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Cuba has announced plans to help its citizens recover from Hurricane Irma’s devastating swipe at its north coast and rebuild their homes. Drawing on recovery lessons from recent hurricanes Sandy … Click to Continue » Continue reading
14ymedio (with agency information), Havana, 15 September 201 — Raúl Castro still has not visited any of the many areas affected by Hurricane Irma this past weekend and remains entrenched in the Palace of the Revolution, where on Wednesday night he led a meeting of the highest level officials to evaluate the damages caused by … Continue reading "Raul Castro, Who Still Has Not Visited Those Affected By Irma, Tells Cubans: “We Will Move Forward”" Continue reading
… discussed the possibility for the Cuban country to buy ships and … companies to enter the Cuban market. The Cuban country is actively exploring … .53 million. In 2016, the Cuban state's export value … , tobacco, fish, citrus and coffee. Cuba imports mainly petroleum, food products … Continue reading
… the Cuban Embassy to create more awareness and better understanding of Cuba … the Cuban islands and recovery efforts being undertaken. The ambassador said Cuba … . Cuba became a United State protectorate in 1898 after American and Cuban … lived in Cuba or frequently traveled to Cuba. The Cuban economy relied heavily … Continue reading
Holguin, September 13 (RHC-ACN)-- Cuban Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said … of hard currency to the Cuban economy-- has both the human … Continue reading
… and Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Cuba's cash-strapped … much greater," said former Cuban central bank economist Pavel Vidal … on Americans traveling to Cuba. Then the Cuban government said last month … around 12 percent," said Cuban economist Omar Everleny. "That … Continue reading
… Frank and Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's cash-strapped economy … much greater," said former Cuban central bank economist Pavel Vidal … on Americans traveling to Cuba. Then the Cuban government said last month … around 12 percent," said Cuban economist Omar Everleny. "That … Continue reading
CUBA STANDARD — Scraping along most of Cuba’s northern coastline during 72 hours, Hurricane Irma claimed at least 10 lives and caused major damage to much of the island, knocking out the entire national power grid and devastating the tourism infrastructure in the northern keys. Loss of life is an unusual occurrence in Cuba, which prides itself of world-class hurricane preparation and response. However, this Category-5 storm […] Continue reading
Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 2 September 2017 — After the experience of a trip to Cuba, the Peruvian columnist Alfredo Bullard remains convinced that the solution to the Cuban problem involves everything from liberation from the government of Donald Trump to more business activity and travel by Americans to the island. I believe that expressing an opinion … Continue reading "Freedom in Cuba from a Bird’s Eye View / Jeovany Jimenez Vega" Continue reading
Abuja, September 7 (RHC)-- Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria Carlos Sosa … areas of science and technology. “Cuba will collaborate with Nigeria in … strengthen existing cordial relations with Cuba toward diversifying national economy by … of Memorandum of Understanding between Cuba and Nigeria would help Nigeria … Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez/Mario Penton, Havana-Miami, 6 September 2017 — After devastating Antigua and Barbuda, Hurricane Irma continues to approach Cuba with sustained winds of more than 180 miles/hour. The islander’s residents are anxious buy food, candles and materials to reinforce doors or windows but the chronic shortages of the last weeks are aggravated by the increase … Continue reading "Cuba Awaits Irma, One of the Most Powerful Hurricanes in its History, With Empty Markets" Continue reading
… have a punishing effect on Cuba, where the economy has barely … nervous pall has fallen on Havana. Cubans formed long queues at state-run … have made a run for Havana airport and a Norwegian cruise … storm rages past. But in Havana, where even light rain can … Continue reading
HAVANA – Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said Wednesday in Havana that the … meetings later on Wednesday with Cuban ministers and other officials. “Trade … of Spanish companies in the Cuban economy and their leadership in … capacity of the Cubans to overcome difficulties.” Spain is Cuba’s third-largest … Continue reading
… Nigeria, Mr Carlos Sosa The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Carlos … areas of science and technology. “Cuba will collaborate with Nigeria in … strengthen existing cordial relationships with Cuba toward diversifying the national economy … of Memoranda of Understanding between Cuba and Nigeria would help Nigeria … Continue reading
Primavera Digital, Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez, Havana, 31 July 2017 — In the 1960s and even the 70s, the legitimacy of the system–despite its continuous economic fiascos and failure to achieve an adequate and genuinely Cuban social system–was acceptable for the hopeful lower classes, while the middle and upper classes were fleeing to Miami. Fifty-eight years … Continue reading "How Does the Cuban Survive? / Eduardo Martínez" Continue reading
… flags of Cuba and the United States after arriving to Havana, Cuba, Thursday … flags of Cuba and the United States after arriving to Havana, Cuba, Thursday … devastates Cuban economy. December 1991: Collapse of Soviet Union devastates Cuban economy … Continue reading
… flags of Cuba and the United States after arriving to Havana, Cuba, Thursday … flags of Cuba and the United States after arriving to Havana, Cuba, Thursday … devastates Cuban economy. December 1991: Collapse of Soviet Union devastates Cuban economy … Continue reading
Iván García, 30 August 2017 — Since his wife died two years ago, Manuel hasn’t been eating properly. At night, he sits in front of an obsolete cathode ray tube television, and usually watches the news or the baseball while he drinks some fourth-rate rum bought from a convenience store. His big old house with high … Continue reading "Cuban Universities Need Autonomy / Iván García" Continue reading
Somos+, Karla Pérez González, 28 August 2017 — Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for the Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), shares his vision on what is happening in Cuba regarding the violation of a series of elementary rights, already surpassed by the majority of systems that govern the continent. The … Continue reading "Edison Lanza and the Lack of Press Freedom in Cuba / Somos+, Karla Pérez González" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 30 August 2017 — These are frantic days. The uniform has to be ready, and a supply of pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners collected. The school year begins on Monday, and each year the cost of equipping a student for the classroom increases. Cuban families spend nearly an entire month’s average salary … Continue reading "Cuban Families Try to Equip Their Children for the School Year Without Ruining Themselves" Continue reading
Note: Our apologies that this video is not subtitled, but hopefully the images will be of interest to all. 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 26 August 2017 – She walks slowly constantly fanning herself. With each step her full-skirted flowery dress swishes from side to side. Yadira Ramos is 34 and will give birth for the … Continue reading "Cuba Is No Country For Mothers" 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
14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 6 August 2017 – Only half a year before the announced general-president Raúl Castro’s departure from his duties as President of Cuba, it is still not known with certainty who his successor will be. It is undeniable is that whoever the Power choses to give continuity to the failed socio-political and economic … Continue reading "The Enigmas of Successions" Continue reading
14ymedio (With agency information), Havana, 16 August 2017 – The effect of the Venezuelan crisis on the Cuban economy is greater than expected, judging by the latest data from the National Statistics Office (ONE) that reveals a 70% fall in trade between the two countries in only two years. The trade in merchandise was $2.2 … Continue reading "Trade Between Cuba And Venezuela Falls 70% In The Last Two Years" Continue reading
… in Cuba just a few years ago. Over the last decade, Cubans … Jose Antonio Echeverria University in Havana. All three took state jobs … the country into recession. RELATED: Cubans Awaiting Better Economy As Relationship … graduated from the University of Havana's law school in … Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 10 August 2017 – The Cuban population is aging at an inverse ratio to the investment required to support this share of the citizenry. Almost 20% of Cubans are over 60, and a recent government study sees aging as “the nation’s biggest demographic challenge.” Health spending fell from 11% of GDP … Continue reading "Cuba Spends Less on Healthcare Despite the Aging of the Population" Continue reading
HAVANA:  The graffiti of alien-like beings and balaclava-clad men appearing on Havana … old, criticizing Cuba’s ailing, Soviet-style economy that forces Cubans to turn … the art form in Cuba. William LeoGrande, a Cuba expert and professor … tag around Havana to mock “the cult of five Cuban spies” sentenced … Continue reading
Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 May 2017 —  Yes, General, on this point I entirely agree with you: “The enemy uses ever more sophisticated information weapons”. He clearly is the enemy; the one who stubbornly opposes all my people’s progress; the one who brazenly deprives them of their rights; who obliges them to live in misery; … Continue reading "Talking With The Enemy / Jeovany Jimenez Vega" Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 August 2017 — The new measures to regulate the private sector are arriving drop by drop, with last Saturday’s announcement affecting taxi service, calling for the creation of piqueras – taxi stands/stops – fixed itineraries and prices of five pesos for each stretch of 8 kilometers. According to the Deputy … Continue reading "Cuba’s Private Taxi Drivers Are Suspicious of Government Measures to “Bring Order” to the Service" Continue reading
EFE/14ymedio, Havana/Miami, 8 August 2017 — The government said Monday that it will not extend “for a very long period” the recent discontinuance of new licenses to open private restaurants and rent rooms to tourists, a measure greeted with concern in the self-employment sector. The Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Security, Marta Elena Feitó … Continue reading "Cuban Government Insists the Pause in the Granting of Private Work Licenses Will Be Short" Continue reading


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… CAM Bank (now Sabadell) in Havana, Cuba. Cuba Ventures intends to use the … for Cuba related transactions to stimulate the self-employed private economy, giving Cuban … a definitive agreement. About Cuba Ventures Corp.: Cuba Ventures Corp. is a … $3.5 billion per year Cuban travel and tourism industry. Travelucion … Continue reading
… CAM Bank (now Sabadell) in Havana, Cuba. Cuba Ventures intends to use the … for Cuba related transactions to stimulate the self-employed private economy, giving Cuban … a definitive agreement. About Cuba Ventures Corp.: Cuba Ventures Corp. is a … $3.5 billion per year Cuban travel and tourism industry. Travelucion … Continue reading
HAVANA: The graffiti of alien-like beings and balaclava-clad men appearing on Havana … , criticizing Cuba's ailing, Soviet-style economy that forces Cubans to turn … the art form in Cuba. William LeoGrande, a Cuba expert and professor … tag around Havana to mock "the cult of five Cuban spies … Continue reading
Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 August 2017 — The brake announced last June has just materialized. By canceling the awarding of licenses in several areas in which people have been allowed to work for themselves, and stopping the award of new licenses in several others, the government has confirmed fears about the advance of the private sector, … Continue reading "The Private Sector is the Victim of the Government’s Double Speak" Continue reading
HAVANA —  The Cuban government said on Monday the … liberalization of the economy. Communist-run Cuba last week said it was … and market forces. For many Cubans, self-employment or work at cooperatives … of $30 per month. The Cuban government legalized nonagricultural cooperatives five … Continue reading
… August 2017 HAVANA, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The Cuban government said on … liberalization of the economy. Communist-run Cuba last week said it was … and market forces. For many Cubans, self-employment or work at cooperatives … of $30 per month. The Cuban government legalized nonagricultural cooperatives five … Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 August 2017 – “It doesn’t matter when, all we get are feathers,” complains the father of a family, disgusted on finding no kind of meat other than chicken in the Hard Currency Collection Stores (TRD), the state chain that sells only in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). Since the beginning of … Continue reading "Cuba Has No Plan B To Make Up For The Loss Of Venezuela" Continue reading
… Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - One of Cuba's … close, the latest sign that Havana is putting the brakes on … its centrally planned economy. The Cuban government legalized nonagricultural cooperatives five … on Tuesday caused dismay among Cubans hoping to open bed-and-breakfasts or … Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 4 August 2017 – Each ruler leaves his imprint. More than a decade ago Fidel Castro relinquished power and his brother promised continuity; but he dismantled the boarding high schools in the countryside, the army of social workers and the open anti-imperialist rallies. This coming February, Miguel Diaz-Canel could assume the presidency … Continue reading "Miguel Diaz-Canel, A Future Lenin Moreno?" Continue reading
CUBA STANDARD — In a move that will likely have a negative impact on Cuba’s ambitious plans for the cooperative sector, the finance ministry ordered the shutdown of Scenius, one of the fastest-growing new cooperatives in Cuba. Scenius, started two-and-half years ago by a group of accountants and other professionals, provides accounting services almost exclusively to […] Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 2 August 2017 – In line with the last meeting of the Council of Ministers, held at the end of June, where – according to what the General-President said in his closing speech of the Ninth Ordinary Session of the National Assembly – many deficiencies and problems were analyzed in the self-employment … Continue reading "Señor General “Going-Backwards” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
14ymedio, Miami, 1 August 2017 – The work performed by the self-employed in the island already generates 17.8% of the gross income of the Cuban economy despite difficulties such as high taxes and shortages of raw materials, according to the latest report from The Havana Consulting Group (THCG), which considers this sector as “a necessary … Continue reading "The Private Sector Accounts For 18% Of The Cuban Economy Despite The Obstacles" Continue reading
… now an element of the Cuban economy, and the Council of … ,982 people were self-employed in Cuba since it began this modality … law. Feito stressed that the Cuban State has ratified the decision … Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 17 July 2017 — Hunched and wearing an oversized military uniform, helped by his grandson-cum-personal-bodyguard, Raul Castro rose from the beige leather armchair at the presidential desk and with the air of an exhausted old man, and went to the dais to give the closing speech of the conclave. He placed a folder … Continue reading "Raul Castro Now a Retiree-in-Waiting / Iván García" Continue reading