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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

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

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth June 8, 2017 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and […] Continue reading

In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens

Derek B. Miller: In Cuba, nothing is allowed but everything happens By Derek B Miller Published: May 24, 2017 10:00 a.m. Updated: May 23, 2017 1:21 p.m. Utah business and community leaders recently visited Cuba on a fact-finding mission and discovered a beautiful country with welcoming people. Asked at every turn where we were from, […] Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? Javier Garcia-Bengochea Guest Columnist Privacy Policy It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain. It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding […] Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba? Apr 20, 2017 President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014: Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation […] 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

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism”

The Thousand Faces of “Journalism” / Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 29 March 2017 – An opinion piece published in recent days by El Nuevo Herald gives me a disturbing feeling of déjà vu. It is not the subject – overflowing with a number of articles by different authors – but its focal point, […] Continue reading

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy. This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants, especially those born with the compound […] 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

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 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