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14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — More than a man who believes, the priest José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre (b. 1951, San Luis, Santiago de Cuba) is a human being who overflows with credibility from every pore of his skin. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 and since then he has managed to reconcile, … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: José Conrado Rodríguez Alegre, Priest" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — For a whole decade the economist Karina Gálvez Chiu (b. 1966, Pinar del Río) has contributed to the development of the Convivencia (Coexistence) Project in a constant and effective manner. Editor, lecturer and a keen analyst of the Cuban reality, this woman from Pinar del Río born in the complicated … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Karina Gálvez, Economist" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2017 — Among the aftermaths of Hurricane Irma, which devastated thousands of homes along the island and damaged several hotels in the North Cays, the unusual prominence won by Army General Joaquín Quintas Solá (b. 1938, Santiago de Cuba) must also be counted. The soldier spent weeks visiting the affected areas and … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Joaquin Quintas Sola, General" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2017 — The star of world badminton (b. 1989, Havana) has lived a year of vertigo in which he reached the highest echelons of the awards ceremonies, although he also missed out on some trophies. At the VIII Badminton Open in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Guerrero won the gold … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Osleni Guerrero, Badminton Player" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 30 December 2017 — The year 2017 has not left a pleasant memory among Cubans. The last twelve months were marked by economic difficulties, the retreat in the diplomatic thaw with the United States, the destruction left by Hurricane Irma and a regional context increasingly adverse for the island’s government. Despite the reported growth … Continue reading "2017, Another Year Lost For Cuba" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 26 November 2017  — In the Havana neighborhood of La Timba a teenager loudly sings Latin trap song that causes a stir among young Cubans:  “You are not in control here, silence/Pay attention you evil woman.”  The rhythm is gaining ground on the Island with its lyrics charged with misogyny and gender … Continue reading ""You Are Not in Control Here," the Refrain that Silences Women" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 31 December 2017 — The young man knocks on the door, having arrived from the distant town of Güira, sweating buckets. He doesn’t have to mince words, just display his merchandise consisting of fresh milk, cheese and a leg of pork. This informal vendor has cheaper deals than those in the state markets, … Continue reading "The Economic Crisis Explained Through A Leg Of Pork" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 28 December 2017 — The reporter and designer of the independent magazine La Hora de Cuba has experienced a series of intense months throughout 2017. Last March, Sol García Basulto (b. 1988, Camagüey) was charged with the alleged crime of “usurpation of legal capacity” for exercising independent journalism, for which she faced a penalty of … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Sol García Basulto, Journalist" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 27 December 2017 – A resident of Jagüey Grande in Matanzas, Alexei Gámez (b. 1981, Matanzas) has contributed to enabling a locality where almost three hundred residents connect to each other through wireless networks to exchange content, chat and enjoy audiovisual material without having to be connected to Internet. This computer engineer specializing … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Alexei Gámez, Computer Scientist" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 27 December 2017 — At just 37 years of age, Haydée Milanés (b. 1980, Havana) is one of the best voices on the national scene and the singer who has received the most praise for her work in the last year. The artist has achieved success with her album Amor, in which she takes on … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Haydée Milanés, Singer" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 December 2017 — An essential feature of the Cuban socio-political and economic system is the reluctance of the ruling class to offer exact and reliable figures and data about the performance of the economy and finances at the end of each year. December is, for Cubans living in Cuba – … Continue reading "The Cabalistic Exercises of the Managers of the Cuban Economy" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 28 December 2017 — The activist, who divides her time between Havana and Miami, directs the Cuba Decides initiative that proposes the holding of a plebiscite to initiate a transition to democracy on the Island. With a degree in Physics, Payá (b. 1989, Havana) has had an intense year in which she has … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Rosa María Payá, Activist" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 27 December 2017 — Known as the “man with the flag,” Daniel Llorente (b. 1963, Havana) is a “freelance” opponent who has stood out for his activism after the diplomatic thaw between Cuba and the United States. His image made the rounds of the social networks and the covers of many international newspapers … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Daniel Llorente, The ‘Flag Man’" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 December 2017 — Anyone who knows the Cuban reality even partly knows the role of “drivetrain” played by the so-called mass organizations. Instead of representing the interests of their members before the State, they function as watchdogs of the government’s interests in each of their sectors. The Federation of Cuban Women … Continue reading "When The Labor Union is the Employer" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miami, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 17 December 2017 — On Dec. 21, the residents of Catalonia will vote again. Few international news have generated so much interest among Latin Americans as those emerging from Spain. I don’t say “the Catalans” because (as it should be) all the Spanish citizens living in the four Catalonian provinces — … Continue reading "Rehearsal for a Civilized Divorce" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2017 — As a child, Aimara Peña (b. 1989, Sancti Spíritus) dressed in her impeccable primary school uniform to guard the polls in the People’s Power elections. At that time she felt a special emotion as she said “voted” every time a voter put their ballot in the ballot box. She did not suspect that … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Aimara Pena, Independent Candidate" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2017 — Young, daring and feminist, La Señorita Dayana (b. 13 January 1984, Las Tunas) vindicates the figure of women in urban music. The author of songs such as A Ti Lo Que Duele and La Mentira is opposed to the role assigned to women as simple objects of mens’ sexual desire. Born in a town in the interior … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Dayana Chavez Victoria, ‘La Senorita Dayana’" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 25 December 2017 — Restless, hyperactive, media-focused and irreverent, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara (b. 1987, Havana) turned 30 this year in the midst of an unstoppable and controversial artistic work. With his proposal With All And For The Good Of A Few he created three artistic interventions centered on the luxurious hotel Manzana Kempinski. In the … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2017 — Everything pointed to the fact that Hurricane Irma would be the first in many years that Cubans would experience without the company of José Rubiera. Born in San Antonio, Jaruco in 1946, and for many years Director of the Cuban Institute Forecast Center, Rubiera has often commented that hurricanes fascinate him. … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: José Rubiera Torres, Meteorologist" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2017 — When it was confirmed that Karla Pérez González (b. 1998, Cienfuegos) had earned the right to be trained as a journalist at Marta Abreu de Las Villas Central University, she had the illusion that she could remove the foundations of stagnant Cuban journalism. The young woman promised herself that she would not be … Continue reading "Cuban Faces 2017: Karla Perez Gonzalez, Student" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 18 December 2017 — Hanging from the young woman’s bag, the small speaker radiates a trap song throughout the bus, making the trip between La Víbora and Vedado into a fun disco or an acoustic martyrdom. In Cuba, where the penal code is so strict, the lax treatment that the authorities maintain toward environmental sound pollution … Continue reading "Music for Everyone All the Time" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 22 December 2017 — Spaniards show a higher level of dissatisfaction with regards to the services offered by Cuban hotels, according to a survey published on the Hosteltur website. The assessment made by these visitors “does not reach the minimum required in general, highlighting especially the poor rating of three-star hotels, and an … Continue reading "Cuban Hotels Offer Terrible Service According To Spanish Tourists" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2017 — As we do every year, we have selected a list of 14 people who have stood out over the last twelve months within the Island. People who, through art, music, activism, a sports discipline, politics or from any another sphere, have left a mark. With their drive and determination … Continue reading "Cuba: Faces Of The Year 2017" Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernández, Havana, 11 December 2017 —  There are enough cigarette butts left in the room to “fill a truck,” says Roger. In the clandestine betting house that this 68-year-old man manages in the neighborhood of Cerro, this Saturday was the most intense day of the year with the fight between the Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko and … Continue reading "Alcohol, Silence and Clandestine Bets" Continue reading
14ymedio, Adonis Milán, Havana, 6 December 2017 — For the past two years I have been directing an independent group called Persephone Theater. We recently premiered the play Hamlet Machine, by the German author Heiner Müller, with a staging that shows the overwhelming parallelism between the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and present-day Cuba. I traveled with this … Continue reading "My First Encounter with State Security" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 19 December 2017 — It was December 2007 when Hugo Chávez, in the company of Raúl Castro and a dozen Caribbean leaders, celebrated the PetroCaribe summit in Cienfuegos. For this city of 200,000 that Fidel Castro wanted to turn into the industrial heart of the country, the reactivation of the Camilo Cienfuegos refinery, … Continue reading "Cienfeugos Refinery Needs 5 Billion Dollar Upgrade" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 december 2017 — With the accumulated experience of six decades in power, Raúl Castro knows the political cost of breaching the latest and most widely disseminated of his promises: to leave the country’s presidency on 24 February 2018. Each day he prolongs his presence in that position  goes against the schedule … Continue reading "Another Raul Castro Promise Unfulfilled" Continue reading
14ymedio, Ricardo Fernández, Camaguey, 20 December 2017 — Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) lives up to its name by being in an out-of-the-way spot 40 kilometers from the town of Vertientes, in Camagüey. The small settlement of houses with a palm leaf roofs has its greatest treasure in the surrounding beehives, but this year the production of the honeybees … Continue reading "Cuban State Pays $560 a Ton for Honey and Sells it in Europe for $14,000" Continue reading
EFE / via 14ymedio, Havana, 21 December 2017 — The president of Cuba, Raúl Castro, confirmed on Thursday that he will leave office on April 21, after the Cuban Parliament extended his current mandate until that date, a mandate which was due to end on February 24. “When the National Assembly is constituted I will … Continue reading "Raul Castro Confirms He Will Leave the Presidency and Urges Elimination of Dual Currency" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 20 December 2017 — At least five artists have been released in recent hours after being detained by the police on Wednesday while trying to attend a performance at the independent art gallery El Círculo, as a part of the Endless Poetry Festival promoted by the Group Omni Zona Franca, which is celebrating … Continue reading "Cuba Releases at Least Five of the Artists Arrested for Attending a Performance" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 December 2017 — Although from the legal and theoretical point of view the concept of “independent candidate” is inappropriate in the context of the current Cuban electoral processes, this designation has been imposed on those men and women who attempted to be nominated as candidates for the position of Delegate … Continue reading "Success and Failure of Independent Candidates in Cuba" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 21 December 2017 — In a last minute turn of events, the Cuban Parliament extended Raul Castro’s current mandate for two months, a decision that extends his presidency beyond February 2018, when he was expected to leave power.  The “serious effects of Hurricane Irma across the entire national territory,” has been used to … Continue reading "Raul Castro Extends His Presidency Beyond February 2018" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 17 December 2017 — The Mexican illustrator Joan X. Vázquez has created a series of comics produced by the human rights organization Amnesty International entitled Cuban Lives. These pages illustrate the lives of Cubans and the continuous restrictions to which they are subjected in their day to day existence. The second issue is dedicated to Nadia, … Continue reading "The Consequences of Having "Dissident" Friends" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 20 December 2017 — Actress Iris Ruiz and blogger Lia Villares were arrested Wednesday around five in the afternoon at the independent gallery El Círculo. The arrest of both occurred during a police operation to prevent a performance scheduled as a part of the Endless Poetry Festival. A presentation of the monologue Psychosis was planned, … Continue reading "Police Arrest Actress Iris Ruiz and Blogger Lia Villares in Havana" Continue reading
14ymedio, Leonardo del Valle, Holguin, 13 December 2017 — Alfredo was 35 in 2000, when he was diagnosed HIV seropositive. Two weeks ago this 52-year-old homosexual man and his mother attended the presentation of The Normal Heart, the film that opened the cycle of gay cinema that will run in the Holguin Provincial Film Center until 20 … Continue reading ""Death Was Behind the Door," Recalls Alfredo / 14yMedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 15 December 2017 — On Thursday, Ernesto Darana’s film Sergio & Sergei was finally shared with a Havana audience and the full room of the Yara cinema eruped with applause, laughter and tears. The exhibition of the Cuban director’s work, presented at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, had been frustrated last Sunday … Continue reading "Daranas Seduces Cuban Audience with His Film About the Special Period" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2017 — A traffic accident in the town of Yaguajay, in the province of Sancti Spíritus, has left three people dead and two injured, according to the local radio station The Voice of Yaguajay. The crash, which occurred around three in the morning, involved a bus from the Villa Clara Urban Bus Company, … Continue reading "Traffic Crash in Yaguajay Leaves Three Dead and Two Seriously Injured" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2017 — The Baptist Church, through the pastor and coordinator of the Patmos Institute, Mario Félix Lleonart, has denounced the occupation of one of its buildings since last July by individuals acting in a personal capacity. The building is the site of the Office of the Board of Missions of the Association … Continue reading "Baptist Church Denounces the Occupation of One of Its Buildings in Havana" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 7 December 2017 — Ernesto Machado will never forget a cold morning in 1968 at José Martí airport in Havana. A migration officer removed her parents’ gold wedding rings while annulling her passport. “This is the property of the revolutionary government,” the woman dressed as a soldier told her, before she left Cuba to … Continue reading "Cuban Customs Can’t Keep Up With Cuban Ingenuity" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miami, 1 December 2017 — The Supreme Court of Brazil decided on Thursday, by a vote of six to two, that the Mais Médicos (More Doctors) program, in which more than 8,000 Cuban doctors participate, is legal under Brazil’s Constitution. The complaint against the program, started by ex-president Dilma Rousseff, was presented by the Brazilian … Continue reading "Brazil’s Supreme Court Rules Mais Medicos Program is Legal" Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 4 December 2017 — Neither metaphorical nor allusive, but simply ruthless, the staging of The Infinite Banquet highlights everything insane, corrupt and violent that political power can be. The play, written in 1999 by the playwright Alberto Pedro Torriente, premiered last Thursday, November 30, at the Teatro de la Luna in the Adolfo … Continue reading "‘The Infinite Banquet’ Reflects the Violence and Corruption of Power" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 8 December 2017 — The essayist, literary critic, semiotician and translator, Desiderio Navarro, died Thursday in Havana, at 69 years of age as a result of cancer that, for the last year, had prevented him from appearing in public. Navarro, born in Camagüey in 1948, was a renowned polyglot and poet, as well … Continue reading "Desiderio Navarro Dies, the “Lone Ranger” of Cuban Semiotics" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 11 December 2017 – Until a few years ago the concept “human rights” was frowned upon by Cuba’s ruling party. The mere mention of these two words together automatically labeled a citizen as on the opposing side and there was no lack of acts of repudiation against dissidents in which slogans were shouted in … Continue reading "The Human Rights That Are Missing In Cuba" Continue reading
14ymedio, Ricardo Fernández, Camagüey, 8 December 2017 — The first online financial transactions have been delayed for two decades in Cuba. The new service, called Kiosco, allows the payment of electricity and telephone bills, in addition to the repayment of bank loans, but is not exempt from technological setbacks and has not yet managed to gain the … Continue reading "Online Payments Come to Cuba Two Decades Late" Continue reading