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How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour

How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour
By KAREN SCHWARTZ | karenlschwartz@yahoo.com |
April 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

I’ve always been one to abide by the important rules. I carry car
insurance. I don’t cheat on my taxes, and when I decided to visit Cuba,
I wanted to comply with the U.S. government regulations for travel… Continue reading

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms

Havana Taxi Drivers Up In Arms / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 27 February 2017 — After working twelve hours driving a
vintage 1957 Chevrolet for a collective taxi company on the
Cotorro-Central Park route, twenty-nine year old Osdiel sits down to
have a beer at a dark bar in the south end of Havana, where he unleashes
his frustration over… Continue reading

Deciphering new Cuba regulations – 5 changes that could provesignificant

Deciphering new Cuba regulations: 5 changes that could prove significant
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

A restaurant franchisor or a U.S. distributor of tires could negotiate a
future contract in Cuba. A U.S. engineering or architecture firm could
work on a public transportation project or new Cuban hospital. An
American traveler to Cuba can load up on premium cigars and bottles… Continue reading

Affordable Vacations in Cuba

Affordable Vacations in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 4 July 2016 — Mayara finished ninth grade with excellent
grades and the next school term she will start high school. She is
thinking about going to university and getting a degree in civil
engineering or architecture.

Until then, she is spending her holidays scrubbing dishes, cleaning
house and helping her… Continue reading

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period?

Is This the Second Phase of Cuba’s Special Period? / Iván García

Joel, a fifty-five-year-old engineer, remembers the summer of 1994 when,
after finishing his day job, he came home to roast two or three pounds
of peanuts. After packaging them in paper cones fashioned from the pages
of school textbooks, he went out to sell them on the street… 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

Breakdown in 100-year-old pipeline leaves Cienfuegos without water

Breakdown in 100-year-old pipeline leaves Cienfuegos without water

Infrastructure problems affect one of the most important cities in Cuba.
However, breaks are frequent, leaving various areas of the city without
water service. It is estimated that replacing the pipes would cost about
$ 40 million.
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
staff@InCubaToday.com

A major water line on Dolores Avenue, one of the… Continue reading

US Relaxes More Aspects of its Embargo on Cuba

US Relaxes More Aspects of its Embargo on Cuba
January 26, 2016

HAVANA TIMES — The US government today announced a further easing of
some aspects of its embargo on Cuba, which could facilitate travel,
trade and finance.

The new measures take effect on Wednesday, announced the US Departments
of Treasury and Commerce in a joint statement. The changes do… Continue reading

Giving Up Revolutionary Pleasures

Cuba: Giving Up Revolutionary Pleasures
July 31, 2015
By Martin Guevara

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba has entered a new and encouraging stage in the
building of a new kind of socialism, a system notably different from
that “real socialism” it once tried to force into the relaxed and
festive Caribbean spirit of Cubans.

What will the Party’s Central Committee do… Continue reading

We Know Why Obama Changed U.S. Policy Toward Cuba. But Why Did Cuba Change Its Policy Toward the U.S.?

We Know Why Obama Changed U.S. Policy Toward Cuba. But Why Did Cuba
Change Its Policy Toward the U.S.?
Matt Jacobs / History News Network @myHNN July 25, 2015

To understand the change we need to acknowledge that Castro has always
followed a policy of “revolutionary pragmatism”

History News Network

This post is in partnership with the History News Network,… Continue reading

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair
June 22, 2015
Naty Gabriela Gonzalez

HAVANA TIMES — I get on a bus and see people run and cling to the open
door, trying to keep their heels from being mangled. I see a mother
hoist her kid onto her shoulder and grab hold of another passenger’s
waist, struggling to… Continue reading

For Sucelys, to Be Reborn Tomorrow

For Sucelys*, to Be Reborn Tomorrow / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
Posted on June 4, 2015

And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do.

Luke 23:34

I write without knowing if she will get to read these words, or if she
would understand them, because there are matters in life that take us a
minute or… Continue reading

In an online world, Cuba remains a standline society

In an online world, Cuba remains a stand-in-line society
By Nick Miroff May 31 at 8:20 PM

HAVANA — As one of Havana’s largest state-run retail hubs, the
Supermercado 3ra y 70 is the communist government equivalent of a Target
or Wal-Mart, created as a one-stop shopping center. It was designed,
quite possibly, by sadists.

Customers with long shopping lists… Continue reading

Deportees in Their Own Country

Deportees in Their Own Country / Cubanet, Reinaldo Cosano
Posted on May 18, 2015

Cuban Apartheid, suffered by families who abandoned their homes and went
to Havana in search of a new life

Cubanet.org, Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen, Havana, 15 May 2015 – Rodolfo
Castro, from Santiago de Cuba, met with three other young men detained
at the Guanabo police… Continue reading

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia
Posted on March 20, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember
Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing
letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
in Argentina and… Continue reading

Corruption, the Cancer of Cuban Public Transportation

Corruption, the Cancer of Cuban Public Transportation / 14ymedio,
Ernesto Perez Chang
Posted on February 10, 2015

Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 7 February 2015 — More than a
decade has passed since the first big purchase of busses from China and
Russia was made in order to ameliorate the transportation problem in
Cuba, and no improvement is in sight.… Continue reading

Nicaragua Was Freed From a Regime Modeled On That Of the Castros

Nicaragua Was Freed From a Regime Modeled On That Of the Castros /
14ymedio, Julio Blanco C.
Posted on October 11, 2014

14ymedio, Julio Blanco C., Managua, 27 September 2014 — I follow with
eagerness – almost bordering on addiction – the news out of Cuba. I
suppose that my nationality has a lot to do with that because probably… Continue reading

Looking at Cuba’s Social Spending Cutbacks

Looking at Cuba’s Social Spending Cutbacks
October 9, 2014
with our own spyglass

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban economist Jose Luis Rodriguez has brought a
shocking fact to light. In an article by the former Minister of the
Economy, originally published by Cubacontemporanea and re-printed by
Cubadebate, Rodriguez lays bare several statistical reports on Cuba´s
current economic panorama.

One of the… Continue reading

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation
September 7, 2014
Jorge Milanes Despaigne

HAVANA TIMES — “I’ve always had a bicycle, but I’m in love with this
particular one because it was tailor-made,” my brother Luis said to me,
polishing the bike he brought from Ecuador.

When he saw I was interested in the subject, he began to tell me… Continue reading

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation” – Looking after the Sick and Elderly

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation”: Looking after the Sick and Elderly
August 21, 2014
Irina Echarry

HAVANA TIMES — For six years, I lived with two elderly women (my
grandmother and her sister). It was the saddest time in my life that I
can recall.

The Special Period crisis had hit us hard and we didn’t have the
conditions needed to care… Continue reading

The End of the Cuban Rafters

The End of the Cuban Rafters
August 14, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters –
some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for
this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an
agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the… Continue reading

Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law

Posted on Monday, 06.30.14

Cuba: Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles have been sold in
Cuba in the nearly six months since a new law took effect that let
islanders buy vehicles from state-run dealerships without a special
permit for the first time… Continue reading

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