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
Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano
Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of
corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its
emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its
diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic
system of each country. In Cuba it… Continue reading
Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism?
It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you
know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige
paraphrasing Mark Twain.
It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative
regarding its revolution. A receptive media… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Biotech Mission to Cuba
BETC director Kamal Rashid hopes to develop collaborations in
March 20, 2017
As the 1950s vintage cars course through city streets seemingly frozen
in time, a vibrant biopharmaceutical sector flourishes in Cuba,
supplying most of the country’s essential medicines and exporting
life-saving vaccines to developing countries.
“It was not what I expected to find,” says… Continue reading
With A Pension Of 240 Pesos, Raquel Survives Thanks To The Trash /
14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton
14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 6 March 2017 — At age
67, struck by old age and a miserable pension, Raquel, an engineer
“trained by the Revolution,” scavenges among the garbage for the
sustenance of each day. Her hands, which once… Continue reading
She’s aging in the hemisphere’s oldest nation and survives by digging
through Cuba’s trash
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN Y LUZ ESCOBAR
At 67, struggling against the challenges that come with aging and a
meager pension, Raquel, an engineer who in her own words was “formed by
the Revolution,” survives by sifting through garbage every day in search
of… Continue reading
Growing Old in Cuba: Luck or Misfortune? / Cubanet, Ana Leon
Cubanet, Ana Leon, Havana, 3 March 2017 – Jose Vargas is 85 years old
and a retired musician. He lives alone in a room in a tenement in Old
Havana, depending on a monthly check of 240 Cuban pesos (eight dollars
U.S.) and whatever help his neighbors can offer.… Continue reading
Taxi drivers: ‘Their trick, in the end, is to pit Cubans against each other’
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 15 de Febrero de 2017 – 13:53 CET.
“Now the race to get an almendrón (taxi) will be liked a marathon,”
warned writer Yani Monzón on the social networks last weekend.
Private-sector workers holding “transport operation” licenses, cab
drivers… Continue reading
How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics?
The island’s medical system is envied throughout the region and is a
major foreign revenue earner
Havana 10 FEB 2017 – 16:08 CET
Cuba’s healthcare system is a source of pride for its communist
government. The country has well-trained, capable doctors, the sector
has become an important export earner and gives… Continue reading
Did the regime pay its creditors 5.29 billion?
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 14:56 CET.
The anxiety affecting the dictator and military higher-ups in charge of
Cuba is palpable, eager to dispel their bad international reputation for
non-payment, as they yearn to attract unwary foreign investors and
receive loans so that they… Continue reading
Cuba interested in Azerbaijani investments
6 February 2017 17:31 (UTC+04:00)230
By Nigar Abbasova
Cuba is eager to see a flow of Azerbaijani investments in the Caribbean
country and ready to provide all necessary and advantageous conditions
to reach the goal.
Cuba’s Ambassador to Baku Alfredo Nieves Portuondo said that his country
is interested in Azerbaijani investments, as well as in… Continue reading
Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel
Urquiola, a biologist and doctor of science, has participated in several
research projects on Cuban biodiversity, especially related to marine
and terrestrial species. He directed an international research project
carried out between the University of Havana, the… Continue reading
2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba.
After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler
finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read
by his brother Raúl on state… Continue reading
Fidel’s best-sold myth
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET.
Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution”
constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth
that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many
that he peddled in his time… Continue reading
Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Still Under Arrest, Mother Says / 14ymedio
14ymedio, 27 November 2016 — The Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado,
known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth), remains under arrest, according to a
report from his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, to14ymedio.
Maldonado was arrested on Saturday and taken to the police unit at 51st
and 240th Streets after painting… Continue reading
Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy
BY ALFONSO CHARDY
During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily
boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare.
Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were
hollow from the start, and crumbling by the time he retired in 2008.… Continue reading
Enough With the War Games / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, Havana, 20 November 2016 —
Tiredness, in the voice of the friend who calls and asks when they are
going to mute the sirens that have been going off since morning.
Exhaustion, in the neighbor who couldn’t get home in time after work
because traffic was… Continue reading
A Hot Souvenir From Cuba for Some Americans: Cancer Vaccine
By SALLY H. JACOBS NOV. 14, 2016
Zuby Malik is an unlikely candidate to violate international law. A
78-year-old mother of four with a crown of silver hair, she is a retired
obstetrician-gynecologist with a penchant for order.
But Dr. Malik is fighting for her life. After receiving a Stage… Continue reading