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U.S. Competes With China for Influence in Cuba

U.S. Competes With China for Influence in Cuba
Chinese firms lead efforts to build Cuba’s Internet infrastructure
By CAROL E. LEE And FELICIA SCHWARTZ
March 18, 2016 5:30 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—As the Obama administration works to expand economic
relations with Cuba, it is competing for influence with a familiar
rival: China.

Since the White House embarked on restoring relations with… Continue reading

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar
Posted on March 15, 2016

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 14 March 2016 – The activist Iliana Hernandez has
taken one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to resettle in
Cuba after almost two decades living abroad. Nationalized with Spanish
citizenship, the dissident has begun the paperwork to… Continue reading

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast

Havana, Waiting for Obama… and The Beast / Iván García
Posted on March 13, 2016

Iván García, 10 March 2016 — It does not take a Secret Service expert to
determine, by the rush of the building work, the sites which Barack
Obama is predicted to pass by or stop at during his two days in Havana.

If Air Force… Continue reading

When will Cuba pass a law against domestic violence?

When will Cuba pass a law against domestic violence?
ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 8 Mar 2016 – 6:00 pm.

The Chinese did it first. On Tuesday a law enters into force that
classifies domestic violence as a crime, not a private or family matter.

In response to the demands of Chinese feminists both physical and
psychological violence were… Continue reading

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 friend
Elsa who recently returned… Continue reading

The Guidelines – Prolonging the Scam

The Guidelines: Prolonging the Scam / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya
Posted on March 1, 2016

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 March 2016 — A few weeks before the
much heralded 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), and
half a decade since the Guidelines for the Economic and Social Policy of
the Party and the Revolution were adopted on… Continue reading

Obama’s final year in office shaping up to be one of genuine relevance

Obama’s final year in office shaping up to be one of genuine relevance
By Steven Mufson February 20 at 4:34 PM

It was not so long ago that many observers were arguing that it was time
to slide Barack Obama’s presidency onto the bookshelf labeled “history.”

The president’s political capital seemed spent, and the man himself
seemed tired. He looked… Continue reading

Cuba for Sale

Cuba for Sale
Al Jazeera
18 February 2016

Half a century ago, when Fidel Castro’s revolutionary forces entered the
Cuban capital Havana, the new leader pledged to improve the lives of the
poor by putting an end to capitalist excess.

One of the revolutionary government’s key measures was the elimination
of the property market as a lucrative business. Housing was… Continue reading

Construction Materials

Construction Materials / 14ymedio
Posted on February 7, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 5 February 2016 – Building or repairing a house in
Cuba is a road strewn with obstacles, which begin with getting the
permits, finding labor and buying materials. Despite the new programs to
locally produce aggregates and blocks, the providers can’t keep up in
the face of the high… Continue reading

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’ / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata
Posted on February 6, 2016

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales and Havana, 6 February 2016 – First they
ran out of water bottles, then packaged juices became scarce, and now it
is difficult to find fresh fruit. This is how a hostess of tourist rooms
in Viñales describes the… Continue reading

Cuba Struggles to Feed Itself as Lack of Cash Slows Rise of Urban Farming

Cuba Struggles to Feed Itself as Lack of Cash Slows Rise of Urban Farming
February 04, 2016 1:34 AM

HAVANA—
Sitting beside a decaying Soviet-built housing complex on the outskirts
of Havana, the Rotondo de Cojima farm grows several thousand kilos a
month of carrots, lettuce and root vegetables, part of Cuba’s drive to
feed its people through organic farming.… Continue reading

PortMiami preparing for daily ferry service to Cuba

PortMiami preparing for daily ferry service to Cuba

Planning for new Miami-to-Havana route advanced enough that port
penciled in a March start date
Port paid consultant $60,000 to study temporary facilities for “early
start” to ferry service
Delays by Cuba have stalled operators’ efforts to launch new maritime route
BY DOUGLAS HANKS

Interest in Cuba-bound ferries has been high… Continue reading

National Identity As A Pretext

National Identity As A Pretext / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula
Posted on January 31, 2016

14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana, 30 January 2016 — The view that the
change in United States policy toward Cuba carries the danger of a loss
of independence and of the values of national identity makes me smile
wryly. Contrary to those who are worried, I would… Continue reading

Cuba for sale – ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice’

Cuba for sale: ‘Havana is now the big cake – and everyone is trying to
get a slice’
Property developers are queuing up to pounce as Cuba opens its doors to
the world. Proposals for Havana’s old harbour are described as ‘Las
Vegas meets Miami in the Caribbean’. So can the city cope with the
commercial storm ahead?
@ollywainwright
Monday… Continue reading

Residents Of Cuba’s ‘Oil-houses’ Will Be Relocated

Residents Of Cuba’s ‘Oil-houses’ Will Be Relocated / 14ymedio
Posted on January 29, 2016

14ymedio, 28 January 2016 — On Tuesday, the residents of El Molino
neighborhood in Havana’s Cotorro district, were summoned in two groups
to the municipal People’s Power to be informed that within a period of
no more than 18 months they will be relocated into other… Continue reading

Now You Can Buy Wood in Cuba

Now You Can Buy Wood in Cuba
January 27, 2016
Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — After decades of absence from the market, Cubans can now
buy lumber. Thanks to a resolution of the Ministry of Domestic Commerce,
published in the Official Gazette on January 15, 2016, the retail market
of building materials can now offer wood to the population.

The… Continue reading

Cuba Attacks Christians As Washington Liberalizes Economic Ties

Cuba Attacks Christians As Washington Liberalizes Economic Ties
Doug Bandow
CONTRIBUTOR

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

The Obama administration has continued its effort to expand contact
between the U.S. and Cuba by easing restrictions on travel, exports, and
export financing. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker spoke of “building a
more open and mutually beneficial relationship.”

However, the administration… Continue reading

El Nino and the Old Man

El Nino and the Old Man / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on January 24, 2016

Rebeca Monzo, Havana, 23 January 2016 — Here on my planet Cuba, the lack
of products in the food markets, the shortages in the stores selling in
the badly named “national currency,” as well as in the stores called
“Hard Currency Collection Stores, the collapse of… Continue reading

Central Committee Plenary, Beans, Clothes, and the Roof

Central Committee Plenary, Beans, Clothes, and the Roof / 14ymedio,
Pedro Campos
Posted on January 24, 2016

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 23 January 2016 — A brief note on 15
January in the State-Party controlled newspaper Granma reports that the
13th Plenary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC)
was apparently held in secret – as it… Continue reading

The ‘Oil-Houses’ Are Falling Apart

The ‘Oil-Houses’ Are Falling Apart / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on January 23, 2016

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 January 2016 – There are no
colors. Only gray and white, with some ocher tones provided by the dry
gardens, planted for opening day. In this hostile landscape in the
Havana municipality of Cotorro, 19 buildings were made up of petrocasas… Continue reading

The Puzzle Of Housing In Cuba

The Puzzle Of Housing In Cuba / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma
Posted on January 22, 2016

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 7 January 2016 — A year after the
elimination of the National Housing Institute, the irregularities that
led to dissolving that powerful government agency continue. Excessive
paperwork and delays are an annoyance to the population that has barely
seen any benefits… Continue reading

Local veterans protest Cuban refugees

Local veterans protest Cuban refugees
Updated: Tue 11:00 PM, Jan 19, 2016
By: Yocelin Gallardo

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) – It’s been almost a week since Cuban refugees
started crossing into the U.S. here in Laredo, but on Tuesday, a local
group is voicing their concerns over the issue.

Veterans came together Tuesday morning to protest the refugees at the
Laredo… Continue reading

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