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Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

REPORT from European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil
Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Published on 22 May 2017
By Hilaire Avril, Regional Information Officer, EU Humanitarian Aid.

Cuba has been fighting one of the toughest droughts in a century for the
past three years. Declining and erratic rainfall, increasingly long
periods between… Continue reading

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 18 May 2017—A neighbor of mine in
Arroyo Naranjo recently had to ask an old friend of his who lives Miami
to help him obtain some amitriptyline. A psychiatrist had recommended
this medication for my neighbor’s wife to treat a nervous condition that… Continue reading

Cuban Professionals Are Afraid In Venezuela

Cuban Professionals Are Afraid In Venezuela

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 18 May 2017 — Seen from the Venezuelan
opposition as an army of occupation and from the Venezuelan government
as soldiers of socialism, tens of thousands of Cuban professionals live
a situation that is complicated day after day in convulsive
Venezuela. The Cuban government has asked them to stay “until… Continue reading

2 adrift Cuban fishermen rescued after 3 days at sea

2 adrift Cuban fishermen rescued after 3 days at sea
The Associated Press

MIAMI
The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two Cuban fishermen who had been adrift
for three days without food or water.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release that Cuban Board Guard
contacted them Wednesday after the fishing boat didn’t return to Santa
Cruz del Norte,… Continue reading

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against
Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo
Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), announced his desire to
reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what
happens in Cuba to be able to denounce the… Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019
CRUISE LINE & CRUISE SHIP
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
JASON LEPPERT MAY 15, 2017

After the initial success of Empress of the Seas’ arrival in Cuba, Royal
Caribbean International has announced its expansion of the ship’s calls
to Havana as far out as 2019.
“Since arriving in Cuba for the first time last month,… 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

Canada Studies A Petition to Award Refuge to Cuban Migrants

Canada Studies A Petition to Award Refuge to Cuban Migrants

14ymedio, Miami, 13 May 2017 – The Canadian government has responded to
a request for refuge made by the Democracy Movement on behalf of
thousands of Cubans who were stranded at several locations in the
Americas after the decision by the United States last January to end the
wet foot/dry… Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope
to change that.
by Christopher Palmeri
May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2

After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens
traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the
U.S. to 10 cities across the island. But they quickly learned… 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

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

US Travel Companies Need a Long-Term Perspective to Capitalize on Cuba

The FINANCIAL — Two years after travel restrictions between the US and
Cuba started to ease, interest in the island remains strong and growing
among US travelers.

According to a recent article by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), more
than 2 million US citizens could visit Cuba each year… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking
through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old
civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk
only to later write a critical analysis on the… Continue reading

Shortages, Now it’s Ice Cream’s Turn

Shortages, Now it’s Ice Cream’s Turn

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 9 May 2017 — As in the old joke of
socialist hell the products in Cuba disappear in turn. When there are
potatoes, there is no oil to fry them in, when there is spaghetti,
there’s no tomato sauce, and just when they release enough flour to make
a cake,… 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

Sand Mountain tractor company still trying to sell to Cuba after 2 years

Sand Mountain tractor company still trying to sell to Cuba after 2 years
Tuesday, May 9th 2017, 1:07 am CEDT
By Stephen McLamb

A Sand Mountain company is still trying to get into Cuba to sell its
tractors two years after announcing its plans.

Cleber LLC hoped to become one of the first companies to do business
there after former… Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.

He filleted the chops and… Continue reading

University Entrance Exams Begin With “Extraordinary Measures” Against Fraud

University Entrance Exams Begin With “Extraordinary Measures” Against Fraud

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Early Wednesday
morning Karel wasn’t sleeping. He spent it turning somersaults in bed
and solving math problems. Together with thousands of students across
the country, the young man presented himself at the Mathematics entrance
exam for higher education. “It was complicated, but I… Continue reading

A Year Later: Fewer Americans Are Considering Travel To Cuba

A Year Later: Fewer Americans Are Considering Travel To Cuba
PR Newswire May 1, 2017

RICHMOND, Va., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A year since the U.S.
government’s easing of travel restrictions to Cuba, an annual survey* by
leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance is reporting
that Americans are less interested in taking a trip to the country than… Continue reading

American interest in Cuba as a travel destination is waning: survey

American interest in Cuba as a travel destination is waning: survey

Despite the fanfare around the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba,
the results of a new survey suggest that the novelty has worn out among
Americans, with fewer travelers expressing interest in the island as a
travel destination.

About a year after major commercial airlines restored flights between
the… Continue reading

Cuba travel interest down one year after US lifts restrictions

Cuba travel interest down one year after US lifts restrictions
By Darla Guillen, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle Updated 7:45 am,
Thursday, May 4, 2017

When the U.S. lifted travel restrictions to Cuba a year ago, it seemed
there was instant and widespread interest in visiting the county.
Now, travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance says that
interested is waning.
“Our… Continue reading

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba
By Kari Paul
Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET

Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors

A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its
borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades… Continue reading

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