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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

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García

Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand
Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd,
next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and
insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers
in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive… Continue reading

Behind the ‘Information Note’

Behind the ‘Information Note’

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 18 June 2017 — The regular readers of the
official press have learned that the most innocent headlines can hide
the most interesting news. Phrases such as Notice to the
population or Information note, which defy any elementary lesson in
journalism, alert those initiated into the special “granmer” of the
Granma newspaper that,… Continue reading

Manifestantes piden libertad educativa ante la embajada cubana en EEUU

Manifestantes piden libertad educativa ante la embajada cubana en EEUU
AGENCIAS | Washington | 17 de Mayo de 2017 – 22:09 CEST.

Una decena de personas se reunió este miércoles frente a la Embajada de
Cuba en Washington para reivindicar la libertad educativa en la Isla y
el derecho de los padres a poder escoger la educación que deseen para… Continue reading

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different

Why Cuba’s Brain Drain Looks Different
MAY 15, 2017 BY MONIKA DONIMIRSKA

COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Cuba is
experiencing a brain drain, though it’s not the kind that forecasters
were predicting when the long-closed country began opening its borders.
It’s internal brain drain, says Rebecca Bellinger, managing director of
the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith… Continue reading

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists

LGBTQ Americans meet in Havana with fellow Cuban activists
BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@miamiherald.com

A delegation of American LGBTQ advocates met Saturday in Havana with
“leaders of Cuban civil society” who are demanding that the government
there recognize marriage for same-sex couples and create legal
protections for transgender Cubans.

The group from the U.S., organized by Cuban-American civil-rights
attorney Tico Almeida,… Continue reading

Protesta en Washington por la condena a una familia cubana que educa a sus hijos en casa

Protesta en Washington por la condena a una familia cubana que educa a
sus hijos en casa
DDC | Washington | 12 de Mayo de 2017 – 16:42 CEST.

Un grupo de organizaciones participará en una protesta ante la embajada
cubana en Washington al mediodía del próximo miércoles 17 de mayo, según
informa WorldNetDaily.com.

Los manifestantes se pronunciarán en contra… Continue reading

The MINSAP calls for more blood donations, omits any mention of their exportation

The MINSAP calls for more blood donations, omits any mention of their
exportation
GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 10 de Mayo de 2017 – 20:56 CEST.

In April the organization Archivo Cuba censured the Cuban Government for
pocketing some 34,5 million dollars from the sale of blood plasma in a
single year.

As an apparent response to this complaint,… Continue reading

University Entrance Exams Begin With “Extraordinary Measures” Against Fraud

University Entrance Exams Begin With “Extraordinary Measures” Against Fraud

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Early Wednesday
morning Karel wasn’t sleeping. He spent it turning somersaults in bed
and solving math problems. Together with thousands of students across
the country, the young man presented himself at the Mathematics entrance
exam for higher education. “It was complicated, but I… Continue reading

When The Abuser Is The Government

When The Abuser Is The Government

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 May 2017 – I was in the
third grade and the teacher chose the most aggressive girl in my class
to be the room monitor. She was given carte blanche to control the other
children. Later, the abuser rose to a position in the Federation of
Middle… 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

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress
Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed
by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying
investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of
independent reporters who are critical of, yet still… Continue reading

Hotel Manzana, a Luxury Theme Park in Havana

Hotel Manzana, a Luxury Theme Park in Havana

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 29 April 2017 — They stare, amazed, but
they don’t buy anything. Their faces press against the glass and admire
that unattainable wealth that is a few inches from their hands and an
abyss from their pockets. The new luxury theme park in Havana is the
newly opened… Continue reading

State Security Summons for Ivan Garcia

State Security Summons for Ivan Garcia / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 5 April 2017 — He says his name is Alejandro. A thin, timid
mulatto, dressed in light-blue jeans, a pullover sweater with
Prussian-blue collar, and low-cut black sneakers. In one hand is a dark
briefcase.

He speaks quietly and deliberately. He looks like a recent graduate of
the Cuban… Continue reading

‘There are several people with qualities’ to replace Raúl Castro, says the Cuban leader’s daughter

‘There are several people with qualities’ to replace Raúl Castro, says
the Cuban leader’s daughter
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

The succession of Cuban ruler Raúl Castro may be less clear than
previously thought.

Recent remarks by Mariela Castro Espín suggest that there is more than
one candidate to replace her father, who has publicly stated that his
tenure as president… Continue reading

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba
April 29, 2017
Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — “Natural Selection” is a documentary which shows, in only
eleven minutes and a succession of visual cuts, the current landscape
for stray animals in Cuba.

Filmed in May 2016, it was officially shown on April 7th this year at
the Cine Chaplin, during Havana’s… Continue reading

La Fiscalía pide un año de prisión a los padres que no llevan a sus hijos a una escuela estatal

La Fiscalía pide un año de prisión a los padres que no llevan a sus
hijos a una escuela estatal
DDC | Guantánamo | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 17:57 CEST.

La Fiscalía pidió este martes un año de prisión para el matrimonio que
educa a sus hijos en casa, según denunció Mike Donnelly, directivo de la
Asociación de… Continue reading

3G Has Arrived In Havana

3G Has Arrived In Havana

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 26 April 2017 — The third
generation (3G) of voice and data transmission via mobile phones reached
all municipalities in Havana on Monday after it was launched earlier
this month in several areas of Matanzas, Villa Clara, Ciego de Avila,
Pinar del Río, Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey, according to the… Continue reading

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged Crime Of ‘Attack’

Lady In White Sentenced To Almost Three Years In Prison For Alleged
Crime Of ‘Attack’

14ymedio, Havana, 25 April 2017 — On Tuesday morning the Court in
Havana’s municipality of Diez de Octubre, confirmed the prosecutor’s
request of two years and eight months in jail for Micaela Roll Gibert, 53.

The woman, a member of the opposition group Ladies in… Continue reading

Anywhere, anytime: reggaeton

Anywhere, anytime: reggaeton
MANUEL GUERRA PÉREZ | La Habana | 26 de Abril de 2017 – 14:03 CEST.

“You’re crazy, sick, reckless,” goes the chorus of one of the tunes by
the singer El Chacal, along with the group Los Cuatro, among the most
popular on the Island.

Reggaeton is one of the musical genres most listened to by Cubans.… Continue reading

As Cuba’s economy embraces global tourism, modernist works fall under threat

As Cuba’s economy embraces global tourism, modernist works fall under threat
By ANTONIO PACHECO • April 25, 2017

This article appears in The Architect’s Newspaper’s April 2017 issue,
which takes a deep dive into Florida to coincide with the upcoming AIA
Conference on Architecture in Orlando (April 27 to 29). We’re publishing
the issue online as the Conference approaches—click here… Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
jcharles@miamiherald.com

Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some
economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to
eke out even negligible economic growth.

“The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading

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