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Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio,
Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about
adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of
resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state
employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, bringing them into
the stores… Continue reading

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail
A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected
to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story
Stephen Gibbs
Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT

If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana… Continue reading

The Taliban Has Returned

The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last
decade, when Fidel Castro would call a “march of the fighting people”
for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived
from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little paper flags,
prominent for his… 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 western bank and at the… Continue reading

Numbers, Reason and Principles

Numbers, Reason and Principles / Somos

Somos+, Eliecer Avila, 8 March 2017 — Daily, as part of my functions as
leader of Somos+ (We Are More), I meet people who are interested in
knowing the details of the organization. In theory, these people would
become members of Somos+ if there is a sufficient match between their
ideas and the ones… Continue reading

Embezzlement Today

Embezzlement Today / Regina Coyula

Regina Coyula, 17 February 2017 — The long laissez faire of the
government with the “if you behave well, I look the other way” has given
birth to a generation (just one?) of the cheerfully shameless, known
generically as “fighters.” The nice denomination that began by being
applied a few, no longer has color, sex… 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 surnames Castro Soto del Valle… Continue reading

Growing Old in Cuba – Luck or Misfortune?

Growing Old in Cuba: Luck or Misfortune? / Cubanet, Ana Leon

Cubanet, Ana Leon, Havana, 3 March 2017 – Jose Vargas is 85 years old
and a retired musician. He lives alone in a room in a tenement in Old
Havana, depending on a monthly check of 240 Cuban pesos (eight dollars
U.S.) and whatever help his neighbors can offer.… Continue reading

Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss

Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month
of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak.
Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery
program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical Party Guidelines has
been demonstrated… Continue reading

Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba

Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellanos, 17 January 2017 — By 2007, after forty-eight years of
revolutionary rule, inefficiency and a lack of productivity had turned
state-run farmland into fields infested with marabú weed. Meanwhile,
food prices were increasing on the world market. In light of this
situation, General Raúl Castro proposed “changing… Continue reading

Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government

Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government / 14ymedio,
Pedro Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 23 February 2017 — The recent
“diplomatic” action by the Cuban Government to try to prevent the
presence of foreign personalities in a private event in Havana to
receive a symbolic prize bearing the name of the late regime opponent
Oswaldo Payá, denotes the… Continue reading

Set Fire To Havana In Order To Hide The Body?

Set Fire To Havana In Order To Hide The Body? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 February 2017 – People say that when
an event happens repeatedly it stops being an accident. The fire that
took place on Monday, February 20th, 2017, in “La Mezclilla” store, in
the neighborhood of San Leopoldo (Municipality of Centro Habana) is… Continue reading

The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families

The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

PALMIRA, CUBA
José Entenza Montalvo, a babalawo, or priest, shows the faded
handwritten books, some more than a century old, where special knowledge
of medicinal herbs and plants and the names of those initiated as
babalawos are recorded.

For Entenza, the book has a direct link… Continue reading

Extortions, Kidnappings And Limbo – Daily Life Of Cubans Stranded In Mexico

Extortions, Kidnappings And Limbo: Daily Life Of Cubans Stranded In
Mexico / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 February 2017 — Hundreds of Cubans
were stranded in Mexico after the Obama administration ended the
wet-foot/dry-foot policy that favored Cuban’s immigration to the United
States, but for the 90 who are detained at the 21st Century Migrant
Station in… Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are
deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible
realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure
development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom
succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently
in their reports they describe a Latin America and its inhabitants
encased in… Continue reading

A Million Dollar Business Run by Fidel Castro’s Son

A Million Dollar Business Run by Fidel Castro’s Son / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 6 February 2017 — Officials, students, athletes,
workers, members of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution,
foreign journalists and even tourists. Almost all have been victims of a
flagrant, illicit operation authorized by the Cuban government. It is a
business that involves… Continue reading

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally / 14ymedio, Bertha
Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez

14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez, Artemisa/Pinar del Rio,
9 February 2017 – When he was a boy, Jorge Luis Ledesma Herrera played
around the charcoal ovens his father had built. Now, approaching 50,
this Pinar del Rio man dedicates his days to a… Continue reading

An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses

An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2017 — The latest audit carried out by
Cuba’s Office to the Comptroller revealed losses of more than 90 million
Cuban and more than 51 million Cuban convertible pesos in public
enterprises and non-agricultural cooperatives in Havana, a situation
that contributes to the failure to… Continue reading

Billion-dollar Odebrecht scandal engulfs Latin America

Billion-dollar Odebrecht scandal engulfs Latin America
Tupac POINTU
AFP February 3, 2017

Montevideo (AFP) – For years, Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht
landed huge public works contracts by paying hundreds of millions of
dollars in bribes.

Now, the company’s dirty dealings have caught up with it — and the
fallout is spreading across Latin America, where the scandal has left a… Continue reading

The Controller Uncovers a Rosary of Mismanagement

The Controller Uncovers a Rosary of Mismanagement / 14ymedio, Marcelo
Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 28 January 2017 — What Cuban has
not diverted resources from his work place? Theft from the State
together with administrative negligence and corruption are among the
main problems detected by the most recent National Internal Audit
concluded at the end of the year.

Between… Continue reading

Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms

Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms
January 28, 2017
By Angel Vazquez Mourenza

HAVANA TIMES — I’d wanted to go to Cuba for a long time now, and I
finally went. I would have liked to have gone a long time ago, 25 years
ago for example, when the country seemed to be living better times
thanks to their relationship… Continue reading

Dumping medicine, faking patients – Cuban doctors describe a system that breeds fraud

Dumping medicine, faking patients: Cuban doctors describe a system that
breeds fraud
BY JIM WYSS
jwyss@miamiherald.com

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
Since 2003, Cuba has been sending battalions of doctors to Venezuela in
exchange for cash and crude.

The program, known as Barrio Adentro, offers free medical care to some
of the nation’s poorest. It’s been credited with saving more than a
million… Continue reading

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