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EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2018 – “Unwarranted restrictions” on access to and freedom of expression on the internet have been added to the traditional forms of censorship in Cuba, where the government continues to arbitrarily detain and “harass” people critical of it, according to Amnesty International’s 2017-2018 report. The document, released on Wednesday, … Continue reading "Cuba Extends Internet Censorship and Continues to Harass and Arrest Opponents" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2018 — Three women were killed and 21 other people were injured as a result of an crash that occurred this Sunday when a ‘passenger truck’ overturned between the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Palma Soriano, Cuban state television reported. It is common in Cuba for trucks to … Continue reading "Three Women Killed and 21 Others Injured When ‘Passenger Truck’ Overturns in Cuba" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 16 February 2018 — As of Thursday, Cuban has its first rural art gallery, opened in the mountain community of Cumanayagua in Cienfuegos province, the fruit of a project of Nelson Domínguez, painter, sculptor, ceramists and engraver, and, winner of the 2009 National Plastic Arts Prize. The new art gallery in … Continue reading "Painter Nelson Dominguez Opens Cuba’s First Rural Art Gallery in Cienfuegos" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Madrid, 1 February 2018 — The Cuban journalist Julio Batista Rodríguez was awarded the Special Ibero-American Prize for Environmental Journalism and Sustainable Development for his work The Dead Waters of the Havana Club. The report, published in Periodismo de Barrio on 28 August 2017,  denounces the dumping of the byproduct vinasse from La Ronera Santa Cruz, the … Continue reading "Independent Reporting from Cuba Wins Ibero-American Award for Environmental Journalism / 14yMedio" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Miami, 27 January 2018 — Pizarra, a new Twitter-like social network created so that Cubans inside and outside the island can communicate, is already working and will allow users themselves to moderate content. This was explained to EFE by one of the social medium’s creators, the young computer scientist Salvi Pascual who has … Continue reading "’Pizarra,’ a Cuban Twitter, Launches to Connect the Two Shores" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 7 February 2018 — La Demajagua National Park, the farm in eastern Cuba where the wars of independence began in 1868, is being refurbished to improve its facilities, gardens and access roads, with the incorporation of new symbolic elements. Located in Granma province, the farm was declared a national monument in 1978 and … Continue reading "Historic Farm Where Cuba’s Wars of Independence Began to be Refurbished" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, Miami, 7 February 2018 — On Tuesday, February 6, the Miami-Dade County Commission requested that the United States Government, the Organization of American States and the United Nations not recognize a possible transfer of power in Cuba if it is not the result of free elections. The petition was contained in a … Continue reading "Trump, UN and OAS Asked To Not Recognize Transfer of Power In Cuba Without Free Elections" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, Havana, 5 February 2018 — The remains of the nuclear physicist Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s first-born son, known as Fidelito, who took his own life last Thursday, rest in the pantheon of the Academy of Sciences in the Colon Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Havana. On Monday, the discreet black marble pantheon was … Continue reading "Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart was Buried in the Colon Cemetery in Havana" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 5 February 2018 — The Valley of Viñales, whose unique landscape has made it a highly attractive place for tourism, faces the potential risk of an uncontrolled exploitation as well as illegalities in the provision of services for tourists, which has required the authorities to adopt measures for its protection, according … Continue reading "Cuban Authorities Denounce ‘Illegalities’ in Vinales to Serve Explosion of Tourism" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, Havana, 3 February 2018 — On Saturday, the Castro family expressed appreciation for the messages of condolence received after the suicide, at the age of 68, of Fidel Castro’s first-born son, the nuclear physicist Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, whose death surprised Cuba and has been much discussed on the streets in recent hours. “On behalf … Continue reading "Except for Mariela, the Castro Family Remains Silent on Fidelito’s Suicide" Continue reading
EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 1 February 2018 — The European Union (EU) has offered to share its experience in transitioning to the euro to aid Cuba in its transition to a single currency, one of the main challenges facing in the Cuban economy and something some experts believe could happen this year. The European Commission’s … Continue reading "The EU Offers Cuba Help in Unifying Its Currency" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, Havana, 25 January 2018 — The cocoa harvest in Baracoa, the chocolate capital of Cuba on the eastern end of the island, fell “dramatically” in 2017. Only 200 tons of the fruit were collected, the worst result in more than 70 years, after the damage left in that area by the powerful hurricanes … Continue reading "Cuba Harvested 200 Tons Of Cocoa In 2017, The Lowest Figure In 70 Years" Continue reading
This video, unsubtitled, is of Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s first vice-president. The text before the video begins reads: “More censorship and fewer entrepreneurs is the message Miguel Diaz-Canel delivered to Party cadres last February at special conference.” EFE via 14ymedio, Havana, 22 January 2018 — On Sunday, the 168 Municipal Assemblies of Cuba’s People’s Power nominated their … Continue reading "Cuba Nominates Candidates for Parliament Who Will Elect Castro’s Replacement" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, Yeny García, Havana, 8 January 2018 — Chilean president Michelle Bachelet began her official visit to Cuba on Sunday — her penultimate trip abroad as head of state — with a gathering of the island’s leading artists and the signing of a collaboration agreement in film restoration and promotion. Bachelet arrived in Havana … Continue reading "Bachelet Kicks Off Her Official Visit to Cuba With a Gathering of Artists / 14yMedio" Continue reading
EFE via 14ymedio, 18 January 2018 — After ten years of successes and ovations on British stages, the Cuban dancer Miguel Altunaga proves that he can be a prophet in his own country, and even in his former company Contemporary Dance of Cuba (DCC), to which he returns as choreographer with a world premiere that speaks … Continue reading "Miguel Altunaga, a Cuban Modern Dancer Who is a Prophet in his Own Land" Continue reading
EFE  / via 14ymedio, Havana, 18 January 2018 —  The intense rains in Cuba in recent months have forced the island’s farmers to extend until February the sowing of tobacco for the 2017-2018 season. During the season, they plan to sow over 73,000 acres in tobacco, the raw material of the famous Havana cigars. Rainfall damaged … Continue reading "Intense Rains in Cuba Force Delay in Tobacco Sowing to February" Continue reading
EFE / via 14ymedio, Havana, 16 January 2018 — The small amount of sanitary pads that the Cuban State gives to women of childbearing age each month, their “terrible” quality and the irregularity in deliveries are currently the source of criticisms in the official press of the Island, where many turn to the black market to … Continue reading "Cuba’s Official Press Criticizes Scarcity and Quality of Subsidized Menstrual Pads" Continue reading
EFE/14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2018 – On Saturday, Raúl Castro ended a week in which he participated in several funeral ceremonies in eastern Cuba. With his presence at the mausoleum of the ‘Frank País’ Second Eastern Front, the site of the niche where he himself will be interred, the ruler added a new act to his … Continue reading "Raúl Castro Concludes A Week Of Funeral Rites" Continue reading
EFE (via 14ymedio), Havna, 5 January 2018 — The process to designate the candidates for the deputy positions that will make up the new National Assembly of People’s Power in Cuba, as well as the provincial Assemblies, began this Friday with consultations to the 12,515 municipal delegates selected in the elections on November 26. The new … Continue reading "Selection Begins for Cuban Assembly Candidates Who Will Vote for Raul Castro’s Successor" Continue reading
EFE/14ymedio, Havana, 11 October 2017 — The Spanish group Meliá announced Wednesday that it will reopen eleven hotels in Cuba beginning on October 15, two of them in the resort of Varadero and the rest in the keys of the center-north of the island, areas devastated by Hurricane Irma. “Meliá Cuba announces the reopening of … Continue reading "Meliá Reopens Hotels In Varadero Northern Cuban Keys After Hurricane Irma" Continue reading
EFE/via 14ymedio, 26 November 2016 — Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Cuban exile organization Democracy Movement, lamented today that the death of a “tyrant,” as he defines Fidel Castro, will not mean “freedom for the people of Cuba”. “It is the greatest sadness that I have in my heart,” the activist told EFE; like many … Continue reading "Activist In Exile: It Is Sad That a “Tyrant” Dies and Freedom Doesn’t Come" Continue reading
EFE/via 14ymedio, Lorena Canto, Havana – Private restaurants, popularly known as paladares (palates), are under the scrutiny of the Cuban government, which has temporarily suspended the granting of licenses in the sector due to alleged breaches of rules in a booming industry that perfectly illustrates the new economy of the island. “There has been very … Continue reading "Cuba’s Private Restaurants, Struggling Not to Die of Success / EFE-14ymedio, Lorena Canto" Continue reading