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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

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

    Fewer Spies in Miami Than Bullfighters in Madrid

    Fewer Spies in Miami Than Bullfighters in Madrid / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 22, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 19 October 2015 — The G2, Cuba’s domestic spy agency, is nothing more than a fun-loving caricature of the former KGB. What is difficult to believe is that the special services headquarters which direct espionage […] 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

    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

    The USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang

    The USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang By Marielena Montesino de Stuart ♦ Bishop Richard E. Pates tries to influence American policy towards Cuba. ♦ The socialist reality of the USCCB is clear, even when they coat it with Cuban sugar. ♦ With Obama in the White House and Francis in the Vatican – […] Continue reading

    The Ground Soy Generation Remembers

    The Ground Soy Generation Remembers / Frank Correa Posted on August 16, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August, www.cubanet.org — Perhaps at the moment the reader reads this, it will have been twenty years since the beginning of the Special Period, the major event to befall Cuban history in the last century. It began in August of […] Continue reading

    For Cuba, a Harsh Self-Assessment

    For Cuba, a Harsh Self-Assessment By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: July 23, 2013 HAVANA — There was a time, Alexi remembers, when life in Cuba was simpler. People dressed properly. Children respected their elders. Stealing was stealing. “My father brought me up with a strict set of values,” said Alexi, 46, an unemployed chauffeur from a […] 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

    Congressional Black Caucus Still Stuck on Castro

    Congressional Black Caucus Still Stuck on CastroHumberto Fontova Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who also serves as chairperson for the Congressional Black Caucus, has composed an entreaty to President Obama for an end to the "embargo" on Cuba. "Mr. President: Lift the travel ban," reads the title of her post on The Hill's Congress Blog. "[W]e […] 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

    The Sound of Change: Can Music Save Cuba?

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008The Sound of Change: Can Music Save Cuba?By Nathan Thornburgh/Havana If this were a music video, it would start in this living room in Havana, with a tight shot of the skinny kid in the white tank top at the keyboard. He counts it off from four, and with a sort of […] Continue reading

    The Isolation of Cuban Youth

    The Isolation of Cuban YouthAnd the problem of prostitutionBy Gabriel Aubry GayónSpecial to The Epoch TimesApr 07, 2008 Lucia and her son Mario are sitting in their living room, watching a cultural show on state television in their modest apartment in Vedado, an upscale Havana neighborhood. They have a visitor: Arnold, a retired American professional [...] 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