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Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold” of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the island, due to the high level […] Continue reading

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, […] Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda” by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band playing Cuban folk songs […] 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

Cuban lechón can be ordered in Miami but roasted and eaten on the island

Cuban lechón can be ordered in Miami but roasted and eaten on the island ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com René Mesa, better known as Piro, is said to be one of the best cooks in Cuba for the coveted roasted pig. At his farm, located about 30 miles east of Havana between the towns of Jaruco and […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates

Cuba’s Surge in Tourism Keeps Food Off Residents’ Plates By AZAM AHMEDDEC. 8, 2016 HAVANA — For Lisset Felipe, privation is a standard facet of Cuban life, a struggle shared by nearly all, whether they’re enduring blackouts or hunting for toilet paper. But this year has been different, in an even more fundamental way, she […] Continue reading

Donald Trump Could Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policy ‘Fairly Quickly’

Donald Trump Could Reverse Obama’s Cuba Policy ‘Fairly Quickly’ By SERENA MARSHALL Nov 23, 2016, 2:44 PM ET President Obama has said he worked to make the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba “irreversible,” but the policies he has put in place to thaw the more than 50-year standoff between the […] Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

Time for Cuba to Implement Economic Reforms

Time for Cuba to Implement Economic Reforms Match the Openings Made by the U.S. Sharelines – The island’s well-educated workforce is one of Cuba’s strengths. – Cuba’s top-heavy, multi-layered bureaucracy drowns itself in endless clearances and red tape. – Foreign investors and developers swarming Havana will soon learn the approval process can be maddeningly tedious. […] Continue reading

Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid

Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 August 2016 — On a cloudy afternoon in early July, I went with my daughter to the reservation office in the basement of the Habana Libre hotel, to reserve for mid-August five nights in a hotel in Cayo Coco, in the north of […] Continue reading

Cuba Offers Up Opportunities and Headaches for American Entrepreneurs

Cuba Offers Up Opportunities and Headaches for American Entrepreneurs by David DeVoss AUGUST 3, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT Regulations are loosening in the Communist country, but the business climate remains uncertain. Zach Smith built his $15 million travel business by offering customized tours of exotic locations in Latin America. But in order to stay ahead […] Continue reading

Cuba making it difficult for farmers to export coffee to the U.S.

Cuba making it difficult for farmers to export coffee to the U.S. The U.S. State Department added coffee to a list of products entrepreneurs within Cuba are permitted to export to the United States. However, Cuban policies on the exportation of goods are making it difficult for Cuban coffee farmers to utilize this change in […] Continue reading

The odyssey of finding food in Cuba

The odyssey of finding food in Cuba High food prices and meager supplies in stores and markets continues to be a fundamental problem for Cubans on an island where one restaurant dish can cost a month’s salary. Agricultural output is not improving, and the government is threatening to pull back on economic reforms. adiaz@miamiherald.com NORA […] Continue reading

U.S. businesses’ money can be frozen because of references to Cuba

U.S. businesses’ money can be frozen because of references to Cuba By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: May 1, 2016 Updated: May 1, 2016 at 07:51 PM Nothing from his inventory originates from the island nation nor does any of the business’s money come from or go to Cuba. Still, over the past year, […] Continue reading

Cuba opens up to U.S., revealing its paradoxes

Cuba opens up to U.S., revealing its paradoxes Much has changed during half-century embargo BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN SPECIAL TO THE BLADE HAVANA — This city is a short 45 minutes from Miami, but until the relaxation of travel between Cuba and the United States, it could have been at the end of the world. […] Continue reading
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