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Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say

Drug smuggling a risk if US relations with Cuba shift, officials say By Patrick Oppmann, CNN Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) June 12, 2017 Havana, Cuba (CNN)For Cuban officials on the front lines of the fight against drug trafficking, the Trump administration’s threat to roll back improved relations between the United States and the communist-run […] Continue reading

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank accounts in financial paradises and they do not own […] Continue reading

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone”

War Vocation in the “Peace Zone” Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 31 May 2017 — A brief note published by the official Cuban press reports the meeting held by “General of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz” with “the Chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army, Timoleón Jiménez” (FARC-EP), where the former “ratified the willingness […] Continue reading

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor

Havana: Clandestine Business Deals, Poverty and Glamor / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 26 April 2017 — When night falls, it’s not advisable to walk through certain neighborhoods in Havana. Like the one from El Curita Park, on Reina and Galiano, up to the corner of Monte and Cienfuegos. In addition to the disagreeable odor from […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk only to later write […] Continue reading

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money

Cuba Searches for its “Lost” Money April 11, 2017 By Eileen Sosin Martinez* (Progreso Semanal) HAVANA TIMES — In my neighborhood, the story about Juan the butcher, who took a detour with a truck full of minced meat, sold it and then left the country, is famous. “It’s a good thing he left,” a neighbor […] 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

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

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name

An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba being a member of the Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit piracy. This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants, especially those born with the compound […] Continue reading

Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss

Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak. Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

A Million Dollar Business Run by Fidel Castro’s Son

A Million Dollar Business Run by Fidel Castro’s Son / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 6 February 2017 — Officials, students, athletes, workers, members of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, foreign journalists and even tourists. Almost all have been victims of a flagrant, illicit operation authorized by the Cuban government. It […] Continue reading

Prostitution – ‘extra pay’ for many police

Prostitution: ‘extra pay’ for many police GERÓNIMO GARCÍA | La Habana | 9 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:46 CET. “I don’t know why you’re surprised, when everybody knows that prostitution and pimping represent an extra salary for many police,” says Alexis. This young man, in his 30s, is a pimp who controls what he […] 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

Cuba’s small merchants denounce a “crusade” against their businesses

Cuba’s small merchants denounce a “crusade” against their businesses ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 22 de Agosto de 2016 – 13:54 CEST. Actions that many see as a crusade against small merchants continue in Havana. The constant surveillance of small business stands has spurred many sellers to close them, temporarily or permanently. Others have […] 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

THE HARSH REALITY OF TRYING TO DO BUSINESS IN CUBA

THE HARSH REALITY OF TRYING TO DO BUSINESS IN CUBA BY KEN FIREMAN ON 6/19/16 AT 6:30 AM This article first appeared on the London School of Economics site. The car was a Detroit classic on a Havana street, a pink and white 1956 Chevy Bel Air with a nickname out of a rock ‘n’ […] Continue reading

The Cuba/U.S. relationship – It’s complicated

The Cuba/U.S. relationship: It’s complicated By Susan Grigsby Sunday Mar 06, 2016 · 8:00 PM CEST President Obama will be in Cuba for the Tampa Bay Rays’ exhibition baseball game against the Cuban National Team later this month. While that may not be the main reason for his trip, his visit will be only the […] Continue reading

Pedaling to Survive

Pedaling to Survive / 14ymedio Posted on February 25, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 23 February 2016 — Preferred by customers for short distance travel and demonized by motorists who consider them a danger to traffic, pedicabs are part of the urban landscape of Havana and many provincial cities. With their three wheels and their many decorative […] Continue reading

Hollande And Castro – Plenty of Wine But No Democracy

Hollande And Castro: Plenty of Wine But No Democracy / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 1, 2016 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 1 February 2015 — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled his lunch with François Hollande because the latter didn’t want to take the wine off the table. Tonight, however, the French leader will not […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Dangerous Crusade against Intermediaries

Cuba’s Dangerous Crusade against Intermediaries January 23, 2016 Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — As the popular saying goes, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Since the problem of high produce prices was discussed at Cuba’s National Assembly in December, all fingers have been pointing at a would-be culprit: the middleman. Raul Castro publicly committed to […] Continue reading

Heirs of gangster Meyer Lansky want payment for hotel Cuba seized

Heirs of gangster Meyer Lansky want payment for hotel Cuba seized By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: December 8, 2015 Updated: December 9, 2015 at 09:17 AM The family of the late gangster Meyer Lansky has a message for the Cuban government: They want Lansky’s hotel in Havana back. It was Lansky who helped […] 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

Carcinogenic or not, Cubans Want Red Meat

Carcinogenic or not, Cubans Want Red Meat / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on November 1, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 29 October 2015 — “For me, no one can get me to quit this bad habit, I’ve tried vegetables and beans,” intones the troubadour Ray Fernandez in one of his songs. The main character in […] Continue reading

The GAE, a Lie Transformed into Reality

The GAE, a Lie Transformed into Reality / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 29, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 26 October 2015 — Before the Special Period, the financial capacity of the country had already been reduced to a minimum, so reforms were being instituted that supposedly would “help” the nation cope with the economic […] Continue reading

The Fraud of Cuban Business Consultants

The Fraud of Cuban Business Consultants / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 14, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 5 October 2015 — Why deceive US businessmen by assuring them they can come to Havana and, just like that, set up shop in Cuba? The Cuban government is cautious and equates the word freedom with a […] 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

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

Million-dollar Robbery at the Cienfuegos Refinery

Million-dollar Robbery at the Cienfuegos Refinery / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on August 25, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 24 August 2015 — More than 500 barrels of fuel disappear daily from the terminals or storage tanks of the Camilo Cienfuegos refinery, located in the province of Cienfuegos on the south-central part of the island. The […] Continue reading

State Department watered down human trafficking report

Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report By Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and […] Continue reading

When the Eggs Go Missing

When the Eggs Go Missing / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on August 1, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 30 July 2015 — One day it’s cooking oil, another it’s floor cleaning clothes or washing detergent, but there is always a product that all of a sudden doesn’t appear on the shelves either in the ration […] Continue reading