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Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame

Offutt airman who spotted Soviet missiles in Cuba inducted into
Strategic Air Command Hall of Fame
May 22, 2017

Deep in the basement of the Strategic Air Command’s headquarters at
Offutt Air Force Base, Airman 1st Class Michael Davis studied the
black-and-white film squares through a magnifying lens on that October
day in 1962.

Hunched over the light table, he… 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

Cuba’s crazy used-car market

Cuba’s crazy used-car market
Why it behaves like the prime-property market
The Americas
May 11th 2017 | HAVANA

MULTIMARCAS, a car dealership on the outskirts of Havana, is not a
conventional showroom. On a recent visit it contained one salesman and,
despite the promise of variety in its name, just one car: a 2014-model
Kia Picanto with no miles on… Continue reading

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

A Sip Of Electricity To Keep Driving

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 May 2017 — The worst thing that
can happen to Agustín is to have his battery go dead in the street. It
is even more terrible than the failure of a headlamp or the lack of
parking for his made-in-China electric motorcycle. The broken headlamp
and the lack… 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

Havana is collapsing

Havana is collapsing
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 4 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:28 CEST.

In the municipality of Centro Habana, which for years has witnessed
buildings collapse, what happened at the corner of Amistad and San
Miguel, in the neighborhood of Colón, did not constitute news because of
the collapse itself, but rather because there were no… Continue reading

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

Pedicab Drivers Can Only Work Where They Live

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 20 April 2017 — The transport
ministry (MITRANS) has issued a new provision that obligates Havana’s
pedicab drivers to have visible identification that specifies the
municipality where they can operate.

The sticker carries the driver’s license number and the name of the
municipality. An official calling herself Tamara… Continue reading

Depressed But Happy?

Depressed But Happy? / Francis Sanchez

Francis Sanchez, 29 March 2017 – Cuba is the country with the second
highest levels of depression in Latin America, exceeded only by Brazil.
The statistics appear in a report from the World Health Organization
(WHO) released in Geneva. From this report, paradoxically, this data is
omitted by Cuban publications that otherwise echo the… Continue reading

Cuba’s Port of Mariel is ready for U.S. cargo once trade agreement is restored

Cuba’s Port of Mariel is ready for U.S. cargo once trade agreement is
restored

The new Trump leadership team has yet to determine its policy toward the
Communist Caribbean nation, however

At this time last year, U.S. seaports in Southeast and Gulf regions were
telling shippers that they were well positioned to take advantage of
trade with Cuba as restrictions… Continue reading

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami
accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them
into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead
guilty in federal court Thursday to 7 of the 19 charges… Continue reading

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba

Audiovisual production company receives OFAC license to operate in Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Although the Trump administration’s Cuba policy review has not been
completed, a U.S.-based broadcast and video facilities company, has
received a liceaaense to operate on the island and to contract with a
Cuban state enterprise.

The license granted to Cuba International Network (CIN)by the Treasury… Continue reading

Virgin Atlantic launches new route to Cuba’s biggest beach resort

Virgin Atlantic launches new route to Cuba’s biggest beach resort
The Caribbean island is home to some seriously amazing sandy white beaches
BYJULIE DELAHAYE
11:01, 3 APR 2017UPDATED11:45, 3 APR 2017

When you think of Cuba, it’s Havana’s colourful buildings and classic
1950s-esque cars that spring to mind.

However, there’s so much more to the Caribbean island that makes it… Continue reading

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in
public for a year

Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year,
Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election
has cast a shadow over the nascent US-Cuba detente. Unnerved by the… Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García

Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the
need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow
passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or
bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared
where a dozen families reside, living on… Continue reading

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia is ready to help Cuba in the recovery and development of the
island’s citrus sector, said the Russian Ministry of Agriculture at the
end of a meeting between Russian Deputy Evgueni Gromika and the Cuban
ambassador in Moscow, Emilio Lozada Garcia.

“Russia’s participation in the recovery and development of Cuba’s citrus… Continue reading

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes
March 23, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo
because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth
Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any
diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population.

However, fuel shortages haven’t affected… 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

Carnival Cruise Line to start Cuba calls

Carnival Cruise Line to start Cuba calls
by Phil Davies Mar 17th 2017, 11:47

Carnival Cruise Line has won approval to sail to Cuba with Havana
featuring on itineraries from June.

Overnight calls to the island’s capital will be added to selected
Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa.

Havana will be included on 12 four- and five-day cruises from June 29… 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

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta
Labrada and Mario Penton

14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March
2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a
visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal
market, until he discovered a more lucrative business: the… Continue reading

This Job Is Not To Make Money

“This Job Is Not To Make Money”/ 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2017 – The Cuban state has begun a gradual
process of privatizing the sale of the official press in kiosks. Without
announcing the measure in the official media, the kiosks operated by the
“self-employed” have recently been authorized to engage in this activity
under a “postal agent” license… Continue reading

The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba

The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 7 March 2017 — The days of the anachronistic “process
of rendering accounts” are approaching. This is period known as the
genuine exercise of socialist democracy because they are neighborhood
meetings in which the people and the leadership (at the base) exchange
opinions about the… Continue reading

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