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Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism?
Javier Garcia-Bengochea
Guest Columnist

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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 its revolution. A receptive media… Continue reading

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with the U.S.

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with
the U.S.
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

In another apparent attempt to get a high-profile message to Washington,
Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a swing through Europe
repeated the island’s desire to maintain the level of dialogue and
cooperation that started under former President Barack Obama.

“The current government… Continue reading

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba citing weak demand,
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines are investing in
more service to Havana.

Monday, American filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation requesting seven weekly flights between Miami
International Airport… Continue reading

An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba

An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba
SARAH MARSH AND ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI
Apr 23rd 2017 6:01PM

CIEGO DE AVILA, April 20 (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says
his favorite fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it
died of illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays
it on his mantelpiece beside a television.… Continue reading

USF scientists headed for Cuba to study what it looks like before any oil spills

USF scientists headed for Cuba to study what it looks like before any
oil spills
Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer
Monday, April 24, 2017 10:40am

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida scientists will ride their research vessel to
Cuba next month to take measurements of its coastal waters before any
oil spill ruins them.

One of the major problems with the 2010… Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
jcharles@miamiherald.com

Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some
economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to
eke out even negligible economic growth.

“The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading

Theft and Subsidies, Not Exports

Theft and Subsidies, Not Exports
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 24 de Abril de 2017 – 17:00 CEST.

Once gain former Economy minister José Luis Rodríguez has attempted to
pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Apparently the Castro dictatorship
has called on him to do its dirty work and cook the books to present a
more favorable picture… 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 with calloused
hands, gets on… Continue reading

Police Forces Raid Headquarters of ‘Captain Tondique’ Project in Matanzas

Police Forces Raid Headquarters of ‘Captain Tondique’ Project in Matanzas

14ymedio, Havana, 21 April 2017 — The headquarters of the Captain
Tondique project in the municipality Matancero de Colón, was raided
Friday by combined Police and State Security forces, according to a
report received by this newspaper from Yelena Marrero Burunate, daughter
of Caridad Burunate, the activist who owns the… Continue reading

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The Venezuela of “XXI
Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a
matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the
economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the
government’s grasp, President Nicolás Maduro, in… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

Cuba’s slick TV channel that supports ‘more revolution’

Cuba’s slick TV channel that supports ‘more revolution’
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
23 April 2017

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Slick new graphics, drum and bass theme music and young presenters: at
least in its presentation, Cuba’s latest… 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 close to an old Sports… Continue reading

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The transport
ministry (MITRANS) has issued a new provision that obligates Havana’s
pedicab drivers to have visible identification that specifies the
municipality where they can operate.

The sticker carries the driver’s license number and the name of the
municipality. An official calling herself Tamara… Continue reading

Los bicitaxistas solo pueden trabajar donde residen

Los bicitaxistas solo pueden trabajar donde residen
MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Abril 20, 2017

El ministerio de transporte (Mitrans) ha emitido una nueva disposición
que obliga a los bicitaxistas habaneros a tener una identificación
visible donde se especifica el municipio donde pueden operar.

La pegatina, lleva el número de licencia del conductor y el nombre del
municipio. Según explicó… Continue reading

Elderly man in Cuba treats arthritis pain with scorpion venom – swears by it

Elderly man in Cuba treats arthritis pain with scorpion venom – swears by it
Published April 21, 2017 EFE

PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA – At age 71, Cuban peasant Pepe Casañas fends off
the typical aches and pains of his age in a unique, and effective, way.
His secret: letting himself be stung every now and then by a scorpion,… Continue reading

Morocco and Cuba have restored 37-year-old broken diplomatic ties weeks after the private visit of Morocco’s King Mohamed VI to Havana.

Morocco and Cuba have restored 37-year-old broken diplomatic ties weeks
after the private visit of Morocco’s King Mohamed VI to Havana.

Ambassadors of the two countries to the United Nations signed a
memorandum of understanding on Friday in New York to reestablish
diplomatic ties.

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement that: “Guided by the
mutual will to develop friendly… 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 offenders.

“Although cases of trafficking… Continue reading

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority / Iván García

Iván García, 19 April 2017 — When evening falls, Yainier and a group of
friends who live in El Canal, a neighborhood in the Cerro municipality,
20 minutes by car from the center of Havana, grab a table by the door of
an old bodega, and between swigs of rum… Continue reading

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode?

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret
in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army
general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018.

I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to the
tight-lipped team of advisers… Continue reading

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

The provinces at greatest risk for fire are Guantanamo, Pinar del Rio,
Matanzas, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Isla de la Juventud. (EFE)
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2017 – When the wind blows, the
odor of burning overwhelms the town of El Guay, in the municipality of… Continue reading

Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children

Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children
By Sarah Marsh
Reuters April 21, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – The gigantic black and white portraits of children
started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two
years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez.

The sober, finely painted portraits contrast with Cuba’s dilapidated
buildings and pot-holed… Continue reading

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