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    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

    Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

    Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […] 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

    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

    Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump

    Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump Christopher Woody Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a “better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry that the president-elect will halt or […] 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

    Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba

    Post-journey reflections on crumbling Cuba Island nation is just itching to breathe free Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 2:46 p.m. CDT I just returned from 2 weeks in Cuba, and offer a few reflections from the land of Fidelismo. Individual travel from the U.S. to Cuba is still technically prohibited, though American educational and professional […] Continue reading

    Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit?

    Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 4 Mar 2016 – 12:56 pm. Imagine thousands of Cubans —members of the CDR, the Territorial Militia Troops and even the Communist Party— spontaneously clapping and cheering the US President while he strolls, smiling, through the streets of Havana, accompanied by Raúl […] Continue reading

    Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba

    Agent Arrested for Allegedly Smuggling Leonys Martin from Cuba The Associated Press by WILLIAM BIGELOW 20 Feb 2016 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI arrested Bart Hernandez, an agent who has represented Cuban baseball stars, including Jose Abreu, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler and Leonys Martin, on charges of human smuggling. The […] Continue reading

    Five Points – Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech

    Five Points: Sorting Through Raul Castro’s Economic Speech Posted on January 22, 2016 Dimas Castellanos, 16 January 2016 — A commentary on five economic issues raised by the Cuban president on December 29, 2015 during the closing session of the National Assembly of People’s Power. 1. The president stated that, though the effects of the […] Continue reading

    In Cuba, a Potential for Prosperity

    In Cuba, a Potential for Prosperity Analysis AUGUST 5, 2015 | 09:15 GMT Print Text Size Forecast – Cuba and the United States will continue to strengthen political ties in the coming months and years. – In the short term, Cuban tourism revenue could increase and certain financial restrictions ease, but the country may still […] Continue reading