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A Complicated Year

A Complicated Year / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 15 January 2017 — The year 2017 begins. A year that promises to be complicated and definitive for Cubans. The country, with a 0.9% drop in GDP, is stuck in a prolonged economic, political, social crisis, and the general-president, if he complies with his word to leave […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Santeria priests forecast prosperity in New Year’s prophesy

Cuba’s Santeria priests forecast prosperity in New Year’s prophesy By Sarah Marsh ReutersJanuary 3, 2017 HAVANA (Reuters) – Priests from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion forecast a prosperous 2017 in their New Year’s prophecy and told Cubans to be hopeful despite the economic and diplomatic headwinds the Caribbean island-nation faces. The ritual-filled Santeria religion, which fuses ancient […] Continue reading

The Odebrecht-GAESA money trail

The Odebrecht-GAESA money trail PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 4 de Enero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. All the President’s Men is the title of a 1976 film that told the story of how the Watergate scandal was exposed, the ultimate outcome being the resignation of then-US president Richard Nixon. The misdeeds […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 December 2016 — At the exit of the Bay Tunnel, the P-11 bus is packed with passengers. While the riders enjoy the view of the sea, the odor of saltpeter fills their noses. In this stretch of Havana’s geography, where Monumental Avenue […] Continue reading

The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro

The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro / Miriam Leiva ABC International, Miriam Leiva, 26 November 2016 — Fidel Castro left Cuba in disastrous economic conditions after exerting absolute power for more than 47 years. His brother received a country “on the precipice” on 31 July 2006. Raul Castro has had to eliminate the “genial” initiatives […] Continue reading

The Seven Phases of Fidel Castro

The Seven Phases of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 December 2016 — In a country sculpted by slogans, intolerance and symbols, the departure of Fidel Castro — absolute ruler and founding father of the Cuban Revolution — changes the rules of the game. Nothing will ever be the same again. No future […] Continue reading

The Role of Cuba in Venezuela – Douglas Farah

The Role of Cuba in Venezuela [Opinion] By Douglas Farah While there is little doubt that the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is on shaky ground, the Castro brothers in Cuba must be just as nervous. For the past 14 years Venezuela has provided an economic lifeline to the Cuban regime by sending them […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates

Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates By AZAM AHMEDDEC. 8, 2016 HAVANA — For Lisset Felipe, privation is a standard facet of Cuban life, a struggle shared by nearly all, whether they’re enduring blackouts or hunting for toilet paper. But this year has been different, in an even more fundamental way, she […] Continue reading

Fidel’s best-sold myth

Fidel’s best-sold myth ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET. Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution” constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many that […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

War games – why do our leaders keep wasting their time?

War games: why do our leaders keep wasting their time? HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 23 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:40 CET. The 2016 Bastion Strategic Exercises are finally over. A week marked by the flexing of useless military muscle, an exhibition of political paranoia. Perhaps no other Government in the world […] Continue reading

Commander Guillermo García Frías’s purebred racehorses

Commander Guillermo García Frías’s purebred racehorses ROGELIO FABIO HURTADO | La Habana | 16 de Noviembre de 2016 – 03:29 CET. I was recently looking for information about the mistreatment of animals, when I found, in El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua), an excellent story by the journalist Francisco Menéndez about the breeding of thoroughbred horses. According […] Continue reading

The Ex-President of the National Bank of Cuba Has Been Arrested

The Ex-President of the National Bank of Cuba Has Been Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 26 October 2016 — Under the alleged charge of influence peddling, Héctor Rodríguez Llompart, an ex-Cuban diplomat and the ex-President of the National Bank, was arrested. “No one knows the motives,” said a source close to the […] Continue reading

Lashing Out Again Against Private Restaurants

Lashing Out Again Against Private Restaurants / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 24 October 2016 — The Peoples’ Powers and the Ministry of Internal Trade are mobilizing again against successful paladares — privately owned restaurants — using the excuse of corruption and drug sales. To clarify, it is true that some of these establishments, sadly, are […] Continue reading

Cuba After a Hurricane

Cuba After a Hurricane / Iván García Iván García, 6 October 2016 — One week. Perhaps two. That’s the shelf-life of news in Cuba about the recovery process after a hurricane has passed through. You can read information, which has a slight smell of triumphalism, about the various teams of linesmen who re-establish communications and […] Continue reading

Gentrification – another face of Cuba’s socialist equality

Gentrification: another face of Cuba’s socialist equality JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 10 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:25 CEST. If there is one issue the Cuban Government has failed to resolve in over 50 years it is, undoubtedly, that of residential spaces. Cuba’s “housing problems,” as Government officials refer to them, cut […] Continue reading

Almendrón Driver – A Daily Thriller in Havana

Almendrón Driver: A Daily Thriller in Havana PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 30 de Septiembre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The fact that Julio César, a 40-year-old freelance driver, glances into the rear view mirror of his car to ask his image “Are you talking to me?” does not mean that he’s […] Continue reading

Podrá GAESA mantener el emporio que dejó Eusebio Leal?

¿Podrá GAESA mantener el emporio que dejó Eusebio Leal? septiembre 09, 2016 Martinoticias.com El 1 de agosto el Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA) perteneciente a las Fuerzas Armadas pasó a administrar Habaguanex, la mina de oro que estuvo en manos de Eusebio Leal desde la década de 1990. Un cuarto de siglo después de levantar […] Continue reading

Militares cubanos expanden su emporio económico

Militares cubanos expanden su emporio económico El creciente poderío económico de los militares se produce en el marco de la apertura entre la Isla y Estados Unidos Agencias, Madrid | 09/09/2016 4:19 pm En el peor momento de la crisis tras la caída de la Unión Soviética un historiador poco conocido entonces comenzó a rescatar […] Continue reading

La Habana Vieja, nueva joya del emporio económico militar GAESA

La Habana Vieja, nueva joya del emporio económico militar GAESA AGENCIAS | La Habana | 9 de Septiembre de 2016 – 12:23 CEST. Con la absorción de las empresas de la Oficina del Historiador de La Habana, que dirige Eusebio Leal, el poderoso Grupo de Administración Empresarial (GAESA) perteneciente a las Fuerzas Armadas, incorporó una […] Continue reading

Is the Government involved in the marketing of separate human body parts?

Is the Government involved in the marketing of separate human body parts? ELOY A. GONZÁLEZ | Fort Worth | 31 de Agosto de 2016 – 18:16 CEST. As part of extensive testimony before the US Congress, researcher Maria Werlau has denounced the Cuban State for its involvement in human trafficking in many aspects. The information […] Continue reading

Cuban Military Takes Over Businesses of Havana Historian’s Office

Cuban Military Takes Over Businesses of Havana Historian’s Office / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar (Havana), Mario Penton (Miami), 16 August 2016 — “Do you see that building? Ten years ago it was full of stinking water, rats and trash. When people passed through the doorway a balcony could fall on their […] Continue reading

Machado’s fall and today’s crisis

Machado’s fall and today’s crisis DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 15 de Agosto de 2016 – 15:03 CEST. On 12 August, 1933, 83 years ago, Gerardo Machado y Morales was ousted from power. This class of development, a constant in our political history, is closely linked to militarism (the predominance of the military element […] Continue reading

MININT Colonel In The Vortex of The Theft of Papers From MININT

MININT Colonel In The Vortex of The Theft of Papers From MININT / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 20 June 2016 — Carlos Emilio is a pseudonym. He has the rank of Colonel, and his real name is Emilio Alejandro Monsanto. He’s detained in Havana, in an elegant house converted into a military prison, […] Continue reading

Controversy erupts over workers from India building Cuban hotel

Controversy erupts over workers from India building Cuban hotel NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuba’s approval for a French company to import Indian workers to build a Havana hotel has been met with disbelief, anger and complaints about a policy that usually requires foreign companies to hire local workers through state labor agencies About 200 workers […] Continue reading

Obreros indios construyen hotel en Cuba

Obreros indios construyen hotel en Cuba NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Con incredulidad e indignación fue recibida la noticia de que el gobierno cubano permitió la contratación masiva de obreros de la construcción indios por una compañía francesa encargada de la construcción de un hotel en La Habana, mientras los expertos culpan a la prohibición de […] Continue reading

The Cuban economy goes into a tailspin

The Cuban economy goes into a tailspin DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 27 de Julio de 2016 – 20:54 CEST. On 29 December, 2015 the Cuban president announced before the National Assembly of the People’s Power that “despite the impact of the international economic crisis, exacerbated in our case by the effects of the […] Continue reading

Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building

Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 July 2016 — Some claim that “nothing ever happens in Cuba.” However, the signals we have been receiving of late indicate otherwise. The price increases at the produce markets since the last quarter of 2015, accompanied by periodic (and […] Continue reading

The Blackboard Mafia

The Blackboard Mafia / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 5 July 2015 — “Everyone knows which teachers accept money,” a group of young people tells me. In fact, some not only accept, but clearly require it from students who know they would not be able to pass the exam on their own. The […] Continue reading

The Military Takeover of Eusebio Leal’s Empire

The Military Takeover of Eusebio Leal’s Empire / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 14 June 2016 — Capitalizing on the ill health of Dr. Eusebio Leal* to further strengthen its commercial and business supremacy over every corner of the island, the state-owned tourism company Habaguanex will in one day, October 30, assume ownership of […] Continue reading

Defence Force chief blows R500,000 on a trip to Cuba with his wife

Defence Force chief blows R500,000 on a trip to Cuba with his wife By Staff WriterJune 27, 2016 The DA has accused the government of wasteful spending after it revealed that chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)‚ General Solly Shoke, spent R500,000 on a six-day trip to Cuba earlier this month. The […] Continue reading