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The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales, 27 June 2018 — At the entrance to Calle
Obispo a guide explains to her customers the restoration works in the
historical center of Havana. A few yards away, the line to exchange
currency is full of foreigners and in the corner bar one hears English,
French and German.… Continue reading

GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL

GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL
Trip delayed 24 hours after Airbus A330 jet returned to Manchester with
oil pressure problem
SIMON CALDER TRAVEL CORRESPONDENT
@SimonCalder

Hundreds of Thomas Cook Airlines passengers have had their Cuban holiday
extended by more than 24 hours after an inflight mechanical incident
involving an Airbus A330. They will… Continue reading

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water
cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his
merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting
inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a
coastal strip where tourists rarely come and the economic crisis is
strongly… Continue reading

A Bad Bet

A Bad Bet / Fernando Damaso

Fernando Dámaso, 13 June 2017 — Of the real and supposed problems that
the Cuban Revolution proposed to solve, as the basis of its historical
necessity, after more than half a century of exercising absolute power,
many have not been solved, the majority have been aggravated, and others
have emerged that did not exist… Continue reading

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter
ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST.

“What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?”

“Disastrous.”

“Why?”

“Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want
to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to work with them, or ask… Continue reading

Manzana Kempinski: Luxury Alongside Ruin

Manzana Kempinski: Luxury Alongside Ruin
ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 6 de Junio de 2017 – 13:09 CEST.

A few days after its opening, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski hotel has
already welcomed its first guests, though the official opening is
scheduled for June 7 and 8, according to workers at the establishment.

“You can book right here, in… Continue reading

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba
May 31, 2017
Rosa Martinez

HAVANA TIMES — It is truly difficult to make any project come to light
on my beloved island. The self-employed know this well enough, those who
began a long time ago and those who have started up their own businesses
right now. Likewise, those who decide… Continue reading

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 May 2017 — The cranes show off
their slender anatomy in some areas of Havana where several luxury
hotels are being built. Apart from this landscape of progress, private
construction and repairs face technological problems and shortages. This
week it has been cement’s turn.… Continue reading

Cuba Raises Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

Cuba Raises Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escober, Havana, 15 May 2017 — On 11 May a new law
went into effect in Cuba that imposes a determined price on the buying
and selling of housing. The simple announcement, a month earlier, set
off a frenzy in the notary offices to complete the paperwork for pending
sales before… 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

Havana is collapsing

Havana is collapsing
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 4 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:28 CEST.

In the municipality of Centro Habana, which for years has witnessed
buildings collapse, what happened at the corner of Amistad and San
Miguel, in the neighborhood of Colón, did not constitute news because of
the collapse itself, but rather because there were no… Continue reading

Hotel Manzana, a Luxury Theme Park in Havana

Hotel Manzana, a Luxury Theme Park in Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 29 April 2017 — They stare, amazed, but
they don’t buy anything. Their faces press against the glass and admire
that unattainable wealth that is a few inches from their hands and an
abyss from their pockets. The new luxury theme park in Havana is the
newly opened… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy embraces global tourism, modernist works fall under threat

As Cuba’s economy embraces global tourism, modernist works fall under threat
By ANTONIO PACHECO • April 25, 2017

This article appears in The Architect’s Newspaper’s April 2017 issue,
which takes a deep dive into Florida to coincide with the upcoming AIA
Conference on Architecture in Orlando (April 27 to 29). We’re publishing
the issue online as the Conference approaches—click here… Continue reading

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode?

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret
in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army
general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018.

I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to the
tight-lipped team of advisers… Continue reading

Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central Havana

Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central Havana

Mariagne Durán resides in the seventh floor of the Central Havana
building affected by the collapse and refuses to evacuate. (14ymedio)
Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 18 April 2017 — Mariagne Durán, a mother
of two children who lives in the Serrá Building in Central Havana where
the stairs… Continue reading

Over 100 People Trapped in Collapsed Building in Havana

Over 100 People Trapped in Collapsed Building in Havana

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 18 April 2017 — About 120
people are trapped in a Central Havana building after the interior
stairs to the apartments collapsed this morning.

The property, located on Amistad and San Miguel Streets has been in
danger of collapse for years due to lack of maintenance.… Continue reading

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To
Retire

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, 4 April 2017 — There was a time when its red
card was a source of pride and most teenagers dreamed of entering its
ranks. But those days have been left behind for the Young Communists
Union (UJC), an organization that turns 55… Continue reading

Sagua La Grande, The Village Where A Glass Of Water Is A Miracle

Sagua La Grande, The Village Where A Glass Of Water Is A Miracle

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 30 March 2017 — Through the streets of
Sagua la Grande, in the province of Villa Clara, people walk around with
bottles, buckets and every kind of receptacle. This month’s break in the
turbine that supplies the city’s water has forced its inhabitants… Continue reading

All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection

“All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection”

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 28 March 2017 — The stench
fills the air and permeates the clothes of El Fanguito residents near
the Almendares River. Those who live there carry that stink everywhere,
it gets into your nose and into your pores. The main river flowing
through… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García

Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the
need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow
passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or
bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared
where a dozen families reside, living on… Continue reading

The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba

The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba / 14ymedio, Bertha
Guillen

14ymedio, Bertha K. Guillen, Candelaria, Cuba, 13 March 2017 — Apples,
disposable diapers and fried foods are some of the products on display
on the stands of the traveling fairs that make the rounds of Cuban
towns. Nomadic caravans that recall the circuses of the olden… Continue reading

New Maternity Legislation in Cuba Ignores Fathers

New Maternity Legislation in Cuba Ignores Fathers
By Ivet González

This article is part of special IPS coverage on the occasion of
International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8.

HAVANA, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) – A new set of regulations to strengthen the
maternity rights of working women and encourage people to have children
in Cuba were seen as a positive… Continue reading

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