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Cuban Poets – Exile, Prison and Oblivion

Cuban Poets: Exile, Prison and Oblivion / Luis Felipe Rojas

Luis Felipe Rojas, 9 July 2016 — José Abreu Felippe has become a
goldsmith. He’s a guy who’s creating a city that will be lost, and he
wants to change it into a jewel that we all will carry with us. Poesía
exiliada y pateada (Alexandria Library, 2016) collects poems… Continue reading

Cuba, a Country Frozen in Time

Cuba, a Country Frozen in Time
By CARLOS MANUEL ÁLVAREZJULY 15, 2016

Havana — Never had a country appeared as old as Cuba did when it started
to upgrade itself. The mad rush to develop serves only to confirm our
comical, almost antediluvian backwardness. The New7Wonders Foundation,
an organization that aims to preserve monuments worldwide, has just
chosen Havana as… Continue reading

How Cuba’s Reggaeton Defies Internet Restrictions

How Cuba’s Reggaeton Defies Internet Restrictions
Chelsea Matiash @cmatiash July 8, 2016
Reggaeton incorporates elements of hip-hop, electronic music and rap
with influences of Jamaican dancehall

The language can be explicit, the lyrics could be considered immoral,
and the genre was once banned entirely by Raul Castro’s administration.
So how do performers from the now-ubiquitous Cuban Reggaeton scene find
celebrity,… Continue reading

Granma deputy editor warns of protests in Cuba if blackouts return

Granma deputy editor warns of protests in Cuba if blackouts return

Karina Marrón told a journalists’ gathering that a new Maleconazo is
possible
She believes Cuba will be “in the worst shape” in 2018 – when Raul
Castro has said he will retire
The young journalist also criticized Castro’s leadership
NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

The deputy director of Cuba’s official… Continue reading

Obama in Cuba – Three Months Later

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later
06/27/2016 12:57 pm ET
Miriam Leiva
Havana-based independent journalist

In Cuba, time goes by slowly. Raul Castro proudly declares he moves
without rush. Cubans have been waiting 57 years, so in three month
nothing usually happens apart from queues, boring meetings, soap operas,
propaganda, spinning out the ridiculous salaries and pensions, and
selling in… Continue reading

Crisis in Venezuela makes life hell for Cuban medical professionals

Crisis in Venezuela makes life hell for Cuban medical professionals

A growing number of Cuban health professionals working in Venezuela are
fleeing or seeking second jobs as a result of the economic and political
crisis in the South American country.
BY MARIO J. PENTÓN

Tania Tamara Rodríguez never thought she would escape from the Cuban
medical teams in Venezuela… Continue reading

THE HARSH REALITY OF TRYING TO DO BUSINESS IN CUBA

THE HARSH REALITY OF TRYING TO DO BUSINESS IN CUBA
BY KEN FIREMAN ON 6/19/16 AT 6:30 AM

This article first appeared on the London School of Economics site.

The car was a Detroit classic on a Havana street, a pink and white 1956
Chevy Bel Air with a nickname out of a rock ‘n’ roll song: “Lola.”

And parked… Continue reading

Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White

Another Sunday Of Repression For The Ladies In White / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 12 June 2016 – This Sunday there was, again, a
operation around the Ladies in White headquarters in the Lawton area of
Havana, organized by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), State
Security agents and civilians called up for Rapid Response Brigades.

Lady in White Luisa Ramona Tuscany… Continue reading

The Need for a Cuban Middle Class

The Need for a Cuban Middle Class / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellano, 15 April 2016 — Economic and social stagnation in Cuba
are related to the lack of a middle class. To defend this thesis and
promote debate, I submit the arguments below.

According to Karl Marx, social classes are structured around the
ownership of the means of production, while… Continue reading

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?
Alexandre GROSBOIS
•June 10, 2016

Havana (AFP) – It was one of the most awkward moments of a press
conference that was full of them: when an American journalist asked
Cuban President Raul Castro about the fate of political prisoners on the
island.

Castro, who had only reluctantly agreed to face unscripted questions
alongside… Continue reading

The North Korea-Cuba Connection

The North Korea-Cuba Connection
Havana’s continued cooperation with Pyongyang is an alarming blow to the
normalization process.
By Samuel Ramani
June 07, 2016

On May 24, 2016, the Korea Times reported that senior officials from
North Korea’s governing Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the Communist
Party of Cuba held talks on strengthening ties between Pyongyang and
Havana. This meeting… Continue reading

Speech in Cuba – A Freedom under Threat

Speech in Cuba: A Freedom under Threat / Luis Felipe Rojas

Luis Felipe Rojas, 20 May 2016 — Every day it becomes more dangerous.
Engaging in speech and dissent in Cuba is still like a throwing a rock
against the door of Castroism.

After their cell phones were returned to them, Pastor Mario F. Lleonart
and his wife, Yoaxis Marcheco,… Continue reading

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 28 May 2016 — Thirty-one years after its founding, the
government annoyingly continues to jam broadcasts by Radio Marti and its
television signal still cannot be picked up in Cuba.

Its website is censored and this media empire was a point of contention
in negotiations with the Havana… Continue reading

Environmental Activist Detained And Interrogated In Najasa, Camagüey

Environmental Activist Detained And Interrogated In Najasa, Camagüey /
14ymedio

14ymedio, 5 June 2016 — Environmental activist Inalkis Rodriguez was
detained and interrogated on Friday after posting on her Facebook
account criticisms of the delay in the construction of a polyclinic in
Najasa, Camagüey. Rodriguez, a 14ymedio collaborator, reported that the
police erased all the photos from her digital camera… Continue reading

Cuban Alternative Journalism: Challenges and Commitments

Cuban Alternative Journalism: Challenges and Commitments / Iván García

Ivan Garcia, 3 May 2016 — One morning in 1996, the poet and journalist, Raúl Rivero, Director of the press agency Independent Cuba Press, called me at home in Víbora, to ask me to cover the trial of a dissident in a municipal court in Cerro.

The reporter, Ariel de Castro… Continue reading

Puerto Rico plans commercial office in Cuba to promote trade

Puerto Rico plans commercial office in Cuba to promote trade
HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK

Puerto Rico has taken the first steps toward opening a commercial office
in Cuba, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said on Saturday, on the
sidelines of a Caribbean summit in Havana.

Garcia Padilla is the first sitting Puerto Rican governor in history to
visit Cuba, a… Continue reading

Private Property Returns to Cuba

Private Property Returns to Cuba
06/03/2016 04:39 pm ET
Miriam Leiva
Havana-based independent journalist

Private property will no longer be considered a capitalist disease,
according to a draft document published by the ruling Communist Party to
be ratified in 2017. In the Fundamental Law of the Republic, enacted a
month after seizing power in January 1959, the revolutionary government
recognized… Continue reading

Hollywood Conquers Havana with a Fistful of Dollars

Hollywood Conquers Havana with a Fistful of Dollars / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, 7 May 2016 — A black helicopter hovers at low altitude over
Havana Bay. Meanwhile, dozens of pedestrians on the streets below wave
and try to capture the image on their mobile phones.

The aircraft makes an acrobatic turn and flies back towards the port.
“Mijail, hurry… Continue reading

Connecting to Cuba – Accomodations

Connecting to Cuba: Accomodations
Jake Whittenberg , wsts2 3:05 PM. PDT May 25, 2016

It’s just a 45-minute flight from Miami to Havana, but it’s a world away.

When we landed at Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), I noticed my
cell phone with Verizon service switches to Cubacel. I was able to make
calls in Cuba back to the states,… Continue reading

Inside The World’s Slowest Newsroom

Inside The World’s Slowest Newsroom
Staff at Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba’s Communist Party, are
facing a new challenge — how to embrace the openness of the internet
while still pleasing ruthless censors. Karla Zabludovsky visited its
newsroom in Havana to find out.
posted on Jul. 8, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
Karla Zabludovsky
BuzzFeed News World Correspondent, Mexico
Reporting… Continue reading

Cuba – Changes are in the air

Cuba: Changes are in the air
By Gig Gwin Special to the Post-Dispatch

A jazz performance at a privately-owned home that serves as a restaurant
called a paladar. photo by Gig Gwin

A local resident of Havana sits on the malecon (seawall) at the Havana
harbor with a view of a Spanish fort behind him. photo by Gig Gwin

The… Continue reading

For Cuban Home Cooks, Ingenuity and Luck Are Key Ingredients

For Cuban Home Cooks, Ingenuity and Luck Are Key Ingredients
By KIM SEVERSONMAY 17, 2016

HAVANA — One recent afternoon, Kanye West and three Kardashians
Instagrammed their way through the streets of old Havana in a 1950s-era
Chevy Bel Air. In a working-class neighborhood a 20-minute drive away,
Yolanda Horruitiner, who hasn’t left Cuba since she was born here 70… Continue reading

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