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Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 June 2017 — Economic hardships
turn many Cuban engineers to work as bartenders, doctors become taxi
drivers and innumerable professionals become alternative guides for
tourists. Among the latter, there are the experienced or the
just-getting-started, but all of them earn more money than they would
working in… Continue reading

Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers

Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers
FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 15 de Junio de 2017 – 15:39 CEST.

A woman friend of mine who lives in Miami recently traveled to the
Island with her children. As her father is Cuban, she wanted her
children to meet the family members who are still there. She had
postponed the trip… Continue reading

Trump’s announcement on Cuba could clash with Central American summit

Trump’s announcement on Cuba could clash with Central American summit
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

If President Donald Trump outlines his new Cuba policy in Miami on
Friday, it could upstage a Central American conference that is bringing
regional presidents and Mexican and U.S. Cabinet members to town this week.

Sources have told the Miami Herald that a presidential announcement of… Continue reading

How will President Trump change Obama’s Cuba policy?

How will President Trump change Obama’s Cuba policy?
Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)
Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:12pm

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his changes on Friday.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to roll back parts of
President Barack Obama’s improvement of relations with Cuba, siding with
hawks who oppose detente and rejecting demands from U.S. businesses… Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?

Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

Warmer ties with Cuba after almost 60 years of hostility was one of
President Barack Obama’s main foreign policy legacies.
He and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to normalise diplomatic relations
in December 2014 and in… 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

Poland offers to cooperate with Cuba to restore monuments

Poland offers to cooperate with Cuba to restore monuments
07.06.2017 09:56
Poland has offered to cooperate with Cuban authorities to restore and
revitalise monuments.

“Poland is interested in cooperating with the authorities of Cuba and
its institutions in the field of renovation and revitalisation of
monuments,” Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said during a
meeting with Eusebio Leal, director of… Continue reading

Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism

Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism
By Xu Qin | 00:01 UTC+8 June 7, 2017 | PRINT EDITION

ANY talk of Cuba conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, scintillating
music, culture, traditions and a history that continues to unfold even
now, but the Caribbean island nation’s top envoy in China is keen that
visitors from the mainland take in… Continue reading

Cuban Catholic Bishops Express Solidarity with Venezuela

Cuban Catholic Bishops Express Solidarity with Venezuela

14ymedio, Havana, 30 May 2017—Cuba’s Catholic bishops are not “on the
fringes of the suffering and uncertainty experienced by Venezuelans,”
according to a letter released this week signed by Dionisio García
Ibáñez, archbishop of Santiago de Cuba and president of the Conference
of Catholic Bishops of Cuba .

The letter, addressed to the… Continue reading

Jesus Hernandez-Guero Or The Art Of Provoking

Jesus Hernandez-Guero Or The Art Of Provoking

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 30 May 2017 — If something is clear in
the work of Jesus Hernández- Güero is that he is not a complacent
artist. His transgressive look is insolent and unrelated to any
political militancy, religious creed or commercial convenience. The
artist raises sparks everywhere: in Cuba where he was… Continue reading

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros / Iván García

Iván García, 17 May 2017 — In front of an old mansion on 17th Street in
Vedado that now serves as the headquarters of the Union of Writers and
Artists, there is a poster showing hundreds of men dressed in battle
fatigues and lined up in military formation. A resounding… Continue reading

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

The new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora is striking in its
architectural resemblance to the grand colonial houses of Havana, yet
has a modern Miami flair. From the imposing stairwell to the natural
light that bathes the halls and bounces off sparkling white marble
floors,… Continue reading

Obama has no shame

Obama has no shame
By Ed Rogers May 26

In the age of President Trump, liberals love nothing more than to pine
for the glory days of President Barack Obama. But Obama was always
better in theory than he was in reality. His recent trip to Europe
reminded us all of that phenomenon. Still, liberals would have you
believe that… Continue reading

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free

Reagan: Won’t visit Cuba until people are free
May 30, 2017
Michael Reagan Perspective

Expedia is now booking hotels in Cuba.

American Airlines is flying American tourists from Miami to Havana.

For more than a year American-owned cruise lines have been hauling U.S.
citizens by the thousands to the Castro brothers’ beautiful socialist
paradise 90 miles off the tip of… Continue reading

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban
American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you
in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence.

Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of
self-governance, dignity, and freedom. Today, we remember patriots like… Continue reading

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks
Revolution in the time of the internet
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT

Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been.

It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke,
offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas and turns them into some… Continue reading

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

14medio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 13 May 2017 – Three employees
circulate among the tables, so similar that they seem cast from the same
mold. “I want to give a good image to the place,” says the owner of a
flourishing cafe on 26th Street in Havana. Like him, many private
businesses are… Continue reading

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

Cubans Are Carnivores Despite the Scarcity

Cubans Are Carnivores Despite the Scarcity

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 10 May 2017 — Meat has almost
magical connotations in Cuban culture. When children get sick, the
grandmothers make them a good chicken soup or a broth with a piece of
beef. If someone feels weak they recommend eating a steak and there is
no more recurring dream for these… Continue reading

New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor

New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor
Military’s business arm has transformed Manzana de Gomez mall into an
opulent spectacle that both fascinates and alienates Cubans: ‘I can’t
buy anything
Associated Press in Havana
Tuesday 9 May 2017 16.16 BST Last modified on Tuesday 9 May 2017 18.09 BST

The saleswomen in L’Occitane en Provence’s… Continue reading

With Lacoste, Mont Blanc, Socialist Cuba Has 1st Luxury Mall

With Lacoste, Mont Blanc, Socialist Cuba Has 1st Luxury Mall
Cuba has its first luxury mall, thanks to the business arm of Cuba’s
army transforming a century-old shopping arcade into a temple to
conspicuous capitalism, in the heart of the capital of a nation founded
on ideals of social equality.
May 9, 2017, at 12:05 a.m.
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated… Continue reading

A double standard

A double standard
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 8 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:18 CEST.

Within the framework of the Congress of the Latin American Studies
Association (LASA), a group of Cuban academics and former officials
recently circulated a document protesting the LASA’S position regarding
the wave of repression and political crisis in Venezuela.

In their missive… Continue reading

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