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    The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

    The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] 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

    Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client

    Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com The daughter of Cuba’s most powerful man is publicly discussing — perhaps in search of academic support before taking her idea to the legislature — a bold proposal to combat prostitution: penalize the clients who pay for sexual […] 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

    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

    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 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

    Tampa, Cuba once shared network for smuggling illegal aliens into the U.S.

    Tampa, Cuba once shared network for smuggling illegal aliens into the U.S. By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: December 27, 2015 Coming from around the globe — Europe, Asia and the Middle East — they snuck into Tampa in the early 20th century disguised as fishermen or pleasure boat passengers and crew. Other times, […] Continue reading

    Learning To Run a Business

    Learning To Run a Business / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on October 22, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 21 October 2015 — In the middle of Los Sitios neighborhood, in the heart of Central Havana, the Jesuits have a project focusing on the neediest sectors of the population. The elegant façade of the place contrasts […] 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

    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

    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

    Money Is Better in Dollars

    Cuba: Money Is Better in Dollars / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 24, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 6 April 2015 — Without being an expert in economic matters or the Wall Street currency market, Erasmo likes to trust his instincts. For fourteen years he has been engaged in buying and selling dollars and euros. Also convertible […] Continue reading

    The Lying Cuban Press

    The Lying Cuban Press / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on April 3, 2015 Montonous, grey, controlled, censored, demagogic, jingoistic, for more than half a century as spokesperson for phantom successes Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 31 March 2015 (Cuba Sindical) – The “Revolutionary” Cuban press, characterized as demagogic, monotonous, manipulative, with a grey design, […] Continue reading

    Inside Fidel Castro’s hometown – What next for Cuba?

    Inside Fidel Castro’s hometown: What next for Cuba? After over 50 years of isolation, Cuba may finally be ‘coming in from the cold’. But what does this mean for Fidel Castro’s country – and what do the people in his hometown make of it all? By Georgia Birch, Biran8:00AM GMT 28 Mar 2015 Muriel Ramirez […] 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

    Cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area

    By Karl Penhaul CNN Cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area Published 5:41 AM EST Jan 18, 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) —You would think if something was not officially permitted in communist-controlled Cuba then it would be forbidden. But that’s not the way Cubans see things. They regard many facets of daily life as falling […] 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

    Alan Gross: Trapped in a Cold War Tale

    Alan Gross: Trapped in a Cold War Tale / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 15, 2014 In the Zamora neighbourhood, next to the Carlos J. Finlay military hospital, in the Marianao Council area, in Eastern Havana, many of the neighbours don’t know anything about the background of Allan Gross, the US contractor, who is stuck […] Continue reading

    Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community

    Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community By Ivet González HAVANA, Jun 21 2014 (IPS) – Two men kiss each other while two women dance together without making other clients feel uncomfortable at the prívate club Humboldt 67, one of the venues seeking to cash in on an untapped market by fulfilling the unmet […] 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

    One Night – A Critical View of Cuban Social Reality

    One Night: A Critical View of Cuban Social Reality / Dimas Castellano Posted on April 26, 2014 Una Noche (One Night) is the film which best reflects why it is that young people leave Cuba. That’s how a female friend of mine, who is a lover of the seventh art, laconically replied to my question, […] Continue reading

    Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not?

    Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not? / Victor Ariel Gonzalez, CID Posted on November 17, 2013 “Cuba is not the place of origin, transit or destination of human trafficking”. This was declared by Isabel Moya Richard, the director of ’Editorial de la Mujer’ (A Cuban Women’s Federation publisher) on November 1. However, later […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Justice Minister says the government fights prostitution

    Posted on Wednesday, 10.16.13 Cuba’s Justice Minister says the government fights prostitution BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Statements by Cuba’s minister of justice that prostitution is not a social problem on the island and that cases of child prostitution are “minimal” are evidence the government is turning a blind eye on the serious problems, a […] Continue reading

    The Slow Death of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR)

    The Slow Death of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) / Orlando Delgado Posted on September 27, 2013 The Cuban Government is ready to celebrate another congress of one of its most sui generis organizations: the so-called Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). This organization, in theory, brings together more […] Continue reading