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The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 July 2017 – In his most recent
public speech before Parliament, General-President Raul Castro offered a
self-criticism about “political deviations” under which the private
sector and cooperatives are governed. “Mistakes are mistakes, and they
are mistakes… they are my mistakes in the first place, because I am a
part of… Continue reading

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful
entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161,
between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C,
in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8.

The reasons are not clear.… Continue reading

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis
Colombian president flies to Havana to seek support for regional
John Paul Rathbone in Miami

Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, was set to fly to Cuba on
Sunday on a mission to convince Havana to support a regional diplomatic
push to staunch Venezuela’s growing crisis, which has left 90 dead after
three… Continue reading

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 14 June 2017 — What you lose last is hope. And those who
have plans to immigrate to the United States maintain bulletproof optimism.

Close to a small park in Calzada street, next to Rivero’s funeral home,
dozens of restless people await their appointment for the consular
interview at the… Continue reading

Parliamentary Karaoke

Parliamentary Karaoke

14ymedio, Generation y, Yoani Sanchez, 14 July 2017 — Wednesday
night. The neighborhood of Nuevo Vedado is sliding into the
darkness. Catchy music resonates in the Hotel Tulipán where
parliamentarians are staying during the current regular session. They
dance, drink under the sparkling lights of the disco ball and sing
karaoke. They add their voices to a programmed… Continue reading

Higher Taxes

Higher Taxes / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 6 July 2017 — It is no secret among Cubans that their
government is inept and inefficient. Fifty-eight years of failure attest
to this.

With the emergence of self-employment, however, officials have found a
way to fill the state’s coffers without having to devote resources or
effort to it. It’s called taxes.

They… Continue reading

UM names interim director for the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

UM names interim director for the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American
Studies
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The University of Miami has appointed founder and former senior fellow
Andy Gómez as interim director of the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-
American Studies.

Gómez, who retired from UM in 2012 with a Presidential Medal, replaces
Jaime Suchlicki, who will leave ICCAS… Continue reading

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 11 July 2017 — The President of the Councils of State
and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba recently underwent cosmetic
surgery to improve his chin. The chief of Cuban communists wants to be
rejuvenated so that young people won’t feel they are… 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

If Trump Ends Our Remittances?

If Trump Ends Our Remittances? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 8 July 2017 — Without too much caution, the CUPET tanker
truck painted green and white begins to deposit fuel in the underground
basement of a gas station located at the intersection of Calle San
Miguel and Mayía Rodríguez, just in front of Villa Marista, headquarters
of State Security, in… Continue reading

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 26 June 2017 — Another legal trial is threatening the
invulnerability of the Ministry of Culture. This time the prosecutorial
gaze is focused on officials at the National Council of the Performing
Arts (CNAE) while overlooking the culpability of Cuban leaders who, were
they… Continue reading

Cubazuela, Raúl and Leopoldo

Cubazuela, Raúl and Leopoldo
JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 11 de Julio de 2017 – 11:02 CEST.

What does Leopoldo López’s relapse from prison and placement under house
arrest entail in Venezuela’s current political situation?

It is important to keep in mind that his arrest, conviction and
conditions of imprisonment in a military prison were all the result of… Continue reading

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial
level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking
out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in
conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But
due to the inaccessible and very undemocratic Cuban electoral system,… 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

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

14ymedio, Havana, 3 July 2014 — Last June, there were 198 fewer
arbitrary arrests of Cuban activists and opponents compared to the same
month last year, according to a report by the Cuban Commission on Human
Rights and National Reconciliation, which recorded a total of 380
arrests in June 2017.

The number,… Continue reading

Perverse Uchronia

Perverse Uchronia* / Regina Coyula

Miguel Coyula: So after editing it in Miami [the novel Red Sea, Blue
Sea] I sent it out to Union Publishers and also ICAIC Publishers, but
this is already four years ago.

The universe of this novel, post-apocalyptic, with genetic manipulation,
strongly influenced by the science-fiction anime, later became Red
Cockroaches and right now Blue… Continue reading

Why will the municipal elections be different this time?

Why will the municipal elections be different this time?
DDC | La Habana | 5 de Julio de 2017 – 14:21 CEST.

Cuba is preparing for its new “partial elections,”in which Cubans will
elect those to represent them in the Municipal Assemblies of the
People’s Power. This first stage of the electoral process has already
been convoked by the Council… Continue reading

Fidel Castro In Humor And Oblivion

Fidel Castro In Humor And Oblivion

14ymedio, Generation Y, Havana, 3 July 2017 — For decades Cubans were
bombarded by official propaganda filled with materials about Fidel
Castro’s supposed genius. In these vindications he was not only a
father, but also a strategist, visionary, pedagogue, farmer and cattle
rancher, among other lofty characteristics and pursuits. However, that
prototype of patriarch,… Continue reading

Cuba’s electoral straitjacket

Cuba’s electoral straitjacket
HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 4 de Julio de 2017 – 11:11 CEST.

The National Candidatures Committee (CCN) was just constituted.
According to the Electoral Law, this commission, as well as the
provincial and municipal ones, were created to prepare and present the
proposed candidacies of the delegates to the Provincial Assemblies and
the Deputies… Continue reading

“American-Philia” Conquers Cuba

“American-Philia” Conquers Cuba / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 June 2017 — Ten days have passed
since Donald Trump announced his “new” political strategy toward Cuba,
and while the official Cuban press monopoly has wasted gallons of ink on
newspapers and on dozens of reports, interviews and TV programs to show
the world the indignation and rejection… Continue reading

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable
Gray Area
July 2, 20178:26 AM ET
CARRIE KAHN

In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have
popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a
small but vibrant opening afforded them since former President Obama
reestablished U.S.… 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

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