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
Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
In another apparent attempt to get a high-profile message to Washington,
Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a swing through Europe
repeated the island’s desire to maintain the level of dialogue and
cooperation that started under former President Barack Obama.
“The current government… Continue reading
Tell Us, General, What’s Plan B?
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The Venezuela of “XXI
Century Socialism” is wavering and threatening to collapse. It’s only a
matter of time, soon, perhaps, as to when it will tumble. And since the
economic and political crisis of the country has slipped from the
government’s grasp, President Nicolás Maduro, in… Continue reading
Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017
President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading
For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority / Iván García
Iván García, 19 April 2017 — When evening falls, Yainier and a group of
friends who live in El Canal, a neighborhood in the Cerro municipality,
20 minutes by car from the center of Havana, grab a table by the door of
an old bodega, and between swigs of rum… Continue reading
Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García
Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret
in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army
general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018.
I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to the
tight-lipped team of advisers… Continue reading
Trump and Cuba should start dialogue: Mississippi governor says
By Sarah Marsh
Reuters April 20, 2017
HAVANA (Reuters) – The Trump administration and the Cuban government
need to start a dialogue, the Republican governor of Mississippi said on
Wednesday during a trip to the Communist-led island to scout trade
opportunities for his state.
“That’s the first step: trying to get… Continue reading
When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old
adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The
maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we
take into account that the erratic performance of Venezuelan President
Nicolás Maduro… Continue reading
Ex-Minister: Cuba Earns $11.5 Billion From Export of Professional Services
14ymedio, Miami, 17 April 2017 — Cuban professional services abroad are
the main source of foreign exchange for the government and represent an
estimated 11.543 billion dollars annually, according to an article
published in the official press by the island’s former Minister of the
Economy, José Luis Rodríguez.
Most of… Continue reading
Spain’s King Felipe and PM Rajoy to visit Cuba “as soon as possible”
Cuban foreign minister describes ongoing talks between Havana and Madrid
Madrid 18 ABR 2017 – 12:11 CEST
Spain’s King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have accepted an
official invitation to make an official visit to Cuba, which the Foreign
Ministry says will… Continue reading
Vermont Nonprofit Helps Fix Up Tennis Courts In Cuba
By MITCH WERTLIEB & LIAM ELDER-CONNORS
An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in
Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we’re
not talking about baseball.
Kids on the Ball is helping to repair some of Cuba’s badly damaged
tennis courts —… Continue reading
Miami electric car dealer sees opportunity in Cuban gas shortage
By Marc Frank | HAVANA
An electric car dealer with a Miami subsidiary is telling Cuba-based
diplomats struggling with a gasoline shortage on the Communist-run
Caribbean island that they should fret no longer.
The United States, which maintains a trade embargo on Cuba, licensed
Premier Automotive Export to sell vehicles… Continue reading
A Cuban Rapper Rebels against a Corrupt Bureaucracy and Wins / Juan Juan
Juan Juan Almeida, 17February 2017 — After two years and eight months of
prolonged struggle, the inconclastic Santiago de Cuba rapper Henry Laso
Martinez, known as “El Encuyé,” won the first round in a battle against
corrupt officials in charge of the country’s most powerful musical… Continue reading
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
SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA
BYDANIELLE ZIRI APRIL 16, 2017 07:20
Cuban Jews face challenges with hope.
HAVANA, CUBA – On a quiet, tree-lined street of Havana’s Vedado, a
residential neighborhood just steps away from the sea, one may come
across a simple yet striking construction.
A dozen yellow-brownish marble steps lead to a large… Continue reading
Cuba Stops Sending Doctors To Brazil For Fear Of Defections
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 14 April 2017 – Cuba just suspended the
sending of a group of 710 health professionals who would have worked on
the “More Doctors” mission in Brazil, our of fear of desertions,
according to a report from the Brazilian press informed by that
country’s Ministry of… Continue reading
Oil in Cuba: Dream or Nightmare?
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 11 April 2017 — HAVANA, Cuba. – “Thank
goodness oil is something we don’t have in Cuba.” So said the lyrics of
a popular song by Cuban musical group Habana Abierta. However, now
Cuba’s official media insist the opposite is true: “The enterprise
Cuba-Petroleum Union (CUPET), which promotes prospecting projects… Continue reading
In the twilight of the Castros
By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Cuba
THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent
Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride”
for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way
toward a club that stages drag shows and… Continue reading
Spirit Airlines to end Havana service June 1; last flights on May 31
Arlene SatchellContact Reporter
Another U.S. air carrier is saying ‘Adios’ to Cuba.
Low-cost Spirit Airlines plans to operate its last flights between Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Havana on May 31, an
airline official said early Friday.
The news comes a little more than four… Continue reading
Jacksonville Business Delegation Heads to Cuba Despite Possible Policy
By MELISSA ROSS
Former Jacksonville City Councilman Eric Smith is heading up a local
delegation to Cuba next week, comprised of local business leaders
seeking more trade with the island nation.
“Ninety percent of all shipping to and from Cuba passed through the Port
of Jacksonville prior to the 1959… Continue reading
Cuba and Venezuela: And God Created Them… / Cubanet, René Gómez Manzano
Cubanet, René Gómez Manzano, Havana, 5 Abril 2017 — In recent days, the
absence of a true rule of law has become evident in the two countries of
“Socialism of the 21st Century,” an absence that reached the highest
levels of arbitrariness and injustice: Cuba and Venezuela. In… Continue reading
Separating baseball from politics
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 13 de Abril de 2017 – 13:13 CEST.
The decline of Cuban baseball and the formation of a unified team with
athletes from the Island and the Big Leagues have sparked much
discussion since the fiasco at the 4th World Baseball Classic. These
issues are difficult to understand without looking… Continue reading