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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
Eliécer Ávila, The ‘New Man’ Who Became An Opponent 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Walking along the streets with Eliécer Ávila can be a complicated task. His face is well known thanks to a viral video broadcast almost a decade ago. However, before fame came into his life, this young man born […] 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
Locked up for 16 months: how a British architect discovered Cuba’s dark side 2 APRIL 2017 • 7:00AM The Cuban conundrum is that little is what it seems. The mojitos flow, the Buena Vista tribute acts play and the tropical sun shines magnanimously on the tourists: the pasty Canadians, Britons and now – thanks to […] Continue reading
Chinese Company Huawei Dominates Cuban Cellphone Market 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 23 March 2017 — The mobile telephone market is changing at a speed that leaves little time to get used to new models. In Cuba, this dynamism is mostly seen in the informal networks, where the Chinese brand dominates because of its low prices […] 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
‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […] Continue reading
Cuba’s nascent tech industry is growing fast As icy U.S.-Cuba relations begin to thaw, Cuba’s knowledge economy is waking up. But it’s a delicate process Like many Cubans, Ubaldo Huerta left his homeland during a time of deep economic crisis following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1989, which decimated Cuba’s economy and sent […] Continue reading
The case of Omara Isabel Ruiz Urquiola BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 10 de Marzo de 2017 – 09:21 CET. This interview is important in many ways. But, if I had to choose one, it would be how it illustrates the existence of Cuba’s civil society. Castroism has endured by enfeebling the individual, […] Continue reading
Two Mass. Congressmen explore medical sector opportunities in Cuba FEBRUARY 27, 2017 Two members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation are back from a trip to Cuba where they joined four U.S. senators and a host of other Bay State officials to explore medical sector economic development possibilities. Congressmen James McGovern and Seth Moulton participated in […] 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
Everyone in Cuba Wants to Learn English / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 3 February 2017 — It’s raining cats and dogs in Havana and the Weather Institute announces a moderate cold front on the west of the island. Like any weekend, after lunch people gather in front of the TV to watch a Spanish football […] Continue reading
Cubans Dismiss Obama as Persona Non Grata / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2017 — As if by magic, the irreverent and prosaic Donald Trump is the man of the hour for Cubans who have plans to emigrate. “He’s the guy; there’s no one else. If he orders it, the United States will open […] Continue reading
Only 45% Of Cuban Teens Watch National Television / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 23 January 2016 — New technology and the consumption of audiovisual material a la carte are gaining ground among Cuban teenagers. Only 45% of teenagers claim to watch national television, according to a study conducted in November 2015, which the official Press has […] 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’s ‘deserting’ doctors fear losing the American Dream amid policy shift jwyss@miamiherald.com BY JIM WYSS jwyss@miamiherald.com BOGOTA, COLOMBIA In a tiny house in a sprawling suburb of this capital city, a group of Cubans — all of them doctors, dentists and medical professionals — huddled around a television Friday watching Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, hoping […] Continue reading
Cuba had been unplugged from American culture for generations. What happens now? Randy Lewis CUBA’S ROBERTO GOMEZ HAD a single night free on his first trip to San Francisco, part of a short performance visit in his role as lead guitarist for singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, often referred to as “The Bob Dylan of Cuba,” and […] Continue reading
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