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Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 28 June 2017 — On Havana there are illegal stores for all
tastes. Pirated jeans at 20 CUC, copies of Nike shoes at 40 CUC and
imitation Swiss watches at 50 CUC. People with higher purchasing power
mark the difference. By catalog, they buy fashions, smartphones,… Continue reading

Cavities and Abscesses in the Oral Health System

Cuba: Cavities and Abscesses in the Oral Health System / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 23 June 2017 — Located in the stately building with
its exquisite art-deco style, at the Havana intersection of Salvador
Allende Avenue (formerly Carlos III) and G Street, is the Cuban symbol
of the oral health system. Officially known as the Raúl González
Sánchez… Continue reading

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to
escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that,
according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista,
reflect the prevailing system on the island. From a neighborhood on the
outskirts… Continue reading

How President Trump can borrow from US Cuba policy to squeeze Beijing on North Korea

How President Trump can borrow from US Cuba policy to squeeze Beijing on
North Korea
Asia, Foreign and Defense Policy

The New York Times reports that “President Trump, frustrated by China’s
unwillingness to lean on North Korea, has told the Chinese leader that
the United States is prepared to act on its own in pressuring the
nuclear-armed government in Pyongyang.”… Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the
plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the
roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer
under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The José
Martí International Airport in… Continue reading

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of
daily life in Cuba
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that
they say reflects what is normal life on the island.

They got stranded in Panama, but still hope to eventually reach… Continue reading

Annexationism among Cubans

Annexationism among Cubans
HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 29 de Junio de 2017 – 00:20 CEST.

A group of Cuban intellectuals gather at Cuban TV’s Round Table (a
misnomer) to analyze (once again) Donald Trump’s alteration of America’s
policies towards the Cuban Government. They insist on accusing US
leadership of harboring annexationist intentions, albeit only cultural
—the preferred… Continue reading

A Bad Bet

A Bad Bet / Fernando Damaso

Fernando Dámaso, 13 June 2017 — Of the real and supposed problems that
the Cuban Revolution proposed to solve, as the basis of its historical
necessity, after more than half a century of exercising absolute power,
many have not been solved, the majority have been aggravated, and others
have emerged that did not exist… Continue reading

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter
ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST.

“What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?”

“Disastrous.”

“Why?”

“Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want
to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to work with them, or ask… Continue reading

Trump Gets It Right

Editorial: Trump Gets It Right
DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:23 CEST.

In his speech in Miami, US President Donald Trump rightly divided Cuban
society into two groups: the military and the people. And his criticism
of the regime did not center on its ideology, on the single party, or
even on Raúl Castro. Rather,… Continue reading

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

The End Of The Cycle For Two Caudillos

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 12 June 2017 — His mother died, his
brother emigrated and now no one brings flowers to the tomb of one of
those many young Cubans who lost their lives on the African plains. His
death served to build the authoritarian regime of José Eduardo dos
Santos in… 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
island comes at a dangerous… Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours /
Iván García

Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important
consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s
chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two
things: fake support for the autocracy and show loyalty to government
business.… Continue reading

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth
June 8, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork
for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his
government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most
sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and a
consequent accumulation of wealth.… Continue reading

The Swamp Of Wealth

The Swamp Of Wealth

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 June 2017 — Almost a
quarter of a century ago, the government launched a battle against
illicit income that ended with the detention of dozens of criminals but
also of prosperous entrepreneurs. During the dreaded Operation
Flowerpot, you could be denounced just for having a freshly painted
house, wearing… Continue reading

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García

Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro
opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess
items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank
accounts in financial paradises and they do not own yachts or beach
houses. I… Continue reading

Cuba, Pensioners and Respect for the Law

Cuba, Pensioners and Respect for the Law
May 29, 2017
Jimmy Roque Martinez

HAVANA TIMES — Some people usually sell goods on Tulipan Street, in the
Revolution Square municipality, just like they do in almost every
neighborhood throughout the country. Generally-speaking, these are
industrial and/or craft goods, and the people selling them are people
aged 65 years old and over,… Continue reading

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone”

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone”

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 31 May 2017 — A brief note published by
the official Cuban press reports the meeting held by “General of the
Army Raúl Castro Ruz” with “the Chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia-People’s Army, Timoleón Jiménez” (FARC-EP), where the former
“ratified the willingness of the Cuban government to… Continue reading

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 26 April 2017 — When night falls, it’s not advisable to
walk through certain neighborhoods in Havana. Like the one from El
Curita Park, on Reina and Galiano, up to the corner of Monte and Cienfuegos.

In addition to the disagreeable odor from the sewer water running
through… Continue reading

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 May 2017 — The cranes show off
their slender anatomy in some areas of Havana where several luxury
hotels are being built. Apart from this landscape of progress, private
construction and repairs face technological problems and shortages. This
week it has been cement’s turn.… Continue reading

In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens

Derek B. Miller: In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens
By Derek B Miller
Published: May 24, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Updated: May 23, 2017 1:21 p.m.

Utah business and community leaders recently visited Cuba on a
fact-finding mission and discovered a beautiful country with welcoming
people. Asked at every turn where we were from, the answer “America” was
met… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking
through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old
civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk
only to later write a critical analysis on the… Continue reading

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