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Cuba starving for children – and here’s why

Cuba starving for children – and here’s why
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

If Cuba is to emerge into a vital and productive nation, it must first
begin to encourage families. That’s the advice of one of the leading
experts on the international pro-life movement.

Dr. Joseph Meaney, a spokesman for Human Life International, is well
versed… Continue reading

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in
public for a year

Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year,
Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election
has cast a shadow over the nascent US-Cuba detente. Unnerved by the… Continue reading

The Enigmatic Closing Of Plaza Carlos III Causes Discomfort

The Enigmatic Closing Of Plaza Carlos III Causes Discomfort

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 March 2017 – It is almost noon on
Sunday and a young couple, with their two young children in their arms,
stops frustrated in front of the closed gate of the Plaza Carlos III
Shopping Center. For a moment they are confused, they consult the clock… Continue reading

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

Cuba Holds World Record For Visa Applications Rejected By The United States

14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 25 March 2017 – Maria,
59, has a daughter in Miami she hasn’t seen for six years. Her visa
applications have been denied three times and she promised herself that
she would never “step foot in” the US consulate in Havana again.

Cuba… Continue reading

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST.

The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the
US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple
mental exercise: imagine that Washington banned travel, remittances and… 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

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger

HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny
Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi.

We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English
and even willing to answer a… Continue reading

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba

From revolution to Raul: A brief history of Cuba
Friday
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at 2:58 PM
Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 9:54 PM

1959 – After years of fighting, Fidel Castro succeeds in overthrowing
the authoritarian government of Fulgencio Batista. Castro launches a
series of reforms, including the nationalization of private property and
business and improvements to health, education… Continue reading

El éxito de un negocio garantiza el éxito del negocio vecino

“El éxito de un negocio garantiza el éxito del negocio vecino”
Entrevista a Gilberto ‘Papito’ Valladares, líder del proyecto habanero
Artecorte elogiado por Barack Obama en su visita a Cuba
TED HENKEN, La Habana | Marzo 24, 2017

Casi exactamente un año atrás, el 22 de marzo de 2016, durante su
histórica visita a Cuba, el presidente Barack Obama celebró… Continue reading

El dilema de Airbnb

El dilema de Airbnb
BERNADETTE PARDO

En la Inglaterra del siglo XVII surgió el concepto de que “la casa de un
hombre es su castillo” y que por ende el que manda allí es él, o ella.
En Estados Unidos el derecho a la propiedad privada está enérgicamente
protegido por la ley y para muchos el sueño americano consiste en… Continue reading

PostCastro Cuba isn’t that different from before

Post-Fidel-Castro Cuba isn’t that different from before
Deepa Fernandes, PRI’s The World

For years, opponents of Cuba’s socialist revolution pegged the system’s
downfall to the inevitable death of its leader, Fidel Castro. Yet,
months after Castro’s death, there have been no major protests on the
streets of Havana, no popular uprising against the ruling Communist Party.

As Gladys Esther Marta… Continue reading

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes
March 23, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo
because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth
Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any
diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population.

However, fuel shortages haven’t affected… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional

As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional
Tiny pensions must be supplemented by whatever work is available
Mar 23rd 2017 | HAVANA

NORBERTO MESA, a 66-year-old grandfather, stands in the hot sun 11 hours
a day, six days a week, guiding cars in and out of the parking spaces in
front of a bustling farm stand. The 4,000 Cuban… Continue reading

GAESA Traps the ‘Wonder City’ in its Tentacles

GAESA Traps the ‘Wonder City’ in its Tentacles
PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 24 de Marzo de 2017 – 10:51 CET.

Parodying Eusebio Leal Spengler’s TV show, I resolve to “walk Havana” to
verify that at the intersection of the streets Zulueta and Teniente Rey
workers of the Unión de Construcciones Militares (UCM) and the French
construction… Continue reading

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
Carlos BATISTA
AFP March 22, 2017

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Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and
shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts
Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret.

Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist
island’s Cold War-era… Continue reading

Cuba official – Mich. could be trade partner, investor

Cuba official: Mich. could be trade partner, investor
Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News 3:17 p.m. ET March 21, 2017

Detroit — Michigan and Cuba could be great business partners, Cuba’s
ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday.

“I think (like Cuba,) your main asset here is the people,” José Ramón
Cabañas Rodríguez said after his keynote address to the Detroit… Continue reading

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations

Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better U.S. relations
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:28 P.M.
By Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – A rare poll of Cuban public opinion has found that most of
the island’s citizens approve of normal relations with the United States
and large majorities want more tourists to visit and the expansion… Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda”
by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT

On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a
palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band
playing Cuban folk songs — and eating notoriously difficult-to-procure… Continue reading

Congratulations To Cuban Socialists – 95% Of Cubans Want Economic Growth, 13% Think They Have It

Congratulations To Cuban Socialists – 95% Of Cubans Want Economic
Growth, 13% Think They Have It
Tim Worstall , CONTRIBUTOR
I have opinions about economics, finance and public policy.

Other than the very few remaining deluded lefties out there there’s no
one who thinks that the Cuban government has done a good job these past
6 decades so this finding… Continue reading

The future of Cuba is capitalism

The future of Cuba is capitalism
By Nicolas Briscoe | 03/20/2017 7:42pm

The greatest blessing of my life has been my Cuban heritage. The warmth,
love and fun that accompany every aspect of Cuban family and culture are
incomparable forces for good in my life. In my hometown of Miami, there
is a neighborhood referred to as “Little Havana,” named… Continue reading

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am
By David Bordewyk

Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner
Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and
she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her cheerful
greeting helps everyone shake… Continue reading

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?
March 20, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is
founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight
injustice, anywhere! If those who rule the country and decide for the
rest of us what will happen to the economy and society… Continue reading

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