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Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation
September 7, 2014
Jorge Milanes Despaigne

HAVANA TIMES — “I’ve always had a bicycle, but I’m in love with this
particular one because it was tailor-made,” my brother Luis said to me,
polishing the bike he brought from Ecuador.

When he saw I was interested in the subject, he began to tell me… Continue reading

In Miami, the Cuban school uniform finds a market

Posted on Sunday, 09.07.14

In Miami, the Cuban school uniform finds a market
BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI — At the Dollarazo discount store in Miami, a row of red-wine
colored pants, shorts and jumpers offers a regular customer favorite —
near exact copies of the Cuban school uniform.

“Customers would ask for it,” said manager Orestes Canales. “So… Continue reading

FBI – Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American Academics as Spies, Influence Agents,Sexual entrapment a common tactic

FBI: Cuban Intelligence Aggressively Recruiting Leftist American
Academics as Spies, Influence Agents
Sexual entrapment a common tactic
BY: Bill Gertz
September 5, 2014 5:00 am

Cuba’s communist-led intelligence services are aggressively recruiting
leftist American academics and university professors as spies and
influence agents, according to an internal FBI report published this week.

Cuban intelligence services “have perfected the work of… Continue reading

Summer Vacations in Cuba

Summer Vacations in Cuba / Ivan Garcia
Posted on September 3, 2014

Raudel and his family have already packed their bags for a six-night
stay at a campsite in Mayabeque province near Havana.

They saved some of the money their relatives in Miami send them every
month and rented an air-conditioned cabin in Los Cocos along the north
shore of… Continue reading

Who Is Filling Cuba’s University Classrooms?

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger

Who Is Filling Cuba’s University Classrooms?
Updated: 09/02/2014 6:59 pm EDT

Born during the Special Period, they have grown up trapped in the dual
currency system, and when they get their degrees Raul Castro will no
longer be in power. They are the more than 100,000 young people just
starting college throughout the country.… Continue reading

Unprotected

Unprotected / Fernando Damaso
Posted on September 1, 2014

In Cuba, animals, for the most part, are unprotected. There are no laws
or regulations that define how they should be treated, nor sanctions for
those who abuse them. Flora and Fauna, for the most part, deals with
problems relating to the extinction of species, but doesn’t interest
itself in domestic… Continue reading

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba
Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:00am EDT

(Reuters) – Cuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries.

Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro in 2008, Cuba has expanded… Continue reading

Young Cuban rafter who played Star-Spangled Banner on boat is now a mom and teacher in Hialeah

Posted on Sunday, 08.31.14

Young Cuban rafter who played Star-Spangled Banner on boat is now a mom
and teacher in Hialeah
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES

Lizbet Martínez, the Cuban rafter girl who warmed the hearts of U.S.
Coast Guard officers and many others across the nation 20 years ago with
her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, still has the… Continue reading

To Rigola I Shall Not Return

To Rigola I Shall Not Return / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on August 31, 2014

Two years ago, after a lot of red tape, long lines and pointless waits
at Immigration, the Spanish embassy and the Plaza Military Committee, I
finally managed to get the son of a friend — a woman who lives overseas
and who had granted me power-of-attorney… Continue reading

University (for the Tenacious)

University (for the Tenacious) / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on August 30, 2014

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 August 2014 – Henry Constantin is a native of Camagüey province, born in Las Tunas on Valentine’s Day, 30 years ago. He has been expelled from university three times for his ideas, but still believes he will obtain his journalism… Continue reading

Jabitas (Plastic Bags) and Pensions for the Elderly

Jabitas (Plastic Bags) and Pensions for the Elderly
Posted on August 29, 2014

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 – “I need some dark
glasses,” Veronica told me one day when I ran into her on the street.
Almost seventy, the lady underwent cataract surgery some months ago and
now must “take care of my eyes,” as she explained… Continue reading

What Does a Cuban Bring Home in Her Suitcase?

What Does a Cuban Bring Home in Her Suitcase? / 14ymedio
Posted on August 29, 2014

Nuria retired last year and this month she traveled to Miami, where her
sisters live. On returning to the Island she showed 14ymedio what she
brought home in her suitcase.

Let’s take a look at what she threw in her bags with brief comments… Continue reading

Different Times

Different Times / Fernando Damaso
Posted on August 29, 2014

In my far-off childhood, extracurricular organizations — whether public
or private — were concerned principally with sponsoring weekend trips to
interesting natural locations, cultural institutions or factories.

The goal was to encourage our love of nature, expand our general
knowledge, provide opportunities to attend age-appropriate entertainment
events, enhance participation in… Continue reading

El Zanjon In Baragua Times

El Zanjon In Baragua Times / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on August 27, 2014

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, El Zanjón, 25 August 2014 – No one remembers
when the old Spanish barracks were demolished and or the decades passed
since the allegorical tally of what happened there. Although the
official history vilifies this place, a sign on the central highway
tells… Continue reading

Don’t Talk About Tomorrow Any More, It’s Today

Don’t Talk About Tomorrow Any More, It’s Today / Juan Juan Almeida
Posted on August 27, 2014

La Demajagua, the official newspaper of provincial committee of
the Cuban Communist Party of the Granma Province, reports as important
news that a junior high school with an initial capacity of 520 students,
is being constructed in Bayamo at a cost of 800,000… Continue reading

A Shortage of Teachers Will Mark the Upcoming School Year

A Shortage of Teachers Will Mark the Upcoming School Year / 14ymedio
Posted on August 26, 2014

14ymedio, Havana, 25 August 2014 – This Monday enrollment began for the
various levels of education across the country. The 2014-2015 school
year presents a challenge to the Ministry of Education authorities,
given the alarming shortage of teachers in the provinces of Havana… Continue reading

Official Press – Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship

Official Press: Triumphalism, Blacklisting and Censorship / 14ymedio,
Yoani Sanchez
Posted on August 25, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, Yoani Sanchez, 22 August 2014 – The phone rings and
it’s a friend who works for a government publication. She’s content
because she’s published an article that attacks bureaucracy and
corruption. The young woman finished college two years ago and has been
working… Continue reading

Cuba cracks down on Christians

Cuba cracks down on Christians
PERSECUTION
By JULIA A. SEYMOUR
Posted Aug. 25, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious
institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of
religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months.

According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW),
there were 170 religious freedom… Continue reading

Caregiving exacerbates the burden for women in Cuba

Caregiving exacerbates the burden for women in Cuba
SUNDAY, 24 AUGUST 2014 19:28

HAVANA, Cuba–Hortensia Ramírez feels like she needs more hands to care
for her 78-year-old mother, who suffers from arteriosclerosis, do the
housework, and make homemade baked goods which she sells to support her
family.
She starts her day at 6:00am, putting the sheets that her mother wet… Continue reading

Cuba, all over again

Cuba, all over again
PETER O’CONNOR
Staff Columnist

In 1978/79 when I was a grad student at the Kennedy School of Government
(now the Harvard Kennedy School) we were treated to the seminal work of
the then dean of that institution, Graham Allison’s “Essence of
Decision.” In it Allison used his discussion of the Cuban Missile Crisis
to explain,… Continue reading

Chimeras and Frustrations

Chimeras and Frustrations / 14ymedio, Luzbely Escobar
Posted on August 22, 2014

14YMEDIO, Havana, Luzbely Escobar, 21 August 2014 – It is a little more
than a week before the start of school and the youngest at home are
already taking stock of what they’ve done on their vacation. They go to
sleep thinking about what they’ll tell their friends… Continue reading

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation” – Looking after the Sick and Elderly

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation”: Looking after the Sick and Elderly
August 21, 2014
Irina Echarry

HAVANA TIMES — For six years, I lived with two elderly women (my
grandmother and her sister). It was the saddest time in my life that I
can recall.

The Special Period crisis had hit us hard and we didn’t have the
conditions needed to care… Continue reading

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