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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

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen
Marianna Parraga and Marc Frank

HOUSTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – Venezuela’s crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba
have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to
documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters,
threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run
island.

Cuba’s government since… Continue reading

On Cuba, Trump is right

On Cuba, Trump is right
Published: July 1, 2017

President Barack Obama bought into an ideology that said be nice to evil
people and they will be nice back.

So it was that he let the Syrian regime off the hook when it killed
civilians with chemical weapons, figuring it would come around. Then
there was this deal with Iran… Continue reading

UN Sounds Alarm on Rising HIV Infections in Cuba Due to Officials’ “Complacency”

UN Sounds Alarm on Rising HIV Infections in Cuba Due to Officials’
“Complacency”
BY: ELENA TOLEDO – @NENATOLEDO – JUN 6, 2017, 2:50 PM

Cuba has reported significant increases in HIV/AIDS cases, according to
the United Nations.

UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Edward Greene said this
week that Cuba is among the countries in the region that… Continue reading

The Kremlin is Back

The Kremlin is Back

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 May 2017 — After decades of intense
contact, the Russians left few footprints in Cuba. Some young people
with the names Vladimir or Natacha, or the nesting matrioshka dolls
decorating a few rooms, are the last vestiges of that
relationship. However, in recent years the links between Havana and
Moscow have… 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

The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press

The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 2 de Junio de 2017 – 11:20 CEST.

On Tuesday, May 23 journalist Irma Shelton Tase, of Cuban Television’s
daily news broadcast, spotlighted statements made by Carlos Aquino, a
member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Venezuela.
Commenting on the spread… Continue reading

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 asked them to stay “until… Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.

He filleted the chops and… Continue reading

‘Cubazuela’ and Castroism’s three-fold failure

‘Cubazuela’ and Castroism’s three-fold failure
FABIO RAFAEL FIALLO | Ginebra | 5 de Mayo de 2017 – 00:51 CEST.

Backed by Fidel Castro, and launched by Hugo Chávez, the project of
forging an alliance between the regimes of Cuba and Venezuela, dubbed
“Cubazuela” (or “Venecuba”), began amidst much fanfare. The ideological
firmness of the former and the oil-based riches of… Continue reading

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba?

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2017 — Soot covers the unpainted facades of
buildings on Tenth of October Boulevard. Old American cars from the
1950s, rebuilt with modern diesel engines and now privately operated as
taxis, transit across asphalt, leaving behind a trail of black smoke and… Continue reading

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The Venezuela of “XXI
Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a
matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the
economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the
government’s grasp, President Nicolás Maduro, in… Continue reading

Cuba and Venezuela: And God Created Them…

Cuba and Venezuela: And God Created Them… / Cubanet, René Gómez Manzano

Cubanet, René Gómez Manzano, Havana, 5 Abril 2017 — In recent days, the
absence of a true rule of law has become evident in the two countries of
“Socialism of the 21st Century,” an absence that reached the highest
levels of arbitrariness and injustice: Cuba and Venezuela. In… Continue reading

Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated

Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 12 April 2107 — Confined for more than 80
days in a punishment cell, without a single contact with the outside,
the activist Lisandra Rivera Rodríguez of the Patriotic Union of Cuba
(UNPACU) received her first family visit this Tuesday, in the Mar Verde
Women’s Prison in Santiago de… Continue reading

Cuba Controls Electronic Eavesdropping Center in Venezuela, Says Former Chavez Official

Cuba Controls Electronic Eavesdropping Center in Venezuela, Says Former
Chavez Official

Raúl Castro and Nicolás Maduro on the 22nd anniversary of the Bolivarian
Alliance of the Peoples of Our America. (@PrensaPresidencial)
14ymedio, Madrid, 5 April 2017 — Cuba controls everything that happens
in Venezuela through an electronic eavesdropping center, according to
statements made to the Spanish newspaper ABC by Gyoris… Continue reading

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

Anxiety Grows Over Cuba’s Gas Shortages

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 1 April 2017 — Rumors of a general rise
in prices have sharpened shortages at gas stations this Saturday, with
long lines of vehicles waiting their turn at service stations across the
country.

The fuel sold at preferential prices for thousands of state employees
has gone up 0.10 CUC in… Continue reading

Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed

Exclusive: Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply
crunch loomed
Reuters March 24, 2017
By Marianna Parraga and Alexandra Ulmer

HOUSTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – A gasoline shortage in OPEC member Venezuela
was exacerbated by an increase in fuel exports to foreign allies such as
Cuba and Nicaragua and an exodus of crucial personnel from state-run
energy company PDVSA, according… Continue reading

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon
February 15, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban system is well thought out, that doesn’t mean
to say that it is flawless though. It works; it holds itself up and
manages to keep afloat in spite of shortages and its lack of success.
How do they do it? In… Continue reading

In Cuba Everyone Expects Favors From Trump

In Cuba Everyone Expects Favors From Trump / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 January 2017 — Betting political capital or relying on
such an erratic guy as Donald Trump is not good business. Only the
desperate, shameless and amoral could argue that the New York magnate is
a convinced altruist or humanist.

Expecting the enraged Trump to negotiate strategies that… Continue reading

Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland

Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland
Nancy Truman, Special to National Post | January 24, 2017 3:16 PM ET
More from Special to National Post

Just weeks after Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro was laid to rest
on December 3, 2016, I found myself on the largest island in the Greater
Antilles walking the… Continue reading

Cubans who once feared Trump see him now as their last hope

Cubans who once feared Trump see him now as their last hope
BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ
fordonez@mcclatchydc.com

NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO
Sitting on a dusty curb in this Mexican city just steps from the U.S.
border, Eliannes Matos Salazar thinks back to when President Barack
Obama visited Cuba 10 months ago.

Like many Afro-Cubans, the 32-year-old shopkeeper from Guantánamo was
inspired by… Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died
last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be
expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic,
idealized love and the most scathing, caustic hatred. Gone… Continue reading

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