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The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

The Lethargy Of A Coastal Town In Camagüey

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Florida, Cuba, 26 June 2017 — “The sea water
cleans everything,” Agustin reflects as he calls out his
merchandise. This 74-year-old forensic assistant now works renting
inflatable boats for the fishermen of Playa Florida, in Camagüey, a
coastal strip where tourists rarely come and the economic crisis is
strongly… Continue reading

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

A Taxi Cooperative Proposes To Lower Private Transport Prices

14ymedio, Havana, 17 May 2017 — In the midst of the morning hustle and
bustle, residents of Havana are trying to reach their destinations on
time, a challenge because of the inefficient public transport and the
sky high prices charged by the private operators of fixed-route
shared-ride taxi services. On Monday… Continue reading

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García

Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand
Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd,
next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and
insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers
in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive… Continue reading

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
Labrada and Mario Penton

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March
2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a
visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal
market, until he discovered a more lucrative business: the… Continue reading

The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba

The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 7 March 2017 — The days of the anachronistic “process
of rendering accounts” are approaching. This is period known as the
genuine exercise of socialist democracy because they are neighborhood
meetings in which the people and the leadership (at the base) exchange
opinions about the… Continue reading

Renting Out Medical Specialists

Cuba: Renting Out Medical Specialists / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 4 March 2017 — Twenty years later, Nivaldo (names changed),
43, an orthopedist, still remembers the hot morning when his parents
said goodbye to him in the old train station in a small village in the
depths of Cuba.

The economy of his native village, with narrow streets of cracked… Continue reading

Do We Have to Wait for the Government to Sell the Peugeot 508s to Improve Public Transport?

Do We Have to Wait for the Government to Sell the Peugeot 508s to
Improve Public Transport? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 18 February 2017 — Seven in the morning at the bus stop at
Acosta Avenue and Poey Street, in the dense La Vibora neighborhood in
southern Havana. Almost a hundred people are waiting for the No. 174 bus… Continue reading

Private Taxi Drivers Close Ranks Against Fixed Prices Charged By The State

Private Taxi Drivers Close Ranks Against Fixed Prices Charged By The
State / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 12 February 2017 – “Take me, I’ll pay you
double,” implores a woman to a taxi driver on the main route of Prado y
Neptuno. The car is empty, but the driver does not stop to those hailing
his taxi, even… Continue reading

New Rules on Horse-Drawn Carts Force the People of Santiago to Change Their Travel Patterns

New Rules on Horse-Drawn Carts Force the People of Santiago to Change
Their Travel Patterns / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada

14ymedio, Yosmani Mayeta Labrada, Santiago de Cuba, 10 January 2017 —
The hooves ring on the pavement in the middle of the night. The sun
begins to illuminate Santiago de Cuba, where horse-drawn carts, trucks
and motorcycles offer urban transport… Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1) / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 17 December 2016 — At the exit of the Bay Tunnel, the P-11
bus is packed with passengers. While the riders enjoy the view of the
sea, the odor of saltpeter fills their noses.

In this stretch of Havana’s geography, where Monumental Avenue runs, an
eight-lane street inaugurated… Continue reading

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García

Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic
type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an
engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a
year he goes to Miami where his children live.

Four hours… Continue reading

Public Services in Havana – Real Chaos

Public Services in Havana: Real Chaos / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 27 October 2016 — The state aqueduct brigade came to La
Vitoria neighborhood on Friday morning and using sledgehammers destroyed
the sidewalks to install water meters on every home.

The October rains transformed the open ditches into quagmires. Many of
the connections were gushing water. Six days later, after… Continue reading

Treating the Symptoms, Not the Cause

Treating the Symptoms, Not the Cause / Rebeca Monzo

Rebeca Monzo, 4 August 2016 — Private transport has been making a
comeback in our country. With an enormous stable of almendrones (old
American cars), it has been steadily growing over the last thirty years
due in essence to the deteriorating and ever diminishing state-run
public transport system.

During all these… Continue reading

Intense Rains Give Evidence of the “Wonder” of Havana

Intense Rains Give Evidence of the “Wonder” of Havana / Iván García

Iván García, 9 June 2016 — Ask Luis Carlos Rodríguez, retired, his
opinion about the designation of “Wonder City” based on an Internet
survey conducted in the winter of 2014 by the Swiss foundation, “New 7
Wonders,” and you will hear a long list of complaints, sprinkled with… Continue reading

The Cuban Government Wants to Regulate Prices for Collective Taxis

The Cuban Government Wants to Regulate Prices for Collective Taxis /
Iván García

Iván García, 19 July 2016 — At the traffic signal on Infanta and Carlos
III, in the heart of Havana, Guenady takes advantage of the red light to
thirstily take a swig out of a half-liter of ice water that he keeps at
one side of his… Continue reading

Repression Instead of Solutions

Repression Instead of Solutions / Fernando Dámaso

Fernando Damaso, 19 July 2016 — The topic of discussion among Havanans
today is not only the intense heat and “the evil of it,” but also the
beginning of the persecution and repression against self-employed taxi
drivers who have raised their prices.

Given the lack of public transport, which has been going on… Continue reading

The Regime’s Lost Cause – Preserving Its ‘Culture’

The Regime’s Lost Cause: Preserving Its ‘Culture’
ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 20 de Junio de 2016 – 3:27 pm.

Cuban leaders cannot shake off fears that the Castro legacy will be
completely extinguished when the “historic generation” of the Revolution
dies out, or when the first political reform measures are implemented in
society. They know that young… Continue reading

Cuba – The Return of the Power Cuts

Cuba: The Return of the Power Cuts / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 27 May 2016 — As of three weeks ago there have been power
cuts of up to three hours in different parts of Havana. Sometimes longer.

“Friday, April 29 in Altahabana (a neighbourhood in the southeast of the
city), the power was cut off from eleven at night… Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia
Posted on January 17, 2016

Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand
arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several
hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment
by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not part of General
Raúl Castro’s… Continue reading

Cuban Tourism – Are There Enough Beds?

Cuban Tourism: Are There Enough Beds? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on January 12, 2016

Ivan Garcia, 10 January 2016 — One month before their trip, José María,
his wife and two sons from Valencia Spain made reservations through the
internet for two rooms at the Hotel Riviera, which faces Havana’s
seaside drive, the Malecón.

“There was no way to rent… Continue reading

A Glance at Cuba in 2015

A Glance at Cuba in 2015 / Ivan Garcia
Posted on January 6, 2016

Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2016 — Joel Castillo, 19, passed from expectation
to frustration in 12 months. After graduating in 2014 in electronics
from a technology school south of Havana, he still hasn’t been able to
work in his specialty.

“With the reestablishment of diplomatic relations… Continue reading

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on December 15, 2015

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon
on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country
filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the
reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba and the
United States, our… Continue reading

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