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The Future Is Built With Cement … But There Isn’t Any 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 May 2017 — The cranes show off their slender anatomy in some areas of Havana where several luxury hotels are being built. Apart from this landscape of progress, private construction and repairs face technological problems and shortages. This week […] Continue reading
The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk only to later write […] Continue reading
Is Raul Castro in Hibernation Mode? / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 April 2017 — Right now the most closely guarded secret in Cuba is the protocols for succession of the nation’s president, army general Raul Castro, after his retirement in February 2018. I will tell you what is rumored among some officials close to […] Continue reading
The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading
Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 28 January 2017 — Guided by the current political-military leadership, the Cuban economy could be heading “without pause, but without haste*” towards virtual annexation to the United States. There would be no Platt Amendment, nor Marines landing on […] Continue reading
What the reform measures implemented by Raúl Castro in 2006 have achieved, and failed to ELÍAS AMOR | Valencia | 29 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:12 CET. The close of 2016 marks a wasted year for the Cuban economy. A few days ago the CEPAL announced that GDP growth would be 0.4%, one of […] Continue reading
Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban people should be eternally grateful for: The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises, especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power. […] Continue reading
Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a year he goes to Miami where […] Continue reading
Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading
Under Cuban Socialism Something Was Always Missing / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 12 September 2016 — In the best of times, when there were two ration books, sixty-year-old retiree Juan Alberto was happy. One was for food, which allotted you half a pound of beef every fifteen days, and one was for “manufactured goods,” which […] Continue reading
Deaf and Mute: Diary of a Returnee, Part 4 / 14ymedio, Dominique Deloy A foreigner may have to pay five CUC to enter the Museum of Fine Arts, while a Cuban disburses 1/24th of that in local currency. (14ymedio) 14ymedio, Dominique Deloy, Havana, 5 September 2016 — Sometimes I have the impression I’m talking to […] Continue reading
The Two Sides Of The Postcard: Diary Of A Returnee, Part 3 / 14ymedio, Dominique Deloy 14ymedio, Dominique Deloy, Santiago de Cuba, 2 September 2016 — It had been years since I’d seen my husband’s family. So we traveled to Santiago de Cuba, where many of them live. Upon arrival, after 17 hours by bus […] Continue reading
How many Cubans read? JOSÉ PRATS SARIOL | Miami | 2 de Septiembre de 2016 – 15:11 CEST. An article by Juan Cruz in the Spanish daily El País features frightening figures about reading habits in Spain: 39.4% of Spanish adults have not read a book in the last 12 months. It adds that 57.5% […] Continue reading
Cuba subdued ahead of Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday By Michael Weissenstein | AP August 12 at 12:09 AM HAVANA — Fidel Castro greeted his 80th birthday from his sickbed, gripping a newspaper to show he was alive two weeks after stepping down as president. For the next 10 years the leader of the Cuban revolution watched from […] Continue reading
In Cuba, seedlings of capitalism Updated: AUGUST 11, 2016 — 12:53 PM EDT by Michael Smerconish, Inquirer Columnist Entrepreneurship might seem like an odd word to associate with Cuba, but it seems increasingly apt, given the individuals I met during a week traveling the island. From the tobacco fields three hours outside of Havana to […] Continue reading
Intense Rains Give Evidence of the “Wonder” of Havana / Iván García Iván García, 9 June 2016 — Ask Luis Carlos Rodríguez, retired, his opinion about the designation of “Wonder City” based on an Internet survey conducted in the winter of 2014 by the Swiss foundation, “New 7 Wonders,” and you will hear a long […] Continue reading
The Need for a Cuban Middle Class / Dimas Castellano Dimas Castellano, 15 April 2016 — Economic and social stagnation in Cuba are related to the lack of a middle class. To defend this thesis and promote debate, I submit the arguments below. According to Karl Marx, social classes are structured around the ownership of […] Continue reading
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