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Panama Papers show Cuba used offshore firms to thwart embargo

Panama Papers show Cuba used offshore firms to thwart embargo At least 25 companies in tax havens had Cuban links A brother of Raul Castro’s son-in-law appears in the leaked documents Cuba was at the heart of a deal to export Russian oil that involves a Lebanese company NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The Cuban government […] Continue reading

An Inclusive Cuba Would Always Be Stronger

An Inclusive Cuba Would Always Be Stronger May 19, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – It is no secret that Washington is slowly moving away from its former partners of dissent and betting on the self-employed, cooperatives and Cuban entrepreneurs, born under the reforms led by President Raul Castro. The advantages of these over […] Continue reading

El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors

El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 May 2016 – Less than three years after it opened, the El Trigal agricultural market closed its doors this Friday after it was announced on primetime television news last night by the vice president of the provincial government, Luis Carlos Gongora Dominguez. […] Continue reading

Cuba in the Name of Deception

Cuba in the Name of Deception May 10, 2016 By Maykel Paneque HAVANA TIMES —I don’t recall when I began to distrust the Cuban government. It may have been a Saturday near the end of the 90s, during a hot month like August, when I first heard about a series of forced labor camps that […] Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an […] Continue reading

New Prices, Political Will And Productivity

New Prices, Political Will And Productivity / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 22 April 2016 – As the journalist Regina Coyula warned, in order to understand what the press in Cuba is saying you have to know “Granmática” (the language of the newspaper Granma) and, even though the note on the first page of […] Continue reading

Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?

Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible? That was one of Obama’s goals in his recent trip—and he made huge progress, charming the Cuban public and establishing a rapport with Raúl Castro. By Peter KornbluhTwitterAPRIL 6, 2016 The day after President Obama ended his historic trip to Havana, Cubans turned on their TV sets and watched his […] Continue reading

The Cuba/U.S. relationship – It’s complicated

The Cuba/U.S. relationship: It’s complicated By Susan Grigsby Sunday Mar 06, 2016 · 8:00 PM CEST President Obama will be in Cuba for the Tampa Bay Rays’ exhibition baseball game against the Cuban National Team later this month. While that may not be the main reason for his trip, his visit will be only the […] Continue reading

Cuban revolution – Cuba embraces pro soccer after years out in the cold

Cuban revolution: Cuba embraces pro soccer after years out in the cold Euan McTear, CNN Updated 1304 GMT (2104 HKT) March 1, 2016 In 1999, the Cuban FA thought it had found a solution to giving its home players overseas experience without the need for overseas professional contracts. That year, it loaned the entire Cuban […] Continue reading

The Dangerous World of Cuba’s Pushcart Vendors

The Dangerous World of Cuba’s Pushcart Vendors / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on February 15, 2016 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 13 February 2016 — There is a great poster of general-president Raúl Castro on the façade of a private building in the heart of Central Havana. In the image, he is saluting, dressed in a […] Continue reading

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom By Chris Arsenault HAVANA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As warming relations with the United States bring new money and tourists to Havana, some black Cubans like Miguel Campuzano Perez say racial inequalities are widening and they are being left out of a potential capitalist boom. Cuba’s economy […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Dangerous Crusade against Intermediaries

Cuba’s Dangerous Crusade against Intermediaries January 23, 2016 Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — As the popular saying goes, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Since the problem of high produce prices was discussed at Cuba’s National Assembly in December, all fingers have been pointing at a would-be culprit: the middleman. Raul Castro publicly committed to […] Continue reading

Leap Year, Creepy Year

Leap Year, Creepy Year / Miriam Celaya Posted on January 18, 2016 Miriam Celeya, Cubanet, Havana 15 January 2016 – The year 2016 has begun under a bad omen. If it weren’t enough with the general gloominess after one year of uneasy peace between the governments of Cuba and the US without any perceived improvement […] Continue reading

In Venezuela Chavismo-Fidelismo Failed, Not 21st Century Socialism

In Venezuela Chavismo-Fidelismo Failed, Not 21st Century Socialism / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on January 15, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 15 January 2016 – Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was the result of a political and economic crisis of capitalism, driven by opportunists and embezzlers. His first speech about 21st Century Socialism sustained by a […] Continue reading

Cuban TV Highlights National Assembly Attacks on the Self-employed

Cuban TV Highlights National Assembly Attacks on the Self-employed / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos Posted on January 1, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 1 January 2015 – December 29 was the National Assembly of People’s Power last day of work in its final session of 2015. Cuban State television highlighted two moments: the speech of a […] Continue reading

A socialist vision fades in Cuba’s biggest housing project

A socialist vision fades in Cuba’s biggest housing project Inequality is growing in Cuba, threatening the legacy of Castro’s revolution Story by Nick Miroff Published on December 29, 2015 HAVANA — In the Alamar neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana, the streets don’t have names. To find an address, you need to know the zone, […] Continue reading

Are Cooperatives Dangerous for Cuba?

Are Cooperatives Dangerous for Cuba? December 24, 2015 Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — A few days ago, I saw a report by Telesur, Latin America’s left-wing broadcaster, which praised the creation of cooperatives in Mexico and stressed that these had helped prevent the closure of companies and unemployment in other Latin American countries. Socialist sectors […] Continue reading

Coppelia, the Cathedral of Ice Cream, Is Melting

Coppelia, the Cathedral of Ice Cream, Is Melting / Somos+, Manuel Diaz Mons Posted on December 20, 2015 Cubanet, Manuel Diaz Mons, Havana, 17 December 2015 — Nestled into the corner of 23rd and L streets — the busiest corner in Cuba — and known to many Cubans for its reasonable prices, the Coppelia ice […] Continue reading

Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba

Electoral Defeat in Venezuela Could Accelerate Reforms in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 16, 2015 Iván García, Diario de las Américas, 8 December 2015 — Just past midnight, when Cuba’s military bigwigs heard the president of the Venezuelan electoral college, Tibisay Lucena, confirm the loss of Nicolas Maduro’s PSUV (United Socialist Party of […] Continue reading

Bucanero-Cristal Exploits Ties to Self-Employed and Palco and Habaguanex Executive

Bucanero-Cristal Exploits Ties to Self-Employed and Palco and Habaguanex Executives / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on November 25, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 24 November 2015 — Just as the proceedings surpassed the scandalous total of 42 people indicted, the General Vice-Prosecutor of the Republic of Cuba, Carlos Raúl Concepción Rangel, imposed a gag order on […] Continue reading

Overcoming Obstacles, More Cubans Arrive From Central America To Mexico Heading To The US

Overcoming Obstacles, More Cubans Arrive From Central America To Mexico Heading To The US / EFE (via 14ymedio) Posted on November 23, 2015 EFE (via 14ymedio), Tapachula, Mexico, 22 November 2015 — Despite increasing obstacles in their path, the number of Cubans crossing the Mexican border from Central America, in order to get a safe […] Continue reading

Cuba, a failed experiment

Cuba, a failed experiment Terry SavageContact Reporter If you ever wondered what a country would look like after 50 years of total government economic controls, you need only to make a trip to Cuba, which I did last week. The history of that nation is a story with endless political ramifications, both for those who […] Continue reading

Carcinogenic or not, Cubans Want Red Meat

Carcinogenic or not, Cubans Want Red Meat / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on November 1, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 29 October 2015 — “For me, no one can get me to quit this bad habit, I’ve tried vegetables and beans,” intones the troubadour Ray Fernandez in one of his songs. The main character in […] Continue reading

With Hard Currency the Embargo is a Joke

Cuba: With Hard Currency the Embargo is a Joke / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 22 October 2015 — The Commodore Center Mall, to the west of Havana, is one of the preferred shopping sites for the official intellectual jet set, who from their newsletter launch poison darts against “Yankee imperialism […] Continue reading

Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-in-Law

Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-In-Law Michael SmithSep 30, 2015 12:01 am ET (Bloomberg) — Omar Everleny Pérez 
is eager to show me how far Raúl Castro’s overhaul of Cuba’s socialist economy has advanced, and so, on a muggy evening in August, the 54-year-old economist invites me into his home in […] Continue reading

Want to Do Business in Cuba? All Roads Lead to Raúl Castro’s SonLaw

Want to Do Business in Cuba? All Roads Lead to Raúl Castro’s Son-in-Law Things are changing rapidly in Cuba, and people from around the world are eager to get in on the action. Wait until they meet their new partner. September 30, 2015 Michael Smith Propaganda outside Mariel, a new base for private investment. The […] Continue reading

In Cuba, Overseas Travel Brings Out the Worst in People

In Cuba, Overseas Travel Brings Out the Worst in People / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 6 August 2015 — Engineers Odalys and Anayanci were friends until Autumn 2012 when a training seminar in China unleashed a conflict marked by intrigue, damaging reports and even witchcraft. “It was huge,” says Sara, […] Continue reading

Let’s go to La Rampa!

Let’s go to La Rampa! / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila Posted on August 7, 2015 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Havana, — It’s seven in the evening and at home we’re hurrying to eat early. We decided to try to the WiFi connection on the capital’s La Rampa, a stretch of arterial which extends from the Coppelia ice […] Continue reading

Investing In Cuba – A Tantalizing And Troublesome Proposition

Investing In Cuba: A Tantalizing And Troublesome Proposition By Daniel Sachs HOUSTON – For an estrangement that lasted 54 years, the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba happened rather quickly. Just seven months elapsed between Barack Obama’s December announcement of a change in US policy and the opening of a US embassy […] Continue reading

When the Eggs Go Missing

When the Eggs Go Missing / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on August 1, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 30 July 2015 — One day it’s cooking oil, another it’s floor cleaning clothes or washing detergent, but there is always a product that all of a sudden doesn’t appear on the shelves either in the ration […] Continue reading

Cuba – Transforming a Revolution

Cuba: Transforming a Revolution Castro and Obama balance gradual normalization with showing benefits for both US and Cuba Patricia Alejandro YaleGlobal, 23 July 2015 CAMBRIDGE, MA: During the 1990s, the popular assumption was that most Cubans, if they had a choice, would leave their country for the United States in a heartbeat. Today, while many […] Continue reading