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‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

‘Experiencing Cuba’ while under government surveillance

CAIBARIÉN Cuba — Caibarién is a town on a bay that separates it from
Cayo de Santa María, which is located on Cuba’s northern coast. It’s
proximity to the city of Santa Clara, which is less than an hour to the
south, provided the perfect place to escape “experiencing Cuba” and all
that it… Continue reading

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

14medio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 13 May 2017 – Three employees
circulate among the tables, so similar that they seem cast from the same
mold. “I want to give a good image to the place,” says the owner of a
flourishing cafe on 26th Street in Havana. Like him, many private
businesses are… Continue reading

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba
The once-taboo island lacks tourist infrastructure. Ship operators hope
to change that.
by Christopher Palmeri
May 11, 2017, 10:00 PM GMT+2

After President Barack Obama eased restrictions on American citizens
traveling to Cuba last year, airlines raced to start service from the
U.S. to 10 cities across the island. But they quickly learned… Continue reading

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of
African descent
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The first Cuban chef with a Michelin star, and the chef — and owner — of
the private paladar where former President Barack Obama dined during
his trip to Cuba, have something more in common than love of cooking:
Both represent snippets… Continue reading

Home Delivery Services, A Business That Captivates Cubans

Home Delivery Services, A Business That Captivates Cubans

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 25 April 2017 — The colorful vehicle
takes off when the traffic light turns green, leaving the smell of
freshly baked pizza in its wake. It is one of the visible signs that
private businesses are succeeding in a country where ordering food from
home was a chimera… Continue reading

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water

Cuba: Risk of Health Crisis Due to Lack of Potable Water / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 21 April 2017 — There is a slightly damp and cold breeze
when Antonio, after drinking a rather bitter sip of coffee, with his
wooden cart with rusty steel wheels, moves to a water spout in Manglar
Street, very close to an old Sports… Continue reading

Advertising On Wheels Arrives In Havana

Advertising On Wheels Arrives In Havana

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 14 April 2017 — The vehicle belonging to
El Biky cooperative is adorned with the images of its products and the
smiling faces of some of its employees. The food center, located at the
corner of Infanta and San Lázaro, is looking to conquer new new
customers for its cafe,… Continue reading

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed
the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman
as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold”
of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the
island, due to the high level of consumption around the world.… Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

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

Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists

Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists

14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 13 April 2017 — I still have a clear
memory of the Cuban TV show Cocina a minuto, every Sunday before
noon. It disappeared, of course, when it was no longer possible to make
the recipes with what the people had at their disposal in the
refrigerator or the pantry… Continue reading

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To Retire

At 55, Cuba’s Young Communist Union Loses Relevance But Does Not Want To
Retire

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, 4 April 2017 — There was a time when its red
card was a source of pride and most teenagers dreamed of entering its
ranks. But those days have been left behind for the Young Communists
Union (UJC), an organization that turns 55… Continue reading

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

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