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Por qué duele regresar a Cuba?

¿Por qué duele regresar a Cuba?
Apenas puso un pie en La Habana, Julia debió esforzarse mucho para no
evidenciar su descontento permanente
Jueves, marzo 23, 2017 | Ana León

LA HABANA, Cuba.- Mi amiga Julia dejó la Isla en el año 2012 a través
del Plan de Migración de Canadá. Desde esa fecha ha venido dos veces; la
más… Continue reading

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?
March 20, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is
founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight
injustice, anywhere! If those who rule the country and decide for the
rest of us what will happen to the economy and society… Continue reading

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again
American Airlines has already reduced its capacity in Cuba and JetBlue
Airways is set to do so in early May. This week, Silver Airways and
Frontier Airlines said they will exit the Cuban market entirely.
Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Mar 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Just six months ago, a slew of U.S. airlines were eager… Continue reading

Two U.S. Airlines Are Already Done With Cuba

Two U.S. Airlines Are Already Done With Cuba
Too many flights and too little demand send Silver and Frontier packing.
by Justin Bachman
March 14, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1

U.S. airlines that rushed into Cuba last year knew the going would be
tough. But it’s turned out to be such an unexpected financial slog that
two carriers are now quitting… Continue reading

Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service

Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The shake-up continues in the Cuba travel business with two U.S.
airlines announcing Monday that they planned to cancel their routes to
the island.

Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways said it had made “the difficult but
necessary” decision to suspend all its Cuba service on April 22.… 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

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

A City Invaded

A City Invaded / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 26 February 2017 — The lack of hygiene has taken over
the city: poorly maintained and filthy streets and sidewalks, garbage
everywhere, nauseating streams of sewage, grimy floors and walls in
state establishments, widespread environmental contamination, and even
dead animals rotting in squares and courtyards, in full sun under the
laziness of… Continue reading

Are Bikes Coming Back to Cuba With the Economic Crisis?

Are Bikes Coming Back to Cuba With the Economic Crisis? / 14ymedio,
Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 23 February 2017 — When you look at
the photos of the most difficult years of Cuba’s “Special Period,” there
are several details that can be observed: how skinny Cubans were, the
deterioration of their clothing, and the number of bicycles that… Continue reading

Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage

Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage
February 23, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES – The drought in Cuba could stop being a crisis and become
a chronic disease, as is already the case in many other countries. The
only way out seems to be to devise a global strategy that allows us and
requires a responsible use of that natural… 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

CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting communities and the environment

CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting
communities and the environment
Colorado and Cuban officials are seeking ways to promote sustainable
economic growth
By BRUCE FINLEY | bfinley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
February 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm

Colorado State University is negotiating a formal deal with Cuba for
joint exploration of how to allow profitable tourism… 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

The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices

The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices / Iván García

Iván García, 30 January 2017 — Five or six abstract oil paintings are
tastelessly jumbled together in the living room of a house in the west
of Havana, next to a collection of laptops and ancient computers
waiting to be repaired. We can call the owner Reinaldo.

A… Continue reading

Rural Women – Between Furrow And Domestic Labors

Rural Women: Between Furrow And Domestic Labors / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Alquizar (Artemisa), 30 January 2017 –In
Alquízar the red earth covers everything with a reddish layer. To Gladys
Montero that crimson powder gets into the wrinkles of the face. “I come
from the deep field,” she warns. In Cuba, 21% of women live in rural
areas,… Continue reading

Cuba oil potential estimate revised higher

Cuba oil potential estimate revised higher
Melbana Energy more than doubles its reserve estimate onshore.
By Daniel J. Graeber | Feb. 1, 2017 at 7:08 AM

Feb. 1 (UPI) — Cuba-focused Melbana Energy said it more the doubled its
reserve estimates for onshore oil, though recovery rates there are low
so far.

Melbana is one of the few Western oil… Continue reading

Yachting to Cuba — a ‘beautiful’ exception to the embargo

Yachting to Cuba — a ‘beautiful’ exception to the embargo
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

The 107-foot mega yacht has four cabins with private bathrooms, a
jacuzzi, two jet skis, two auxiliary boats and a crew of four, including
a chef.

With all those amenities, the flamboyant vessel named Reflections
recently departed from Key West to Havana, its second voyage to… 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’s Castro warns Trump to respect country’s sovereignty

Cuba’s Castro warns Trump to respect country’s sovereignty
By Nelson Acosta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro on Wednesday said Cuba
hoped to continue to normalize relations with the United States, but
made clear the Trump administration should not expect concessions
affecting the country’s sovereignty.

President Donald Trump, before taking office, threatened to torpedo the
still fragile detente between… Continue reading

The Havana Seawall Floods After Heavy Flooding From The Sea

The Havana Seawall Floods After Heavy Flooding From The Sea / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 23 January 2017 — As it happens each winter just a few
minutes have been enough for the Havana Malecon and its environs to be
flooded by the sea, after the arrival of a strong and extensive
extratropical low in the west of Cuba.
The Forecast… Continue reading

Cuba’s ‘deserting’ doctors fear losing the American Dream amid policy shift

Cuba’s ‘deserting’ doctors fear losing the American Dream amid policy shift
jwyss@miamiherald.com
BY JIM WYSS
jwyss@miamiherald.com

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
In a tiny house in a sprawling suburb of this capital city, a group of
Cubans — all of them doctors, dentists and medical professionals —
huddled around a television Friday watching Donald Trump’s inauguration
speech, hoping he might shed some light… Continue reading

U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty
Agreement follows last week’s agreement to collaborate in the event of
an offshore oil spill.
By Daniel J. Graeber | Jan. 19, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Jan. 19 (UPI) — The U.S. government said it signed a treaty with Cuba
to delineate borders in the Gulf of Mexico, a week after reaching an
oil-spill… Continue reading

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