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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

Biotech Mission to Cuba

Biotech Mission to Cuba
BETC director Kamal Rashid hopes to develop collaborations in
biomanufacturing
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

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

She’s aging in the hemisphere’s oldest nation and survives by digging
through Cuba’s trash
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN Y LUZ ESCOBAR
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

HAVANA
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?

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’

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?

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?

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

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)

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

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

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

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

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

Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy
BY ALFONSO CHARDY
achardy@MiamiHerald.com

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

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

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

Havana Wakes up ‘Olive-Green’ for a Military Parade Rehearsal

Havana Wakes up ‘Olive-Green’ for a Military Parade Rehearsal /14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 12 November 2016 — From the early hours of the morning
this Saturday frenetic activity it has taken possession of Rancho
Boyeros Avenue, near the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana. Hundreds of
buses, with thousands of soldiers, arrived for the rehearsal of the
military parade which, this… Continue reading

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who went on a hunger strike to protest the lack of medicine for his sister, talks about the irregularities affecting cancer patients

Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, who went on a hunger strike to protest the lack of
medicine for his sister, talks about the irregularities affecting cancer
patients
BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 12 de Noviembre de 2016 – 09:47 CET.

The story of the siblings Omara and Ariel Ruiz Urquiola is a moving one.
For the 4 ½ days the… Continue reading

The Informal Market Compensates for the Lack of Medicines

The Informal Market Compensates for the Lack of Medicines / 14ymedio,
Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 7 November 2016 – “There is no headache
that can resist this Bayer aspirin,” says Vicky, a seller of imported
medicines who offers vitamins, sedatives, flu remedies and ointments.
The shortages in state pharmacies fuel illegal trade in medicines in
Cuba, many of… Continue reading

The Portfolio Of The Arrogant Beggar

The Portfolio Of The Arrogant Beggar / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 7 November 2016 – The appearance of
unusual proposals such as ostrich farming, the production of quail eggs,
or the tanning of exotic hides, along with the timid introduction of a
banking sector, are some of the most significant novelties in the
Portfolio of Opportunities for… Continue reading

Searching for Cuba’s Pre-Colombian Roots

Searching for Cuba’s Pre-Colombian Roots
A newfound quest for identity has led some to reclaim their Taíno Indian
heritage
By Hillary Gulley
SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS QUARTERLY

Roberto Ordúñez Fernández first began unearthing artifacts in and around
Cuba’s eastern tip more than 40 years ago, at the age of 17. He hasn’t
stopped since. Ask anyone in the small city of Baracoa… Continue reading

Cuba.com site for sale for $4.5 million

Cuba.com site for sale for $4.5 million
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

For sale: www.cuba.com.

The price? $4.5 million.

The domain is selling for $4.5 million in cash, but the purchase can be
financed for five years with an initial payment of $2 million.

This sale was announced by VIP Brokerage.

“This special digital asset has enormous growth and revenue potential in
the… Continue reading

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