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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 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

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

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

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

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 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

THE HARSH REALITY OF TRYING TO DO BUSINESS IN CUBA

THE HARSH REALITY OF TRYING TO DO BUSINESS IN CUBA BY KEN FIREMAN ON 6/19/16 AT 6:30 AM This article first appeared on the London School of Economics site. The car was a Detroit classic on a Havana street, a pink and white 1956 Chevy Bel Air with a nickname out of a rock ‘n’ […] Continue reading

Foreign investors dust off Cuba projects

Foreign investors dust off Cuba projects By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JIBACOA, Cuba — Twenty years ago a Canadian developer won the right to build golf courses and condominiums across 2½ miles of lush green ridgeline and crescent beaches lapped by the emerald waters of the Florida Straits just 40 miles from Havana. Year […] Continue reading

Cuba hopes detente will finally break curse on investment

Cuba hopes detente will finally break curse on investment As Cuba fever seizes investors, communist functionaries and global corporations are hoping to change the island’s reputation as a place where investment projects go to die. BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press JIBACOA, CUBA — Twenty years ago a Canadian developer won the right to build golf […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Soldiers in Business – Bad Deal

Soldiers in Business: Bad Deal / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet.org, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 30 May 2016 – The survival of the Castro regime increasingly appears to be in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). And not only because of the generals who run some of the most important ministries but also […] Continue reading

Ports focus on Cuba cruise, cargo connections

Ports focus on Cuba cruise, cargo connections Dave Berman, FLORIDA TODAY 11:41 p.m. EDT May 18, 2016 Seaports, shippers and cruise lines are focusing on Cuba as the next big thing in their industries. And that was the focus of attention this week at the Caribbean Shipping Association’s conference in Cocoa Beach. As conference host, […] 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

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

Raul Castro and His Retirement Plan

Raul Castro and His Retirement Plan / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on April 1, 2016 Juan Juan Almeida, 24 March 2016 — It is a few days before the start of the Cuban Communist Party Congress and Raul Castro is counting down the months until his retirement. He has everything more or less figured out. […] 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

Brazilian Odebrecht Group Expands Its Presence In Cuba

Brazilian Odebrecht Group Expands Its Presence In Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on February 7, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 3 February 2016 — The Brazilian Odebrecht Group will expand its presence in Cuba with two contracts in the sugar industry and in civil aviation, according a report from the Prensa Latina agency. On January 13, the company […] 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

17 December – First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage

17 December: First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage / Miriam Celaya Posted on December 29, 2015 Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 December 2015 – At the end of the first year of the restoration of relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba, the expectations that the historical event awakened in Cuba remain unfulfilled. […] Continue reading

Changing Times and the Need to Hasten Reforms

Cuba: Changing Times and the Need to Hasten Reforms December 10, 2015 Fernando Ravsberg Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Cuban doctors. HAVANA TIMES — I don’t like to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the results of Venezuela’s elections should make us entertain the possibility that Chavismo could lose the next presidential elections, depriving […] Continue reading

Cuba takes center stage at Caribbean/Central American conference

Cuba takes center stage at Caribbean/Central American conference As Cuba forges new economic relations, it poses challenges and opportunities for region New Cuban economic development strategy expected next year Cuban economist: Economic change will accelerate on island BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Look for the Communist Party of Cuba to outline its future economic development strategy […] 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

The GAE, a Lie Transformed into Reality

The GAE, a Lie Transformed into Reality / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 29, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 26 October 2015 — Before the Special Period, the financial capacity of the country had already been reduced to a minimum, so reforms were being instituted that supposedly would “help” the nation cope with the economic […] Continue reading

Why Cuban cab drivers earn more than doctors

Why Cuban cab drivers earn more than doctors by Johnny Harris on October 26, 2015 On his worst days, Rafa, a Cuban taxi driver, makes $60 from all his rides. A doctor in Cuba makes around $45 in a month. The colossal disparity between these two salaries is one of the many perplexing realities of […] Continue reading

Investing in Cuba remains ‘very risky,’ panelists say

Investing in Cuba remains ‘very risky,’ panelists say Exploring business potential on the Communist island has surged since December The infrastructure is dated but so is the mindset For now investors must get used to the state as the majority partner BY ANA VECIANA-SUAREZ aveciana-suarez@miamiherald.com Panelists at a CEO roundtable about the future of Cuba […] Continue reading

Is Now the Right Time?

Is Now the Right Time? PABLO DÍAZ ESPÍ | Madrid | 6 Oct 2015 – 2:37 am. Will a lifting of the US embargo be beneficial with the Castros still in power? The most recent and vocal proponents of the lifting of the American embargo on Cuba wield as their main argument that this measure […] 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