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Two Russian Deputies put forward a proposal to President Vladimir Putin to study the reestablishment of the Lourdes signals interception center in Cuba, as well as the deployment of Russian missile launchers on the island “to protect the interests of Moscow and its allies,” as local media reported this Wednesday. The initiative comes as a … Continue reading "Two Russian Deputies Propose Reestablishing Signal Intercept Station in Cuba / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 25 April 2016 — It is a Black Friday of a different sort. In the United States the morning after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas discount season, where people wait in long lines to buy electronics, computers and clothing. But in Cuba on Friday, April 22 — a date when the … Continue reading "Price Reductions on Food Items in Cuba Are Not Enough / Ivan Garcia" Continue reading
Rebeca Monzo, 28 April 2016 — The First of May is supposed to be a day for the workers to demand better working conditions, and in our country, after the first of January 1959 it was converted into a “spontaneous” gathering of the masses to support the regime and not to make labor demands, all … Continue reading "May First North Korean Style / Rebeca Monzo" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 27 April 2016 – Under the hot sun, while passersby seek shade under the balconies, one hears the sound of truck on Jovellar Street in Havana. It goes along loaded with tanks full of water, and as it passes the residents look out their windows and run inside their houses looking … Continue reading "Carriers, Tanks And Trucks, The Ways To Get Water / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar" Continue reading
  Somos+, Eliecer Avila, 26 April 2016 — The last time I tried to meet with several families in this province I was forcibly  “deported” by State Security agents, who told me I was “persona non grata” in the territory. It is very likely that no citizens had heard of the action taken against me, … Continue reading "This Time I Reached Pinar de Rio / Somos+, Eliecer Avila" Continue reading
Cubans are once again crowded along the border between Costa Rica and Panama. the Cuban government, as usual, blames it in the “Cuban Adjustment Act” and ignores, as always, the real causes: Cubans don’t believe in the promised “prosperous, sustainable and irrevocable socialism” and, even less, in their old political leaders. The political, economic and … Continue reading "Cubans on the Borders / Fernando Dámaso" Continue reading
14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz, San Miguel del Padron, 24 April 2016 — The spice route of Purita Industries begins with the pruning camp a short distance from the production workshop. It continues in the room where the machine is, a heated dehydrator designed by a mechanical engineer that processes 200 pounds of plants in 24 hours. … Continue reading "The Cuban Spice Route / 14ymedio, Lilianne Ruiz" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 April 2016 — After nearly 35 years as head of the Archdiocese of Havana, Jaime Ortega y Alamino, the only Cuban cardinal and a crucial figure in the thaw with the United States, has been replaced. Pope Francis decided to accept his resignation, presented since 2011, and appoint in his place Juan … Continue reading "A ‘Bishop Of The People’ For A Cuba In Transition / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading
14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 26 April 2016 – In films there are final epics. Systems whose final moments pass between the sound of the hammers tearing down a wall and the roar of thousands of people in a plaza. The Castro regime, however, is going through its death throes without glorious images or collective … Continue reading "The Collapse / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, If the mid-seventies I had thought to tell Minerva Salado, then my chief editor at Cuba International magazine, that in some forty years she would write a book titled “Censorship of the Press in the Cuban Revolution,” I would have caused enormous problems for myself, only surpassed by that if I had … Continue reading "To End Censorship / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, West Palm Beach, Florida, 13 April 2016 — The video has gone viral in the internet in just over 24 hours — between Monday afternoon, April 11th 2016, and the early hours of Tuesday night — it had been shared 42,000 times, it had been viewed almost 4 million times, and the … Continue reading "Danse Macabre / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 22 March 2016 — Just when Air Force One landed at 2 pm at the Andrew military base on the way to Havana, forty-six Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) walked in file along the central promenade of 5th Avenue, with photos, placards with slogan against the autocracy, and photos of political prisoners. … Continue reading "The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana / Iván García" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 9 April 2016 — Quiet has returned to the streets of Carraguao, a neighborhood in the suburb of Cerro. There are no more patrol cars, no local police or beefy foreigners who look like U.S Secret Service agents walking around and checking everything out. But two days after it took place, Berta — … Continue reading "The Obama Revolution and the Average Cuban / Iván García" Continue reading
Hablemos Press, Leonel Rodriguez Lima, Havana, 16 April 2016 — It has been much-emphasized by Cuban officialdom that we are in the process of constructing an indigenous or distinctly Cuban socialism, prosperous and sustainable. But the phrase could turn out to be a hollow one, being that its realization continues to be delayed as time … Continue reading "Cuba: A Prosperous and Sustainable Socialism? / Hablemos Press, Leonel Rodriguez Lima" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 21 April 2016 — He is no longer the beefy guy in the olive green uniform with a Russian pistol in his holster who would give improvised, hours-long speeches in a public square or television studio until he became hoarse. It was a stale, slouching version of Fidel Castro — his hair combed back like … Continue reading "Fidel Castro Brings a Transitional Communist Party Congress to a Close / Iván García" Continue reading
Rebeca Monzo, 24 April 2016 — I have a friend who, as soon as she heard about the announced price cuts, ran out the day before to the hard currency stores to buy things, thinking she might store some of the items about to go on sale before the stores run out of them. A … Continue reading "Price Reductions? / Rebeca Monzo" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 22 April 2016 – As the journalist Regina Coyula warned, in order to understand what the press in Cuba is saying you have to know “Granmática” (the language of the newspaper Granma) and, even though the note on the first page of the official organ of the Communist Party appears signed by … Continue reading "New Prices, Political Will And Productivity / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar" Continue reading
14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 23 April 2016 — Army General Raul Castro, newly re-elected first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), in his closing speech at the Party’s 7th Congress spoke of moving forward with our democratic, prosperous and sustainable socialism. It turns out that the adjective democratic has just been added to the socialism officially promoted in … Continue reading "Clothes Do Not Make the Man / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Miami, 20 April 2016 – I ask for a minute’s standing ovation, gentlemen: the Communist Party of Cuba has died. The internment, which will be known to future generations of Cubans as the 7th Congress of the PCC, held its memorial service Tuesday, 19 April 2016, exactly 55 years after the dazzling … Continue reading "Epitaph for a Party / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luzbely Escobar, Havana, 22 April 2016 — The Carlos III shopping center in Havana Center opened its doors this morning before an expectant public looking for the price reductions on some products that was announced on Primetime News last night at eight. On leaving the market, many customers expressed dissatisfaction with a measure they … Continue reading "Cuba Reduces Food Prices: Comments From the Cash Register / 14ymedio, Luzbely Escobar" Continue reading
14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, 22 April 2016 – A new TV program, La Ventana (The Window), debuted in Cuba on Thursday, the work of the young artist Ignacio Gonzalez, director of the project En Caliente Prensa Libre (Free Press in the Heat of the Moment). The program highlights the professionalism of the set as well as the … Continue reading "‘The Window’ Opens In Cuba / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila" Continue reading
Fernando Damaso, 13 April 2016 — It is no surprise that the Cuban communist party is sick. The run-up to its 7th Congress unleashed a campaign of “transfusions” in a effort to revive it. These included excerpts of old speeches from the front pages of Granma that addressed the subject, opinion pieces and even short … Continue reading "Between Transfusions / Fernando Damaso" Continue reading
14ymedio, 22 April 2016 – The Cuban government changed its immigration policy with regards to maritime travel. The scandal provoked by the refusal of Carnival cruise lines to sell tickets on its cruises to the island to citizens of Cuban origin – a policy subsequently rectified by the cruise line – has forced Havana to … Continue reading "Havana Yields To Pressure and Allows Cuban Passengers On Cruise Ships / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 21 April 2016 — The Cuban government has announced a reduction in prices of food and other basic products sold in stores in Cuba convertible pesos (CUC) and Cuban pesos (CUP). The measure, which comes at a time of growing popular discontent over the rising cost of living and shortages, takes effect Friday in … Continue reading "Government Announces Reduction In Basic Good Prices as of Friday / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2016 — A little bent and dressed in civilian clothes, with a dark blue suit, light blue shirt, no tie, gold metallic glasses, and a star on his bag, Raul Castro Ruz, 84, president hand-picked by his brother Fidel in 2006, among applause advanced to the dais in the corner of the … Continue reading "Raul Castro: More Boring and Conservative Than Ever / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, 21 April 2106 — The national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), Eduardo Cardet, argues that the communist leaders of Cuba felt “very threatened” by the recent visit of US President Barack Obama. “They fear losing power,” he said told the Catholic news agency Aciprensa on Wednesday. “This entrenchment (of the senior leaders) in that old position … Continue reading "The Leaders Feel “Threatened” After Obama’s Visit / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 19 April 2016 — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez harshly criticized Barack Obama’s trip to Havana this Monday. It was “a visit in which there was an all out attack on our conception, our history, our culture and our symbols,” the minister told the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. The Foreign Minister’s comments … Continue reading "Foreign Minister’s Criticism Of Obama’s Cuba Visit Betrays Nervousness / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Madrid, 21 April 2016 – The Spanish Navy training ship Juan Sebastian Elcano will dock in Havana on 11 May, arriving from Puerto Rico, according to Spain’s El Pais newspaper. It is not the first time the iconic Spanish ship has arrived on the island. On ten previous occasions the barquentine visited Havana. However, according to … Continue reading "Spain Will Disembark in Cuba in May / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Mr. Bruno Rodriguez, I am not going to say that your statements about President Obama’s visit surprised me, because nothing you do surprises me any more. Nor do I concern myself with looking for the logic in it, because there isn’t any. You, or some of you, are totally dogmatic and impractical. Because of this … Continue reading "Open Letter to Cuba’s Foreign Minister / Somos+, Jorge Ros" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas, 17 April 2016 — On 28 March Mario Vargas Llosa turned 80 and wanted to celebrate with a brief reflection on his political thinking and, in particular, his form of being a liberal. For this I want to start from two great French thinkers who played a key role in his intellectual development: … Continue reading "Mario Vargas Llosa: The Liberal Rebel / 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 16 April 2016 – In a room with huge images of Carlos Balino, Julio Antonio Mella and Fidel Castro, the Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist Party opened in Saturday. Jose Ramon Ventura, Second Secretary of the PCC Central Committee, offered the opening words, in front of 995 delegates – of the 1,000 … Continue reading "No ‘Privatization’ or Other Political Parties, says Raul Castro / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 15 April 2016 – Near Linea Street in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood, a young man is selling this fish he just pulled from the sea. After hours on the water in a makeshift craft, the bold sailor has managed to hook a huge fish that he is offering for 20 convertible pesos, the equivalent … Continue reading "Fresh Fish / 14ymedio" Continue reading
EFE/14ymedio, Havana, 14 April 2016 — The average age of the thousand delegates who will participate from 16 to 19 April in the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) is 48 years, and only 5.5% are under 35, according to data released Thursday by the newspaper Granma. The oldest delegate, Jose Ramon Fernandez, is … Continue reading "Only 5.5% of Communist Party Congress Delegates Under Age 35 / EFE, 14ymedio" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 11 April 2016 — This will not just be the seventh congress of a communist party condemned to being swallowed up by history. It will be the last. Cuba is a small island filled with dangerously blinding lights. All this brightness dazzles the opposition. So much so that it cannot even manage to capitalize … Continue reading "A Friend and Cuban Military Official Just Sent Me an Email / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 April 2016 — Mexico will not operate more “air bridges” for now, nor will Costa Rica allow more Cuban migrants in its territory, at a time when some 3,500 Cubans are flocking to the Panama isthmus trying to continue their journey to the United States. This is the scene at … Continue reading "Ecuador And Mexico Take Steps To Stem The Flow Of Cubans / 14ymedio, Mario Penton" Continue reading
Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 1 March 2016 — In any forum our highest leaders intervene in, they express the idea that the majority of the people support the regime, however… When the people, without excluding those who manifest being its followers, nor those militants of the PCC and the UJC, or leaders at all levels of the country, … Continue reading "The True Support of the Majority of the People for the “Revolution” / Somos+, Pedro Acosta" Continue reading
14ymedio, Rosa Lopez, Havana, 20 May 2015 – On World Environment Day, this coming 5 June, Cuba will have 11,000 sources of pollution that affect ground water and coastal areas. This information was updated by Odalis Goicochea, Director of the … Continue reading Continue reading
Desde Aqui, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 May 2015 — Yesterday I invited my granddaughters to get ice cream. To boast of her knowledge, the oldest, who is in the third grade, said to me: “Today marks the 120th anniversary of the … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 20 May 2015 — Wednesday morning the artist Tania Bruguera began more than 100 hours of consecutive reading, analysis and discussion of Hannah Arendt’s book The Origins of Totalitarianism. The event, which started in the presence of a … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, 19 May 2015 – The director of 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, has won the 2015 Knight International Journalism Award, the International Center for Journalists reported today. Priyanka Dubey, an independent Indian journalist has won the same award for exposing the … Continue reading Continue reading
Until Wednesday, April 29, when intense rains fell on Havana, Agustin — a private-sector farmer who grows chard, lettuce and peppers on a patch of parched land on the outskirts of the capital — was looking skyward to see if … Continue reading Continue reading
Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 May 2015 – Nimble fingers over the keyboard, a life divided between reality and the digital world, plus the gratification of amusing yourself, learning, teaching and being free through technology. These are some of … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana 16 May 2015 – On the back of a copy of the I Ching were examples of questions about which one might consult this Chinese. Should I marry X? Is this the time to take a … Continue reading Continue reading
Cuban Apartheid, suffered by families who abandoned their homes and went to Havana in search of a new life, Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen, Havana, 15 May 2015 – Rodolfo Castro, from Santiago de Cuba, met with three other young … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Fernando Dámaso, Havana, May 17 2015 – The Cuban government, since it seized power on January 1959, has maintained an authoritarian and exclusive approach to politics. Patriots, Cubans and citizens are considerations that have only been extended to those … Continue reading Continue reading