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Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba

Trafficking in Goods, a Strategy to Survive in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 28 June 2017 — On Havana there are illegal stores for all tastes. Pirated jeans at 20 CUC, copies of Nike shoes at 40 CUC and imitation Swiss watches at 50 CUC. People with higher purchasing power mark the difference. By […] Continue reading

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

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

Are Cooperatives Dangerous for Cuba?

Are Cooperatives Dangerous for Cuba? December 24, 2015 Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — A few days ago, I saw a report by Telesur, Latin America’s left-wing broadcaster, which praised the creation of cooperatives in Mexico and stressed that these had helped prevent the closure of companies and unemployment in other Latin American countries. Socialist sectors […] 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

With Hard Currency the Embargo is a Joke

Cuba: With Hard Currency the Embargo is a Joke / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 22 October 2015 — The Commodore Center Mall, to the west of Havana, is one of the preferred shopping sites for the official intellectual jet set, who from their newsletter launch poison darts against “Yankee imperialism […] Continue reading

Camajuani in Suspense over Corruption

Camajuani in Suspense over Corruption / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 21, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 24 September 2015 — Cuba is trying to silence a national “explosion” of great intensity, which implicates officers of the Interior Ministry (MININT), the Ministry of the Armed Forces (MINFAR), the Cultural Goods Fund (a Cultural center promoting […] Continue reading

Demagoguery – A Cardinal Sign of the Cuban “Revolution”

Demagoguery: A Cardinal Sign of the Cuban “Revolution” / Jeovany Vega Posted on August 24, 2015 I want you POOR, fanatic, worshipful and grateful Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 20 August 2015 — A few weeks ago we were amusing ourselves with news reports about the vacation tour of Prince Tony Castro. Apparently, tired of playing golf […] 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

Manual for Trading with Cuban Businesses

Manual for Trading with Cuban Businesses / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on March 4, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 23 February 2015 — Marijuana relaxes, cocaine excites, and the consumption of amphetamines allows concentration; but of all the drugs, wanting to trade with Cuba is an event that provokes alienation. The effect was evident a few […] Continue reading

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA HAVANA (AP) — Panfilo, the elderly protagonist in a weekly show on Cuban state television, has a broken water pipe in his house. When the city repair worker says it’ll take six months to fix, Panfilo bribes her with a bottle of shampoo […] Continue reading

Tricking Customs, Another National Sport

Tricking Customs, Another National Sport / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on December 7, 2014 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 6 December 2014 — Establishing the rules of a sport takes time. Let’s take for example baseball, one of the most complicated games that exists; one could ask where the rules for its practice come […] Continue reading

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño

Cuba’s 14ymedio Journalists Spend Two hours With the New York Times’ Ernesto Londoño Posted: 12/06/2014 4:24 am EST 14ymedio, 1 December 2014 — Ernesto Londoño, who authored six editorials on Cuba published recently by The New York Times engaged in a friendly conversation on Saturday with a part of the 14ymedio team, in the hotel […] Continue reading

Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms

Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms BY MARC FRANK HAVANA Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:29pm EDT (Reuters) – Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow […] 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

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Who Provoked the Riot in the Guatao Women’s Prison

Who Provoked the Riot in the Guatao Women’s Prison / Dania Virgen Garcia Posted on August 5, 2013 Havana, Cuba, July 25, 2013, Dania Virgen Garcia / www.cubanet.org. A reliable source who asked to remain anonymous for reasons of safety — it is clear that this source is not political prisoner Sonia Garro, illegally confined […] Continue reading

The Gloves are Off

Cuba: The Gloves are Off July 11, 2013 Raul Castro’s Remarks on Cuba’s Social Crises Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — Making Cuba’s official discourse reflect more and more aspects of everyday reality may well be one of the most important political processes undertaken on the island today. President Raul Castro’s pronouncements Sunday to the parliament [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Democratic Left on State Socialism

Cuba’s Democratic Left on State Socialism May 9, 2013 | | Print Print | 0 5 11 32 HAVANA TIMES — A couple weeks ago we published a summary of an essay by Pedro Campos and Armando Chaguaceda on the inability of the State Socialist system that reigns in Cuba to carry out the changes [...] Continue reading

The General, ‘Reforms’ and the Myth of the Renewal of the ‘Model’

The General, 'Reforms' and the Myth of the Renewal of the 'Model' / Miriam Celaya Six years after the Proclamation in which Fidel Castro delegated almost all power to his brother, and four years after Raul Castro officially took the reins of government, almost all optimism about the possible beginning stages of transformations to advance [...] 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

Some Challenges Facing Cuba’s Press

Some Challenges Facing Cuba's Press September 17, 2012 Esteban Morales* HAVANA TIMES — Everything seems to indicate that there are now two presses in Cuba. There's one that some want all of us to read, and another one that reaches only 10 percent of the population (though summaries of it are broadcast over "Radio Bemba" [...] Continue reading

Cuban defectors choosing Tampa over Miami

Posted on Sunday, 09.09.12 Life in exile Cuban defectors choosing Tampa over Miami Hoping to avoid the anti-Castro maelstrom in Miami — and spies for the regime — some important expats are choosing to live in Tampa. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com TAMPA — One was a senior Cuban government official who handled more than [...] Continue reading

Client-User Defenselessness

Client-User Defenselessness / Cuban Law Association, Lic. E. Javier Hernandez H. Cuban Law Association, E. Javier Hernandez H., Translator: Courtney Finkel For years there has been a reality in our country that isn't exposed nor analyzed from all angles as the suffering of citizens deserves to be: it pertains to the defenseless state of Cuban [...] 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

From Failure to Failure / Fernando Dámaso

From Failure to Failure / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Dámaso, Translator: Unstated According to the latest official figures, the 2011-2012 sugar harvest (still unfinished) will amount to only 1.4 million tons, similar to that of the year 1895 in the 19th century, when the War of Independence against Spanish rule began. It doesn't seem like 117 [...] Continue reading