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    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

    Un negocio prohibido que opera bajo el amparo del apellido Castro

    Un negocio prohibido que opera bajo el amparo del apellido Castro 05 de febrero de 2017 – 17:02 – Por Juan Juan Almeida García Los derechos que concede en Cuba pertenecer a “la familia real”, permiten que un nieto del fallecido Fidel Castro opere una discoteca en la barriada de Miramar donde no hay límite […] Continue reading

    Tinder Turns La Rampa Into A Catwalk For Love

    Tinder Turns La Rampa Into A Catwalk For Love / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 30 December 2016 — “You have to show yourself like a peacock, with all your colors,” Tito, 22, explains to a friend who just downloaded the Tinder application onto his phone. The social dating network is sweeping the […] Continue reading

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Tres meses después, los habaneros aún recuerdan a Obama

    Tres meses después, los habaneros aún recuerdan a Obama Iván García Quintero Un repaso por La Habana, tras 90 días de la histórica visita del presidente de EEUU, Barack Obama, a Cuba. El parque de Galiano y San Rafael es un hervidero de gente. En un extremo, varios adolescentes juegan fútbol, utilizando un pupitre colegial […] 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

    Cámaras ciegas

    Cámaras ciegas marzo 25, 2015 12:33 pm· Cuba actualidad, El Vedado, La Habana, (PD) Desde hace algunos años el estado cubano, incluyó dentro del gasto presupuestario del país la compra en el exterior de costosas cámaras de vigilancia. Han sido ubicadas en las zonas más importantes de la capital, las cabeceras provinciales y las carreteras, […] 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

    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

    La carroña y El Piri

    La carroña y El Piri Un barrio de contrastes, La Puntilla, reúne todo lo que se necesita para ilustrar el territorio post-socialista: ruinas, putas y choferes de turismo viernes, julio 18, 2014 | Marcia Cairo LA HABANA, Cuba. – La Puntilla es un microcosmos que refleja la nueva Cuba: las diferencias de clase que hace […] 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

    No One Treats Me Like a Prostitute

    “No One Treats Me Like a Prostitute” / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on February 23, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba – Yazmín doesn’t do the street. Nor does she acknowledge exercising the oldest profession in the world. She navigates the Internet for 10 CUC an hour, in some Havana hotel with this service. She visits websites to find […] Continue reading

    Nadie me trata como jinetera

    “Nadie me trata como jinetera” El “chateo” le ha cambiado la vida. Decir “te quiero” en varios idiomas, aprender a navegar por internet y construirse un perfil de “usuaria” es una buena inversión martes, febrero 11, 2014 | Lilianne Ruíz LA HABANA, Cuba.- Yazmín no hace la calle. Ni se reconoce ejerciendo el oficio más […] Continue reading

    Prostíbulo estatal

    Prostíbulo estatal [30-09-2013] Michael Sosa Oliva Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- En el barrio del Moyorkin, perteneciente al municipio de Alquízar, provincia de Artemisa se encuentra ubicado el Restaurant Rodeo, que a la vez es un prostíbulo. A este lugar llegan los hombres buscando sexo por dinero, ya que el local cuenta con varias […] Continue reading

    Havana hookers rob US chef in art show

    Posted on Friday, 05.25.12 Havana hookers rob US chef in art show Not funny, says critic of trips to Cuba By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio jokingly tweeted, "I was no where near Cuba." So who was the New York chef, or assistant chef, who went to Cuba for a bit of […] Continue reading

    CHANGE IN CUBA?

    CHANGE IN CUBA?12-08-2011.Paul MeoFormer official of the World Bank with a very extensive experience in developing countries and a long term member of ASCE (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- The early August meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), held in Miami , was different from some of the more recent ones. First, there […] Continue reading