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Turistas de EEUU, el cuarto grupo más numeroso en visitas a Cuba

Turistas de EEUU, el cuarto grupo más numeroso en visitas a Cuba
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
LA HABANA

Los estadounidenses, limitados en sus viajes a Cuba, fueron el cuarto
grupo más numeroso por países en visitar la isla en el primer trimestre
de este año, solo superados por canadienses, cubanos radicados en otros
países y alemanes.

Un total de 71,815 estadounidenses… Continue reading

Havanans brace for a new ‘Special Period’

Havanans brace for a new ‘Special Period’
MARÍA MATIENZO PUERTO | La Habana | 8 de Julio de 2016 – 09:15 CEST.

Everyone is afraid of it, and nobody wants to go through another decade
like the 90s, with blackouts and hunger. Very few are preparing for the
cutbacks that have already begun, and that may intensify, although some
are… Continue reading

Un grupo de radios francófonas recupera la memoria musical de Cuba hasta la Segunda Guerra Mundial

Un grupo de radios francófonas recupera la memoria musical de Cuba hasta
la Segunda Guerra Mundial
DDC | París | 2 de Julio de 2016 – 21:46 CEST.

Un grupo de emisoras francófonas públicas —France Musique (Radio
France), Musiq’3 (RTBF), Espace 2 (RTS) e Ici Musique (Radio Canada)—
emiten a partir del lunes 4 de julio una serie de 40… Continue reading

The Private Press In Cuba

The Private Press In Cuba / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Miami, 30 June 2016 — In a recent discussion
among colleagues of the national press, the issue of ownership of the
mass media came up. With the firmness that characterizes those convinced
that something is wrong, comments were made that in Cuba the media is
social property and… Continue reading

Café cubano puro, para extranjeros

Café cubano puro, para extranjeros
Al parecer el café cubano llegará los consumidores estadounidenses, pese
a la negativa de la ANAP
Redacción CE, Madrid | 22/06/2016 10:39 am

“Café con chicharos”. No era una broma surrealista sino una realidad
durante décadas para los cubanos. Café por la “libreta”. La “cuota de
café”. Frases todas casi indescifrables en cualquier lugar del… Continue reading

In rare move, Cuba buys U.S. soyoil as South American supplies tighten

In rare move, Cuba buys U.S. soyoil as South American supplies tighten
CHICAGO | BY MICHAEL HIRTZER

Cuba made its first U.S. soyoil purchase in more than five years this
month, the latest sign that drought and heavy rains in South America
have tightened supplies and disrupted longstanding trade patterns.

Buyers of soybeans and soy products have increasingly turned to… Continue reading

Airlines race to Cuba, overcoming major hurdles

Airlines race to Cuba, overcoming major hurdles

There are hundreds of challenges to be tackled as U.S. airlines prepare
to resume their first regularly scheduled flights to Cuba in five decades.
BY SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
Associated Press

HAVANA
Galo Beltran stands on the tarmac testing a hand-held baggage scanner.
Each time a barcode is successfully read, he smiles.

The device, which… Continue reading

Rich nations use Cuba debt in hopes of opening opportunities

Rich nations use Cuba debt in hopes of opening opportunities

France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Russia are among the countries seeking
to convince Cuba to sign contracts with their companies for projects to
update the Communist-led nation’s creaking infrastructure, in return for
writing off debt.
MARC FRANK
Reuters

HAVANA
Cuba’s long-term trading partners are using debt forgiveness, swaps and
new… Continue reading

Failure and frustration on today’s Left

Failure and frustration on today’s Left
FABIO RAFAEL FIALLO | Ginebra | 25 Mayo 2016 – 2:17 pm.

In each of its three facets —reformist, as in France; populist, as in
Greece, Spain and Venezuela; and dictatorial, as in Havana— the Left is
seeing its lustre and credibility dwindle before the onslaughts of
reality. In most cases, when it has… Continue reading

Cubans entering the U.S. by land and air nearing decade-high record

Cubans entering the U.S. by land and air nearing decade-high record

Though Ecuador and Central American countries have made it more
difficult for Cuban migrants to cross their territory to reach the
United States, the Cubans keep coming — many using the services of
migrant smugglers to accomplish their goal.
AND MARIO J. PENTÓN

They keep coming.

The latest… Continue reading

Cientos de cubanos varados entre Colombia y Panamá

Cientos de cubanos varados entre Colombia y Panamá
Hay denuncias de que estarían cobrándoles sumas importantes de dinero a
los migrantes, a cambio de gestionar en Bogotá su paso a territorio panameño
Agencias, Madrid | 18/05/2016 8:52 am

Unos 250 emigrantes, la mayoría cubanos que entraron a Colombia de
manera ilegal, están varados cerca de Panamá, una semana después de… Continue reading

Hasta cinco horas de espera en la terminal

Hasta cinco horas de espera en la terminal
Las demoras de servicios aeroportuarios al llegar a Cuba generan
molestias en pasajeros
miércoles, mayo 11, 2016 | Osniel Carmona Breijo

LA HABANA, Cuba.- La reciente apertura de Cuba al mundo supone un
aumento en las operaciones aéreas. Sin embargo, la infraestructura en
las terminales continúa siendo insuficiente y los servicios
aeroportuarios… Continue reading

Al entierro del socialismo vestidos de Chanel

Al entierro del socialismo vestidos de Chanel
La izquierda latinoamericana, radicalmente anticapitalista y
antiburguesa, se ha quedado sin referente
jueves, mayo 5, 2016 | Luis Cino Álvarez

LA HABANA, Cuba.- Cuando hace más de 22 años, Fidel Castro anunció la
despenalización de la tenencia de dólares y prácticamente dolarizó la
economía cubana, preguntó, entre jocoso e irónico, al salvadoreño
Shafick… Continue reading

Cuba scrambles to keep pace with U.S.-fueled tourism boom

Cuba scrambles to keep pace with U.S.-fueled tourism boom
By Marc Frank
Reuters
May 5, 2016

HAVANA (Reuters) – The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba has nearly
doubled this year, its tourism minister said on Wednesday, as the island
races to build hotels and expand Havana airport to keep up with booming
demand.

Tourism has taken off since Cuba… Continue reading

Jose Antonio Torres: “Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of Jail”

Jose Antonio Torres: “Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of Jail” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

For background on this interview read: The Spy Who Never Wanted to Be One

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 3 May 2016 — Last week the United States Department of State chose Cuban journalist Jose Antonio Torres to lead off the campaign for International Press Freedom… Continue reading

Britain’s Hammond, Cuba’s Castro agree on debt restructuring

Britain’s Hammond, Cuba’s Castro agree on debt restructuring
AFP
April 30, 2016

Havana (AFP) – Visiting British Foreign Secretary Anthony Hammond
reached an agreement on restructuring Cuban debt payments in a meeting
with President Raul Castro, officials in Havana said.

The agreement deals with Cuba’s mid and long-term debt with Britain,
according to a Cuban government statement.

The agreement “should… Continue reading

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE

– Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus
behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to
many countries in the Americas.

The following are some questions and answers about the virus and current
outbreak:

How do people become infected?

Zika is… Continue reading

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread

Timeline: Zika’s origin and global spread
Reuters
April 26, 2016

April 25 (Reuters) – – The following timeline charts the origin and
spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago:

1947: Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda’s Zika Forest
identify the virus in a rhesus monkey

1948: Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest… Continue reading

Steady as she goes

Steady as she goes
MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 21 Abr 2016 – 1:05 pm.

“The garden of forking paths is an enormous riddle, or parable, whose
theme is time”

Jorge Luis Borges

The VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba was a rhetorical locus
amoenus at which Castroist bureaucrats set aside their anxieties for a
few days and… Continue reading

La nueva batalla ideológica del castrismo

La nueva batalla ideológica del castrismo
La libertad de Ana Belén Montes se anuncia como el próximo combate
miércoles, abril 20, 2016 | Fernando Núñez

PARÍS, Francia.- La libertad de Ana Belén Montes se anuncia como el
próximo combate del aparato ideológico del castrismo y de sus adláteres
a nivel mundial.

El portal de la Asociación France-Cuba hacía recientemente la… Continue reading

Cuando prosperar es contrarrevolución

Cuando prosperar es contrarrevolución
HÉCTOR VELASCO
Agence France Presse

LA HABANA
En cualquier otra parte, Gilberto Valladares podría pasar como un
pequeño empresario con responsabilidad social, pero en Cuba es un
peluquero independiente que todavía batalla para que no lo tilden de
“contrarrevolucionario” por prosperar.

Durante 12 años, ‘Papito’ Valladares, un estilista de 46 años cortado al
rape, trabajó como… Continue reading

Cuba to signal next steps after President Obama’s visit

Cuba to signal next steps after President Obama’s visit
By Will Grant
Cuba correspondent, BBC News
16 April 2016

As the Cuban Communist Party prepares for its Seventh Congress, the
BBC’s Will Grant looks at what message is coming from the party in the
wake of US President Barack Obama’s historic visit.
Just a glance around Havana’s latest trade fair… Continue reading

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