom Did The Best She Could” /
Cubanet

I studied at a Camilito [one of the Camilo Cienfuegos Military
Academies]. But for financial reasons, I had to drop out and start
working. My father washed his hands of me and my mom did the best she
could. When I used to… Continue reading

La firma china Huawei se impone en el mercado cubano

La firma china Huawei se impone en el mercado cubano
La marca gana terreno en la Isla por sus prestaciones, precios y la
preferencia otorgada por el Gobierno
MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Marzo 23, 2017

El mercado de la telefonía móvil cambia a una velocidad que apenas deja
margen para acostumbrarse a los nuevos modelos de dispositivos. En Cuba… Continue reading

Por qué duele regresar a Cuba?

¿Por qué duele regresar a Cuba?
Apenas puso un pie en La Habana, Julia debió esforzarse mucho para no
evidenciar su descontento permanente
Jueves, marzo 23, 2017 | Ana León

LA HABANA, Cuba.- Mi amiga Julia dejó la Isla en el año 2012 a través
del Plan de Migración de Canadá. Desde esa fecha ha venido dos veces; la
más… Continue reading

Tema Cuba ‘frena’ nueva ley de salud de E EUU

Tema Cuba ‘frena’ nueva ley de salud de EEUU
Mario Díaz-Balart buscaría el fin del ‘deshielo’ a cambio de su voto en
el Congreso
Jueves, marzo 23, 2017 | CubaNet

MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La votación sobre la nueva ley de salud de
EE.UU. (American Health Care Act o AHCA), prevista para este jueves,
podría tener a Cuba como asunto determinante… Continue reading

Scramble for GOP healthcare votes suddenly puts Cuba policy in play

Scramble for GOP healthcare votes suddenly puts Cuba policy in play
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

The showdown in Congress over House Republicans’ healthcare bill might
have nothing to do with Raúl Castro — if it weren’t for Miami.

Thursday’s planned vote on the American Health Care Act is so razor
tight that House GOP leaders and… Continue reading

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year
ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama
came to the island willing to turn the page on political
confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic situation, but
Raul Castro – fearful of losing… Continue reading

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 March 2017 — Putting aside the
passions of supporters and detractors of the policies drawn up by
President Barack Obama for Cuba, there is no doubt that, for better or
worse, it set indelible before and after benchmarks in the lives of the
Cuban people.

The first benchmark… Continue reading

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government
prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from
traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an
alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the
authorities accuse her of having thrown “papers in the… Continue reading

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