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Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to
accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the
presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where
Marino Murillo reappeared, vice-president of the Council of… Continue reading

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions
By Ivet González

BARACOA, Cuba, May 19 2017 (IPS) – A battered bridge connects the centre
of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known
as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River
where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.… 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

Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of life

Cuba: Where underground arcades, secret networks and piracy are a way of
life
A look at how Cubans play, make, critique and find video games
by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 15, 2017, 9:00am EDT

Like its music, like its art, Cuba is a complex, colorful mash-up of
dichotomous ideas, cultures and emotions.

Nothing better describes the island nation than the image… Continue reading

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

14medio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 13 May 2017 – Three employees
circulate among the tables, so similar that they seem cast from the same
mold. “I want to give a good image to the place,” says the owner of a
flourishing cafe on 26th Street in Havana. Like him, many private
businesses are… Continue reading

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?
May 13, 2017 9:56 AM PDT

I’ve been covering Cuban streetnets (local area networks with
independent users that are not connected to the Internet) for some time.
Reader Doug Madory told me about Gaspar Social, a new streetnet in
Gaspar, a small town in central Cuba. Gaspar Social opened to… Continue reading

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@miamiherald.com

A delegation of American LGBTQ advocates met Saturday in Havana with
“leaders of Cuban civil society” who are demanding that the government
there recognize marriage for same-sex couples and create legal
protections for transgender Cubans.

The group from the U.S., organized by Cuban-American civil-rights
attorney Tico Almeida,… Continue reading

Cuba is ripe for a cultural renaissance in television

Cuba is ripe for a cultural renaissance in television
Rob Long
May 11, 2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 11:57 AM

‘You are going to meet the George Clooney of Cuba,” a friend of mine
told me as we drove slowly from the upscale Havana neighbourhood of
Vedado to the Marina. You can only drive slowly in a 1948 Ford with… Continue reading

The MINSAP calls for more blood donations, omits any mention of their exportation

The MINSAP calls for more blood donations, omits any mention of their
exportation
GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 10 de Mayo de 2017 – 20:56 CEST.

In April the organization Archivo Cuba censured the Cuban Government for
pocketing some 34,5 million dollars from the sale of blood plasma in a
single year.

As an apparent response to this complaint,… Continue reading

Greece and Cuba Account for 60% of the Debt Owed to Spain

Greece and Cuba Account for 60% of the Debt Owed to Spain

14ymedio, 8 May 2017 – According to a report on foreign debt by Spain’s
Secretary of State for the Economy and Business Support released to the
newspaper El Economista, Greece and Cuba account for 60% of all foreign
debt owed to Spain.

According to the report, Cuba owes… Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.

He filleted the chops and… Continue reading

What’s the state of the church in Cuba?

What’s the state of the church in Cuba?

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, May 5, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Following the Cuban
bishops’ ad limina meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, one of the
nation’s bishops commented that the island is eagerly awaiting change.

“Cuba is waiting for change. Some changes happen faster than others, but
we Cubans, whatever our personal ideas… Continue reading

A double standard

A double standard
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 8 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:18 CEST.

Within the framework of the Congress of the Latin American Studies
Association (LASA), a group of Cuban academics and former officials
recently circulated a document protesting the LASA’S position regarding
the wave of repression and political crisis in Venezuela.

In their missive… Continue reading

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2017 — Uncensored, fun and with
many varied themes — this defines the producers of the paketito (little
packet), a new compendium of audiovisual material that aims to fill the
gaps left by the popular weekly packet.

Unlike its predecessor, which is made and… Continue reading

State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

State Security Bars Belkis Cantillo From Leaving Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — State Security prevented Belkis Cantillo,
the leader of the Dignity Movement, from boarding a flight to the United
States on Wednesday afternoon. The activist explained to 14ymedio via
telephone that State Security agents and immigration officials notified
her that she was “restricted.”

Cantillo explained that she… Continue reading

Freedom House Rates Cuba Among the Worst Countries for the Practice of Journalism

Freedom House Rates Cuba Among the Worst Countries for the Practice of
Journalism

According to Freedom House, the Government “could not prevent an
improvement in the scope and quality of the information available.”
14ymedio, Havana, 28 April 2017 — Freedom House has again placed Cuba
among the worst countries to exercise journalism in and continues to
assign the 91 points… Continue reading

Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising Journalism

Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising
Journalism

14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Journalists Sol García Basulto and Henry
Constantín were summoned Thursday to Camagüey’s Third Police Unit, where
they were threatened with having their homes searched and the equipment
they use to do their work confiscated if they do not stop “publishing on
social networks… Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people
By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune

The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing.

Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one
floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish,
blond hair and unaccompanied state, her tune quickly… Continue reading

Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings from Chicano Icon Che Guevara

Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings from Chicano Icon Che Guevara
Humberto Fontova |Posted: May 06, 2017 12:01 AM

“Mexicans are mostly a rabble of illiterate indians,” (Che Guevara, 1955)

In the historic annals of unrequited love few cases rival the affair by
Chicanos with Che Guevara. I trust Che’s iconization is sufficiently
documented by U.S. Chicano groups in their murals… Continue reading

University Entrance Exams Begin With “Extraordinary Measures” Against Fraud

University Entrance Exams Begin With “Extraordinary Measures” Against Fraud

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Early Wednesday
morning Karel wasn’t sleeping. He spent it turning somersaults in bed
and solving math problems. Together with thousands of students across
the country, the young man presented himself at the Mathematics entrance
exam for higher education. “It was complicated, but I… Continue reading

Cuba 2018: What To Expect As Castro Rule Comes To An End

Cuba 2018: What To Expect As Castro Rule Comes To An End
By Simon Whistler

Should all happen as expected, February 24th 2018 will be a momentous
day in the lives of many Cubans. On that day, 10 years after officially
taking over from his brother Fidel, President Raúl Castro has promised
to step down from power, marking the first… Continue reading

When The Abuser Is The Government

When The Abuser Is The Government

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 May 2017 – I was in the
third grade and the teacher chose the most aggressive girl in my class
to be the room monitor. She was given carte blanche to control the other
children. Later, the abuser rose to a position in the Federation of
Middle… Continue reading

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