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Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela

Cuba’s Proxy War in Venezuela Mary Anastasia O’Grady in The Wall Street Journal The commitment to Maduro among soldiers and police is breaking down Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro is responding to mass demonstrations by selectively killing civilians. If, as a result, some branch of the military breaks with the regime, the country will descend into […]

We Have Survived

We Have Survived 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2017 — Three years ago this digital daily was just a dream, a project on paper and a desire in the heads of several colleagues. On that 21 May 2014, the mirage took shape on the first cover of a site that robs us of our […]

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements US president criticizes regime on Independence Day; Havana chides “millionaire-tycoon-turned-president” Miami 22 MAY 2017 - 17:36 CEST For the first time, the Cuban government has responded to US President Donald Trump in an exasperated tone. On Saturday, when the island nation was observing the anniversary […]

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence. Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of self-governance, dignity, and freedom. […]

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Havana has reacted strongly to a statement issued by President Donald Trump to the Cuban people over the weekend to mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. A statement read on Cuban state […]

Turismo, el pastel solo para unos pocos

, el pastel solo para unos pocos El sector debería ser inclusivo con los inversionistas cubanos Lunes, mayo 22, 2017 | Miriam Leiva LA HABANA, Cuba.- El podría convertirse en la industria propulsora del despertar productivo y económico en Cuba. El pequeño archipiélago del mar Caribe, a 90 millas de Estados Unidos, posee una […]

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame May 22, 2017 Deep in the basement of the Strategic Air Command’s headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Michael Davis studied the black-and-white film squares through a magnifying lens on that October day in 1962. Hunched […]

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century REPORT from European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Published on 22 May 2017 By Hilaire Avril, Regional Information Officer, EU Humanitarian Aid. Cuba has been fighting one of the toughest droughts in a century for the past three years. Declining and erratic […]

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies 14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — In the midst of a wave of pressure from the authorities, members of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC) have issued a declaration of commitment to their work on the island. “We are not leaving Cuba, […]

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, […]

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com On the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba, President Donald Trump on Saturday extended his “warmest wishes” to Cuban Americans and promised that he will work for Cubans on the island to have […]

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 18 May 2017—A neighbor of mine in Arroyo Naranjo recently had to ask an old friend of his who lives Miami to help him obtain some amitriptyline. A psychiatrist had recommended this medication for my neighbor’s wife to […]

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd, next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers in the […]

Merecido reconocimiento a Damas de Blanco

Merecido reconocimiento a 19 de mayo de 2017 - 21:05 - Por Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Cada domingo, las luchan por sus familiares cautivos y todos los presos políticos en Cuba, en demostraciones pacíficas mientras caminan hacia la iglesia. Pero cada domingo son acosadas y arrestadas por los secuaces del régimen […]

MakeWish Sends 11-Year-Old to Cuba to Visit Grandparents

Make-A-Wish Sends 11-Year-Old to Cuba to Visit Grandparents Make-A-Wish New Jersey has surprised an 11-year-old lymphoma patient with a trip to Cuba. May 20, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Make-A-Wish New Jersey has surprised an 11-year-old lymphoma patient with a trip to Cuba. NJ.com (bit.ly/2rAevh7 ) reports Tyler Machado thought he […]

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks Revolution in the time of the internet by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been. It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke, offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas […]

Private credit for Cuba on table

Private credit for Cuba on table Bill would ease agriculture trade By Frank E. Lockwood WASHINGTON -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he wants to remove barriers to trade with Cuba, telling a House committee this week: "If our folks grow it, I want to sell it." Current U.S. law prevents American farmers from […]

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 […]

Cuban Professionals Are Afraid In Venezuela

Cuban Professionals Are Afraid In Venezuela 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 18 May 2017 — Seen from the Venezuelan opposition as an army of occupation and from the Venezuelan government as soldiers of socialism, tens of thousands of Cuban professionals live a situation that is complicated day after day in convulsive Venezuela. The Cuban government has […]

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” […]

2 adrift Cuban fishermen rescued after 3 days at sea

2 adrift Cuban fishermen rescued after 3 days at sea The Associated Press MIAMI The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two Cuban fishermen who had been adrift for three days without food or water. Coast Guard officials said in a news release that Cuban Board Guard contacted them Wednesday after the fishing boat didn't return […]

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor's Cuba policies. There were reports the president […]

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance CAIBARIÉN Cuba — Caibarién is a town on a bay that separates it from Cayo de Santa María, which is located on Cuba’s northern coast. It’s proximity to the city of Santa Clara, which is less than an hour to the south, provided the perfect place to escape “experiencing […]

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+ 14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — The digital site of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement has now joined the list of pages censored on the servers of the Cuban Telecommunications Company () which supply public WiFi. The leader of the organization, Eliecer Avila, links this […]

Cuba says Zika tally rises to nearly 1,900 cases

Cuba says Zika tally rises to nearly 1,900 cases Cuba said on Thursday 1,847 residents had so far contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, warning that certain provinces on the Caribbean island still had high rates of infestation despite a series of measures to stave off the epidemic. At the start of the global Zika outbreak, […]

Trump will not announce highly anticipated changes in Cuba policy

Trump will not announce highly anticipated changes in Cuba policy BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com After much anticipation that an announcement on Cuba policy changes would be made no later than Saturday, President Donald Trump — in the midst of various political crises — has not decided what to do, officials said. The White House […]

Reparto Eléctrico: causeways, mounds of garbage, spillage, and zero cultural life

Reparto Eléctrico: causeways, mounds of garbage, spillage, and zero cultural life JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 18 de Mayo de 2017 - 12:38 CEST. The Consejo Popular Eléctrico, in the Havana municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, is another example of a "marginalized neighborhood" stemming from the Government’s erroneous practices with regards to socio-cultural and […]

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar pensando en desembarcar en Cuba

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar pensando en desembarcar en Cuba 16 de mayo de 2017 - 17:05 La participación de compañías hoteleras estadounidenses en la conferencia anual de la Latin American Hotel and Tourism esta semana en La Habana es considerada por especialistas como una buena señal El régimen cubano y varios asesores […]

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar alistándose para desembarcar en la Isla

Compañías hoteleras de EEUU podrían estar alistándose para desembarcar en la Isla AGENCIAS | La Habana | 16 de Mayo de 2017 - 21:54 CEST. El Gobierno y varios asesores de turismo estarían preparando el desembarco en la Isla de grandes compañías hoteleras. La conferencia anual de la Latin American Hotel and Tourism Investment se […]

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […]

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), announced his desire to reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what happens in Cuba to […]

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden 14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was […]

Cuba Raises Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

Cuba Raises Taxes on Real Estate Transactions 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escober, Havana, 15 May 2017 — On 11 May a new law went into effect in Cuba that imposes a determined price on the buying and selling of housing. The simple announcement, a month earlier, set off a frenzy in the notary offices to complete the […]

El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+

El Gobierno extiende la censura al sitio digital de Somos+ 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Mayo 16, 2017 El sitio digital del Movimiento Somos+ se sumó en los últimos días a la lista de páginas censuradas en los servidores que brindan acceso a la red en las zonas wifi y los locales de la Empresa de […]

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana Reuters May 16, 2017 By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - The annual Latin American Hotel and Tourism Investment Conferences meeting opened in Havana this week and the list of sponsors read like the who’s who of the U.S. hotel industry. The head of the organization, […]

Obama Ordered The U.S. Intelligence Community To Share Intel With Cuba

Obama Ordered The U.S. Intelligence Community To Share Intel With Cuba In the waning days of his administration, President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. intelligence community to share information with communist Cuba. MAY 16, 2017 By Sean Davis Just a month before the 2016 election, President Barack Obama signed a policy directive ordering the U.S. […]

How US tech companies can help Cuban entrepreneurs

How US tech companies can help Cuban entrepreneurs Posted yesterday by Ryan Lawler (@ryanlawler) As Cuba becomes more accessible, entrepreneurs there are finding new ways to reach users and build businesses. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, we got the perspective of a trio of Cuban entrepreneurs to learn about the challenges they face in building […]

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a delegation of U.S. advocates. Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights, told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him […]

Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba

Protests mark decade of LGBT activism in Cuba Calling for same-sex marriage, Cubans have chanted "revolution yes, homophobia no" in the streets of Havana. Until the early 1980s, gays and lesbians were routinely rounded up and forced to work in labor camps. Hundreds of Cuban nationals gathered in the streets of central Havana on Saturday […]

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019

Royal Caribbean Commits to Cuba Through 2019 CRUISE LINE & CRUISE SHIP ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL JASON LEPPERT MAY 15, 2017 After the initial success of Empress of the Seas’ arrival in Cuba, Royal Caribbean International has announced its expansion of the ship’s calls to Havana as far out as 2019. “Since arriving in Cuba for […]

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com While the new U.S. president's policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political transition. Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested dissidents who […]

Vilma Espín, Homophobe

Editorial: Vilma Espín, Homophobe DDC | Madrid | 16 de Mayo de 2017 - 12:46 CEST. When the first police raids of homosexuals were carried out in revolutionary Cuba, Vilma Espín was already the wife of the head of the armed forces, the sister-in-law of the regime's top leader, the woman with the highest political […]

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 […]

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders. It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of the University […]

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008 By Chuck Abbott 5/15/2017 The nonpartisan U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council says the first shipment of U.S. to Cuba in nine years apparently passed unnoticed in the ongoing debate over trade with the island nation. Based in New York, the council, which produces monthly reports […]

It's Wearing Thin

It's Wearing Thin WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 - 11:51 CEST. It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will never forget. The event for "Young Communists" took place in the year 2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a […]

Meliá Hotels International expands in Cuba

Meliá Hotels International expands in Cuba Meliá Hotels International is set to extend its presence in the centre of Cuba with the addition of 8 hotels, while also assisting in promoting multi-destination vacations. The company is now committed to enhancing quality and service in the new hotels through their renovation and adaptation to its brand […]

Canada Studies A Petition to Award Refuge to Cuban Migrants

Canada Studies A Petition to Award Refuge to Cuban Migrants 14ymedio, Miami, 13 May 2017 – The Canadian government has responded to a request for refuge made by the Democracy Movement on behalf of thousands of Cubans who were stranded at several locations in the Americas after the decision by the United States last January […]

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 […]

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 ambassador sees hope for closer links

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:12pm ST. PETERSBURG — Cuba's first ambassador to the United States in more than 50 years has seen the impact of renewed bilateral ties between the two countries continue to grow over the last two years José Ramón Cabañas, […]

Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018

Royal Caribbean will be sailing year-round to Cuba in 2018 BY CHABELI HERRERA cherrera@miamiherald.com With demand to see Cuba still hot, Royal Caribbean International is extending its commitment to sail to the island through 2019. The Miami-based cruise line announced Wednesday that it is initiating a year-long Cuba program that includes 58 four- and five-night […]

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 […]

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island “Is Waiting For Changes”

The Archbishop Of Santiago de Cuba Says In The Vatican That The Island “Is Waiting For Changes” 14ymedio, Havana, 5 May 2017 — “Cuba is waiting for changes,” said Archbishop Dionisio García Ibáñez Friday on Radio Vatican; he has also said that “the Cuban people can live in better spiritual and material conditions.” The statements […]

Here's why Cuba should be on Francis' agenda when he meets Trump

Here's why Cuba should be on Francis' agenda when he meets Trump William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017 President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome May 24, as part of the president's first trip abroad. No specific agenda has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped […]

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says

No more Cuban rafters, Coast Guard says BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com For decades, dramatic images of Cubans trying to reach the United States on decrepit boats made of all kinds of materials shocked many within the South Florida community. On the island, families waited desperately for news on whether loved ones had made it […]

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group 14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – The number of political prisoners has doubled this year, according to the most recent report from the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which counts 140 people charged for these reasons in April, […]

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism 14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there. […]

‘El Sexto’ revive su último encarcelamiento para concienciar al público

‘El Sexto’ revive su último encarcelamiento para concienciar al público Con una muestra en San Francisco, California Viernes, mayo 12, 2017 | Agencias LOS ÁNGELES, Estados Unidos.- La última obra del artista cubano Danilo Maldonado, “El Sexto”, no es un grafiti, sino encerrarse en una celda, réplica de la que tuvo en una cárcel de […]

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope to change that. by Christopher Palmeri May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2 After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the U.S. to 10 cities across the […]

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