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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

Obama and the Cuban opposition

Obama and the Cuban opposition
DDC | Madrid | 19 de Enero de 2017 – 11:47 CET.

Both Barack Obama and the main dissidents in Cuba consulted by this
publication believe that the elimination of the dry foot/wet foot policy
will give rise to a momentous situation on the Island. At the end of his
statement, Obama justified the measure… Continue reading

The regime’s impudence

The regime’s impudence
DDC | Madrid | 18 de Enero de 2017 – 09:42 CET.

A regime like Cuba’s – which has never tired of discriminating between
nationals and foreigners, treating its own people like second-class
citizens, and imposing nationality-based policies of apartheid – now
considers it a victory to have undone the only preferential treatment
Cubans enjoyed in the… Continue reading

Cuba’s Real Estate Market Shaken With End of Privileged Emigration to the US

Cuba’s Real Estate Market Shaken With End of Privileged Emigration to
the US / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Havana, Zunilda Mata, 16 January 2017 – The sign is still
hanging from the balcony. “For Sale,” it says in big letters that can be
seen from the street. But Jorge no longer wants to auction off the
apartment on Emilia Street… Continue reading

Doctors enslaved abroad while Cuba deprived of them

Doctors enslaved abroad while Cuba deprived of them
DDC | Madrid | 16 de Enero de 2017 – 19:23 CET.

Two of the most important revenue sources for Castroism’s economic
survival are family remittances and the export of medical personnel.
Cuban doctors abroad work and live on a basis that is tantamount to
slavery, only having access to a fraction… Continue reading

When A Hope Is Lost

When A Hope Is Lost / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Desde Aqui, Reinaldo Escobar, 13 January 2017 — The end of the
wet foot/dry foot policy entails among its many consequences the loss of
hope for a great number of Cubans. Few times in our national history has
a decision taken outside the borders of the island touched the lives… Continue reading

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