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Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic system of […] 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

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro

Rio Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time? Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the […] Continue reading

The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families

The secrets of Santería lie deep in these Cuban families BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com PALMIRA, CUBA José Entenza Montalvo, a babalawo, or priest, shows the faded handwritten books, some more than a century old, where special knowledge of medicinal herbs and plants and the names of those initiated as babalawos are recorded. For Entenza, the […] Continue reading

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez, Artemisa/Pinar del Rio, 9 February 2017 – When he was a boy, Jorge Luis Ledesma Herrera played around the charcoal ovens his father had built. Now, approaching 50, this Pinar del Rio man […] Continue reading

The Controller Uncovers a Rosary of Mismanagement

The Controller Uncovers a Rosary of Mismanagement / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 28 January 2017 — What Cuban has not diverted resources from his work place? Theft from the State together with administrative negligence and corruption are among the main problems detected by the most recent National Internal Audit concluded at the […] 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

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines” /14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – Dismantling the legal framework for the press and eliminating all barriers to individual access to the internet are key factors to promote a more open information environment in Cuba, according to the report Connecting Cuba: […] 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

Minister Abelito’s Second Go-Round

Minister Abelito’s Second Go-Round / 14ymedio, Ernesto Santana 14ymedio, Ernesto Santana, Havana, 11 July 2016 — At the end of his first stint as Minister of Culture (1997-2012), comments were frequently heard about Abel Prieto’s desire to leave the job. The most practical said it was due to illness, the most romantic claimed he wanted […] 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

Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, West Palm Beach, Florida, 13 April 2016 — The video has gone viral in the internet in just over 24 hours — between Monday afternoon, April 11th 2016, and the early hours of Tuesday night — it had been shared 42,000 times, it had been viewed […] Continue reading

There Is No Doing Business in Cuba, Only with Cuba

There Is No Doing Business in Cuba, Only with Cuba The Communist Island’s “Private Sector” Is a Farce JOSÉ AZEL JANUARY 11, 2016 AT 8:25 AM First, let’s get the preposition right. All commentary regarding entering the Cuban market makes reference to investing “in” Cuba. But, when used as a preposition, “in” innocently indicates inclusion […] Continue reading

Rosa María Paya – Totalitarianism Does Not Tolerate Participation

Rosa María Paya: Totalitarianism Does Not Tolerate Participation / Leonel Luis Leon Posted on December 7, 2015 Diario Las Americas, Leonel Luis Leon, 5 December 2015 — Rosa María Payá, daughter of the deceased Cuban opposition leader Oswaldo Payá – who received the Andrei Sakharov Human Rights Prize from the European Parliament and founded the […] Continue reading

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods / Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez Posted on November 24, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, Havana, 24 November 2015 — Two teenage gangs disturb the public peace on the streets of the Havana municipality of Cerro, while the police remain passive. Known as […] Continue reading

What It’s Like to Launch an Independent News Outlet in Cuba

What It’s Like to Launch an Independent News Outlet in Cuba By ERNESTO LONDOÑO OCTOBER 20, 2015 12:57 PM October 20, 2015 12:57 pm Elaine Díaz, the first Cuban journalist to receive a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, returned home earlier this year and resigned from the University of Havana, where she taught for seven […] Continue reading

In Cuba, Overseas Travel Brings Out the Worst in People

In Cuba, Overseas Travel Brings Out the Worst in People / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 6 August 2015 — Engineers Odalys and Anayanci were friends until Autumn 2012 when a training seminar in China unleashed a conflict marked by intrigue, damaging reports and even witchcraft. “It was huge,” says Sara, […] Continue reading

Investing In Cuba – A Tantalizing And Troublesome Proposition

Investing In Cuba: A Tantalizing And Troublesome Proposition By Daniel Sachs HOUSTON – For an estrangement that lasted 54 years, the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba happened rather quickly. Just seven months elapsed between Barack Obama’s December announcement of a change in US policy and the opening of a US embassy […] 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

Killing for a Dwelling

Killing for a Dwelling / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on July 5, 2015 Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 1 July 2015 – A daughter killed her mother, dismembered her with the help of her boyfriend and then reported her missing in order to be able to inherit her humble apartment in a slum where […] 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

Raul Castro and the ‘Cargo Cult’

Raul Castro and the ‘Cargo Cult’ [21-04-2015 12:53:09] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- In March 2014, hoping to attract new investments, Cuba adopted a new foreign investment law it described as “strategic and transcendental.” As of this writing -a year later- only one new investment has been reported as approved. The law, part of Chieftain Castro’s […] Continue reading

Entrepreneurship in Cuba – ‘The Doors Are Opening’

Entrepreneurship in Cuba: ‘The Doors Are Opening’ Apr 03, 2015 Business Radio Podcasts Latin America The likelihood of the U.S. lifting its 54-year-old trade and investment embargo on Cuba is proving a catalyst in boosting entrepreneurship in the island nation. Cuba under Raul Castro has in recent years steadily opened up the economy and removed […] Continue reading

Invest in the Riskiest Economies of Latin America?

Invest in the Riskiest Economies of Latin America? Analysis of the investment horizon of the riskiest economies in Latin America according to David Osio, CEO of Davos Financial Group MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– For large and small investors, economies that offer alarming news about their environment may also provide investment opportunities or production sectors with particularly attractive […] Continue reading

Foreign businesses tread carefully as Cuba opens up

Foreign businesses tread carefully as Cuba opens up Marc Frank in Havana February 1, 2015 12:40 pm With a view of the sea sparkling in the distance, Ceiba Investments enjoys some of the best corporate office space in Cuba’s rundown capital city. Complete with high-speed internet, boutiques, travel agencies and banks, the Miramar Trade Center, […] Continue reading

Investing in Cuba can be a risky business

Investing in Cuba can be a risky business BY FRANK CALZON FRANK.CALZON@CUBACENTER.ORG 01/29/2015 10:45 AM 01/29/2015 10:45 AM The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce holds its annual South Florida Economic Summit today. This is what businessmen should know about doing business with Cuba: From a business perspective, commercially engaging with Havana is different than doing […] 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

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation December 2, 2014 Dariela Aquique* HAVANA TIMES — In its efforts to “refashion” economic and political concepts and practices on the basis of the Party’s Economic Guidelines, the Cuban State has declared that these weren’t valid at other points in history because of the impact the […] 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

There’s no prosperity without economic freedom

Posted on Friday, 06.13.14 There’s no prosperity without economic freedom BY JOSE AZEL JAZEL@CHILDPSYCH.ORG The good news is that economic freedom is advancing worldwide. That is the finding of The Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, which covers 186 countries encompassing 99 percent of the world’s population. In measuring economic freedom, the index analyzes […] Continue reading

Canadian fears foregone verdict in Cuban court

Canadian fears foregone verdict in Cuban court KIM MACKRAEL OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Friday, Jun. 13 2014, 7:24 PM EDT Last updated Friday, Jun. 13 2014, 7:27 PM EDT More than 2 1/2 years after his arrest in a wide-ranging corruption investigation, a Canadian business executive accused of bribery and tax evasion […] Continue reading