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The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

The Mistakes of Raúl Castro

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 July 2017 – In his most recent
public speech before Parliament, General-President Raul Castro offered a
self-criticism about “political deviations” under which the private
sector and cooperatives are governed. “Mistakes are mistakes, and they
are mistakes… they are my mistakes in the first place, because I am a
part of… Continue reading

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 28 June 2017 — On Havana there are illegal stores for all
tastes. Pirated jeans at 20 CUC, copies of Nike shoes at 40 CUC and
imitation Swiss watches at 50 CUC. People with higher purchasing power
mark the difference. By catalog, they buy fashions, smartphones,… Continue reading

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 July 2017 — He dries his sweat
and takes a drink of water from a bottle he carries in his backpack. “In
my time the young people spent the holidays in front of the television,”
says Ignacio, the father of two teenagers. As… Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the
plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the
roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer
under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The José
Martí International Airport in… Continue reading

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García

Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th
anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of
the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the
City Museum, Tomás Estrada Palma — born in… Continue reading

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers

How Trump’s Cuba policy impacts US travelers
BY MELANIE ZANONA – 06/18/17 08:00 AM EDT 72

Americans may need to rethink their travel plans to Cuba in the wake of
President Trump’s effort to crack down on the communist regime.

The White House announced a slew of new restrictions on Friday aimed at
tightening travel and commercial ties between the… Continue reading

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel

Trump recasts Cuba policy, takes harder line than Obama on military, travel
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

In an overhaul of one of his predecessor’s signature legacies, President
Donald Trump will redraw U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday, tightening
travel restrictions for Americans that had been loosened under President
Barack Obama and banning U.S. business transactions with… Continue reading

Cuba holiday CRISIS: Britons warned to take THIS to airport or risk being refused entry

Cuba holiday CRISIS: Britons warned to take THIS to airport or risk
being refused entry

CUBA holidays have spiked in popularity this year with a British tourist
boom, but there’s one critical addition you’ll need to your trip.
By CLAUDIA CUSKELLY
PUBLISHED: 12:42, Wed, Jun 7, 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02, Wed, Jun 7, 2017

Over a third of Brits (37… Continue reading

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 treat a nervous condition that… Continue reading

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 to shore.

No more.

In… Continue reading

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution

Christians in Cuba worry about student’s alleged persecution
After trip to the U.S., Cuban pro-democracy student gets expelled
By Andrea Torres – Digital Reporter/Producer , Hatzel Vela – Reporter
Posted: 2:01 PM, May 10, 2017
Updated: 2:11 PM, May 10, 2017

HAVANA – A 20-year-old history student dared to publicly criticize the
Cuban government. He also defied them when he… Continue reading

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 April 2017 — Juana Chiroles will never
forget December 26, 2015. It was the last day she saw her son and her
two nephews. As night fell the young men told her they were going to
kill some pigs and had… Continue reading

Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons”

Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons”

14ymedio, Havana, 13 April 2017 — Karla Pérez González was not summoned
to the meeting where her future was decided. The first-year Journalism
student received a telephone call on Wednesday to notify her of her
expulsion from Marta Abreu University in Santa Clara. Her crime? Having
contacts with the Somos+ (We Are… Continue reading

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations
Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America

When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations
with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a
flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political
culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, U.S. trade
with Cuba continues… Continue reading

‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to run in the ‘elections’

‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to
run in the ‘elections’
YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 12 de Abril de 2017 – 12:10 CEST.

‘We will take the voter’s voice wherever necessary’, says José Díaz Silva.

For his anti-Government activism José Díaz Silva has received four jail
sentences totaling 16 years. He is… Continue reading

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the
streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well
known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However,
before fame came into his life, this young man born in Las Tunas was a… Continue reading

Police Arrest Activist Eliécer Ávila and Raid His Home

Police Arrest Activist Eliécer Ávila and Raid His Home

The video shows Eliecer Avila and other human rights activists at the
Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, protesting the confiscation
of Avila’s laptop when he returned to the country from abroad.
https://youtu.be/0d9qfL6qOmg

14ymedio, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Some fifty uniformed members of the
National Revolutionary Police and the Ministry… Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy /
14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential
plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016,
Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes
and sparked questions. One year after that visit,… Continue reading

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In The United States

Total Uncertainty Among Families Of Cuban ‘Rafters’ Recently Arrived In
The United States / 14ymedio, Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 16 March 2017 — A call from Cuba finally
let Yandry Perez relax. His aunt had alerted him through an interrupted
phone call from the north of Villa Clara, that for two days the
whereabouts of his mother and… Continue reading

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on a go-fast boat

Cuban families desperately seek information on relatives who arrived on
a go-fast boat
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

The call from Cuba ended with a sense of dread for Yandry Pérez.

His aunt warned him through the interrupted telephone call from Villa
Clara, in central Cuba, that the whereabouts of his mother and two
younger brothers had been unknown for… 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

Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service

Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The shake-up continues in the Cuba travel business with two U.S.
airlines announcing Monday that they planned to cancel their routes to
the island.

Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways said it had made “the difficult but
necessary” decision to suspend all its Cuba service on April 22.… Continue reading

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