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Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba

Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that, according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista, reflect the prevailing system on the island. From […] Continue reading

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The […] Continue reading

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba

They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that they say reflects what is normal life on the island. They got stranded in Panama, but […] Continue reading

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST. “What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?” “Disastrous.” “Why?” “Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to […] Continue reading

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours

The Cuban Government, Complicit in Corruption and Peddling Favours / Iván García Iván García, 26 MAY 2017 — Ideology is no longer the most important consideration if you want to get an administrative position in Cuba’s chaotic business and commercial network. They only ask you to do two things: fake support for the autocracy and […] Continue reading

The Swamp Of Wealth

The Swamp Of Wealth 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 6 June 2017 — Almost a quarter of a century ago, the government launched a battle against illicit income that ended with the detention of dozens of criminals but also of prosperous entrepreneurs. During the dreaded Operation Flowerpot, you could be denounced just for having […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk only to later write […] Continue reading

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic system of […] Continue reading

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money April 11, 2017 By Eileen Sosin Martinez* (Progreso Semanal) HAVANA TIMES — In my neighborhood, the story about Juan the butcher, who took a detour with a truck full of minced meat, sold it and then left the country, is famous. “It’s a good thing he left,” a neighbor […] Continue reading

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, […] Continue reading

Growing Old in Cuba – Luck or Misfortune?

Growing Old in Cuba: Luck or Misfortune? / Cubanet, Ana Leon Cubanet, Ana Leon, Havana, 3 March 2017 – Jose Vargas is 85 years old and a retired musician. He lives alone in a room in a tenement in Old Havana, depending on a monthly check of 240 Cuban pesos (eight dollars U.S.) and whatever […] Continue reading

Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba

Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 17 January 2017 — By 2007, after forty-eight years of revolutionary rule, inefficiency and a lack of productivity had turned state-run farmland into fields infested with marabú weed. Meanwhile, food prices were increasing on the world market. In light of this situation, […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez, Artemisa/Pinar del Rio, 9 February 2017 – When he was a boy, Jorge Luis Ledesma Herrera played around the charcoal ovens his father had built. Now, approaching 50, this Pinar del Rio man […] Continue reading

Prostitution – ‘extra pay’ for many police

Prostitution: ‘extra pay’ for many police GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 9 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:46 CET. “I don’t know why you’re surprised, when everybody knows that prostitution and pimping represent an extra salary for many police,” says Alexis. This young man, in his 30s, is a pimp who controls what he […] Continue reading

An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses

An Audit Reveals Millions In Losses In Havana Businesses / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2017 — The latest audit carried out by Cuba’s Office to the Comptroller revealed losses of more than 90 million Cuban and more than 51 million Cuban convertible pesos in public enterprises and non-agricultural cooperatives in Havana, a situation that […] Continue reading

Dumping medicine, faking patients – Cuban doctors describe a system that breeds fraud

Dumping medicine, faking patients: Cuban doctors describe a system that breeds fraud BY JIM WYSS jwyss@miamiherald.com BOGOTA, COLOMBIA Since 2003, Cuba has been sending battalions of doctors to Venezuela in exchange for cash and crude. The program, known as Barrio Adentro, offers free medical care to some of the nation’s poorest. It’s been credited with […] Continue reading

Farewell to Habaguanex S.A.

Farewell to Habaguanex S.A. PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 13 de Enero de 2017 – 11:26 CET. Habaguanex S. A., the conglomerate founded by Eusebio Leal and administrated by the City of Havana Historian’s Office (OHCH), which in 2012 was at the epicenter of an anti-corruption campaign that shook the very foundations […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] 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

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

What’s next for Fidel Castro’s large immediate family in Cuba?

What’s next for Fidel Castro’s large immediate family in Cuba? BY JUAN O. TAMAYO El Nuevo Herald The death of Fidel Castro has raised uncomfortable questions about the future of his immediate family, a group remarkable both for its size — at least seven, and maybe up to 11 sons and daughters — and for […] 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

Populism and Demagoguery in Baracoa

Populism and Demagoguery in Baracoa EUGENIO YÁÑEZ | La Habana | 19 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:34 CEST. Cuba may be the only country in the world where its inhabitants, after losing their homes, furniture, electrical equipment, clothing, medicine, food and water, due to the destruction wrought by a giant hurricane, are “happy” because […] Continue reading

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2016 — At the same time that Hurricane Matthew is setting off alarms throughout the island, especially in the eastern part of the country, the wall of secrecy surrounding the Castro family is starting to […] Continue reading

The Best Way to “Become a Man”?

The Best Way to “Become a Man”? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 16 August 2016 — Recently, during my brief stay in Miami to participate in an academic meeting on legal issues, I was surprised to hear from a Cuban emigrant – fairly old in age – about his wish that, in […] 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

Hermano del general Luis Alberto Rodríguez López Calleja sale a relucir en ‘Los Papeles de Panamá’

Hermano del general Luis Alberto Rodríguez López Calleja sale a relucir en ‘Los Papeles de Panamá’ DDC | La Habana | 8 de Junio de 2016 – 1:24 pm. El Gobierno cubano utilizó a la firma Mossack Fonseca (MF) para crear sociedades anónimas en paraísos fiscales que le habrían permitido realizar operaciones comerciales al margen […] Continue reading