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    Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich

    Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The passenger complains of the heat while frantically moving the fan. “In a few days I will install an air conditioning,” justifies the taxi driver and adds that he will charge “higher fares.” In summer everyone dreams of air-conditioning their […] 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

    Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism

    Cuba sees huge potential in medical tourism By Xu Qin | 00:01 UTC+8 June 7, 2017 | PRINT EDITION ANY talk of Cuba conjures up images of sun-kissed beaches, scintillating music, culture, traditions and a history that continues to unfold even now, but the Caribbean island nation’s top envoy in China is keen that visitors […] Continue reading

    New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor

    New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor Military’s business arm has transformed Manzana de Gomez mall into an opulent spectacle that both fascinates and alienates Cubans: ‘I can’t buy anything Associated Press in Havana Tuesday 9 May 2017 16.16 BST Last modified on Tuesday 9 May 2017 18.09 BST The […] Continue reading

    Hit by Venezuela shortage, Cuba to restrict premium gasoline sales

    Hit by Venezuela shortage, Cuba to restrict premium gasoline sales By REUTERS PUBLISHED: 00:03 BST, 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 00:03 BST, 31 March 2017 By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta HAVANA, March 30 (Reuters) – Cuba will stop selling premium grade gasoline except to tourists starting Saturday due to a fuel crunch affecting Venezuela, […] Continue reading

    Naive Commentary about Two False Currencies

    Naive Commentary about Two False Currencies / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Havana, Miriam Celaya, 11 January 2017 — It is not common, in the middle of all the gloom and the torrents of noteworthy dates that constitute the bulk of the official press, to find a journalistic work that brings to light — even partially […] 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

    Cuban Apartheid

    Cuban Apartheid / Cubalex Cubalex, Havana, 14 December 2016 – In Cuba there are no conditions under which economic, social and cultural rights can be exercised. “All Cubans have free healthcare and education,” is a claim that is easily refuted. We continue the debate with another question: Who decided we Cubans could not invest in […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Tourism Boom Is Causing Food Shortages

    Cuba’s Tourism Boom Is Causing Food Shortages Privately-owned restaurants are gobbling up the country’s vegetables by Brenna Houck@EaterDetroit Dec 8, 2016, 12:30pm EST The warming of relations between the United States government and Cuba this year created a boom in tourism for the island country. Cruise liners traveling from Miami began docking in Havana in […] 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

    Leftist allies fly in to pay tribute to Cuba’s Castro at mass rally

    Leftist allies fly in to pay tribute to Cuba’s Castro at mass rally Raul Castro swears allegiance in front of Fidel Castro’s urn By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA (Reuters) – Leaders of Cuba’s leftist allies and other developing countries arrive in Havana on Tuesday for a mass rally commemorating Fidel Castro, the rebel who seized […] 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

    Gentrification – another face of Cuba’s socialist equality

    Gentrification: another face of Cuba’s socialist equality JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 10 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:25 CEST. If there is one issue the Cuban Government has failed to resolve in over 50 years it is, undoubtedly, that of residential spaces. Cuba’s “housing problems,” as Government officials refer to them, cut […] Continue reading

    In Spite of Hurricanes, Easterners Manage to Survive

    In Spite of Hurricanes, Easterners Manage to Survive / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 5 October 2016 — Right now, it’s easier to get to Miami than to Santiago de Cuba. To visit the second largest city on the Island, there are two daily flights that are rarely on time; you have to take a train […] Continue reading

    Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing

    Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 12 September 2016 — In the best of times, when there were two ration books, sixty-year-old retiree Juan Alberto was happy. One was for food, which allotted you half a pound of beef every fifteen days, and one was for “manufactured goods,” which […] 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

    An Inclusive Cuba Would Always Be Stronger

    An Inclusive Cuba Would Always Be Stronger May 19, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – It is no secret that Washington is slowly moving away from its former partners of dissent and betting on the self-employed, cooperatives and Cuban entrepreneurs, born under the reforms led by President Raul Castro. The advantages of these over […] Continue reading

    Yes, the Castros can be pressured

    Yes, the Castros can be pressured ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | La Habana | 3 Mayo 2016 – 8:39 am. The Castro brothers’ caving in and allowing Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba aboard Carnival cruise ships revealed that they are vulnerable. Despite their efforts to conceal it, it is clear that they can be successfully pressured. […] Continue reading

    Carnival cruise from Miami arrives in Cuba

    Carnival cruise from Miami arrives in Cuba Adonia becomes first cruise to depart from US to Cuba in nearly 40 years By Peter Burke – Local10.com Managing Editor , Associated Press , Hatzel Vela – Reporter Posted: 10:02 AM, May 02, 2016 Updated: 11:25 PM, May 02, 2016 HAVANA, Cuba – An historic cruise from […] Continue reading

    Cruise ship from Miami arrives in Havana for historic trip to Cuba

    Cruise ship from Miami arrives in Havana for historic trip to Cuba “We’ll never forget this day” Cubans along the shore whistled and waved First U.S. cruise ship to visit island in half a century BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com HAVANA As passengers cheered, Carnival Corp.’s Fathom Adonia arrived at Havana harbor on Monday morning, officially […] Continue reading