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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

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba
Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet
to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor’s Cuba policies.

There were reports the president would unveil his plan on… Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the
government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic
opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political
transition.

Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested
dissidents who want to run in the… 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

It’s Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin
WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST.

It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will
never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year
2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a Journalism student, who
wished to… Continue reading

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

Cuba’s Private Sector Demands “Young, White and Childless”

14medio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 13 May 2017 – Three employees
circulate among the tables, so similar that they seem cast from the same
mold. “I want to give a good image to the place,” says the owner of a
flourishing cafe on 26th Street in Havana. Like him, many private
businesses are… Continue reading

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?

Why Not Connect Cuba’s Gaspar Social Streetnet to the Internet?
May 13, 2017 9:56 AM PDT

I’ve been covering Cuban streetnets (local area networks with
independent users that are not connected to the Internet) for some time.
Reader Doug Madory told me about Gaspar Social, a new streetnet in
Gaspar, a small town in central Cuba. Gaspar Social opened to… Continue reading

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links

Cuba ambassador sees hope for closer links
Caitlin Johnston, Times Staff Writer
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:12pm

ST. PETERSBURG — Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more
than 50 years has seen the impact of renewed bilateral ties between the
two countries continue to grow over the last two years

José Ramón Cabañas, the former head of the… Continue reading

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human
Rights Group

14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – The number of political prisoners has
doubled this year, according to the most recent report from the Cuban
Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which
counts 140 people charged for these reasons in April, compared to 70 for
the… Continue reading

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student
expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the
dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this
morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there.

“This opportunity came to me… Continue reading

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network

Cuban town hooked on pirate social network
Alexandre GROSBOIS
AFP May 9, 2017

Gaspar (Cuba) (AFP) – On a traffic island in a country town, young
Cubans are doing what most of their compatriots cannot: surfing an
online social network.

In one of the least wired countries on Earth, Gaspar, population 7,500,
is one of the most connected towns of… 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

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba?

If Venezuela Goes to Hell, Will Things Look Bad for Cuba? / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 April 2017 — Soot covers the unpainted facades of
buildings on Tenth of October Boulevard. Old American cars from the
1950s, rebuilt with modern diesel engines and now privately operated as
taxis, transit across asphalt, leaving behind a trail of black smoke and… Continue reading

Russia signs agreement to supply oil to Cuba

Russia signs agreement to supply oil to Cuba
Friday, May 05, 2017

HAVANA, Cuba (CMC) – Russia’s state oil company Rosneft, has signed an
agreement with Cuba’s state-run Cubametals to supply 250,000 tonnes of
olive and diesel fuel.The agreement, signed on Wednesday, means that for
the first time this century, Russia will be supplying the
Spanish-speaking Caribbean island with large… 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

Cuba Imports First Russian Crude Since Collapse Of Soviet Union

Cuba Imports First Russian Crude Since Collapse Of Soviet Union
By Zainab Calcuttawala – May 03, 2017, 4:37 PM CDT

Cuba will process Russian oil for the first time in two decades, after
supplies from Venezuela saw an eight-month hiatus that ended in March,
according to a new report from Reuters.

On May 10th, a vessel with 249,000 barrels of… Continue reading

Cuba: When “Winning” is Losing

Cuba: When “Winning” is Losing
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — The violent reaction to the dissident who ran through
Revolution Square carrying a US flag on May Day has been the last of a
series of failed responses.

The guy was beaten up and arrested in the middle of Revolution Square,
during the rally for May Day in front… Continue reading

Tardocastrismo: UH sí, UIR no

Tardocastrismo: UH sí, UIR no
Un nuevo intento de embarajar el hecho notorio de que Fidel Castro fue
“miembro de la ilícita organización gansteril Unión Insurreccional
Revolucionaria (UIR)”
Arnaldo M. Fernández, Broward | 03/05/2017 9:55 am

La Universidad de La Habana tiene ya su Cátedra Honorífica para estudiar
a Fidel Castro, encabezada por la Dra. en Ciencias Históricas Francisca
López… Continue reading

Cuban activists fighting racism weigh their fragile relationship with the government

Cuban activists fighting racism weigh their fragile relationship with
the government
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Almost apologizing because he “doesn’t want to make things worse,”
Afro-Cuban activist Norberto Mesa Carbonell recalled how Cuban police
arrested him for trying to celebrate the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination last month.

“I was jailed for eight days,” the retired… 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

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