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    What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

    What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] 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

    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

    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

    Cuban Women between Poverty and Emigration

    Cuban Women between Poverty and Emigration
    March 9, 2015
    Carlos Cabrera Perez (Café Fuerte)

    HAVANA TIMES — Regardless of where they live or what ideology they
    subscribe to, many Cuban women shoulder a heavy burden of responsibility
    and work owing to the island’s widespread poverty, the difficulties
    involved in leaving the country and settling on foreign soil and the
    deeply-rooted… Continue reading

    Relaxed Cuba Welcomes Visitors as Locals Wait for Economic Improvement

    Relaxed Cuba Welcomes Visitors as Locals Wait for Economic Improvement
    Anita Snow, Associated Press
    Feb 22, 2015 12:00 pm

    It’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Cuba, but it’s certainly the right
    environment for change.
    — Jason Clampet

    Rolling toward customs with a 60-pound suitcase filled with clothing and
    electronics for friends, my stomach clenched when a female agent in… Continue reading

    Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change

    Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change
    BY ANITA SNOW ASSOCIATED PRESS
    02/18/2015 12:11 AM 02/18/2015 12:12 AM

    HAVANA
    Rolling toward customs with a 60-pound suitcase filled with clothing and
    electronics for friends, my stomach clenched when a female agent in a
    light green uniform approached. As a former longtime Cuba correspondent
    returning after nearly six years,… 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

    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

    With our children, NO!

    With our children, NO! / Yoani Sanchez Posted on June 16, 2013 Just three weeks ago several of us Cuban activists visited Stockholm to participate in the Internet Freedom Forum. The highlights of our stay there were not only during the sessions of the technology event, but also throughout the program of parallel activities. It […] Continue reading

    U.S. child-sex tourism to Cuba hardly exists

    Posted on Sunday, 03.17.13 CUBA U.S. child-sex tourism to Cuba hardly exists 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. An odd combination of Washington's trade embargo on Cuba and tough U.S. laws on sex […] 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

    Roots of Hope: the roots of indiscretion

    Roots of Hope: the roots of indiscretionBy Alberto de la Cruz, on April 13, 2011, at 11:45 amOver the past few years, we have met many Cuban American college and university students who are part of the Roots of Hope (Raíces de Esperanza) organizat... Continue reading

    Impressions of Cuba: an educated and cultured people, but a feeble economy

    Impressions of Cuba: an educated and cultured people, but a feeble economyBy Joel Kramer | Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 HAVANA — We'll call her Elena, to protect her from retribution from her government. I don't know if we really need to protect her, but every time we asked her a question about her life in […] 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

    Cuba, suspended in time

    JOURNEY TO HAVANA AND BEYOND

    Cuba, suspended in time

    Stricter U.S. rules have made it harder to visit this country of old-world mystique and real-world problems.

    By Rosemary McClure
    Times Staff Writer

    January 15, 2006

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