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    The Secrets of Secretismo

    The Secrets of Secretismo 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 16 April 2017 — The term secretismo (secretiveness), to refer to the absence or delay of certain information of public interest in the Cuban official media, began to be used first among critics of the system, until it came to appear in the speeches of the highest officials […] Continue reading

    Washington Closes The Escape Valve

    Washington Closes The Escape Valve / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 January 2017 — Matilde sold her home just two weeks ago to pay for the immigration route to the United States. Thursday, the hope of achieving her dreams burst when president Barack Obama put an end to the wet foot/dry foot policy that granted legal […] Continue reading

    Building Socialism in Cuba

    Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

    Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret

    Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 28 de Julio de 2016 – 21:21 CEST. On July 8, the then Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge reported in the National Assembly of the People’s Power on the state of the Cuban economy during the first half […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise

    Cuba’s Communist Party lays out a vague future for private enterprise Reports of greater opportunities for small and medium enterprises are based on vaguely worded documents that project government plans until 2030, which were discussed during the Communist Party’s recent VII Congress. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Reports that Cuba plans to legalize small and […] Continue reading

    Cremata Expresses an Artist’s Bellyful Against Cultural Repression

    Cremata Expresses an Artist’s Bellyful Against Cultural Repression / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on July 15, 2015 “What right does anyone have to rule over everyone’s thoughts?” The question, deeply subversive towards the Cuban reality, is at the heart of the open letter that artist Juan Carlos Cremata recently sent to an unknown Culture officer […] Continue reading

    Despite new hope, old problems remain for Cuba’s Jews

    Despite new hope, old problems remain for Cuba’s Jews The 1,500-member community remains over-reliant on foreign aid, despite key changes to the Communist country. By Josh Tapper Jan. 26, 2015 | 10:50 AM JTA – On a recent Friday night inside this city’s Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer […] Continue reading

    The Unknown of the Diaspora

    The Unknown of the Diaspora / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila Posted on January 22, 2015 14ymedio, Elicer Avila, 13 January 2015 – Cuban civil society is often questioned, as are opposition groups, due to their apparent inability to join the masses and pressure the government for necessary changes. All of these questions are not without some […] Continue reading

    Cuba and the United States – Regret the past or build the future?

    Cuba and the United States: Regret the past or build the future? JORGE CALAFORRA, Warsaw | Diciembre 22, 2014 On 17 December 2014 at 12:01 Washington DC time, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced the United States’ new policy toward Cuba. It should be recalled that the president of the United States […] Continue reading

    5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves

    5 ways Cuba-US agreement will make waves The historic opening between the two countries could have an impact on travel and business in the long-term, though changes are likely to happen gradually. By Whitney Eulich, Staff writer DECEMBER 19, 2014 MEXICO CITY — US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made history this […] Continue reading

    Cubans finding comfort, nostalgia in Russian products

    Cubans finding comfort, nostalgia in Russian products NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 11/14/2014 5:05 PM 11/14/2014 11:53 PM There are many things Cubans who fled the island prefer to forget, but not all memories have a bitter taste. For those who grew up during the 1970s and ’80s, childhood memories sometimes trigger cravings for carne rusa […] Continue reading