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Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever
ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST.

The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the
US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple
mental exercise: imagine that Washington banned travel, remittances and… Continue reading

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger

HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny
Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi.

We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English
and even willing to answer a… 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

As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations?

As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba
relations?
Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist
Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET
CNBC.com

U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the
latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions
about the U.S’s future relationship with its former Cold War… 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

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of
Agriculture In Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 16 March 2017 — Specialists from MINAGRI, the Cuban
Ministry of Agriculture, tell us that planting seeds inside or near to
the Cuban cave network could quickly guarantee food production, which
would help to satisfy the ever-increasing requirements of… Continue reading

Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession

Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 13 March 2017 — The appointment of architect Perla
Rosa Rosales Aguirreurreta to succeed historian Eusebio Leal as head of
Havana’s Office of the Historian is the most recent example of the Cuban
regime’s making strategic decisions whose sole purpose is to implement a
very well-organized dynastic… Continue reading

Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know

Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know / Juan
Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 4 March 2017 — Another crazy initiative…a bit
picturesque, perhaps interesting, but totally absurd. Representatives of
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) arrive at the José
Martí Airport in Havana with the express intention of combatting animal
abuse and creating vegetarian… Continue reading

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again

Airlines Are Fleeing Cuba Again
American Airlines has already reduced its capacity in Cuba and JetBlue
Airways is set to do so in early May. This week, Silver Airways and
Frontier Airlines said they will exit the Cuban market entirely.
Adam Levine-Weinberg (TMFGemHunter) Mar 15, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Just six months ago, a slew of U.S. airlines were eager… Continue reading

3 ways to take a ride in Cuba

3 ways to take a ride in Cuba
When in Cuba, be sure to experience every mode of transportation that
you can, including horsecarts, bicycle taxis and a ‘Cuban Ferrari.’
By JENNIFER BAINTravel Editor
Wed., March 15, 2017

CUBA-They call Bayamo “ciudad de los coches” — the city of horsecarts —
so you know what you must do when you… Continue reading

Russia’s largest carmaker sets its sights on Cuba

Russia’s largest carmaker sets its sights on Cuba
March 15, 2017 ANNA TRETYAK, SPECIAL TO RBTH

2017 is the year when Russia’s top carmaker returns to the Caribbean
island after 12 years away. But experts are skeptical whether the
impoverished socialist nation can become a major market for AvtoVAZ.

Visitors sit inside a Lada Vesta car, Moscow, March 14, 2016.… Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free
By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com

The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning

Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly
easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your
trip, but if you follow some simple… 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

Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’ author

Want to visit Cuba before it’s commercialized? You can’t, says ‘Havana’
author
BY CONNIE OGLE
cogle@miamiherald.com

Journalist Mark Kurlansky has a sobering message for Americans who say
they want to visit Havana before it’s ruined.

“You can’t go before it’s wrecked because it’s already wrecked,” he
says. “It’s not the place it was in the 1950s or even the 1970s… Continue reading

Cuban designer finds success in fashion industry

Cuban designer finds success in fashion industry
Anayce Figueroa hopes to open bigger store in tourist hotspot
By Hatzel Vela – Reporter
Posted: 6:28 PM, March 06, 2017

HAVANA – State-run Cuban clothing stores are typically too pricey for
the average Cuban, which is why clothing is usually brought in from
abroad and sold on the streets.

But one Cuban… Continue reading

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service

Cuba Seeks To Encourage Women To Enter Military Service / 14ymedio,
Mario Penton

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 3 March 2017 – With the opportunity to
study at the university by passing the University entrance exams with
the “minimum score,” the Ministry of Higher Education (MES) is offering
an incentive for young women who want to enlist in Military Service,
which… Continue reading

Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?

Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
2 March 2017
From the section Latin America & Caribbean

No matter how much you warn visitors to Cuba that they’ll be offline
during their stay, they often won’t believe it until they actually
arrive in Havana.
On arrival, they find their iPads and smartphones suddenly only… Continue reading

Dismantling One of Fidel’s Houses and Saying Goodbye to His Bodyguards

Dismantling One of Fidel’s Houses and Saying Goodbye to His Bodyguards /
Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 24 February 2017 — They are dismembering the security
apparatus at the bunker that for years served as a spiritual refuge for
Fidel Castro: an apartment located on the third floor of 1007 11th
Street in Havana’s Vedado district.

Little by little… Continue reading

Undercover American Tourists in Cuba

Undercover American Tourists in Cuba / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 23 January 2017 — Miami Airport is almost a city. And the
American Airlines’ departures area is a labyrinth, with dozens of
corridors and passages. That’s why Noahn, an American living in
Michigan, arrived five hours before his flight’s scheduled departure
time to Varadero.

He was travelling with his wife,… Continue reading

Felipe Calderón “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”

Felipe Calderón: “I Ask The Cuban Government To Rectify This Absurdity”
/ 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — Just five years ago, Mexican
President Felipe Calderón was greeted warmly in Havana during an
official visit. However, this week the now former president was denied
entry to the island to participate in the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and
Life” awards to… Continue reading

Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The Oswaldo Payá Award

Cuban Government Blocks Several Guests From Entering Cuba For The
Oswaldo Payá Award / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 21 February 2017 – The Cuban government has mobilized
in the last hours to prevent several guests from arriving in Havana to
attend to Oswaldo Paya Award ceremony, scheduled for tomorrow,
Wednesday, at 11:00 am. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon has
been the… Continue reading

The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families

The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

PALMIRA, CUBA
José Entenza Montalvo, a babalawo, or priest, shows the faded
handwritten books, some more than a century old, where special knowledge
of medicinal herbs and plants and the names of those initiated as
babalawos are recorded.

For Entenza, the book has a direct link… Continue reading

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