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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

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

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing. Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish, blond hair and […] Continue reading

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […] Continue reading

Billion-dollar Odebrecht scandal engulfs Latin America

Billion-dollar Odebrecht scandal engulfs Latin America Tupac POINTU AFP February 3, 2017 Montevideo (AFP) – For years, Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht landed huge public works contracts by paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes. Now, the company’s dirty dealings have caught up with it — and the fallout is spreading across Latin America, where […] 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

Furry’s Offspring Set Up Camp in the US

Furry’s Offspring Set Up Camp in the US / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 20 OCtober 2016 — Yet another son of Army Corps General and former Interior Minister Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, alias “Furry,” arrived in southern Florida and decided to say. Nothing unusual in that, if we think back. Nineteen-year-old Antonio Colomé Hidalgo, […] Continue reading

Top Official Of The Ministry Of The Interior Implicated In Contraband Case – Crime Or Reckoning?

Top Official Of The Ministry Of The Interior Implicated In Contraband Case: Crime Or Reckoning? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, August 8, 2016 — This past July 18, in the Cuban capital, Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Mujica, the head of the Capdevila Special Command of Firefighters, Boyeros municipality, and of the prevention unit of […] 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

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

Obama and Raul Castro – Encounters and Disagreements

Obama and Raul Castro: Encounters and Disagreements / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner Posted on February 21, 2016 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 20 February 2016 — Obama will go to Havana in March. The trip is part of his change of policy regarding the island. He wants, as John Paul II asked, for “Cuba to […] 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

Alarm Bells on the Route of the Illegal Market

Alarm Bells on the Route of the Illegal Market / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on November 28, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 27 November 2015 – Children’s clothes and sneakers were a part of the goods being called out by an illegal vendor this Thursday on Galiano Street in Havana. Although it is just four […] 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

Economic sanctions on Cuba to thaw slowly

Economic sanctions on Cuba to thaw slowly Aug. 1, 2015 The Copa, it turns out, is not the hottest spot north of Havana. That distinction belongs to the blast furnace that doubles as the ground transportation staging area at Miami International Airport, where thousands of Cuban visitors could soon be reunited with families separated by […] Continue reading

Cuba on the cusp

Cuba on the cusp Like it or not Cuba is changing, and it is changing fast By Matthew Emery Cuba is a country of contradiction and ambiguity, stunning landscape and architectural deterioration, of endearing calm and relentless angst. It is, in effect, a national catch-22 caught in a revolutionary time warp long past its prime. […] Continue reading

Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits

Cuba Inc. open to foreign capitalists, but within limits Mon Jun 8, 2015 8:38am EDT By Daniel Trotta and Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Communist Cuba’s newfound interest in foreign capital has its limits, as Philippe Pouletty found out. A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba’s […] Continue reading

Cuba and Venezuela, in the same mirror

Cuba and Venezuela, in the same mirror YOANI SÁNCHEZ, Havana | Mayo 14, 2015 “I got soap and some toys for her son,” one Venezuelan mother was telling another in Tocumen Airport in Panama. At her feet a carry-on looked like it was about to explode it was so full, as the lady enumerated everything […] Continue reading

Cuban Americans’ shifting identity, and political views, divides key bloc

Cuban Americans’ shifting identity, and political views, divides key bloc By Marc Fisher April 12 at 1:27 PM MIAMI — When Sen. Marco ­Rubio stands before Miami’s historic Freedom Tower on Monday and announces that he is the second Cuban American to join the 2016 race for president of the United States, Gabriel Perez, Emilio […] Continue reading

Mission Accomplished, General

Mission Accomplished, General MIRIAM CELAYA, Panama | Abril 10, 2015 Just as expected, April 8 th was D-day for Castro’s troops in Panama, with the Forum of Civil Society in the framework of the Summit of the Americas. The physical and verbal aggression and the “revolutionary violence” unleashed in all its public display of barbarism […] Continue reading

Cuban prosecutor that was awaiting trial on corruption escapes from Cuba,Submitted by: Camila

Cuban prosecutor that was awaiting trial on corruption escapes from Cuba Submitted by: Camila 11 / 27 / 2014 The Cuban prosecutor Hilda Batista Torriente, who was awaiting for trial on charges of forgery and insider trading, managed to evade immigration controls and escaped from Cuba on a flight to Costa Rica. Hilda Torriente Batista, […] Continue reading

Fees for Americans a sore spot in Cuba travel

Fees for Americans a sore spot in Cuba travel By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: November 23, 2014 TAMPA — The battle for the Cuban charter flight business out of Tampa International Airport has landed in federal court, exposing what U.S. citizens must pay the secretive Cuban government for use of Havana’s José Martí […] Continue reading

I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated

“I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar Espinosa Chepe Posted on June 21, 2014 One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, who […] Continue reading

Cuba – Its Silent Conquest of Venezuela

Cuba: Its Silent Conquest of Venezuela / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 21, 2014 Not in his wildest dreams did Fidel Castro think he would gain political control of and derive economic benefit from a nation nine times bigger than Cuba, with two and a half times the population and with the biggest oil reserves […] Continue reading

Abuses at the Border

Abuses at the Border / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Posted on March 22, 2014 On March 7th I returned to Cuba from Miami and they seized seventy pounds of food from me. I doesn’t matter that I bought the ticket at the travel agency, sent the money and packages to my Country through “Go Cuba,” which […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Medical Missions in Venezuela – Hotspot for Corruption

Cuba’s Medical Missions in Venezuela: Hotspot for Corruption October 1, 2013 Uberto Mario* (Cafe Fuerte) HAVANA TIMES — In the course of my five years in Venezuela, I undertook several journalistic investigations which allowed me to trail numerous criminals who, hiding behind their embroidered guayabera shirts and medical gowns, carried out all manner of illegal […] Continue reading

Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies

Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 16, 2013 The dual currency system in Cuba is one of the major economic and social problems of the country. Don't take my word for it, on several occasions the president of the country, Raul Castro himself (and I have no [...] Continue reading

Head of Cuban cigar factory Partagas allegedly arrested in Havana

Head of Cuban cigar factory Partagas allegedly arrested in Havana Posted November 07, 2012 by publisher Various bloggers are reporting that the head of the Partagas factory in Havana, Abel Exposito, was arrested last week. Since there is no official word from Cuban authorities, information contained in this article cannot be verified. The alleged charges [...] Continue reading

Indecision time

Cuba Indecision time Never rapid, Raúl Castro's reforms seem to be stalling Sep 15th 2012 | HAVANA WHEN Raúl Castro, Cuba's president, gave his latest big speech, to a meeting of the National Assembly in July, he repeated his stock response to those who urge him to move faster with reforms to his country's stagnant [...] Continue reading

Letter From a Young Man Who Has Left

Letter From a Young Man Who Has Left / Ivan Lopez Monreal Ivan Lopez Monreal, Translator: Courtney Finkel, Translator: Regina Anavy Site manager's note: This letter is not from one of our regular bloggers. It is from a young Cuban who has emigrated to Bulgaria, and was written in response to a post on (the […] Continue reading