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Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 10 October 2017 — A US citizen and her husband, a former Cuban diplomat, were sentenced to long prison terms by a military court in Havana on espionage charges. Alina López Miyares and her spouse, Félix Martín Milanés Fajardo, were sentenced to 13 and 17 years in prison, respectively, in a summary proceeding that took place … Continue reading "US Citizen Sentenced to 13 Years for Espionage in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2017 — Kenya and Mozambique indefinitely suspended their collaboration with Cuban medical services which were under contract in both countries. The announcement was “restricted information” distributed through emails send to the heads of all the provincial health services, between 25-27 September, according to Marti Noticias. The sudden action is a … Continue reading "Cuban Medical Collaboration Suspended in Kenya and Mozambique / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 26 September 2017 — Developing Information and Communications Technologies as a strategic sector is an old premise for the Cuban government, but the migration of professionals to the non-state sector is the main enemy for the computerization and national cybersecurity program. “Let’s say that structurally we can have control of the data … Continue reading "Cuba: Endangered Cybersecrets / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 13 September 2017 — On Friday, September 8, the day the faithful celebrate the feast day of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, Hurricane Irma — a powerful category 5 storm — slammed into eastern Cuba with full force. An onslaught of huge waves, heavy rains and hurricane-force winds caused damage … Continue reading "The Castros Celebrate While Cuba is Inundated / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 6 September 2017 — A recent email leak in Cuba confirms that although the island’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) facilitates the travel procedures for the collaborators it sends to missions in different countries, the Ministry of the Interior (MININT), which controls the regime’s organs of repression and citizen control, has absolute … Continue reading "The Eternal Persecution of the "Deserters" / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 1 September 2017 — The Cuban government is making plans to send a team of medical specialists to the the state of Texas as soon as possible to offer aid to flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. The government sent an urgent order to the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), which was later … Continue reading "Cuba Planning to Send Medical Brigade to the U.S. to Aid Victims of Hurricane Harvey / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 15 August 2017 — In an unprecedented decision that could have diplomatic repurcussions, the Angolan government rejected the 189 Cuban collaborators prepapred to travel to join the Cuban medical mission in that African country. The unexpected decision was communicated to Havana through an email sent from Luanda by the ANTEX company, and … Continue reading "Angola Rejects Service of Cuban Medical Collaborators / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 30 August 2017 — He was born on April 20, 1960. Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, a former university professor and first vice-president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, is an “architect” of limited inventiveness and little ingenuity, a simple leader fashioned by political necessity. … Continue reading "Miguel Diaz-Canel, Vice-President on Paper / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 29 August 2017 — The crisis in Venezuela has generated the mobilization of a greater number of Cuban “collaborators” in the healthcare sector than ever recorded in history, some of them committed to participate in the military exercises called by president Nicolas Maduro. While president Nicolas Maduro stirs up the internal forces … Continue reading "Cuba Prepares to Ship Masses of Health Workers to Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 August 2016 — Holguín, the Cuban province reporting the greatest increase in cases of zika, dengue and haemorragic conjunctivitis, might experience an increase in the level of contagion with the arrival of travellers wanting to visit the area in the upcoming carnivals programmed from 17th to 20th August. Doctor Luis Arlet González, … Continue reading "Cuba Ignores Sanitary Crisis To Not Frighten The Tourists / Juan Juan Almeida" 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
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 August 2017 — The Cuban government will immediately strengthen controls and political indoctrination of Cuban doctors chosen for overseas medical missions. According to reports obtained by Martí Noticias, the leaders from Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health of Cuba (MINSAP) met last Friday with all its national and provincial directors to provide … Continue reading "Cuba to Increase Control over Doctors Working Abroad / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 3 August 2017 — The Cuban government is again relying on a proven strategy in an attempt to avoid surprises on October 22 when voters go to the polls to elect delegates to the various local and national legislative bodies, which will in turn be responsible for electing the president of the … Continue reading "Regime Strengthens Efforts to Avoid Surprises in Legislative Elections / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 25 July 2017 — The Cuban government brought together all the heads of its overseas medical missions to analyze the work done during the previous year, provide guidelines and outline new strategies. It was the seventeenth such meeting of its kind. The event was held from July 17 to 21 at the … Continue reading "Desertions, Love Affairs and Political Crises Rock Cuba’s Overseas Medical Services Business / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 July 2017 — The Cuban government has put in place emergency procedures to deal with the onslaught of widespread protests in Venezuela, which are intended to halt plans for elections to the Constituent Assembly on July 30. According to information obtained by Martí Noticias, officials at Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health … Continue reading "Cuba Sets Up Emergency Plan for Medical Missions in Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 5 June 2017 — It was exercise in risk-taking in which the cons outweighed the pros. As it overlooked the fact that the Attorney General of Venezuela raised to sixty the number of fatalities and to more than 2,977 the number of those detained in less than nine weeks of anti-government protests, … Continue reading "Venezuela and Cuban Pretensions / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 1 June 2017 — An email leak circulating on servers in Cuba confirms that Havana is planning to send soldiers to Venezuela. According to the document, it is a small contingent of military doctors who are members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR). The message, to which this author has had access, … Continue reading "Cuba is Preparing to Send Military Doctors to Venezuela / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 12 June 2107 — With a decade’s worth of fledgling but stalled attempts at reforming Cuba’s economic system, a convulsive situation in Venezuela that could have repercussions in Havana and less than eight months to go before the end of his term as president of the Council of State and Council of … Continue reading "3D Film, Raul Castro’s New Hobby / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 June 2017 — Alejandro Marcel Mendivil, successful entrepreneur, owner of El Litoral, a restaurant located at Malecon #161, between L & K, and the restaurant Lungo Mare, located in 1ra Esquina C, in the Vedado district, was arrested in Havana on June 8. The reasons are not clear. Some claim that … Continue reading "Prosperous Cuban Entrepreneur Arrested / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 19 June 2017 — Teresa Sulien Castillo Sotto, a 27-year-old Cuban doctor born in Bayamo, died due to multiple fractures and traumatic brain injury on the night of Tuesday 13 June, at 10:20 PM, after jumping off the 8th floor of the C-05 building of Ciudad Tiuna in Tiuna Fort. “It’s a … Continue reading "The Death of a Cuban Doctor in Ciudad Tiuna, Caracas / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 11 July 2017 — The President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba recently underwent cosmetic surgery to improve his chin. The chief of Cuban communists wants to be rejuvenated so that young people won’t feel they are being governed by an old man of 86. … Continue reading "Raul Castro Apparently Decided to Change His Personal Image / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 June 2017 — Located in the stately building with its exquisite art-deco style, at the Havana intersection of Salvador Allende Avenue (formerly Carlos III) and G Street, is the Cuban symbol of the oral health system. Officially known as the Raúl González Sánchez Dental Medicine Faculty, it is also on the point … Continue reading "Cuba: Cavities and Abscesses in the Oral Health System / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 26 June 2017 — Another legal trial is threatening the invulnerability of the Ministry of Culture. This time the prosecutorial gaze is focused on officials at the National Council of the Performing Arts (CNAE) while overlooking the culpability of Cuban leaders who, were they to fall, would make too big a noise. … Continue reading "The National Council of the Performing Arts under Scrutiny / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 5 July 2017 — The case is notable for its strict secrecy and a degree of coercion. The highly irregular trial and mystifying plight of those already found guilty and sentenced make “the top secret theft from the Ministry of the Interior (MININT) of the Republic of Cuba” perhaps the most surprising … Continue reading "Cuba: More Implicated in the Interior Ministry’s Stolen Documents Case / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 17February 2017 — After two years and eight months of prolonged struggle, the inconclastic Santiago de Cuba rapper Henry Laso Martinez, known as “El Encuyé,” won the first round in a battle against corrupt officials in charge of the country’s most powerful musical organization, the Cuban Institute of Music. In the summer of … Continue reading "A Cuban Rapper Rebels against a Corrupt Bureaucracy and Wins / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 17 March 2017 — From the very moment it gained power, the Cuban regime has devoted precious resources to exporting its ideology and cultivating followers. Overseas military conflicts as distant as those in Africa in the late 1970s and the guerrilla wars in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s relied on Cuban … Continue reading "Former FARC Guerrillas to Train as Doctors and Journalists in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 27 March 2017 — At age 85, infirm, and ten months from his much trumpeted retirement, Raul Castro directs the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces to modify Order Number One of the deceased Commander in Chief. According to an unexpectedly transparent account from a corpulent and not very young Cuban official, … Continue reading "Raul Castro Modifies His Brother’s Orders / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 22 March 2017 — On March 17 of this year, a group of NGO (non-governmental organization) representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean celebrated in Havana Cuba’s political agenda in support of people with disabilities of every kind.  The next day, for the twentieth time, Cuban institutions honored the legacy of Terry Fox … Continue reading "Task for Alejandro Castro: Protecting Cuba’s Disabled / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 16 March 2017 — Specialists from MINAGRI, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, tell us that planting seeds inside or near to the Cuban cave network could quickly guarantee food production, which would help to satisfy the ever-increasing requirements of the Cuban population. Another insane initiative, launched by the Ministry of agriculture, focuses … Continue reading "Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 13 March 2017 — The appointment of architect Perla Rosa Rosales Aguirreurreta to succeed historian Eusebio Leal as head of Havana’s Office of the Historian is the most recent example of the Cuban regime’s making strategic decisions whose sole purpose is to implement a very well-organized dynastic succession plan. In order to further … Continue reading "Cuba’s Children of Power Take Possession / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 4 March 2017 — Another crazy initiative…a bit picturesque, perhaps interesting, but totally absurd. Representatives of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) arrive at the José Martí Airport in Havana with the express intention of combatting animal abuse and creating vegetarian habits on the Island. The idea of watching young activists dressed … Continue reading "Eight Truths About Cuba That the Bikini-Clad Girls Don’t Know / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 15 March 2017 — The Cuban government is preparing an insightful cyber-offensive and to do so plans to increase the army of cyber-combatants where, in addition to the well-known guerrillas of cyberspace — that is the students at the University of Information Sciences and the pro-government bloggers — they will add to … Continue reading "Cuba: Directives for Cyber-offensive from the Ministry of Public Health / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 28 February 2017 — An unusual combination of powerful forces has conspired to put Río Mar, a privately owned restaurant, in the defendant’s dock. Who has broken the rules this time? Río Mar occupies an enviable location on the western bank and at the mouth of the Almendares River, right across from the … Continue reading "Río Mar, a Restaurant Under Surveillance by Alejandro Castro / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 7 March 2017 — The days of the anachronistic “process of rendering accounts” are approaching. This is period known as the genuine exercise of socialist democracy because they are neighborhood meetings in which the people and the leadership (at the base) exchange opinions about the main problems that afflict each community, and … Continue reading "The Useless Exercise of Rendering Accounts in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 9 February 2017  — In Cuba being a member of the Castro family is like having a modern-day license to commit  piracy. This inalienable right comes in handy for the dynasty’s descendants, especially those born with the compound surnames Castro Soto del Valle and Castro Espín.* The most recent example of the … Continue reading "An Illegal Business Operating Under Protection of the Castro Name / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 27 February 2017 — Luis Enrique Cepero García was an opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than continue being subjected to mistreatment in prison. Given his state of health, Luis Enrique was transferred and imprisoned … Continue reading "Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 24 February 2017 — They are dismembering the security apparatus at the bunker that for years served as a spiritual refuge for Fidel Castro: an apartment located on the third floor of 1007 11th Street in Havana’s Vedado district. Little by little they are removing pictures, gifts and belongings along with some trash. … Continue reading "Dismantling One of Fidel’s Houses and Saying Goodbye to His Bodyguards / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 22 February 2017 — Qatar authorities presented an official complaint before Eumelio Caballero Rodríguez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba, because during the obligatory health exam of the Cuban health workers they detected some cases of Cuban doctors infected with HIV. This was expressed in an email from the Embassy … Continue reading "Qatar Complains About Cuban Care Providers With HIV / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 14 February 2017 — In a memorable address on December 18, 2008 in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, Raúl Castro referred to what we now know as Operation Carlota, saying, “We told the Angolan people we will only take with us the remains of our dead.” But he lied. The Cuban military mission there … Continue reading "Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 6 February 2017 — Officials, students, athletes, workers, members of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, foreign journalists and even tourists. Almost all have been victims of a flagrant, illicit operation authorized by the Cuban government. It is a business that involves millions, one that the Castro family is not inclined … Continue reading "A Million Dollar Business Run by Fidel Castro’s Son / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 2 February 2017 — On July 30, 2016 the new military management that officially took over the Cuban tourism company Habaguanex and other business entities that had belonged to the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana is planning to satisfy its own own financial needs by doing away with social … Continue reading "Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 23 January 2017 — At nine at night on 19 January in the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood in the eastern province of Holguin, suddenly out of nothing there was a bustling scene of police chase going after a Cuban citizen and three foreigners, carrying cocaine in a white car with tourism plates. “On … Continue reading "Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 30 January 2017 — A fine that is stranger than fiction. More than 400,000 Cuban convertible pesos (roughly the same in dollars), is the astronomical figure set as a penalty for La California restaurant, a palader (private restaurant) a few steps from Cuba’s Malecon. Established in abeautifully restored 18th century building at 55 Crespo Street between … Continue reading "Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 27 January 2017 — With notable determination, the Cuban government seeks to lure, or rather rope-in, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers who have defected while serving on medical missions outside Cuba. To this end, it has sent out a flyer in which it assures that the right of return is guaranteed–just as … Continue reading "Cuba Seeks to Have Defecting Physicians Return to Work in the Island / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Juan Juan Almeida, 24 January 2017 — Hours after the Obama administration said good-bye to what was the “wet foot/dry foot” policy, in Cuba the recently named Minister of the Interior, the new man in charge of guarding the secrets and security of the State, Julio Cesar Gandrilla Bermejo, orders a braking, a review and … Continue reading "Gandrilla Launches His Mandate at MINIT With New Orders / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading