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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+, […]

Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens

Health Of Three Siblings On Hunger Strike In Cuba Worsens 14ymedio Havana, 27 March 2017 — The health of the siblings Fidel Batista Leyva, and Anairis and Adairis Miranda Leyva is worsening, as Monday marked their 21 days on a hunger strike, according to their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who spoke with 14ymedio. Members of […]

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 […]

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in public for a year Cuban Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year, has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election has cast a shadow over the nascent […]

No bandits, scum, or mercenaries (bandidos, escoria, mercenarios) - learning to speak without the keywords of Castroist propaganda

No bandits, scum, or mercenaries (bandidos, escoria, mercenarios): learning to speak without the keywords of Castroist propaganda FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 29 de Marzo de 2017 - 11:00 CEST. On March 11 Cuban television aired The Other War (La otra guerra) a series on the civil conflict (1960-1966) that took place in the […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States 14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 25 March 2017 – Maria, 59, has a daughter in Miami she hasn’t seen for six years. Her visa applications have been denied three times and she promised herself that she would never “step foot in” the US […]

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector Russia is ready to help Cuba in the recovery and development of the island's citrus sector, said the Russian Ministry of at the end of a meeting between Russian Deputy Evgueni Gromika and the Cuban ambassador in Moscow, Emilio Lozada Garcia. "Russia's participation in the recovery […]

Downhole problem sinks Cuba well

Downhole problem sinks Cuba well Canada-based Sherritt abandons lower part of Litoral-100 well after encountering 'geological complexities' Caroline Evans 27 Mar 2017 23:28 GMT Updated 27 Mar 2017 23:39 GMT Canada-based Sherritt International has come up dry at its Litoral-100 in the Bay of Cardenas in Cuba after running into technical problems with the well. […]

Cuban factory assembles first 7,000 tablets and laptops

Cuban factory assembles first 7,000 tablets and laptops Published on March 25, 2017 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Industrial Company for Informatics, Communications and Electronics (GEDEME by its Spanish acronym) in Havana has assembled the first 3,500 laptops and 3,583 tablets for Cuban government agencies and organizations. The initiative is part of an effort by […]

Perdue supports expanded trade with Cuba

Perdue supports expanded trade with Cuba James Williams 8:35 p.m. CT March 27, 2017 USDA Secretary designate Sonny Perdue is an exceptionally qualified nominee to lead the USDA. Mr. Perdue has long been an advocate of expanding trade with Cuba's $2 billion agricultural import market. We're very optimistic that Mr. Perdue will be confirmed by […]

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 […]

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 - 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba's economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […]

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 […]

An Unfortunate Article

An Unfortunate Article / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 26 March 2017 — In a mis-timed article, a 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 […]

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions March 27, 2017 7:47 AM HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — Fidel Castro’s government punished Rev. Juan Francisco Naranjo and sent him to two years of work camp for preaching in Cuba where atheism was law. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to […]

“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 […]

On A Daily Basis I Prepare Around Fifty Lunches

“On A Daily Basis I Prepare Around Fifty Lunches” / Cubanet Ay mi’jo, I would die of shame if I told you the things I’ve had to do, to earn a living (…) Fortunately, the best thing about working on my own is that even though beginnings are hard and there are always difficulties, I […]

Christie Renews Call to Demand Cuba Return Convicted Killer

Christie Renews Call to Demand Cuba Return Convicted Killer New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is again calling on the federal government to have Cuba return a woman convicted in the murder of a state trooper. March 25, 2017, at 5:45 p.m. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has again called on the […]

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, KEVIN G. HALL AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ Miami Herald Archives SANTIAGO, CUBA From the Miami Herald archives: Five years ago, Pope Benedict visited Cuba, greeting tens of thousands of Cubans on March 26, 2012 on the first […]

Chinese Company Huawei Dominates Cuban Cellphone Market

Chinese Company Huawei Dominates Cuban Cellphone Market 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 23 March 2017 — The mobile telephone market is changing at a speed that leaves little time to get used to new models. In Cuba, this dynamism is mostly seen in the informal networks, where the Chinese brand dominates because of its low prices […]

Bubble Bursts for Flights Between Cuba and the United States

Bubble Bursts for Flights Between Cuba and the United States 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 17 March 2017 — A year ago the headlines left no doubt: Cuba was Americans’ new destination and that country’s airlines fought for their piece of pie of flights to the island. After the initial enthusiasm, several of these companies have […]

What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball

“What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball” / Cubanet I was a volleyball player in the last golden era of the sport in Cuba. I played alongside the best in the world: Marshal, Dennis, Pimienta, Diago, Iosvany Hernández. I played on the national team in the 1999 Tournament of the Americas in […]

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, […]

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 […]

There's No Place To Skate So You Have To Adapt

“There’s No Place To Skate So You Have To Adapt” / Cubanet There’s hardly anyplace left to skate. You can walk around here and the only thing you can find are parks, which are really useless and sometimes we bother people. Old people scold us. I have friends that practice in the middle of the […]

Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed

Exclusive: Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed Reuters March 24, 2017 By Marianna Parraga and Alexandra Ulmer HOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - A gasoline shortage in OPEC member Venezuela was exacerbated by an increase in fuel exports to foreign allies such as Cuba and Nicaragua and an exodus of crucial personnel from […]

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 […]

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom? By Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger HAVANA - At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi. We didn't, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English and […]

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba Friday Posted Mar 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM 1959 – After years of fighting, Fidel Castro succeeds in overthrowing the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista. Castro launches a series of reforms, including the nationalization of private property and business […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fake news

FAKE NEWS This title is now a common phrase in our daily living. But in reality had been around since many years back. When I was living peacefully in my native Country (Cuba) Bohemia Magazine, José Pardo Llada, Mario Kuchilán and others in the media were expelling their lies to make the Cuban people to […]

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey 14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2017 – This Wednesday the gates have begun to close around independent journalist Sol Garcia Basulto, who has been charged with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity.” (In other words, “practicing journalism without a license.”) The correspondent for this newspaper in Camaguey […]

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 […]

San Lazaro Has Been My Savior

“San Lazaro Has Been My Savior” / Cubanet San Lázaro has been my savior. I’ve been through some very hard times and only when I placed my faith in San Lázaro was I able to find my way. Many people don’t understand why I do this. I left school in ninth grade, quite early, to […]

El éxito de un negocio garantiza el éxito del negocio vecino

"El éxito de un negocio garantiza el éxito del negocio vecino" Entrevista a Gilberto 'Papito' Valladares, líder del proyecto habanero Artecorte elogiado por Barack Obama en su visita a Cuba TED HENKEN, La Habana | Marzo 24, 2017 Casi exactamente un año atrás, el 22 de marzo de 2016, durante su histórica visita a Cuba, […]

PostCastro Cuba isn't that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn't that different from before Deepa Fernandes, PRI's The World For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet, months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist […]

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 […]

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes March 23, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population. […]

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 […]

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN

FIGHTING CUBA’S BOXING BAN By Emily Rhyne March 23, 2017 In 2016, thirty-six female boxers competed at the Summer Olympics, in Rio. It was only the second time that women had competed in the sport in the Olympic Games, but already twenty-five countries, including boxing powerhouses such as the United States and Russia, were represented. […]

GAESA Traps the 'Wonder City' in its Tentacles

GAESA Traps the 'Wonder City' in its Tentacles PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 24 de Marzo de 2017 - 10:51 CET. Parodying Eusebio Leal Spengler's TV show, I resolve to "walk Havana" to verify that at the intersection of the streets Zulueta and Teniente Rey workers of the Unión de Construcciones Militares […]

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from Castro regime agent

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from Castro regime agent "I am obliged to once again denounce the dictatorial regime of the Castros, this time as a mother and human rights defender." - Sirley Avila Leon, March 20, 2017 Las Tunas, Cuba: Yoerlis Peña Ávila on March 15, 2017 received […]

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Raps hela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty”

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Rapshela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty” / 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto, Camaguey, 22 March 2017 – Hip Hop has become that redoubt of rebellion that other musical genres, like rock and roll, used to embody. The Trakean2 Fesitval, which ended Monday in Camaguey, gave voice to […]

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 […]

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 […]

My Dream Was to Become a Cameraman

“My Dream Was to Become a Cameraman” / Cubanet My name is Ángel Martínez and my dream was to become a cameraman. I always thought about photography. Just like you, my friends made fun of me, but I was stubborn and I started to work as a television assistant in 1954. I got to know […]

La firma china Huawei se impone en el mercado cubano

La firma china Huawei se impone en el mercado cubano La marca gana terreno en la Isla por sus prestaciones, precios y la preferencia otorgada por el Gobierno MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Marzo 23, 2017 El mercado de la telefonía móvil cambia a una velocidad que apenas deja margen para acostumbrarse a los nuevos […]

Por qué duele regresar a Cuba?

¿Por qué duele regresar a Cuba? Apenas puso un pie en La Habana, Julia debió esforzarse mucho para no evidenciar su descontento permanente Jueves, marzo 23, 2017 | Ana León LA HABANA, Cuba.- Mi amiga Julia dejó la Isla en el año 2012 a través del Plan de Migración de Canadá. Desde esa fecha ha […]

Tema Cuba ‘frena’ nueva ley de salud de E EUU

Tema Cuba ‘frena’ nueva ley de salud de EEUU Mario Díaz-Balart buscaría el fin del ‘deshielo’ a cambio de su voto en el Congreso Jueves, marzo 23, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La votación sobre la nueva ley de salud de EE.UU. (American Health Care Act o AHCA), prevista para este jueves, podría tener […]

Scramble for GOP healthcare votes suddenly puts Cuba policy in play

Scramble for GOP healthcare votes suddenly puts Cuba policy in play BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com The showdown in Congress over House Republicans’ healthcare bill might have nothing to do with Raúl Castro — if it weren’t for Miami. Thursday’s planned vote on the American Health Care Act is so razor tight […]

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama came to the island willing to turn the page on political confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic situation, but Raul […]

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 March 2017 — Putting aside the passions of supporters and detractors of the policies drawn up by President Barack Obama for Cuba, there is no doubt that, for better or worse, it set indelible before and after benchmarks in the lives of the […]

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the authorities accuse her of […]

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, […]

'When I'm 64': Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

'When I'm 64': Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba Carlos BATISTA AFP March 22, 2017 More Havana (AFP) - While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with […]

Cuba official - Mich. could be trade partner, investor

Cuba official: Mich. could be trade partner, investor Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News 3:17 p.m. ET March 21, 2017 Detroit — Michigan and Cuba could be great business partners, Cuba’s ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday. “I think (like Cuba,) your main asset here is the people,” José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez said after his […]

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:28 P.M. By Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein Associated Press WASHINGTON – A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States and large majorities want more tourists […]

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