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Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to
accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the
presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where
Marino Murillo reappeared, vice-president of the Council of… Continue reading

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García

Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand
Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd,
next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and
insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers
in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive… Continue reading

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different
MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is
experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters
were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders.
It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of
the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith… Continue reading

The Dangers of Hatred

The Dangers of Hatred / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Norma Whiting, West Palm Beach, U.S., 29 April 2017 – The news,
later refuted, of a supposed Cuban flag burning in recent days by
Venezuelan demonstrators who oppose the government of Nicolás Maduro
provoked diverse reactions on social networks and some Cuban websites.
Many Cubans, mostly residing overseas, immediately expressed their
indignation… Continue reading

What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell?

What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 1 de Mayo de 2017 – 09:38 CEST.

There are probably not many Cubans who are aware of the economic and
social tsunami that the fall of the military regime in Venezuela could
unleash upon them. They can’t be. Reading Granma, Juventud Rebelde, and
Trabajadores,… Continue reading

The King, The President and The Dictator

The King, The President and The Dictator

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the
Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was
prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never
sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s King Felipe VI visit
may… Continue reading

Theft and Subsidies, Not Exports

Theft and Subsidies, Not Exports
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 24 de Abril de 2017 – 17:00 CEST.

Once gain former Economy minister José Luis Rodríguez has attempted to
pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. Apparently the Castro dictatorship
has called on him to do its dirty work and cook the books to present a
more favorable picture… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process
with Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Sixteen retired senior military officers are asking the Trump
administration to continue the process of normalization with Cuba for
the sake of U.S. national security and stability in the region.

“The location of Cuba in the Caribbean and proximity to the US make it… Continue reading

Estrategias del gobierno cubano en el enfrentamiento al lavado de dinero, los capitales ilícitos, el terrorismo y la proliferación de armas

Estrategias del gobierno cubano en el enfrentamiento al lavado de
dinero, los capitales ilícitos, el terrorismo y la proliferación de armas
18 Abril, 2017 9:25 pm por René López Benítez

La Lisa, La Habana, René López, (PD) El Consejo de Estado, mediante el
Decreto-Ley No. 317, dispuso la “Estrategia de Prevención y Detección de
Operaciones en el enfrentamiento al Lavado… 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

Cuba and Venezuela: And God Created Them…

Cuba and Venezuela: And God Created Them… / Cubanet, René Gómez Manzano

Cubanet, René Gómez Manzano, Havana, 5 Abril 2017 — In recent days, the
absence of a true rule of law has become evident in the two countries of
“Socialism of the 21st Century,” an absence that reached the highest
levels of arbitrariness and injustice: Cuba and Venezuela. In… Continue reading

Depression, the “Silent Epidemic” Also Attacks in Cuba

Depression, the “Silent Epidemic” Also Attacks in Cuba
April 3, 2017
By Pilar Montes

HAVANA TIMES — A recent medical event in Havana and particular
indicators I picked up on in TV programs and social projects, stirred my
curiosity about the impact of depression in Cuba.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO),
depression affects 322 million people… Continue reading

Cuba’s elderly adrift on the streets

Cuba’s elderly adrift on the streets
By: Mario J. Penton and Luz Escobar
Posted: 04/2/2017 4:00 AM
Miami Herald/Tribune News Service

HAVANA — At 67, struggling against the challenges that come with aging
and a meagre pension, Raquel — an engineer who in her own words was
“formed by the Revolution” — survives by sifting through garbage every
day in… Continue reading

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism”

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism” / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 March 2017 – An opinion piece
published in recent days by El Nuevo Herald gives me a disturbing
feeling of déjà vu. It is not the subject – overflowing with a number of
articles by different authors – but its focal point, which presents as
adequate a… Continue reading

Qué cambios trajo a Cuba la reanudación de las relaciones con EEUU?

¿Qué cambios trajo a Cuba la reanudación de las relaciones con EEUU?
Danilo Maldonado Machado “El Sexto” , artista y activista por los
derechos humanos en Cuba, expone cuál es la situación actual de los
derechos humanos en la isla, en el primer aniversario de la visita de Obama
POR: MARIA ORTIZ
29 MARZO 2017

El artista y activista por… 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

Cardenal Ortega confirma que hijo de Raúl Castro encabezó negociación con EEUU

Cardenal Ortega confirma que hijo de Raúl Castro encabezó negociación
con EEUU

El purpurado cubano fue emisario en 2014 del triángulo de negociaciones
secretas Cuba-EE.UU-Vaticano, pero ahora publica parte de sus memorias
donde confirma que fue el delfín Alejandro Castro quien representó a
Cuba en esas conversaciones.
Mientras continúa la cuenta regresiva para que Raúl Castro se retire del
poder… Continue reading

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio,
Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about
adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of
resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state
employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, bringing them into
the stores… Continue reading

‘A partir de ahora no tienes nombre’ – ser prisionero en Villa Marista

‘A partir de ahora no tienes nombre’: ser prisionero en Villa Marista
Este jueves será lanzado a la venta el testimonio del inglés Stephen Purvis
Lunes, marzo 20, 2017 | CubaNet

MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- El testimonio del arquitecto inglés Stephen
Purvis que será lanzado a la venta el próximo 23 de marzo cuenta cómo
este hombre que llegó a Cuba… Continue reading

Stephen Purvis o la vida de un extranjero en Cuba… hasta que la Seguridad toca a la puerta

Stephen Purvis o la vida de un extranjero en Cuba… hasta que la
Seguridad toca a la puerta
marzo 19, 2017

El hogar de Purvis era una villa hermosa de los años 50, pronto llena
con sus cuatro niños. Los sábados los pasaba en la piscina de un club en
la playa. Pero el poderoso título de sus memorias, Close… Continue reading

Tras las rejas en Cuba

Tras las rejas en Cuba
Por Rafa -19 Marzo, 2017

Las desgracias de un ‘capitalista’ aprovechador que quiso hacer negocios
en la isla de los Castro y le salió el tiro por la culata.

El hogar de Purvis era una villa hermosa de los años 50, pronto llena
con sus cuatro niños. Los sábados los pasaba en la piscina de… Continue reading

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