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Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom? By Neal Simpson The Patriot Ledger HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi. We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English and […] Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms March 7, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there is competition and since […] Continue reading

Potatoes Return to the Rationed Market

Potatoes Return to the Rationed Market / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 February 2017 – The unrationed distribution of potatoes, a symbol of Raul Castro’s government, has suffered a big setback. During the quarter of February, March and April, the distribution of potatoes was returned to the ration market throughout the country, […] Continue reading

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy told a news conference on Wednesday. Leahy, a Democrat […] Continue reading

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally

Invasive Marabou Weed, An Enemy That Became An Ally / 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Bertha Guillen and Ricardo Fernandez, Artemisa/Pinar del Rio, 9 February 2017 – When he was a boy, Jorge Luis Ledesma Herrera played around the charcoal ovens his father had built. Now, approaching 50, this Pinar del Rio man […] Continue reading

Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US?

Is Cuba Heading Towards Virtual Annexation to the US? / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 28 January 2017 — Guided by the current political-military leadership, the Cuban economy could be heading “without pause, but without haste*” towards virtual annexation to the United States. There would be no Platt Amendment, nor Marines landing on […] Continue reading

Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

Arkansas congressman to reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba

Arkansas congressman to reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba By Frank E. Lockwood This article was published today at 5:45 a.m. WASHINGTON — A congressman from northeast Arkansas will reintroduce legislation to ease trade restrictions with Cuba, and says he’s hopeful that barriers to agricultural sales will be addressed early in 2017. But […] Continue reading

Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9%

Cuban Economy in 2016: GDP Contracted 0.9% / 14ymedio 14ymedio, (With information from EFE), Havana, 27 December 2016 – The Cuban economy closed the year with a 0.9% contraction in GDP, well below the 1% growth forecast, according to an announcement from Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Minister of the Economy and Planning, during the final 2016 […] Continue reading

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba By Marissa Piazzola Published December 27, 2016 Cuba FOX Business The United States’ relationship with Cuba has thawed over the last two years, thanks in part to a December 2014 agreement between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to end a decades-long period of policy […] Continue reading

New Cuba reform allows farmers to hire workers directly

New Cuba reform allows farmers to hire workers directly Economy 21 hours ago (Dec 16, 2016 04:05PM ET) HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban farmers may now hire laborers directly rather than through cooperatives, the government said on Friday, marking a modest advance to loosen controls in its Soviet-style economy. Communist-led Cuba has introduced a series of […] Continue reading

The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro

The Socioeconomic Legacy Of Fidel Castro / Miriam Leiva ABC International, Miriam Leiva, 26 November 2016 — Fidel Castro left Cuba in disastrous economic conditions after exerting absolute power for more than 47 years. His brother received a country “on the precipice” on 31 July 2006. Raul Castro has had to eliminate the “genial” initiatives […] Continue reading

Embargo remains for some Cuba sectors, as trade grows slowly

Embargo remains for some Cuba sectors, as trade grows slowly December 3, 2016 at 2:42 PM EST AMY GUTTMAN: Visitors to Cuba may find the lack of modernization part of the country’s charm, but if Cuban farmers and American investors get their way, oxen that still till these fields may finally be replaced. Cuban-American entrepreneur […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s death could ensure Obama’s opening to Cuba survives

Fidel Castro’s death could ensure Obama’s opening to Cuba survives Tracy Wilkinson With his legacy in mind, President Obama has used the final months of his administration trying to ensure that his historic reopening of U.S. relations with Cuba could not be easily reversed. He ended a Cold War animosity that had begun before he […] Continue reading
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