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    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

    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

    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

    Committee on the Rights of the Child Queries the Government of Cuba Regarding the Sale of Children and Child Pornography

    Committee on the Rights of the Child Queries the Government of Cuba Regarding the Sale of Children and Child Pornography Posted on July 6, 2015 Committee on the Rights of the Child, 70th Session – 2015, Draft Program Review of States Parties’ Reports List of questions relative to the briefing presented by Cuba by virtue […] Continue reading

    Cuba, Remittances, and Scrooge McDuck

    Cuba, Remittances, and Scrooge McDuck / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 10 June 2015 — A week before her Miami relatives landed in Havana, Milena hired a crew to paint the interior and the facade of her home in the bucolic Casino Deportivo neighborhood. After two coats of paint and minor […] Continue reading

    The Castros’ New Friend

    The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading

    Is Cuba ready for its money shot?

    Is Cuba ready for its money shot? By Abigail Jones The Communist island is on the cusp of another revolution, this one fought with lines of credit instead of rifles and slogans Now that the country is opening up for the first time to US travellers in over five decades, hope, determination and money are […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats

    Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats BY ABIGAIL JONES / MARCH 12, 2015 11:54 AM EDT Traveling from Miami to Havana is a haphazard, seemingly nonsensical process that requires patience, guile, humor and a ruthless willingness to cut lines. Thankfully, I’m traveling with Alberto Magnan, so we skip the airport check-in line because he knows a […] Continue reading

    Exported to Venezuela, miserable Cuban doctors clamor to get into U.S.

    Exported to Venezuela, miserable Cuban doctors clamor to get into U.S. By CHRIS KRAUL – At the current rate, more than 1,500 Cuban healthcare workers will be admitted to the U.S. this year – Cuba keeps 10,000 healthcare providers in Venezuela in part to pay for oil – One Cuban doctor in Venezuela describes workload […] Continue reading

    Poor working conditions in Venezuela sending Cuban doctors to U.S.

    Poor working conditions in Venezuela sending Cuban doctors to U.S. By CHRIS KRAUL At the current rate, more than 1,500 Cuban healthcare workers will be admitted to the U.S. this year Cuba keeps 10,000 healthcare providers in Venezuela in part to pay for oil One Cuban doctor in Venezuela describes workload as ‘crushing’ Worsening conditions […] Continue reading

    An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness

    Michael J. Totten: An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness Michael J. Totten, National Post | June 6, 2014 12:01 AM ET Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite — the Elysium of the […] Continue reading

    The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

    Cuba Brief: The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see [02-06-2014 14:08:24] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the […] Continue reading

    ”Cheap Flesh Of The Revolution” – Cuban Women Recount A Grim Reality

    ”Cheap Flesh Of The Revolution” – Cuban Women Recount A Grim Reality Łukasz Woźnicki (2013-10-05) HAVANA — Though propaganda from the Cuban regime claims otherwise, the everyday reality for Cuban women does not involve fighting economic aggression from the United States. Instead, they struggle to provide basic necessities such as food and clothes for their […] Continue reading

    Laritza Diversent Reports from Geneva

    Laritza Diversent Reports from Geneva / Laritza Diversent Posted on July 15, 2013 Introduction by Tania Quintero On December 10, 2010, without resources, publicity, or fanfare, attorney and freelance journalist Laritza Diversent founded a modest office in her home to provide free, independent advice to Cubans and foreigners on national and international legal issues and […] Continue reading

    Toronto man convicted of tourist sex crimes in Cuba

    Posted on Friday, 06.14.13 CUBA Toronto man convicted of tourist sex crimes in Cuba By Robert Cribb Jennifer Quinn and Julian Sher Toronto Star An elderly Toronto man became the first Canadian convicted of sex crimes committed against children in Cuba after he pleaded guilty Friday to six counts, including little-used child sex tourism charges. […] Continue reading

    Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies

    Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 16, 2013 The dual currency system in Cuba is one of the major economic and social problems of the country. Don't take my word for it, on several occasions the president of the country, Raul Castro himself (and I have no […] Continue reading

    Toronto sex offender could be first Canadian convicted of child sex tourism in Cuba

    Toronto sex offender could be first Canadian convicted of child sex tourism in Cuba Toronto man James McTurk, 78, has been convicted twice on child porn charges, and now faces charges of child sex tourism for abusing children in Cuba. At the Toronto Police Service, a small group of investigators is dedicated to sifting through […] Continue reading

    James McTurk: Portrait of an alleged sex tourist in Cuba

    Posted on Saturday, 03.16.13 Sex tourism in Cuba | First of three parts James McTurk: Portrait of an alleged sex tourist in Cuba These stories are the result of a joint investigation by Toronto Star reporters Robert Cribb, Jennifer Quinn and Julian Sher, and El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan O. Tamayo. James McTurk is 78. […] Continue reading

    For an American, Havana is filled with contradictions

    Posted on Tuesday, 04.17.12 For an American, Havana is filled with contradictionsBy Franco OrdonezMcClatchy Newspapers HAVANA — The green 1951 Dodge Coronet clattering along this city'sfamed Malecon coastal seawall looks like the car built more than ahalf-century ago, but lift the hood and things are not as expected. The car's bulging headlights give the classic […] Continue reading

    A Chip Off The Old Block: Che’s Daughter / Ángel Santiesteban

    A Chip Off The Old Block: Che's Daughter / Ángel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated As if by agreement, Mariela Castro flatters the Dutch system of prostitution in the Amsterdam red light district, and Aleida Guevara (both without highlighting they'd come from the most advantaged sperm of their fathers who fertilized the eggs of their mothers), […] Continue reading

    Sebastián Martínez, Spanish Journalist in Cuban Prison / Angel Santiesteban

    Sebastián Martínez, Spanish Journalist in Cuban Prison / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated The Cuban government doesn't censor, persecute and punish its nationals enough, though they live in the diaspora, but that it also is expanding to foreigners its need to teach a lesson to anyone who dares to break the "untainted" — and only […] Continue reading

    Spanish government pressing Cuba over imprisoned man

    Spanish government pressing Cuba over imprisoned man The Spanish government is raising the profile of the case of a Spanish hotel chain executive who was arrested in July 2010 upon arrival at the Havana airport, two years after he produced a TV documentary about youth prostitution in Havana as a freelancer. Ten months after his […] Continue reading

    Cuba suffers exodus of the best and the brightest as economy remains in the doldrums

    Cuba suffers exodus of the best and the brightest as economy remains in the doldrums Havana is being emptied of young people who are choosing emigration after Raúl Castro's promises of more freedoms come to nothing Parque Trillo used to be a lively pocket of Havana. A small open space bounded by four streets, it [...] Continue reading

    Castro’s Cuba was no place for a socialist like me

    Castro's Cuba was no place for a socialist like meNeil ClarkWednesday, 20th February 2008 Neil Clark says that he went to Havana in search of a left-wing Utopia and discovered instead an island fortress of poverty, corruption and currency apartheid It's a country where the vast majority live in poverty, while a tiny, corrupt elite [...] Continue reading

    Castro: What he has and what is required from him

    Castro: What he has and what is required from himFarouk Luqman While the Cuban leader Fidel Castro struggles with senility, the international media continues publishing various analyses about Cuba under Castro since the 1959 Revolution against the regime of the former President Partesta, who had closer ties with the United States. Until the Revolution broke [...] Continue reading

    Cuban reporter: Boxer raped me

    Posted on Wed, Nov. 15, 2006

    CUBA
    Cuban reporter: Boxer raped me
    BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA
    wcancio@ElNuevoHerald.com

    A Cuban journalist known for her interviews with Fidel Castro has
    alleged that she was raped by legendary boxer Teófilo Stevenson in 1984.

    ”I didn’t say it before because of fear and because I needed time to
    recover psychologically from all the wounds… Continue reading

    Ruins after revolution

    Ruins after revolution
    Decaying Havana is a mirror of Cuba’s economy.

    By JOHN FENTON WHEELER
    Published Friday, September 29, 2006

    A giant poster of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s face covering the front of
    Sears, one of Havana’s many empty stores, had begun to fade. Everything
    in Cuba but salt was rationed. Life was hard for everybody. Yet by my
    imperfect count,… Continue reading

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2005

    Cuba

    Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2005
    Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
    March 8, 2006

    Cuba, with a population of 11 million, is a totalitarian state led by a
    president, Fidel Castro, whose regime controls all aspects of life
    through the Communist Party (CP) and its affiliated mass organizations,
    the government bureaucracy, and… Continue reading

    Forbidden Cuba

    From the Los Angeles Times
    Forbidden Cuba
    Despite travel restrictions, American tourists are still finding their
    way to the little island to our south

    By Rosemary McClure
    Times Staff Writer

    February 12, 2006

    9HAVANAThe Rev. John Bakas walked the crowded cobblestone streets of Old
    Havana, dined on spicy red beans and rice at an outdoor cafe and led
    vesper services… Continue reading