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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

Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central Havana

Several Residents Refuse To Leave A Building In Ruins In Central Havana

Mariagne Durán resides in the seventh floor of the Central Havana
building affected by the collapse and refuses to evacuate. (14ymedio)
Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 18 April 2017 — Mariagne Durán, a mother
of two children who lives in the Serrá Building in Central Havana where
the stairs… Continue reading

Over 100 People Trapped in Collapsed Building in Havana

Over 100 People Trapped in Collapsed Building in Havana

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 18 April 2017 — About 120
people are trapped in a Central Havana building after the interior
stairs to the apartments collapsed this morning.

The property, located on Amistad and San Miguel Streets has been in
danger of collapse for years due to lack of maintenance.… Continue reading

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To
Retire

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, 4 April 2017 — There was a time when its red
card was a source of pride and most teenagers dreamed of entering its
ranks. But those days have been left behind for the Young Communists
Union (UJC), an organization that turns 55… Continue reading

Sagua La Grande, The Village Where A Glass Of Water Is A Miracle

Sagua La Grande, The Village Where A Glass Of Water Is A Miracle

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 30 March 2017 — Through the streets of
Sagua la Grande, in the province of Villa Clara, people walk around with
bottles, buckets and every kind of receptacle. This month’s break in the
turbine that supplies the city’s water has forced its inhabitants… Continue reading

All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection

“All You Can Catch in the Almendares River is a Good Infection”

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 28 March 2017 — The stench
fills the air and permeates the clothes of El Fanguito residents near
the Almendares River. Those who live there carry that stink everywhere,
it gets into your nose and into your pores. The main river flowing
through… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García

Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the
need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow
passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or
bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared
where a dozen families reside, living on… Continue reading

The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba

The Nomads Of The Commerce Travel The Towns Of Cuba / 14ymedio, Bertha
Guillen

14ymedio, Bertha K. Guillen, Candelaria, Cuba, 13 March 2017 — Apples,
disposable diapers and fried foods are some of the products on display
on the stands of the traveling fairs that make the rounds of Cuban
towns. Nomadic caravans that recall the circuses of the olden… Continue reading

New Maternity Legislation in Cuba Ignores Fathers

New Maternity Legislation in Cuba Ignores Fathers
By Ivet González

This article is part of special IPS coverage on the occasion of
International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8.

HAVANA, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) – A new set of regulations to strengthen the
maternity rights of working women and encourage people to have children
in Cuba were seen as a positive… Continue reading

How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana

How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures
of Havana
By Michael Mewshaw March 3

Michael Mewshaw is writing a memoir about his friendship with Pat Conroy.

A happy hybrid, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” invokes the Cuban
capital as an occasion to discuss the country’s history, politics, food,
architecture, music, religion and passion for baseball. No author is… Continue reading

It’s only a drill Guantánamo rehearses Caribbean migrant crisis

It’s only a drill: Guantánamo rehearses Caribbean migrant crisis

Hundreds of U.S. forces are rehearsing a migrant crisis this week at the
U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a massive multimillion dollar
drill that envisions the United States capturing huge numbers of people
in the Caribbean bound for the United States — and how the military,
State Department and… Continue reading

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power

The Countdown Begins For Raul Castro’s Departure From Power / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 24 February 2017 — On February 24 of next year Raul
Castro must leave the presidency of Cuba if he is to fulfill the
promise he has made several times. His announced departure from power is
looked on with suspicion by some and seen as an inescapable… 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

Birthrate Is Not Just a Matter of Resources

Birthrate Is Not Just a Matter of Resources / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 15 February 2017 — Concerned about
low birthrates, this month the Government has launched a campaign
focused on fertility and a package of measures to stimulate births of
two or more children per woman.

Since 1978 fertility rates have declined throughout the Island, dropping… Continue reading

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 10 February 2017 — Seven years ago, when the roar of the
winds of a hurricane devastated Havana and the water filtered through
the unglazed living room door of Lisvan, a private worker living in an
apartment of blackened walls which urgently needed comprehensive
repairs, his housing conditions did… Continue reading

The Cuban hustle – Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay

The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for
meager pay
By ROB WATERS
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his
father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and
ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at Cuba’s premier
cardiovascular hospital, performed… Continue reading

Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA

Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA /
Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 2 February 2017 — On July 30, 2016 the new military
management that officially took over the Cuban tourism company
Habaguanex and other business entities that had belonged to the Office
of the Historian of the City of Havana is planning to satisfy… 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

Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’

Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’ / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 31 January 2017 – With an
indigenous name and sands full of memories, Guanabo is the beach east of
Havana that in recent months has experienced a quiet
transformation. Many repatriated Cubans, foreign residents on the
island, and local entrepreneurs have bought homes just a few… Continue reading

Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market

Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden
from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of
being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in
first.
By David Whitford

The Friday before Halloween, Josh Weinstein was set… Continue reading

Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US?

Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US? / 14ymedio, Pedro
Campos

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 28 January 2017 — Guided by the current
political-military leadership, the Cuban economy could be heading
“without pause, but without haste*” towards virtual annexation to the
United States.

There would be no Platt Amendment, nor Marines landing on any Cuban
beach, no any… Continue reading

We are very afraid

We are very afraid / Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin and Rudy Cabrera

Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin and Rudy Cabrera, Havana, 23 January
2017 – In 2014, Cuban doctor Nelson Cabrera Quinta, his wife and two
teenage children were declared illegal occupants of his home located at
No. 1705 – 200th Street in the Havana neighborhood of Siboney. The… Continue reading

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