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Human trafficking focus of Cuba, Cayman Islands talks

Human trafficking focus of Cuba, Cayman Islands talks
By Kayla Young -April 24, 2017

Cuban officials and the Cayman Islands government met in bilateral talks
last week to discuss migration between the two island nations.

The meetings on April 20 and 21 in Havana focused on controlling illegal
migration and human trafficking, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations
reported. Talks also… Continue reading

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

A Small Cuban Town Lives With The Anguish Of The Disappearance Of 13 Rafters

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 April 2017 — Juana Chiroles will never
forget December 26, 2015. It was the last day she saw her son and her
two nephews. As night fell the young men told her they were going to
kill some pigs and had… Continue reading

The Student Body Will Never Accept The Counterrevolution

“The Student Body Will Never Accept The Counterrevolution”

14ymedio, Havana, 15 April 2017 — A statement signed by the Council of
the University Student Federation (FEU) of ‘Marta Abreu’ Central
University of Las Villas ratified the expulsion of student Karla Pérez
González from the journalism department. “The university students will
never accept the counterrevolution within our universities,” says the
text… 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

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the
streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well
known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However,
before fame came into his life, this young man born in Las Tunas was a… Continue reading

Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico border city may be granted political asylum

Cuban migrants stranded in Mexico border city may be granted political
asylum
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Mexico will allow U.S.-bound Cuban migrants who got stranded in the
border city of Nuevo Laredo following the end of the “wet foot, dry
foot” policy to apply for political asylum and legalize their status in
the nation, the mayor of that city… Continue reading

Cuban Evangelicals Denounce Complacent Article By Associated Press

Cuban Evangelicals Denounce Complacent Article By Associated Press

14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 31 March 2017 – A report
published by the Associated Press published last Monday, under the title
“Far From the Dark Past, Evangelicals Growing in Cuba,” upset
evangelical pastors with its open defense of the Cuban regime to the
detriment of religious freedom.

The author, Andrea… Continue reading

Free market Cubans make their case

Free market Cubans make their case
YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 3 de Abril de 2017 – 19:01 CEST.

Until 2003 Fernando Palacio oversaw the Intensive System for Medical
Emergencies (SIUM), a very prominent position in one of the sectors most
tightly controlled by the Government. Today he is the National
Coordinator of the opposition group Partido Solidaridad… Continue reading

Florida lawmakers ask Trump administration to revoke Havana Club trademark license

Florida lawmakers ask Trump administration to revoke Havana Club
trademark license
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

A bipartisan Florida Congressional delegation is asking the Trump
administration to revoke a license granted to a Cuban company to
register the Havana Club rum trademark in the United States as part of a
Cuba policy review now under way.

The 25 House representatives,… 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

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions
March 27, 2017 7:47 AM

HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — Fidel Castro’s government punished Rev. Juan
Francisco Naranjo and sent him to two years of work camp for preaching
in Cuba where atheism was law. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost
abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to attend services.

Naranjo died in… Continue reading

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers
March 22, 2017
By Alexander Londres

HAVANA TIMES — Everything begins with an order “from above”. Then the
paperwork comes down and nighttime preparations. The following day, from
the crack of dawn, the commotion, chaos, crowds… This isn’t an
undercover operation; there’s a sale.

Every once in a while, because of policies which… Continue reading

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government
prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from
traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an
alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the
authorities accuse her of having thrown “papers in the… Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda”
by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT

On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a
palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band
playing Cuban folk songs — and eating notoriously difficult-to-procure… 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

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail
A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected
to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story
Stephen Gibbs
Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT

If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana… Continue reading

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful
forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in
the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time?

Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the western bank and at the… Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the
Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy.
This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants,
especially those born with the compound surnames Castro Soto del Valle… Continue reading

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized / 14ymedio, Miriam
Celaya

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2017 — On one of the side
walls, inside a small newspaper stand on Avenida 26, in Nuevo Vedado
(Havana), an unusual sign announces: “This stand became private property.”

The event is unique. The elderly self-employed man behind the counter is… Continue reading

Travelling to Cuba this year? Swap your hotel for a homestay

Travelling to Cuba this year? Swap your hotel for a homestay
Nicola Trup
Evening Standard March 3, 2017

There’s a cowboy waiting outside my room. Kitted out in a checked shirt,
jeans and a Stetson, he introduces himself as Miguel, and soon we’re
clip-clopping away in a horse-drawn cart.

Trinidad, in southern Cuba, is more than just a photogenic,
Unesco-listed… Continue reading

Report – Cuba has kept drug trafficking, consumption in check

Report: Cuba has kept drug trafficking, consumption in check
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Although Cuba sits in close proximity to Caribbean drug lanes and the
U.S. market, the U.S. State Department’s annual narcotics control report
found that it’s not a major consumer, producer or transit point for
illegal narcotics, and drug consumption on the island remains low.

The report to… Continue reading

Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss

Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month
of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak.
Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery
program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical Party Guidelines has
been demonstrated… Continue reading

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