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    No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal

    No USAID funds for Cuba in Trump budget proposal BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com USAID programs in Cuba, which have been highly controversial in recent years, aren’t funded under the Trump administration’s proposed State Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018. “As we work to streamline efforts to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. taxpayer dollars, we […] 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

    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

    Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever

    Cuba: more reliant on the US than ever ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 27 de Marzo de 2017 – 16:38 CEST. The best way to appreciate how that Cuba’s economy today depends on the US more than ever before in its history is to engage in a very simple mental exercise: imagine that […] Continue reading

    Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

    Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, […] 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

    Cuba Kills Another Dissident

    Cuba Kills Another Dissident After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression. By Mary Anastasia O’Grady March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons. The remarkable […] Continue reading

    The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services

    The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 1 March 2017 — The corner of Galiano and Zanja is a hive of people at noon. The area’s private cafes sell everything from bread with croquettes to a complex meat lasagna, but the nearest state places […] Continue reading

    Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba

    Why Foreign Investments Don’t Work in Today’s Cuba / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellanos, 17 January 2017 — By 2007, after forty-eight years of revolutionary rule, inefficiency and a lack of productivity had turned state-run farmland into fields infested with marabú weed. Meanwhile, food prices were increasing on the world market. In light of this situation, […] Continue reading

    Did the regime pay its creditors 5.29 billion?

    Did the regime pay its creditors 5.29 billion? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 14:56 CET. The anxiety affecting the dictator and military higher-ups in charge of Cuba is palpable, eager to dispel their bad international reputation for non-payment, as they yearn to attract unwary foreign investors and […] Continue reading

    Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market

    Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in first. By David Whitford The Friday before […] Continue reading