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    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

    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

    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

    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

    UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

    UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017 GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights […] 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

    American Tourists Are Eating All of Cuba’s Already Scarce Food

    American Tourists Are Eating All of Cuba’s Already Scarce Food By Clint Rainey While the idea of flying into Havana and bingeing on rum, cubanos, and ropa vieja sounds pretty satisfying, a long dive by the New York Times into the new situation down there points out there are actually consequences when so many tourists, […] 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

    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

    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

    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

    Old Havana reflects a new era in Cuba

    Old Havana reflects a new era in Cuba By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: November 21, 2015 | Updated: November 21, 2015 at 09:02 AM HAVANA — Imagine block after block of buildings as grand and historic as the Cuban Club in Ybor City, except the verandas, balustrades and high-arched windows are crumbling and […] Continue reading

    Why the Dissidence is Irrelevant for Ordinary Cubans

    Why the Dissidence is Irrelevant for Ordinary Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 5 November 201 5 — Daniela Sarmiento, 61, has exhausted all the legal options with State institutions to complete the process for a new home She lives with her three children in a house cracked because of […] Continue reading

    Those Pools Aren’t for the People

    “Those Pools Aren’t for the People” / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernández Posted on August 16, 2015 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernández, Pinar del Río, 13 August 2015 — “New movies, lots of ice cream, and a good pool,” is how a resident of Pinar del Río summarized his wishes for this school vacation. His second wish […] Continue reading

    Cuba – Private Sector Entrepreneurs Feel Smothered by the Government

    Cuba: Private Sector Entrepreneurs Feel Smothered by the Government / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 24, 2015 Iván García, 17 June 2015 — Amid spider webs and musty smells, in a corner of his garage where things that no longer work go to retire, Leonardo has stacked molds for making candies and desserts. There are […] Continue reading

    Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime

    Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 15, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600 miles east […] Continue reading

    Cuba likely to end dual currency system

    Cuba likely to end dual currency system Marc Franc Cuba is likely to eliminate its dual currency system by the end of this year in a first step to simplifying a multiple exchange system that investors view as a serious obstacle to business. Cuba currently operates two currencies: the peso (CUP), which largely circulates in […] Continue reading