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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

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

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