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The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny

The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 26 June 2017 — Another legal trial is threatening the
invulnerability of the Ministry of Culture. This time the prosecutorial
gaze is focused on officials at the National Council of the Performing
Arts (CNAE) while overlooking the culpability of Cuban leaders who, were
they… Continue reading

Annexationism among Cubans

Annexationism among Cubans
HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 29 de Junio de 2017 – 00:20 CEST.

A group of Cuban intellectuals gather at Cuban TV’s Round Table (a
misnomer) to analyze (once again) Donald Trump’s alteration of America’s
policies towards the Cuban Government. They insist on accusing US
leadership of harboring annexationist intentions, albeit only cultural
—the preferred… Continue reading

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on
the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human
tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares
enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were
repeated in Havana’s Plaza of… Continue reading

Between the Official Utopia and Generational Realism

Between the Official Utopia and Generational Realism / Cubanet, Miriam
Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 June 2017. – A characteristic feature
of ineffective and outdated political regimes is the constant appeal to
the historical past as a mechanism for legitimizing the present, and as
a resource for survival. In the case of Cuba, this principle has been
the rector… Continue reading

We Have Survived

We Have Survived

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2017 — Three years ago this
digital daily was just a dream, a project on paper and a desire in the
heads of several colleagues. On that 21 May 2014, the mirage took shape
on the first cover of a site that robs us of our nights, brings us
frequent moments… Continue reading

Happiness

Happiness / Somos+

Somos+, Roberto Camba, 21 March 2017 — The United Nations has just
launched the 2017 World Happiness Report, coinciding with the World
Happiness Day on March 20th. From its first publication in 2012, the
world has come to understand more and more that happiness has to be used
as the correct measure with regards to social progress… Continue reading

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode?

Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret
in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army
general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018.

I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to the
tight-lipped team of advisers… Continue reading

The Secrets of Secretismo

The Secrets of Secretismo

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 16 April 2017 — The term secretismo
(secretiveness), to refer to the absence or delay of certain information
of public interest in the Cuban official media, began to be used first
among critics of the system, until it came to appear in the speeches of
the highest officials of the government.

The list… Continue reading

A diver with a stack of degrees under his mattress

A diver with a stack of degrees under his mattress
FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 7 de Abril de 2017 – 23:20 CEST.

Joaquín Vázquez is one of the many parents whose best-laid plans for the
future fell apart. Under the mattress of his room he stores several
diplomas from studies he undertook to achieve a broad education. He… 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

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

Enslaved Doctors

Enslaved Doctors
ANTONIO JOSÉ PONTE | Madrid | 7 de Marzo de 2017 – 14:48 CET.

They say that they fulfill their mission when they serve in countries
that have signed agreements with the Cuban regime. “Mission.” It is a
term that supposes a zeal to spread the faith, and entails a set of
diplomatic shenanigans. And, indeed, there is… Continue reading

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’ – The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot

The Crisis Of The ‘Boteros’: The First Bean To Burst Into The Pot /
14ymedio, Pedro Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 17 February 2017 – The ending of the
United States’ Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot policy – that allowed Cubans who
touched American soil to stay – crushed the hopes of many Cubans of
being able to achieve the American dream, that is… Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are
deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible
realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure
development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom
succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently
in their reports they describe a Latin America and its inhabitants
encased in… Continue reading

I Did Not Enter This House Through The Window

“I Did Not Enter This House Through The Window” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

Every night when Bisaida Azahares Correa goes to bed and looks at the
ceiling, she is afraid that when the sun comes up she will have leave
the house where she lives with her two children. This dwelling in the
Siboney neighborhood is her only chance of… 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

Leaving Cuba But Stranded on Another Island

Leaving Cuba But Stranded on Another Island / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Miami, 25 January 2017 — They left Cuba before
January 12 and are now stranded on the island of Trinidad and Tobago,
northeast of Venezuela. They arrived with the advantage of not needing a
visa, but they have lost hope of reaching the borders of the… Continue reading

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on
the island say
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

When Washington put an end to a preferential immigration policy for
Cuban migrants nearly two weeks ago, the official reasoning behind the
move was to stem the flow of an increasing exodus and prompt democratic
changes on the island.

Many… Continue reading

Cuban emigration – causes and incentives

Cuban emigration: causes and incentives
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 24 de Enero de 2017 – 10:40 CET.

From the 16th century until the first half of the 20th Cuba was a
country of immigrants. In spite of the close relationship with the
United States, in 1959 the number of Cubans in the latter country did
not exceed 125,000.… Continue reading

Cuba at a Crossroads

Cuba at a Crossroads
Analysis JANUARY 22, 2017 | 14:00 GMT
By Mark Fleming-Williams

It’s been more than a month since the death of Cuban leader Fidel
Castro, and the mood in Cuba is somber. Messages of remembrance are
daubed on walls, and banners reading “Hasta Siempre, Comandante” hang in
the streets. Official New Year’s celebrations in Havana — celebrations… Continue reading

Cuban doctors get a new shot at emigration — if applications were submitted prior to cutoff

Cuban doctors get a new shot at emigration — if applications were
submitted prior to cutoff
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Hundreds of Cuban medical professionals waiting in third countries for
permission to emigrate to the United States got a reprieve Thursday with
a new announcement by the Obama administration: paperwork submitted
prior to the official end of the Cuban… Continue reading

Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet

Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The announcement of
the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which gave Cuban immigrants
the special privilege of remaining in the US without being deported,
just by touching American soil, ended Thursday, 12 January 2017, like a
cold drizzle… Continue reading

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