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The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter

The true face of GAESA in Havana’s Historic Quarter ROLANDO MARTÍNEZ | La Habana | 22 de Junio de 2017 – 11:27 CEST. “What has the change from Habaguanex to GAESA been like?” “Disastrous.” “Why?” “Because the military management is inept. They demand too much and want to intimidate us. Imagine: if you refuse to […] 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

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, […] 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

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ Miami’s tightly knit and often contentious exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s. They knew him when he was a college student struggling for attention, when he was holed up in the Sierra Maestra mountains […] Continue reading

What is Behind the Arrest of the Ex-President of Cuba’s Central Bank?

What is Behind the Arrest of the Ex-President of Cuba’s Central Bank? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 14 November 2016 — At the beginning of October the former Cuban diplomat and ex-president of the Central Bank, Hector Rodrigues Llompart, was arrested. It is said that during the raid on his home in the […] Continue reading

The Ex-President of the National Bank of Cuba Has Been Arrested

The Ex-President of the National Bank of Cuba Has Been Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 26 October 2016 — Under the alleged charge of influence peddling, Héctor Rodríguez Llompart, an ex-Cuban diplomat and the ex-President of the National Bank, was arrested. “No one knows the motives,” said a source close to the […] Continue reading

On the Trail of the MININT Papers

On the Trail of the MININT Papers / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 May 2016 — In connection with a top secret theft targeting the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Cuba (MININT), a high number of officials have been arrested, a colonel in charge of computer operations has committed suicide in his […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Communists dig in despite Obama’s outreach

Cuba’s Communists dig in despite Obama’s outreach Castros ensure communist grip By Guy Taylor – The Washington Times – Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Critics of President Obama’s diplomatic outreach to Cuba are claiming vindication this week as the island nation’s Communist Party hard-liners — cheered on by an 89-year-old Fidel Castro — moved to cement […] Continue reading

From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert

Cuba: From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert / Iván García Posted on March 18, 2016 Iván García, 16 March 2106 — Around 12 midnight on Tuesday, 18 March 2003, I was en route to my apartment in the La Víbora neighborhood when, from the balcony, some incomprehensible signs coming from my mother […] 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

Proof That Obama Was Wrong About Cuba

Proof That Obama Was Wrong About Cuba Mike Gonzalez / @Gundisalvus / December 21, 2015 Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, is a widely experienced international correspondent, commentator and editor who has reported from Asia, Europe and Latin America. He served in the George W. Bush Administration first at the Securities and […] Continue reading

Officials Arrested For Stealing Chemical Used To Fight Dengue Fever

Officials Arrested For Stealing Chemical Used To Fight Dengue Fever / 14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa Posted on October 14, 2015 14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa, Holguin, 14 October 2015 — Several directors and heads of health districts in Holguin have been arrested for their links with the illegal sale of permethrin, a chemical used to fumigate […] Continue reading

Pope chose subtle over blunt critique in Cuba

Analysis: Pope chose subtle over blunt critique in Cuba Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 9:04 p.m. EDT September 23, 2015 SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba — During his four-day visit to this communist-run island that ended Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke often of respect for fellow humans. Those who hoped the pope would make a clarion call for […] Continue reading

Brazilian weekly says Lula lobbied for Odebrecht in Cuba

Brazilian weekly says Lula lobbied for Odebrecht in Cuba BRASILIA (Reuters) – A Brazilian news magazine has accused former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of acting as lobbyist in Cuba for Brazil’s largest engineering firm Odebrecht, which built the container terminal at the Cuban port of Mariel. In this week’s edition headlined “Our man […] Continue reading

A warning on doing business in Cuba

A warning on doing business in Cuba Timothy Belevetz and Ronald Oleynik, Holland & Knight law firm 18 Hours Ago CNBC.com The restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba is sure to bring new opportunities for U.S. businesses seeking to gain a foothold in a market of more than 11 million potential consumers […] 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

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

Emilio Ochoa – An architect of Cuba’s 1940 Constitution

Emilio Ochoa: An architect of Cuba’s 1940 Constitution When looking at Havana’s skyline today, the Capitol building is one of its most eye-catching sights. Its symbolic dome has been covered by scaffolding since 2012, when the Cuban government began its restoration. Since March it has once again housed Cuba’s legislative branch, which, since 1976, has […] Continue reading

Real-Estate Revolution Hits Cuba

Real-Estate Revolution Hits Cuba The Wall Street Journal. Michael Allen HAVANA, Cuba—Listed at $1.2 million, the penthouse has broad terraces, marble floors and stunning waterfront views stretching from the Darth Vader-style Russian Embassy to Meyer Lansky’s old Riviera hotel. That might seem pricey for a Communist country whose average worker earns around $20 a month. […] Continue reading

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] Continue reading

How a Canadian businessman lost everything in Cuba

How a Canadian businessman lost everything in Cuba JEFF GRAY The Globe and Mail Last updated Friday, Mar. 20 2015, 8:14 PM EDT Canadian businessman Sarkis Yacoubian only knew his Cuban interrogator – the Cubans call them “instructors” – as Major Carlito. When they first met in the dim basement of the Havana house where […] Continue reading

An Ethical Roadway for Civil Society

An Ethical Roadway for Civil Society / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 1, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 25 February 2015 — This Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, a new meeting of the members Espacio Abierto [Cuban Civil Society Open Forum] of the independent civil society took place with a broad representation of members of […] Continue reading

La Bolita, Cuba’s National Obsession?

La Bolita, Cuba’s National Obsession? / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 22, 2015 Iván García, 2 February 2015 — It is half past noon and Saul is collecting bets for the clandestine Cuban lottery known as bolita (little ball) or charada, (charade) which was legal before 1959 and has always been very popular. Under a […] Continue reading

Cuba frees Canadian businessman Tokmakjian after three years in jail

Cuba frees Canadian businessman Tokmakjian after three years in jail BY DANIEL TROTTA HAVANA Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:52pm EST (Reuters) – Cuba has freed Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian after more than three years in jail, his company said on Saturday, resolving a case that had strained Cuban-Canadian relations and alarmed foreign investors. Tokmakjian, founder […] Continue reading

Corruption, the Cancer of Cuban Public Transportation

Corruption, the Cancer of Cuban Public Transportation / 14ymedio, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on February 10, 2015 Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 7 February 2015 — More than a decade has passed since the first big purchase of busses from China and Russia was made in order to ameliorate the transportation problem in Cuba, and […] Continue reading

The spy who never wanted to be one

The spy who never wanted to be one / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on January 28, 2015 The unusual story of ‘Granma’ journalist sentenced to 14 years in prison 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Santiago de Cuba, 27 January 2015 — Just outside the building, a ditch carries sewage down the street. Several children jump from side […] Continue reading

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the Americas

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the Americas BY JIM WYSS JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/10/2014 8:19 PM 12/10/2014 8:19 PM In an apparent reversal of decades-long policy, Washington will not stand in the way of Cuban participation in the next Summit of the Americas, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday. […] Continue reading

Why the U.S. Should Not Reward Castros’ Cuba

Why the U.S. Should Not Reward Castros’ Cuba Cuba, a small island lying in the Caribbean 90 miles away from Key West, Florida, is the only Communist country in the Western Hemisphere. It has been ruled by two brothers, Fidel and Raul Castro since 1959. A strong lobby by the left and some business companies […] Continue reading

Burma is closer than we think …

Burma is closer than we think … / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on October 23, 2014 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Prague, 15 October 2014 – A few years ago, when I was overcome with despair about the situation of my country, I thought about those who were in worse shape with regards to the lack of […] Continue reading

The Tokmakjian case and the snares of the law

The Tokmakjian case and the snares of the law / 14ymedio Posted on October 2, 2014 14ymedio, Havana, Ignacio Varona, 30 September 2014 – Few expected a magnanimous gesture from the Cuban courts toward the Canadian businessman Vahe Cy Tokmakjian. After he was arrested in September 2011, this 74-year-old man was turned into a test […] Continue reading