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Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 18 May 2017—A neighbor of mine in
Arroyo Naranjo recently had to ask an old friend of his who lives Miami
to help him obtain some amitriptyline. A psychiatrist had recommended
this medication for my neighbor’s wife to treat a nervous condition that… Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the
government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic
opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political
transition.

Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested
dissidents who want to run in the… Continue reading

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?
May 13, 2017 9:56 AM PDT

I’ve been covering Cuban streetnets (local area networks with
independent users that are not connected to the Internet) for some time.
Reader Doug Madory told me about Gaspar Social, a new streetnet in
Gaspar, a small town in central Cuba. Gaspar Social opened to… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking
through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old
civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk
only to later write a critical analysis on the… Continue reading

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network
Alexandre GROSBOIS
AFP May 9, 2017

Gaspar (Cuba) (AFP) – On a traffic island in a country town, young
Cubans are doing what most of their compatriots cannot: surfing an
online social network.

In one of the least wired countries on Earth, Gaspar, population 7,500,
is one of the most connected towns of… Continue reading

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba?

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2017 — Soot covers the unpainted facades of
buildings on Tenth of October Boulevard. Old American cars from the
1950s, rebuilt with modern diesel engines and now privately operated as
taxis, transit across asphalt, leaving behind a trail of black smoke and… Continue reading

Neither CUPs nor CUCs, It’s Bucks That Reign in Cuba

Neither CUPs nor CUCs, It’s Bucks That Reign in Cuba

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 3 May 2017 — The guard looks at him and
dismisses him as an undercover cop. “Are you coming to change dollars?
I’ll pay you at 90 cents,” he tells the customer while turning his back
on the security camera at the Currency Exchange (Cadeca). At… Continue reading

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba
April 29, 2017
Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — “Natural Selection” is a documentary which shows, in only
eleven minutes and a succession of visual cuts, the current landscape
for stray animals in Cuba.

Filmed in May 2016, it was officially shown on April 7th this year at
the Cine Chaplin, during Havana’s… Continue reading

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

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