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02/18/2017 04:27 PM
Former DC resident got to Cuba, not heard from lately
Former DC resident got to Cuba, not heard from lately By Martin Weil February 18 at 12:13 AM In the latest report on the travels of Parker, the National Zoo disclosed that when last heard from, the former Washington resident appeared to be in Cuba. Parker, it seems, went by air, without paying a fare, […]
02/17/2017 09:08 PM
Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil
Cuban Doctors and Nurses in Exchange for Angolan Oil / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 14 February 2017 — In a memorable address on December 18, 2008 in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, Raúl Castro referred to what we now know as Operation Carlota, saying, “We told the Angolan people we will only take with […]
02/17/2017 09:06 PM
Cuban Customers – Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom
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 […]
02/17/2017 08:02 PM
Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems
Flight confusion reigns as Cuba’s tourism boom is beset by teething problems Claire Boobbyer The Telegraph 17 February 2017 Cuba remains a hot-ticket destination for British travellers as airlines launch new routes and cruise tourism surges. But as the boom continues, confusion has taken hold over whether Britons are able to board the new direct […]
02/17/2017 07:57 PM
Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going
Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going Last year they couldn’t wait to see Havana. This year airlines cut service. What happened? by Justin Bachman February 17, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1 America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the hottest new destination? Apparently. Service to the long-time U.S. foe began in […]
02/16/2017 12:53 AM
Lack Of Packaging And Containers Reinforces Ingenuity Of Cuba’s Recyclers
Lack Of Packaging And Containers Reinforces Ingenuity Of Cuba’s Recyclers / EFE, 14ymedio Plastic bags drying on a clothesline after being washed for reuse. (CC) EFE (Via 14ymedio), Havana, 9 February 2017 — In Cuba, take-away pizza is eaten on piece of paper, people go to the market with their own bags, and rum bottles […]
02/15/2017 11:02 PM
CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting communities and the environment
CSU forges Cuba connection: How to promote tourism without hurting communities and the environment Colorado and Cuban officials are seeking ways to promote sustainable economic growth By BRUCE FINLEY | bfinley@denverpost.com | The Denver Post February 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm Colorado State University is negotiating a formal deal with Cuba for joint exploration of […]
02/15/2017 10:54 PM
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms
China Moves Into Cuba as Venezuela Fades, Trump Looms February 14, 2017 8:30 PM Reuters HAVANA — From buses and trucks to a $500 million golf resort, China is deepening its business footprint in Cuba, helping the fellow Communist-run state survive a crisis in oil-benefactor Venezuela and insulate against a possible rollback of U.S. detente. […]
02/15/2017 10:51 PM
Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba
Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba Hannah Sampson, Skift – Feb 15, 2017 6:00 am @hannahbsampson SKIFT TAKE With Carnival Cruise Line now in the mix, all the major mass-market cruise lines now have Cuba on the horizon. The question now is how travelers will respond. — Hannah Sampson More than a […]
02/15/2017 10:49 PM
Agents Seeing an Explosion of Cuba Bookings
Agents Seeing an Explosion of Cuba Bookings HOST AGENCY & CONSORTIA TRAVEL LEADERS GROUP ROBIN AMSTER FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Nearly 22 percent of its leisure-focused travel agents have already booked clients for Cuba travel in 2017 while more than 59 percent said clients are interested in going this year, according to a Travel Leaders Group […]
02/15/2017 10:47 PM
Travel Costs Falling in Cuba
Travel Costs Falling in Cuba TOUR OPERATOR DAVID COGSWELL FEBRUARY 15, 2017 Prices for travel in Cuba have gone down for the first time in a very long time, as we’ve been used to constant—and sometimes steep—increases. “Prices in Cuba have been going up, up, up, up, up and up and up and up,” said […]
02/12/2017 07:24 PM
Fidel Castro’s Ashes and Che’s Bones Compete to Attract Visitors
Fidel Castro’s Ashes and Che’s Bones Compete to Attract Visitors / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 10 February 2017 – The fight for popularity between Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara continues even after the death of both leaders. According to an article in last Saturday’s official newspaper Granma, some 150,000 people – both Cubans and foreign tourists […]
02/12/2017 06:22 PM
JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba
JetBlue joins American in scaling back service to Cuba Hugo Martin When the Obama administration announced an agreement last year to allow regularly scheduled flights into Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, major U.S. airlines stumbled over each other to get access to the island nation. But now JetBlue says it […]
02/10/2017 06:21 PM
How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics?
How does Cuba manage to achieve first-world health statistics? The island’s medical system is envied throughout the region and is a major foreign revenue earner Havana 10 FEB 2017 – 16:08 CET Cuba’s healthcare system is a source of pride for its communist government. The country has well-trained, capable doctors, the sector has become an […]
02/08/2017 07:33 PM
Airbnb, The Cuban Experience
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 […]
02/08/2017 05:41 PM
Cuba experiencing an economic crisis
Cuba experiencing an economic crisis By Nora Gamez Torres El Nuevo Herald Published Feb 7, 2017 at 12:02AM MIAMI — The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve this year. […]
02/08/2017 05:27 PM
Norwegian adds 25 more cruises this year from Miami to Cuba
Norwegian adds 25 more cruises this year from Miami to Cuba Mary Forgione Norwegian Cruise Line is doubling down on Cuba. Its Norwegian Sky will be adding more round-trip cruises from Miami to Cuba through December, the line announced Tuesday. Norwegian announced earlier that it would begin bringing the Sky — the largest cruise ship […]
02/08/2017 05:17 PM
Couple left distraught after dream £25,000 Cuba wedding turns to disaster when hotel roof COLLAPSED leaving bride permanently scarred and groom with broken ribs
WEDDING FROM HELL Couple left distraught after dream £25,000 Cuba wedding turns to disaster when hotel roof COLLAPSED leaving bride permanently scarred and groom with broken ribs Sarah and John Wenham were both injured the day before the wedding of their dreams BY BRITTANY VONOW AND MEGAN WHITE 8th February 2017, 11:06 am A BRIDE […]
02/08/2017 05:02 PM
The Cuban hustle – Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay
The Cuban hustle: Doctors drive cabs and work abroad to make up for meager pay By ROB WATERS FEBRUARY 8, 2017 HAVANA — He knew as a child that he wanted to be a doctor, like his father. He went to medical school, became a general surgeon and ultimately a heart specialist. He practiced at […]
02/08/2017 04:57 PM
Havana’s newest hotel will set mark for luxury
Havana’s newest hotel will set mark for luxury BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Geneva-based Kempinski Hotels said Tuesday that it plans to open a five-star hotel this spring in the Old Havana section of the Cuban capital, giving Havana a luxury offering that has been missing from its hotel mix. Kempinski will operate the 246-room hotel […]
02/07/2017 03:11 PM
Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA
Eusebio Leal’s Social Programs in Old Havana Disappear under GAESA / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 2 February 2017 — On July 30, 2016 the new military management that officially took over the Cuban tourism company Habaguanex and other business entities that had belonged to the Office of the Historian of the City of […]
02/07/2017 02:20 PM
U.S. travelers wait to see if Cuba strides will be undone
U.S. travelers wait to see if Cuba strides will be undone By Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle February 6, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017 12:54pm Pouring the first of what would be many Cuba Libres he would make that day, Israel the bartender at Hotel Nacional said he was excited that restrictions on U.S. travelers […]
02/07/2017 02:13 PM
Cuba paid more than $5 billion in foreign debt last year but the economy is still dragging
Cuba paid more than $5 billion in foreign debt last year but the economy is still dragging BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The Cuban government reportedly paid $5.2 billion in 2016 to meet its commitments after an extensive restructuring of its foreign debt in the midst of an ongoing economic crisis not likely to improve […]
02/07/2017 02:02 PM
One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton
One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […]
02/06/2017 04:12 PM
Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners
Police in Holguin Pursue a Cuban and Three Foreigners / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 23 January 2017 — At nine at night on 19 January in the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood in the eastern province of Holguin, suddenly out of nothing there was a bustling scene of police chase going after a Cuban citizen […]
02/06/2017 03:27 PM
Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil
Trump’s warnings grow, but so are travelers and flights to Cuban soil Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC Last week, the newly inaugurated Trump administration warned it was in the middle of a “full review” of U.S. policy toward Cuba—prompting new questions about how committed President Donald Trump will be to the political and cultural thaw […]
02/06/2017 03:25 PM
Cuba is a Country Firmly Set in the Past
Cuba is a Country Firmly Set in the Past February 5, 2017 By Laura Vazquez Lopez* HAVANA TIMES — I still remember the smell of a storm that was constantly lingering in the air, those beads of sweat that ran down my neck because of the humidity, the most beautiful skies I have ever seen […]
02/06/2017 03:23 PM
Cuba interested in Azerbaijani investments
Cuba interested in Azerbaijani investments 6 February 2017 17:31 (UTC+04:00)230 By Nigar Abbasova Cuba is eager to see a flow of Azerbaijani investments in the Caribbean country and ready to provide all necessary and advantageous conditions to reach the goal. Cuba’s Ambassador to Baku Alfredo Nieves Portuondo said that his country is interested in Azerbaijani […]
02/05/2017 05:50 PM
Cuba Does Not Need US Investment To Develop Its Economy
Cuba Does Not Need US Investment To Develop Its Economy / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 2 February 2017 – A previous article addressed the economic policy of the current Cuban government to hinder the private economy – forbidding investment from Cubans on the island and abroad – and favoring foreign investment, mainly […]
02/04/2017 10:53 PM
Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’
Guanabo, the new ‘Costa del Sol’ / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 31 January 2017 – With an indigenous name and sands full of memories, Guanabo is the beach east of Havana that in recent months has experienced a quiet transformation. Many repatriated Cubans, foreign residents on the island, and local entrepreneurs have […]
02/04/2017 02:24 AM
Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants
Inspections and Fines in Cuban Private Restaurants / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 30 January 2017 — A fine that is stranger than fiction. More than 400,000 Cuban convertible pesos (roughly the same in dollars), is the astronomical figure set as a penalty for La California restaurant, a palader (private restaurant) a few steps […]
02/02/2017 06:42 PM
Confusion mounts over Port Tampa Bay’s Cuba intentions
Confusion mounts over Port Tampa Bay’s Cuba intentions Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer Thursday, February 2, 2017 5:30am TAMPA — The official word from Port Tampa Bay last week was that the port had no intention of entering into an agreement that would open the door to possible future business dealings with Cuba. Other ports […]
02/02/2017 06:36 PM
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market
Meet the Entrepreneurs Breaking Into This Long-Forbidden Market Less than 100 miles south of Key West sits a socialist country forbidden from doing business with the U.S. for 57 years. Now it’s on the brink of being opened to American entrepreneurs. Meet the ones hoping to cash in first. By David Whitford The Friday before […]
02/01/2017 07:21 PM
American Airlines opens Havana ticket office
American Airlines opens Havana ticket office American Airlines celebrated the grand opening of its Havana ticket office on Tuesday. The sales center is in El Centro de Negocios de Miramar, a two-block section of office and retail buildings in the city’s Miramar/Playa section where other international airline and travel offices are located. American began flying […]
01/31/2017 06:22 PM
Airlines gearing up to protect flights to Cuba
Airlines gearing up to protect flights to Cuba BY MELANIE ZANONA – 01/31/17 06:00 AM EST 4 U.S. airlines began lobbying Washington on Cuba last year as they fought to win commercial flight routes to the island nation for the first time in 50 years. But travel advocates expect to see an even bigger lobbying […]
01/31/2017 06:18 PM
Yachting to Cuba — a ‘beautiful’ exception to the embargo
Yachting to Cuba — a ‘beautiful’ exception to the embargo BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com The 107-foot mega yacht has four cabins with private bathrooms, a jacuzzi, two jet skis, two auxiliary boats and a crew of four, including a chef. With all those amenities, the flamboyant vessel named Reflections recently departed from Key West to […]
01/31/2017 03:50 AM
Americans who visit Cuba struggle with conflicting feelings
Americans who visit Cuba struggle with conflicting feelings By Kari Paul Published: Jan 30, 2017 4:36 p.m. ET Recently, I took one of the first commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba to spend a week in Havana and Cienfuegos, taking in the sights and sounds of a country relatively few Americans had been able […]
01/30/2017 07:09 PM
With Feet on the Ground
With Feet on the Ground / Fernando Dámaso Fernando Damaso, 5 January 2017 — In the face of the new scenario created by the death of the “historic leader,” many representatives from the fragmented Cuban dissidence see a chance that the authorities, looking at a very complicated situation, will invite them to dialog, in search […]
01/29/2017 06:27 PM
Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US?
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 […]
01/24/2017 05:03 PM
From Venice’s cruise ships to taking food off the locals’ plates in Cuba – 6 places that are being destroyed by tourism
From Venice’s cruise ships to taking food off the locals’ plates in Cuba: 6 places that are being destroyed by tourism The Independent Julia Buckley It’s called the Butler Model (named for Professor Richard W Butler): a tourist destination is “discovered”, grows exponentially, and reaches peak success. For most places, though, it’s all downhill from […]
01/23/2017 02:17 PM
Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump
Cubans Newly Blocked at U.S. Border Place Hopes in Trump By FRANCES ROBLESJAN. 22, 2017 NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — She spent weeks hiking through the Amazon, crossing a crocodile-filled river. She scaled border walls, escaped from immigration detention in Panama and slept in a church. Broke, hungry and exhausted, she found refuge with indigenous people […]
01/22/2017 09:21 PM
Skepticism Beats Hope
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 […]
01/22/2017 09:20 PM
Urinals ‘Out of Order’ in Cuba’s Largest Airport
Urinals ‘Out of Order’ in Cuba’s Largest Airport / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 January 2017 — A Canadian tourist thought he had seen everything in Cuba, but just a few minutes before boarding his flight he decided to use the bathroom in Terminal 3 of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. There, […]
01/22/2017 08:53 PM
Cuba at a Crossroads
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 […]
01/21/2017 08:24 PM
Cuba Expects To Receive 4.2 Million Tourists In 2017
Cuba Expects To Receive 4.2 Million Tourists In 2017 / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 19 January 2017 — Cuba is preparing to receive 4.2 million foreign tourists in 2017, with priority for investments in new and higher quality facilities for tourists, according to projections announced Wednesday by management of the island’s Ministry of Tourism (Mintur). Cuba’s Deputy […]
01/18/2017 04:33 PM
Port Everglades to explore cruise, export opportunities with Cuba
Port Everglades to explore cruise, export opportunities with Cuba Marcia Heroux Pounds More cruises and exports to Cuba? Port Everglades to explore opportunities with Cuban officials Port Everglades plans to sign an agreement with Cuba designed to generate job opportunities locally and revenue for both the port and its Caribbean counterpart, according to a letter […]
01/17/2017 04:31 PM
Travel industry hopes Trump doesn’t upset fast-growing Cuban tourism
Travel industry hopes Trump doesn’t upset fast-growing Cuban tourism Trump has said he may scrap normalization unless the U.S. gets a ‘better deal’ 01/16/2017 | ConsumerAffairs | Travel By James R. Hood Consumer Affairs’ founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide. He also […]
01/17/2017 04:26 PM
Why cash is crucial if you want to tour Cuba
Why cash is crucial if you want to tour Cuba By John Crudele January 16, 2017 | 11:14pm Going to Cuba is like arriving at a friend’s New Year’s Eve party — a day early. Eventually, you sense, the place will be spiffed up, but at that particular moment the hosts don’t exactly have their […]
01/17/2017 04:20 PM
Does Raul Castro Have a Viable Plan for Cuba?
Does Raul Castro Have a Viable Plan for Cuba? January 16, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — It has been very rare for any leader in any country in the world to be in power for such a long period of time, like Raul Castro has had, to try and convert their projects […]
01/16/2017 05:33 PM
Government underreporting cases of zika, say doctors
Government underreporting cases of zika, say doctors DDC | La Habana | 16 de Enero de 2017 – 14:52 CET. Four doctors at the general teaching hospitals in Lawton and 30 de noviembre, in the municipality of 10 de octubre, and at the Abel Santamaría and Héroes de Girón medical facilities in El Cerro, told […]
01/15/2017 03:40 PM
WANT TO VISIT CUBA? GO WHILE YOU STILL CAN
WANT TO VISIT CUBA? GO WHILE YOU STILL CAN Some worry whether Donald Trump will preserve President Obama’s historic re-opening of Cuba. BY CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT ON 1/14/17 AT 4:10 PM It seems like every travel organization in the country is out with its “must visit” list for 2017. What do they say? They’re literally all […]
01/13/2017 07:01 PM
As Cuban tourism booms, U.S. travel companies wonder: What will Trump do?
As Cuban tourism booms, U.S. travel companies wonder: What will Trump do? BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The wait in the line to exchange money at the Havana airport can stretch for hours, reservations are a must at popular private Cuban restaurants and tangerine and hot-pink-colored vintage cars ferrying visitors crowd the streets around the most […]
01/10/2017 04:03 PM
U.S.-CUBA AGRICULTURAL TRADE POISED FOR GROWTH
U.S.-CUBA AGRICULTURAL TRADE POISED FOR GROWTH BY AFBF | January 10, 2017 Opening trade with Cuba presents clear market opportunities for U.S. agriculture. Experts at a workshop at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show shared with attendees what normalized trade relations with Cuba could mean for American farmers and ranchers’ bottom lines. Dr. […]
01/10/2017 03:26 PM
Cuban American lost his business bid after obtaining permanent residence in Cuba
Cuban American lost his business bid after obtaining permanent residence in Cuba rkoltun@miamiherald.com BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Saul Berenthal was to become the first Cuban American investor on the island with a plan to assemble tractors to help small farmers. But his full embrace of his Cuban roots backfired. The tale of Cleber LLC, […]
01/09/2017 03:42 PM
How Airbnb piggybacked on a communist program to make Cuba its fastest growing market ever
How Airbnb piggybacked on a communist program to make Cuba its fastest growing market ever Tim Rogers VIÑALES, Cuba—As the strengthening sun burns off the mid-morning haze that hangs low over Viñales, the strange dome-like rock outcroppings that line the valley floor come into view for the tourists crowded on the hillside lookout above. While […]
01/09/2017 12:01 PM
Cuba Tourism – North America, Europe Biggest Markets In 2016 For Caribbean Nation As Tourism Surges
Cuba Tourism: North America, Europe Biggest Markets In 2016 For Caribbean Nation As Tourism Surges BY VISHAKHA SONAWANE @VISHAKHANS ON 01/09/17 AT 4:11 AM The tourism industry in Cuba saw a boost in 2016 with over 4 million international tourists traveling to the Caribbean country the past year, according to reports. The country also witnessed […]
01/09/2017 12:00 PM
Winnipeg couple on vacation in Cuba killed in ambulance crash
Winnipeg couple on vacation in Cuba killed in ambulance crash Dario Balca , CTVNews.ca Writer @DarioBalca Published Sunday, January 8, 2017 3:44PM EST Last Updated Sunday, January 8, 2017 8:45PM EST A Winnipeg family is mourning the loss of a couple killed in an ambulance crash while vacationing on the island of Cayo Coco, Cuba. […]
01/08/2017 05:41 PM
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 […]
01/07/2017 07:29 PM
Cuba was the opposite of everything I imagined
‘Cuba was the opposite of everything I imagined’ JANUARY 7, 20175:35PM Kirrily Schwarz news.com.au BARACK Obama’s visit to Cuba in March 2015 was historic, marking the end to decades of hostility between the two nations. Just five months later, in August, the first commercial flight left American soil for Havana, opening the island to mass […]
01/06/2017 06:41 PM
Cuban troops’ bizarre chant – We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’
Cuban troops’ bizarre chant: We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’ BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com In a particularly absurd display of military might and tropical folklore, Raúl Castro presided over a military parade in Havana on Monday to honor his dead brother and mark the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. […]
01/04/2017 06:16 PM
Cuba says ‘yes’ to English as tourism flourishes
Cuba says ‘yes’ to English as tourism flourishes 4 January 2017 From the section Latin America & Caribbean As Cuba slowly opens up its economy to the rest of the world, more and more Cubans are learning English. The Cuban government has made proficiency in English a requirement for all high school and university students. […]
01/04/2017 05:30 PM
The Odebrecht-GAESA money trail
The Odebrecht-GAESA money trail PABLO PASCUAL MÉNDEZ PIÑA | La Habana | 4 de Enero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. All the President’s Men is the title of a 1976 film that told the story of how the Watergate scandal was exposed, the ultimate outcome being the resignation of then-US president Richard Nixon. The misdeeds […]
01/03/2017 06:46 PM
Museum Dedicated To The Yacht ‘Granma’ of Fidel Castro’s Expedition Reopens
Museum Dedicated To The Yacht ‘Granma’ of Fidel Castro’s Expedition Reopens / EFE, 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 30 December 2016 — The Granma Memorial, an open-air exhibition that shows the namesake* yacht along with other vehicles and weapons, reopened Thursday in Havana after undergoing a comprehensive restoration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the […]
01/03/2017 06:00 PM
Health Insurance Included In Price Of Ticket To Cuba
Health Insurance Included In Price Of Ticket To Cuba By JULIO OCHOA TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Originally published on January 3, 2017 9:37 am Travelers to Cuba get something extra with the cost of their tickets — health insurance. Cuba doesn’t accept American health insurance, so airlines purchase policies for travelers. A note on United Airlines’ […]
01/03/2017 05:47 PM
Donald Trump crackdown looms for Cuba as repression continues after Obama outreach
Donald Trump crackdown looms for Cuba as repression continues after Obama outreach By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Monday, January 2, 2017 President Obama’s historic move to normalize relations with Cuba hasn’t slowed repression by the Castro regime, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to take a tougher stand on restricting tourism, […]
01/03/2017 05:39 PM
Short windows limit marketing of Cuba cruises
Short windows limit marketing of Cuba cruises By Tom Stieghorst / January 02, 2017 Travel agents have begun selling cruises to Cuba set to sail in the first half of 2017, but some said the limited number of itineraries approved so far by the Cuban government makes it hard for them to justify a marketing […]
01/02/2017 06:05 PM
Cuba puts on show of strength as Trump inauguration nears
Cuba puts on show of strength as Trump inauguration nears By Marc Frank | HAVANA Cuba on Monday paraded troops and hundreds of thousands of citizens through its emblematic Revolution Square in a traditional show of nationalist fighting spirit as it faces a tough political and economic year. A replica of the yacht Granma, which […]
01/02/2017 06:01 PM
What is Cuba like? It’s complicated
What is Cuba like? It’s complicated By Daniel Dauplaise Published 5:22 pm, Sunday, January 1, 2017 STAMFORD — The first question that I get from everyone when I tell them I went to Cuba is always a broad one — “How was it?” It’s asked in a way that indicates general curiosity. After all, it’s […]
01/01/2017 07:18 PM
After Half a Century of Trying, Cuba Cannot Replace Imports
After Half a Century of Trying, Cuba Cannot Replace Imports / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 30 December 2016 — “This is the last thing the ship brought,” you hear a young man say, to refer to one of the most recent products imported and sold on the black market in Havana. Being […]
01/01/2017 07:13 PM
Cuban Parliament Sessions Predict Somber Times
Cuban Parliament Sessions Predict Somber Times / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 28 December 2016 — On December 27th, at the Havana Convention Center, the Eighth Session of the Eighth Legislature of the Cuban Parliament opened, with a balance sheet on the socio-economic results of the year ending and the proposed draft of […]
01/01/2017 07:03 PM
The Challenge of a Government without Fidel
The Challenge of a Government without Fidel / Dimas Castellano Diario de Cuba, Dimas Castellano, 15 December 2016 — Fidel Castro spent decades leaving his personal imprint on Cuba. Wielding absolute power and imbued with a high degree of of messianism, populism and voluntarism, he determined the fates of several generations. He undertook important social […]
01/01/2017 06:59 PM
Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9%
Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9% / 14ymedio 14ymedio, (With information from EFE), Havana, 27 December 2016 – The Cuban economy closed the year with a 0.9% contraction in GDP, well below the 1% growth forecast, according to an announcement from Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Minister of the Economy and Planning, during the final 2016 […]
12/31/2016 08:34 PM
Cuba reports record tourism for 2016
Cuba reports record tourism for 2016 HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba welcomed a record four million tourists in 2016, up 13 per cent over last year, with much of the increase thanks to a crush of visitors from the US and Europe, officials said on Saturday (Dec 31). Havana’s Ministry of Tourism said in a statement […]
12/31/2016 08:33 PM
With Zika In Cuba, Visitors Asked To Bring Bug Spray To Share
With Zika In Cuba, Visitors Asked To Bring Bug Spray To Share By JULIO OCHOA WIKIMEDIA Travelers to Cuba should bring lots of mosquito repellant — not just for themselves. The Zika virus is being spread by mosquitos in Cuba, so travelers are being told to bring bug spray to protect themselves. Suzanne Carlson, owner […]
12/29/2016 07:12 PM
Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US
Cuba sees economy shrink 1 percent despite detente with US ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press December 28, 2016 HAVANA (AP) — Cuba announced Tuesday that its economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century as a plunge in aid from Venezuela overwhelmed a surge in tourism set off by detente with […]

 

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