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Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions
By Ivet González

BARACOA, Cuba, May 19 2017 (IPS) – A battered bridge connects the centre
of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known
as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River
where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.… Continue reading

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008
By Chuck Abbott
5/15/2017

The nonpartisan U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council says the first
shipment of U.S. rice to Cuba in nine years apparently passed unnoticed
in the ongoing debate over trade with the island nation. Based in New
York, the council, which produces monthly reports on commerce involving
the countries,… Continue reading

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links
Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:12pm

ST. PETERSBURG — Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more
than 50 years has seen the impact of renewed bilateral ties between the
two countries continue to grow over the last two years

José Ramón Cabañas, the former head of the… 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

Freedom House Rates Cuba Among the Worst Countries for the Practice of Journalism

Freedom House Rates Cuba Among the Worst Countries for the Practice of
Journalism

According to Freedom House, the Government “could not prevent an
improvement in the scope and quality of the information available.”
14ymedio, Havana, 28 April 2017 — Freedom House has again placed Cuba
among the worst countries to exercise journalism in and continues to
assign the 91 points… Continue reading

When The Abuser Is The Government

When The Abuser Is The Government

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 May 2017 – I was in the
third grade and the teacher chose the most aggressive girl in my class
to be the room monitor. She was given carte blanche to control the other
children. Later, the abuser rose to a position in the Federation of
Middle… Continue reading

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba
April 29, 2017
Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — “Natural Selection” is a documentary which shows, in only
eleven minutes and a succession of visual cuts, the current landscape
for stray animals in Cuba.

Filmed in May 2016, it was officially shown on April 7th this year at
the Cine Chaplin, during Havana’s… Continue reading

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of
corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its
emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its
diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic
system of each country. In Cuba it… Continue reading

Scots pair delivering Cuba’s first major renewables project

Scots pair delivering Cuba’s first major renewables project
Written by Reporter – 27/04/2017 8:18 am

Two Scots, including the head of the biggest manufacturer of Harris
Tweed, are helping deliver Cuba’s first major renewables project.

A ground-breaking ceremony at Ciro Redondo sugar mill today will herald
the start of construction on one of four planned biomass power plants
which will… Continue reading

Cuba beach invaded by millions of crabs

Cuba beach invaded by millions of crabs
By NBC News
Published: April 25, 2017, 12:39 pm

CIENAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba (NBC News) — Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded
again, this time not by U.S. backed anti-Castro forces, but by millions
of red, yellow and black landcrabs.

Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for days… Continue reading

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters
By Sarah Marsh

BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro
forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs.
Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for… Continue reading

USF scientists headed for Cuba to study what it looks like before any oil spills

USF scientists headed for Cuba to study what it looks like before any
oil spills
Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer
Monday, April 24, 2017 10:40am

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida scientists will ride their research vessel to
Cuba next month to take measurements of its coastal waters before any
oil spill ruins them.

One of the major problems with the 2010… Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
jcharles@miamiherald.com

Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some
economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to
eke out even negligible economic growth.

“The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading

Cuba’s slick TV channel that supports ‘more revolution’

Cuba’s slick TV channel that supports ‘more revolution’
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
23 April 2017

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Slick new graphics, drum and bass theme music and young presenters: at
least in its presentation, Cuba’s latest… Continue reading

Elderly man in Cuba treats arthritis pain with scorpion venom – swears by it

Elderly man in Cuba treats arthritis pain with scorpion venom – swears by it
Published April 21, 2017 EFE

PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA – At age 71, Cuban peasant Pepe Casañas fends off
the typical aches and pains of his age in a unique, and effective, way.
His secret: letting himself be stung every now and then by a scorpion,… Continue reading

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

The provinces at greatest risk for fire are Guantanamo, Pinar del Rio,
Matanzas, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Isla de la Juventud. (EFE)
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2017 – When the wind blows, the
odor of burning overwhelms the town of El Guay, in the municipality of… Continue reading

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba / Cubalex

Cubalex, 4 April 2017 — In the cycles of the United Nations Universal
Periodic Review (UPR), held in 2009 and 2013, the Cuban State rejected
32 recommendations calling for an end to repression against human rights
defenders and lifting restrictions that impede freedom of speech,
opinion, association, assembly and peaceful… Continue reading

Emulating exclusion

Emulating exclusion
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 18 de Abril de 2017 – 16:03 CEST.

Years back what they call “civil society” became part of my life through
my early engagement in a combination of community activism and links to
the few NGOs working in Cuba, followed by participation in Latin
American social movements and organizations that defend… Continue reading

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the
streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well
known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However,
before fame came into his life, this young man born in Las Tunas was a… Continue reading

Invasive Marabou Weed Arrives at the Plaza of the Revolution

Invasive Marabou Weed Arrives at the Plaza of the Revolution

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, NYC, 6 April 2017 — Resistant and thorny, the
invasive marabou weed has inundated Cuban fields and threatened to
displace the national shield’s royal palm. The shrub has become a plague
spreading across the country, covering previously arable land, and
worming its way into a topic for… Continue reading

Florida Aquarium helps create underwater coral nursery in Cuba

Florida Aquarium helps create underwater coral nursery in Cuba
By WFLA Web Staff
Published: April 3, 2017, 7:52 pm Updated: April 4, 2017, 9:38 am

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An international team of divers from The Florida
Aquarium and the National Aquarium of Cuba constructed an underwater
staghorn coral nursey in Cuba waters, The Florida Aquarium announced Monday.

The underwater… Continue reading

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism”

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism” / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 March 2017 – An opinion piece
published in recent days by El Nuevo Herald gives me a disturbing
feeling of déjà vu. It is not the subject – overflowing with a number of
articles by different authors – but its focal point, which presents as
adequate a… Continue reading

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