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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
Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD jcharles@miamiherald.com Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to eke out even negligible economic growth. “The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to […] 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
What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, […] Continue reading
Congressman reflects on recent Cuba trip Apr 10, 2017 Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba with several of my colleagues on a 3-day congressional delegation. On this trip, we saw the country and were warmly welcomed by citizens and government officials alike. While everyone knows that the cars and architecture look like […] Continue reading
Cynicism to disguise defeat PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 10 de Abril de 2017 – 13:43 CEST. Cynicism is, according to the dictionary definition, the attitude of one who lies shamelessly, and defends or practices in a brazen, impudent and dishonest way something that deserves general disapproval. Cynicism has always characterized the Government headed […] Continue reading
Cuban Hosts Complain About Airbnb’s Payment System 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 6 April 2017 — Airbnb hosts in Cuba, who were so enthusiastic at the beginning, have been complaining recently about the delays in receiving the payments made by the tourists who have stayed in their homes. The discontent is clear from the complaints published […] Continue reading
How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour By KAREN SCHWARTZ | karenlschwartz@yahoo.com | April 6, 2017 at 12:01 am I’ve always been one to abide by the important rules. I carry car insurance. I don’t cheat on my taxes, and when I decided to visit Cuba, I wanted to comply with the […] Continue reading
Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom? By Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi. We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English and […] Continue reading
As further US airlines exit Cuba, what does the future hold for US-Cuba relations? Karen Gilchrist | @_karengilchrist Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 | 9:02 AM ET CNBC.com U.S. airlines Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have become the latest to bow out of Cuba due to weakened demand, posing new questions about the U.S’s future relationship […] Continue reading
Atkins: Cuba fears prez could wipe out island’s gains Kimberly Atkins Tuesday, March 07, 2017 NO LONGER JUST HANGING ON: Cuba’s begun to see a revival since former President Barack Obama restored diplomatic ties with the island nation. HAVANA — Raul Castro is not the only Cuban who is blasting President Trump’s foreign policy. Many […] Continue reading
Could Cuba become the next destination for software development? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com In Havana’s iconic Bacardí building, teams of computer programmers are working for U.S. companies with the tacit permission of the Cuban government. Could the island become the next international hotspot for software development? That’s not far-fetched, says John McIntire, chairman of […] Continue reading
Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed […] Continue reading
Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 February 2017 — Rustic, elegant or family friendly. These are the preferred accommodations offered by Airbnb in Cuba. The hosts, for their part, prefer serious customers who pay well, but above all value the ability to directly manage their rental, two years […] 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
Cuba: Skepticism Beats Hope / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 4 January 2017 — Like a metaphorical invisible hand, moving to place a ouija or bet on Russian roulette, David, a young writer, considers that the coming year will be unpredictable for the island. In the hope that the Ifá priests (Yoruba mystics) will spread around […] Continue reading
Cuba at a Crossroads Analysis JANUARY 22, 2017 | 14:00 GMT By Mark Fleming-Williams It’s been more than a month since the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and the mood in Cuba is somber. Messages of remembrance are daubed on walls, and banners reading “Hasta Siempre, Comandante” hang in the streets. Official New Year’s […] Continue reading
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