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Juan Juan Almeida, 6 December 2017 — José Raúl Colomé, son of former Minister of the Interior Abelardo (Furry) Colomé Ibarra, and Osmani Cisneros, son of the late leader Ángel Cisneros, both with extensive experience in food service and successful as private businessmen, are involved in a criminal proceeding that seems to lack logic. Several establishments owned by them have been closed … Continue reading "Cuban Government Shuts Down Businesses of Son of Former Minister of the Interior / Juan Juan Almeida" Continue reading
Paris, December 12 (RHC-Agencies) --The One Plane Climate Summit got underway in Paris Tuesday. The event seeks to unlock more money to drive the global economy's shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert … 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
… cash to spare, says Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and Shark … still very much a gamble,” Cuban said of buying Bitcoin in … ” of the whole financial system. Cuban says he owns Bitcoin himself … lose, don’t do it,” Cuban said. “If you have money … Continue reading
Washington, December 5 (RHC)-- In the U.S., the Republican National Committee has recommitted money and resources to Alabama’s special election on December 12th, after President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Senate candidate Roy Moore.  At least … Continue reading
The Yankees now know they will not land Shohei Ohtani, but Brian Cashman vowed that the $3.5 million in international pool dollars they had earmarked for the best player in Japan will be spent. “We have between now and June (the 15th to be precise) to use it and we will do so,” Cashman said.... Continue reading
  Ivan Garcia, 13 November 2017 — In the studio there are three light reflectors that give off an unbearable heat. In the background there is a wall of mirrors and two white umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. Joan, a professional photographer, considers himself a freelancer. He also sells audiovisual packages to foreign press agencies based in Havana, … Continue reading "Fifteenth Birthday Parties, Also for Boys / Iván García" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 27 November 2017 — In a dirty and unventilated state bar on Tenth of October Avenue, which sells for six pesos (0.35 cents), with their tankard of beer served, two speakers reproduce a recital by La Lupe. At a table in the background, Joel, with his glassy eyes, leans his back against a wall … Continue reading "Fidel Castro Everywhere / Iván García" Continue reading
Washington, November 28 (RHC)-- U.S. lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill this week, where they’re facing escalating pressure to reveal which lawmakers have used taxpayer money to pay out at least $17 million in settlements for sexual harassment and racial … Continue reading
… those particular municipalities. Campaigning in Cuba The CEN local commissions are … favor of the candidacies in Cuba. They assure that the process … candidate or another. Plurality The Cuban people are in charge of … money to the campaign. The Cuban electoral process doesn't … Continue reading
Primavera Digital, Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez, El Cerro, Havana, 22 November 2017 —If in Cuba we were to change everything that needs changing, we would have to rewrite our constitution. Why? Because of the many absurdities that do not permit the economy, nor society, to advance towards development, as do almost all the other nations on … Continue reading "The Country of the Absurd / Eduardo Martínez Rodríguez" Continue reading
14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, 19 February 2017 — It has been one year since Fidel’s death was announced. It seems like a century ago. For more than a decade, from July 26, 2006 to Nov. 25, 2016, he lived with one foot in the grave. That slow-motion agony was very useful to his brother Raúl. … Continue reading "One Year Without Fidel" Continue reading
… writer Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana hotel. The Hotel Ambos Mundo … economy? Nothing directly, but when Cubans get hungry, they go for … and less money in the Cuban pockets.” The restrictions imposed by … memorandum of understanding with the Cuba National Port Administration during the … Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 20 November 2017 — Several impounded trucks and numerous drivers demanding respect for the law have been the results of the stiffening of police controls, in recent weeks, on the transport of agricultural products in the municipality of Alquízar, located in Artemisa province. Around a dozen truck owners complained to 14ymedio … Continue reading "Alquízar’s Truckers Challenge the Police, Showing Them the Wording of the Law" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 19 November 2017 – She came to Trinidad and Tobago more than a year ago with “one pair of pants and two blouses.” Kenya Montes de Oca traveled from Placetas, in Villa Clara, with the idea of ​​becoming a mule and living off the import business, but life pushed her towards seeking … Continue reading "Cubans in Trinidad And Tobago, Caught Between Illegality and Hope" Continue reading
The severe shortness of medications in Cuba, far from getting fixed, threatens to become an “irreversible” malignancy. Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 November 2017 — The pharmacy, in the middle of Avenida de Carlos III in the Cuban capital, was crowded with people. The line extended outside the premises and formed a human conglomerate in … Continue reading "Cuba: Without Medicines and Without “Kindness”" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 17 November 2017 — While several business owners from the island connected to the internet in the lobby of the EB Miami hotel a stone’s throw from the international airport, and others drank beer at nine dollars at the bar, a Cuban dissident lawyer who spent more than a decade in Puerto Rico and … Continue reading "The Private Sector, the Most Powerful in Cuba / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 9 November 2017 — An arbitrary arrest is not the same if on the other side of the bars there is a family willing to ask questions or a friend who dares to investigate. Roberto Jiménez Gutiérrez believed that no one would notice his absence, which began on October 23 when the … Continue reading "A 16-Day Detention That Started With a Kidnapping" Continue reading
… on Cuba includes Americans being banned from giving any money to Cuban … with emerging private Cuban businesses and entrepreneurs.  The Cuban Foreign Ministry said … with the Cuban Foreign Ministry. "So lets sanction Cuba. Let… Cuba.   "To force. To pressure. To put pressure on the CubanContinue reading
CUBA STANDARD — The same day President Donald Trump was thanking the Communist leaders of China for a “beautiful welcome” in Beijing, his administration published tightened Cuba sanctions that prohibit any business with 180 armed forces-controlled entities (See list page 9) and greatly reduce individual travel. The amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) […] Continue reading
The new rules, intended to direct money away from the military, limit ties with Cuba just as President Trump pushes business deals with Communist China. Continue reading
In just a few months the great empire had crumbled without its archenemy the United States firing a single shot. 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 November 2017 — It was bath time after an afternoon of pulling weeds around tiny lettuce plants. The high school dorm was a coming and going of teenagers with towels on … Continue reading "With the End of the Russian Revolution We Lost the Colorful Candies" Continue reading
Miami, USA, Miguel A. García, (PD) Para continuar con el análisis de la precariedad salarial inducida en Cuba, es necesario que el lector conozca que durante años se ha trabajado en la captura de Bases de Datos que permitieran crear un sistema para medir lo más objetivamente posible el nivel socio-económico de la nación. Hoy día dicho modelo teórico se inserta como parte del reporte quinquenal “El estado de la Nación” de un grupo asociaciones radicadas en Europa, Sudamérica y […] Continue reading
Pedro Campos, Miami, 2 November 2017 – Once again, as expected, the United Nations condemns the United States embargo on Cuba. This annual exercise is part of the diversionary masquerade of the Castro regime to try to make the naïve believe that it is the United States that is the main culprit in Cuba’s economic and … Continue reading "The US Embargo and Cuba’s Internal Blockade in Times of Halloween" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 November 2017 — The Catholic priest José Conrado Rodríguez, parish priest of the church of San Francisco de Paula in Trinidad, visited Miami last week to present his book Dreams and Nightmares of a Priest in Cuba. On the way to Miami’s Ermita de la Caridad, where he planned to offer … Continue reading "Obama Made The Mistake Of “Giving In Without Demanding,” Regrets Father Conrado" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 3 November 2017 – Italian diapers and Caterpillar tractors have been the stars of the 2017 Havana International Fair (Fihav), which brings together more than 3,000 entrepreneurs from 63 countries, including the United States, this Friday. Both products will have a presence on the island if conditions agreed with the manufacturers … Continue reading "Diapers and Tractors Connect With Real Needs at the Havana Fair" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 2 November 2017 — Twice a week, Mayté, a bank employee, usually talks with and sees her daughter through an internet app that she uses from a park in western Havana. The travel and immigration rules that the Cuba authorities will begin to apply as of 1 January 2018, still won’t allow professionals … Continue reading "Travel and Immigration Reforms Will Bring More Hard Currency to Cuba / Iván García" Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — A conflict in negotiations among multiple parties, notably MLB, the Players Association, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Shoehei Otani’s current team imperils the much anticipated arrival this winter of Japan’s best player, The Post has learned. The MLB-NPB posting agreement expired Tuesday. The sides, though, were close to an agreement to move... Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 31 October 2017 — Gustavo Romero’s grandfather opened a hardware store in Cuba in the 1950s and a decade later it was confiscated during the “Revolutionary Offensive.” The old Canary Islander lost all his merchandise, but he had protected the cash under his mattress. A lesson that his grandson remembers now that he … Continue reading "Self-Employed Workers In Cuba Show Little Enthusiasm For Bank Loans" Continue reading
Iván García, 9 October 2017 — Inside a Miami house devoid of grand architectural pretensions is a museum devoted to Brigade 2506. It commemorates the Cuban troops who came from the United States to confront the island’s militias and armed forces at the Bay of Pigs. On several wooden panels hung on the walls are hundreds … Continue reading "What Remains of Che in Cuba / Iván García" Continue reading
… Health fundraiser at Choco-Latté and Havana this fall will raise money … year that Havana and Choco-Latté have participated. “Thanks to Havana and Choco-Latté … or call 801-9179. Havana is open for dinner Tuesday … .m. Contact Havana at [email protected] or 288-2822. Visit Havana on Facebook … Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 20 October 2017 — On a corner of Centro Habana an old sofa displays its swollen slats and next to it lie the paddles of a fan. These are the remains left by Hurricane Irma’s flooding of the area, the belongings of families that now apply for bank loans to recover, … Continue reading "Bank Loans Do Not Fix the Lives of Those Affected by Irma" Continue reading
… sums of money from Cuando Cubango province to other parts of … Continue reading
Amid the isolation caused by U.S. sanctions, Cuba has built a pharmaceutical industry that not only supplies Cuban patients with medicine, but also generates the country’s No. 2 goods export after nickel. Most of the international attention has focused on Cuba’s cutting-edge biotechnology such as cancer vaccines. However, 30-some years into the initiative, observers question […] Continue reading
Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 3 October 2017 — You could see the present diplomatic crisis between Cuba and the United States as just one more stage in the long running saga, but the present duel is nevertheless different from the others,  having arisen in the difficult context of the arrival of an administration in the White House … Continue reading "Sonic Attack in Havana. A Script Worthy of Hollywood? / Jeovany Jimenez Vega" Continue reading
14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 19 October 2017 — Ruber Hidalgo has traveled to five countries in recent years, an uncommon record for a Cuban doctor whose salary, in Cuba, was about $40 a month. Hidalgo is a specialist in integrated general medicine and has participated in four missions abroad organized by the Cuban Government. The doctor … Continue reading "Dozens Of Cuban Doctors In Brazil Fight To Escape From Havana’s Control" Continue reading
14ymedio, Bertha K Guillen, Candelaria, 18 October 2017 — A year ago the smell of guava filled the road where Santiago Hernandez was waiting for the state company Acopio (Collection) to sell the fruit he produced. With the passing of days the flies showed up and the smell turned to rot, but the truck never appeared. Now, … Continue reading "“The State Doesn’t Pay Me, So I Sell On My Own,” Say the Candelaria Guajiros" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 14 October 2017 — “In this street there are five vaults for sale,” says Boris Fernandez as he walks through Colón (Columbus) Cemetery in Havana. “That one has the granite stone but people with money prefer marble,” he explains. His business is “to guarantee rest in the afterlife,” this salesman who lives off … Continue reading "Cemetery Vault For Sale, Deceased Included" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 14 October 2017 — “In this street there are five vaults for sale,” says Boris Fernandez as he walks through Colón (Columbus) Cemetery in Havana. “That one has the granite stone but people with money prefer marble,” he explains. His business is “to guarantee rest in the afterlife,” this salesman who lives off … Continue reading "Cemetery Vault For Sale, Deceased Included" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 11 October 2017 — When he was a boy all he needed was a scalpel to shape a piece of wood and he gladly exchanged the tracks of athleticism for art. Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara dreamed of “being famous, having money and improving the world,” but ended up denouncing, through his aesthetic … Continue reading "Luis Manuel Otero: “Fear is One of the Most Effective Tools of This System”" Continue reading
14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 5 October 2017 — A few days after the US authorities announced the suspension of the issuance of visas at its embassy in Havana, the State Department has confirmed this Thursday to the Nuevo Herald newspaper that it will not reimburse the money Cubans paid for the visa process. The 160 dollars … Continue reading "Cubans Outraged to Learn they Will Not be Reimbursed for US Visa Interview Fees" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 4 October 2017 — This week the government began the sale of mattresses and household supplies for those affected by Hurricane Irma along Havana’s coastline. At least two points in the city, one for the municipality of Centro Habana and another for Plaza de la Revolución, offer the “module for victims” for a price … Continue reading "Sale of Mattresses Begins for Hurricane Irma Victims in Havana" Continue reading
Ivan Garcia, 3 October 2017 — “The worst thing after a hurricane is that the food is lost,” says high school teacher Liana, 37, after making the rounds of several farmer’s markets and stores in the old part of Havana. “There are no eggs in the whole city, not even a package of hotdogs. More … Continue reading "The Cold War Returns to Cuba / Iván García" Continue reading
14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 3 October 2017 — Communicating by phone with the US embassy in Havana has become an impossible task. From all parts of the island thousands of people are trying to find out what will happen to the consular interviews they had scheduled before the indefinite suspension of the issuing of visas by … Continue reading "Thousands of Cubans Despair Over Suspension of Visas to USA" Continue reading
… than half its diplomats in Havana. Credit Adalberto Roque/Agence … to Cuba and the staff reduction at our embassy in Havana are … travel and visa restrictions for Cubans damage the very people whom … like to help — the new Cuban entrepreneurs who have invested money … Continue reading