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… stay in Cuba’s historical and culturally-rich capital of Havana. “We are … in the beautiful city of Havana” said Andy Stuart, president and … right in the heart of Havana, offering guests the opportunity to … historical sites such as Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site … Continue reading
Mientras el gobierno de Estados Unidos revisa sus políticas hacia Cuba, algunos analistas se adelantan a predecir cuál será el futuro de las relaciones entre los dos países y el … Click to Continue » Continue reading
El artista plástico y escritor cubano Juan Abreu, autor de los retratos, estuvo presente en la inauguración de la muestra, a la que asistieron varios parlamentarios y figuras del exilio cubano. Los retratos se hicieron partiendo de las pocas y borrosas fotos que existen de estas víctimas del castrismo. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels, thanks to the support of three parliament members from Spain and the Czech Republic. … Click to Continue » Continue reading
… stay in Cuba’s historical and culturally-rich capital of Havana. “We are … in the beautiful city of Havana,” said Andy Stuart, president and … right in the heart of Havana, offering guests the opportunity to … historical sites such as Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site … Continue reading
El ilustrador cubano Edel Rodríguez se convirtió en noticia el sábado tras la publicación del semanario alemán Der Spiegel. La portada muestra una caricatura hecha por él en la que … Click to Continue » Continue reading

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Efectivos de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria han efectuado un registro en la vivienda del youtuber y activista Alexei Gámez, en Jagüey Grande (provincia de Matanzas). Según informó Eliécer Ávila, líder del Movimiento Somos+, los agentes entraron en la casa desde por la mañana y no han permitido el acceso a familiares ni amigos.

"Durante el registro han sido decomisados numerosos efectos electrodomésticos y los teléfonos de todos los miembros de la familia", explica Ávila. Otra fuente cercana a Gámez detalló que el joven fue sacado de su vivienda "custodiado por la policía" y trasladado en una patrulla. Su madre intentó hacer una fotografía del momento, pero también resultó detenida.

Alexei Gámez es miembro de Somos+ y trabajador por cuenta propia. "Tiene una licencia que le permite ejercer como mecánico de motos", explicó Ávila. El activista forma parte de la comunidad metodista y en días recientes creó un canal en YouTube para enseñar a "hacer un mejor uso de la internet" en la Isla.

Bajo el nombre de Calle Mora, el canal difunde consejos sobre redes inalámbricas e intercambio de contenidos. Hasta la fecha ha publicado dos vídeos con "soluciones alternativas para conectarse y entender mejor la tecnología", explica su creador.[[QUOTE:En noviembre pasado Gámez estuvo detenido siete días junto a otros miembros del movimiento, tras ser arrestado cuando intentaba participar en la Academia 1010, una iniciativa de formación cívica que promueve Somos+]]El video más reciente podría ser la causa de la respuesta policial, ya que detalla la configuración de un NanoStation, un dispositivo para comunicación inalámbrica muy usado en redes alternativas y para conectarse al servicio wifi de la Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (Etecsa), habilitado en en más de un centenar de plazas y parques del país.

Los NanoStations nunca se han comercializado en las tiendas estatales, pero se ofertan en el mercado informal a precios que oscilan entre 180 y 250 pesos convertibles. Su entrada al país está regulada por la Aduana General de la República, que exige al viajero mostrar un autorizo del Ministerio de Comunicaciones.

En noviembre pasado Gámez estuvo detenido siete días junto a otros miembros del movimiento, tras ser arrestado cuando intentaba participar en la Academia 1010, una iniciativa de formación cívica que promueve Somos+.

Según un informe publicado este lunes por la Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional, se han producido 478 detenciones arbitrarias contra disidentes. La entidad independiente también denuncia el "despojo de sus medios de trabajo (laptops, cámaras fotográficas, teléfonos móviles, etcétera)".

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El Gobierno cubano busca relanzar sus proyectos de prospección petrolera, tanto en aguas profundas como someras, con la ayuda del capital extranjero para reducir su dependencia energética del exterior de casi el 50 %, en un momento difícil por la caída de los precios de petróleo y la recesión que atraviesa la Isla, reporta EFE.

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La Mesa de Unidad de Acción Democrática (MUAD) y la Plataforma Ciudadana #Otro18 lamentaron este miércoles que el proceso electoral que se ha iniciado en la Isla no se realice bajo la nueva 'Ley prometida por el Gobierno' y que las autoridades no den respuestas a las demandas del pueblo de más participación.

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Los restos de una balsa construida en Cuba para cruzar supuestamente a la costa de Estados Unidos ha aparecido en una playa del condado irlandés de Sligo, al oeste de … Click to Continue » Continue reading
More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels thanks to the support of three parliament members from … Click to Continue » Continue reading
… we just had a new Cuban Missile Crisis. Remember the last … tried to place missiles in Cuba and we interdicted the Russian … Continue reading
… collection inspired by Cuba into travel retail. The Havana Brights Collection will … : the colours and energy of Cuba are distilled into Bobbi Brown … colour. Shades include the limited-edition Havana Coral. Continue reading
La cantante cubana Omara Portuondo, diva del célebre Buena Vista Social Club, graba actualmente un disco titulado Omara Siempre, en el que la acompaña un grupo de reconocidos intérpretes cubanos, … Click to Continue » Continue reading
… get blown out by their Cuban opposition. Kids there are practically … . “I was catching and a Cuban kid jumped over me,” said … Miller are both familiar with Cuba, and know baseball is really … knowing they can compete with Cuban kids might lead to the … Continue reading
… having received approval from the Cuban government. Royal was the first … , all with overnight stays in Havana, with departures in May. The … Cuba including a farm-to-table dining experience, exploring natural gem Soroa, exploring Havana … offer some overnight stays in Havana - a first for the … Continue reading
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La oposición venezolana reunida en la Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) denunció hoy que el Gobierno supuestamente usa al Poder Electoral para inhabilitar a la mayoría de los partidos que no apoyan al Ejecutivo a través de la activación de un proceso de renovación de las organizaciones políticas, reportó EFE.

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Una pareja de británicos relató el horror que vivió durante la celebración de su boda en Cuba cuando el techo del hotel en el que se encontraban se desplomó sobre los invitados. Continue reading

Giordan Rodríguez Milanés, escritor y realizador audiovisual de la provincia de Granma, miembro de la UNEAC (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba) fue expulsado de esta institución como le acaba de ser notificado, después de un proceso iniciado el pasado 15 de diciembre y del que no supo hasta ahora, casi un mes y medio después, según dieron a conocer varias fuentes a DIARIO DE CUBA y según publicó en su leer más

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El joven Orleydis Sargué Morgado dijo a DIARIO DE CUBA que agentes de la policía política le "ofrecieron un paquetico de marihuana" para que "le tendiera una trampa" al activista de UNPACU (Unión Patriótica de Cuba) en Guantánamo, Yoannis Beltrán Gamboa.

"En la mañana de este miércoles, en el sector, dos oficiales, el mayor Kevin y el otro Anthony me dijeron que le pusiera droga o que le vendiera algo robado a Yoannis. Me ofrecieron 400 pesos y un teléfono celular", añadió el joven.

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Mark Cuban encourages people not to finance … card debt  Self-made billionaire Mark Cuban is known for giving guidance … if you can," said Cuban. "Interest rates look to … Continue reading
… — tax reform, reduction of bureaucracy,” Cuban said. “There are a lot … think he lasts four years.” Cuban didn’t elaborate, and he … lot of great opportunity here,” Cuban said. “It’s not about … investing the time to learn.” Cuban, a heavy social media user … Continue reading
Havana is preparing to host the … and the finest gastronomy in Cuba. The Trade Fair and, particularly … all proceeds going to the Cuban Public Health System. *(D.O … Continue reading

Dos senadores republicanos presentaron este miércoles un proyecto de ley en el Congreso de Estados Unidos para reducir la emigración legal al país a la mitad, así como para eliminar el concurso anual internacional por el que el Gobierno sortea permisos de residencia entre los nacionales de ciertos países extranjeros, reportó EFE.

El texto supondría el cambio más significativo en el sistema de inmigración estadounidense en décadas.

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… was photographed apparently smoking a Cuban cigar on election night. Hunter … . The photograph’s caption says “Cubans 2 celebrate congrats Duncan hunter …  illegal to buy or sell Cuban cigars in the United States … lenses and requires differentiation between Cuba’s government and its people … Continue reading

El rector del Miami Dade College (MDC), Eduardo J. Padrón, fue distinguido con el Premio a la Contribución Notable a la Enseñanza Universitaria 2017, que otorga la Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), la principal organización estadounidense dedicada al desarrollo y promoción académica en el país.

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… recently restored footage of pre-revolution Cuba showing Havana in its heyday. It … young Fidel Castro with the Cuban people on his march to … film reel included scenes of Cubans taking part in street parties … Continue reading
Dangerous Current / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 February 2017 – In Central Havana
where people live in very close quarters, popular speech develops at a
dizzying speed and the illegal sellers have their kingdom among the
corridors and passageways. But this part of the city is also among the
few areas with an underground electrical system, an installation that
has the great advantage of not suffering damages due to the collapse of
polls or the effects of strong winds.

In the emerging Cuban real estate market, being located in an area where
the wires run under the street adds a lot of value. The sellers boast of
this detail, pointing to it with the same pride that others declare the
high quality of their house because it was "constructed under
capitalism," or – and it's the same thing – before 1959.

At the central corner of Galiano and Dragones there was once a discreet
rewiring, barely perceptible, that has now become a public threat. This
mess of connections was probably conceived as a temporary solution that
has now become permanent. Passersby avoid it, the neighbors up above
avoid throwing water from their balconies and parents make haste to warn
their children, "don't touch it."

Maybe someone should hang a sign that says, "Dangerous Current." Not
only to warn of the risk of accidental contact, but also to point out
how usual and common these kinds of scenes have become in the capital. A
detail that no owner will reveal in the sugar-coated descriptions they
publish to sell their house.

Source: Dangerous Current / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez – Translating
Cuba -
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Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 February 2017 — Rustic, elegant or
family friendly. These are the preferred accommodations offered
by Airbnb in Cuba. The hosts, for their part, prefer serious customers
who pay well, but above all value the ability to directly manage their
rental, two years after the huge international private rental platform
opened its services in Cuba.

"There is nothing like Airbnb," said Jorge Ignacio Guillén, a student of
economics who rents out a house in the town of Soroa, Artemisa.
Surrounded by lush vegetation, orchids and birds native to the area, the
accommodation is described as "rustic" and in direct contact with nature.

The young man helps his family manage the home's profile on the
California website specializing in vacation rentals. Guillén signed up a
year ago and his family's house is now is one of the more than 4,000
rental options that Airbnb claims exist on the island.

Airbnb listings in Cuba range from exclusive mansions with pool that can
cost up to $1,000 a night depending on the number of rooms, to single
rooms with a bed or bunk for about 10 dollars

The San Francisco-based company, created nine years ago, expanded its
services to Cuba in April 2015, just months after the announcement of
the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana.

The offerings on the island range from the most luxurious to the
simplest. From exclusive mansions with pools that can cost up to $1,000
a night depending on the number of rooms, to single rooms with a bed or
bunk for about 10 dollars*. Hot running water, coffee upon awakening or
a minibar are some of the options to choose from.

Of the more than 535,000 self-employed workers in the country at the end
of 2016, at least 34,000 dedicate themselves to renting homes, rooms and
spaces. An unknown number offer a house or a room "under the table,"
without a state license and without paying taxes.

On the island, entrepreneurs need to obtain a rental license, in
accordance with the regulations on self-employment implemented in the
mid-1990s. Owners of registered rentals must pay license fees and taxes
deducted from personal income. These vary depending on the location of
the property, the square footage allocated to the rental, and the
occupancy numbers.

Airbnb registration is simple. The first step is to fill out a detailed
form about the accommodation you are offering and the guests you wish to
host. Within a few minutes you will receive an email welcoming you to
the platform. The last step is to attract customers, who will rate the
accommodation through the company's website.

The Guillén family has wanted to do everything legally to be able to
take advantage of the growth in tourism. Last year, the number of
foreign visitors reached 4 million, 6% more than the 3.7 million
visitors initially forecast, according to the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur).

Most of the rooms offered on Airbnb are located in Havana, but other
destinations such as Trinidad, Viñales, Santiago de Cuba and Matanzas
are gaining prominence. The Cuban market stands out as the fastest
growing in the history of the company.

Guillén learned about the service through a friend outside the island
and as soon as he had the opportunity to connect to the internet he
posted his advertisement. "From then to now business improved a great
deal and we are finding a lot more customers," he tells 14ymedio. Also,
the new customers "are much better, more serious and more respectful,"
and "they pay more," he summarizes.

The family is offering "a simple country house," and puts its guests in
touch with a guide service and horseback riding. After the reservation,
all the information is shared via email, the most fragile part of the
operation due to the low connectivity to the internet still experienced
in Cuba.

Rebeca Monzó, a craftswoman and blogger who has a room for rent on
Airbnb, complains of the difficulties involved in managing the service
without internet access. Although an email account on the government
Nauta service has alleviated the problem, responding immediately when
she receives a reservation message is complicated.

Monzó, who has made clear her preference for "stable, professional and
retired couples," will receive her first customer in February, "a
Mexican filmmaker who is coming with his wife." For this coming March
she already has another confirmed reservation.

The increase in the number of days of occupation per year is one of the
advantages for local entrepreneurs who have joined Airbnb. Guillen
confesses that although he still has "much to learn about the management
of the platform," he does manage, through it, to "maintain a good number
of reservations."

After the difficulties of eight years of construction to get their
property ready in Soroa, a beautiful natural area, the young man's
family is reaping the fruits of their labors. However, they recognize
that the most difficult thing continues to be "always having on hand the
necessary supplies to meet basic needs," because "there still is no
wholesale market in the country."

In Monzó's Havana neighborhood of Nuevo Vedado, "almost everyone who
rents to tourists has signed up for the service. The customer pays from
their own country directly to Airbnb," and then "they send an Airbnb
representative to the house who brings the money in cash," she says. It
is the same formula frequently used by Cubans abroad to send remittances
to family on the island.

But for Monzó, the business is far from a source of great profits. "When
I signed up, I wasn't thinking about being able to buy a yacht. I was
just thinking I'd like to have a well-stocked refrigerator."

*Translator's note: Looking at the listings on Airbnb's site as of
today, single room rental rates (two guests) appear to be concentrated
in the range of about $25-$35 (with many that are more and less than
that). A professional employed by the state in Cuba earns roughly $40 a
month; physicians earn roughly $60 a month.

Source: Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar –
Translating Cuba -
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More Than 50% Of Cuba's Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According
To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the
National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation
(CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the
island during the month of January. The text states that during the past
month, there were 20 arrests more than in December 2016.

The independent body documents "12 cases of physical aggression and 11
cases of harassment" of opponents, a situation that is part of the
"policy of intimidating repression" that "has prevailed in Cuba for
nearly six decades."

The CCDHRN affirms that the Ladies in White movement continues to be a
priority target of political repression, although the Patriotic Union of
Cuba (UNPACU) also is a particular target of "the arbitrary arrests and
destructive raids against its members."

UNPACU, an opposition organization with a strong presence in the east of
the country, has been the victim of "plundering of their means of work
(laptops , cameras, mobile phones, etc.)." These police acts have been
carried out "with a great deal of political hatred," the Commission
points out.

The report conveys the concern of the CCDHRN on "the situation in prison
of Dr. Eduardo Cardet, general coordinator of the Christian Liberation
Movement, who has just been adopted as a prisoner of conscience by
Amnesty International."

For ordinary prisoners, "material conditions and abuse continue to
worsen" in the nearly two hundred prisons and prison camps on the island

The concern extends to the "arbitrary detention for several days, of
Karina Galvez," a member of the editorial board of the
magazine Coexistence, accused of the crime of tax evasion and now
awaiting trial. The economist was released on bail on January 17 after
six days of detention.

The Commission states that "the number of politically motivated
prisoners in Cuba is still over 100, of which 55 are active members of
the Patriotic Union of Cuba." For ordinary prisoners, "material
conditions and abuse continue to worsen" in the nearly two hundred
prisons and prison camps on the island.

The text states that the Government "continues to use prisoners as
semi-skilled labor in various jobs for commercial purposes," including
"the production of charcoal for export, mainly to Europe and the United
States of America," referring to the recent shipment of charcoal made
from the invasive marabou week to the United States.

Last year the CCDHRN documented a total of 9,940 arbitrary arrests, a
figure that "places the Government of Cuba in the first place in all
of Latin America" with regards to arrests of this type, according to a
report by the independent organization.

Source: More Than 50% Of Cuba's Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU,
According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -
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Black Gold / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 6 February 2017 — In a dark corner
along the national highway, with no lights to identify it, the
connoisseurs of the secret enter an unpaved road. A few minutes earlier
they had called from their cell phone asking if there were any ripe
papayas. They park in the middle of a banana grove and open the fuel cap.

In the middle of nowhere, a barefoot, shirtless man carries a plastic
jerrycan and with the help of a funnel fills the gas tank of an
unlicensed taxi, that runs between Cienfuegos and Havana. It all happens
in silence, barely uttering a word.

The scene repeats at different points along Cuba's roads. These "gas
stations" are not announced in the yellow pages of the phone book, nor
do they appear on the on-line ad site, Revolico. They are the
clandestine suppliers of fuel that comes from the state warehouses,
especially those dedicated to agricultural uses.

A liter of gas, which in an official establishment costs 1 Cuban
convertible peso (roughly $1 US), here has a price of 15 Cuban pesos
(CUP), some 40% less. The cheapest that can be found is 12 CUP, and,
very exceptionally and only between friends, 10 CUP. Gone are the times
when a liter could be had for 8. The rise in prices was due to a drastic
reduction in the quotas the state delivers to farms and cooperatives
after Venezuela reduced the supply of hydrocarbons it sends to the island.

The rise in prices was due to a drastic reduction in the quotas the
state delivers to farms and cooperatives after Venezuela reduced the
supply of hydrocarbons it sends to the island.

The so-called black gold has the power in this country to become even
darker in the "irregular" market. In official events they have declared
that there are municipalities where, for months, the state gas stations
have not sold a single liter of fuel, even though private vehicles
continue to circulate without serious problems.

In the middle of last year, the authorities imposed price caps for
private transport in the capital and other areas of the city, but the
drivers have found several tricks to evade the restrictions. A good part
of them circulate with fuel bought in the informal market. If they had
to buy their fuel at the state gas stations their fares would go through
the room and be unaffordable to the passengers, but an invisible hand is
in charge of getting around the government's measures.

Source: Black Gold / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez – Translating Cuba -
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Los desarrolladores de ‘apps’ mejoran los servicios de Etecsa ZUNILDA MATA, La Habana | Febrero 08, 2017 El universo de aplicaciones móviles crece en Cuba, y la comunidad de desarrolladores para sistemas operativos sorprende a los usuarios con nuevas funcionalidades. De esa sopa de talento creativo ha salido Rápido Etecsa, una app que facilita la […] Continue reading
Cuando la vida cuelga de un traficante de personas YOANI SÁNCHEZ, La Habana | 04/02/2017 La señal wifi apenas logra traspasar el cristal. La red inalámbrica de acceso internet del Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí en La Habana solo cubre el área de embarque. Pero una mujer pega todo su cuerpo al vidrio opaco que la […] Continue reading
Una mirada joven al periodismo cubano REINALDO ESCOBAR, La Habana | 08/02/2017 Estos días se celebra el II encuentro de jóvenes periodistas en la sede del Instituto Internacional de Periodismo José Martí. El evento, organizado por la Unión de Periodistas de Cuba (Upec), asume como objetivo central debatir sobre “el periodismo y la participación ciudadana, […] Continue reading
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14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 8 February 2017 – In Central Havana where people live in very close quarters, popular speech develops at a dizzying speed and the illegal sellers have their kingdom among the corridors and passageways. But this part of the city is also among the few areas with an underground electrical system, an … Continue reading "Dangerous Current / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez" Continue reading
Los “chivatos” tienen el visto bueno de la autocracia verde 07 de febrero de 2017 – 22:02 – Por IVÁN GARCÍA Según un sociólogo, los fidelistas más intransigentes que aún se localizan en cuadras y barrios cubanos, continúan con las denuncias. Pasarán años para que esa nefasta costumbre desaparezca LA HABANA.- Hace siete años, cuando […] Continue reading
Orlando Gutiérrez: “El presidente Trump debe ayudar al pueblo cubano” 07 de febrero de 2017 – 21:02 – Por Iliana Lavastida y Jesús Hernández Está convencido de que el renacer de la nación depende de la unidad de los cubanos exiliados y la oposición, y haya inspiración en la prédica martiana para reorganizar la sociedad […] Continue reading