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The Fidel Castro Fair

The Fidel Castro Fair / Iván García

Iván García , 21 February 2017 — The wood charcoal embers are slowly
browning half a dozen kebabs with vegetables, pineapples and pieces of
pork, while, on a shelf, the flies are hovering around the steamed corn
cobs.

From very early in the morning, Jesús, a chubby mulatto with calloused
hands, gets on… Continue reading

Police Forces Raid Headquarters of ‘Captain Tondique’ Project in Matanzas

Police Forces Raid Headquarters of ‘Captain Tondique’ Project in Matanzas

14ymedio, Havana, 21 April 2017 — The headquarters of the Captain
Tondique project in the municipality Matancero de Colón, was raided
Friday by combined Police and State Security forces, according to a
report received by this newspaper from Yelena Marrero Burunate, daughter
of Caridad Burunate, the activist who owns the… Continue reading

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority / Iván García

Iván García, 19 April 2017 — When evening falls, Yainier and a group of
friends who live in El Canal, a neighborhood in the Cerro municipality,
20 minutes by car from the center of Havana, grab a table by the door of
an old bodega, and between swigs of rum… 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

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

The provinces at greatest risk for fire are Guantanamo, Pinar del Rio,
Matanzas, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Isla de la Juventud. (EFE)
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2017 – When the wind blows, the
odor of burning overwhelms the town of El Guay, in the municipality of… Continue reading

The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’

The Treatment Of ‘White Coats’

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 11 April 2017 – The treatment of blacks
and the market in slaves brought from Africa developed by the European
colonists has clearly been established as a crime against humanity
before all contemporary civilized beings without the slightest doubt. It
was a practice that “sold” human beings as if they were… Continue reading

Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love

“Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love”

The damages to educational quality caused by the lack of preparation of
the “emerging teachers” remain to be measured. (Telesur)
14ymedio, Caridad Cruz/Mario Penton, Cienfuegos/Miami, 17 April 2017 –
teaching children cursive writing and educating them is much more than a
job for Adrian, an elementary… Continue reading

Advertising On Wheels Arrives In Havana

Advertising On Wheels Arrives In Havana

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 14 April 2017 — The vehicle belonging to
El Biky cooperative is adorned with the images of its products and the
smiling faces of some of its employees. The food center, located at the
corner of Infanta and San Lázaro, is looking to conquer new new
customers for its cafe,… Continue reading

SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA

SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA
BYDANIELLE ZIRI APRIL 16, 2017 07:20
Cuban Jews face challenges with hope.

HAVANA, CUBA – On a quiet, tree-lined street of Havana’s Vedado, a
residential neighborhood just steps away from the sea, one may come
across a simple yet striking construction.

A dozen yellow-brownish marble steps lead to a large… Continue reading

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed
the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman
as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold”
of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the
island, due to the high level of consumption around the world.… Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

In the twilight of the Castros
By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Cuba

THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent
Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride”
for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way
toward a club that stages drag shows and… Continue reading

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 11 April 2017 — The milk boils on
the rustic stove while on the table the cream is churned to make
butter. The whole family revolves around the modest production of
artisan cheese, a product targeted by the police and appealing to customers.

Roberto leaves the… Continue reading

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

Cuban-American Relations in 2017
BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany,
director of the Cuban Research Institute.

Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba
built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded
to Cuba’s communist ideology… 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 Searches for its “Lost” Money

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money
April 11, 2017
By Eileen Sosin Martinez* (Progreso Semanal)

HAVANA TIMES — In my neighborhood, the story about Juan the butcher, who
took a detour with a truck full of minced meat, sold it and then left
the country, is famous. “It’s a good thing he left,” a neighbor warns,
“because if he was… 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

Cynicism to disguise defeat

Cynicism to disguise defeat
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST.

Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one
who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and
dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval.

Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed by the Castro
brothers. But… Continue reading

Tips from a traveler to Cuba

Tips from a traveler to Cuba
By Amelia Rayno APRIL 7, 2017 — 1:45PM
AMELIA RAYNO

During a solo people-to-people tour of Cuba, I learned some important
things through trial and error. Here are some important tips I wish I’d
known before I went:

• Bring more cash than you think you need; prices across the country
wildly vary and… 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

Cuba invites first U.N. rights investigator in a decade

Cuba invites first U.N. rights investigator in a decade
Reuters April 6, 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) – Cuba has agreed to a visit by a United Nations human
rights investigator for the first time in decade, inviting an expert on
human trafficking this month, a U.N. statement said on Thursday.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in
persons, especially… Continue reading

Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade

Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The first independent United Nations human rights expert to visit Cuba
in a decade will travel to the island next week.

U.N. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, a member of the
United Nation’s Human Rights Council and special rapporteur on… Continue reading

State Security Doctors Constantly Mistreated Us

“State Security Doctors Constantly Mistreated Us”

14ymedio, Havana, 4 April 2017 — Maydolys Leyva can breath easy for the
first time since last March 7. Her three children have abandoned their
hunger strike after being released on parole. This Monday, their mother
prepared a meal of mild creamed vegetables, root vegetables and meat for
her daughter Anairis and son Fidel… Continue reading

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