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Legacy and End Point

Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban people should be eternally grateful for: The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises, especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power. […] Continue reading

The Future, Bring it On!

The Future, Bring it On! / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 5 November 2016 — A feature of the Cuban authorities, since taking power in January 1959, has been wasting time planning for the distant future rather than focusing on solving the present and the near future. Perhaps it is because, from the outset, they decided […] 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

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

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners. At […] Continue reading

Camagüey Neighbors Manage To Stop Work On An Official’s House

Camagüey Neighbors Manage To Stop Work On An Official’s House / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Camagüey, 13 September 2016 — The struggle of a small community of neighbors in Camagüey against the allocation of a plot of land at the corner of their building to an official from the Ministry of […] 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

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 Cuban justice system is seriously corrupt

“The Cuban justice system is seriously corrupt” DDC | Oslo | 26 Mayo 2016 – 9:03 pm. For more than 15 years the Cubalex Legal Information Center has been providing free guidance to Cubans, who, lacking resources and information, must grapple with the regime’s legal system. Cubalex also advises Cubans and foreigners with regards to […] Continue reading

Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, West Palm Beach, Florida, 13 April 2016 — The video has gone viral in the internet in just over 24 hours — between Monday afternoon, April 11th 2016, and the early hours of Tuesday night — it had been shared 42,000 times, it had been viewed […] Continue reading

The issues that will be missing, and the shadow that won’t

The issues that will be missing, and the shadow that won’t FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 4 Abr 2016 – 8:26 am. From 16-19 April the VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) will be held – possibly the last to feature among its highest-ranking leaders historical figures who formed part of […] Continue reading

The Puzzle Of Housing In Cuba

The Puzzle Of Housing In Cuba / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on January 22, 2016 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 7 January 2016 — A year after the elimination of the National Housing Institute, the irregularities that led to dissolving that powerful government agency continue. Excessive paperwork and delays are an annoyance to the population that […] 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

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

Sales Of Building Materials Under Scrutiny

Sales Of Building Materials Under Scrutiny / 14ymedio Posted on September 1, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 1 September 2015 – When there is sand, there are no bricks,” protests a lady this week outside the market in Havana’s La Timna neighborhood. People’s dissatisfaction with regards to quality, quantity and variety of construction materials continues unresolved despite […] Continue reading

Among Thieves – Who Robs Whom?

Among Thieves: Who Robs Whom? / Hablemos Press, Yixander Doimeadios Posted on July 26, 2015 Hablemos Press, Yixander Doimeadios, Havana, 25 July 2105 – Theft is institutionalized in Cuba. It is a pseudo-culture, endured and practiced from one end of the Island to the other, and the excuses for it are: “I have to live, […] Continue reading

Opening for Business

Opening for Business A former Marielito positions himself as an entrepreneur in the new Cuba. BY JON LEE ANDERSON One night not long ago, in a new restaurant in Havana called VIPs, the owner, a white-haired Catalan named Jordi, was speculating about what life might be like in Cuba after a reconciliation with the United […] Continue reading

Killing for a Dwelling

Killing for a Dwelling / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on July 5, 2015 Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 1 July 2015 – A daughter killed her mother, dismembered her with the help of her boyfriend and then reported her missing in order to be able to inherit her humble apartment in a slum where […] Continue reading

Betting On Cuba’s Economic Future As Havana Becomes Las Vegas Again

Betting On Cuba’s Economic Future As Havana Becomes Las Vegas Again Steven Dudash , Contributor For most Americans, Cuba is an isolated third-world island country with a backward economy and a regrettable political and human rights record. After 56 years of the Castro regime, this reputation has been well-earned, but there was a time when […] Continue reading

Could Cuba be Vietnam in the Caribbean?

Opinion: Could Cuba be Vietnam in the Caribbean? Richard E Feinberg Hanoi may have lessons for Havana What might Cuba look like a decade or two from now, when its ageing revolutionary leadership has faded from view? Consider the remarkable economic success of Vietnam, once a highly centralised planned economy as Cuba is today. Vietnam […] Continue reading

Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime

Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 15, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600 miles east […] Continue reading

Inside Fidel Castro’s luxurious life on his secret island getaway

Inside Fidel Castro’s luxurious life on his secret island getaway By Juan Reinaldo SanchezMay 10, 2015 | 6:00am For 17 years, Juan Reinaldo Sanchez served as bodyguard to Fidel Castro. But when he became disillusioned with the Cuban dictator’s hypocrisy and tried to retire in 1994, Castro had him thrown in prison. Sanchez made 10 […] Continue reading

Cubalex states that its work is in ‘danger’

Cubalex states that its work is in ‘danger’ / 14ymedio Posted on March 23, 2015 14ymedio, 22 March 2015 – Last Friday the Cubalex Center for Legal Information circulated a statement in which they report that their work is in “danger.” The independent entity said that after their presentation of “a report about Cuban prisons, […] Continue reading

In Cuba, prosperity will require changes to government control

In Cuba, prosperity will require changes to government control By Karen DeYoung February 14 at 3:30 AM HAVANA — When Cuba was hit with rolling blackouts a decade ago, Fidel Castro decided to save energy by ordering everyone on the island to switch from incandescent to fluorescent lighting. Millions, perhaps billions, of bulbs were ordered […] Continue reading

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them

American companies eager to invest in Cuba, but hurdles await them Published December 21, 2014 Fox News Latino WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there […] Continue reading

Has Stagnation Returned?

Has Stagnation Returned? / Fernando Damaso Posted on October 26, 2014 For years, stagnation was a constant of Cuban-style socialism, as it was in the socialism of Eastern Europe. Starting in 2006, with the change at the helm, it seemed as if the country was going to awaken from its long lethargy and start to […] Continue reading

Cuban court files give glimpse of bribery claims against Tokmakjian

Cuban court files give glimpse of bribery claims against Tokmakjian DANIEL TROTTA HAVANA — Reuters Published Friday, Oct. 03 2014, 8:00 AM EDT Last updated Friday, Oct. 03 2014, 8:01 AM EDT Dinners at fancy restaurants, week-long family vacations and a flat-screen TV: the bribes that Cuba accused Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian of giving Cuban […] Continue reading

“J’Accuse” from a High Position

“J’Accuse” from a High Position / 14ymedio Posted on September 27, 2014 An official with the Housing Institute denounces corruption and privileges, as well as reprisals taken against his family. 14ymedio, September 24, 2014 – Before leaving Cuba in October, 2013, the author of this accusation occupied an important post at the Housing Institute and, […] Continue reading

A Thief Who Steals from a Thief

A Thief Who Steals from a Thief… / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on August 25, 2014 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 23 August 2014 — “Beds, furniture, mattresses, heaters”, is the soft cry from a reseller who prowls around the Carlos III Market entranceway. A few steps away, another dealer advertises his wares: “airs,’microgüeys’, washing machines, […] Continue reading

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 5, 2014 Every summer since 2009, in line with the economic openings of General Castro, Gerald, the owner of a photography business, has rented a room in a hotel in Varadero for 5 nights. Gerald, a white man married to a mixed-race […] Continue reading