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The King, The President and The Dictator

The King, The President and The Dictator

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the
Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was
prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never
sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s King Felipe VI visit
may… Continue reading

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
April 25, 2017, 10:59:00 AM EDT By Reuters
By Sarah Marsh

BAY OF PIGS, Cuba, April 25 (Reuters) – Cuba’s Bay of Pigs
has been invaded again, this time not by U.S.-backed anti-Castro
forces, but by millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs.
Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy embraces global tourism, modernist works fall under threat

As Cuba’s economy embraces global tourism, modernist works fall under threat
By ANTONIO PACHECO • April 25, 2017

This article appears in The Architect’s Newspaper’s April 2017 issue,
which takes a deep dive into Florida to coincide with the upcoming AIA
Conference on Architecture in Orlando (April 27 to 29). We’re publishing
the issue online as the Conference approaches—click here… Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism?
Javier Garcia-Bengochea
Guest Columnist

Privacy Policy
It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you
know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige
paraphrasing Mark Twain.

It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative
regarding its revolution. A receptive media… Continue reading

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana

JetBlue, American and Delta apply for more flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

While several U.S. airlines have cut flights to Cuba citing weak demand,
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Delta Air Lines are investing in
more service to Havana.

Monday, American filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation requesting seven weekly flights between Miami
International Airport… Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
jcharles@miamiherald.com

Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some
economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to
eke out even negligible economic growth.

“The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading

Theft and Subsidies, Not Exports

Theft and Subsidies, Not Exports
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 24 de Abril de 2017 – 17:00 CEST.

Once gain former Economy minister José Luis Rodríguez has attempted to
pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Apparently the Castro dictatorship
has called on him to do its dirty work and cook the books to present a
more favorable picture… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode?

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret
in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army
general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018.

I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to the
tight-lipped team of advisers… Continue reading

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed
the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman
as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold”
of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the
island, due to the high level of consumption around the world.… Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

In the twilight of the Castros
By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Cuba

THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent
Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride”
for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way
toward a club that stages drag shows and… Continue reading

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana

Spirit, the fifth airline to cut back on Cuba, ends flights to Havana
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Spirit Airlines’ Cuba fever is cooling down — big time.

The ultra-low cost carrier is ending its Havana flights from Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in June. That makes it the
fifth U.S. airline to cut back flights to the island after an initial… Continue reading

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31

Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31
Arlene SatchellContact Reporter
Sun Sentinel

Another U.S. air carrier is saying ‘Adios’ to Cuba.

Low-cost Spirit Airlines plans to operate its last flights between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Havana on May 31, an
airline official said early Friday.

The news comes a little more than four… Continue reading

Jacksonville Business Delegation Heads to Cuba Despite Possible Policy Change

Jacksonville Business Delegation Heads to Cuba Despite Possible Policy
Change
By MELISSA ROSS

Former Jacksonville City Councilman Eric Smith is heading up a local
delegation to Cuba next week, comprised of local business leaders
seeking more trade with the island nation.

“Ninety percent of all shipping to and from Cuba passed through the Port
of Jacksonville prior to the 1959… Continue reading

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba
April 13, 2017

Of all the ports I’ve sailed into as a crew member, Havana is my
favorite. I fell in love with the city while working as a guide on the
first round of Cuba cruises. We were the only ship from the United
States, with just 700 passengers every… Continue reading

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

Cuban-American Relations in 2017
BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany,
director of the Cuban Research Institute.

Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba
built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded
to Cuba’s communist ideology… Continue reading

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death
By ANNIKA HERNROTH-ROTHSTEIN • 4/10/17 8:00 PM

HAVANA — The young woman sees me watch in amazement as she gets up from
her seat and attempts to carry the four bags with her through the aisle
of the plane, and she gestures at them… Continue reading

‘They owe me $2,000,’ Cuban Airbnb host says of the company

‘They owe me $2,000,’ Cuban Airbnb host says of the company
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Cubans who rent homes to tourists saw the heavens open when Airbnb, an
American company that connects guests with hosts renting their homes,
offered them the opportunity to use its digital platform.

Everything “worked like clockwork,” says a Cuban hostess, “until they
stopped paying… Continue reading

In Cuba, young people are weighing professional dreams against the allure of the new economy

In Cuba, young people are weighing professional dreams against the
allure of the new economy
PRI’s The World
April 11, 2017 · 4:45 PM EDT
By Deepa Fernandes

Seven-year-old Havana resident Jennifer Alvarez loves school. Her
favorite subject is math, but “sometimes it’s complicated,” she says.
Alvarez is a sweet little girl, being raised by a single mother. It’s
not… Continue reading

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations
Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America

When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations
with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a
flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political
culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, U.S. trade
with Cuba continues… Continue reading

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money
April 11, 2017
By Eileen Sosin Martinez* (Progreso Semanal)

HAVANA TIMES — In my neighborhood, the story about Juan the butcher, who
took a detour with a truck full of minced meat, sold it and then left
the country, is famous. “It’s a good thing he left,” a neighbor warns,
“because if he was… Continue reading

Congressman reflects on recent Cuba trip

Congressman reflects on recent Cuba trip
Apr 10, 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with several of my
colleagues on a 3-day congressional delegation. On this trip, we saw the
country and were warmly welcomed by citizens and government officials
alike. While everyone knows that the cars and architecture look like the
year is still 1959,… Continue reading

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