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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 economic issues, complain residents.

“It… Continue reading

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 journalist 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 down the street, one copy… Continue reading

Activista del Movimiento Juan Pablo II, encerrado en una celda en Guantánamo junto a 14 detenidos

Activista del Movimiento Juan Pablo II, encerrado en una celda en
Guantánamo junto a 14 detenidos
mayo 03, 2017
Luis Felipe Rojas

El opositor cubano Francisco Luis Manzanet Ortiz, detenido al salir de
la embajada de Colombia en La Habana el pasado 21 de abril, permanece en
una celda policial en Guantánamo, provincia a donde fue deportado desde
la capital… Continue reading

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged
Crime Of ‘Attack’

14ymedio, Havana, 25 April 2017 — On Tuesday morning the Court in
Havana’s municipality of Diez de Octubre, confirmed the prosecutor’s
request of two years and eight months in jail for Micaela Roll Gibert, 53.

The woman, a member of the opposition group Ladies in… Continue reading

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Published April 26, 2017

HAVANA – Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for
hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are
nearly impossible to find.

But Cuba’s hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are
adding flights and government stores are full of… Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

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

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

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

The Fidel Castro Fair

The Fidel Castro Fair / Iván García

Iván García , 21 February 2017 — The wood charcoal embers are slowly
browning half a dozen kebabs with vegetables, pineapples and pieces of
pork, while, on a shelf, the flies are hovering around the steamed corn
cobs.

From very early in the morning, Jesús, a chubby mulatto with calloused
hands, gets on… Continue reading

Cuba Frozen in Time

Cuba Frozen in Time
Paul R. Pillar
April 16, 2017

A week-long visit to Cuba reveals a tropical country of 11 million
people that is stuck in a kind of time capsule. The anachronistic
aspects of the country are symbolized by the 1950s-era U.S.-made
automobiles that cruise city streets—and the resourcefulness of Cubans
is symbolized by whatever they do to… Continue reading

Peripecias del transporte manzanillero

Peripecias del transporte manzanillero
[13-04-2017 13:14:34]
Dr. Santiago Emilio Márquez Frías

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- El servicio de transporte en el municipio
de Manzanillo, Granma, está catalogado por algunos como regular por ser
bastante céntrico el lugar en que residen; pero para los de la parte
alta de la ciudad, las zonas suburbanas y las rurales tiene la
definición de pésimo.
La… Continue reading

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 11 April 2017 — The milk boils on
the rustic stove while on the table the cream is churned to make
butter. The whole family revolves around the modest production of
artisan cheese, a product targeted by the police and appealing to customers.

Roberto leaves the… Continue reading

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba

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

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

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

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

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

Camila Cabello shares her success story: ‘I want to be what people think of when they think of America’

Camila Cabello shares her success story: ‘I want to be what people think
of when they think of America’
hola.com April 6, 2017

Long before her pop star days, Camila Cabello was a young girl looking
to start a new life in the United States. The singer and her mother
Sinuhe candidly opened up about their journey from Cuba to… Continue reading

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba
March 31, 2017 by Ben Souza

Luxury cruise line Azamara Club Cruises made their inaugural visit to
Cuba this week when Azamara Quest arrived in Havana, Cuba.

The ship sailed down the Bahía de la Habana alongside Havana’s famous El
Malecón providing guests magnificent views of the local shoreline before
turning alongside… Continue reading

Over 50 injured in Cuba road accident

Over 50 injured in Cuba road accident
Society 20.03.2017 | 09:51

HAVANA, 20 March (BelTA – Xinhua) – At least 55 people were injured in a
serious traffic accident outside the city of Bayamo in eastern Cuba.

The accident happened on Sunday morning when the driver of a passenger
bus lost control of the vehicle and careened into several trees,… Continue reading

Cómo está el transporte en La Habana

Cómo está el transporte en La Habana
FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 20 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:02 CET.

En los últimos días, los habaneros han notado una mayor cantidad de
ómnibus circulando, que alivian las paradas. El motivo del incremento
del parque automotor es la tensión generada por el reciente tarifazo a
los taxis particulares, que afectó… Continue reading

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
Labrada and Mario Penton

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March
2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a
visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal
market, until he discovered a more lucrative business: the… Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free
By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com

The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning

Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly
easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your
trip, but if you follow some simple… Continue reading

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 27 February 2017 — After working twelve hours driving a
vintage 1957 Chevrolet for a collective taxi company on the
Cotorro-Central Park route, twenty-nine year old Osdiel sits down to
have a beer at a dark bar in the south end of Havana, where he unleashes
his frustration over… Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms
March 7, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair
in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come
from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there
is competition and since the sellers can bulk buy… Continue reading

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my
mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their
customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did
not allow her to gossip; but she continually warned me that things… Continue reading

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too

The Government Puts the Screws to Pedicab Operators Too
FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 3 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:44 CET.

Another ordinance to regulate transport in the capital has come to
light, this one persecuting pedicabs and consisting of a prohibition
against operating outside the municipality where the vehicle is registered.

“Imagine. I can’t leave the limits… Continue reading

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