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The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 July 2017 – In his most recent
public speech before Parliament, General-President Raul Castro offered a
self-criticism about “political deviations” under which the private
sector and cooperatives are governed. “Mistakes are mistakes, and they
are mistakes… they are my mistakes in the first place, because I am a
part of… Continue reading

Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary

Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary

14ymedio, Mario Penton and Luz Escobar, Miami and Havana, 14 July 2017 —
Ileana Sánchez is anxiously rummaging through her tattered wallet,
looking for some bills to buy a toy slate for her seven-year-old
granddaughter who dreams of becoming a teacher. She has had to save for
months to… Continue reading

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful
entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161,
between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C,
in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8.

The reasons are not clear.… Continue reading

Trump administration again suspends a part of Cuba embargo

Trump administration again suspends a part of Cuba embargo
By JOSH LEDERMAN Published July 14, 2017 Markets Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is suspending for another six
months a provision of the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

The State Department says it has told Congress that it will keep
suspending a provision of the Helms-Burton Act that deals with… Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump
– Castro’s comments to Cuba’s National Assembly were his first on
Trump’s June announcement of a partial rollback of the Cuba-U.S. detente
– He also rejected any “lessons” on human rights from the U.S., saying
his country “has a lot to be proud about” on the issue
The Associated Press

Cuban… Continue reading

Cuba says GDP recovers, up about 1 percent so far in 2017

Cuba says GDP recovers, up about 1 percent so far in 2017
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HAVANA — Jul 14, 2017, 5:59 PM ET

The Cuban government said Friday that the economy is growing again
following a decline last year that was the first drop reported in two
decades.

Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas said at the opening session of the… Continue reading

Higher Taxes

Higher Taxes / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 6 July 2017 — It is no secret among Cubans that their
government is inept and inefficient. Fifty-eight years of failure attest
to this.

With the emergence of self-employment, however, officials have found a
way to fill the state’s coffers without having to devote resources or
effort to it. It’s called taxes.

They… Continue reading

How Cubans See the Crisis in Venezuela

How Cubans See the Crisis in Venezuela / Iván García

Iván García, 11 July 2017 — After painting the facades of several
buildings along 10 de Octobre street, the workers of the brigade shelter
from the terrifying heat in doorways, eating lunch, having a smoke or
simply chatting.

These days, in Havana’s La Vibora neighborhood, in the area between Red… Continue reading

The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas

The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 19 June 2017 — Teresa Sulien Castillo Sotto, a
27-year-old Cuban doctor born in Bayamo, died due to multiple fractures
and traumatic brain injury on the night of Tuesday 13 June, at 10:20 PM,
after jumping off the 8th floor of the C-05… Continue reading

Work Accident Takes The Lives Of Two Cuban Builders In Caibarién

Work Accident Takes The Lives Of Two Cuban Builders In Caibarién

14ymedio, Havana, 11 July 2017 — The collapse of a wall during the
reconstruction of the Hotel Commercio in Caibarién, in the province
of Villa Clara, cost two workers their lives on Tuesday and left eight
others injured. The crew was working on rehabilitating the property, as
confirmed to… Continue reading

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

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

14ymedio, Havana, 10 July 2017 – The driver of a private taxi was
arrested after being accused of racial discrimination by Yanay Aguirre
Calderín, according to a report Monday in the weekly paper Trabajadores
(Workers). The event has generated numerous articles in the official
press which is making an example… Continue reading

Cuban Government Extends Land Lease Period to 20 Years

Cuban Government Extends Land Lease Period to 20 Years

14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 — The latest Council of Ministers,
chaired by Raul Castro, has extended the term of the country’s land
leases under the usufruct system to 20 years, but the leases can be
cancelled if the beneficiaries use illicit funds, according to an
announcement today in the official… Continue reading

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy
July 10, 20174:35 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered

U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from
President Trump’s changes to the Obama administration’s Cuba travel
policies. The new rules don’t affect cruises, and may help them.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

President Trump announced new… Continue reading

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen
Marianna Parraga and Marc Frank

HOUSTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – Venezuela’s crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba
have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to
documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters,
threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run
island.

Cuba’s government since… Continue reading

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy
07/13/2017 09:20 am ET
William M. LeoGrande
Professor of Government at American University

President Donald J. Trump signs the National Security Presidential
Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,
Miami, June 16, 2017

On June 16, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba… Continue reading

With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic
Sarah Marsh

HAVANA (Reuters) – Olaff Alejo’s salt lamps are eerily beautiful and
designed to purify the air.

Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the
sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices
to manufacture them.

In Communist-run Cuba, designers of clothes and household… Continue reading

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds second vessel

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds
second vessel
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Visiting Cuba by sea is turning into the preferred method for American
travelers — at least for now.

On Monday, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced it is adding a
second ship for four-day cruises to Havana, following a barrage of
announcements from… Continue reading

The impact of Trump’s Cuba policy revisions will likely be small

The impact of Trump’s Cuba policy revisions will likely be small
BY MARK FEIERSTEIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 07/11/17 05:40 PM EDT

As U.S. officials prepare to implement President Trump’s Cuba policy,
the rancor over the revised course is masking an emerging bipartisan
consensus over American policy toward the island. Despite declaring he
was “cancelling” President Obama’s deal with Cuba, Trump’s… 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

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba has a new interim chief at its seaside building
in Havana: career diplomat Scott Hamilton.

Hamilton, who has served as deputy chief of mission since July 2015,
replaces Jeffrey DeLaurentis as Chargé d’Affaires.

A brief notice posted on the embassy website… Continue reading

The Cuban regime and the Venezuelan transition

The Cuban regime and the Venezuelan transition
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 12 de Julio de 2017 – 11:16
CEST.

In a recent interview Venezuelan analyst Rocío San Miguel, an expert on
military affairs, masterfully defined the role of Cuba in his country.
In this respect he stated: “The situation room where the most important
strategic decisions are… Continue reading

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