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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

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

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

Bread In Cuba’s Rationed Market Is An Unsolved Problem

Bread In Cuba’s Rationed Market Is An Unsolved Problem

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 9 July 2017 — With a sharp knife and the
skill of a surgeon, Luis Garmendia, 68, slices the bread from the
rationed market into six small slices. Like so many Cubans, this retiree
cannot afford to buy from the liberated (unsubsidized) bakeries and
considers that, every… Continue reading

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 3 July 2017 — The fan stopped turning around 3:30 in the
morning, when in the middle of a heat wave, a black out forced Ricardo,
his wife and their two children to sleep on a mat on the balcony of
their apartment in the Lawton neighborhood,… 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

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to
escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that,
according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista,
reflect the prevailing system on the island. From a neighborhood on the
outskirts… Continue reading

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 July 2017 — He dries his sweat
and takes a drink of water from a bottle he carries in his backpack. “In
my time the young people spent the holidays in front of the television,”
says Ignacio, the father of two teenagers. As… Continue reading

Panama’s migration chief says the country is not closing the door to Cubans but to illegal migration

Panama’s migration chief says the country is not closing the door to
Cubans but to illegal migration
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
Javier Carrillo Silvestri, Panama’s head of migration services, is
accustomed to order and hierarchy. So he is matter-of-fact when he says
that his nation has nothing against Cuban migrants, but that those who
enter the… Continue reading

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Julio de 2017 – 10:40 CEST.

If you were told that in a Latin American country almost 60% of the
fertile land available for agriculture is not even cultivated, producing
nothing at all, you would think they were pulling your leg, because in
the 21st century… Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the
plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the
roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer
under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The José
Martí International Airport in… Continue reading

School Diplomas

School Diplomas

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 5 July 2017 — They arrived,
enthusiastic and happy, to their party for the end of the school
year. One mother brought a macaroni salad with mayonnaise, another
brought from home some disposable plates and a third took on providing
the croquettes. The celebration was ready in no time, while the horns
played an… Continue reading

Low wages apparently spurring Manzana Kempinski workers to quit

Low wages apparently spurring Manzana Kempinski workers to quit
DDC | La Habana | 7 de Julio de 2017 – 11:28 CEST.

Some workers at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s most luxurious
and expensive, earn salaries even lower than the national average, which
seems to be prompting them to leave, according to the Uruguayan
journalist Fernando Ravsberg in his… Continue reading

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of
daily life in Cuba
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that
they say reflects what is normal life on the island.

They got stranded in Panama, but still hope to eventually reach… Continue reading

According to the report, the average salary in Cuban increased from 408 CUP ($16.30 US) in 2007 to 740 CUP in 2016.

Average Monthly Salary in Cuba is $29.60 US

EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 – The average monthly salary in
Cuba in 260 was 740 Cuban pesos (CUP), the equivalent of $29.60 in US
dollars, although the figure is higher in sectors such as the sugar
industry – where the best paid earn 1,246 CUP ($48.80 US), and falls… Continue reading

The Death Throes of a Formerly Great Cuban Department Store

The Death Throes of a Formerly Great Cuban Department Store

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 28 June 2017 – The shit, not the
metaphorical kind but the kind that stinks, makes it nearly impossible
to read the name Fin de Siglo, End of Century, imbedded in the granite
floor. In five decades, one of the most emblematic Havana stores has
transitioned from… Continue reading

Soy Yogurt Will “Gradually” Return to Havana

Soy Yogurt Will “Gradually” Return to Havana

14ymedio, Havana, 28 June 2017 — This week the official media have
fueled expectations among consumers in Havana with an announcement of
“the return of soy yogurt,” a product of the rationed market that has
not been distributed in the capital for nearly a year.

After the announcement, hundreds of customers crowded around… Continue reading

Cancer patients stand to lose if Trump blocks Roswell Park’s work with Cuban institute

Editorial: Cancer patients stand to lose if Trump blocks Roswell Park’s
work with Cuban institute
By News Editorial Board
Published Mon, Jun 26, 2017

President Trump’s plan to revise his predecessor’s overtures to Cuba
carries a significant risk for Buffalo. A promising partnership between
Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research institution could be
endangered if Trump isn’t careful.… Continue reading

Cuba policy change: Poultry exports could be impacted

Cuba policy change: Poultry exports could be impacted
By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau Jun 25, 2017

MONTGOMERY – Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for
years have lobbied for expanded exports to socialist Cuba, a country
where they see a promising market for the state’s poultry products.

Now they’re waiting to see what President Donald Trump’s recent, more
restrictive… Continue reading

Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba

Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The recent decision
by the president of the United States to limit commercial relations with
Cuban companies controlled by the military highlights a rarely explored
corner of the national reality.

Anyone who knows the Island minimally knows that there is nothing like… Continue reading

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

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

GUALACA, PANAMA
The color green seems to fill everything in Chiriqui, the western
province of Panama where the government is holding 124 undocumented
Cuban migrants. The morning’s quiet amid huge pine trees is broken only
by the hum of insects that torture at dawn and… Continue reading

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