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Havana provides safe haven to US fugitives – State Department

Posted on Friday, 05.31.13

State Department: Havana provides safe haven to US fugitives
By Juan O. Tamayo

Cuba is harboring and supporting U.S. fugitives but may be trying to
distance itself from two dozen members of a Basque terrorist group who
live on the island, according to the State Department’s annual Country
Report on Terrorism released Thursday.

The report… Continue reading

Pitching in My Two Cents for Cuba’s CDR Congress

Pitching in My Two Cents for Cuba’s Congress
May 28, 2013
Osmel Almaguer

HAVANA TIMES — A new congress of Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of
the Revolution (CDRs) is nearing and winds of change seem to be coming
with it. Such change would be a positive sign, an indication that Cuban
authorities are beginning to acknowledge that something… Continue reading

On May 20 in Camagüey Ten Arrested and the Opposition Beaten Up

On May 20 in Camagüey: Ten and the Opposition Beaten Up / CID
Posted on May 25, 2013

Camaguey carreteraThis May 20th when the CID delegation in the capital
of Camagüey gathered to celebrate Independence Day, they had to suspend
the meeting to go urgently to the corner of Carretera Central and 20 de
Mayo street to support two… Continue reading

Parish priests in rural Cuba are stepping in where the government is falling short

Posted on Friday, 05.24.13

Parish priests in rural Cuba are stepping in where the government is falling short
How to help:
Donations to help the placetas can be made out to the Fundacion Monsignor Fernando Prego and sent to Santiago Alpizar, a Placetas native and Miami lawyer, at 1699 Coral Way, Suite 512, Miami, 33145.

By Juan O. Tamayo
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Cuba’s derechos de superficie Are they ‘real’ property rights?

Analysis: Cuba’s derechos de superficie: Are they ‘real’ property rights?
By José Manuel Pallí

I have been frequently approached by people who want to know how they
can best prepare for a post-Castro Cuba, especially with regard to
property rights once held by their families or ancestors. Others, more
recently, especially since Cuba facilitated the transfer of residential
property in… Continue reading

Cuba’s sugar mills get new lease of life

22 May 2013 Last updated at 04:15 GMT

Cuba’s sugar mills get new lease of life
Sarah Rainsford By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Mejico

It is a sight the people of Mejico thought they would never see again –
sugar cane pouring onto a conveyer belt, beneath chimneys pouring smoke
into a bright blue sky.
Silent for seven years, the… Continue reading

Small and Large Steps towards Equality for Gays in Cuba

Small and Large Steps towards Equality for Gays in Cuba
By Ivet González

CIEGO DE ÁVILA, Cuba , May 20 2013 (IPS) – The lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender community in Cuba has won advances on issues like the
change of name of pre-operative transgender persons, while they continue
to fight for the right to same-sex civil unions.

For the… Continue reading

Cuba’s New Real Estate Market, Betting on the Future, Wary of the Past

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban

Cuba’s New Real Estate Market, Betting on the Future, Wary of the Past
Posted: 05/18/2013 5:19 pm

Placing zeros to the right seems to be the preferred sport of those who
put a price on the homes they sell in Cuba today. A captive market at
the end of the day, the buyer could… Continue reading

Three Parameters, One House

Three Parameters, One House / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on May 18, 2013

Placing zeros to the right seems to be the preferred sport of those who
put a price on the homes they sell in Cuba today. A captive market at
the end of the day, the buyer could find a lot of surprises in the wide
range of classified… Continue reading

Is There a Cuban Model of Wellbeing

Is There a Cuban Model of Wellbeing / Fernando Damaso
Posted on May 14, 2013

A careful read of the extensive article, “A look at the Cuban model of wellbeing,” published in the daily Granma on 13 May 2013, raised, for me, some doubts and disagreements.

The cases with which the article begins are people of different ages who, for… Continue reading

27 Families Evicted in Guanabo, Havana

27 Families Evicted in Guanabo, Havana
May 15, 2013

HAVANA TIMES – A total of twenty seven families living in the beach town of Guanabo, east of Havana, lost their homes amid a strong special troops operation to evict them on May 4, reported Diario de Cuba on Tuesday.

The settlement known as Los Tanques, built by the residents… Continue reading

The Traps of Nostalgia

The Traps of Nostalgia
May 14, 2013
Verónica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — That the pangs of nostalgia can deceive us, painting our memories of the past with bright colors, is a feeling I had for the first time some years ago, while reading a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

As I’ve grown older and had my share of bitter experiences,… Continue reading

Conspiring With Impunity

Conspiring With Impunity / Rosa Maria Rodriguez
Posted on May 16, 2013

“Corrupt lawyer and . Raúl Castro, help me. Unjust eviction.”

Unfortunately, in Cuba anybody with a Communist Party ID, a title that
gives them a substantial amount of power, and personality disorders that
will predispose them to abuse their authority, can conspire against any
defenseless citizens and… Continue reading

Myriam Marquez: Hope for Cuba one prayer at a time

Posted on Saturday, 05.11.13

Myriam Marquez: Hope for Cuba one prayer at a time
By Myriam Marquez

In her mind’s eye, Elsa Morejón looks from Miami at her beloved island
and worries that what ails Cuba will not be cured solely with democracy.
What ails Cuba, the humble Baptist nurse says with conviction, is a
gaping hole in spirituality,… Continue reading

Six-day event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Cuba

Six-day event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Cuba
declared it nonexistent, but racism is still pervasive in a
country known more for its rich culture
May 11, 2013 12:13 am
By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Think Cuba, and images of music, dance, cuisine and the 1959 revolution
come to mind. But one of the most pervasive… Continue reading

Cuba’s Real Estate Market: Booming Speculation

Cuba’s Real Estate Market: Booming Speculation
May 10, 2013
Emilio Morales* (Café Fuerte

HAVANA TIMES —When, at the close of 2011, after more than fifty years of restrictions, the Cuban government opened the Pandora’s box of Cuba’s real estate market, many experts predicted that the country would experience a veritable boom in home sales and purchases. Rather than… Continue reading

Cuba Grants Prison Access on Own Terms

Cuba Grants Access on Own Terms
First visit in years highlights lack of regular outside monitoring.
By Yaremis Flores Marín – Latin America
8 May 13

When the Cuban authorities offered foreign journalists rare access to
the prison system last month, it was very much on their own terms.

The visit took place on April 9, less than a… Continue reading

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention
Sujatha Fernandes
12:38 PM on 05/06/2013

Cuban Yoani Sánchez recently completed a multi-city
tour of the United States, speaking at major universities and even
visiting the White House. Sánchez, who became internationally celebrated
through her Generación Y , which won her a place on the Time
magazine list of 100… Continue reading

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