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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban
American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you
in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence.

Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of
self-governance, dignity, and freedom. Today, we remember patriots like… Continue reading

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban
Independence Day
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

On the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba, President
Donald Trump on Saturday extended his “warmest wishes” to Cuban
Americans and promised that he will work for Cubans on the island to
have a government that respects democracy… Continue reading

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks
Revolution in the time of the internet
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT

Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been.

It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke,
offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas and turns them into some… 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

Behind the ‘Information Note’

Behind the ‘Information Note’

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 18 June 2017 — The regular readers of the
official press have learned that the most innocent headlines can hide
the most interesting news. Phrases such as Notice to the
population or Information note, which defy any elementary lesson in
journalism, alert those initiated into the special “granmer” of the
Granma newspaper that,… Continue reading

How US tech companies can help Cuban entrepreneurs

How US tech companies can help Cuban entrepreneurs
Posted yesterday by Ryan Lawler (@ryanlawler)

As Cuba becomes more accessible, entrepreneurs there are finding new
ways to reach users and build businesses. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt
NY, we got the perspective of a trio of Cuban entrepreneurs to learn
about the challenges they face in building businesses as the country
gradually… 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

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of
African descent
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The first Cuban chef with a Michelin star, and the chef — and owner — of
the private paladar where former President Barack Obama dined during
his trip to Cuba, have something more in common than love of cooking:
Both represent snippets… Continue reading

How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants

How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants / Iván García

Iván García,9 April 2017 — They did not put a Makarov pistol to his head
or torture him with electric prods. Let’s call him Josué. (The names in
his article have been changed). He is a guy who wears American-made
jeans, listens to jazz by Winton Marsalis on his iPhone… Continue reading

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 21 April 2017 — There is a slightly damp and cold breeze
when Antonio, after drinking a rather bitter sip of coffee, with his
wooden cart with rusty steel wheels, moves to a water spout in Manglar
Street, very close to an old Sports… Continue reading

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old
adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The
maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we
take into account that the erratic performance of Venezuelan President
Nicolás Maduro… Continue reading

Vermont Nonprofit Helps Fix Up Tennis Courts In Cuba

Vermont Nonprofit Helps Fix Up Tennis Courts In Cuba
By MITCH WERTLIEB & LIAM ELDER-CONNORS
VPR News

An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in
Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we’re
not talking about baseball.

Kids on the Ball is helping to repair some of Cuba’s badly damaged
tennis courts —… Continue reading

Cuba Frozen in Time

Cuba Frozen in Time
Paul R. Pillar
April 16, 2017

A week-long visit to Cuba reveals a tropical country of 11 million
people that is stuck in a kind of time capsule. The anachronistic
aspects of the country are symbolized by the 1950s-era U.S.-made
automobiles that cruise city streets—and the resourcefulness of Cubans
is symbolized by whatever they do to… Continue reading

Separating baseball from politics

Separating baseball from politics
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 13 de Abril de 2017 – 13:13 CEST.

The decline of Cuban baseball and the formation of a unified team with
athletes from the Island and the Big Leagues have sparked much
discussion since the fiasco at the 4th World Baseball Classic. These
issues are difficult to understand without looking… Continue reading

Cynicism to disguise defeat

Cynicism to disguise defeat
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST.

Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one
who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and
dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval.

Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed by the Castro
brothers. But… Continue reading

Soccer beginning to gain foothold in Cuba

Soccer beginning to gain foothold in Cuba
Tim Wendel, USA TODAY Sports Published 9:02 p.m. ET April 4, 2017

HAVANA — Aerial photographs of soccer fields in Cuba were once enough to
sound the alarm.

“Cubans play baseball,” warned a CIA consultant in 1970 after studying
U.S. satellite images. “Russians play soccer.”

That was then on the island, soccer is… Continue reading

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 1 April 2017 — Rumors of a general rise
in prices have sharpened shortages at gas stations this Saturday, with
long lines of vehicles waiting their turn at service stations across the
country.

The fuel sold at preferential prices for thousands of state employees
has gone up 0.10 CUC in… Continue reading

After Decades of Abandonment, Work Begins on José Martí Sports Park

After Decades of Abandonment, Work Begins on José Martí Sports Park

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 24 March 2017 — The José Martí
Sports Park, on the Havana Malecon, is benefitting from major repairs,
albeit with several years of delay. The iconic installation, which for
decades has fascinated photographers with its peculiar mixture of ruins
and beauty, is filled these days… 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

Young Cuban Women Skaterboarders Defy Gravity And Machismo

Young Cuban Women Skaterboarders Defy Gravity And Machismo

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havna, 28 March 2017 — A pirouette and life is
turned upside down. Another and the wheels crash against the pavement
leaving a mark in their path. Cuban women skaters defy gravity and
machismo, two forces trying to make them fall. Their dreams are told in
the documentary Sisters… 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

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