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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 Hotel 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 their voices to a programmed… Continue reading

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, in the area between Red… Continue reading

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 very undemocratic Cuban electoral system,… Continue reading

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Nidialys Acosta handles the booking for a loose association of vintage
car owners who have banded together to offer transportation for visiting
dignitaries and other groups. Clients have included a New York business
delegation led by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and one of the founders of Airbnb.

But… Continue reading

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 can
visit Cuba.

Others are… Continue reading

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 restaurants.

Even though President Trump… Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours
President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the
United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the
decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process of
normalization of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

Travel Industry Scrambles After New Cuba Restrictions

Travel Industry Scrambles After New Cuba Restrictions
By VICTORIA BURNETT JUNE 16, 2017

As President Trump outlined a stricter policy toward Cuba on Friday,
travel industry representatives scrambled to decode new prohibitions and
reassure clients that the island was not off limits.

Hotel owners, tour operators and online booking agencies — who have been
at the heart of much-expanded contact… Continue reading

Havana: a city of colour and surprises

Havana: a city of colour and surprises
The buildings in Cuba’s capital may be crumbling yet there is a great
sense of civic pride
Conor Horgan

Cuba is full of surprises. On my first morning in a Havana casa
particular (room in a private home), where all the hangers in my
wardrobe were homemade, the young woman who brought breakfast… Continue reading

Manzana Kempinski: Luxury Alongside Ruin

Manzana Kempinski: Luxury Alongside Ruin
ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 6 de Junio de 2017 – 13:09 CEST.

A few days after its opening, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski hotel has
already welcomed its first guests, though the official opening is
scheduled for June 7 and 8, according to workers at the establishment.

“You can book right here, in… Continue reading

Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey

Activist Joanna Columbie Deported to Camaguey

14ymedio, Havana, 2 June 2017 – The principal of Academy 1010 and Somos+
(We Are More) Movement activist, Joanna Columbie, was deported Friday
from the Vivac detention center in Havana to Camaguey province, as
reported to 14ymedio by the leader of the Somos+ organization, Eliecer
Avila.

“Joanna called from Vivac to say that she… Continue reading

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

Cuba’s Fake Transport Co-ops

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 18 May 2017 — In an effort to persuade
Cubans and the international left that “Cuba is building socialism,”
while seeking to convince the world that Castroism is abandoning State
Totalitarianism and also trying to counteract the relative independence
achieved by the so-called boteros, or boatmen, as independent taxi
drivers are known,… Continue reading

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and
bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on
time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the
sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route
shared-ride taxi services. On Monday… Continue reading

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

Privacy Policy
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

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