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Ivan Garcia, 2 April 2018 — On Friday, 23 March, with a temperature of 50 degrees and a warm sun melting the snow on the streets of Washington DC, a crowd of teenagers began to settle in, wearing T-shirts and caps stamped with the phrase that is now in vogue in the United States: #NeverAgain. … Continue reading "Emma Gonzalez Also Has an Impact in Cuba / Ivan Garcia #emma4change" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, March 29, 2018 — The Cuban airline Cubana de Aviación has suspended domestic flights “until further notice” due to lack of aircraft to cover its scheduled flights, as an information employee at Havana Airport’s Terminal 1 confirmed to 14ymedio on Wednesday. “There are no planes,” said the worker, citing the reason for the … Continue reading "Cubana de Aviacion Suspends Domestic Flights Due to Aircraft Shortage" Continue reading
14ymedio, Daniel Delisau, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 31 March 2018 — “I never thought it would be you,” says Svetlana’s character to the actor Steve Buscemi, who plays Nikita Khrushchev in The Death of Stalin. At the end of the film, the daughter of the late dictator realizes that, after the struggle for power unleashed … Continue reading "Stalin Is Dead, Long Live Putin!" Continue reading
Havana Times, Lynn Cruz, 31 March 2018 — The first Independent Cuban Film Festival organized outside of Cuba coincided with my ban from entering the International Film School of San Antonio del Los Banos. With Cubans from the country of “Miami” taking the lead, the event had as its forerunner another that had been organized … Continue reading "Chronicle of a Journey After Being Expelled / Lynn Cruz" Continue reading
Iván García, 29 March 2018 — As the cruise ship sits docked at port, two ragged old men lie drunk on top of the seawall. An almost motionless gray-haired man tries to catch fish in the fetid waters of the bay. Around him, several stray dogs fight for the leftovers of a fried chicken that … Continue reading "Cuba Milks the Tourists / Ivan Garcia" Continue reading
14ymedio, Ernesto Santana, 29 March 2018 — On March 20, the captain of Pinar del Rio’s baseball team, Donal Duarte Hernandez — El Lobo (the Wolf), as he is called — was sanctioned by the Baseball Commission of his province to a year’s suspension and forbidden to play on any other team. The provincial commissioner was also sanctioned … Continue reading "Daniel Duarte Responds to Excessive Punishment" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 30 March 2018 — “They sunk us by throwing an anchor against the boat,” recalls Denys Díaz Crespo, a 22-year-old rafter who, together with 15 other young people, sailed from Punta Alegre, in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, on March 17. The group was heading to the United States but the Cuban border guards violently prevented … Continue reading "Cuban Punta Alegre Rafters Denounce Sinking by Border Guards" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 28 March 2018 – On April 19th, when the enigma is finally cleared up about who the new Cuban president (not elected by the people) will be, for the next 10 years, the members of his brotherhood won’t be able to figure out whether to congratulate him or to offer him … Continue reading "The Victorious Failure of the Castro Regime / Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 20 March 2018 — The historical leadership of the island’s regime proceeds, forced and with urgency, towards a transfer of power that does not arrive by conviction but by biological exhaustion. Therefore, for the men and women on whose shoulders the support of the structure of the Government and the State weighs, much more … Continue reading "Lazara Lopez Acea, A Cuban Leader Sure to Be in the New Group in Power / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, Havana, 27 March 2018 — A Vietnamese company will start producing disposable diapers and sanitary pads starting in the first half of 2019 in the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM), the largest project on the island dedicated to attracting foreign investors. The Director General of the Thai Binh Investment Trading Corporation, Vi … Continue reading "Vietnamese Company Will Produce Sanitary Pads and Diapers in Cuba Starting in 2019" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 March 2018 – It is quite possible that when Yimit Ramírez – until recently a young and unknown Cuban filmmaker – decided to make his first feature film, he did not aspire to become a sort of sacrilegious monster himself. Even less would he think he was turning his team … Continue reading "Martí, the Dubious “Sacred Brand”" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 29 March 2018 — In the ten years that Raúl Castro has served as president of the country, he has annulled prohibitions, promulgated laws, established relations with the United States, repressed opponents and, gradually, eliminated some of the distinctive features of his brother’s way of governing, that is, dissolved Fidelismo. The … Continue reading "The Raulista Method" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yimit Ramiriz, Madrid, 28 March 2018 — I wish I had more time to write a shorter letter. I met José Martí at almost the same time as I met my parents. In the reading book, before mastering the whole alphabet, they talked about him and there were isolated fragments of his writings. Later I … Continue reading "“I Like That Crazy Marti, The Friend, Not The Saint”" Continue reading
Lynn Cruz, Havana Times, 23 March 2018 — I have been working with the San Antonio de los Banos School of Film and TV (EICTV) for sixteen years. Normally when teachers, both Cuban and foreign, connect with some actors, they always ask for these every time they hold their workshops, where purely creative interests are … Continue reading "My Unexpected Expulsion / Lynn Cruz" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 28 March 2018 — The authorities arrested the main organizer, Rafael Alba, but failed to prevent the creation of two independent unions of the self-employed on Tuesday in Havana. Idelia Salamé Ramírez, a seller in the market for self-employed at Monte and Ángeles streets in the capital, told 14ymedio that some 15 people managed to … Continue reading "Cuban Authorities Fail to Prevent Creation of Two Associations of Self-Employed" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 March 2018 – United by the slave trade and, later, by geopolitics, Angola and Cuba are today experiencing a similar moment beyond cultural ties or military pacts. Both countries are going through a process of succession from the historic leadership, which, in the case of Luanda, is defying more than … Continue reading "Lessons From A Planned Succession: Angola and Cuba" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 12 March 2018 — After six o’clock in the afternoon, do not ask Daniela, a single mother of three children, her opinion about the Cuban electoral process or whether she was planning to vote on Sunday March 11 in the imitation-plebiscite that will ratify the 605 deputies to the parliament which, on April 19, … Continue reading "The Cuban Electoral Show / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 27 March 2018 — The Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) will maintain the “leading role in Cuban society” and socialism will remain “irrevocable” after the Constitution reform, now underway on the island, is concluded this week by the 5th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, the only political organization allowed … Continue reading "Cuba’s Constitution Reform Will Keep Communist Party As “Leader” Of Society" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 27 March 2018 — The body of Yarisleidy Cuba Rodriguez spent almost 20 days in a funeral home in Miami until her husband, Yoelvis Gattorno, who lives in Cuba, decided to cremate her remains. Cuba Rodríguez died while giving birth to Valeria, a baby girl now barely three weeks old who is … Continue reading "Years After Cuban Child Rafter Elián Gonzalez, The Two Shores Are Now Confronted With Valeria" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 24 March 2018 — The official reactions against the movie I Want to Make a Film, by director Yimit Ramírez, continue to rise in tone. In an article published on Friday, the state newspaper Granma does not hesitate to compare the dirty words spoken about José Martí in the film, with the performance of the … Continue reading "’Granma’ Compares Filmmaker Yimit Ramirez With U.S. Marines Urinating on Jose Marti Statue" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 22 March 2018 — On Tuesday, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) showed its willingness to put limits on the freedom of creation by confirming that the movie I Want to Make a Film would not be allowed to participate in the Special Presentation section of the Young Filmmaker’s Exhibition, because one of its … Continue reading "Cuban Film Institute Limits Creation of Works "Disrespectful" to Jose Marti" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, 20 March 2018 — The 605 deputies elected in the general elections held this month in Cuba have begun the process of consultations for the naming of the candidates for the State Council, the highest government body of the country, which will be headed by the president that replaces Raúl Castro. The … Continue reading "Deputies Begin Consultation to Form Cuba’s Council of State" Continue reading
14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 19 March 2018 — On Monday, the National Electoral Commission (CEN) updated the general election data from March 11. In this new information the participation figure rises from 82.9% to 85.65%, although that number is still more than five points below that registered in the 2013 elections (90.88%). This increase in the participation data … Continue reading "Cuban Electoral Commission Raises Participation Figure By More than Two and a Half Points" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 26 March 2018 — Marta María Ramírez was given her first tampons in 1991, when she got her first period at age 15. The country was experiencing the deepest days of its economic crisis and sanitary pads were not available. Some 27 years later the situation is little changed and Ramírez, now a journalist … Continue reading "Pads, Rags or Menstrual Cups?" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2018 — One hundred Venezuelan journalists released a manifesto on Friday demanding freedom of expression and supporting independent journalism in Cuba to mark the 15th anniversary of the 2003 Black Spring. “Three decades later, within Cuba, the right to express oneself freely and the exercise of independent journalism are crimes,” the … Continue reading "One Hundred Venezuelan Journalists Demand Freedom Of Expression In Cuba" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 23 March 2018 — There is no doubt that with the Castro presence in international forums, the same thing happens as when they invite “an obnoxious one” to a party: he will always end up sabotaging everyone’s good time. The examples of Castro’s “diplomatic” outbursts abound throughout the decades of the … Continue reading "When You Invite the “Obnoxious One” to the Party / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
14ymedio, Daniel Delisau, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 4 March 2018 — During a conference in New York, the Cuban novelist Wendy Guerra spoke, defending the idea that the body was the only area of freedom, in reference to sexuality. A student who seemed not to have understood the subject of the talk asked the writer if … Continue reading "Cuban Reality Seen Through Sexuality" Continue reading
14ymedio, Justo Mora, Cienfuegos, 23 March 2018 — When Fidel Castro handed over the presidency to his brother in 2006, the sewer leak was already there. Wide, overflowing, smelly and capricious, the largest sewer in the San Lázaro district in the city of Cienfuegos continues to leak, unchanging. Every day dozens of residents at the intersection of 49th … Continue reading "Sewer Leaks Flood Cienfuegos Streets and Block Pedestrians" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 March 2018 — The scene is repeated every day: groups of adults drink beers, smoke and shout while children play in a small indoor playground a few yards away. In the Carlos III Plaza, Havana’s most important commercial center, cigarette smoke and minors coexist despite the fact that legislation prohibits smoking in closed … Continue reading "Doctor Criticizes Use of Tobacco and Alcohol in Carlos III Plaza Shopping Mall" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 21 March 2018 — The first memory that many have of Ignacio González was seeing him up to his waist in water reporting on the floods in Havana. Over the years, this independent journalist has narrated innumerable events of the Cuban reality through his YouTube channel and now he has released a newscast. This week González … Continue reading "Independent Newscast Faces Censorship" Continue reading
14ymedio, 15 March 2018 — The actress Alicia Bustamante died on Thursday as confirmed by family and friends on social networks. The actress had an extensive career in theater, film and television, in addition to serving as a teacher and theater director. On learning of the death of the artist there have been the first reactions within … Continue reading "Alicia Bustamente, One of Cuba’s Best Actresses, Dies" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 March 2018 — For some reason that I can not recall, the name of Diaz-Canel impressed itself on me some time ago, when one afternoon, between 1992 and 1994, I arrived at the house of the chief guard of my father (Juan Almeida Bosque) and he told me that, during a meeting … Continue reading "Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Powerful and Without Power / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 23 March 2018 — On March 15, 1968, two days after the autocrat Fidel Castro finally confiscated the last 55,636 micro-businesses still operating in Cuba, Eusebio, 85, remembers walking with his father and two carpentry assistants to the family business in the Havana’s Santos Suárez neighborhood. “Two blocks before we got to the carpentry … Continue reading ""Revolutionary" Offensive Against Private Work Began in 1959 / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2018 — The images of the Cuban government’s shock troops at the Summit of the Americas in Panama in 2015 will seem tame this April. The Government of the Island is preparing for the meeting of presidents and the Civil Society Forum in Lima, Peru, as if the event is … Continue reading "Cuban Government Prepares for Pitched Battle at Lima Summit" Continue reading
Regina Coyula, 16 March 2018 — (Text published in the bulletin of the 2018 Internet Freedom Festival) Cell phones have been used commercially in the world since 1995, but we Cubans couldn’t have our own cell phones until 2009. Internet access through prepaid cards in public places dates from 2015. In Cuba, the year 2017 … Continue reading "Internet from the Shore / Regina Coyula" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Pention, 17 March 2018 — The website of the Panamanian Government for visa procedures has collapsed due to extremely high demand, especially from Cubans and Venezuelans. Javier Carrillo, the Migration Director General, has confirmed this to 14ymedio. “We set up this site to offer 50 daily appointments in our Havana consulate, but demand … Continue reading "No More Appointments For Visas To Panama Until The End Of May" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2018 — The movie “I Want to Make a Film,”  by filmmaker Yimit Ramírez, was excluded from the Special Presentation section of the Young Filmmaker’s Exhibition by officials of the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC), who said that the dialog during a scene of his trial was … Continue reading "Film Considered Disrespectful of Jose Marti Rejected By Cuban Film Institute" Continue reading
14ymedio, Dagoberto Valdes, Pinar del Rio, 20 March 2018 — Just one month until April 19, 2018, the date chosen to end the mandate ofRaúl Castro, President of the Council of State and Ministers, many Cubans and friends of Cuba are asking ourselves what will happen in just 31 days. Nobody, not even the ones who … Continue reading "What Will Happen in Cuba on April 19, 2018?" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 18 March 2018 — Mercabal, the first wholesale market in Cuba, opened its doors in Havana, initially intended only for non-agricultural private cooperatives but with the promise of extending it to the other self-employed workers of the Island, the official newspaper Granma reports on the front page. The facility already has 35 customers, who … Continue reading "Cuba Opens First Wholesale Market, For Private Cooperatives Only" Continue reading
Fernando Dámaso, 20 March 2018 — Today the economic theory of poverty and wealth of countries is fashionable, depending on whether they have “exclusive” or “inclusive” institutions. Its authors, Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, thoroughly explore it in their book “Why Nations Fail.” Consistent with this, as long as there is a government in Cuba with … Continue reading "Future Questionable / Fernando Damaso" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario J. Pentón, 20 March 2018 —  Marta Elisa Deus is only 30 years old and has started three businesses in Cuba. This young Havanan, who lived in Spain for more than a decade, returned to the island “all fired up” to innovate and revolutionize the business world, taking advantage of the timid reforms undertaken by … Continue reading ""With Obama There Was Hope in Cuba, But That’s Over"" Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 19 March 2018 — Between 2006 and 2014, only 125 men in Cuba accepted paid parental leave and the majority did so because of the mother’s illness or death, according to official data. Although the legislation provides for paternity leave, its use is still very unusual among men on the island. At … Continue reading "In Eight Years Only 125 Cuban Men Have Taken Paternity Leave" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 9 MArch 2018 — From the loudspeaker of a hot filthy state-owned bar in Diez de Octubre, a thirty minute drive from central Havana, Micha’s voice is blaring out — he sings reggaeton like a dock worker. “Twist round tight on your toes,” Micha sings. A couple of mulatas with fat stomachs, with … Continue reading "Cuba: Avoiding Reality / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 19 March 2018 — It was early morning when the police arrived at the door of the first of the opponents who were arrested on March 18, 2003. During that operation, 75 activists and independent journalists were sentenced to long prison terms under the so-called Gag Law, which is still in force today. … Continue reading "Black Spring, The Fertile Repression" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 19 March 2018 — On a mid-February day in 2003, a month before the repressive wave against the Cuban dissidence, sometime after 9:00 in the morning it took me almost an hour to board Route 100 bus, which at that time started its route at the corner of Diez de October and O’Farrill, in … Continue reading "How I Remember Cuba’s 2003 Black Spring / Iván García" Continue reading