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Microbuses or Transport’s Shame

Microbuses or Transport’s Shame / Ernesto Garcia Diaz
Posted on March 29, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba – In the Cuban capital, two cooperatives operate the old
public routes of the so-called taxis-ruteros, microbuses which take
passengers from the Parque de El Curita, to four destinations: El
Náutico, Alamar, Santiago de las Vegas and La Palma.

Curious to know why the people… Continue reading

Sociology of Transport

Sociology of Transport / Regina Coyula
Posted on March 28, 2014

My acquaintances in public transport like Ms. C tells me that we are now
facing another cyclical crisis in urban transport. In the rush hours you
see bus stops which are full up and people hanging about in queues 50
metres long and who are trying to guess where… Continue reading

Cosita

Cosita / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on March 25, 2014

She left Banes on a hot and dusty morning. In a bag, some underwear and
the address of relatives in Havana. When the train got to Central
Station, Cosita took a deep breath and filled her lungs with that aroma
of burnt oil typical of the capital. “I’m on the roof*,”… Continue reading

Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit

Posted on Monday, 03.24.14

Cubans with money revel in booming social circuit
BY PETER ORSI
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — It’s Saturday night at El Cocinero, a chic rooftop bar that has arguably become Havana’s hippest watering hole in the year since it opened, and there’s no getting in without a reservation.

There are plenty of foreigners, but also not a… Continue reading

Letter from Havana

Letter from Havana
Surrounded by history but bereft of innovative work from the past four
decades, Cuban architects hope for the future.
By Clifford A. Pearson
March 21, 2014

Making a living as an architect is tough anywhere. But in Cuba it is
essentially impossible. Although Raúl Castro has loosened state control
of the economy a bit, the private sector… Continue reading

Cuba is Venezuela’s biggest loser

Cuba is Venezuela’s biggest loser
Published: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
By: Silvana Ordonez | News Associate

Opposition activists protest near the Cuban Embassy in Caracas,
Venezuela, on March 16, 2014.
In the midst of chaos in Venezuela, a dependent Cuba and its economic
future is walking on a tight rope.
As Venezuela’s economic woes deepen, with… Continue reading

Five ways to skirt an arms embargo

Posted on Thursday, 03.13.14

Five ways to skirt an arms embargo
BY CATHERINE A. TRAYWICK

Let’s say you’re the supreme leader of a pariah state. You’re looking to
move a few hundred tons of Soviet-era arms across international
boundaries, but you’ve been slapped by a harsh arms embargo. You’d like
to quietly transport a weapons shipment across the globe, but… Continue reading

Cuban sugar harvest falter

Published March 04, 2014, 02:01 PM

Cuban sugar harvest falters
For the third consecutive year Cuba’s reorganized sugar industry is
failing to perform up to expectations, increasing pressure on the
government to open up the once proud sector to foreign investment.
By: Marc Frank, Reuters

HAVANA — For the third consecutive year Cuba’s reorganized sugar
industry is failing to perform… Continue reading

Five Minus Three Is Two

Five Minus Three Is Two / Fernando Damaso
Posted on March 2, 2014

On the 27th, after serving his sentence, one of the “Cuban Five” spies
was released and subsequently deported to Cuba. For several days, the
official press and the authorities have launched a media circus, which
starting today will grow. There are only three now serving sentences in… Continue reading

Interés por Cuba en mercado turístico checo

Interés por Cuba en mercado turístico checo
24.02.2014

Cientos de ciudadanos checos mostraron su interés por el “exótico”
destino de sol y playa que representa Cuba durante la XXIII edición de
la Feria Internacional de Turismo Holiday World, realizada en Praga
entre el 20 y el 23 últimos.

En esta ocasión, la principal feria de turismo de la región de… Continue reading

Cuba – The Holodomor Next Door

Cuba: The Holodomor Next Door
Cuba’s starvation policy is a crime against humanity.
By Robert Zubrin

I just got back from a business trip to Mexico. While there, I met with
some Mexicans who had recently traveled to Cuba. What they told me was
shocking. The Cuban people are being held on the edge of starvation.

According to my Mexican… Continue reading

Vida y muerte de los ferrocarriles cubanos

Vida y muerte de los ferrocarriles cubanos
Jueves, Diciembre 26, 2013 | Por Ernesto García Díaz

LA HABANA, Cuba, diciembre,www.cubanet.org– En la Estación Central de
Ferrocarriles de La Habana, fumigaban –contra el mosquito aedes aegypti–
con los pasajeros adentro (niños, mujeres en cinta, y ancianos),
violando todas las normas sanitarias. Y ni hablar de refrescarse. Cobran
un dólar para poder… Continue reading

No More “Letters”!

No More “Letters”! / Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on December 22, 2013

Ever since the time, now remote, when dollarization was introduced in
the Cuban economy the freebies have been fading away, along with the
subsidies and other gifts from the public treasury that our government
makes in their inordinate desire — as a poet from the romantic era said
—… Continue reading

Another Sad Anniversary

Another Sad Anniversary / Fernando Damaso
Posted on December 24, 2013

A few days hence will mark fifty-five years of a political, economic and
social phenomenon that in January 1959 completely disrupted the fate of
the Cuban nation. The so-called revolution became a devolution.

The results, as seen over time, are not too flattering. As well as the
divisions and… Continue reading

Cuban economic reforms replace muddy field with wholesale market

Cuban economic reforms replace muddy field with wholesale market

HAVANA, Cuba — Two years ago, an ad-hoc wholesale produce market
appeared on the outskirts of Havana. Vehicles of every size and shape
from old American flatbeds to heavy-wheeled Russian hulks would converge
at nightfall on an often muddy field where they jockeyed for position.

Driver and helper would then proceed… Continue reading

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism

In Cuba’s Press, Streets and Living Rooms, Glimmers of Openness to Criticism
By VICTORIA BURNETT
Published: December 7, 2013

MEXICO CITY — It is a rare day in Cuba when the Communist Party’s triumphalist newspaper suggests that the government — just maybe — messed up. Or when the party’s chief ideologist renounces government secrecy. Or a salsa star, performing at… Continue reading

Cuba Imports Rice it Could Produce

Cuba Imports Rice it Could Produce / Osmar Laffita Rojas
Posted on October 31, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba, October www.cubanet.org – Of the approximately 770,000
tons of rice consumed by the Cuban population last year*, 440,000 were
imported from Vietnam, Brazil and the United States. As a ton of rice
trades on the world market at $450, the Cuban government had… Continue reading

Fidel ‘frail’, but still the revolutionary of old

Fidel ‘frail’, but still the revolutionary of old
October 31, 2013 16:56 IST

Vice President Hamid Ansari discovers the iconic Fidel Castro in fine
form during a rare 65-minute encounter. Nikhil Lakshman reports from Havana

“The meeting was a gesture to India,” Vice President Hamid Ansari says,
briefing reporters about his encounter with Fidel Castro in Havana on
Wednesday afternoon.… Continue reading

Las autoridades puertorriqueñas rescatan a ocho cubanos en Isla de Mona

EMIGRACIÓN

Las autoridades puertorriqueñas rescatan a ocho cubanos en Isla de Mona
AGENCIAS | San Juan | 31 Oct 2013 – 5:46 pm.

Ocho cubanos indocumentados fueron rescatados por las autoridades
estadounidenses cuando desembarcaron en la costa oeste de Puerto Rico,
informó este jueves la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP)
en San Juan, reporta EFE.

El grupo de… Continue reading

Starting This Month, Thousands More Will be Unemployed

Starting This Month, Thousands More Will be Unemployed / Osmar Laffita Rojas
Posted on October 14, 2013

HAVANA, Cuba , October, www.cubanet.org – Of the 436,342 Cubans
reported, as of the end of June, to have licenses to practice in the
private sector (with the greatest presence in Havana, Matanzas Villa
Clara, Camaguey, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba), the number… Continue reading

The Diana Buses Are Already Broken Down

The Diana Buses Are Already Broken Down / Roberto Quinones Haces
Posted on October 13, 2013

GUANTANAMO, Cuba, October 7, 2013, Roberto Quiñones Haces/
www.cubanet.org – I’ve seen them circulating and and I remember that on
a news broadcast on National Television they talked about them. They are
called “Diana” and from last September, eight of them have to been… Continue reading

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