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    Between the Official Utopia and Generational Realism

    Between the Official Utopia and Generational Realism / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 June 2017. – A characteristic feature of ineffective and outdated political regimes is the constant appeal to the historical past as a mechanism for legitimizing the present, and as a resource for survival. In the case of Cuba, this […] Continue reading

    The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press

    The crisis in Venezuela, according to Cuba’s official press BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 2 de Junio de 2017 – 11:20 CEST. On Tuesday, May 23 journalist Irma Shelton Tase, of Cuban Television’s daily news broadcast, spotlighted statements made by Carlos Aquino, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of […] Continue reading

    Cuba: Forbidden Fruit

    Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd, next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers in the […] Continue reading

    What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell?

    What would happen in Cuba if Maduro fell? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 1 de Mayo de 2017 – 09:38 CEST. There are probably not many Cubans who are aware of the economic and social tsunami that the fall of the military regime in Venezuela could unleash upon them. They can’t be. Reading […] Continue reading

    The King, The President and The Dictator

    The King, The President and The Dictator 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 23 April 2017 — In the palace of the Captains General in Havana there is a throne awaiting its king. It was prepared when Cuba was still a Spanish colony and a monarch has never sat in its imposing structure. The visit of Spain’s […] Continue reading

    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

    Cuba’s elderly adrift on the streets

    Cuba’s elderly adrift on the streets By: Mario J. Penton and Luz Escobar Posted: 04/2/2017 4:00 AM Miami Herald/Tribune News Service HAVANA — At 67, struggling against the challenges that come with aging and a meagre pension, Raquel — an engineer who in her own words was “formed by the Revolution” — survives by sifting […] Continue reading

    Stephen Purvis o la vida de un extranjero en Cuba… hasta que la Seguridad toca a la puerta

    Stephen Purvis o la vida de un extranjero en Cuba… hasta que la Seguridad toca a la puerta marzo 19, 2017 El hogar de Purvis era una villa hermosa de los años 50, pronto llena con sus cuatro niños. Los sábados los pasaba en la piscina de un club en la playa. Pero el poderoso […] Continue reading

    Tras las rejas en Cuba

    Tras las rejas en Cuba Por Rafa -19 Marzo, 2017 Las desgracias de un ‘capitalista’ aprovechador que quiso hacer negocios en la isla de los Castro y le salió el tiro por la culata. El hogar de Purvis era una villa hermosa de los años 50, pronto llena con sus cuatro niños. Los sábados los […] Continue reading

    ‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

    ‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […] Continue reading

    She’s aging in the hemisphere’s oldest nation and survives by digging through Cuba’s trash

    She’s aging in the hemisphere’s oldest nation and survives by digging through Cuba’s trash BY MARIO J. PENTÓN Y LUZ ESCOBAR mpenton@elnuevoherald.com HAVANA At 67, struggling against the challenges that come with aging and a meager pension, Raquel, an engineer who in her own words was “formed by the Revolution,” survives by sifting through garbage […] Continue reading