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Lower On-Line Prices for Brazilian Meat While Cuban Government is Silent

Lower On-Line Prices for Brazilian Meat While Cuban Government is Silent

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 24 March 2017 – Cuba has reacted very
oddly to the scandal of adulterated meat from Brazil, the island’s main
provider of beef products: silence on the part of the authorities, lower
prices on some on-line shopping sites, and very little public concern
about possible… Continue reading

GAESA Traps the ‘Wonder City’ in its Tentacles

GAESA Traps the ‘Wonder City’ in its Tentacles
PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 24 de Marzo de 2017 – 10:51 CET.

Parodying Eusebio Leal Spengler’s TV show, I resolve to “walk Havana” to
verify that at the intersection of the streets Zulueta and Teniente Rey
workers of the Unión de Construcciones Militares (UCM) and the French
construction… Continue reading

My Father Washed His Hands Of Me And My Mom Did The Best She Could

“My Father Washed His Hands Of Me And My Mom Did The Best She Could” /
Cubanet

I studied at a Camilito [one of the Camilo Cienfuegos Military
Academies]. But for financial reasons, I had to drop out and start
working. My father washed his hands of me and my mom did the best she
could. When I used to… Continue reading

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio,
Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about
adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of
resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state
employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, bringing them into
the stores… Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda”
by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT

On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a
palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band
playing Cuban folk songs — and eating notoriously difficult-to-procure… 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

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost

Tourists, private enterprise give Cuba much needed boost
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:30 am
By David Bordewyk

Running an Italian restaurant plus a small bed and breakfast keeps owner
Yucimy on her feet from sunrise to well past sunset. It’s 7 a.m., and
she is already preparing omelets for her five B&B guests. Her cheerful
greeting helps everyone shake… Continue reading

Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back.

Airlines rushed to fly to Cuba. Here’s why they’ve now pulled back.
Mar 20, 2017, 2:02pm EDT
INDUSTRIES & TAGS Travel & Tourism

Multiple commercial airlines in recent days have announced they will
drop their flights to Cuba, a stark reversal from the enthusiasm the
industry displayed when bidding for permission to fly those routes just
last year.

Even airlines… Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy /
14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential
plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016,
Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes
and sparked questions. One year after that visit,… Continue reading

The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave -cruises

The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave: cruises
BY CHABELI HERRERA
cherrera@miamiherald.com

Havana was exploding in yanqui frenzy. Seven hundred Americans streamed
across its streets one steamy May 2016 morning on an expedition of
rediscovery. They were the first to arrive via sea since John F. Kennedy
was president.

The wave of change was crashing… Continue reading

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful
forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in
the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time?

Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the western bank and at the… Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the
Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy.
This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants,
especially those born with the compound surnames Castro Soto del Valle… Continue reading

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services
/ 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 1 March 2017 — The corner of
Galiano and Zanja is a hive of people at noon. The area’s private cafes
sell everything from bread with croquettes to a complex meat lasagna,
but the nearest state places only sell cigarettes. A third… Continue reading

Revolutionary ‘Justice’

Revolutionary ‘Justice’ / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 28 February 2018 — The distance
between the Havana Capitol and the Ciudad Deportiva (Sport City) remains
the same and yet it seems to have changed. With the capped prices
imposed by local government on the private taxi routes, this journey has
become immense and difficult to complete. Where… Continue reading

Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico

Exile initiative aims to help hundreds of Cubans stranded in Mexico
BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ

A group of exile organizations and volunteers are trying to help
hundreds of Cubans who are stranded in Mexico following the end of the
so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy on Jan. 12.

Vigilia Mambisa, Democracy Movement, WWFE La Poderosa radio station and
other organizations and… Continue reading

Cuban Doctors Stranded – Can’t Travel to US, Cuba, or Stay in Colombia

Cuban Doctors Stranded: Can’t Travel to US, Cuba, or Stay in Colombia
by CARMEN SESIN

When Adrian Lezcano Rodriguez, a physical therapist from Cuba, was
chosen to serve on a “mission” in the small town of Maroa in the Amazon
rainforest of Venezuela, he knew he would defect. He would make his way
to the U.S. embassy in Colombia, and… Continue reading

Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom

Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz
Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the
couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to
obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years
after the government allowed Cubans to enter hotels in… Continue reading

Birthrate Is Not Just a Matter of Resources

Birthrate Is Not Just a Matter of Resources / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 15 February 2017 — Concerned about
low birthrates, this month the Government has launched a campaign
focused on fertility and a package of measures to stimulate births of
two or more children per woman.

Since 1978 fertility rates have declined throughout the Island, dropping… Continue reading

Daniel Chavarría y la Cuba de los maleducados

Daniel Chavarría y la Cuba de los maleducados
Su idolatría a Fidel Castro se compensa con un desprecio manifiesto por
los cubanos
Miércoles, febrero 15, 2017 | Luis Cino Álvarez

LA HABANA, Cuba.- Luego de la primera edición uruguaya, en septiembre de
2013, acaba de ser publicado por la Editorial letras Cubanas Yo soy el
Rufo y no me rindo,… Continue reading

The Cuban hustle – Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay

The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for
meager pay
By ROB WATERS
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his
father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and
ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at Cuba’s premier
cardiovascular hospital, performed… Continue reading

Un negocio prohibido que opera bajo el amparo del apellido Castro

Un negocio prohibido que opera bajo el amparo del apellido Castro
05 de febrero de 2017 – 17:02 – Por Juan Juan Almeida García

Los derechos que concede en Cuba pertenecer a “la familia real”,
permiten que un nieto del fallecido Fidel Castro opere una discoteca en
la barriada de Miramar donde no hay límite de horarios, ni para en… Continue reading

In Cuba visit, Colorado governor sees government desire to work with Trump

In Cuba visit, Colorado governor sees government desire to work with Trump
By Marc Frank | HAVANA

The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government
wants to further improve relations with the United States under
President Donald Trump, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the
Communist-run island nation.

“They seemed eager for the chance… Continue reading

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