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Has Cuba’s regime eased up? Depends who you ask

Posted on Saturday, 04.28.12

Cuban government | Analysis

Has Cuba's regime eased up? Depends who you ask

Raúl Castro's grudging reforms have sparked an intense debate in Cuba

and abroad on the current living conditions and future of the regime.

By Juan O. Tamayo

[email protected]

Is the Cuban government sinking or swimming? Are dissidents gaining or

losing ground? Is the… Continue reading

The Great Bubble and the Complicit Silence / Estado de SATS, Alexis Jardines

The Great Bubble and the Complicit Silence / Estado de SATS, Alexis Jardines

Estado de Sats / State of Sats, Translator: Unstated

By Alexis Jardines

José Daniel Ferrer suffers in the dungeons of State Security in Santiago

de Cuba, subjected to psychological pressures and macabre practices

(like night attacks from swarms of mosquitoes) that seek to break his

health. What… Continue reading

An Anticlimactic Mass

An Anticlimactic Mass
March 30, 2012
Isbel Diaz Torres

HAVANA TIMES, March 29 — "Who had the idea that people would be able
hold out here from as early as 6:00 am?" rhetorically asked a man as he
was leaving. He was one of those who, by the hundreds, walked away from
Revolution Square just as Pope Ratzinger began his… Continue reading

Havana Faces New Public Transportation Crisis

Havana Faces New Public Transportation Crisis
March 22, 2012
Pedro Campos

HAVANA TIMES, March 22 — Once again Havana's public transportation
system is in crisis. Again the mass media of the party-government are
pointing the finger at "transportation workers and indisciplina social
(public negligence)."

Again they are advocating more control and repressive measures used
against workers and the bus users.… Continue reading

They say, and the lies aren’t mine / Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez, Cuban Law Association

They say, and the lies aren't mine / Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez, Cuban Law
Association
Cuban Law Association, Translator: Unstated
Rodrigo Chavez Rodriguez, Attorney

Ask an ordinary citizen for their rights, it would be like asking how
far Mars is from Earth, it would be impossible to get a precise answer,
clear and consistent, but if you asked for a list… Continue reading

Cuba’s Press: Dodging the Big Issues

Cuba's Press: Dodging the Big Issues
February 16, 2012
Fernando Ravsberg

Granma newspaper constantly blames the people for the country's
problems. Photo: Raquel Pérez

HAVANA TIMES, Feb 16 — Would you trust a doctor who diagnosed you with a
serious case of cancer and then, immediately afterwards, told you that
you also had acne, and urgently prescribed only face cream… Continue reading

Cuba’s Student Food Services: An Unfinished Agenda

Cuba's Student Food Services: An Unfinished Agenda
February 16, 2012
Yanelys Nuñez Leyva

HAVANA TIMES, Feb 16 — The issue of food has been one of my greatest
concerns ever since I was admitted to the College of Arts and Letters
here at the University of Havana.

In my first years of school there wasn't a place to buy inexpensive… Continue reading

In Cuba, Women Often Prefer Thumbing A Ride

In Cuba, Women Often Prefer Thumbing A Ride
by Nick Miroff
Listen to the Story

Cuba's capital, Havana, has good public safety and terrible public
transportation. That has led to a curious form of travel, especially for
young women in the city: urban hitchhiking.

At major intersections, women climb in and out of strangers' cars,
commuting to work or running… Continue reading

Measuring Stick for Cuba’s Reforms

Measuring Stick for Cuba's Reforms
April 23, 2011
By Circles Robinson

HAVANA TIMES, April 23 — Taking a look at the reforms being/to be
implemented in Cuba's economy, I came up with some indicators that we
can evaluate five years down the road (and consider along the way) to
see if the reforms have a positive impact on life under… Continue reading

Cuban workers discuss economic changes

Cuban workers discuss economic changes
By PAUL HAVEN
HAVANA

Some worried aloud about the elimination of government subsidies that
keep food on the table. Others blamed red tape for the island's
crippling inefficiency. One man complained he simply could not make ends
meet on wages of less than $20 a month.

Cuban workers laid bare their concerns about the state… Continue reading

Cuba ups gasoline prices about 10 percent

Posted on Monday, 09.27.10
Cuba ups gasoline prices about 10 percent
By PAUL HAVEN
Associated Press Writer

HAVANA — Cuba has upped already-high gasoline prices by about 10
percent amid sweeping changes to the economy, a move that could lead to
grumbling among cash-strapped islanders, particularly private taxi
drivers who are not allowed to raise their own prices.

The changes,… Continue reading

The hardest life: surviving Cuban jail

Posted on Friday, 07.30.10
RELEASE OF THE POLITICAL PRISONERS | STORIES OF ABUSE

The hardest life: surviving Cuban jail

During their seven years in Cuban prisons, former prisoners say they
were confined to tiny windowless cells, fed inedible food and abused
psychologically.
BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO
[email protected]

MADRID — Boiled plantain-flavored water as soup. A greasy scoop of
bland, yellowing beef… Continue reading

Better Public Transportation Is Possible

Better Public Transportation Is Possible
June 1, 2010
Daisy Valera

I'd like to say the problem was solved, that the comical and modern
articulated Chinese buses improved the situation of transportation in Cuba.

I'd like to say that I can see the digital clock with red figures at the
entrance of the bus because no one is standing in front… Continue reading

Cuba letting drivers rent buses, make money

Cuba letting drivers rent buses, make money
Rosa Tania Valdes
HAVANA
Mon May 17, 2010 2:20pm BST

HAVANA (Reuters) – The Cuban government has begun renting its smaller
city buses in Havana to the bus drivers in another minor move under
President Raul Castro to ease the state's hand in Cuba's socialist economy.

Lifestyle

The program, launched several months ago… Continue reading

Rural Minnesota group visits Cuba, see trade opportunities

Rural Minnesota group visits Cuba, see trade opportunities
By Joe Kimball | Published Mon, Mar 22 2010 11:29 am

A Minnesota group of agriculture and rural leaders is back from a visit
to Cuba and sees lots of opportunities there for such state products as
cooking oil and beef, if the trade embargo is lifted.

The Duluth News Tribune reports… Continue reading

Cuba’s Battle to Replace Imports

Cuba's Battle to Replace Imports
September 11, 2009

HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 10 (IPS) – Cuban authorities have been working for
some time now to reduce imports of all products that can be produced
domestically at a lower cost. However, this effort has had a hard time
making headway.

The government has made it obligatory for all companies to focus on… Continue reading

Island’s look ranges from quaint retro to chic

Cuba: Island's look ranges from quaint retro to chic
July 5
DAMIEN JAQUES Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tell friends you have just been to Cuba, and depending on the circles in
which you travel, you may be rewarded with a lot of envy. Cuba is hot,
and we're not talking about the tropical weather.

The old cars still on Cuban streets… Continue reading

More than curiosity: Cuba an intriguing country

More than curiosity: Cuba an intriguing country
By Damien Jaques
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted: 06/26/2009 12:00:00 PM PDT

Tell friends you have just been to Cuba, and depending on the circles in
which you travel, you may be rewarded with a lot of envy. Cuba is hot,
and we're not talking about the tropical weather.

Curiosity about a neighboring country… Continue reading

Riding to the rhythm in Havana

Riding to the rhythm in Havana
Ray Sanchez/Direct from Havana | Direct from Havana
February 3, 2009
HAVANA

The driver of the spanking new Chinese-made Yutong bus blasted the
pounding rhythms of Daddy Yankee's reggaeton hit "Dame mas gasolina" at
a stop near the Foreign Relations ministry. More than two-dozen people
were left waiting to board when the blaring bus… Continue reading

Calling all cars: Cuba recruits free-market taxis

Posted on Monday, 01.12.09
Calling all cars: Cuba recruits free-market taxis
By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press Writer

HAVANA — Cubans with classic American cars – or even rusty Russian
sedans – are being encouraged to apply for taxi licenses and set their
own prices for the first time in nearly a decade as the communist
government turns to the free… Continue reading

Cuba to start handing out more private taxi permits

Cuba to start handing out more private taxi permits
(Reuters)
10 December 2008

HAVANA – Cuba will soon start issuing its first new private taxi permits
in a decade as the Communist-run island tries to reduce "economic
limitations" in transportation, local state media reported.

The changes, aimed at improving public transport services, were the
latest under President Raul Castro, who… Continue reading

Havana bus service is improving but still woeful

Posted on Fri, Sep. 26, 2008

Havana bus service is improving but still woeful
Associated Press

HAVANA — Cuba has spent nearly $270 million since 2005 to improve
Havana's woeful public transportation system, but still meets the needs
of less than a quarter of all commuters.

Ricardo Damian Fernández, the communist government's vice minister of
transportation, said Friday that the… Continue reading

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