Today in ongoing programs and until Dec. 31, 2007 at least 773,000 Cubans in the 5 Eastern provinces of Cuba need WFP food aid.
That means 1 in 5 (20%) of the population of these provinces and 7% of the Cuban population needs WFP food aid.
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06/15/2017 06:02 PM Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership Populism Cuban Style: Conquests, Threats and Leadership 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 6 June 2017 — The leader speaks for hours on the platform, his index finger pointing to an invisible enemy. A human tide applauds when the intonation of a phrase demands it and stares enraptured at the bearded speaker. For decades these public acts were […] 06/09/2017 02:46 PM Cuba drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters Cuba drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters Rigoberto DIAZ AFP 8 June 2017 The “Varadero 1,008” drill in the village of Boca de Camarioca is part of a plan by Cuba to make up for lost oil imports from Venezuela by boosting its domestic supply More Near the Cuban seaside village of Boca […] 06/08/2017 04:51 PM Country drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters Country drills for own oil as Venezuelan flow falters Cuba once got most of its oil cheap from its socialist ally Venezuela, largely paid for by exporting medical staff and supplies. Published: 09:43 , Refreshed: 09:38 Pulse News Agency International By AFP Near the Cuban seaside village of Boca de Camarioca, a giant drill runs […] 05/21/2017 07:23 PM Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency Castro Regime Rushes Unfinished Business Before Raul Leaves the Presidency 14ymedio, Havana, 19 May 2017 — The government rushed on Friday to accomplish some pending tasks before Raul Castro leaves the presidency. The Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party ratified two programmatic documents at a meeting where Marino Murillo reappeared, […] 04/18/2017 01:32 AM Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love “Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love” The damages to educational quality caused by the lack of preparation of the “emerging teachers” remain to be measured. (Telesur) 14ymedio, Caridad Cruz/Mario Penton, Cienfuegos/Miami, 17 April 2017 – teaching children cursive writing and educating them is much more than a […] 03/31/2017 01:42 PM Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook Lack of cash clouds Cuba’s green energy outlook By Sarah Marsh | CIRO REDONDO, CUBA Cuba, battling a chronic energy deficit, has all the sunshine, wind and sugar to fuel what should be a booming renewables sector – if only it could find the money. The country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project, a biomass plant […] 03/21/2017 03:31 PM The future of Cuba is capitalism The future of Cuba is capitalism By Nicolas Briscoe | 03/20/2017 7:42pm The greatest blessing of my life has been my Cuban heritage. The warmth, love and fun that accompany every aspect of Cuban family and culture are incomparable forces for good in my life. In my hometown of Miami, there is a neighborhood referred […] 03/10/2017 10:52 PM The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized The Private Sale of the Official Press is Legalized / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 9 March 2017 — On one of the side walls, inside a small newspaper stand on Avenida 26, in Nuevo Vedado (Havana), an unusual sign announces: “This stand became private property.” The event is unique. The elderly self-employed […] 01/24/2017 08:46 PM Rationing Says Goodbye To “Chicken For Fish” Rationing Says Goodbye To “Chicken For Fish” / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 January 2017 — The news has appeared quietly in the official media: since the beginning of this year the share of the so-called “chicken for fish*” has been eliminated from the rationed market. The measure is part of the […] 01/12/2017 06:13 PM Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers. Casey Corr // Jan 11, 2017 Cuba has an outsized presence in American culture. The reminders begin when you step off the airplane at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Blasted by hot, moist Caribbean […] 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 […] 12/24/2016 04:35 PM Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […] 12/20/2016 11:19 PM Cuban Christmas – Between Killjoys And Mourning Cuban Christmas: Between Killjoys And Mourning / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Havana, Miriam Celaya, 18 December 2016 — I’m clueless as to what they are called in other cultures, but for Cubans here and abroad, the word “sapo,” which literally means “toad,” is a term applied to the typical individual who always shows up in […] 11/30/2016 02:28 PM The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The official media have just announced the last and definitive death of Fidel Castro, and I think I have perceived more relief than bereavement in the mournful message. If I were a religious person, I would feel […] 11/26/2016 01:12 PM Fidel Castro is dead Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN [email protected] 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 […] 11/23/2016 04:44 PM Clean Sweep and Old Promises Clean Sweep and Old Promises / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 November 2016 – In the next 40 days, before the end of the year, the Cuban Communist Party must hold its second Central Committee Plenum and approve the final version of the documents issued by their most recent congress. It is […] 10/12/2016 05:41 PM Building Socialism in Cuba Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] 09/28/2016 02:38 PM Cuba’s Frozen Revolution Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] 09/16/2016 07:56 PM Free Information Is “Food For The Brain,” Said Alan Gross Free Information Is “Food For The Brain,” Said Alan Gross / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 September 2016 — The last day of Cuba Internet Freedom Forum (CIF), which is meeting in Miami this week and was attended by dozens of experts in the use of networks, explored the importance of recognizing […] 08/21/2016 01:06 PM Cubans are using simple hacks to get around limited and expensive internet Cubans are using simple hacks to get around limited and expensive internet WRITTEN BY Ed Augustin OBSESSION Havana, Cuba Cuba remains one of the world’s least connected countries, but that’s slowly changing. In July last year, Etecsa, the state-owned telecoms company, launched the country’s first wifi hotspots. A year on, and over 100 hotspots have […] 08/11/2016 04:05 PM Cuba is in trouble Cuba is in trouble Economic reforms have stalled — and Cubans are running out of patience Jonathan Manthorpe Foreign Policy Under the Castro brothers’ brand of feudal Marxism, Cuba has always needed a sugar daddy. It hasn’t helped the island’s economic well-being, of course, that since Fidel and Raul Castro captured the island in 1959 […] 08/06/2016 01:49 PM Cuba admits Venezuelan recession is hitting hard: Chavist oil shipments down 20% Cuba admits Venezuelan recession is hitting hard: Chavist oil shipments down 20% Venezuela’s grim situation is impacting not only millions of households around the country: it is also sending panic waves across the Caribbean all the way to Cuba, a solid ally that for decades now has relied heavily on Chavismo’s generosity. Cuba, a totalitarian […] 07/28/2016 04:23 PM Venezuela cuts oil shipments to Cuba forcing Castro to consider veering to U.S. Venezuela cuts oil shipments to Cuba forcing Castro to consider veering to U.S. By Franz von Bergen Published July 27, 2016 Fox News Latino CARACAS – Venezuela’s grim situation is impacting not only millions of households around the country — it is also sending panic waves across the Caribbean all the way to Cuba, a […] 06/29/2016 04:08 PM INSIDE CUBA’S INTENSE ICE CREAM OBSESSION INSIDE CUBA’S INTENSE ICE CREAM OBSESSION In a country that’s dealt with decades of rationing, ice cream is the public luxury. Sit down for your 15-scoop serving BY HAMISH ANDERSON Havana—beautiful, decaying, perfumed by diesel fumes and sweet sea air—is a challenging place for an outsider to come to grips with, even after repeated visits: […] 05/23/2016 09:48 AM A country stuck in time Cuba: A country stuck in time Finding beauty, desolation and my roots in the land of my ancestors Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 12:00 pm Viviana Pernot Staff photographer It is the most desolate place I have ever seen. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. On nearly every block of cities […] 04/26/2016 12:15 PM Severe drought in eastern Cuba leads to water usage restrictions Severe drought in eastern Cuba leads to water usage restrictions The water rationing measures are expected to remain in place through October in response to the intense and persistent drought that has affected almost a million people throughout the island for months. BY NANCY SAN MARTIN [email protected] A severe drought in eastern Cuba has prompted […] 04/08/2016 02:25 PM Obama and Cuban myths debunked Obama and Cuban myths debunked YESENIA FERNÁNDEZ SELIER | Nueva York | 5 Abr 2016 – 12:30 pm. Without any shots, threats or military invasions, the US’s 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, arrived in and departed from Cuba. Cubans all over were glued to their screens, engaging in the inevitable debate about his visit’s motivations […] 04/04/2016 04:18 PM On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat On Special Rationed Milk and other Food Products Cubans Eat March 29, 2016 Regina Cano HAVANA TIMES — Some of us who live in Cuba have the strong feeling that our current eating habits aren’t exactly healthy. Some know this, others simply don’t even worry about it. The situation could become much worse when many […] 03/05/2016 03:49 PM The communist failures that await Obama when he goes to Cuba The communist failures that await Obama when he goes to Cuba Published: Mar 5, 2016 8:05 a.m. ET Ration books, worthless currency show Cubans need more economic opportunity By BARRY D. WOOD WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — As President Barack Obama prepares for his March 21 visit to Cuba, I wish he would speak to my Colombian […] 01/24/2016 02:07 PM Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am. Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of State and of Ministers and the First Secretary […] 01/21/2016 02:36 PM UNCOVERING GAY HAVANA, CUBA UNCOVERING GAY HAVANA, CUBA After a 45-minute flight, we land on the cracked-concrete runway of José Martí International Airport, walk off the plane onto a seemingly deserted airstrip, and are greeted by a white bust of revolutionary José Martí. BY JOSEPH PEDRO In old Havana there is a tree that’s said to be older than […] 12/23/2015 02:00 PM Why Do Cubans Emigrate? Why Do Cubans Emigrate? / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 16 December 2015 — Laying the blame on “Yankee imperialism” or the “perverse and criminal” Cuban Adjustment Act will not stem the flow of people escaping poverty and bleak futures. The national debate should be of a different nature. A responsible […] 11/18/2015 02:05 PM Revolution 2.0 – What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba Revolution 2.0: What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba Loren Feldman FORBES STAFF Not long after we arrived in Cuba last month, we heard our first jokes about the country. In one, Presidents Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Fidel Castro have all died and gone to Hell. There, they meet the devil who tells […] 11/12/2015 01:04 PM Security “Security” FRANCISCO ALMAGRO | Miami | 10 Nov 2015 – 11:57 pm. ‘It is there, in the subjective judgments of most of the people where Cuban Communism has achieved its greatest and most sustained success. And where its enemies have failed.’ Some years ago I was walking with a female friend of mine down a […] 10/12/2015 11:13 AM Cuba still ‘very far from a normal pastoral situation’ after papal visit Cuba still ‘very far from a normal pastoral situation’ after papal visit By Kevin J. Jones, CNA/EWTN News 10/11/2015 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) Pope Francis warmly received during Cuban visit, in spite of heavy workload that remains After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward […] 10/10/2015 03:27 PM For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope – but will it last? For Cubans, the Pope’s visit brought hope – but will it last? HAVANA, Cuba, Oct. 9, 2015–After Pope Francis’ visit as a “missionary of mercy,” Cuba is now in a prime moment to move forward in its relationship with the Church and work for the common good, said a representative of an aid group that […] 10/02/2015 07:17 PM Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-in-Law Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-In-Law Michael SmithSep 30, 2015 12:01 am ET (Bloomberg) — Omar Everleny Pérez is eager to show me how far Raúl Castro’s overhaul of Cuba’s socialist economy has advanced, and so, on a muggy evening in August, the 54-year-old economist invites me into his home in […] 08/29/2015 11:43 AM An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will begin a two-month cloud-seeding campaign over the eastern part of the Caribbean island in hopes of easing the worst drought in more than a century, Communist Party daily Granma said on Friday. A Russian Yak-40 aircraft will be ready for […] 08/27/2015 01:44 PM Cuba’s agriculture threatened by worst Caribbean drought in 115 years Cuba’s agriculture threatened by worst Caribbean drought in 115 years By: Philippines News Agency | Xinhua August 27, 2015 9:33 AM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 HAVANA — Cuba’s agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in over a century, jeopardizing plans for the island to achieve its […] 08/18/2015 03:54 PM Cuba on edge as drought worsens Cuba on edge as drought worsens HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday due to a year-long drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture and left more than a million people relying on trucked-in water. From Cuba’s famous cigars […] 08/12/2015 04:28 PM Where is Cuba Headed? 08-2015 Where is Cuba Headed? / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 11, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 9 August, 2015 — Although the official narrative is still full of tiresome rhetoric about a prosperous and sustainable socialism and General Raul Castro often repeats the slogan “Cuba is a revolution of the humble for the humble,” real life is […] 08/11/2015 01:47 PM Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business / 14ymedio Posted on August 10, 2015 14medio, Havana, 10 August 2015 – The drought in Guantanamo province has triggered an illegal market in water. Residents of the province are coming to pay between 300 and 500 Cuban pesos for the contents of a water truck, a lucrative business […] 08/08/2015 05:00 PM Deputy Health Minister Calls Situation In Holguin A “Health Emergency” Deputy Health Minister Calls Situation In Holguin A “Health Emergency” / 14ymedio, Donate Fernando Ochoa Posted on August 8, 2015 14ymedio, Fernando Donate Ochoa, Holguin, 7 August 2015 — The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Jose Angel Portal, described the epidemiological situation in the city of Holguin as a health emergency, according to a local […] 07/23/2015 06:36 PM Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought Cuban reservoirs far below capacity amid drought Published July 22, 2015 EFE The lack of rain during May and June in Cuba, normally the island’s rainy season, has aggravated the dire situation caused by the drought, where the country’s reservoirs are at a mere 37 percent of their capacity. According to figures compiled by the […] 06/16/2015 11:24 AM Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 15, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600 miles east […] 06/10/2015 08:52 PM The Sovereignty of the Internaut The Sovereignty of the Internaut YOANI SANCHEZ, Havana | Junio 08, 2015 I searched the screen fruitlessly for those faces I know so well. In every report on TV about the International Conference on New Scenarios of Political Communication in the Digital Realm, I scanned the guests to identify geeks, computer scientists, bloggers, tweeters and […] 05/01/2015 06:18 PM Cuba Needs More Doctors and Better Hospitals Cuba Needs More Doctors and Better Hospitals / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 30, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 29 April 2015 — The urology ward at Calixto Garcia Hospital is a bleak scene. Patients in soiled pajamas wander through the halls like zombies with serum on their hands, in search of a urologist, who hasn’t come […] 04/14/2015 04:23 PM Summit of the Americas – Inconsequential to the Average Cuban Summit of the Americas: Inconsequential to the Average Cuban / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 13, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 9 April 2015 — After the Sunday hangover drinking beer with various friends, Jose Pablo reluctantly tends to his stall where he sells pirated CDs with Hollywood films and Mexican and Colombian narco-novelas. At his stand […] 03/12/2015 04:01 PM Rationing in Venezuela – A ‘Déjà vu’ for Cubans Rationing in Venezuela: A ‘Déjà vu’ for Cubans / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya Posted on March 11, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, Miriam Celaya, 11 March 2015 — Commissar Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela to the misfortune of its people and – let’s admit it – also for the prolongation of our own misfortune, has just announced recently […] 02/12/2015 11:10 AM U.S. Cuba policy worthy of Ripley’s ‘believe it or not’ U.S. Cuba policy worthy of Ripley’s ‘believe it or not’ BY FRANK CALZONCUBACENTER.ORG 02/11/2015 5:38 PM 02/11/2015 5:38 PM For many years, author Robert Ripley roamed the Earth collecting oddities and strange stories and establishing “odditoriums” to display them. Were Ripley still alive, he’d be writing and drawing cartoons about Cuba, the Castros and President […] 11/05/2014 05:12 PM Long faces and empty pockets Long faces and empty pockets / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on November 4, 2014 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 1 November 2014 – One of the distinctive features of the new era in Cuba is that it is no longer shortages but pricing that explains the difficulty of acquiring food grown on the island, but at […] 10/12/2014 01:55 PM Nicaragua Was Freed From a Regime Modeled On That Of the Castros Nicaragua Was Freed From a Regime Modeled On That Of the Castros / 14ymedio, Julio Blanco C. Posted on October 11, 2014 14ymedio, Julio Blanco C., Managua, 27 September 2014 — I follow with eagerness – almost bordering on addiction – the news out of Cuba. I suppose that my nationality has a lot to […] 10/06/2014 11:21 AM Blessed be filtered water Blessed be filtered water / 14ymedio, Elvira Fernandez Posted on October 5, 2014 14ymedio, Ciego de Avila, Elvira Fernandez, 26 September 2014 – “This water will satisfy you for today. Jesus will satisfy you for eternity, do you accept him?” it reads above the two taps, in one of the most useful and widely appreciated […] 08/17/2014 12:00 PM Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs / Moises Leonardo Rodriguez Posted on August 15, 2014 ARTEMIS, Cuba, Moises Leonardo Rodriguez — Soy yogurt, the sale of which is regulated and intended for children, was received in a spoiled state over the last two weeks in the outlets in the town of Cabañas. […] 08/02/2014 01:09 PM Imagining Cuba’s future Imagining Cuba’s future Aug 01, 2014 by Philip Jenkins Cuba is nothing like as central to U.S. policy as it once was, but that may change when the current regime either implodes or accelerates its tentative steps toward liberalization. At present, Cuba survives only on massive handouts from Venezuela, which could be curtailed overnight. If […] 07/25/2014 06:48 PM Cuba’s Customs and the Import Market Cuba’s Customs and the Import Market July 24, 2014 Once again putting the cart ahead of the oxen FERNANDO RAVSBERG* HAVANA TIMES — In Cuba, hacerse el sueco (literally “playing the Swede”) is a popular idiom that means to play dumb and to pretend not to notice the obvious. I believe that, following the implementation […] 06/04/2014 02:59 PM Cuba – sovereign risk February 9th 2014 Sovereign risk Cuba: sovereign risk Rating February 2014 CCC Kate Parker (lead analyst); Robert Wood (analyst). Published 21 February 2014, 1530 GMT. This sovereign rating is issued by The Economist Intelligence Unit credit rating agency, registered in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 of 16 September 2009, on credit rating agencies, as […] 03/21/2014 02:39 PM Fidel Castro’s daughter recalls Cuban childhood at Georgian Court University Fidel Castro’s daughter recalls Cuban childhood at Georgian Court University Woman recalls fears growing up in Cuba Mar. 20, 2014 Alina Fernandez spoke about her father, Fidel Castro, and life in Cuba under his reign. Fernandez (center) stands with Georgian Court University students (from left) Jill Behan, Jamie-Lee Sonnenberg Smith, Marisa Guerra, and Amanda Earle. […] 03/07/2014 03:17 PM The problem with buying food in Cuba The problem with buying food in Cuba Feb 15, 2014 By Guest columnist By Teresa Sanchez For many visitors to Havana, the most disappointing thing about the city is the food. Tourists with deep pockets who stay in touristy areas might not notice as much, but those who try to live like locals will quickly […] 02/27/2014 05:30 PM Venezuela-Cuba alliance’s shaky future fuels debate Venezuela-Cuba alliance’s shaky future fuels debate By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: February 27, 2014 TAMPA — Both sides of the Cuba debate are citing the latest crisis in South America to make their case, saying the uprising in Venezuela provides clear evidence that the U.S. should alternately continue or halt its long-standing Cuban […] 11/26/2013 02:47 PM The Future, Questions and Predictions to Break The Future, Questions and Predictions to Break / Yoani Sanchez Posted on November 25, 2013 Ten prognostications, ten failures, ten predictions that did not even make it to a dead letter. This is what a Decalogue of possible future prognostications — personal and national — that would have been made in 2003 has been reduced […] 11/18/2013 12:08 PM The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent / Yoani Sanchez Posted on November 17, 2013 A walk in Cuba, where the future left one day for the north, and never returned. The most famous Cuban not named Castro, Yoani Sánchez, offers her vision of its unique streets. El Pais, 14 November 2013 […] 10/17/2013 01:01 PM Castro’s daughter describes growing up in Cuba Castro’s daughter describes growing up in Cuba By Beth Bellor for the Daily News Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:45 am UNIVERSITY CENTER — Twenty years after leaving Cuba, Fidel Castro’s daughter still associates the country with turmoil. The author of “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba” and niece of current president Raul Castro […] 10/03/2013 12:38 PM Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans Posted on Wednesday, 10.02.13 Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans BY JUAN O. TAMAYO [email protected] When about 200 owners of horse-drawn carts in the Cuban city of Santa Clara gathered recently outside a government office to protest their stiff taxes, dissident Guillermo Fariñas and a dozen other democracy activists stood with them. The cocheros, who […] 09/30/2013 02:22 PM Bad Seed Bad Seed / Jose Antonio Fornaris Posted on September 29, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba , September, www.cubanet.org – It is not possible to find antecedents – apparently they don’t exist — or any other moments in history when Cuban agricultural production fell as deeply and as long as in recent decades. As long ago as 1960, […] 09/24/2013 02:54 PM Cuba – The Bitterness of its Sugar Cuba: The Bitterness of its Sugar / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 23, 2013 In 23 years, Cuba has gone from being one of the world’s sugar refining nations to exporting the sweet grass for the consumption of the tourist sector. If in 1990, in the dawning of that silent war that was the “Special […] 09/06/2013 03:01 PM Climate change threatens Caribbean’s water supply Posted on Friday, 09.06.13 Climate change threatens Caribbean’s water supply BY DANICA COTO ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of already strained drinking water throughout much of the region. Rising sea levels could contaminate […] 07/23/2013 04:02 PM Cuba’s Reforms Won’t Work July 23, 2013 Cuba’s Reforms Won’t Work By Carlos Alberto Montaner They were caught in the Panama Canal with their hands in the missile jar. Castroism doesn’t change. The complicity between Cuba and North Korea proves it. As stated in Havana by the North Korean Army chief of staff, Gen. Kim Kyok Sik: “I visit […] 07/13/2013 12:19 AM Cuban food ration system marks 50 years amid controversy Cuban food ration system marks 50 years amid controversy 10:14am EDT By Rosa Tania Valdes HAVANA | Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:31pm EDT (Reuters) – Cuba’s food-rationing system marked 50 years on Friday amid controversy, with President Raul Castro facing popular resistance to his plans to end the benefit as he moves the country from […] 07/13/2013 12:17 AM Cuba marks 50 years of ‘libreta’ ration books but the end is nigh Cuba marks 50 years of ‘libreta’ ration books but the end is nigh 12/07 15:06 CET Food rationing in Cuba is marking its 50th anniversary but the world’s longest running system of its kind is on its way out as part of government reforms. The “libreta” as it is known began operating in July 1963 […] 07/12/2013 10:08 AM Cuba’s food ration stores mark 50th anniversary Posted on Thursday, 07.11.13 Cuba’s food ration stores mark 50th anniversary BY JUAN O. TAMAYO [email protected] The Cuban government calls it a “supplies booklet.” Cubans call it a “rations booklet” or simply “la libreta.” Either way, half a century after its creation, the booklet has come to symbolize the epic failure of Cuba’s agricultural sector […] 06/25/2013 08:51 AM Cuba A revolutionary refrain Cuba: A revolutionary refrain Tue, 25 Jun 2013 Travel Cuba is dancing to its own beat, in its own time, Sue Wootton writes. For visitors to Cuba, it’s hard to shake the impression that a glass bubble descended over the island 50 years ago, semi-preserving everything. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro stare from the walls; […] 03/22/2013 12:58 PM Conspicuous consumption comes to post-reform Cuba Conspicuous consumption comes to post-reform Cuba Aging Chevys and Pontiacs are a familiar symbol of life in Cuba, but many of the vehicles clogging the communist island's streets these days are top of the line and fresh from the showroom. The recent startling appearance of gleaming Audis, Hummers and other high-end cars are but one […] 03/08/2013 07:56 PM What Fidel Taught Hugo Cuba defined Chávez’s career as much as Venezuela did What Fidel Taught Hugo Cuba defined Chávez's career as much as Venezuela did BY FRANCISCO TORO Hugo Chávez died today in Venezuela at the age of 58, but his battle with a never-specified form of cancer was waged largely in a Cuban hospital—a telling detail, as Cuba loomed just as large in his political imagination […] 12/06/2012 10:58 PM "Cuban Economy Is Still Stagnant Despite Reforms: Cuban National "Cuban Economy Is Still Stagnant Despite Reforms: Cuban National By Christopher Witrak Dec 04, 2012 1:30 pm "The United States is the ceiling of heaven," says Cuban national. MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL Nearly 60 years after the Cuban Revolution, much has changed: It's now legal for citizens to own and sell property, start a business, and emigrate […]