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    Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years

    Smuggling women from Cuba to Miami for sex gets pimp 30 years BY DAVID J. NEAL dneal@miamiherald.com Once Silvio “Jander” Morales smuggled six women from Camaguey, Cuba into Miami, he shed any niceties like a moulting anaconda losing skin. Morales constricted the women into prostitution by mushrooming their debt, threatening their families’ lives and even […] Continue reading

    Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love

    “Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love” The damages to educational quality caused by the lack of preparation of the “emerging teachers” remain to be measured. (Telesur) 14ymedio, Caridad Cruz/Mario Penton, Cienfuegos/Miami, 17 April 2017 – teaching children cursive writing and educating them is much more than a […] Continue reading

    Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking

    Alleged Cuban smuggler pleads guilty to sex trafficking BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com This was the premise of a case involving a Cuban resident in Miami accused of illegally bringing women from the island and forcing them into sex slavery in the United States. Silvio Clark Morales, 31, plead guilty in federal court Thursday to […] Continue reading

    We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years

    “We’ve Been Investigating Ivan Garcia for Five Years” / Iván García Iván García Quintero, Havana, 19 March 2017 — When the summons arrived for an interview with a police official, the girl’s puzzled family thought it was a mistake. Let’s call them Kenia, Pedro, and Camila. They are neighbors of mine and prefer to remain […] 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

    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

    This isn’t news, it’s counterrevolution

    “This isn’t news, it’s counterrevolution” PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 7 Dic 2015 – 2:39 pm. “The money, you dick!” was heard, followed by a clamor. Then a succession of confused screams and the boos and cheers of protesters. It was November 30, and a crowd of close to 500 people clogged […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s “New Man” Steals in Miami and Spends in Havana

    Cuba’s “New Man” Steals in Miami and Spends in Havana / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 23, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 20 October 2015 — In Guanabacoa, a town southeast of Havana, you still hear stories about Gilberto Martinez Suarez, alias Gilbert Man. Though told with a pinch of exaggeration and myth, they are largely true. […] 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

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] Continue reading

    Deal with Cuba benefits only the Castros

    Deal with Cuba benefits only the Castros February 04, 2015 12:00 am  •  MONA CHAREN Cuban President Raul Castro has issued new demands for normalizing relations with the U.S. He wants us to lift the trade embargo, remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror and give Cuba the U.S. naval base at […] 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

    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

    They Pick up the Prostitutes but Not the Trash on the Streets of Havana

    They Pick up the Prostitutes but Not the Trash on the Streets of Havana / Orlando Freire Santana Posted on September 28, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org – At almost the same moment that Mariela Castro declared that Cuba only penalizes pandering, but not prostitution, police officers in uniform and in plainclothes conducted an operation […] Continue reading

    Between Neglect and Helplessness.

    Between Neglect and Helplessness. Prostitution in Cuba, Part 3 / Miriam Celaya Posted on September 16, 2013 Official secrecy and complicit silence The original sin of the “Cuban Revolution” in relation to prostitution lies not in the fact of its not being able to eradicate it, a clearly impossible task, but in denying its very […] Continue reading

    Police moved against prostitutes in Havana after Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald published series on child prostitution in Cuba

    Posted on Tuesday, 07.16.13 Police moved against prostitutes in Havana after Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald published series on child prostitution in Cuba JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The Café Paris in downtown Havana, a seedy hangout for prostitutes from Cuba’s provinces, is reported to be nearly empty. So are several other bar-girl joints in the neighborhood, like […] 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

    Jorge Olivera: The History of the Cuban Dissidence is Long

    Jorge Olivera: The History of the Cuban Dissidence is Long / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 12, 2013 For someone from Havana, the best thing is to walk the streets in spring. These March days, Jorge Olivera Castillo, 52, poet and journalist, is delighted by the green of the trees, the salty aroma, and the […] Continue reading

    How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors

    Posted on Saturday, 03.16.13 Sex Tourism in Cuba: Second of three parts How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors HAVANA — 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. The […] 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

    Spanish driver in Oswaldo Payá crash to be tried Aug. 31

    Posted on Friday, 08.17.12 Spanish driver in Oswaldo Payá crash to be tried Aug. 31 It is not known if the Cuban government will allow journalists to attend the trial in the eastern city of Bayamo. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The Spanish politician accused in the deaths of Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Payá and Harold […] 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

    To the Outraged / Lilianne Ruíz

    To the Outraged / Lilianne RuízLilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated I understand that Western countries, where the government emerges from a multi-party democracy, must have their problems. Here the scriptwriters of any news report broadcast are very pleased when they comment on (because they almost never let you hear the voices of the international reporters) the […] Continue reading

    Eleven News Stories Not Reported in Cuba in 2011 / Ernesto Morales Licea

    Eleven News Stories Not Reported in Cuba in 2011 / Ernesto Morales LiceaErnesto Morales Licea, Translator: Unstated 1. The Arab spring Only when the events in Egypt exceeded the predictions, did the Cuban press note (with tweezers) some isolated incidents. Nor had it published anything earlier about the riots in Tunisia and Yemen, nor did […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s repression takes on more racial tint under Raul Castro

    Posted on Saturday, 10.15.11RACIAL INEQUALITY Cuba's repression takes on more racial tint under Raul CastroBY JON B. PERDUETwitter@jonperdue Unlike the pervasive myth of universal literacy and quality healthcare that has gone unchecked and unchallenged for decades, Cuba's fabled championing of the Afro-Cuban community is one Cuban myth that has been shattered since Fidel Castro handed […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Repression Escalates

    THE AMERICAS – OCTOBER 3, 2011 Cuba's Repression EscalatesThe loosening of travel restrictions by the U.S. is read as weakness in Havana.By MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson returned home from an attempted hostage-rescue mission to Cuba last month empty-handed and "still scratching [his] head" as to why the Castro regime double-crossed […] Continue reading

    Spaniard sentenced by Cuba for secretly filming documentary

    Spaniard sentenced by Cuba for secretly filming documentaryEnglish.news.cn 2011-08-11 11:21:16 HAVANA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — A Spanish businessman was sentenced to seven years in prison in Cuba for unauthorized filming of a documentary about child prostitution on the island, his attorney said Wednesday. "I think we should challenge the sentence," defence lawyer Ovidio Venero told […] Continue reading

    Havana: Hookers a la carte / Iván García

    Havana: Hookers a la carte / Iván GarcíaIván García, Translator: Regina Anavy When Roman, a tall, skinny guantanamero, who has spent three years living clandestinely in Havana, feels a burning sexual desire, he plans his binge. After working 12 hours selling trashy textiles and pirated tennis shoes in a street fair on Galiano, which brings […] Continue reading