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Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

Cuba From The Inside With Alternative Tour Guides

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 21 June 2017 — Economic hardships
turn many Cuban engineers to work as bartenders, doctors become taxi
drivers and innumerable professionals become alternative guides for
tourists. Among the latter, there are the experienced or the
just-getting-started, but all of them earn more money than they would
working in… Continue reading

Can ocean science bring Cuba and the United States together?

Can ocean science bring Cuba and the United States together?
JORGE ALBERTO ANGULO-VALDES, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA June 5, 2017 Updated:
June 5, 2017 6:02pm

(THE CONVERSATION) Cuba is the ecological crown jewel of the Caribbean.
It harbors thousands of the region’s endemic species and about half of
its coastal ecosystems. It is rare to find comparable ecosystems or such
rich… Continue reading

Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings from Chicano Icon Che Guevara

Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings from Chicano Icon Che Guevara
Humberto Fontova |Posted: May 06, 2017 12:01 AM

“Mexicans are mostly a rabble of illiterate indians,” (Che Guevara, 1955)

In the historic annals of unrequited love few cases rival the affair by
Chicanos with Che Guevara. I trust Che’s iconization is sufficiently
documented by U.S. Chicano groups in their murals… Continue reading

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba
By Kari Paul
Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET

Interest is waning a year after the country was opened up to U.S. visitors

A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its
borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades… Continue reading

An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba

An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba
SARAH MARSH AND ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI
Apr 23rd 2017 6:01PM

CIEGO DE AVILA, April 20 (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says
his favorite fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it
died of illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays
it on his mantelpiece beside a television.… Continue reading

Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas

Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas
By Sarah Marsh and Alexandre Meneghini
Reuters April 20, 2017

CIEGO DE AVILA (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says his favorite
fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it died of
illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays it on
his mantelpiece beside a television.

“He… 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

Cuba’s Mariel port builds for bigger ships amid headwinds

Cuba’s Mariel port builds for bigger ships amid headwinds
Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Apr 07, 2017 7:38 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS — Cuba’s fledgling Port of Mariel is feeling the effects of
the country’s weak economy but is preparing to handle more trade and
larger ships if restrictions on US trade are lifted, said the chief of
the port’s… Continue reading

Dissidence and silence

Dissidence and silence
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 5 de Abril de 2017 – 12:29 CEST.

Status as a “dissident ” is not the product of any coherent calculation.
It does not refer to a particular affiliation or a specific creed. It
does not even necessarily stem from a primeval hatred of what they call
“Revolution.”

It is… Continue reading

Free market Cubans make their case

Free market Cubans make their case
YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 3 de Abril de 2017 – 19:01 CEST.

Until 2003 Fernando Palacio oversaw the Intensive System for Medical
Emergencies (SIUM), a very prominent position in one of the sectors most
tightly controlled by the Government. Today he is the National
Coordinator of the opposition group Partido Solidaridad… Continue reading

Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba

Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba /
Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 17 March 2017 — From the very moment it gained power,
the Cuban regime has devoted precious resources to exporting its
ideology and cultivating followers. Overseas military conflicts as
distant as those in Africa in the late 1970s and the guerrilla wars… Continue reading

What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball

“What I Want Most Is To Get Back To Volleyball” / Cubanet

I was a volleyball player in the last golden era of the sport in Cuba. I
played alongside the best in the world: Marshal, Dennis, Pimienta,
Diago, Iosvany Hernández. I played on the national team in the 1999
Tournament of the Americas in the United States, and in… Continue reading

Renting Out Medical Specialists

Cuba: Renting Out Medical Specialists / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 4 March 2017 — Twenty years later, Nivaldo (names changed),
43, an orthopedist, still remembers the hot morning when his parents
said goodbye to him in the old train station in a small village in the
depths of Cuba.

The economy of his native village, with narrow streets of cracked… Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms
March 7, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair
in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come
from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there
is competition and since the sellers can bulk buy… Continue reading

Could Cuba become the next destination for software development?

Could Cuba become the next destination for software development?
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

In Havana’s iconic Bacardí building, teams of computer programmers are
working for U.S. companies with the tacit permission of the Cuban
government.

Could the island become the next international hotspot for software
development?

That’s not far-fetched, says John McIntire, chairman of the Cuba
Emprende Foundation, which… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Has Redoubled Its Assault On The Private Sector

The Cuban Regime Has Redoubled Its Assault On The Private Sector / Iván
García

Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2017 — Marino Murillo, the presumptive tsar of
economic reforms in Cuba, a prime minister with broad powers, passed up
a seat in the first row next to the senior staff of a long-lived
revolution governed by an exclusive club of elders… Continue reading

Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland

Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland
Nancy Truman, Special to National Post | January 24, 2017 3:16 PM ET
More from Special to National Post

Just weeks after Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro was laid to rest
on December 3, 2016, I found myself on the largest island in the Greater
Antilles walking the… Continue reading

The Melody of Money

The Melody of Money / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 15 January 2017 — A peculiar
manifestation of freedom of expression can be seen in signs painted on
the trucks used for passenger transport, the windshields of some
automobiles or on the walls of private businesses. Some are cryptic,
others explicit and not a few, rude. But everyone… Continue reading

New Rules on Horse-Drawn Carts Force the People of Santiago to Change Their Travel Patterns

New Rules on Horse-Drawn Carts Force the People of Santiago to Change
Their Travel Patterns / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada

14ymedio, Yosmani Mayeta Labrada, Santiago de Cuba, 10 January 2017 —
The hooves ring on the pavement in the middle of the night. The sun
begins to illuminate Santiago de Cuba, where horse-drawn carts, trucks
and motorcycles offer urban transport… Continue reading

To My Beloved Enemy

To My Beloved Enemy / 14ymedio, Leandro Cansino

14ymedio, Leandro Cansino, Stockholm 31 December 2016– It was very
necessary for me to write to you. Let me send you something that comes
from my soul: thank you for existing, thank you for all the bad things
you do for me. You have no idea how much I have to thank… Continue reading

Cuba, United States sign oil spill deal before Trump inauguration

Cuba, United States sign oil spill deal before Trump inauguration
By Marc Frank | HAVANA

Cuba and the United States agreed on Monday to jointly prevent, contain
and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico, as they
rush to conclude deals before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis, upon signing the… Continue reading

Cuban lechón can be ordered in Miami but roasted and eaten on the island

Cuban lechón can be ordered in Miami but roasted and eaten on the island
ABEL FERNÁNDEZ
abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com

René Mesa, better known as Piro, is said to be one of the best cooks in
Cuba for the coveted roasted pig.

At his farm, located about 30 miles east of Havana between the towns of
Jaruco and Santa Cruz del Norte, Piro… Continue reading

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