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Santiago de Cuba Hit Hard by Drought

Santiago de Cuba Hit Hard by Drought

14ymdio, Zunilda Mata, 29 March 2017 — Cuba is experiencing one of the
worst droughts of the last half century and its reservoirs are at 39%
capacity, a situation that affects the water supply for people, industry
and agriculture. Santiago de Cuba is going through the most serious
situation, according to José Antonio… Continue reading

Raul Castro Modifies His Brother’s Orders

Raul Castro Modifies His Brother’s Orders / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 27 March 2017 — At age 85, infirm, and ten months
from his much trumpeted retirement, Raul Castro directs the Minister of
the Revolutionary Armed Forces to modify Order Number One of the
deceased Commander in Chief.

According to an unexpectedly transparent account from a corpulent and… Continue reading

Cuba starving for children – and here’s why

Cuba starving for children – and here’s why
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

If Cuba is to emerge into a vital and productive nation, it must first
begin to encourage families. That’s the advice of one of the leading
experts on the international pro-life movement.

Dr. Joseph Meaney, a spokesman for Human Life International, is well
versed… Continue reading

Requiem For My Havana

Requiem For My Havana / Somos+, Grettha Yedra

Island, what happened to you?
Who changed the spring?
Who shut the door?
What ship left you alone?

Island, they have changed your clothes
They have distorted decency
They have trafficked your innocence
They have shit on your equality and mine.

Island, by Lien Y Rey

Somos+, Gretther Yedra Rodriguez, 29 March… 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 Enigmatic Closing Of Plaza Carlos III Causes Discomfort

The Enigmatic Closing Of Plaza Carlos III Causes Discomfort

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 March 2017 – It is almost noon on
Sunday and a young couple, with their two young children in their arms,
stops frustrated in front of the closed gate of the Plaza Carlos III
Shopping Center. For a moment they are confused, they consult the clock… 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

A Month Without Machado Ventura

A Month Without Machado Ventura

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 27 March 2017 — Just a month ago his
face disappeared from the Cuban government’s family photo. The last time
he was seen, Vice President José Ramón Machado Ventura handed out orders
in an extensive agricultural area of ​​Pinar del Río. Four weeks later,
no official media has offered an explanation… Continue reading

An Unfortunate Article

An Unfortunate Article / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 26 March 2017 — In a mis-timed article, a journalist
from the newspaper Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), a self-proclaimed
Cuban youth, visits Hiroshima and unleashes her personal feeling about
the events of 6 August 1945. She says she “is pained,” that “August in
Hiroshima is forever” and shocked that a survivor, after… Continue reading

“Adequate Social Behavior” Is The Requirement For A Sports Contract Abroad for a Cuban Athlete

“Adequate Social Behavior” Is The Requirement For A Sports Contract
Abroad for a Cuban Athlete

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 18 March 2017 — To the voices that
call for more autonomy for athletes, the Cuban government has just
responded with a clear message. “To enter into a contract abroad, the
athlete” must have “adequate social behavior,” according to Ramiro
Domínguez,… Continue reading

Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba’s Disabled

Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba’s Disabled / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 22 March 2017 — On March 17 of this year, a group of
NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives from Latin America
and the Caribbean celebrated in Havana Cuba’s political agenda in
support of people with disabilities of every kind. The next day, for
the twentieth time, Cuban… Continue reading

Lower On-Line Prices for Brazilian Meat While Cuban Government is Silent

Lower On-Line Prices for Brazilian Meat While Cuban Government is Silent

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 24 March 2017 – Cuba has reacted very
oddly to the scandal of adulterated meat from Brazil, the island’s main
provider of beef products: silence on the part of the authorities, lower
prices on some on-line shopping sites, and very little public concern
about possible… Continue reading

Cuba’s secret negotiator with US was president’s son: cardinal

Cuba’s secret negotiator with US was president’s son: cardinal
AFP March 24, 2017

Havana (AFP) – Cuban President Raul Castro’s son, Alejandro, was the
communist island’s envoy for secret negotiations with the United States
that led to the countries’ historic rapprochement, a cardinal close to
the talks said.

Speculation had long swirled that Alejandro Castro Espin, the
president’s 51-year-old son,… Continue reading

Cuba – Drought – Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003 Final Report

Cuba: Drought – Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003
Final Report

REPORT from International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent
Societies Published on 24 Mar 2017 — View Original
reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/MDRCU003dfr.pdf

Description of the Disaster

A long continuous drought combined with heavy rainfall attributed to the
El Niño phenomenon and climate change over the past two years brought… Continue reading

Cuba to adopt stiffer immigration reforms against Africans

Cuba to adopt stiffer immigration reforms against Africans
By Christabel Addo-GNA

Accra, March 25, GNA – The Information Services Department (ISD) On
Friday, issued a word of caution to the public, to desist from engaging
in any transactions with a travel and tour company dubbed “Travel to the
United States through Cuba”.

The ISD in a press release explained this… Continue reading

And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba

“And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba” / Cubanet

I literally just saw a police officer ask a couple of kids for their
identification and I’m pretty sure he did it because they were black.
That’s just the life they were dealt. I have almost never seen the same
happen to white kids. It’s as… Continue reading

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers
March 22, 2017
By Alexander Londres

HAVANA TIMES — Everything begins with an order “from above”. Then the
paperwork comes down and nighttime preparations. The following day, from
the crack of dawn, the commotion, chaos, crowds… This isn’t an
undercover operation; there’s a sale.

Every once in a while, because of policies which… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional
Tiny pensions must be supplemented by whatever work is available
Mar 23rd 2017 | HAVANA

NORBERTO MESA, a 66-year-old grandfather, stands in the hot sun 11 hours
a day, six days a week, guiding cars in and out of the parking spaces in
front of a bustling farm stand. The 4,000 Cuban… Continue reading

Now That ‘El Supremo’ Is Gone, I’ll Be The King Of Havana

“Now That ‘El Supremo’ Is Gone, I’ll Be The King Of Havana” / Cubanet

You’re lucky to be witnessing the debut of one of the major go-getters
in the bicitaxi business. Old Havana is crammed with ‘yumas’
[foreigners]. You see them on the streets, getting crazy, desperate to
move from one place to another, looking and always asking. (…) And… Continue reading

My Father Washed His Hands Of Me And My Mom Did The Best She Could

“My Father Washed His Hands Of Me And My Mom Did The Best She Could” /
Cubanet

I studied at a Camilito [one of the Camilo Cienfuegos Military
Academies]. But for financial reasons, I had to drop out and start
working. My father washed his hands of me and my mom did the best she
could. When I used to… Continue reading

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