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    Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost?

    Discriminatory prices: how much do things cost? FERNANDO DÁMASO | La Habana | 17 de Julio de 2017 – 12:05 CEST. The establishment of Cuba’s two different currencies (CUC and CUP), and their different applications (1×24, 1×10, 1×2 and 1×1), according to the Government’s convenience, besides sowing economic chaos, also features an immoral component for […] Continue reading

    Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers

    Foreigners and Cubans: Princes and Paupers FRANCISCO ALMAGRO DOMÍNGUEZ | Miami | 15 de Junio de 2017 – 15:39 CEST. A woman friend of mine who lives in Miami recently traveled to the Island with her children. As her father is Cuban, she wanted her children to meet the family members who are still there. […] Continue reading

    Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom

    Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Towering cranes dot the Havana skyline as communist-run Cuba races to build luxury hotels, amid indignation among some residents and concern that U.S. President Donald Trump might reverse a detente that fueled the tourist boom. Swiss-based Kempinski Hotels […] Continue reading

    Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments?

    Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments? JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 31 de Mayo de 2017 – 07:34 CEST. I recently went to buy cigarrettes at the Ruinas del Parque bar-restaurant, located on the corner of Obispo and Aguacate, in Old Havana. I said “good afternoon” to the doorman, […] Continue reading

    While tourists drink water out of a bottle, Cubans ration and boil a limited supply

    While tourists drink water out of a bottle, Cubans ration and boil a limited supply BY BRIANA ERICKSON HAVANA Men sit on the steps and play a hand of cards, women chat outside barred windows, stray dogs missing tufts of fur trot by. Taxi drivers call it the last stop in Havana. The locals call […] Continue reading

    Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

    Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? Javier Garcia-Bengochea Guest Columnist Privacy Policy It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain. It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding […] Continue reading

    Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists

    Rice Without Pebbles For The Tourists 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 13 April 2017 — I still have a clear memory of the Cuban TV show Cocina a minuto, every Sunday before noon. It disappeared, of course, when it was no longer possible to make the recipes with what the people had at their disposal in […] Continue reading

    Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom

    Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading

    Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland

    Travelling the dichotomy of Cuba, from the beautiful beaches to the mainland Nancy Truman, Special to National Post | January 24, 2017 3:16 PM ET More from Special to National Post Just weeks after Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro was laid to rest on December 3, 2016, I found myself on the largest island in […] Continue reading

    One night in an Airbnb in Cuba costs twice what many Cubans make per month

    One night in an Airbnb in Cuba costs twice what many Cubans make per month By Nidhi Prakash Four months after Airbnb opened for business in Cuba, it’s becoming clear what kind of impact the uptick in American tourism may have on the local economy. The Associated Press reports that between January and May alone, […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates

    Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates By AZAM AHMEDDEC. 8, 2016 HAVANA — For Lisset Felipe, privation is a standard facet of Cuban life, a struggle shared by nearly all, whether they’re enduring blackouts or hunting for toilet paper. But this year has been different, in an even more fundamental way, she […] Continue reading

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

    A Carte Blanche to the Market of Tourists’ Dreams

    A Carte Blanche to the Market of Tourists’ Dreams / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 4 November 2016 — For tourists coming to Cuba, one of the most cherished fantasies it is to get into a car of the last century and cruise the streets of cities and towns. A new type of […] Continue reading

    Indian Workers Earn “Three Or Four Times More” Than Cubans, According To The Official Press

    Indian Workers Earn “Three Or Four Times More” Than Cubans, According To The Official Press / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 17 October 2016 — Three months after the revelation of the presence of workers from India in the construction of a luxury hotel in Havana, on Saturday the Cuban press mentioned, and […] Continue reading

    On the trail of Indian labourers in Cuba

    On the trail of Indian labourers in Cuba The largest ever group of foreign workers is earning more than their Cuban counterparts. Is this fuelling resentment? byEd Augustin @Ed_Augustin Ed Augustin is a filmmaker and journalist. He’s currently shooting a feature film about Guantanamo Bay. Havana, Cuba – Sparks fly and drills roar, but the […] Continue reading

    Cayo Coco – An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism

    Cayo Coco: An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism / Iván García View from the pool of the Memories Flamenco Beach Resort, one of the several hotels that the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. administers in Cayo Coco. Taken from the blog Travel the World with Shirley A. Roe. Ivan Garcia, 22 August 2016 — The […] Continue reading

    Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid

    Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 August 2016 — On a cloudy afternoon in early July, I went with my daughter to the reservation office in the basement of the Habana Libre hotel, to reserve for mid-August five nights in a hotel in Cayo Coco, in the north of […] Continue reading

    Cruise to Cuba leaves Miami on historic voyage

    Cruise to Cuba leaves Miami on historic voyage The 600 passengers on the Adonia are first cruisers to take such trip in half a century Making history “is one of the greatest honors a company can have,” CEO says Ship will arrive Monday morning in Havana BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Fathom Adonia moved into […] Continue reading

    Cuba Eases Decades-long Restriction on Sea Travel

    Cuba Eases Decades-long Restriction on Sea Travel By LIZETTE ALVAREZ APRIL 22, 2016 MIAMI — Cuba reversed a decades-old policy on Friday, lifting a restriction that prevented Cubans from entering or leaving the country by cruise ship or commercial vessel, according to a statement in the country’s national newspaper, Granma. The decision, another softening of […] Continue reading

    On one Havana street, gentrification exposes old inequality

    On one Havana street, gentrification exposes old inequality The Associated Press By CHRISTINE ARMARIO Posted: Apr. 16, 2016 8:00 am Updated: Apr. 16, 2016 10:17 am HAVANA (AP) — Halfway down Calle Habana, a crumbling two-story colonial building is being painstakingly restored by a Cuban-American businessman who fled as a child after the 1959 revolution. […] Continue reading

    Cuban Americans banned from first cruise to Cuba in decades

    Cuban Americans banned from first cruise to Cuba in decades 11 APRIL 2016 • 4:47PM A Cuban-American national has been refused permission to travel on the first American-owned cruise ship to visit the island in decades. Cuban-born Maria de los Angela Torres, an academic at the University of Illinois, tried to book a cabin on […] Continue reading

    Cuba is changing, more for some than others

    Cuba is changing, more for some than others In the same week , Cubans saw President Obama and the Rolling Stones, a symbol of opening on the island. But while many talk about changes in Cuba, the private sector is still small and the government could react slowly to the U.S. offer to strengthen ties. […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Odd 2-Currency System, As Explained By Ice Cream

    Cuba’s Odd 2-Currency System, As Explained By Ice Cream Connor Hickox, Zach Toombs , Zach Toombs 9:48 AM, Mar 30, 2016 All these Cubans are waiting hours in line — for vanilla ice cream. “There’s only vanilla,” one woman told us. “Only one flavor.” “50 years, for two hours once a week,” another person waiting […] Continue reading

    2,850 pesos for one night in Varadero

    2,850 pesos for one night in Varadero / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on January 19, 2016 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 January 2016 – The noise of the rain mixed with the sounds of the clerk complaining because the cash envelopes were overflowing because they can’t cope with “so many Cuban pesos.” The scene is […] Continue reading