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Don’t Talk About Tomorrow Any More, It’s Today

Don’t Talk About Tomorrow Any More, It’s Today / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on August 27, 2014

La Demajagua, the official newspaper of provincial committee of
the Cuban Communist Party of the Granma Province, reports as important
news that a junior high school with an initial capacity of 520 students,
is being constructed in Bayamo at a cost of 800,000… Continue reading

A Shortage of Teachers Will Mark the Upcoming School Year

A Shortage of Teachers Will Mark the Upcoming School Year / 14ymedio
Posted on August 26, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, 25 August 2014 – This Monday enrollment began for the
various levels of education across the country. The 2014-2015 school
year presents a challenge to the Ministry of Education authorities,
given the alarming shortage of teachers in the provinces of Havana… 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

Caregiving exacerbates the burden for women in Cuba

Caregiving exacerbates the burden for women in Cuba
SUNDAY, 24 AUGUST 2014 19:28

HAVANA, Cuba–Hortensia Ramírez feels like she needs more hands to care
for her 78-year-old mother, who suffers from arteriosclerosis, do the
housework, and make homemade baked goods which she sells to support her
family.
She starts her day at 6:00am, putting the sheets that her mother wet… Continue reading

In Cuba, Economic Contradictions Amid Change

Voices: In Cuba, Economic Contradictions Amid Change
BY JOSÉ GABILONDO

MIAMI, FL — In Havana last week, I thought about how much its economy
had changed since my first visit in college. At that time, Cuba got
Soviet subsidies. After they ended, the island entered its periodo
especial en tiempos de paz – its special period in times of peace… Continue reading

Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth

Letter to Pope Francis from the Christian Liberation Movement Youth
Posted on August 21, 2014

“But Cubans are tired, Cubans want changes. More than ten years ago more
than 25,000 Cubans supported a legal reform project. Called the Varela
Project, it called for a plebiscite to ask the people, yes or no, did
they want free elections. The Cuban Constitution… Continue reading

The Cuba Debate – Can Capitalist Rookies Thrive In A Communist Revolution?

The Cuba Debate: Can Capitalist Rookies Thrive In A Communist Revolution?
By TIM PADGETT

When you’ve spent your entire life on a communist island where staples
like eggs and chicken are rationed, lunch in Miami can be overwhelming.

Ask Sandra Aldama, a Cuban mother and former special education teacher
who made her first visit to the United States this month.… Continue reading

A ‘no’ vote breaks tradition in usually unanimous Cuban parliament and it’s cast by a Castro

A ‘no’ vote breaks tradition in usually unanimous Cuban parliament _ and
it’s cast by a Castro
Published August 19, 2014 Associated Press

HAVANA – Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A
lawmaker voted “no” in parliament.

And it wasn’t just any lawmaker.

Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel
Castro, gave… Continue reading

A long journey by raft, and a lesson in freedom

Posted on Monday, 08.18.14

A long journey by raft, and a lesson in freedom
BY PEDRO FOURNIER
SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

I was born in Guantánamo in 1956. I moved to Havana as a teenager to
study and ultimately graduated with a math degree. In 1994, I decided
take a raft to the United States.

I had to leave… Continue reading

INSIDE CUBA’S EXHILARATED AND SAVAGE ARTS SCENE

INSIDE CUBA’S EXHILARATED AND SAVAGE ARTS SCENE
BY JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH – AUG 13, 2014

In Cuba, a country where criticism of the government is whispered and no
citizen is allowed in any boat for fear they’ll flee to Florida only 90
miles away, it is somewhat surprising to come across a wild warehouse
party in the beachside suburb of Vedado… Continue reading

The New Gold Rush

The New Gold Rush / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on August 14, 2014

14YMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 13 August 2014 – Evening falls and the
sound of the sieves in the rolling hills trails off. The three men
collect their belongings. They’ve finished the first day in their
arduous search for gold. Tomorrow they will wake up early and with… Continue reading

1, 055 Zambian students currently on govt. scholarships abroad

1, 055 Zambian students currently on govt. scholarships abroad
Time Posted: August 12, 2014 7:58 pm

Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson
Hilary Chipango says a total of 1,055 Zambian students are currently
being supported at various universities abroad.

Mr. Chipango said government remains indebted to the generosity and
hopitality of the people and governments of those respective… Continue reading

Despicable Manipulation

Despicable Manipulation / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on August 12, 2014

Yesterday, July 28, I read in the Trabajadores ["Workers"] newspaper about the speech given by 6th grade pioneer Wendy Ferrer during the main event of a celebration in Artemisa marking the 61st anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Barracks. I could not help feeling… Continue reading

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well

Posted on Friday, 08.08.14

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

One of the Cuban women makes fancy soaps. Another is a party planner and
a third owns a combination beauty parlor-gym. One owns a restaurant;
another dreams of expanding her pizza parlor “to the rest of Cuba and more.”

Each used her own… Continue reading

Overstatement

Overstatement / Fernando Damaso
Posted on August 4, 2014

Typically, we Cubans are short on economic issues and pass on politics.
At least that has been the case for the last fifty-six years. We veer
between shortcomings and excesses, never finding a happy medium, as so
many of the world’s nations and peoples do. We now seem to be in… Continue reading

What the Soviet Union Left Cubans

What the Soviet Union Left Cubans / Ivan Garcia
Posted on July 31, 2014

To this day, in the universal history books in junior high or high
schools in Cuba, the Soviet theme is handled with kid gloves.

They recall its founding father Vladimir Illych Lenin, the epic of the
Second World War with its 20 million dead (old data,… Continue reading

How to view a changing Cuba

How to view a changing Cuba
By Kevin O’Donnell

GPS intern Kevin O’Donnell speaks with Jorge Dominguez, professor of
Mexico studies at Harvard University, faculty associate of the David
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the author of numerous
books on Cuba, about relations with the United States. The views
expressed here are his own.
It seems discussion about… Continue reading

HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist

Cuba: HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist
[30-07-2014 11:13:48]
The Human Rights Foundation,

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK. —The Human Rights Foundation
(HRF) has submitted a petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteur
on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and
expression (U.N. Special Rapporteur), requesting that he send an urgent
appeal to the… Continue reading

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?
BY EMMA MOORE
JULY 23, 2014 8:58 PM )

A pioneer in the region, Cuba has begun to add to its list of internal advancements LGBTI rights; the 1990s saw the abolishment of many oppressive laws and practices towards gays while the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX, Centro Nacional de Educación… Continue reading

Confessions of a Cuban Plumber

Confessions of a Cuban Plumber
July 22, 2014
Yusimi Rodríguez

HAVANA TIMES — Last Sunday, I washed some rotten lentils down the drain
and ended up clogging the pipe. I had no choice but to look for a
plumber and pay to have it fixed. I called a plumber who had fixed a
number of other things around the house,… Continue reading

Being a Teenager in Cuba

Being a Teenager in Cuba
July 23, 2014
Mercedes Gonzalez Aguade

HAVANA TIMES — At the pharmacy, I ran into some of the mothers of my
son’s friends. We had a long conversation and, like always, almost every
topic had to do with the central issue in our lives: children.

We spoke about education, clothing, teenagers and their changes, in… Continue reading

Chinese president concludes visit to Cuba

Chinese president concludes visit to Cuba
Published July 24, 2014 EFE

Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba
on Wednesday accompanied by his Cuban counterpart and host, Raul Castro,
on the last day of his official visit to the communist island.

“It’s a pleasure to come to this beautiful land,” said Xi upon his… Continue reading

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