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Exported to Venezuela, miserable Cuban doctors clamor to get into U.S.

Exported to Venezuela, miserable Cuban doctors clamor to get into U.S.
By CHRIS KRAUL

– At the current rate, more than 1,500 Cuban healthcare workers will be
admitted to the U.S. this year
– Cuba keeps 10,000 healthcare providers in Venezuela in part to pay for oil
– One Cuban doctor in Venezuela describes workload as ‘crushing’

Worsening conditions in… Continue reading

US returns 45 Cuban migrants intercepted at sea

Posted on Thursday, 09.11.14

US returns 45 Cuban migrants intercepted at sea
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — Coast Guard officials say 45 Cuban migrants picked up in the
waters off the Florida Keys have been returned to their Caribbean homeland.

A Coast Guard crew intercepted an “aluminum rustic vessel” carrying 25
migrants Saturday in the waters southwest of Key West.… Continue reading

Hemingway, Tourism, and the Contradictions of Revolutionary Cuba

Hemingway, Tourism, and the Contradictions of Revolutionary Cuba
Posted: 09/10/2014 3:33 pm EDT Updated: 09/10/2014 3:59 pm EDT

At El Floridita bar in Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway drank in the
afternoons and supposedly met his only Cuban love, Leopoldina (a sex
worker). Hemingway, although he has been dead for over 50 years, is
still hanging around the bar. Today a… Continue reading

Poor working conditions in Venezuela sending Cuban doctors to U.S.

Poor working conditions in Venezuela sending Cuban doctors to U.S.
By CHRIS KRAUL

At the current rate, more than 1,500 Cuban healthcare workers will be
admitted to the U.S. this year
Cuba keeps 10,000 healthcare providers in Venezuela in part to pay for oil
One Cuban doctor in Venezuela describes workload as ‘crushing’
Worsening conditions in Venezuela are causing increasing… Continue reading

Junk Food in Cuba, the State is the Main Supplier

Junk Food in Cuba, the State is the Main Supplier
September 10, 2014
Yenisel Rodríguez Pérez

HAVANA TIMES – Weeks ago, Margaret Chan, the director of the World
Health Organization, visited Cuba. While the official publicly praised
the country’s pharmaceutical industry, she spoke of the need to pay
attention to the issue of a healthy and balanced diet (with the… Continue reading

Accessories and Sandwiches

Accessories and Sandwiches / Regina Coyula
Posted on September 8, 2014

The school year has just begun, the first for many children. Filled with
enthusiasm and wonder, these little ones are unaware of the disruption
their new status as students creates for many Cuban families.

Along with the canasta basica,* the school uniform is the last holdout
of the ration… Continue reading

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation
September 7, 2014
Jorge Milanes Despaigne

HAVANA TIMES — “I’ve always had a bicycle, but I’m in love with this
particular one because it was tailor-made,” my brother Luis said to me,
polishing the bike he brought from Ecuador.

When he saw I was interested in the subject, he began to tell me… Continue reading

In Miami, the Cuban school uniform finds a market

Posted on Sunday, 09.07.14

In Miami, the Cuban school uniform finds a market
BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — At the Dollarazo discount store in Miami, a row of red-wine
colored pants, shorts and jumpers offers a regular customer favorite —
near exact copies of the Cuban school uniform.

“Customers would ask for it,” said manager Orestes Canales. “So… Continue reading

Cuba’s Renowned Ice-Cream Parlor & its Notorious “Hollow Scoops”

Cuba’s Renowned Ice-Cream Parlor & its Notorious “Hollow Scoops”
September 6, 2014 | Print | 0 110 1 118
Jimmy Roque Martinez

HAVANA TIMES – Cuba’s official press and blogs have published several
articles dealing with product thefts at Havana’s Coppelia ice-cream
parlor. Specificially, there are reports of so-called “hollow scoops.”

A “hollow scoop” is a scoop of ice-cream that’s… Continue reading

Cuban migrants rescued off Mexican coast

Posted September 5, 2014 – 2:59pm

Cuban migrants rescued off Mexican coast
By DAVID ADAMS
REUTERS

MIAMI — Two Cuban migrants died and as many as eight more are missing
after a three-week odyssey at sea, according to relatives of 15 badly
sunburned and dehydrated survivors of a boat rescued by the Mexican Navy
this week.

The Cubans, who face… Continue reading

Have You Tried Cyanide… General?

Have You Tried Cyanide… General? / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on September 4, 2014

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 1 September 2014 – Today is Zero Day,
the fateful date, the day the General Customs of the Republic enacts
its new restrictions for non-commercial imports. The measure called to
mind an old joke that circulated in the nineties and is still… Continue reading

Cuba’s Public Health Budget and Rafael

Cuba’s Public Health Budget and Rafael
September 4, 2014
By Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Rafael Botalin Diaz is 15 years old and suffers from a
high-grade cerebral AVM that could kill him at any moment. It was
detected in April, when he experienced convulsions and blacked out for
half an hour.

He was treated at the Santiago de Cuba… Continue reading

Summer Vacations in Cuba

Summer Vacations in Cuba / Ivan Garcia
Posted on September 3, 2014

Raudel and his family have already packed their bags for a six-night
stay at a campsite in Mayabeque province near Havana.

They saved some of the money their relatives in Miami send them every
month and rented an air-conditioned cabin in Los Cocos along the north
shore of… Continue reading

Unprotected

Unprotected / Fernando Damaso
Posted on September 1, 2014

In Cuba, animals, for the most part, are unprotected. There are no laws
or regulations that define how they should be treated, nor sanctions for
those who abuse them. Flora and Fauna, for the most part, deals with
problems relating to the extinction of species, but doesn’t interest
itself in domestic… Continue reading

No, No and No Raul Castro

No, No and No Raul Castro / Jose Luis Garcia Antunez
Posted on August 31, 2014

This I believe is the second or third occasion that I write to you, and
as always without the least mood or desire that you answer me, because
given the absolute contempt and disgust that emanates from your person I
can’t feel otherwise.

Señor… Continue reading

University (for the Tenacious)

University (for the Tenacious) / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on August 30, 2014

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 August 2014 – Henry Constantin is a native of Camagüey province, born in Las Tunas on Valentine’s Day, 30 years ago. He has been expelled from university three times for his ideas, but still believes he will obtain his journalism… Continue reading

Touring Cuba by bicycle: Take the challenge

Touring Cuba by bicycle: Take the challenge
Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:15 am
Ken Youngblood

So you’ve flirted with the dream of touring Cuba by bicycle. Go for it. But not because the media tell you it’s a “cyclist’s paradise.” Go because there are no real legal obstacles you can’t overcome and you are sure to leave the island… Continue reading

Cuban migrant boat turned away from Caymans despite rough seas

Cuban migrant boat turned away from Caymans despite rough seas
By Peter Polack
Reuters
5:58 p.m. EDT, August 28, 2014

GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (Reuters) – A small, homemade aluminum boat
carrying 16 Cuban migrants sought refuge from rough seas in Grand Cayman
on Thursday but local officials prevented a landing, citing a migration
agreement with Cuba.

Local law enforcement… Continue reading

One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls

Cuba: One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls
August 26, 2014
Jimmy Roque Martinez

HAVANA TIMES – Luckily, we still have a ration booklet in Cuba. In
addition to a monthly quota of rice, sugar, grains and a tiny allotment
of meat products, every person gets one bread roll a day.

Until some time ago, I thought everyone got the same… Continue reading

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba

Students get rare opportunity to visit Cuba
By William SchmidtOn August 26, 2014

With the control of Cuba falling into the hands of Fidel Castro in 1959,
Americans no longer had easy accessibility to visit the island. But in
May, a group of students were able to visit Cuba to see what a Latin
American socialist country looks like as… Continue reading

Official Press – Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship / 14ymedio,
Yoani Sanchez
Posted on August 25, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, Yoani Sanchez, 22 August 2014 – The phone rings and
it’s a friend who works for a government publication. She’s content
because she’s published an article that attacks bureaucracy and
corruption. The young woman finished college two years ago and has been
working… Continue reading

Nearly 500,000 Cubans are self-employed

Nearly 500,000 Cubans are self-employed
Published August 25, 2014 EFE

The number of workers in Cuba’s private sector continues to rise, so by
the end of July there were 471,085 people working for themselves,
according to official data released Monday.

Almost 70 percent of those “autonomous” workers had no previous
employment, Trabajadores, the publication of Cuba’s official CTC labor
federation,… Continue reading

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