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    Fidel Castro is dead

    Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

    The Power and Paladares*, an Ambiguous Relationship

    The Power and Paladares*, an Ambiguous Relationship / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 16 November 2016 — Rarely does the official press offer journalistic work of any interest, so a report that was published a few days ago is greatly appreciated. The work was published following controls recently directed by the Government to […] Continue reading

    Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

    Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

    Why prostitution is a powerful metaphor in Cuban film

    Why prostitution is a powerful metaphor in Cuban film Are films in Cuba censored? Why is prostitution a political symbol in Cuban films? DW spoke with the curator of Germany’s Film Festival Cottbus, which highlights Cuba this year, to find out more. Founded in 1991 just after the fall of the Soviet Union, the FilmFestival […] Continue reading

    Young Cuban women lured to Miami on promises of freedom, forced into prostitution

    Young Cuban women lured to Miami on promises of freedom, forced into prostitution BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES AND BRENDA MEDINA ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com As a means to flee Cuba, six young women agreed to work in Miami as exotic dancers. That was the deal to pay off a $20,000 smuggling fee from the island to Mexico and […] Continue reading

    The ‘scarecrow’ words Raúl Castro never said

    The ‘scarecrow’ words Raúl Castro never said JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 1 de Noviembre de 2016 – 11:08 CET. Until recently private-sector businesses in Havana hung, like scarecrows to frighten away menacing birds, signs featuring a phrase attributed to Raúl Castro, and the general never said a word to dispel this impression, […] Continue reading

    Hidden Agenda Behind the Attack on Cuba’s Private Restaurants

    Hidden Agenda Behind the Attack on Cuba’s Private Restaurants / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 24 October 2015 — Some news outlets echoed the words of the Vice President in charge of the Council of Provincial Administration for Havana, Isabel Hamze, when she exposed the Havana Government’s reasons for temporarily suspending the issue of […] Continue reading

    Lashing Out Again Against Private Restaurants

    Lashing Out Again Against Private Restaurants / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 24 October 2016 — The Peoples’ Powers and the Ministry of Internal Trade are mobilizing again against successful paladares — privately owned restaurants — using the excuse of corruption and drug sales. To clarify, it is true that some of these establishments, sadly, are […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Private Restaurant Owners are Worried

    Cuba’s Private Restaurant Owners are Worried / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana 20 October 2016 — Chinese, Italian or international food fill the menus of Cuban paladares, but lately fear has starred as the main dish on the menu of these private restaurants. The jewel in the crown of entrepreneurship on the island […] Continue reading

    The war on Cuba’s ‘paladares’ – The regime’s campaign against privateinitiative grows more sophisticated

    The war on Cuba’s ‘paladares’: The regime’s campaign against private initiative grows more sophisticated ELÍAS AMOR | Valencia | 20 de Octubre de 2016 – 14:00 CEST. Observers and analysts have been discussing the Castro regime’s decision to temporarily ban new licenses to open small restaurants (paladares) in Havana, run by entrepreneurs. At the same […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Private Restaurants, Struggling Not to Die of Success

    Cuba’s Private Restaurants, Struggling Not to Die of Success / EFE-14ymedio, Lorena Canto EFE/via 14ymedio, Lorena Canto, Havana – Private restaurants, popularly known as paladares (palates), are under the scrutiny of the Cuban government, which has temporarily suspended the granting of licenses in the sector due to alleged breaches of rules in a booming industry […] Continue reading

    Cuba suspends new licenses for private eateries and warns of tighter control

    Cuba suspends new licenses for private eateries and warns of tighter control By Abel Fernández staff@InCubaToday.com The Cuban government has temporarily suspended the issuance of new licenses for private restaurants, popularly known as paladares, and has intensified the scrutiny of those already operating in Havana, warning owners that they must obey established regulations, Reuters reported […] Continue reading

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

    Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

    Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners. At […] Continue reading

    Havana – Tourism Boom Leads to Increase in Prostitution

    Havana: Tourism Boom Leads to Increase in Prostitution / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 22 September 2016 — Empty bottles of rum and Domincan beer lie scattered around the courtyard as five people drink and talk about sports and business. A Reggaeton tune, “Until the Malecon Runs Dry” by Jacob Forever, plays in the background. Meanwhile, […] Continue reading

    Zika Reveals the True Character of the Cuban Health Service

    Zika Reveals the True Character of the Cuban Health Service / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 18 August 2016 — While wards 3-A (they have also prepared 3-B) and 4-A, on the third and fourth floors of the “Lucía Iñiguez Landín” Clinical Surgery Hospital in Holguín, notable for their absence of basic health care […] Continue reading

    Hookers Will Increase With The Tourist Boom And The Economic Austerity

    Hookers Will Increase With The Tourist Boom And The Economic Austerity / Iván García Iván García, 5 August 2016 — In the middle of the empty bottles of aged rum and the Presidente Dominican beer washed down on the patio, five people are drinking and talking about sports and business. From the back comes the […] Continue reading

    As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba

    As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba THE WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHED: August 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm | UPDATED: August 5, 2016 at 2:19 By Moriah Balingit The Washington Post For many travelers, the goal is to physically move – to be flung through airspace and to cross borders […] Continue reading

    Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

    Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] Continue reading

    In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time

    In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time By Moriah Balingit July 28 at 4:30 PM For many travelers, the goal is to physically move — to be flung through airspace and to cross borders — but to remain in spaces that are comfortably familiar. They would prefer […] Continue reading

    Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama

    Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama / Iván García Iván García , 22 June 2016 — The park at Galiano and San Rafael is a beehive of activity. At one end, several teenagers play soccer, using a school desk as the goal, while 50 men and women are connecting to the […] Continue reading

    Cuba, a Country Frozen in Time

    Cuba, a Country Frozen in Time By CARLOS MANUEL ÁLVAREZJULY 15, 2016 Havana — Never had a country appeared as old as Cuba did when it started to upgrade itself. The mad rush to develop serves only to confirm our comical, almost antediluvian backwardness. The New7Wonders Foundation, an organization that aims to preserve monuments worldwide, […] Continue reading

    ‘Special’ should not be a negative term

    ‘Special’ should not be a negative term VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 9 de Julio de 2016 – 01:02 CEST. We Cubans who still vividly recall what we went through in the 90s remember the short “lightups” when we had electricity, the droves of bicycles, the traumatic camello (makeshift bus), the mass exodus in […] Continue reading

    The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

    The Persistence of Racism in Cuba May 21, 2016 By Alberto N Jones HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants suddenly became black and brown. Surprised, the mass […] Continue reading

    Neocastroism – A Tropical Dynasty

    Neocastroism: A Tropical Dynasty A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 18 Abr 2016 – 1:57 pm. Dictatorial systems end up exercising public power like a private company. The elite trust no one, so family and personal ties are the only guarantee. Over the course of his protracted period in power Fidel […] Continue reading

    Outrage over shocking video showing young Cuban children twerking and dancing provocatively in their school uniforms – but some parents are proud of the display

    Outrage over shocking video showing young Cuban children twerking and dancing provocatively in their school uniforms – but some parents are proud of the display Video was filmed in the central Cuban city of Camaguey, east of Havana It was reportedly posted by a father of one of the children Jorge Luis Pérez It has […] Continue reading

    Castro Inc. – Cuba as Family Business

    Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business 04/04/2016 10:28 am ET | Updated 22 hours ago Daniel Williams Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East,” available from O/R Books. Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a […] Continue reading

    Girls For Sale

    Girls For Sale / 14ymedio, Pedro Acosta Posted on March 10, 2016 14ymedio, Pedro Acosta, Havana, 9 March 2016 – The teenage girl looks at the display window of CUPET at Santa Catalina and Vento with greedy eyes, a girl hungry for candy. She is tall, thin and fragile. She looks at me and seems […] Continue reading