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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

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime

Food scarcity, another Castroist crime
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Julio de 2017 – 10:40 CEST.

If you were told that in a Latin American country almost 60% of the
fertile land available for agriculture is not even cultivated, producing
nothing at all, you would think they were pulling your leg, because in
the 21st century… 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

Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?

Analysis: Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?
The New York Times
By PETER BAKER

WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack
Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other
things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his
sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and… Continue reading

Los rockeros en Cuba I

Los rockeros en Cuba I
20 Junio, 2017 6:23 pm por Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez

El Cerro, La Habana, Emaro (PD) Tengo un hijo que es rockero. Eso debe
venir en los genes, pues yo también lo fui, o lo soy aún.

Ser rockero es un modo de vida, una experiencia existencial mucho más
compleja de lo que podrían suponer los… Continue reading

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba

How to get off the eaten track in Santiago de Cuba
A trip to Santiago de Cuba should start with dinner at a paladar
(family-run restaurant) and end with drinks on the roof of the Hotel
Casa Granda.
By JENNIFER BAIN Travel Editor
Wed., June 21, 2017

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA-Ramon Guilarte welcomes us to his home and
restaurant with… Continue reading

Where is Socialism in Cuba?

Where is Socialism in Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 20 May 2107 — A downpour in May hits the corrugated metal
roof hard. Water filters in through several holes into the house of
Mireya, a blind, half-deaf seventy-one-year-old woman. She relies on
pieces of black rubber to cover and protect her most precious
possessions: an obsolete Chinese television with… Continue reading

Will Congress pass bills to encourage Cuba trade, farm labor changes?

Will Congress pass bills to encourage Cuba trade, farm labor changes?
The view from the Louisiana Secretary of Agriculture
David Bennett | Jun 12, 2017

With crop prices low and too many rural communities economically
sluggish, recent news out of the White House hasn’t helped disperse
lingering dark clouds. The Trump administration put forth a budget that
would slash USDA… Continue reading

Cuba: Brzezinski, Castro, perestroika y cabezas pensantes

OPINION. Cuba: Brzezinski, Castro, perestroika y cabezas pensantes
Tania Quintero

LUCERNA, Suiza – Cuando el 2 de junio en Martí Noticias leí Cuba en la
órbita de la eminencia gris que fue Zbginiew Brzezinski, de Armando de
Armas y Álvaro Alba, a mi memoria vino aquella etapa de los años 80,
cuando la perestroika y la glasnost hacían furor en… Continue reading

Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans

Found in Moscow’s Flea Markets: Car Parts, Jeans and Bargain-Hunting Cubans

They fly 13 hours seeking items to sell in a Communist island still
starved of consumer goods

MOSCOW—Sometimes the wheels of history turn slowly. The hottest shopping
destination for Cubans is not across the water in Miami. It’s Moscow,
6,000 miles away.

Tougher U.S. border control and rising remittance… Continue reading

Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism

Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism
By Xu Qin | 00:01 UTC+8 June 7, 2017 | PRINT EDITION

ANY talk of Cuba conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, scintillating
music, culture, traditions and a history that continues to unfold even
now, but the Caribbean island nation’s top envoy in China is keen that
visitors from the mainland take in… Continue reading

Crawford advances excise tax bill to help restart Cuba exports

Crawford advances excise tax bill to help restart Cuba exports
Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford’s effort to restart trade with Cuba draws
criticism from U.S.-Cuba experts.
Forrest Laws | Jun 05, 2017

In a perfect world, the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration would
agree the 57-year-old Cuban Embargo hasn’t worked and probably never
will and remove all barriers to trade… Continue reading

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba
May 31, 2017
Rosa Martinez

HAVANA TIMES — It is truly difficult to make any project come to light
on my beloved island. The self-employed know this well enough, those who
began a long time ago and those who have started up their own businesses
right now. Likewise, those who decide… Continue reading

New bill adds tax on sales to Cuba

New bill adds tax on sales to Cuba
For reparations, Crawford says
By Frank E. Lockwood
This article was published today at 2:07 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford wants to remove barriers to trade
with Cuba while also aiding victims of the Cuban government, the
Jonesboro Republican said Friday.

So his legislation, which seeks to open Cuban markets… Continue reading

Can We Progress in Cuba under the Current Model?

Can We Progress in Cuba under the Current Model?
May 29, 2017

HAVANA TIMES — I couldn’t help but think about the analogy of a popular
Cuban saying when reflecting upon the prospects we have of our economy
progressing by 2030, while reading about a case in the Juventud Rebelde
newspaper last week.

The article talks about the solution of… Continue reading

Agricultural exports to Cuba would help compensate those whose properties were seized

Agricultural exports to Cuba would help compensate those whose
properties were seized
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The congressional battle between lawmakers from farming states and Cuban
American colleagues on funding food exports to Cuba could be coming to
an end thanks to an “elegant” solution that is part of proposed
legislation: a 2 percent user fee on agricultural products… Continue reading

Private credit for Cuba on table

Private credit for Cuba on table
Bill would ease agriculture trade
By Frank E. Lockwood

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he wants to
remove barriers to trade with Cuba, telling a House committee this week:
“If our folks grow it, I want to sell it.”

Current U.S. law prevents American farmers from extending credit to
Cuban purchasers.… Continue reading

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008
By Chuck Abbott
5/15/2017

The nonpartisan U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council says the first
shipment of U.S. rice to Cuba in nine years apparently passed unnoticed
in the ongoing debate over trade with the island nation. Based in New
York, the council, which produces monthly reports on commerce involving
the countries,… Continue reading

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba

Eating Steak and Fries is a Luxury in Cuba / Iván García

Iván García, 2 May 2017 — On an afternoon like any other, an underground
seller of beef, living in the southeast of Havana, bought flank steaks
wholesale from a slaughterer, to then sell them to private restaurants
and neighbours who could afford them.

He filleted the chops and… Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people
By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune

The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing.

Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one
floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish,
blond hair and unaccompanied state, her tune quickly… Continue reading

Maratonista tico se siente “secuestrado” en la Prisión La Condesa, en La Habana

Maratonista tico se siente “secuestrado” en la Prisión La Condesa, en La
Habana
Luis Felipe Rojas

Sobre Javier Araya Agüero pesa una acusación por supuesta complicidad
con el narcotráfico, pero asegura ser inocente. Desde la cárcel concedió
una entrevista a Martí Noticias.
El maratonista costarricense Javier Araya Agüero, acusado de presunta
complicidad con tráfico de drogas, habló para Martí Noticias… Continue reading

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