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Cuban Authorities Block Seven Activists From Traveling to Mexico for Democracy Action Meeting

Cuban Authorities Block Seven Activists From Traveling to Mexico for Democracy Action Meeting 14ymedio, Havana, 27 June 2017 – Cuban authorities blocked at least seven activists from traveling to Cancun, Mexico this Monday, to participate in the 4th Forum on Roads to a Democratic Cuba, a meeting of the United Democratic Action Roundtable (MUAD) organized […]

These Are Good Times For The ‘Weekly Packet’

These Are Good Times For The ‘Weekly Packet’ 14ymedio, generation, Yoani Sanchez, 27 June 2017 — Official propaganda has been euphoric since Donald Trump spoke at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami. The government discourse rages with an intensity that hasn’t been seen since the campaign for ‘The Cuban Five’, the spies serving sentences in […]

Planet Nothing

Planet Nothing Rebeca Monzo, Havana, 16 June 2017 — Cuba is a distant planet. It has nothing to do with the rest of the world, because nothing functions there as in the majority of civilized countries. This “planet” is ruled by the whims of its ancient rulers who have spent almost 59 years doing whatever […]

EEUU condena trabajo forzado de estudiantes y médicos cubanos

EEUU condena trabajo forzado de estudiantes y médicos cubanos En un informe presentado por el Departamento de Estado Martes, junio 27, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, .- Tras dos años en una lista de vigilancia sobre la trata de personas, EE.UU. ha decidido mantener a Cuba durante un año más en observación (nivel 2) en […]

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island

What Trump’s new Cuba policy means for travelers to the island BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Since President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy, Tom Popper’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Callers have questions, lots of questions, about how they can travel to Cuba as individuals, what people-to-people tours are and how they […]

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba

The Dark Side Of Tourism in Cuba 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales, 27 June 2018 — At the entrance to Calle Obispo a guide explains to her customers the restoration works in the historical center of Havana. A few yards away, the line to exchange currency is full of foreigners and in the corner bar one […]

Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba

Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 June 2017 — Independent communicators in Cuba are victims of an escalating repression, according to a complaint filed Monday by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH), based in Madrid. The alarm sounded by the organization coincides with an increase in complaints from […]

Informe de EE.UU. sobre trata de personas denuncia trabajo en el campo de estudiantes cubanos

Informe de EE.UU. sobre trata de personas denuncia trabajo en el campo de estudiantes cubanos La administración Trump no bajó a Cuba al nivel 3 de su informe anual sobre la trata de personas, sino que la dejó en la lista de observación del nivel 2, donde la puso Obama. Cuba rechaza que cooperantes internacionalistas […]

Cancer patients stand to lose if Trump blocks Roswell Park's work with Cuban institute

Editorial: Cancer patients stand to lose if Trump blocks Roswell Park's work with Cuban institute By News Editorial Board Published Mon, Jun 26, 2017 President Trump’s plan to revise his predecessor’s overtures to Cuba carries a significant risk for Buffalo. A promising partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research institution could be […]

Can Trump Destroy Obama's Legacy?

Analysis: Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy? The New York Times By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his sweeping trade deal with Asia, his […]

US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers

US, Cuba still cooperating on stopping drug smugglers By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein | AP June 22 HAVANA — The U.S. and Cuba are still cooperating to intercept drug smugglers even through the Trump administration has halted high-level meetings on stopping the flow of narcotics through the Caribbean, a top Cuban anti-drug official said Thursday. The […]

GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL

GLITCH ON THOMAS COOK FLIGHT TO CUBA LEAVES AIRLINE WITH £500K BILL Trip delayed 24 hours after Airbus A330 jet returned to Manchester with oil pressure problem SIMON CALDER TRAVEL CORRESPONDENT @SimonCalder Hundreds of Thomas Cook Airlines passengers have had their Cuban holiday extended by more than 24 hours after an inflight mechanical incident involving […]

Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy

Why liberals should support Trump — not Obama — on Cuba policy BY MIKE GONZALEZ, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR - 06/27/17 11:00 AM EDT 54 Was President Obama’s opening to the Castro government motivated by a real belief that it would help Cubans, or was it a vanity project from the start? We will never know for […]

New Trump Rules on Cuba Travel Leaves Winners and Losers

New Trump Rules on Cuba Travel Leaves Winners and Losers The Trump administration's new policy on travel by Americans to Cuba is creating winners and losers. June 27, 2017, at 11:01 a.m. By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and BETH J. HARPAZ, Associated Press President Donald Trump's new policy on travel to Cuba has winners and losers: Group […]

Ken Hall: US travelers can still bring good will to Cuba

Ken Hall: US travelers can still bring good will to Cuba Posted Jun 26, 2017 at 5:17 PM When we went to Cuba this winter, we flew from Miami on American Airlines to join a group tour, see some performances, meet some Cubans, stay at two very nice hotels and eat at a variety of […]

Cuba should return its terrorists to US, terror victim's son says

Cuba should return its terrorists to US, terror victim's son says By Eric Shawn Published June 26, 2017 Fox News They sought safety on the shores of Cuba from American justice. Now Joe Connor wants them back. "Get these guys back, as a starting point for any further opening up of Cuba," Connor insists. An […]

Caribbean hotel association criticizes Cuba rollback

Caribbean hotel association criticizes Cuba rollback By Gay Nagle Myers / June 27, 2017 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) joined the chorus of industry critics denouncing Trump's Cuba policy, saying that the re-imposed restrictions could stall or reverse the progress made in recent years. The Trump administration has banned individual people-to-people travel to […]

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017 Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler. The Cuban government recently banned […]

We Exist Between Illusions And Fears

“We Exist Between Illusions And Fears” 14ymedio, Mario Penton, David (Panama), 23 June 2017 — The green seems to fill everything in Chiriquí, in the western Panamanian province where the government hosts 126 undocumented Cubans in a camp in the region of Gualaca. The stillness of the morning in the middle of the huge pines […]

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a coastal strip where tourists rarely come and […]

From Joystick to Canon

From Joystick to Canon / Regina Coyula From Regina Coyula’s blog, 9 June 2017 (Ed. note: These interview fragments are being translated out of order by TranslatingCuba.com volunteers. When they are all done we will assemble them in order into one post.) The country was falling to pieces, there were people drowning in the sea […]

The Hijacking Of Social Networks

The Hijacking Of Social Networks 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 June 2017 – More than five years ago social networks were roiled by the Arab Spring, while the screens of their mobile phones lit up the faces of the young protesters. In those years Twitter was seen as a road to freedom, but shortly afterwards […]

Alabama wondering what about Cuba trade in Trump era

Alabama wondering what about Cuba trade in Trump era BY MARY SELL Decatur Daily MONTGOMERY, ALA. Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for years have lobbied for expanded exports to communist Cuba, a country they see as a promising market for this state's poultry products. Now they're waiting to see what President Donald Trump's […]

No one signs the 'Cuban Youth’s Statement'

No one signs the 'Cuban Youth’s Statement' PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 26 de Junio de 2017 - 11:43 CEST. The official newspapers Granma and Juventud Rebelde recently published the Cuban Youth's Statement in response to the recent speech by US president Donald Trump and his announcement of a change in his country's policy […]

El sagrado patriotismo del exilio político histórico de Miami

El sagrado patriotismo del exilio político histórico de Miami En un simpático birlibirloque de la historia los representantes del exilio histórico coinciden con el gobierno socialista en su ninguneo de la incipiente empresa independiente cubana Jorge Dávila Miguel, Miami | 26/06/2017 8:59 am Es muy difícil que algún día lo acepten; tan difícil como que […]

Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches

Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches / Iván García Iván García, 19 June 2017 — For both countries it amounts to a remake of the Cold War, this time in version 2.0. It will take time to determine the scope of the contest or if the new diplomatic battle will involve only […]

Cuba policy change: Poultry exports could be impacted

Cuba policy change: Poultry exports could be impacted By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau Jun 25, 2017 MONTGOMERY – Agriculture officials and industry leaders in Alabama for years have lobbied for expanded exports to socialist Cuba, a country where they see a promising market for the state’s poultry products. Now they’re waiting to see what President […]

The real reason Trump wanted Cuba restrictions

Commentary: The real reason Trump wanted Cuba restrictions OPINION By Jonathan C. Brown - Special to the American-Statesman LYNNE SLADKY Posted: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017 President Donald Trump’s reversal of his predecessor’s Cuban policies proves once again that all politics are local. The White House says that the regime of Raúl Castro should […]

Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba

Trump, The Military And The Division Of Powers In Cuba 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The recent decision by the president of the United States to limit commercial relations with Cuban companies controlled by the military highlights a rarely explored corner of the national reality. Anyone who knows the Island minimally knows […]

Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich

Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The passenger complains of the heat while frantically moving the fan. “In a few days I will install an air conditioning,” justifies the taxi driver and adds that he will charge “higher fares.” In summer everyone dreams of air-conditioning their […]

Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 June 2017 — Economic hardships turn many Cuban engineers to work as bartenders, doctors become taxi drivers and innumerable professionals become alternative guides for tourists. Among the latter, there are the experienced or the just-getting-started, but all of them earn more money […]

Thanks for Nothing, Trump

Thanks for Nothing, Trump Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 June 2017 — After much media frenzy, Trump’s “new policy” toward Cuba has not gone beyond the rhetoric expected by most political analysts. His act was more a symbolic gesture towards his faithful than any practical novelty. In short, those who expected an announcement of truly […]

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump

Cubans Feel Like Hostages to Both Castro and Trump / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 June 2017 — “Impotence.” This is the word that a performer in the Guiñol Theater (located in the basement of the FOCSA building in Havana’s Vedado district) uses when asked her opinion of the new Trump Doctrine regarding Cuba. On […]

A Bad Bet

A Bad Bet / Fernando Damaso Fernando Dámaso, 13 June 2017 — Of the real and supposed problems that the Cuban Revolution proposed to solve, as the basis of its historical necessity, after more than half a century of exercising absolute power, many have not been solved, the majority have been aggravated, and others have […]

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the City Museum, Tomás […]

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET New York, June 23, 2017--Cuban authorities should immediately release independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern […]

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com GUALACA, PANAMA The color green seems to fill everything in Chiriqui, the western province of Panama where the government is holding 124 undocumented Cuban migrants. The morning's quiet amid huge pine trees is broken only by the hum of insects […]

Could 1 million more Cubans be deemed ineligible for remittances?

Could 1 million more Cubans be deemed ineligible for remittances? BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com William LeoGrande, an American University professor who specializes in U.S.-Cuba relations, says it appears there might be a “poison pill” in President Donald Trump’s new Cuba policy that potentially could cut off remittances to more than 1 million Cubans. The memorandum […]

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba?

Elliott Abrams: Has Trump Made the Right Move in Cuba? Elliott Abrams, Newsweek • June 22, This article first appeared on the Council on Foreign Relations site. Congratulations to President Trump for a serious (though not total) reversal of the terrible Obama policy toward Cuba. Why? Because the Obama policy was values-free, granting all sorts […]

Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns

Director of U.S. office that oversees Radio, TV Martí resigns BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, the U.S. federal body that oversees Radio and TV Martí as well as the Martí Noticias website, resigned last week amid complaints by some dissidents and exiles about OCB’s editorial line. “Every […]

Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans

Editorial: Trump, Obama and subjugated Cubans DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 - 14:21 CEST. Cuba's official television aired Donald Trump's recent appearance at the Manuel Artime Theater in Miami. That makes two speeches by US presidents that Cubans on the Island have been able to watch recently. In March of 2016, […]

The true face of GAESA in Havana's Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana's Historic Quarter ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 - 11:27 CEST. "What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?" "Disastrous." "Why?" "Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to […]

Trump Gets It Right

Editorial: Trump Gets It Right DDC | Madrid | 22 de Junio de 2017 - 11:23 CEST. In his speech in Miami, US President Donald Trump rightly divided Cuban society into two groups: the military and the people. And his criticism of the regime did not center on its ideology, on the single party, or […]

KO y una nueva trumpada

KO y una nueva trumpada, editorial 486 20 Junio, 2017 8:13 pm por Primavera Digital en Cuba La Habana, Cuba, Redacción Habana, (PD) El régimen militar totalitario castrista ha reaccionado como era de esperar frente al anuncio hecho por el presidente estadounidense Donald Trump de la nueva política que llevará adelante su administración sobre el […]

Trump's Cuba Travel Policy Leaves Heads Scratching

Trump's Cuba Travel Policy Leaves Heads Scratching Andrew Bender , CONTRIBUTOR I delve into the business of business travel, and often the fun too. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Just as travel and tourism to Cuba from the United States was heating up, President Donald Trump made an announcement last Friday that […]

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines?

Will New Cuba Travel Policy Hurt U.S. Airlines? Zacks Equity Research On Jun 16, President Trump announced some changes to current U.S. policy on Cuba, which were put into action by his predecessor Barack Obama. The new policy is in line with Trump’s promise during the campaigning phase. In fact, Trump had reportedly tweeted in […]

Trump's travel changes for Cuba won't take effect soon

Trump's travel changes for Cuba won't take effect soon Bart Jansen , USA TODAY Published 4:29 p.m. ET June 16, 2017 | Updated 5:49 p.m. ET June 16, 2017 Travel to Cuba won’t be changing soon. While President Trump announced Friday that he is “immediately” canceling Obama’s deal with Cuba, the reversal relies on regulations […]

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba A trip to Santiago de Cuba should start with dinner at a paladar (family-run restaurant) and end with drinks on the roof of the Hotel Casa Granda. By JENNIFER BAIN Travel Editor Wed., June 21, 2017 SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA-Ramon Guilarte welcomes us to […]

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba Norma Ibarra is on her 2nd trip to Cuba to donate boards from Vancouver CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 AM PT For a country with no skate shops, Cuba's skateboarding scene is incredibly vibrant. That's what Vancouver skateboarder […]

Trump’s Fault?

Trump’s Fault? ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 21 de Junio de 2017 - 10:47 CEST. Donald Trump's announcement of an alteration of his country's policies towards Cuba caused a great stir. Despite its limited scope - in terms of affecting Obama's legacy and the foreseeable impact of the measures - adversaries and officials […]

Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba

Being Rich Is Banned in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 8 June 2017 — The die is cast. At the special session of the National Assembly of People’s Power held on May 31 and June 1 at the Palace of Conventions, delegates have, as expected, approved the economic plan for 2016 to 2021 and […]

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when […]

Trump Rolls Back 'Completely One-Sided' Cuba Policy

Trump Rolls Back 'Completely One-Sided' Cuba Policy By TERESA FRONTADO & NANCY KLINGENER & ADRIANNE GONZALEZ & HOLLY PRETSKY & ISABELLA CUETO • JUN 16, 2017 President Donald Trump Friday announced new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing some of the relaxed new relations instituted two years ago by President Barack Obama. "Effective […]

Changes To Cuba Policy Met With Mixed Reactions

Changes To Cuba Policy Met With Mixed Reactions JULIEGRACE BRUFKE Capitol Hill Reporter 3:52 PM 06/19/2017 President Donald Trump’s changes to the United State’s policy on Cuba, which tightens restrictions on travel and business transactions between countries, has been met with mixed reactions by congressional Republicans. Proponents of the adjustments argue it’s necessary for the […]

Cuba Won't Negotiate Trump's New Policy

Cuba Won't Negotiate Trump's New Policy At a Monday news conference, the nation’s foreign minister called the latest deal “a grotesque spectacle straight from the Cold War.” ARIA BENDIX JUN 19, 2017 NEWS Speaking at a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said his nation was not interested in […]

You Can Still Visit Cuba—Here's How

You Can Still Visit Cuba—Here's How Patrick Allan President Trump recently announced that the U.S. will be re-instituting travel restrictions to Cuba, partially canceling Obama’s previous policy changes. So, can you still visit Cuba? It depends. First, let’s clear up an important misconception real quick. Even with the openings that Obama’s Cuba policy previously created, […]

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 June 2017 – The closure of three private restaurants in Havana last week has sparked doubts among owners of food service businesses. The fact that the three paladares – private restaurants – were rated “excellent” on Trip Advisor, one of […]

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most […]

Cuba's small businesses say they will suffer under Trump's policy changes

Cuba's small businesses say they will suffer under Trump's policy changes Alan Gomez , USA TODAY 3:33 p.m. ET June 18, 2017 HAVANA — When Julia de la Rosa heard President Trump's speech restricting Americans' ability to visit Cuba, she immediately started calculating how many workers she'll have to fire. De la Rosa, 49, has […]

Panama offers stranded Cuban migrants multiple entry visas if they return to island

Panama offers stranded Cuban migrants multiple entry visas if they return to island BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA The Panamanian government has a proposal for a group of Cubans stranded in that country: return voluntarily to the island, become self-employed entreprenuers known as cuentapropistas and, in exchange, obtain multiple entry visas and […]

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