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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

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
Carlos BATISTA
AFP March 22, 2017

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Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and
shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts
Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret.

Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist
island’s Cold War-era… Continue reading

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on
repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution,
from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers
banned it from official competition and instead categorized the
screening as… Continue reading

The future of Cuba is capitalism

The future of Cuba is capitalism
By Nicolas Briscoe | 03/20/2017 7:42pm

The greatest blessing of my life has been my Cuban heritage. The warmth,
love and fun that accompany every aspect of Cuban family and culture are
incomparable forces for good in my life. In my hometown of Miami, there
is a neighborhood referred to as “Little Havana,” named… Continue reading

Can USC researchers solve an age-old issue in Cuba?

Can USC researchers solve an age-old issue in Cuba?
Cubans reach out to a USC expert in social support among low-income
minority populations
BY Eric Lindberg MARCH 21, 2017

Cuba is ahead of the curve in Latin America in terms of its increasingly
aging population. (Photo/Pexels)
A plummeting birthrate and scarcity of resources have left Cuba facing a
demographic dilemma.… Continue reading

Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know

Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 4 March 2017 — Another crazy initiative…a bit
picturesque, perhaps interesting, but totally absurd. Representatives of
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) arrive at the José
Martí Airport in Havana with the express intention of combatting animal
abuse and creating vegetarian… Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free
By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com

The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning

Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly
easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your
trip, but if you follow some simple… 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

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse

Dancers who defected from Cuba are building new dreams in Syracuse
mgreenlar@syracuse.com
Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com

on March 09, 2017 at 1:54 PM, updated March 09, 2017 at 2:11 PM
Syracuse, N.Y. — Alejandro Cobus would leave his apartment in Syracuse
for his ballet class three hours early. He’d walk nearly six miles in
the snow and cold in sneakers.… Continue reading

Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’ author

Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’
author
BY CONNIE OGLE
cogle@miamiherald.com

Journalist Mark Kurlansky has a sobering message for Americans who say
they want to visit Havana before it’s ruined.

“You can’t go before it’s wrecked because it’s already wrecked,” he
says. “It’s not the place it was in the 1950s or even the 1970s… Continue reading

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to
Cuban spy chief
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

She was a Connecticut-born American ballerina and the wife of the
notorious chief of Cuba’s intelligence and subversive operations —
Manuel Piñeiro Losada, better known as Barbarroja, or “Red Beard.”

And now a trove of Lorna Burdsall’s recently discovered letters… Continue reading

New Maternity Legislation in Cuba Ignores Fathers

New Maternity Legislation in Cuba Ignores Fathers
By Ivet González

This article is part of special IPS coverage on the occasion of
International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8.

HAVANA, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) – A new set of regulations to strengthen the
maternity rights of working women and encourage people to have children
in Cuba were seen as a positive… Continue reading

How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana

How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures
of Havana
By Michael Mewshaw March 3

Michael Mewshaw is writing a memoir about his friendship with Pat Conroy.

A happy hybrid, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” invokes the Cuban
capital as an occasion to discuss the country’s history, politics, food,
architecture, music, religion and passion for baseball. No author is… Continue reading

The Ladies In Green Can Not Sell Their Lettuce

The Ladies In Green Can Not Sell Their Lettuce / 14ymedio, Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 2 March 2017 — A few minutes after noon,
the Lettuce Women stood on the corner of Obispo and Mercaderes streets
in Old Havana. They came with their unique message that promotes healthy
food and a love of animals. Under the March sun, their… Continue reading

Cuba tech startups land in Boulder for a Boomtown-style training

Cuba tech startups land in Boulder for a Boomtown-style training
By Jerd Smith
Business Editor
POSTED: 03/01/2017 03:45:25 PM MST

Thanks to the ongoing diplomatic thaw between the United States and
Cuba, a foundation intent on cultivating private commerce in Cuba’s
largely state-controlled economy has turned to some of the USA’s most
energetic tech hubs for help.

Under the guidance… 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

Cuba – No Country for Slow DSL Home Internet Plans

Cuba: No Country for Slow DSL Home Internet Plans
Written by Larry Press

Two years ago, leakers suggested that Cuba might build its home internet
plan on super-slow DSL connections. They were wrong, suggests Larry
Press. Analysis

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aNewDomain –There will be no Cuban home Internet plan.

That’s my conclusion after having followed Cuban Internet developments
for more than two… Continue reading

Could Cuba become the next destination for software development?

Could Cuba become the next destination for software development?
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

In Havana’s iconic Bacardí building, teams of computer programmers are
working for U.S. companies with the tacit permission of the Cuban
government.

Could the island become the next international hotspot for software
development?

That’s not far-fetched, says John McIntire, chairman of the Cuba
Emprende Foundation, which… Continue reading

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna
Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to
attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend
the rights of people with disabilities.

On Friday night Goberna, who is blind, was visited by two… Continue reading

Appeasement Never Works

Appeasement Never Works
by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM

And it’s making matters worse in Cuba.
At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the
disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he
took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of
American States in 2015, vowing to… Continue reading

ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA

ONE ISRAELI KILLED AND EIGHT INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT IN CUBA
BY LAURA SIGAL FEBRUARY 25, 2017 11:24

According to Israel Radio, the injured, all in their 60s, suffered from
minor to moderate injuries. One went though surgery overnight.

One Israeli, named as 70-year-old, Nahum Heinken from Gadera, was killed
and eight others were injured in Cuba when their mini… Continue reading

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