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Cuba Tries Canadian Businessman

Cuba Tries Canadian Businessman June 16, 2014 by Café Fuerte HAVANA TIMES — The trial of Canadian entrepreneur Cy Tokmakjian, arrested more than two years ago on corruption charges in Cuba, has been underway since June 9th in a Havana court and is expected to extend for at least two weeks, said sources related to […] Continue reading

Cuba’s currency unification

Analysis: Cuba’s currency unification By Domingo Amuchastegui Cuba’s reforms and changes, aiming at a complete redesign of its rigid, state-controlled socialist experience, has come to a point of no return. There’s no turning back, and the Achilles Heel of this present stage is the effort to put an end to the two-tier currency system, with […] Continue reading

Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death

Widow of Cuban Dissident Appeals for Outside Investigation Into His Death Former Spouse of Oswaldo Paya Tells ZENIT She Has Proof He Was Murdered Havana, Cuba, May 13, 2014 (Zenit.org) Ivan de Vargas Cuban Ofelia Acevedo, widow of dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in unclear circumstances, asked that an international investigation be opened to know […] Continue reading

Cuba Opens the Gates to Foreign Capital

Cuba Opens the Gates to Foreign Capital / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 10, 2014 When a government’s financial figures are in the red, everything takes on new urgency. By now the formulas to address the problem are well-known. Often new tax measures are imposed while bloated public spending is slashed. But if the goal […] Continue reading

Tampa investors long to reconnect with Cuba

Tampa investors long to reconnect with Cuba By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: April 6, 2014 TAMPA — Few lost more than the Lykes family of Tampa when Fidel Castro came to power in 1958 and nationalized Cuba’s private property. Their 15,000-acre spread in Oriente province had been identified by Fortune magazine a few […] Continue reading

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: December 7, 2013 MEXICO CITY — It is a rare day in Cuba when the Communist Party’s triumphalist newspaper suggests that the government — just maybe — messed up. Or when the party’s chief ideologist renounces government secrecy. Or […] Continue reading

The Conspiracy of “The Divine Shepherdess”

The Conspiracy of “The Divine Shepherdess” / Miriam Celaya Posted on October 1, 2013 A title that cheesy might seem like something straight out of the most mediocre thriller, but it refers to real events: The Divine Shepherdess restaurant, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Gaviota corporation of the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR), […] Continue reading

The Hell of Traveling to the “Interior”

The Hell of Traveling to the “Interior” / Leon Padron Azcuy Posted on September 30, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, September 25, 2013, Leon Padron / www.cubanet.org.- In the new “Cuba Says” segment on the TV National News, they addressed the problem of transportation. But it was not a simple confrontation between between some critics among the […] Continue reading

The Fault Always Lies With the People, or the United States

The Fault Always Lies With the People, or the United States / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Posted on September 25, 2013 LA HAVANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org — A new program recently started on television at the end of the newscast at 8 pm. It is named “Cuba says” and is listed as an investigative journalism […] Continue reading

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy?

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy? / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 20, 2013 While in Sao Paulo and other cities in Brazil the outraged people flooded the streets to protest the increase in transportation prices, rampant corruption and the millions in public expenditures for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, in Cuba the […] Continue reading

Seven Years of Governing

Raul Castro: Seven Years of Governing / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 4, 2013 Giving an accounting of their administration was never among the priorities of the Castro brothers. The modern caudillos are considered beyond good and evil. Indeed, Fidel Castro managed the nation like a private bodega, with outlandish economic plans, bypassing the state […] Continue reading

Buying a Car in Cuba – A Veritable Odyssey

Buying a Car in Cuba: A Veritable Odyssey September 4, 2013 FERNANDO RAVSBERG* HAVANA TIMES — Since April, the Cuban government has ceased selling automobiles to Cuban citizens authorized to purchase these, thus eliminating the only mechanism through which Cubans could acquire a modern used vehicle put out of circulation by the country’s car rental […] Continue reading

Building a Home in Cuba, Without Bank Loans, Without Legal Supply Markets

Yoani Sanchez Award-winning Cuban blogger Building a Home in Cuba, Without Bank Loans, Without Legal Supply Markets Posted: 08/09/2013 5:25 pm She gets up and has a little coffee. The concrete of the counter is still fresh. Magaly, her two sons and her husband live in a house under construction. They’ve spent seven years like […] Continue reading

Why Isn’t the Dissident Movement Relevant to the Average Cuban

Why Isn’t the Dissident Movement Relevant to the Average Cuban Posted on July 28, 2013 My neighbors think exactly the same way as many in the opposition. They are as unhappy with the government of the Castro brothers as any dissident. Many a night I have to listen to loud complaints and criticisms leveled against […] Continue reading

Money starts to talk

Cuba’s economy Money starts to talk And eventually, perhaps, in one currency, as the tempo of reform accelerates Jul 20th 2013 | HAVANA |From the print edition AT 9.01am one morning earlier this month, Marino Murillo, a member of Cuba’s ruling Politburo, strode on to the stage at the International Press Centre in Havana, gave [...] Continue reading

Cuba sentences Canadian businessman to nine years in prison

Posted on Wednesday, 06.19.13 Cuba sentences Canadian businessman to nine years in prison BY JULIAN SHER TORONTO STAR For almost two years as he sat in a Havana prison awaiting trial on corruption charges, Canadian businessman Sarkis Yacoubian held out hope that by collaborating with the Cuban authorities and fingering a wide web of foreign [...] Continue reading

A new course

Business in Cuba A new course A tale of politics, corruption and golf May 25th 2013 | HAVANA AFTER the 1959 revolution Fidel Castro declared that golf was a “bourgeois” hobby, unsuitable for communists. Most of the island’s courses were built on, and no new ones have been developed since. But the government has just [...] Continue reading

Canadian goes on trial in Havana for corruption scandal

Posted on Thursday, 05.23.13 Canadian goes on trial in Havana for corruption scandal By Julian Sher, Toronto Star And Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com When Sarkis Yacoubian walks into a court room in downtown Havana Thursday to face corruption charges that could send him to prison for 12 years the Canadian businessman will have a high-powered [...] Continue reading

Canadian jailed in Havana corruption scandal speaks out

Posted on Wednesday, 05.15.13 Canadian jailed in Havana corruption scandal speaks out By Julian Sher of The Toronto Star And Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@elnuevoherald.com Speaking over a scratchy telephone line from inside a Cuban prison, Sarkis Yacoubian’s voice goes suddenly silent. He’s crying. “I was so depressed at times, I wanted to commit suicide,” says [...] Continue reading

Total Alienation

Total Alienation / Miriam Celaya Posted on March 28, 2013 Presided over by Cuba's General-President, on Friday, March 15, 2013 there was an extended meeting of the Council of Ministers, which, in addition to resembling any other, at the same time typifies both the inefficiency of the entire government apparatus and the impossibility of renewing [...] Continue reading

The changing face of Cuba: Communism to capitalism

The changing face of Cuba: Communism to capitalism March 28, 2013 cuba For over half a century Cuba has been ruled by the Castro regime and has remained largely cut off from the rest of the world. The island's economy is in a state of collapse and still inhabits the crippling stranglehold of the US [...] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Crosses Its Fingers Before Venezuelan Elections

The Cuban Regime Crosses Its Fingers Before Venezuelan Elections / Iván García Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated The presidential elections on October 7 may not be the triumphant military parade announced by Hugo Chavez. The Chavez vote has been trending downward. Capriles has gained the advantage. He has come from behind. Now it is a house-to-house [...] Continue reading

The Impact of Cuba’s New Customs Regs

The Impact of Cuba's New Customs Regs September 19, 2012 Alberto N. Jones HAVANA TIMES — Official statements describe the Cuban Customs Office as "the country's first line of defense, responsible for preventing the entry of harmful materials," while at the same time it "allows and encourages the free flow of trade and development between [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Customs Office Tightens the Screws

Cuba's Customs Office Tightens the Screws July 18, 2012 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — The Customs law that goes into effect in September is one that will have the most social impact, since in one way or another it will affect the majority of Cubans, making everyday life a little more difficult and a lot [...] Continue reading

Economic Transformations, Property Rights, and Cuba’s Current Constitution

Economic Transformations, Property Rights, and Cuba's Current Constitution / Estado de Sats, Antonio Rodiles Antonio Rodiles, Estado de Sats / State of Sats, Translator: Unstated By Antonio Rodiles Introduction The Sixth Congress of the Cuban Communist Party just concluded, leaving a trail of questions to be clarified. Most of the televised debates turned into semantic [...] Continue reading

The Government Guidelines for the Economy and the new Cuban Economic and Social Structure / Estado de Sats / State of Sats

http://translatingcuba.com/?p=18483 The Government Guidelines for the Economy and the new Cuban Economic and Social Structure / Estado de Sats / State of Sats Estado de Sats / State of Sats, Translator: Unstated By Antonio Rodiles The government document regarding guidelines for economic and social policy seeks to outline a new design for Cuban society. This [...] Continue reading

Corruption and the Morality of Survival / Dimas Castellano

Corruption and the Morality of Survival / Dimas CastellanoDimas Castellanos, Translator: Unstated Corruption — the action of corrupting — is the result of many causes, that range from personal conduct to the political-economic system of each country. It is an ancient social phenomenon to that occurs to a greater or lesser extent in all societies [...] Continue reading

The Streets Belong to Cubans / Rosa María Rodríguez Torrado

The Streets Belong to Cubans / Rosa María Rodríguez TorradoRosa María Rodríguez Torrado, Translator: Unstated Cuba's leaders and their acolytes have warned for years and without the least reserve, that the streets belong to the Revolutionaries. This amounts to the segregation that only government sympathizers can march and protest peacefully and publicly, but always in [...] Continue reading

Harsh realities of life in Cuba

February 16, 2012 2:11 am Harsh realities of life in Cuba From Mr Paul Nabavi. Sir, Having lived in Cuba for more than six years to 2007, I take issue with Michael Redwood's romantic vision of life in contemporary Cuba (Letters, February 13) and his assertion that it provides pointers to "the more sustainable society" [...] Continue reading

Delegación cubana vinculada a fraude sudafricano

Corrupción Delegación cubana vinculada a fraude sudafricano Más de 6 millones de Rands provenientes de los contribuyentes sudafricanos fueron empleados en el viaje y el equipo de intérpretes de la delegación cubana que asistió al XVII Festival Mundial de la Juventud y los Estudiantes Redacción CE, Madrid | 11/10/2011 Más de 6 millones de Rands [...] Continue reading

Youth Agency paid R6?million to fly Cubans to failed festival

Youth Agency paid R6?million to fly Cubans to failed festival10 Oct 2011Jacques Pauw MORE than R6 million in taxpayers' money was spent to charter a jet to fly 262 members of the Cuban Young Communist League and their interpreters to South Africa for the National Youth Development Agency's (NYDA) abortive festival last December.Details of the [...] Continue reading