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    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

    Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades

    Charcoal — first legal cargo from Cuba in more than 50 years — arrives at Port Everglades BY MIMI WHITEFIELD The first Cuban exports since the embargo went into effect over a half century ago arrived at Port Everglades Tuesday as port officials prepared to receive a business delegation from Cuba later in the week. […] Continue reading

    Cuban Parliament Sessions Predict Somber Times

    Cuban Parliament Sessions Predict Somber Times / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 28 December 2016 — On December 27th, at the Havana Convention Center, the Eighth Session of the Eighth Legislature of the Cuban Parliament opened, with a balance sheet on the socio-economic results of the year ending and the proposed draft of […] Continue reading

    The worst year under Raúl Castro

    The worst year under Raúl Castro ORLANDO FREIRE SANTANA | La Habana | 30 de Diciembre de 2016 – 22:48 CET. It is no secret that the sessions of the National Assembly of the People’s Power are a mere formality. Documents are discussed and approved that have been “cooked up” by those in the upper […] Continue reading

    Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017

    Cuban President Raul Castro faces deep problems in 2017 Castro must manage economic and diplomatic challenges during a year of transition Published: 16:15 December 26, 2016 AP Havana: Alex Romero was delighted when President Barack Obama came to Havana in March bearing the promise of a bright new future. Like so many other Cubans, the […] Continue reading