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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

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen

Venezuela oil exports to Cuba drop, energy shortages worsen
Marianna Parraga and Marc Frank

HOUSTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – Venezuela’s crude and fuel deliveries to Cuba
have slid almost 13 percent in the first half this year, according to
documents from state-run oil company PDVSA viewed by Reuters,
threatening to worsen gasoline and power shortages in the communist-run
island.

Cuba’s government since… Continue reading

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable
Gray Area
July 2, 20178:26 AM ET
CARRIE KAHN

In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have
popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a
small but vibrant opening afforded them since former President Obama
reestablished U.S.… 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

According to the report, the average salary in Cuban increased from 408 CUP ($16.30 US) in 2007 to 740 CUP in 2016.

Average Monthly Salary in Cuba is $29.60 US

EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 – The average monthly salary in
Cuba in 260 was 740 Cuban pesos (CUP), the equivalent of $29.60 in US
dollars, although the figure is higher in sectors such as the sugar
industry – where the best paid earn 1,246 CUP ($48.80 US), and falls… Continue reading

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on
the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human
tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares
enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were
repeated in Havana’s Plaza of… Continue reading

Cuba drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters

Cuba drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters
Rigoberto DIAZ
AFP 8 June 2017

The “Varadero 1,008” drill in the village of Boca de Camarioca is part
of a plan by Cuba to make up for lost oil imports from Venezuela by
boosting its domestic supply
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Near the Cuban seaside village of Boca de Camarioca, a giant drill… Continue reading

Country drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters

Country drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters
Cuba once got most of its oil cheap from its socialist ally Venezuela,
largely paid for by exporting medical staff and supplies.
Published: 09:43 , Refreshed: 09:38 Pulse News Agency International By AFP

Near the Cuban seaside village of Boca de Camarioca, a giant drill runs
into the ground and out… Continue reading

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency

14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to
accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the
presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where
Marino Murillo reappeared, vice-president of the Council of… Continue reading

Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love

“Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love”

The damages to educational quality caused by the lack of preparation of
the “emerging teachers” remain to be measured. (Telesur)
14ymedio, Caridad Cruz/Mario Penton, Cienfuegos/Miami, 17 April 2017 –
teaching children cursive writing and educating them is much more than a
job for Adrian, an elementary… Continue reading

Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook

Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook
By Sarah Marsh | CIRO REDONDO, CUBA

Cuba, battling a chronic energy deficit, has all the sunshine, wind and
sugar to fuel what should be a booming renewables sector – if only it
could find the money.

The country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, a biomass
plant in Ciro Redondo, is finally… Continue reading

The future of Cuba is capitalism

The future of Cuba is capitalism
By Nicolas Briscoe | 03/20/2017 7:42pm

The greatest blessing of my life has been my Cuban heritage. The warmth,
love and fun that accompany every aspect of Cuban family and culture are
incomparable forces for good in my life. In my hometown of Miami, there
is a neighborhood referred to as “Little Havana,” named… Continue reading

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized

The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized / 14ymedio, Miriam
Celaya

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2017 — On one of the side
walls, inside a small newspaper stand on Avenida 26, in Nuevo Vedado
(Havana), an unusual sign announces: “This stand became private property.”

The event is unique. The elderly self-employed man behind the counter is… Continue reading

Rationing Says Goodbye To “Chicken For Fish”

Rationing Says Goodbye To “Chicken For Fish” / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 January 2017 — The news has appeared
quietly in the official media: since the beginning of this year the
share of the so-called “chicken for fish*” has been eliminated from the
rationed market. The measure is part of the process of the
“rearrangement of… Continue reading

Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast

Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast
Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect
for tree fruit growers.
Casey Corr // Jan 11, 2017

Cuba has an outsized presence in American culture.

The reminders begin when you step off the airplane at Havana’s José
Martí International Airport.

Blasted by hot, moist Caribbean air, you see things that… Continue reading

Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump

Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than
Donald Trump
Christopher Woody

Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the
presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a
“better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry
that the president-elect will halt or undo Cuba’s rapprochement with the… Continue reading

Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year

Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of
this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale.
Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will
gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the 55th anniversary of
the ration… Continue reading

Cuban Christmas – Between Killjoys And Mourning

Cuban Christmas: Between Killjoys And Mourning / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya

14ymedio, Havana, Miriam Celaya, 18 December 2016 — I’m clueless as to
what they are called in other cultures, but for Cubans here and abroad,
the word “sapo,” which literally means “toad,” is a term applied to the
typical individual who always shows up in a situation where there is… Continue reading

The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago

The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The official media
have just announced the last and definitive death of Fidel Castro, and I
think I have perceived more relief than bereavement in the mournful
message. If I were a religious person, I would feel at least a tiny bit… Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead
BY GLENN GARVIN
ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com

Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five
decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow
spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His
brother Raul announced the death late Friday night.

Millions cheered Fidel Castro on the day he entered Havana.… Continue reading

Clean Sweep and Old Promises

Clean Sweep and Old Promises / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 November 2016 – In the next 40
days, before the end of the year, the Cuban Communist Party must hold
its second Central Committee Plenum and approve the final version of the
documents issued by their most recent congress. It is expected that
there will also… Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba
As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to
turn Cuba into a socialist democracy?
by Samuel Farber

In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from
Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent
cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut in fuel. Meanwhile, he ordered… Continue reading

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