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“Cuba Says” But No One Answers

“Cuba Says” But No One Answers
September 23, 2013 | Print |
Janis Hernandez

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba dice (“Cuba Says”) is a segment of Cuba’s national
news broadcast that has been on the air for some time now.

The segment consists of journalistic reports that cover problems or
difficulties Cubans face on a daily basis, from the purchase or… Continue reading

Rise in Havana Bus Fares in the Wind

Rise in Havana Bus Fares in the Wind
September 21, 2013
By Rogelio Manuel Díaz Moreno

HAVANA TIMES – I have the impression that it won’t be long before
there’s a new rise in the price of public transportation in Havana.

The formal price of a ticket on the urban buses is 40 cents (of a peso),
in the so-called… Continue reading

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy?

The Kindness of the Cuban Aristocracy? / Ivan Garcia
Posted on September 20, 2013

While in Sao Paulo and other cities in Brazil the outraged people
flooded the streets to protest the increase in transportation prices,
rampant corruption and the millions in public expenditures for the World
Cup and the Olympic Games, in Cuba the men garbed in olive-green govern… Continue reading

Verbal and Physical Violence Increases

Cuba: Verbal and Physical Violence Increases / Ivan Garcia
Posted on September 18, 2013

From Cubanet

Any place, public transportation, school, workplace or even in a family
environment is prone to rudeness. Many times start with insults and
finishes like a boxing ring.

People with short fuses are abundant in Cuba. Guys who use body language
and verbal speech as… Continue reading

A Day’s Salary is Spent in Two Trips

A Day’s Salary is Spent in Two Trips / Veizant Boloy
Posted on September 7, 2013

LA HABANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org — With the 2013-2014 school
year beginning, Havana’s public transport crisis is hard to overlook.
Bus stops are already crowded with waiting passengers and the situation
could become even worse in the coming weeks as students begin making
increasing… Continue reading

Measuring Cuba’s Moral Degeneration

Measuring Cuba’s Moral Degeneration
August 29, 2013
Osmel Almaguer

HAVANA TIMES — We speak so much about the moral degradation of Cuban
society that sometimes it feels we are deep in a quagmire that can’t get
any worse. This isn’t exactly true, and we should not deceive ourselves
that it is.

Today, I had one of those days in which… Continue reading

Latest Cuban police tactic – Freeing detained dissidents in remote areas far from their homes

Posted on Tuesday, 08.20.13

Latest Cuban police tactic: Freeing detained dissidents in remote areas
far from their homes
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuban dissident Ana Celia Rodríguez Torres says police arrested her,
punched her and kept her all day in a scorching hot bus, then freed her
the next morning in a remote farming area 20 miles from her… Continue reading

Brazil now looking for Portuguese, Spanish doctors, not Cubans

Brazil now looking for Portuguese, Spanish doctors, not Cubans
BRASILIA | Mon Jul 8, 2013 5:48pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Brazilian government, under pressure to improve public
health services, has dropped plans to import a contingent of Cuban
doctors and is instead looking to hire physicians in Spain and Portugal,
the Health Ministry said on Monday.

The plan to bring… Continue reading

Brazil drops plan to import Cuban doctors

Brazil drops plan to import Cuban doctors
BRASILIA | Mon Jul 8, 2013 3:31pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Brazilian government, under pressure to improve public
health services, has dropped plans to import a contingent of Cuban
doctors and is instead looking to hire physicians in Spain and Portugal,
the Health Ministry said on Monday.

The plan to bring in Cuban… Continue reading

Castro speech scolds islanders for bad behavior

Posted on Sunday, 07.07.13

Castro speech scolds islanders for bad behavior
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Raul Castro spent the lion’s share of a prominent speech
Sunday scolding his countrymen for all kinds of bad behavior, everything
from corruption and theft to public urination and the odoriferous
practice of raising pigs in cities.

Speaking before legislators at one… Continue reading

Cuba’s Public Transport System Adjustments are not Enough

Cuba’s Public Transport System: Adjustments are not Enough
July 4, 2013 | Print |
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Fifty years of unsuccessful attempts at re-structuring
its public transportation into a system that works should suffice to
make Cuba consider changing the very foundations of the system. The
“reorganization” being proposed today promises to be more of the same
and… Continue reading

Report says Cuban economic growth hasn’t quickened despite reforms

Posted on Monday, 07.01.13

Report says Cuban economic growth hasn’t quickened despite reforms
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Cuba said Monday its economy will grow by no more than 3 percent this
year, about the same as in 2012 but far short of the 3.6 percent goal
and another indication that ruler Raúl Castro’s reforms are generating
little new economic… Continue reading

Cuba’s Astro Buses, Quite an Experience

Cuba’s Astro Buses, Quite an Experience
June 4, 2013
Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s public transportation system – arguably close to
the top of that long list of things that work badly or do not work at
all in the country – is one of our pending public discussions.

If public transportation within city limits is “terrible”, we would… Continue reading

Opera de la Calle and a Show for Beyoncé

Opera de la Calle and a Show for Beyoncé

April 12, 2013

Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Beyonce's trip to Cuba was an attention grabbing event,

despite the singer's request for discretion. Nobody in Havana talked

about anything else as they watched her walk down Obispo Street, eat at

the La Guarida restaurant and try to slip out through the… Continue reading

Returning To Cuba

Returning To Cuba

As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Carlo Bruno spent time in Cuba

during WW II. After 69 years, Bruno returned to the island as part of a

cultural exchange program.

by Dennis Hannon

April 05, 2013

The brothers Raul and Fidel Castro, notorious as keepers of political

prisons, might not make many lists of… Continue reading

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn't Begun

By ROBERTO ZURBANO

Published: March 23, 2013

CHANGE is the latest news to come out of Cuba, though for Afro-Cubans

like myself, this is more dream than reality. Over the last decade,

scores of ridiculous prohibitions for Cubans living on the island have

been eliminated, among them sleeping at a hotel, buying… Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy leaves trail of destruction in Cuba

Hurricane Sandy leaves trail of destruction in Cuba

By Jeff Franks

HAVANA | Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:13am EDT

(Reuters) – Hurricane Sandy hit Cuba with a surprising jolt on Thursday,

slamming the island with winds that reached 110 miles per hour (177 kph)

and leaving a trail of destruction, especially in the historic city of

Santiago de Cuba.

Cuban… Continue reading

Cuba’s Slow Awakening

Cuba's Slow Awakening

August 27, 2012

Erasmo Calzadilla

HAVANA TIMES — The following is an excerpt from a piece published in the

"Letters to the Editor" section of the Spanish edition of the official

Granma newspaper:

"There might be other reasons to explain why productivity hasn't

increased, but what has been demonstrated so far is that the methods

adopted haven't… Continue reading

Cuban Paradise for Climbers Is Inviting, but Off-Limits

Cuban Paradise for Climbers Is Inviting, but Off-Limits

By ALEX LOWTHER

Published: July 5, 2012

VALLE DE VIÑALES, Cuba — Here, the mountains weren't pushed up from

underneath, as mountains usually are. In this national park and Unesco

World Heritage site, everything but the mountains fell down. The

mogotes, as the islands of karstic limestone are called, are gently

domed,… Continue reading

Why should anything about Cuba make sense?

Posted: Sun, Jul. 1, 2012, 3:01 AM

Karen Heller: 'Why should anything about Cuba make sense?'

Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist

Email Karen Heller

HAVANA – Fidel lives, but Che is the brand, his face on billboards, tote

bags, T-shirts, a five-story steel structure. Virtually everywhere is

"his luminous gaze of a prophet," as Castro once noted, because nothing

sells the… Continue reading

Educators in Need of Education

http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=71147

Educators in Need of Education

May 24, 2012

Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — I was going to work early in a crowded van, one of those

terrible morning rush hours when everyone is heading to their job or school.

It was the time when people were off to do their shift at the hospital

or had gotten up at… Continue reading

Urban Transportation in Cuba

Urban Transportation in Cuba

May 4, 2012

Janis Hernandez

HAVANA TIMES, May 4 — Urban transportation, as the system vehicles for

moving people within cities, is one of the most pressing problems in Cuba.

Our economic and logistic inability to purchase automobiles is the

result of the economic embargo on the island, but it's also due to the

disastrous handling,… Continue reading

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