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Juan Juan Almeida, 19 January 2018 — As part of President Michelle Bachelet’s recently concluded visit to Havana, a Chile-Cuba Business Seminar was held. During the activity, celebrated Monday, January 8, in a room at the Hotel Nacional, the Chilean president met with several businesspeople of her country who reside on the island. Among those … Continue reading "A Curious Fact about Bachelet’s Visit to Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 12 January 2018 — The Cuban Government is preparing a new blow to restrict the rights conceded to non-agricultural cooperatives of production (CNAs), specifically those devoted to the construction sector. According to information obtained by Martí News, the Executive Committee of the Council of Ministers is developing a set of new judicial … Continue reading "Cuban Government Plans Blow Against Management of Non-Agricultural Cooperatives / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 28 November 2017 — The first seven Russian TGM 8 locomotives arrived in Cuba last week as part of a questionable railway development project that includes another 28 by 2018. Cuba’s primary official media from the Granma newspaper to the Cubadebate site and the Russian Sputnik reported the arrival of the first seven of 15 locomotives in a lot that will … Continue reading "New Locomotives in Cuba: Investment, Waste or Corruption? / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida — The world has taken many turns since February 24, 2013, General Raul Castro himself officially announced that he would retire at the end of his second term in 2018. But a few days ago I read an article in the press where an experienced analyst suggest, as his own opinion, the possibility … Continue reading "Raul Castro Will Do Everything Possible To Preserve His Immunity / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 5 January 2018 — The Cuban government plans to implement as soon as possible a group of measures aimed at reducing the number of health workers who work as non-physicians and desert from missions abroad. According to information obtained by Martí Noticias, the authorities of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) issued a … Continue reading "Cuba Will Reduce Health Workers Abroad to Avoid Desertions / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 19 December 2017 — A police operation at the popular Factoría Plaza Vieja Brewery, in the historic center of Havana, caused the temporary closure of the establishment and the arrest of several people who are being prosecuted on charges of corruption. According to reports obtained by Martí Noticias, the process began when one of the … Continue reading "Corruption Scandal Shakes Up Popular Havana Brewery / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 13 December 2017  — Time is an indelible and important imprint in any perspective. It is true that Cuba continues to be a country governed by a group incapable of coexisting with the opposition, beating down those who think differently, a criminal state that encourages the rupture of democracy and legality. It is also … Continue reading "The Magnified Danger to Castroism / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 20 December 2017 — With a little money, housing can be arranged; with fiscal resolution and a legal framework that offers real confidence to the investor, the growth of the national economy is stimulated; with an effective campaign aimed at achieving social awareness, the problem of moral degradation is solved; and if our decadent politicians want … Continue reading "Something That Can’t Be Fixed in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 6 December 2017 — José Raúl Colomé, son of former Minister of the Interior Abelardo (Furry) Colomé Ibarra, and Osmani Cisneros, son of the late leader Ángel Cisneros, both with extensive experience in food service and successful as private businessmen, are involved in a criminal proceeding that seems to lack logic. Several establishments owned by them have been closed … Continue reading "Cuban Government Shuts Down Businesses of Son of Former Minister of the Interior / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 19 October 2017 — A Marxism professor who is also an official of the Ideological Department of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) is responsible for implementing the Cuban government’s strategy for the use of social networks from the island. Joaquín Suárez González , 52, a graduate of Marxism, Leninism and History at the  “Félix Varela” Pedagogical Institute in … Continue reading "Marxism Professor is Cuba’s Social Networks Czar / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida — The lack of planning on the part of the Ministry of Agriculture has been the main trigger for the fact that hundreds of poultry farms have generated a crisis now experienced by Cubans as the absence of eggs, along with the high cost of such an important food when it can … Continue reading "Cubans Eat the Most Expensive Eggs in the World / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 25 October 2017 — Pressured by the influential and under the protection of a superior command, a Cuban court imposed a prison sentence on a young self-employed worker who, acting in legitimate self-defense, caused minor injuries to the son of a well-known Cuban sports figure, Ariel Osvaldo Pestano. On July 1, Renny … Continue reading "Where the Influential Are Above the Law / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 November 2017 — The Cuban authorities decided to close a private cultural venue that revolutionized the Matanzas nights, place its employees in front of a court, and then reopen the place as a state disco. Located on General Betancourt Road, in the residential area of Peñas Altas in Matanzad, and under … Continue reading "Cuba Converts Cultural Venue to State Business / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 1 November 2017 — As of this November, Cubans will be able to do the paperwork to get a visa to travel to the United States in third countries. The application for an immigrant visa can be made at the United States consulate in Bogota, and for a non-immigrant visa at any … Continue reading "Cubans Between Openings and Closings / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 10 October 2017 — A US citizen and her husband, a former Cuban diplomat, were sentenced to long prison terms by a military court in Havana on espionage charges. Alina López Miyares and her spouse, Félix Martín Milanés Fajardo, were sentenced to 13 and 17 years in prison, respectively, in a summary proceeding that took place … Continue reading "US Citizen Sentenced to 13 Years for Espionage in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2017 — Kenya and Mozambique indefinitely suspended their collaboration with Cuban medical services which were under contract in both countries. The announcement was “restricted information” distributed through emails send to the heads of all the provincial health services, between 25-27 September, according to Marti Noticias. The sudden action is a … Continue reading "Cuban Medical Collaboration Suspended in Kenya and Mozambique / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 26 September 2017 — Developing Information and Communications Technologies as a strategic sector is an old premise for the Cuban government, but the migration of professionals to the non-state sector is the main enemy for the computerization and national cybersecurity program. “Let’s say that structurally we can have control of the data … Continue reading "Cuba: Endangered Cybersecrets / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 13 September 2017 — On Friday, September 8, the day the faithful celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, Hurricane Irma — a powerful category 5 storm — slammed into eastern Cuba with full force. An onslaught of huge waves, heavy rains and hurricane-force winds caused damage … Continue reading "The Castros Celebrate While Cuba is Inundated / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 6 September 2017 — A recent email leak in Cuba confirms that although the island’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) facilitates the travel procedures for the collaborators it sends to missions in different countries, the Ministry of the Interior (MININT), which controls the regime’s organs of repression and citizen control, has absolute … Continue reading "The Eternal Persecution of the "Deserters" / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 1 September 2017 — The Cuban government is making plans to send a team of medical specialists to the the state of Texas as soon as possible to offer aid to flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. The government sent an urgent order to the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), which was later … Continue reading "Cuba Planning to Send Medical Brigade to the U.S. to Aid Victims of Hurricane Harvey / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 15 August 2017 — In an unprecedented decision that could have diplomatic repurcussions, the Angolan government rejected the 189 Cuban collaborators prepapred to travel to join the Cuban medical mission in that African country. The unexpected decision was communicated to Havana through an email sent from Luanda by the ANTEX company, and … Continue reading "Angola Rejects Service of Cuban Medical Collaborators / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 30 August 2017 — He was born on April 20, 1960. Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, a former university professor and first vice-president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, is an “architect” of limited inventiveness and little ingenuity, a simple leader fashioned by political necessity. … Continue reading "Miguel Diaz-Canel, Vice-President on Paper / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 29 August 2017 — The crisis in Venezuela has generated the mobilization of a greater number of Cuban “collaborators” in the healthcare sector than ever recorded in history, some of them committed to participate in the military exercises called by president Nicolas Maduro. While president Nicolas Maduro stirs up the internal forces … Continue reading "Cuba Prepares to Ship Masses of Health Workers to Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 August 2016 — Holguín, the Cuban province reporting the greatest increase in cases of zika, dengue and haemorragic conjunctivitis, might experience an increase in the level of contagion with the arrival of travellers wanting to visit the area in the upcoming carnivals programmed from 17th to 20th August. Doctor Luis Arlet González, … Continue reading "Cuba Ignores Sanitary Crisis To Not Frighten The Tourists / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 24 August 2017 — In Cuba there is an imprecise, almost palpable point at which good intention disappears. This time it is the owners of the Starbien restaurant who are facing the horror of the gallows. José Raúl Colomé, son of former Interior Minister Abelardo (Furry) Colomé Ibarra, and Osmani Cisneros, son of … Continue reading "Private Initiative and Settling Scores / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 August 2017 — The Cuban government will immediately strengthen controls and political indoctrination of Cuban doctors chosen for overseas medical missions. According to reports obtained by Martí Noticias, the leaders from Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health of Cuba (MINSAP) met last Friday with all its national and provincial directors to provide … Continue reading "Cuba to Increase Control over Doctors Working Abroad / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 3 August 2017 — The Cuban government is again relying on a proven strategy in an attempt to avoid surprises on October 22 when voters go to the polls to elect delegates to the various local and national legislative bodies, which will in turn be responsible for electing the president of the … Continue reading "Regime Strengthens Efforts to Avoid Surprises in Legislative Elections / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 25 July 2017 — The Cuban government brought together all the heads of its overseas medical missions to analyze the work done during the previous year, provide guidelines and outline new strategies. It was the seventeenth such meeting of its kind. The event was held from July 17 to 21 at the … Continue reading "Desertions, Love Affairs and Political Crises Rock Cuba’s Overseas Medical Services Business / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 July 2017 — The Cuban government has put in place emergency procedures to deal with the onslaught of widespread protests in Venezuela, which are intended to halt plans for elections to the Constituent Assembly on July 30. According to information obtained by Martí Noticias, officials at Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health … Continue reading "Cuba Sets Up Emergency Plan for Medical Missions in Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 5 June 2017 — It was exercise in risk-taking in which the cons outweighed the pros. As it overlooked the fact that the Attorney General of Venezuela raised to sixty the number of fatalities and to more than 2,977 the number of those detained in less than nine weeks of anti-government protests, … Continue reading "Venezuela and Cuban Pretensions / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 1 June 2017 — An email leak circulating on servers in Cuba confirms that Havana is planning to send soldiers to Venezuela. According to the document, it is a small contingent of military doctors who are members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). The message, to which this author has had access, … Continue reading "Cuba is Preparing to Send Military Doctors to Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 12 June 2107 — With a decade’s worth of fledgling but stalled attempts at reforming Cuba’s economic system, a convulsive situation in Venezuela that could have repercussions in Havana and less than eight months to go before the end of his term as president of the Council of State and Council of … Continue reading "3D Film, Raul Castro’s New Hobby / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161, between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C, in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8. The reasons are not clear. Some claim that … Continue reading "Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 19 June 2017 — Teresa Sulien Castillo Sotto, a 27-year-old Cuban doctor born in Bayamo, died due to multiple fractures and traumatic brain injury on the night of Tuesday 13 June, at 10:20 PM, after jumping off the 8th floor of the C-05 building of Ciudad Tiuna in Tiuna Fort. “It’s a … Continue reading "The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 11 July 2017 — The President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba recently underwent cosmetic surgery to improve his chin. The chief of Cuban communists wants to be rejuvenated so that young people won’t feel they are being governed by an old man of 86. … Continue reading "Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 June 2017 — Located in the stately building with its exquisite art-deco style, at the Havana intersection of Salvador Allende Avenue (formerly Carlos III) and G Street, is the Cuban symbol of the oral health system. Officially known as the Raúl González Sánchez Dental Medicine Faculty, it is also on the point … Continue reading "Cuba: Cavities and Abscesses in the Oral Health System / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 26 June 2017 — Another legal trial is threatening the invulnerability of the Ministry of Culture. This time the prosecutorial gaze is focused on officials at the National Council of the Performing Arts (CNAE) while overlooking the culpability of Cuban leaders who, were they to fall, would make too big a noise. … Continue reading "The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 5 July 2017 — The case is notable for its strict secrecy and a degree of coercion. The highly irregular trial and mystifying plight of those already found guilty and sentenced make “the top secret theft from the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) of the Republic of Cuba” perhaps the most surprising … Continue reading "Cuba: More Implicated in the Interior Ministry’s Stolen Documents Case / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
"Le hemos ido cortando el servicio, congelando algunas cuentas y le dimos como plazo de pago el próximo mes de septiembre” Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 17February 2017 — After two years and eight months of prolonged struggle, the inconclastic Santiago de Cuba rapper Henry Laso Martinez, known as “El Encuyé,” won the first round in a battle against corrupt officials in charge of the country’s most powerful musical organization, the Cuban Institute of Music. In the summer of … Continue reading "A Cuban Rapper Rebels against a Corrupt Bureaucracy and Wins / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 17 March 2017 — From the very moment it gained power, the Cuban regime has devoted precious resources to exporting its ideology and cultivating followers. Overseas military conflicts as distant as those in Africa in the late 1970s and the guerrilla wars in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s relied on Cuban … Continue reading "Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 27 March 2017 — At age 85, infirm, and ten months from his much trumpeted retirement, Raul Castro directs the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces to modify Order Number One of the deceased Commander in Chief. According to an unexpectedly transparent account from a corpulent and not very young Cuban official, … Continue reading "Raul Castro Modifies His Brother’s Orders / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 22 March 2017 — On March 17 of this year, a group of NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean celebrated in Havana Cuba’s political agenda in support of people with disabilities of every kind.  The next day, for the twentieth time, Cuban institutions honored the legacy of Terry Fox … Continue reading "Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba’s Disabled / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 March 2017 — Specialists from MINAGRI, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, tell us that planting seeds inside or near to the Cuban cave network could quickly guarantee food production, which would help to satisfy the ever-increasing requirements of the Cuban population. Another insane initiative, launched by the Ministry of agriculture, focuses … Continue reading "Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 13 March 2017 — The appointment of architect Perla Rosa Rosales Aguirreurreta to succeed historian Eusebio Leal as head of Havana’s Office of the Historian is the most recent example of the Cuban regime’s making strategic decisions whose sole purpose is to implement a very well-organized dynastic succession plan. In order to further … Continue reading "Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading