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14ymedio Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 6 October 2017 – Last Tuesday was the day Aimara Peña had been working for more than a year, but nothing went as planned. The young activist was detained and threatened by State Security to prevent her being nominated as a delegate in Las Tozas, Sancti Spíritus. In addition, she was accused in … Continue reading "“They Accused Me Of Being A Mercenary In Front Of My Neighbors”" Continue reading
Camilo Venegas Yero (from his blog “El Fogonero”), Dominican Republic, 11 September 2017 — I found this image on a Facebook wall. It illustrates today’s Cuba like few others. In it, it is clear that the ruined country survives from catastrophe to catastrophe, without producing anything that makes it move in any direction (when you’re stuck … Continue reading "With Water Chest-high / Camilo Venegas Yero" 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
14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2017 –This Sunday Nicolás Maduro buried what was left of Venezuelan democracy. He did so in spite of international criticism, national protests that for more than a hundred days have demonstrated disapproval of the Constituent Assembly, and the difficult economic situation that the country is going through. The new organ of power that … Continue reading "Maduro Takes Venezuela One Step Closer To ‘Cubanization’" Continue reading
Note to readers: Now into our 10th year, this ALL-VOLUNTEER project has rarely paused for even a day. Now, we’re going to semi-pause for about 3 weeks. We will try to post at least one translation a day, but will be physically in the wilds and away from the internet for at least part of … Continue reading "A brief semi-hiatus" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 21 February 2017 – People say that when an event happens repeatedly it stops being an accident. The fire that took place on Monday, February 20th, 2017, in “La Mezclilla” store, in the neighborhood of San Leopoldo (Municipality of Centro Habana) is the third one in less than a month in … Continue reading "Set Fire To Havana In Order To Hide The Body? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 20 January 2017 – There were two Donalds that Cubans associated with the United States: the cartoon duck and the famous hamburger chain. Starting Friday, added to the list will be Donald Trump, the new president of our neighboring country. Not as nice as the Disney character nor as addictive as … Continue reading "Voices From Cuba: Obama Yes And Trump Too / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 January 2017 — When she got home, she kissed her mother and took a long, intense shower, like the one she dreamed during the six days she was detained. Karina Galvez let the water run to take away her weariness and the hopelessness that the imprisonment had caused her. Outside her home, … Continue reading "Karina Gálvez: “I Knew a Lot of People Were Watching Over Me” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez" Continue reading
14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 30 December 2016 — “You have to show yourself like a peacock, with all your colors,” Tito, 22, explains to a friend who just downloaded the Tinder application onto his phone. The social dating network is sweeping the island and among young people it is one of the most used apps in the … Continue reading "Tinder Turns La Rampa Into A Catwalk For Love / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez" Continue reading
El Pais, Spain, 7 December 2016 — The 30 Most Influential People in the Spanish Speaking World The most mentioned in the media in 2016. Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana 26 November 2016 — Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90, his brother, President Raul Castro said today in a speech on Cuban state television. “With profound pain I appear to inform our people, the friends of our America and of the world, that today, 25 November 2016, at … Continue reading "Fidel Castro Has Died / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 14 November 2016 — A friend, a US citizen, once told me that it does not really matter who wins the US elections. “It does not depend so much on who heads the government, because the system is what really works.” I have heard that phrase from more than one person, … Continue reading "The New Man Does Not Know How To Lose / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
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14ymedio, Havana, 8 September 2016 — Every day around 250,000 connections are recorded in the 1,006 internet public access points enabled on the island, according to data the Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) released Thursday to the newspaper Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth). Although the country has tripled the number of wireless access zones in parks and central … Continue reading "Cuba Has Only 250,000 Daily Internet Connections, Despite a Tripling of WiFi Zones / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Download the report here: CUBA’S PARALLEL WORLDS: DIGITAL MEDIA CROSSES THE DIVIDE By Anne Nelson Note: Translating Cuba posts this graphic and the link to the larger report, as we post everything on our site, without any “guarantee” that what the authors say is accurate or even true. However this report is getting good reviews by people “in … Continue reading "Report: Phone and Internet Service in Cuba, How it Works / Anne Nelson" Continue reading
14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Miami, 6 August 2016 — We live in complex times. The world is full of problems, some more serious than others. We live in the twenty-first century of the Christian Era, with some surrounded by comfort and wonderful technologies and others living like poor serfs of the Middle Ages. We live in a world … Continue reading "What Everyone Should Avoid / 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer" Continue reading
14ymedio, 24 June 2016 – Cuba’s General Customs of the Republic has announced that it will strengthen the infrastructure of detection in air and sea terminals throughout this year to counter “phenomena such as drug trafficking, violations of the security of the country and smuggling of endemic species,” according to a report in the official … Continue reading "With More Travelers, Cuban Customs Heightens Control / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2016 – This Sunday there was, again, a operation around the Ladies in White headquarters in the Lawton area of Havana, organized by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), State Security agents and civilians called up for Rapid Response Brigades. Lady in White Luisa Ramona Tuscany told 14ymedio via phone that “as … Continue reading "Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White / 14ymedio" Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 June 2016 – Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution shows its loyalty to its friends in many ways. One of them is complicit silence. When the Tlateloico Massacre happened in 1968, Fidel Castro did not condemn it because his ally, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, ruled Mexico at the time. Something similar … Continue reading "Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez" Continue reading
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The above article, recently published by the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), can be read by clicking on the image, or here. The article describes how and why TranslatingCuba.com came to be. Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 19 April 2016 — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez harshly criticized Barack Obama’s trip to Havana this Monday. It was “a visit in which there was an all out attack on our conception, our history, our culture and our symbols,” the minister told the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party. The Foreign Minister’s comments … Continue reading "Foreign Minister’s Criticism Of Obama’s Cuba Visit Betrays Nervousness / 14ymedio" Continue reading
Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 5 May 2015 – For a long time the extraordinary, the unusual, was our hope. On this Island which must have been Atlantis, the reincarnation of Alexander the Great was born and there lived a … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, 23 April 2015 — Last night while watching the images of the homecoming of the doctors who participated in the fight against Ebola in Africa I was very excited. I believe that every man or woman in the … Continue reading Continue reading
[embed]https://youtu.be/B8YgSXnE76k[/embed] [1]14ymedio, Panama, 10 April 2015 -- On Friday morning, several Cuban activists found themselves trapped, unable to leave the Panama Hotel, due to the presence of a large number of supporters of the Havana Government, who with shouts, shoves and slogans prevented them from leaving the site and attending their meeting.The events occurred during the morning, when the conclusions of the Civil Society Forum should have been being drafted, but whose implementation has been put at risk by the continuous interruptions. Several Cuban activists took refuge in the hotel’s Salon Topacio, in the face of the threats and attacks by protesters.Among the insults shouted by the protesters were "Get out, down with the worms," "CELAC* yes, OAS no," "Murderers" and "Mercenaries."*Community of Latin American and Caribbean States[1] http://www.14ymedio.com/ Continue reading
Cuban Pro-democracy Organizations on the Island and in Exile bring: A UNITED MESSAGE TO THE SEVENTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS Cuban Opposition, Civil Society and Democratic Social Actors  The Summits of the Americas must be the place for participation and representation of all the democracies in the Americas. Of their States and of their free citizens. All this passes through the increasing incorporation of civil society and social actors in the process of the Summits, such that the topics of discussion acquire real significance and it is required of governments that they represent their people. Here we present: In the roles of the Cuban opposition, civil society and the democratic social actors that we have assumed, after a long struggle of establishment and strengthening, principles of agreement expressed from a rich diversity, in the Agreement for Democracy, in the Points of Cuban Consensus, in the proposals of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms [1], and the Open Space Four Points of Consensus [2]. Our shared mission is the defense and promotion of all democratic principles, fundamental freedoms and human rights, that comprise the cultural, historical and political base in this hemisphere, thanks to this rich diversity. It is clear that a strong civil society is only possible where the independence of citizens is recognized and their rights and fundamental freedoms are respected. The Seventh Summit of the Americas is the opportunity for the Western Hemisphere to recognize the legitimacy of independent Cuban civil society within the lsland and the Diaspora as a valid interlocutor of the Cuban people. It is also the scenario to make clear that the full insertion of the Cuban government in the inter-American system is incompatible with the principles of the Inter-American Democratic Charte [3]r. This is because of:the repression in Cuba of those who exercise the rights of expression, assembly, association and demonstration, the existence of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, the constant harassment of the nascent entrepreneurial sector, the unwillingness to ratify the United Nations Covenants on Civil and Political Rights; and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signed by the government but not ratified by the National Assembly of People's Power, the existence of a single party regime that does not allow the rotation of power, the refusal to consult the Cuban people about their future and the inability of citizens to choose between political alternatives, and the prohibition of multi-party representative democracy.None of the goals of this Summit, which as opposition and civil society we support, may be achieved while Cuba denies the human rights, understood in their entirety, of the Cuban people. "I am Cuba" is our motto of identity, with which most of our alternatives are committed to working together, in order to return Cuba as a free and sovereign nation to a hemispheric environment where democracy and institutional respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms prevail.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/forum-for-rights-and-freedoms-estado-de-sats-see-endnote/ [2] http://translatingcuba.com/activists-gather-around-four-points-of-consensus-14ymedio/ [3] http://www.oas.org/charter/docs/resolution1_en_p4.htm Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39554" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] The website Airbnb offers private accommodation all over the world.[/caption][2]14ymedio, Havana, 2 April 2015 – Starting this Thursday, foreign tourists will be able to rent private rooms in Cuba through the service Airbnb, which directly connects homeowners and travelers all over the world.Airbnb’s site [3] already offers more than 1,000 properties on the Island, mostly in Havana, although also in other localities such as Morón, Camagüey, Santa Clara and Cienfuegos.More than half of the rooms are in the capital, especially in neighborhoods such as Vedado and the Malecon. The prices for a room in a private apartment in Havana start at 23 dollars a day and go as high as $370 for an entire apartment that sleeps nine.Offerings in other cities are much more modest and the prices are below the average for Havana. In Pinar del Rio province, for example, it is possible to reserve a room in Viñales starting at $12 to a maximum of $52 for a more luxurious accommodation.However, there are several users offering a large number of rooms in different parts of the country. An intermediary calling himself Michael, for example, publishes 232 lodging ads in Varadero, Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos and Soroa, among other places.Tourism, with revenues of some 2.5 billion dollars a year, is the third largest source of foreign exchange for Cuba, after the sale of medical services (Cuban doctors working abroad) and family remittances. As of the end of January the sector had grown by 16% this year compared to last, according to official data. In the first month of the year the Island received 371,160 foreign visitors, 51,097 more than last year.After the White House eased the rules for travel to Cuba in January, the number of travelers from the United States is expected to increase significantly, although they are still not allowed to travel as tourists.[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/pagina-Airbnb-ofrece-alojamientos-particulares_CYMIMA20150402_0004_16.png [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] https://www.airbnb.com/s/Cuba?cdn_spdy=1&source=bb&ss_id=avf5beg1 Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_39290" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Artesian well (14ymedio)[/caption][2]14ymedio, Rosa Lopez, Havana, 22 March 2015 -- Spring has officially arrived, but without the rain. Every day the drama worsens in the Cuban countryside, especially in the East. Throughout the length and breadth of the country, the private agricultural sector is experiencing a very difficult situation, because of the precariousness of resources and the lack of methods to transport water.While the world celebrates International Water Day many farmers look to the sky to try to predict when the rains will come. The year has begun with negative omens. Between November 2014 and the end of January an accumulated shortage of rain has affected 52% of the country. Among the provinces most affected are Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Camagüey, Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo.Camagüey, which provides a quarter of the country’s production of milk and meat, is in a state of emergency because of the rainfall deficit and the low level of its reservoirs. Keeping the livestock fed and the crops irrigated has become an almost impossible task. The problems do not stop there. The region’s weather center has warned of the danger of forest fires in the coming weeks.In the city of tinajones (claypots), families who have a well feel fortunate, while others depend on water trucks and buy drinking water from street merchants who trade in different quantities such as jars, jugs and buckets. The poor condition of supply networks with millions of leaks, means that a high percentage of pumped water is lostThe Government and the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH) call to increase saving measures and better organize distribution cycles. However the poor condition of the supply networks, with millions of leaks, means that a high percentage of pumped water is lost.The province of Sancti Spiritus faces a similar situation. At least 25 water supply sources are below minimum capacity and 43,000 people depend on water trucks for cooking, washing, domestic hygiene and irrigating the fields. Experts agree that the worst is yet to come, when temperatures rise along with consumption of the precious liquid.The city of Trinidad is also going through a difficult time dealing with an increase in tourism while its water systems are virtually empty. Its main source of supply, the San Juan de Letrán Springs, located in the Escambray Mountains, are only supplying 25 quarts per second right now, versus the 110 that normally occurs for these dates.  The city of Trinidad is also going through a difficult time dealing with an increase in tourism while its water systems are virtually empty  Maurilio Gonzalez, who lives on the outskirts of the city of Ciego de Ávila, shows his emaciated cattle surrounded by flies. He complains that the pastures aren’t providing the food needed to sustain the dairy herd. “I have to leave very early every morning to see from what center I might get byproducts from sugar-making so that at least my cattle don’t die.” Pointing to the land around him, he says, “There is no grass anywhere, it is all burned up by the sun.” Havana does not escape the problems associated with drought. Antonio Castillo, deputy director of operations for Havana Water (AH), told the state media that at the end of April the supply sources for the capital’s water will be at levels between normal and unfavorable. If rain is not abundant in May, the city will face serious problems with distribution.Josefina Iriarte lives in a part of Old Havana that only receives water through so-called pipes. “A few weeks ago the supply became more regular and prices went up,” says this resident of Cuba Street, whose sons are experts at dragging water tanks from hundreds of yards away. The whole house is designed to store every drop. “But you can’t get it if there isn’t any and the longer it doesn’t rain the harder it gets.”The reservoirs of Santiago de Cuba only store 255,769,000 cubic meters right now, 37% of their capacity and one of the lowest levels in recent years. Dams showing alarming situations are the Protesta de Baraguá Dam and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Dam, the largest in the country which are responsible for supplying water to the neighboring provinces of Holguin, Granma and Guantanamo, on the eastern end of the island. Don’t just look up and hope that the rains fall; we must rethink our models of water consumption  Cuba has 242 dams, dozens of micro dams and about 2,420 aqueducts. The networks run over 37,000 miles with 70 water treatment plants and 3,200 miles of sewers. But most of that infrastructure shows some deterioration and in some cases is in a calamitous state. Millions of quarts a year are wasted due to damaged taps and pipes that spill the water before it reaches residences and farms.[caption id="attachment_39291" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [3] Because of the leaks and broken pipes much of the precious liquid is wasted (Silvia Corbelle)[/caption]Last February, the Director of Organization, Planning and Information of the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH), Bladimir Matos, called for “a culture of conservation among users” to try to mitigate the effects of the current drought and to confront the challenges for the country and around the globe with regards to water reserves.The United Nations has put out a call to think about how to distribute water resources more efficiently and equitably in the future. In other words, don’t just look up and hope that the rains fall; we must rethink our models of water consumption. [1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Pozo-artesanal_CYMIMA20150322_0001_13.jpg [2] http://www.14ymedio.com/ [3] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/salideros-despilfarra-preciado-Silvia-Corbelle_CYMIMA20150322_0002_13.jpg Continue reading
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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c_klXe6I6Cs[/embed]The video above was published on the first anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo.Testimony from Abel Lopez Perez can be read here [1]. A few days before the 3rd of December, Abel was transferred from the Provincial Prison of Guantanamo (in his native city and where he served a political prison sentence) to the horrid dungeons of a prison in Camaguey, where Orlando Zapata was also taken.The post linked to here talks about the removal of his body from Cuba [2]. "Not content with deporting the recently released political prisoners, the Cuban government is now expelling from his land the exhumed remains of Orlando Zapata Tamayo."23 February 2015[1] http://translatingcuba.com/abel-remembers-the-last-days-of-zapata-in-a-prison-of-camaguey-luis-felipe-rojas/ [2] http://translatingcuba.com/orlando-zapatas-inconvenient-corpse-reinaldo-escobar/ Continue reading
Translating Cuba has been “under repair” the last few days. Now that it IS repaired we have discovered a few older posts hiding under the floorboards… and we are dragging them into the light today. Hence the “old” posts that … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Havana, 1 January 2015 (Developing news) — Speaking to 14ymedio , blogger Agustín López Canino confirmed his arrest and that of some fifteen activists at 3:52 PM outside Vivac Prison in Calabazar, on the outskirts of Havana. On the list … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 December 2014 — Wendy Guerra is a rare bird in a country where everyone is seeking conclusive adjectives and extreme descriptions. Actress, writer, blogger and a Havanan down to her core, she always stands out. … Continue reading Continue reading
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Message from GOOGLE: Google Chrome is now available for download in Cuba U.S. export controls and sanctions can sometimes limit the products available in certain countries. As these trade restrictions evolve we’ve been working to figure out how to make more … Continue reading Continue reading
Part I: The Zambrana Mustache The most notable feature of Colonel Zambrana was a mustache, thick and very black, under his nose. I, who had thought there could not be a mustache more … mustachioed, than that of a regular presenter … Continue reading Continue reading
14ymedio, Ignacio Varona, 5 August, 2014 – Amalia Gutierrez was living on Gervasio Street in the San Leopoldo neighborhood when she heard the shouting on the other side of her blinds. Roberto Pascual was a patient waiting for dialysis outside … Continue reading Continue reading
CUBA: Young Leaders Group, Center for a Free Cuba and the Cuban Democratic Directorate Call for Twenty Minutes of Silence for Twenty Years of Impunity Washington DC. July 8, 2014. Human rights and civil society organizations have called for a … Continue reading Continue reading
In the early hours of Monday, architect Mario Coyula (16 June 1935 to 7 July 2014), winner of the National Architecture Award, died of cancer, according to the island’s official press. Born in 1935, Coyula directed CUJAE’s School of Architecture, … Continue reading Continue reading
The Electric Union (UNE), considered a Socialist State Great Enterprise, offers citizens some really original services, regardless of whether or not they are requested. Among them are: Programmed weekly defrosting of refrigeration equipment through power cuts of eight hours or … Continue reading Continue reading
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Editor’s note: As this letter is the source of much discussion and debate, we are providing an easily accessible copy (that you don’t have to download), for our readers’ convenience. May 19, 2014 Dear Mr. President, Your administration has taken … Continue reading Continue reading
The Madrid publisher Anaya has just released the first book of the end of Castroism—that is, of Castroism understood as a myth perpetuated by the intellectual left. From now on, one cannot sympathize with the Castro dynasty without also becoming … Continue reading Continue reading
Cubanet, 19 March 2014 –A son-in-law of Cuban leader Raul Castro, in charge of the military businesses that dominate the economy on the island, has risen to general, according to a report today in the south Florida’s El Nuevo Herald. … Continue reading Continue reading