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One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls

Cuba: One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls
August 26, 2014
Jimmy Roque Martinez

HAVANA TIMES – Luckily, we still have a ration booklet in Cuba. In
addition to a monthly quota of rice, sugar, grains and a tiny allotment
of meat products, every person gets one bread roll a day.

Until some time ago, I thought everyone got the same… Continue reading

Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs

Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs / Moises Leonardo
Rodriguez
Posted on August 15, 2014

ARTEMIS, Cuba, Moises Leonardo Rodriguez — Soy yogurt, the sale of which
is regulated and intended for children, was received in a spoiled state
over the last two weeks in the outlets in the town of Cabañas. In the
city of Mariel… Continue reading

Imagining Cuba’s future

Imagining Cuba’s future
Aug 01, 2014 by Philip Jenkins

Cuba is nothing like as central to U.S. policy as it once was, but that
may change when the current regime either implodes or accelerates its
tentative steps toward liberalization.

At present, Cuba survives only on massive hand­outs from Venezuela,
which could be curtailed over­night. If and when Cuba leaves its… Continue reading

Cuba’s Customs and the Import Market

Cuba’s Customs and the Import Market
July 24, 2014
Once again putting the cart ahead of the oxen
FERNANDO RAVSBERG*

HAVANA TIMES — In Cuba, hacerse el sueco (literally “playing the Swede”)
is a popular idiom that means to play dumb and to pretend not to notice
the obvious. I believe that, following the implementation of the new
customs regulations… Continue reading

Cuba – sovereign risk

February 9th 2014

Sovereign risk
Cuba: sovereign risk
Rating
February 2014 CCC
Kate Parker (lead analyst); Robert Wood (analyst). Published 21 February
2014, 1530 GMT.
This sovereign rating is issued by The Economist Intelligence Unit
credit rating agency, registered in accordance with Regulation (EC) No
1060/2009 of 16 September 2009, on credit rating agencies, as amended,
and is issued pursuant… Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s daughter recalls Cuban childhood at Georgian Court University

Fidel Castro’s daughter recalls Cuban childhood at Georgian Court University
Woman recalls fears growing up in Cuba
Mar. 20, 2014

Alina Fernandez spoke about her father, Fidel Castro, and life in Cuba under his reign. Fernandez (center) stands with Georgian Court University students (from left) Jill Behan, Jamie-Lee Sonnenberg Smith, Marisa Guerra, and Amanda Earle.

LAKEWOOD — As the daughter… Continue reading

The problem with buying food in Cuba

The problem with buying food in Cuba
Feb 15, 2014 By Guest columnist
By Teresa Sanchez

For many visitors to Havana, the most disappointing thing about the city
is the food. Tourists with deep pockets who stay in touristy areas might
not notice as much, but those who try to live like locals will quickly
realize that the food problem… Continue reading

Venezuela-Cuba alliance’s shaky future fuels debate

Venezuela-Cuba alliance’s shaky future fuels debate
By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff
Published: February 27, 2014

TAMPA — Both sides of the Cuba debate are citing the latest crisis in South America to make their case, saying the uprising in Venezuela provides clear evidence that the U.S. should alternately continue or halt its long-standing Cuban travel and trade embargo.

Cut… Continue reading

Cuba’s Ration Booklet – A Catalogue of Privations

Cuba’s Ration Booklet: A Catalogue of Privations
February 14, 2014
Ernesto Perez Chang

HAVANA TIMES — This is the basic consumer basket of the average Cuban:
five eggs and some pounds of rice (the kind that “gets sticky”, not
cooked) every month, enough sugar to turn a regular glass of water into
an emergency breakfast, one kilogram of table salt… Continue reading

The Future, Questions and Predictions to Break

The Future, Questions and Predictions to Break / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 25, 2013

Ten prognostications, ten failures, ten predictions that did not even
make it to a dead letter. This is what a Decalogue of possible future
prognostications — personal and national — that would have been made in
2003 has been reduced to. Such that, knowing the… Continue reading

The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent

The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on November 17, 2013

A walk in Cuba, where the future left one day for the north, and never
returned. The most famous Cuban not named Castro, Yoani Sánchez, offers
her vision of its unique streets. El Pais, 14 November 2013

Contrasts, anachronisms, they are an… Continue reading

Castro’s daughter describes growing up in Cuba

Castro’s daughter describes growing up in Cuba
By Beth Bellor for the Daily News
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:45 am

UNIVERSITY CENTER — Twenty years after leaving Cuba, Fidel Castro’s
daughter still associates the country with turmoil.
The author of “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba” and niece
of current president Raul Castro spoke recently at Saginaw Valley… Continue reading

Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans

Posted on Wednesday, 10.02.13

Shifting tactics, dissidents help average Cubans
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

When about 200 owners of horse-drawn carts in the Cuban city of Santa
Clara gathered recently outside a government office to protest their
stiff taxes, dissident Guillermo Fariñas and a dozen other democracy
activists stood with them.

The cocheros, who transport people and cargo, broke… Continue reading

Bad Seed

Bad Seed / Jose Antonio Fornaris
Posted on September 29, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba , September, www.cubanet.org – It is not possible to find
antecedents – apparently they don’t exist — or any other moments in
history when Cuban agricultural production fell as deeply and as long as
in recent decades.

As long ago as 1960, Fidel Castro assured that there… Continue reading

Cuba – The Bitterness of its Sugar

Cuba: The Bitterness of its Sugar / Ivan Garcia
Posted on September 23, 2013

In 23 years, Cuba has gone from being one of the world’s sugar refining
nations to exporting the sweet grass for the consumption of the tourist
sector. If in 1990, in the dawning of that silent war that was the
“Special Period,” 8.2 million tons of… Continue reading

Climate change threatens Caribbean’s water supply

Posted on Friday, 09.06.13

Climate change threatens Caribbean’s water supply
BY DANICA COTO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Experts are sounding a new alarm about the
effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of
already strained drinking water throughout much of the region.

Rising sea levels could contaminate supplies of fresh water and… Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Won’t Work

July 23, 2013

Cuba’s Reforms Won’t Work
By Carlos Alberto Montaner

They were caught in the Panama Canal with their hands in the missile jar.

Castroism doesn’t change. The complicity between Cuba and North Korea
proves it. As stated in Havana by the North Korean Army chief of staff,
Gen. Kim Kyok Sik: “I visit Cuba to meet with my… Continue reading

Cuban food ration system marks 50 years amid controversy

Cuban food ration system marks 50 years amid controversy
10:14am EDT
By Rosa Tania Valdes

HAVANA | Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:31pm EDT
(Reuters) – Cuba’s food-rationing system marked 50 years on Friday amid
controversy, with President Raul Castro facing popular resistance to his
plans to end the benefit as he moves the country from broad subsidies of
goods and… Continue reading

Cuba marks 50 years of ‘libreta’ ration books but the end is nigh

Cuba marks 50 years of ‘libreta’ ration books but the end is nigh
12/07 15:06 CET

Food rationing in Cuba is marking its 50th anniversary but the world’s
longest running system of its kind is on its way out as part of
government reforms.

The “libreta” as it is known began operating in July 1963 as a temporary
measure to… Continue reading

Cuba’s food ration stores mark 50th anniversary

Posted on Thursday, 07.11.13

Cuba’s food ration stores mark 50th anniversary
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

The Cuban government calls it a “supplies booklet.” Cubans call it a
“rations booklet” or simply “la libreta.”

Either way, half a century after its creation, the booklet has come to
symbolize the epic failure of Cuba’s agricultural sector and the
communist government’s stubborn… Continue reading

Fewer Eggs in Cuba’s Ration Book

Fewer Eggs in Cuba’s Ration Book
July 2, 2013

HAVANA TIMES —  The Cuban government’s decision to halve the number of eggs to be delivered monthly to the population, through the ration book, took effect on Monday.

According to a press release over the weekend from the Ministry of Internal Trade, the five eggs a month each citizen receives… Continue reading

Cuba A revolutionary refrain

Cuba: A revolutionary refrain
Tue, 25 Jun 2013
Travel

Cuba is dancing to its own beat, in its own time, Sue Wootton writes.

For visitors to Cuba, it’s hard to shake the impression that a glass
bubble descended over the island 50 years ago, semi-preserving
everything. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro stare from the walls;
revolutionary slogans are daubed on… Continue reading

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