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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
In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs, mostly of African descent, gathered at Harvard University for an unprecedented meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban movement on the island and set the course for future work. […] 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
The Cuban Music You Haven’t Heard: ‘Forbidden Shore’ at Havana Film Festival New York by SANDRA GUZMAN If there is one film that can serve as a metaphor for how little the world knows about Cuba, Latin America, and the rest of the region, it’s “The Forbidden Shore,” a marvelous documentary that introduces the world […] 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
Lower On-Line Prices for Brazilian Meat While Cuban Government is Silent 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 24 March 2017 – Cuba has reacted very oddly to the scandal of adulterated meat from Brazil, the island’s main provider of beef products: silence on the part of the authorities, lower prices on some on-line shopping sites, and very […] 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
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
Havana ’Paladares’, Between Glamor and Poverty / Iván García Ivan Garcia 25 January 2017 — In the poor and mostly black neighborhood of San Leopoldo, cradle of the picaresque, clandestine businesses and the sex trade in Havana, is found La Guarida, probably the best private restaurant in Cuba — which are known as “paladares.” The […] 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
Who sells the charcoal made from Cuban marabou to the USA? DDC | Madrid | 12 de Enero de 2017 – 12:09 CET. On 18 January, two days before Donald Trump is sworn in as president, a shipment of 40 tons of coal made from marabú (marabou, or sicklebush) is slated to arrive, the first […] Continue reading
Fernando Rojas: Santa y Andrés will not be shown, to defend ‘a people and a great cause’ DDC | Madrid | 7 de Diciembre de 2016 – 13:50 CET. A few days before it was announced that the film Santa y Andrés would be censored and not be presented at the New Latin American Cinema […] Continue reading
One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] Continue reading
Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading
Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading
What’s next for Fidel Castro’s large immediate family in Cuba? BY JUAN O. TAMAYO El Nuevo Herald The death of Fidel Castro has raised uncomfortable questions about the future of his immediate family, a group remarkable both for its size — at least seven, and maybe up to 11 sons and daughters — and for […] Continue reading
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