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Tourism grows 4.6 pct in Cuba

Tourism grows 4.6 pct in Cuba
Published July 03, 2014 EFE

Cuba welcomed 1.67 million foreign tourists during the first six months
of this year, a 4.6 percent increase over the same period in 2013,
according to figures released by the Tourism Ministry.

“For this sector to continue contributing to the country’s economic
development we must increase the quality,” Tourism… Continue reading

NH Hotel Group adds a new destination – Cuba.

NH Hotel Group adds a new destination: Cuba.
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014
Source : NH Hotel Group

NH Hotel Group brings back the emblematic Hotel Capri in collaboration
with the Gran Caribe Hotel Group; With this addition, NH Hotel Group is
reinforcing its presence in Latin America, a core target market, and
delivering on its pledge to offer quality properties… Continue reading

Cayman Islands tells Cubans to move on or be detained

Posted on Monday, 06.30.14

Cayman Islands tells Cubans to move on or be detained
Two boats carrying 64 Cuban migrants were told they could not linger in
Cayman waters.
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Getting tough with Cuban boatpeople who linger and resupply in the
waters of the Cayman Islands, authorities in the British territory have
ordered more than 60… Continue reading

Google executives visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet

Google executives visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet
BY DAVID ADAMS
MIAMI Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:13am EDT

(Reuters) – A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote
open Internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met
the group in Havana.

The team, led by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, met with… Continue reading

Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community

Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community
By Ivet González

HAVANA, Jun 21 2014 (IPS) – Two men kiss each other while two women
dance together without making other clients feel uncomfortable at the
prívate club Humboldt 67, one of the venues seeking to cash in on an
untapped market by fulfilling the unmet demand for bas, restaurants and… Continue reading

Cuba’s Rising Art Scene Not Frozen in Time

Cuba’s Rising Art Scene Not Frozen in Time
Jun 13, 2014 6:45 PM GMT+0200

In a country sealed against time, Patrick Symmes discovers the
irrepressible cultural vibrancy of an island with storied works from the
past, rising art stars of today, and an eye on the future.

“That’s a Picasso behind you,” the poet said. He climbed up the
stairwell… Continue reading

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything / Ivan Garcia
Posted on June 11, 2014

Eight in the morning. On the ground floor of the Focsa building – Cuba’s Empire State – on M between 17 and 19 Vedado, in a shop between the Guiñol theatre and a beaten-up bar at the entrance to the Scherezada club, a… Continue reading

Women in Battle Dress

Women in Battle Dress / Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna
Posted on June 10, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba – Lolita, Alejandra, Samantha, Paloma, and África María are
drag queens who stamp their feet on every Havana street corner during
the night, while the city sleeps. Some with warrior faces and others as
shy princesses patrol the streets and avenues of a broken… Continue reading

The Castros Beg to Uncle Sam: Last Ditch Effort by Cuba to Keep Regime from Falling Apart

The Castros Beg to Uncle Sam: Last Ditch Effort by Cuba to Keep Regime from Falling Apart
Huber Matos Garsault Calls Out Chamber of Commerce Visit as “Publicity Stunt”
Marcela Estrada May 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

EspañolThis week, a delegation from the US Chamber of Commerce, visited Havana to explore the results of the much-heralded economic reforms announced by… Continue reading

Raul’s Reforms as Strategy for Survival

Raul’s Reforms as Strategy for Survival / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya
Posted on June 5, 2014

Six years since General-President Raúl Castro assumed power in Cuba; it
could be argued that almost as many legal changes have been implemented
as were introduced during the early days of the revolution and, without
a doubt, a lot more than in the four decades… Continue reading

An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness

Michael J. Totten: An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness
Michael J. Totten, National Post | June 6, 2014 12:01 AM ET

Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon
and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy
have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite — the Elysium of the title
— while the wretched… Continue reading

The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

Cuba Brief: The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana
that tourists never see
[02-06-2014 14:08:24]
Cuba Transition Project

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film
Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los
Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury
satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the wretched majority of humans
remain… Continue reading

Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba

Foreign Investors Won’t Liberate Cuba
The billions already poured into the island have done nothing to advance civil society.
By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY
June 1, 2014 6:24 p.m. ET

Attitudes toward the 52-year-old—though much-modified—U.S. embargo of Cuba’s military dictatorship have changed a lot in recent years. But not always in the ways you might expect.

There was a time when… Continue reading

Where to Have Sex in Havana?

Where to Have Sex in Havana? / Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro
Posted on June 1, 2014

Havana, Cuba. It happened in the Motel on 11th and 24th streets, near
the iron bridge connecting Vedado and Miramar. In a room rented for two
hours, the unpleasant whisper was heard: “Mami, you have a wonderful
stench!” It was the 1980’s, Cuba was… Continue reading

Used Clothing Disappears in Havana

Used Clothing Disappears in Havana
May 27, 2014
Daisy Valera

HAVANA TIMES— Flowery spandex pants and blouses with open backs are
invading the streets of Havana. The striped-shirt craze seems to be
blowing over. Cubans seem to go insane over clothing and fashion, and
the whole city seems to be one huge masquerade at times.

Clothing is a serious thing… Continue reading

Homophobia in Cuba – The Work Ahead of Us

Homophobia in Cuba: The Work Ahead of Us
May 27, 2014
Luis Rondón Paz

HAVANA TIMES — In the afternoon of May 17, I happened to sit down in
front of the TV to watch Telesur. They were airing a documentary about
the LGBT movement titled “El Mismo Amor, Los Mismos Derechos” (“Same
Love, Same Rights”).

Even though I missed… Continue reading

Cuba: Not, in fact, a socialist paradise

Published: May 21, 2014

Cuba: Not, in fact, a socialist paradise
By Peter Franklin
Last updated: May 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

North Korea exerts such a horrifying grip on our attention that we forget about Cuba – another hereditary Communist state that somehow survived the end of the Cold War.

Compared to the Kims, the Castros get a pretty… Continue reading

Cuba’s currency unification

Analysis: Cuba’s currency unification
By Domingo Amuchastegui

Cuba’s reforms and changes, aiming at a complete redesign of its rigid,
state-controlled socialist experience, has come to a point of no return.
There’s no turning back, and the Achilles Heel of this present stage is
the effort to put an end to the two-tier currency system, with all its
distortions in finance,… Continue reading

What the Chikunguynya Virus Means for Cuba

What the Chikunguynya Virus Means for Cuba
May 11, 2014
Graham Sowa

HAVANA TIMES — After months of hopping from one Caribbean island to the
next the Chikunguynya virus has arrived within 50km of Cuban shores.
With confirmed cases in neighboring Haiti this disease has implications
for the Cuban public health system, vector control campaign, and tourist
industry.

The Chikunguynya… Continue reading

Direct Flights to Connect Zurich, Havana

Direct Flights to Connect Zurich, Havana
05.09.2014

With the purpose of positioning Cuba among the main tourist destinations
in the Caribbean, a new operation of the Swiss airline Edelweiss Air AG
will begin on May 8 to connect Zurich and Havana.

This direct flight (ZRH-HAV-ZRH) will operate once a week on Thursdays,
according to statements by the island’s Tourism Ministry.… Continue reading

Capitalism in Cuba? It’s closer than the U.S. may think

Capitalism in Cuba? It’s closer than the U.S. may think
BY LEWIS MANDELL May 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM EDT

There’s no need for the U.S. to be interfering with Cuba, says Lew
Mandell. Just back from the country, he reports on their own transition
to a market-based economy. Photo by Flickr user Melody Breaker

Editor’s Note: Besides helping boomers… Continue reading

Cuba opens Tourism Fair with challenge of attracting more foreign investment

Cuba opens Tourism Fair with challenge of attracting more foreign investment
Published May 06, 2014 EFE

Cuba on Tuesday kicked off its 2014 International Tourism Fair with the
challenge of taking advantage of opportunities provided by the new
Foreign Investment Law to increase the competitiveness of the sector
that constitutes the island’s second-largest source of income.

The event was inaugurated… Continue reading

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