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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

Fidel’s Shocking Silence

Fidel’s Shocking Silence / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya
Posted on December 22, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 December 2014 — After the brief
speech by General-President, Raúl Castro, about the release of Alan
Gross and of “a Cuban-born citizen” at the service of the CIA, and of
other prisoners who received “prison benefits, including the release of
individuals the US… Continue reading

Things are not going to change overnight

“Things are not going to change overnight” / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez
Posted on December 20, 2014

14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 20 December 2014 — “Now when
they lift the blockade …” a student says jokingly to his friends sitting
in Mella Park at the University of Havana. His sentence ends mentioning
some a problem that has been solved,… Continue reading

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours

From Discontent to Joy in Twenty-four Hours / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva
Posted on December 20, 2014

Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, HAVANA, 18 December 2014 — President Barack Obama
announced a new direction in US policy toward Cuba, on December 17. The
Cuban population has expressed great joy at the news, both within the
archipelago and abroad. It is a brave and… 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

South Florida busineses may gain from revised U.S.-Cuba policy

South Florida busineses may gain from revised U.S.-Cuba policy
BY INA PAIVA CORDLE, MIMI WHITEFIELD, MARTHA BRANNIGAN, HANNAH SAMPSON
AND NANCY DAHLBERG
12/17/2014 7:31 PM 12/17/2014 7:31 PM

As the United States takes steps to normalize relations with Cuba, South
Florida businesses centered on banking, shipping, trade,
telecommunications and travel are positioned to reap benefits — over time.

“The… Continue reading

Aging population is top challenge to Cuba’s future; by 2030 almost a third will be over 60

Aging population is top challenge to Cuba’s future; by 2030 almost a
third will be over 60
Published December 14, 2014 EFE

HAVANA – Cuba must deal with the challenges posed by a rapidly aging
population, a trend that poses a threat to its future comparable to an
economic crisis or climate change.

The demographic figures have been around for… Continue reading

Rapidly aging population poses challenge to Cuba’s future

Rapidly aging population poses challenge to Cuba’s future
Published December 14, 2014 EFE
By Anett Rios.

Cuba must deal with the challenges posed by a rapidly aging population,
a trend that poses a threat to its future comparable to an economic
crisis or climate change.

The demographic figures have been around for years, pointing to a
shrinking population, a low… Continue reading

Bill Clinton – Gross detention imperils U.S.-Cuba relations

Bill Clinton: Gross detention imperils U.S.-Cuba relations
BY JIM WYSS
12/11/2014 2:09 PM 12/11/2014 7:12 PM

Former President Bill Clinton said the United States might be “well on
its way” to ending the Cuban embargo, and that there were multiple areas
where the two foes could cooperate, if the island would release USAID
subcontractor Alan Gross.

In an interview… Continue reading

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the Americas

U.S. hints that it won’t oppose Cuban participation in Summit of the
Americas
BY JIM WYSS
12/10/2014 8:19 PM 12/10/2014 8:19 PM

In an apparent reversal of decades-long policy, Washington will not
stand in the way of Cuban participation in the next Summit of the
Americas, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Wednesday.

In a speech marking the… Continue reading

Diving With Turtles (and Scientists) in Cuba

Diving With Turtles (and Scientists) in Cuba

The U.S. government grants special travel licenses for what it calls
People-to-People trips, on which American tourists mingle with Cubans.
Most such trips revolve around art or education, but the Miami-based
Ocean Foundation’s Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program trips
focus on science. One itinerary includes scuba diving and observing sea
turtles on… Continue reading

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation

The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation
December 2, 2014
Dariela Aquique*

HAVANA TIMES — In its efforts to “refashion” economic and political
concepts and practices on the basis of the Party’s Economic Guidelines,
the Cuban State has declared that these weren’t valid at other points in
history because of the impact the globalized world, characterized by a… Continue reading

Cuba looks beyond US for wind alliances

Analysis: Cuba looks beyond US for wind alliances
1 December 2014 by Luis Ini

CUBA: Cuba’s government has set itself the target of supplying 24% of
its electricity needs from renewables by 2030 as part of a plan to
attract foreign investment.

Renewables currently only provide 4%, with wind contributing 0.1%.
Cuba’s wind capacity totals just 11.7MW installed in four… Continue reading

Cuba tests new biodiesel fuels to reduce oil import dependence

Cuba tests new biodiesel fuels to reduce oil import dependence
English.news.cn 2014-11-28 11:07:18

HAVANA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) — Experts are trying new biodiesel fuels for
motors, Pedro Rodriguez, doctor in science from Cuban Polytechnic
University Jose Antonio Echeverria (CUJAE), said here on Thursday.

Rodriguez said he and his colleagues have been undertaking researches
with different types of biomass, in order… Continue reading

Cuba’s “Twelve Apostles” of Economic Growth

Cuba’s “Twelve Apostles” of Economic Growth
November 26, 2014
Erasmo Calzadilla

HAVANA TIMES — Why has the Cuban economy slowed down? This is the thorny
question at the heart of the interview with twelve Cuban economists
conducted by Ariel Terrero.

Some of the causes of this deceleration the experts mention is Cuba’s
excessive centralization, erratic investment policy, lack of control… Continue reading

German firms explore investment in Cuba

German firms explore investment in Cuba
The Cuban government has unveiled a raft of investment projects in hopes
to attract foreign capital. But German firms criticize the lack of
support from their government, DW’s Andreas Knobloch writes from Havana.

Now that Cuba’s economy has made steps to open up to foreign capital,
the island’s communist government hopes to lure potential… Continue reading

OAS needs to put house in order

Stein: OAS needs to put house in order
BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER
11/08/2014 7:00 AM 11/08/2014 8:53 PM

Uruguay and Guatemala have nominated candidates to replace Jose Miguel
Insulza, secretary general of the 34-country Organization of American
States. In the second part of an occasional series leading up to
January’s vote, columnist Andres Oppenheimer asks former Guatemalan Vice
President Eduardo… Continue reading

Cuba and Learning to Recycle

Cuba and Learning to Recycle
November 7, 2014
Elvira Pardo Cruz

HAVANA TIMES — Despite the existence of a law – passed in 1975 – which
establishes that all entities whose productive processes or services
generate waste that isn’t re-used in any way must recycle that waste,
there is indisputably no habit of recycling among Cubans.

Though Article 235 of… Continue reading

Environmental Realities in Havana

Environmental Realities in Havana
November 5, 2014
Text: Elvira Pardo Cruz

HAVANA TIMES — It is almost impossible to take in a deep breath of fresh
air in urban Havana, where the emission of pollutants into the
atmosphere can be witnessed absolutely everywhere you go.

You can see the chimneys surrounding the Bay puffing out smoke which is
always accompanied… Continue reading

Cuba Between Post-Totalitarianism and the Dictatorship of the Right

Cuba Between Post-Totalitarianism and the Dictatorship of the Right
October 23, 2014
Erasmo Calzadilla

HAVANA TIMES — I often say that the Cuban regime is a totalitarian
dictatorship and, in saying this, I vent the frustration it produces me
in one fell swoop. It’s a shame Spanish does not have as expressive and
accurate a term as Totalherrschaft.

To be… Continue reading

What Will Become of Cuba After the Embargo is Lifted?

What Will Become of Cuba After the Embargo is Lifted?
by EcoWatch October 21, 20149:00 am
Written by David Guggenheim and reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

When a foreigner sets foot in Cuba, it immediately becomes clear that
this magical island is profoundly unique and has developed drastically
differently than any other country in Latin America and the Caribbean.
And… Continue reading

To stop invasive lionfish, divers are helping sharks acquire a taste for them

To stop invasive lionfish, divers are helping sharks acquire a taste for them
Darryl Fears, Washington Post | October 20, 2014 2:20 PM ET

In the war against invasive lionfish, Andres Jimenez took up one of the
oldest weapons used by humans: the spear.

Jimenez thought this was a novel approach to help rid the Caribbean
Ocean of a growing… Continue reading

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