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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

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba
OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017

Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching
experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer
than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a
place he was familiar with, I… Continue reading

We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years

“We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years” / Iván García

Iván García Quintero, Havana, 19 March 2017 — When the summons arrived
for an interview with a police official, the girl’s puzzled family
thought it was a mistake.

Let’s call them Kenia, Pedro, and Camila. They are neighbors of mine and
prefer to remain anonymous.

Kenia was summoned to… Continue reading

The LGBT community in Cuba is going through a transition

“The LGBT community in Cuba is going through a transition”
Daniel Abma, director of ‘Transit Havana’ says the regime is now
integrating gays into society
IÑAKI MAKAZAGA
Bilbao 20 MAR 2017 – 15:50 CET

“El colectivo LGTB de Cuba vive un momento de apertura y transición”
A meeting with a Belgian surgeon gave the Dutch documentary filmmaker
and human rights… Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the
Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy.
This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants,
especially those born with the compound surnames Castro Soto del Valle… Continue reading

How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana

How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures
of Havana
By Michael Mewshaw March 3

Michael Mewshaw is writing a memoir about his friendship with Pat Conroy.

A happy hybrid, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” invokes the Cuban
capital as an occasion to discuss the country’s history, politics, food,
architecture, music, religion and passion for baseball. No author is… Continue reading

Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client

Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution
— punish the client
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

The daughter of Cuba’s most powerful man is publicly discussing —
perhaps in search of academic support before taking her idea to the
legislature — a bold proposal to combat prostitution: penalize the
clients who pay for sexual services.

“We have to act.… Continue reading

Prostitution – ‘extra pay’ for many police

Prostitution: ‘extra pay’ for many police
GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 9 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:46 CET.

“I don’t know why you’re surprised, when everybody knows that
prostitution and pimping represent an extra salary for many police,”
says Alexis.

This young man, in his 30s, is a pimp who controls what he considers his
“flock” in the… Continue reading

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick
Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban
communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with
fanaticism.
By Armando Simón
JANUARY 16, 2017

Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have
been experiencing déjà vu. At age ten, I fled my… Continue reading

Tinder Turns La Rampa Into A Catwalk For Love

Tinder Turns La Rampa Into A Catwalk For Love / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 30 December 2016 — “You have to
show yourself like a peacock, with all your colors,” Tito, 22, explains
to a friend who just downloaded the Tinder application onto his
phone. The social dating network is sweeping the island and among young
people… Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former
prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed
herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated
over her body.

“I was once young and pretty. The dawn that Batista… Continue reading

Legacy and End Point

Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta

Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban
people should be eternally grateful for:

The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises,
especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of
free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power.

For making us economically independent… Continue reading

The Golden Dream of A Prostitute

The Golden Dream of A Prostitute / Cubanet, Gladys Linares

Cubanet, Gladys Linares, Havana, 5 December 2016 — I don’t remember
exactly how much time had passed since I’d seen Cristina, but it must
have been more than three years, because today, when I saw her at the
home of a mutual friend and asked about her daughter, who had… Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead
BY GLENN GARVIN
ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com

Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five
decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow
spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His
brother Raul announced the death late Friday night.

Millions cheered Fidel Castro on the day he entered Havana.… Continue reading

Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones
Haces

Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016
— In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up:
Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros?

The question is raised because of the discrimination to… Continue reading

The Power and Paladares*, an Ambiguous Relationship

The Power and Paladares*, an Ambiguous Relationship / 14ymedio, Miriam
Celaya

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 16 November 2016 — Rarely does the
official press offer journalistic work of any interest, so a report that
was published a few days ago is greatly appreciated. The work was
published following controls recently directed by the Government to a
total of 32 private… Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba
Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy
Landscape”
Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET
CNBC.com

One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam
(Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President
Jimmy Carter ate on his first visit to Cuba… Continue reading

Why prostitution is a powerful metaphor in Cuban film

Why prostitution is a powerful metaphor in Cuban film
Are films in Cuba censored? Why is prostitution a political symbol in
Cuban films? DW spoke with the curator of Germany’s Film Festival
Cottbus, which highlights Cuba this year, to find out more.

Founded in 1991 just after the fall of the Soviet Union, the
FilmFestival Cottbus is regarded as the… Continue reading

Young Cuban women lured to Miami on promises of freedom, forced into prostitution

Young Cuban women lured to Miami on promises of freedom, forced into
prostitution
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND BRENDA MEDINA
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

As a means to flee Cuba, six young women agreed to work in Miami as
exotic dancers.

That was the deal to pay off a $20,000 smuggling fee from the island to
Mexico and ultimately into the United States.… Continue reading

The ‘scarecrow’ words Raúl Castro never said

The ‘scarecrow’ words Raúl Castro never said
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:08 CET.

Until recently private-sector businesses in Havana hung, like scarecrows
to frighten away menacing birds, signs featuring a phrase attributed to
Raúl Castro, and the general never said a word to dispel this
impression, at least publicly.

The quote… Continue reading

Hidden Agenda Behind the Attack on Cuba’s Private Restaurants

Hidden Agenda Behind the Attack on Cuba’s Private Restaurants / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 24 October 2015 — Some news outlets echoed the words
of the Vice President in charge of the Council of Provincial
Administration for Havana, Isabel Hamze, when she exposed the Havana
Government’s reasons for temporarily suspending the issue of new
licenses for paladares —… Continue reading

Lashing Out Again Against Private Restaurants

Lashing Out Again Against Private Restaurants / Rebeca Monzo

Rebeca Monzo, 24 October 2016 — The Peoples’ Powers and the Ministry of
Internal Trade are mobilizing again against successful paladares —
privately owned restaurants — using the excuse of corruption and drug sales.

To clarify, it is true that some of these establishments, sadly, are
bars and discos and these… Continue reading

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