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
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
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 / 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
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
The Truth About ‘Tourist Apartheid’ in Cuba Kim-Marie Evans February 16, 2015 Contrary to recent headlines, Cuba is not flinging open its doors for tourist travel. Although there have been recent changes in U.S. regulations, it is still technically illegal for an American to be a tourist in Cuba. In fact, during a recent art-buying […] Continue reading
Cuba: A revolutionary refrain Tue, 25 Jun 2013 Travel Cuba is dancing to its own beat, in its own time, Sue Wootton writes. For visitors to Cuba, it’s hard to shake the impression that a glass bubble descended over the island 50 years ago, semi-preserving everything. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro stare from the walls; […] Continue reading
Cuba Needs a Constitution That Serves Everyone / Ivan Garcia Ivan Garcia, Translator: Unstated Some dissidents believe the best place for the current constitution is a waste basket. Laura Diversent, an independent attorney, is more circumspect. "Certainly, today's constitution has innumerable shortcomings. I don't believe it would be adequate in a democratic Cuba. But in […] Continue reading
Our Poverty In Material Things… and in Phone Service
/ Yoani Sánchez
, Voices Magazine N. 15 Translator: Unstated, Voices Magazine, Yoani Sánchez Only since March of 2008 have Cuban citizens living on the island been able to contract for cellphone service. Before that it was the exclusive privilege of trusted officials and foreigners living on […] Continue reading
Country of Old Men / Foreign Policy Magazine / Yoani SánchezTranslator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez This article will appear in the November print edition of Foreign Policy Magazine, and is available on their website now. DESMOND BOYLAN/REUTERS At the end of his July 31, 2006, broadcast, the visibly nervous anchor on Cuban Television News announced that […] Continue reading
Country of Old Men / Foreign Policy Magazine / Yoani SánchezTranslator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez This article will appear in the November print edition of Foreign Policy Magazine, and is available on their website now. DESMOND BOYLAN/REUTERS At the end of his July 31, 2006, broadcast, the visibly nervous anchor on Cuban Television News announced that [...] Continue reading
Will Cuba's Young Communists Keep Today's Promises? The biggest meeting of the Union of Young Communists (UJC) ended in Havana, but its older relative, the Party, still hasn't announced the date it will hold its Sixth Congress. Raul Castro affirmed, in early 2009, that he would call, very soon, a national conference of the Communist [...] Continue reading
Dr. Darsi Ferrer, a Doctor, a Dissident, a Humanitarian Hero.
My blog's readers know Dr. Darsi Ferrer, the Cuban independent doctor
and peaceful dissident fighting against the regime, and its medical and
Dr Darsi Ferrer challenged Mr. Michael Moore by showing the real
healthcare, the one reserved to ordinary Cubans. He has been victim… Continue reading
Sunday, May 31, 2009
What Cuba needs
by Paul Jacob
A week or so ago, the Obama administration sent up a smoke signal. The
administration appears willing to re-establish closer communications
with the Cuban government. Across the hemisphere, there is increasing
talk about letting Cuba into the Organization of American States.
Good? Bad? Indifferent? No matter.… Continue reading
Not many Cubans at Cuban beach
Posted on Wed, May. 28, 2008
By MIAMI HERALD STAFF
VARADERO, Cuba —
Edis is accustomed to getting chased off tourist beaches.
For her to make money braiding tourists' hair on the popular Varadero
beach, she parks herself on a patch of sand between tourist hotels to
avoid trespassing… Continue reading
Cubans buy into Raúl's new consumer freedoms
Cubans have enthusiastically embraced Raúl Castro's lifting of
restrictions on products such as cellphones and TVs.
Posted on Sun, May. 18, 2008
BY MIAMI HERALD STAFF
Buses are running, household goods are flying off store shelves, and
Cubans are giddily comparing their latest cellphone features.… Continue reading
Cuba and the Vatican
By ARMANDO VALLADARES
April 18, 2008; Page A16
Pope Benedict XVI is in the midst of the first journey to America of his
pontificate, and he met with President George W. Bush this week.
Hopefully this visit will reinforce the need for a joint commitment to
freedom in Cuba.
The Catholic… Continue reading
More Cubans abandoning communist island in 'silent exodus'
by Patrick Lescot Sun Apr 13, 10:20 PM ET
HAVANA (AFP) – Despite a dizzying array of reforms since Raul Castro
took the helm of Cuba's government, 2008 looks to be a record year for
emigration, as inhabitants abandon the communist island in droves.
In the first half… Continue reading
Cuba's pressure-cooker pace of change
Rigoberto Diaz | Havana, Cuba
02 April 2008 06:09
It took Fidel Castro four decades to accept limited economic reform in
communist Cuba, but it has taken his brother, Raul Castro, the President
since February, just weeks to launch a flurry of changes.
On Tuesday, Cubans lined up outside stores to… Continue reading
Monday, March 31, 2008
Raul Castro ends "tourist apartheid" and opens hotels to Cubans
Cuba has opened as of Monday luxury hotels and resorts to all Cubans,
ending a ban long described in the island as "tourist apartheid". This
is the latest is a series of decision to lift bans and regulations on
goods and services… Continue reading
Thanks Raul: Cubans can stay in hotels
Posted on Mon, Mar. 31, 2008
By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press Writer
Raul Castro's government opened luxury hotels and resorts to all Cubans
Monday, ending a ban despised across the island as "tourist apartheid"
and taking another step toward the creation of a consumer economy in the… Continue reading
Posted on Mon, May. 21, 2007
MIAMI PORT TUNNEL
Human injustice vs. business as usual
BY NICOLAS J. GUTIERREZ JR.
In her provocative May 16 column Rabble-rousers gravitate to easy
targets, Ana Menendez initially correctly recognizes the gravity of the
proposed award of a billion-dollar contract for the dredging of the
Miami Port tunnel to… Continue reading
Tourism has proven to be Cuban lifesaver
But it is a cornerstone of a corrupt dictatorship
By D'Arcy Jenish – Business Edge
Published: 12/22/2006 – Vol. 6, No. 26
This is the time of year when the travel sections of the Saturday
newspapers start to become thick with ads for packaged holidays to warm
and sunny… Continue reading