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Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested

Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful
entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161,
between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C,
in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8.

The reasons are not clear.… Continue reading

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

14ymedio, Havana, 10 July 2017 – The driver of a private taxi was
arrested after being accused of racial discrimination by Yanay Aguirre
Calderín, according to a report Monday in the weekly paper Trabajadores
(Workers). The event has generated numerous articles in the official
press which is making an example… Continue reading

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to
escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that,
according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista,
reflect the prevailing system on the island. From a neighborhood on the
outskirts… Continue reading

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

Drugs Play Increasing Role in the Battle for Cuban Teenagers’ Leisure Time

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 July 2017 — He dries his sweat
and takes a drink of water from a bottle he carries in his backpack. “In
my time the young people spent the holidays in front of the television,”
says Ignacio, the father of two teenagers. As… Continue reading

The Cuban regime and the Venezuelan transition

The Cuban regime and the Venezuelan transition
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 12 de Julio de 2017 – 11:16
CEST.

In a recent interview Venezuelan analyst Rocío San Miguel, an expert on
military affairs, masterfully defined the role of Cuba in his country.
In this respect he stated: “The situation room where the most important
strategic decisions are… Continue reading

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years

Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years
BY DAVID J. NEAL
dneal@miamiherald.com

Once Silvio “Jander” Morales smuggled six women from Camaguey, Cuba into
Miami, he shed any niceties like a moulting anaconda losing skin.
Morales constricted the women into prostitution by mushrooming their
debt, threatening their families’ lives and even threatening to feed one
woman… Continue reading

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

Cuban Government Turns To New Forms Of Repression

14ymedio, Havana, 3 July 2014 — Last June, there were 198 fewer
arbitrary arrests of Cuban activists and opponents compared to the same
month last year, according to a report by the Cuban Commission on Human
Rights and National Reconciliation, which recorded a total of 380
arrests in June 2017.

The number,… Continue reading

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of
daily life in Cuba
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that
they say reflects what is normal life on the island.

They got stranded in Panama, but still hope to eventually reach… Continue reading

Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba

Persecution Grows Against Independent Journalism In Cuba

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 June 2017 — Independent communicators
in Cuba are victims of an escalating repression, according to a
complaint filed Monday by the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights (OCDH),
based in Madrid. The alarm sounded by the organization coincides with an
increase in complaints from journalists on the island as… Continue reading

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to
Attend Mass
by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017

Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic
dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for
attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler.
The Cuban government recently banned Soler from leaving the country… Continue reading

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba
June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017–Cuban authorities should immediately release
independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his
equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State
security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez
around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern province of Guantánamo, according
to… Continue reading

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba

Vancouver skateboarder helps spread sport in Cuba
Norma Ibarra is on her 2nd trip to Cuba to donate boards from Vancouver
CBC News Posted: Jun 20, 2017 7:55 AM PT Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 7:55
AM PT

For a country with no skate shops, Cuba’s skateboarding scene is
incredibly vibrant.

That’s what Vancouver skateboarder and photographer Norma Ibarra says.… Continue reading

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy

Cuba Won’t Negotiate Trump’s New Policy
At a Monday news conference, the nation’s foreign minister called the
latest deal “a grotesque spectacle straight from the Cold War.”
ARIA BENDIX JUN 19, 2017 NEWS

Speaking at a news conference in Vienna, Austria on Monday, Cuba’s
foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, said his nation was not interested in
negotiating with the Trump administration… Continue reading

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana

Three “Paladares” Closed Were Among The Best Restaurants In Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 June 2017 – The closure of three
private restaurants in Havana last week has sparked doubts among owners
of food service businesses. The fact that the three paladares – private
restaurants – were rated “excellent” on Trip Advisor, one of the most
important travel sites… Continue reading

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy

The good, bad, and ugly of Trump’s new Cuba policy
By Ilya Somin June 18 at 3:18 PM

Late last week, President Trump announced a change in US policy towards
the communist dictatorship in Cuba. Although Trump claimed he was
“canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with
Cuba,” his new approach actually leaves most of Obama’s policies in
place.… Continue reading

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

Trump And Cuba, Or How To Bet On The Wrong Winner

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 June 2017 – In less than 72 hours
President Donald Trump will declare in Miami the new basis for the
United States government’s policies towards Cuba. At that time the
decisions of his predecessor Barack Obama, during the process of
normalization of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations

Trump rolls back some, not all, changes in US-Cuba relations
Darlene Superville, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated
Press, Associated Press • June 17, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Pressing “pause” on a historic detente, President Donald
Trump thrust the U.S. and Cuba back on a path toward open hostility with
a blistering denunciation of the island’s communist government. He
clamped… Continue reading

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist

Cuba to President Trump: We need to continue to cooperate and coexist
BY MAUREEN WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

Noting the hostile rhetoric of President Donald Trump in his Miami
speech and saying the United States was in no position to be giving
lessons on human rights, Cuba still extended an olive branch and said it
wanted to continue a dialogue with its… Continue reading

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

Private Carriers in Santiago de Cuba Complain About Inspections

14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2017 –Authorities have taken a firm stand with
private transportation in Santiago de Cuba and have begun to demand
exhaustive proof of fuel purchases from the state gas stations to verify
that they are not from the black market.

“Last Friday there was a massive operation, and… Continue reading

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) June 12, 2017

Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cuban officials on the front lines of the fight
against drug trafficking, the Trump administration’s threat to roll back
improved relations between the United States and the communist-run
island comes at a dangerous… Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours /
Iván García

Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important
consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s
chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two
things: fake support for the autocracy and show loyalty to government
business.… Continue reading

The Unqualified Cuban Truth

Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+

Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo
cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of
expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so
scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers to be his
duty: to… Continue reading

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