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No one signs the ‘Cuban Youth’s Statement’

No one signs the ‘Cuban Youth’s Statement’
PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 26 de Junio de 2017 – 11:43 CEST.

The official newspapers Granma and Juventud Rebelde recently published
the Cuban Youth’s Statement in response to the recent speech by US
president Donald Trump and his announcement of a change in his country’s
policy towards Cuba.

I shall not… Continue reading

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree

The Cuban Republic: Buried by Official Decree / Iván García

Iván García, 24 May 2017 — May 20 of this year with mark the 115th
anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. In the Throne Room of
the Palace of the Captains General, a building which now serves as the
City Museum, Tomás Estrada Palma — born in… Continue reading

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama

Uncertainty whittles away hope for Cuban migrants stranded in Panama
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN
mpenton@elnuevoherald.com

GUALACA, PANAMA
The color green seems to fill everything in Chiriqui, the western
province of Panama where the government is holding 124 undocumented
Cuban migrants. The morning’s quiet amid huge pine trees is broken only
by the hum of insects that torture at dawn and… Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba Travel Policy Leaves Heads Scratching

Trump’s Cuba Travel Policy Leaves Heads Scratching
Andrew Bender , CONTRIBUTOR
I delve into the business of business travel, and often the fun too.
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Just as travel and tourism to Cuba from the United States was heating
up, President Donald Trump made an announcement last Friday that will
cool it down, probably… Continue reading

You Can Still Visit Cuba—Here’s How

You Can Still Visit Cuba—Here’s How
Patrick Allan

President Trump recently announced that the U.S. will be re-instituting
travel restrictions to Cuba, partially canceling Obama’s previous policy
changes. So, can you still visit Cuba? It depends.

First, let’s clear up an important misconception real quick. Even with
the openings that Obama’s Cuba policy previously created, traveling to
Cuba from the… Continue reading

Trump’s Cuba policy tries to redefine ‘good’ U.S. tourism. That includes putting them back on tour buses.

Trump’s Cuba policy tries to redefine ‘good’ U.S. tourism. That includes
putting them back on tour buses.
By Nick Miroff June 17 at 2:43 PM

The American traveler in Cuba — sweating, disoriented and probably a bit
woozy from the rum drinks — is once more at the heart of the struggle
for the island’s future.

Central to President Trump’s… Continue reading

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others

Trump’s new Cuba policy is too much for some, not enough for others
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

If President Donald Trump did one thing during his Miami trip it was
stir up simmering passions about the best course for U.S. policy toward
Cuba.

Neither side in the emotional debate — those who favor a more hardline
approach and those who… Continue reading

Inside Oval Office, Rubio and Diaz-Balart pushed Trump to crack down on Cuba

Inside Oval Office, Rubio and Diaz-Balart pushed Trump to crack down on Cuba
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
pmazzei@miamiherald.com

Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sat in the Oval Office last
month, surrounded by two Cabinet secretaries, the national security
adviser and an array of top White House staff, and asked President
Donald Trump to put his power behind their plans… 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

From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet)

Cuba: From Worse to Impossible (and We Haven’t Hit Bottom Yet) / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 3 June 2017 — In coming days when the administration of the
unpredictable Donald Trump, following four months of review, announces
its Cuba policy, it could be that Obama’s guidelines are retained save
for touch-ups of a few items such as doing business with… Continue reading

Havana: a city of colour and surprises

Havana: a city of colour and surprises
The buildings in Cuba’s capital may be crumbling yet there is a great
sense of civic pride
Conor Horgan

Cuba is full of surprises. On my first morning in a Havana casa
particular (room in a private home), where all the hangers in my
wardrobe were homemade, the young woman who brought breakfast… Continue reading

The Unqualified Cuban Truth

Reinaldo Escobar: The Unqualified Cuban Truth / Somos+

Somos+, Leyla Belo, 23 MACH 2017 — Those who ever speak with Reinaldo
cannot deny his innate genius, his sense of humor and gentleness of
expression. A matter of decorum, isn’t it? That quality which is so
scarce among many people nowadays. He does what he considers to be his
duty: to… Continue reading

Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom

Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom
By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA

Towering cranes dot the Havana skyline as communist-run Cuba races to
build luxury hotels, amid indignation among some residents and concern
that U.S. President Donald Trump might reverse a detente that fueled the
tourist boom.

Swiss-based Kempinski Hotels SA will inaugurate its Gran… Continue reading

The FAR does ‘patriotic work’, but its officers are quitting

The FAR does ‘patriotic work’, but its officers are quitting
CARLOS TRUJILLO HERRERA | La Habana | 5 de Junio de 2017 – 12:53 CEST.

Although the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) strive to project an image
of strength, especially in inland Cuba, they have not been able to stop
the flight of officers, a problem apparently on the rise at… Continue reading

Danger, Men At Work

Danger, Men At Work

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 29 May 2017 — They call him “Manolo 440”
because a few years ago he had an electrocution accident in a building
under construction. He managed to survive and has since been given the
nickname of the voltage that almost killed him. He was lucky, unlike the
89 people who died in… Continue reading

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros

Cuba: More Castroism but Without the Castros / Iván García

Iván García, 17 May 2017 — In front of an old mansion on 17th Street in
Vedado that now serves as the headquarters of the Union of Writers and
Artists, there is a poster showing hundreds of men dressed in battle
fatigues and lined up in military formation. A resounding… Continue reading

In The Bank or Under the Mattress? Where Do Cubans Keep Their Money?

In The Bank or Under the Mattress? Where Do Cubans Keep Their Money?

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 25 May 2017 — Finding a little bottle
filled with coins that her father hid in the patio was something that
happened to Eneida when she was young; now she’s a retired and says that
financially she’s “escachada, without a single peso in… Continue reading

Cuba Fails To Eradicate Smoking In Schools

Cuba Fails To Eradicate Smoking In Schools

14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Images of students who smoke during
recess or between breaks in class, and teachers who light up their
cigarettes in the classroom are common in Cuban schools. In spite of the
frequent anti-tobacco campaigns promoted by the media, in recent years
Cubans have begun smoking at ever… Continue reading

Getting Dressed in Cuba

Getting Dressed in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 15 May 2017 — The plastic drawers holding garments for men
and women give off the usual scent of things that have have been in
storage for a long time. We are in a government-run store that sells
used clothing on the Calzada de Monte, a busy thoroughfare lined with
state-owned… Continue reading

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions

An old affliction haunts The Cuban: Exile politics and divisions
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
fsantiago@miamiherald.com

The new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora is striking in its
architectural resemblance to the grand colonial houses of Havana, yet
has a modern Miami flair. From the imposing stairwell to the natural
light that bathes the halls and bounces off sparkling white marble
floors,… Continue reading

An Appeal to the White House

Editorial: An Appeal to the White House
DDC | Madrid | 30 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:42 CEST.

Castroism’s plans for 2018 are clear: to officially sanction the
transfer of power to the family’s heirs and double down on the kind of
state capitalism that the Castros and the military elite already
administrate.

This road map involves two farcical… Continue reading

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat

Miami Has It All, Even Russian Meat / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez

Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 18 May 2017—A neighbor of mine in
Arroyo Naranjo recently had to ask an old friend of his who lives Miami
to help him obtain some amitriptyline. A psychiatrist had recommended
this medication for my neighbor’s wife to treat a nervous condition that… Continue reading

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