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Cuba’s ‘offline internet’ – no access, no power, no problem

Cuba’s ‘offline internet': no access, no power, no problem
Cubans have found a unique albeit semi-legal way around their country’s
practically nonexistent internet access – external hard drives passed
from person to person
Jonathan Watts in Havana
theguardian.com, Tuesday 23 December 2014 12.00 GMT

As she makes her way past the art deco houses of Havana’s Miramar
neighbourhood, there is… Continue reading

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism

Big changes coming to Cuba tourism
Ben Fox, Associated Press 6:07 p.m. EST December 22, 2014

Havana — U.S. tourists are roaming the streets of Old Havana, listening
to lectures on Art Deco architecture and meeting with jazz musicians.
What they aren’t doing yet — at least most of the time — is lounging in
the sun and sipping mojitos… Continue reading

Cuba Reality Check – Can You Really Do Business There?

Cuba Reality Check: Can You Really Do Business There?
By Gail DeGeorge, David Tweed and Christopher Donville Dec 22, 2014
6:01 AM GMT+0100

For companies seeking Miami attorney Pedro Freyre’s advice on how to
exploit President Barack Obama’s opening to Cuba, two stories may serve
as cautionary tales.

One concerns an 18-hole golf course that took a Canadian designer eight… Continue reading

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service

What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service
Alex Fitzpatrick @alexjamesfitz Updated: Dec. 19, 2014 10:17 AM

Part of the new deal involves efforts to literally bring Cuba up to speed

About a quarter of Cubans have Internet access, according to the
International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that
oversees global communications. One in four may seem… Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM

As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to
jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an
unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race.

A recent rally on racial discrimination in Cuba,… Continue reading

A necessary and useful change

A necessary and useful change
ELIECER ÁVILA, La Habana | Diciembre 19, 2014

The change in US policy concerning Cuba was necessary and useful,
although it did not happen with all the guarantees that many of us
wanted. Obama’s cabinet did not act lightly, but made a thorough
analysis and came to the same conclusions that many of the actors… Continue reading

How Travel to Cuba May Change

How Travel to Cuba May Change
DEC. 18, 2014
By MATT BEARDMORE

President Obama’s order on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations
with Cuba after more than 50 years has many ramifications, including for
travel. Many restrictions remain in place for Americans wanting to visit
Cuba, but the order makes it easier for a number of prospective travelers.

Q. What impact… Continue reading

Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez to USAID ‘go to hell’

Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez to USAID: ‘go to hell’
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ AND LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ
Associated Press December 16, 2014

HAVANA — One of Cuba’s most famous musicians is telling the U.S. Agency
for International Development to “go to hell” for pulling his son and
other island-based rappers without their knowledge into a scheme aimed
at sparking a youth uprising against… Continue reading

Cuban music producer denies having ‘worked’ for USAID

Cuban music producer denies having ‘worked’ for USAID
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/16/2014 8:27 PM 12/16/2014 9:23 PM

In an exclusive interview with el Nuevo Herald, Cuban artist Adrian
Monzon denied having worked for USAID in a project “to overthrow the
Cuban government”.

Monzon, known as “Vj Cuba,” was named in an Associated Press report as
the only Cuban… Continue reading

Cuba-Venezuela Sign 62 Accords for 2015

Cuba-Venezuela Sign 62 Accords for 2015
December 14, 2014

HAVANA TIMES — The governments of Cuba and Venezuela just signed 62
joint projects for social and economic development in 2015, reported dpa
on Sunday.

The agreements seek to “increase the number physicians to expand the
health system in Venezuela by training 518 additional specialists in
Cuba, as well as cooperation… Continue reading

CUBAN ARTIST DEFENDS US’ CRAZY PLAN TO FUND REVOLUTIONARY HIP-HOP SCENE

CUBAN ARTIST DEFENDS US’ CRAZY PLAN TO FUND REVOLUTIONARY HIP-HOP SCENE
BY DANIEL RIVERO

People getting all bent out of shape by the idea of USAID funding Cuba’s
underground hip-hop scene need to drink a rum and coke and relax,
according to a figure at the center of the controversy.
Before critics start to squawk sanctimoniously about the U.S. using… Continue reading

The Spell of Havana

The Spell of Havana / 14ymedio, José Gabriel Barrenechea
Posted on December 13, 2014

14ymedio, José Gabriel Barrenechea, Havana, 9 December 2014 – One of my
earliest memories is of my young self, singing, Set fire, set fire to
the lock [of hair], while riding in a bus operated by Havana’s public
transportation system. The other passengers around me laugh… Continue reading

Cuba – Rappers Targeted by USAID Program ‘Victims’

Cuba: Rappers Targeted by USAID Program ‘Victims’
HAVANA — Dec 12, 2014, 4:48 PM ET
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ Associated Press

Cuban rappers targeted by a clandestine U.S. program are “victims”
unknowingly swept into an effort to spark an anti-government youth
movement, the Cuban government said Friday in its first reaction to an
Associated Press investigation into the… Continue reading

Cuba says it’s committed to expanding computerization, Internet access

Cuba says it’s committed to expanding computerization, Internet access
Published December 12, 2014 EFE

Computerizing daily activities and expanding Internet access are
priorities for Cuba, according to Communist party daily Granma, which
said the island is making progress in those areas “steadily but
unhurriedly.”

In a lengthy front-page editorial Friday, Granma said Cuba is aware that
the era of the… Continue reading

Senator: USAID’s Cuba hip-hop project ‘reckless’

Senator: USAID’s Cuba hip-hop project ‘reckless’
By DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ

HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. agency’s secret infiltration of Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was “reckless” and “stupid,” Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation.

On at least six occasions, Cuban authorities… Continue reading

U.S. sponsored artists’ program in Cuba but denies it was secret

U.S. sponsored artists’ program in Cuba but denies it was secret
Published December 11, 2014 EFE

The U.S. government acknowledged that it was behind a program to support
local musical artists in Cuba but denied that the project was covert,
according to an investigation published Thursday in the U.S. press.

The project sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development… Continue reading

Cuban rapper denies receiving money from USAID

Cuban rapper denies receiving money from USAID
NORA GAMEZ TORRES
12/11/2014 10:08 PM 12/11/2014 10:21 PM

Cuban rapper Aldo Rodriguez Baquero, a member of the popular hip hop
group Los Aldeanos, said he has “never” received money from the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID), despite news
reports published Thursday in Cuba and Venezuela that say otherwise.

The… Continue reading

US Co-Opted Cuba’s Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

US Co-Opted Cuba’s Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change
HAVANA — Dec 11, 2014, 1:01 AM ET
By DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and ANDREA
RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba’s
underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a
youth movement against the government, according to documents obtained
by The Associated… Continue reading

Authoritarianism is Also a Popular Culture

Cuba: Authoritarianism is Also a Popular Culture
December 9, 2014
Yenisel Rodríguez Pérez

HAVANA TIMES – Authoritarianism encompasses everything from the most
banal daily practice to the government measure with the most profound
impact on society. Our social experiences in Cuba are saturated with the
authoritarian culture we all complain about.

The oppression that characterizes the Cuban regime is operative… Continue reading

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba

New comedy wave tests limits on criticism in Cuba
By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA

HAVANA (AP) — Panfilo, the elderly protagonist in a weekly show on Cuban
state television, has a broken water pipe in his house. When the city
repair worker says it’ll take six months to fix, Panfilo bribes her with
a bottle of shampoo and the repair is made… Continue reading

How Cubans Make Ends Meet – What New York Times Editorials Miss

How Cubans Make Ends Meet: What New York Times Editorials Miss* / Ivan
Garcia
Posted on December 6, 2014

If someone told you would receive a monthly salary of 350 pesos, the
equivalent of $15, for a job as a nighttime security guard at a
dilapidated school in a country where credit does not exist and that you
would need… Continue reading

Cuba’s State-Run Food Industry and Culinary Traditions

Cuba’s State-Run Food Industry and Culinary Traditions
December 1, 2014
Yenisel Rodríguez Pérez

HAVANA TIMES — The greatest damage to Cuba’s food industry isn’t to be
found in the precarious working conditions and poor services in the
sector but in the destruction of the culinary traditions that were once
a part of the identity of the island’s main provincial capitals,… Continue reading

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