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La ONU declara arbitrarios el arresto y posterior encarcelamiento de El Sexto

La ONU declara arbitrarios el arresto y posterior encarcelamiento de El Sexto DDC | Nueva York | 18 de Julio de 2017 - 10:29 CEST. Human Rights Foundation (HRF) aplaudió la decisión de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) de declarar arbitrarios el arresto y posterior encarcelamiento del artista gráfico Danilo Maldonado el 26 de […]

The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

The Mistakes of Raúl Castro 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 July 2017 – In his most recent public speech before Parliament, General-President Raul Castro offered a self-criticism about “political deviations” under which the private sector and cooperatives are governed. “Mistakes are mistakes, and they are mistakes… they are my mistakes in the first place, because […]

Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary

Average Wages Rise but Nobody in Cuba Lives on Their Salary 14ymedio, Mario Penton and Luz Escobar, Miami and Havana, 14 July 2017 — Ileana Sánchez is anxiously rummaging through her tattered wallet, looking for some bills to buy a toy slate for her seven-year-old granddaughter who dreams of becoming a teacher. She has had […]

Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost?

Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost? FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 17 de Julio de 2017 - 12:05 CEST. The establishment of Cuba's two different currencies (CUC and CUP), and their different applications (1x24, 1x10, 1x2 and 1x1), according to the Government's convenience, besides sowing economic chaos, also features an immoral component for […]

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161, between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C, in the Vedado district, was in Havana on June 8. […]

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis

Cuba courted in diplomatic push on Venezuela crisis Colombian president flies to Havana to seek support for regional John Paul Rathbone in Miami Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, was set to fly to Cuba on Sunday on a mission to convince Havana to support a regional diplomatic push to staunch Venezuela’s growing crisis, which has […]

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals

Cuba Awaits New Trump Proposals / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 14 June 2017 — What you lose last is hope. And those who have plans to immigrate to the United States maintain bulletproof optimism. Close to a small park in Calzada street, next to Rivero’s funeral home, dozens of restless people await their appointment for […]

Parliamentary Karaoke

Parliamentary Karaoke 14ymedio, Generation y, Yoani Sanchez, 14 July 2017 — Wednesday night. The neighborhood of Nuevo Vedado is sliding into the darkness. Catchy music resonates in the Tulipán where parliamentarians are staying during the current regular session. They dance, drink under the sparkling lights of the disco ball and sing karaoke. They add […]

Trump administration again suspends a part of Cuba embargo

Trump administration again suspends a part of Cuba By JOSH LEDERMAN Published July 14, 2017 Markets Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is suspending for another six months a provision of the U.S. on Cuba. The State Department says it has told Congress that it will keep suspending a provision of the […]

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump

Cuba’s Raul Castro dismisses harsher US tone under Trump - Castro's comments to Cuba's National Assembly were his first on Trump's June announcement of a partial rollback of the Cuba-U.S. detente - He also rejected any "lessons" on human rights from the U.S., saying his country "has a lot to be proud about" on the […]

Cuba says GDP recovers, up about 1 percent so far in 2017

Cuba says GDP recovers, up about 1 percent so far in 2017 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Jul 14, 2017, 5:59 PM ET The Cuban government said Friday that the is growing again following a decline last year that was the first drop reported in two decades. Minister Ricardo Cabrisas said at […]

Higher Taxes

Higher Taxes / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 6 July 2017 — It is no secret among Cubans that their government is inept and inefficient. Fifty-eight years of failure attest to this. With the emergence of self-employment, however, officials have found a way to fill the state’s coffers without having to devote resources or effort to […]

How Cubans See the Crisis in Venezuela

How Cubans See the Crisis in Venezuela / Iván García Iván García, 11 July 2017 — After painting the facades of several buildings along 10 de Octobre street, the workers of the brigade shelter from the terrifying heat in doorways, eating lunch, having a smoke or simply chatting. These days, in Havana’s La Vibora neighborhood, […]

The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas

The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 19 June 2017 — Teresa Sulien Castillo Sotto, a 27-year-old Cuban doctor born in Bayamo, died due to multiple fractures and traumatic brain injury on the night of Tuesday 13 June, at 10:20 PM, after jumping off the […]

TWO CUBAN PLAYERS DESERTING THE TEAM JUNIOR

TWO CUBAN PLAYERS DESERTING THE TEAM JUNIOR magictr | July 14, 2017 | News Stéphane Bouchard Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00 JONQUIÈRE | Two players from the cuban national team junior tour against the teams of major League baseball junior élite du Québec, missing since Tuesday. These two players have left of their own accord, […]

UM names interim director for the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

UM names interim director for the Institute of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The of Miami has appointed founder and former senior fellow Andy Gómez as interim director of the Institute of Cuban and Cuban- American Studies. Gómez, who retired from UM in 2012 with a Presidential Medal, replaces Jaime […]

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image

Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 11 July 2017 — The President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba recently underwent cosmetic surgery to improve his chin. The chief of Cuban communists wants to be rejuvenated so that young […]

Work Accident Takes The Lives Of Two Cuban Builders In Caibarién

Work Accident Takes The Lives Of Two Cuban Builders In Caibarién 14ymedio, Havana, 11 July 2017 — The collapse of a wall during the reconstruction of the Hotel Commercio in Caibarién, in the province of Villa Clara, cost two workers their lives on Tuesday and left eight others injured. The crew was working on rehabilitating […]

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 28 June 2017 — On Havana there are stores for all tastes. Pirated jeans at 20 CUC, copies of Nike shoes at 40 CUC and imitation Swiss watches at 50 CUC. People with higher purchasing power mark the difference. By […]

Cavities and Abscesses in the Oral Health System

Cuba: Cavities and Abscesses in the Oral System / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 23 June 2017 — Located in the stately building with its exquisite art-deco style, at the Havana intersection of Salvador Allende Avenue (formerly Carlos III) and G Street, is the Cuban symbol of the oral system. Officially known […]

Bread In Cuba’s Rationed Market Is An Unsolved Problem

Bread In Cuba’s Rationed Market Is An Unsolved Problem 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 9 July 2017 — With a sharp knife and the skill of a surgeon, Luis Garmendia, 68, slices the bread from the rationed market into six small slices. Like so many Cubans, this retiree cannot afford to buy from the liberated (unsubsidized) […]

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism 14ymedio, Havana, 10 July 2017 – The driver of a private taxi was arrested after being accused of racial discrimination by Yanay Aguirre Calderín, according to a report Monday in the weekly paper Trabajadores (Workers). The event has generated numerous articles in the official press […]

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another

Cuban Government Fires Off One Lie After Another / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 July 2017 — The fan stopped turning around 3:30 in the morning, when in the middle of a heat wave, a black out forced Ricardo, his wife and their two children to sleep on a mat on the balcony of their […]

If Trump Ends Our Remittances?

If Trump Ends Our Remittances? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 8 July 2017 — Without too much caution, the CUPET tanker truck painted green and white begins to deposit fuel in the underground basement of a gas station located at the intersection of Calle San Miguel and Mayía Rodríguez, just in front of Villa Marista, […]

Cuban Government Extends Land Lease Period to 20 Years

Cuban Government Extends Land Lease Period to 20 Years 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 — The latest Council of Ministers, chaired by Raul Castro, has extended the term of the country’s land leases under the usufruct system to 20 years, but the leases can be cancelled if the beneficiaries use illicit funds, according to an […]

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that, according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista, reflect the prevailing system on the island. From […]

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 July 2017 — He dries his sweat and takes a drink of water from a bottle he carries in his backpack. “In my time the young people spent the holidays in front of the television,” says Ignacio, the […]

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 26 June 2017 — Another legal trial is threatening the invulnerability of the Ministry of Culture. This time the prosecutorial gaze is focused on officials at the National Council of the Performing Arts (CNAE) while overlooking the culpability of […]

Relatora de la ONU sobre derechos humanos continúa visita a Cuba

Relatora de la ONU sobre derechos humanos continúa visita a Cuba EFE LA HABANA La relatora de la ONU sobre derechos humanos y solidaridad internacional, Virginia Dandan, continuó el miércoles su primera visita a Cuba, con reuniones de responsables de las carteras de la Salud, el Comercio Exterior, y una visita a la Escuela Latinoamericana […]

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy July 10, 20174:35 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered U.S. cruise operators are among those who stand to benefit from President Trump's changes to the Obama administration's Cuba policies. The new rules don't affect cruises, and may help them. ARI SHAPIRO, […]

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen Marianna Parraga and Marc Frank HOUSTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters, threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the […]

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy

Eight Things You Need to Know about President Trump’s New Cuba Policy 07/13/2017 09:20 am ET William M. LeoGrande Professor of Government at American University President Donald J. Trump signs the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba, Miami, June 16, 2017 On June 16, 2017, President Donald […]

Cuba's 'elections': asking the man on the street

Cuba's 'elections': asking the man on the street OSMEL RAMÍREZ ÁLVAREZ | Holguín | 13 de Julio de 2017 - 11:51 CEST. On June 14 the Council of State announced general elections. In this first stage (September 2017) only partial elections will be held, in which district delegates are to be elected. It is obvious […]

Se agrava la situación epidemiológica en Holguín

Se agrava la situación epidemiológica en Holguín Abren dos hospitales de campaña por aumento de casos de dengue, zika y conjuntivitis hemorrágica Martes, julio 11, 2017 | Fernando Donate Ochoa HOLGUÍN, Cuba.- La situación epidemiológica en Holguín empeora cada día. Al incremento de los casos de dengue y zika se han sumado pacientes con conjuntivitis […]

With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic

With materials scarce, Cuban designers master recycling chic Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) - Olaff Alejo's salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air. Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices to manufacture them. In Communist-run Cuba, […]

Will Trump Open A Pandora’s Box Of Litigation Over Cuban Property?

Will Trump Open A Pandora’s Box Of Litigation Over Cuban Property? If the president fails to continue the suspension of Title III, business relations will be disrupted far more severely and irreparably than they would be by any regulatory change. 07/10/2017 02:34 pm ET Long before the Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce finish writing […]

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds second vessel

Fewer airplanes but more cruise ships going to Cuba after Norwegian adds second vessel BY CHABELI HERRERA cherrera@miamiherald.com Visiting Cuba by sea is turning into the preferred method for American travelers — at least for now. On Monday, Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced it is adding a second ship for four-day cruises to Havana, following […]

The impact of Trump's Cuba policy revisions will likely be small

The impact of Trump's Cuba policy revisions will likely be small BY MARK FEIERSTEIN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR - 07/11/17 05:40 PM EDT As U.S. officials prepare to implement President Trump’s Cuba policy, the rancor over the revised course is masking an emerging bipartisan consensus over American policy toward the island. Despite declaring he was “cancelling” President […]

How President Trump can borrow from US Cuba policy to squeeze Beijing on North Korea

How President Trump can borrow from US Cuba policy to squeeze Beijing on North Korea Asia, Foreign and Defense Policy The New York Times reports that “President Trump, frustrated by China’s unwillingness to lean on North Korea, has told the Chinese leader that the United States is prepared to act on its own in pressuring […]

Panama’s migration chief says the country is not closing the door to Cubans but to illegal migration

Panama’s migration chief says the country is not closing the door to Cubans but to illegal migration BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA Javier Carrillo Silvestri, Panama’s head of migration services, is accustomed to order and hierarchy. So he is matter-of-fact when he says that his nation has nothing against Cuban migrants, but […]

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana

U.S. names interim charge d’affaires at embassy in Havana BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The U.S. Embassy in Cuba has a new interim chief at its seaside building in Havana: career diplomat Scott Hamilton. Hamilton, who has served as deputy chief of mission since July 2015, replaces Jeffrey DeLaurentis as Chargé d’Affaires. A brief notice […]

La experta en derechos humanos de la ONU se reúne con representantes del Gobierno

La experta en derechos humanos de la ONU se reúne con representantes del Gobierno DDC | La Habana | 11 de Julio de 2017 - 18:48 CEST. Virginia Dandan, experta independiente sobre derechos humanos y solidaridad internacional de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU), se reunió este martes en La Habana con representantes de varias […]

La FDHC alerta a la experta de la ONU de las violaciones de los derechos laborales en Cuba

La FDHC alerta a la experta de la ONU de las violaciones de los derechos laborales en Cuba DDC | Miami | 10 de Julio de 2017 - 21:05 CEST. La Fundación para los Derechos Humanos en Cuba (FDHC) alertó sobre "las violaciones de los derechos laborales de los cubanos" a la experta de la […]

The Cuban regime and the Venezuelan transition

The Cuban regime and the Venezuelan transition ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 12 de Julio de 2017 - 11:16 CEST. In a recent interview Venezuelan analyst Rocío San Miguel, an expert on military affairs, masterfully defined the role of Cuba in his country. In this respect he stated: "The situation room where the […]

Cubazuela, Raúl and Leopoldo

Cubazuela, Raúl and Leopoldo JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 11 de Julio de 2017 - 11:02 CEST. What does Leopoldo López's relapse from prison and placement under house arrest entail in Venezuela's current political situation? It is important to keep in mind that his arrest, conviction and conditions of imprisonment in a military prison […]

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Julio de 2017 - 10:40 CEST. If you were told that in a Latin American country almost 60% of the fertile land available for agriculture is not even cultivated, producing nothing at all, you would think they were pulling your leg, […]

Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift

Convicted of Murder, and Now Swept Up in U.S.-Cuba Shift Ishmael Muslim Ali now lives a quiet life in Cuba, where he remains wanted by the F.B.I. for aircraft piracy. Credit Cave 7 Productions For more than 30 years, Ishmael Muslim Ali has lived a relatively full and unremarkable life in Cuba. He taught English […]

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years BY DAVID J. NEAL dneal@miamiherald.com Once Silvio “Jander” Morales smuggled six women from Camaguey, Cuba into Miami, he shed any niceties like a moulting anaconda losing skin. Morales constricted the women into prostitution by mushrooming their debt, threatening their families’ lives and even […]

Family of teen who died on grad trip to Cuba trying to bring her body home

Family of teen who died on grad trip to Cuba trying to bring her body home CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2017 7:53 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2017 8:51 AM ET Alex Sagriff was a student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in Belleville. She had been vacationing in Varadero with other graduating […]

Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Cuban Sex Trafficking

Man Gets 30 Years in Prison for Cuban Sex Trafficking A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for operating a sex trafficking ring involving women he lured from Cuba. July 8, 2017, at 10:38 a.m. MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for operating […]

Panama makes a final offer to Cuban migrants: $1,650, a plane ticket and permission to return

Panama makes a final offer to Cuban migrants: $1,650, a plane ticket and permission to return BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Panama's deputy minister of public security on Friday made a final offer to Cuban migrants staying at a temporary shelter in that nation: $1,650, a plane ticket to Havana and a multiple-entry visa that […]

The "Undead" Market: Long-Dormant U.S.-Cuba Air Travel Market Still Isn't Alive

The "Undead" Market: Long-Dormant U.S.-Cuba Air Travel Market Still Isn't Alive Dan Reed , CONTRIBUTOR I write about airlines, the travel biz, and related industries Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. When you shoot a zombie, does it count as murder, or at least attempted murder? That question actually is of some epistemological […]

Teen dies during high school graduation trip to Cuba organized by Toronto-based S-Trip tour company

Teen dies during high school graduation trip to Cuba organized by Toronto-based S-Trip tour company By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News Posted: Jul 07, 2017 6:17 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 6:59 PM ET Alex Sagriff was a student at St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in Belleville. She had been vacationing in Varadero with […]

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The […]

Cuba: More Implicated in the Interior Ministry’s Stolen Documents Case

Cuba: More Implicated in the Interior Ministry’s Stolen Documents Case / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 5 July 2017 — The case is notable for its strict secrecy and a degree of coercion. The highly irregular trial and mystifying plight of those already found guilty and sentenced make “the top secret theft from the […]

School Diplomas

School Diplomas 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 5 July 2017 — They arrived, enthusiastic and happy, to their party for the end of the school year. One mother brought a macaroni salad with mayonnaise, another brought from home some disposable plates and a third took on providing the croquettes. The celebration was ready in no time, […]

Whom Do They Serve?

Whom Do They Serve? / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 28 June 2017 — Whether at the municipal or provincial level, the people’s administrative councils are supposed to be looking out primarily for the interests of their constituents and, in conjunction with them, carrying out the duties of local governance. But due to the inaccessible and […]

Low wages apparently spurring Manzana Kempinski workers to quit

Low wages apparently spurring Manzana Kempinski workers to quit DDC | La Habana | 7 de Julio de 2017 - 11:28 CEST. Some workers at the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba's most luxurious and expensive, earn salaries even lower than the national average, which seems to be prompting them to leave, according to the Uruguayan […]

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression 14ymedio, Havana, 3 July 2014 — Last June, there were 198 fewer arbitrary arrests of Cuban activists and opponents compared to the same month last year, according to a report by the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, which recorded a total of 380 arrests […]

Cuban Convertible Peso Can’t Keep Up With The Dollar

Cuban Convertible Peso Can’t Keep Up With The Dollar 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 4 July 2017 – Cuba’s dual currency system has been in existence for such a long time that many young people never lived under a system with a single national peso. The rumors of possible unification of the two currencies are no […]

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