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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

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

Fidel’s best-sold myth

Fidel’s best-sold myth ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 8 de Diciembre de 2016 – 01:47 CET. Free education and public health as the “genuine feat of the revolution” constitute, in my opinion, the best and most sophisticated (dual) myth that Fidel Castro has “sold” to Cubans and the world, among the many that […] 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

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

Richard Feinberg analyzes a Cuban economy in transition

Richard Feinberg analyzes a Cuban economy in transition BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Since the mid-1970s when he was a graduate student in international economics, Richard Feinberg, now a professor at the University of California San Diego, has been fascinated by the challenges of reforming centralized economies. He first focused on Eastern Europe but then spent […] Continue reading

What lies ahead?

What lies ahead? HILDEBRANDO CHAVIANO MONTES | La Habana | 21 de Octubre de 2016 – 06:50 CEST. At the start of the “Anti-imperialist Patriotic Duty Day,” celebrated in the district of Belén, in the Havana municipality of Marianao, Cuba’s hero/spy René González stressed the importance of an awareness of Cuban history, in particular the […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Cuban tobacco – New interest in an old tradition

Cuban tobacco: New interest in an old tradition With more visitors in Cuba, cigar sales on the island are brisk. One Cuban family has been producing tobacco the same way for well over 150 years and there’s a cigar, Vegas Robaina, named after them that honors the tradition. BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com SAN LUIS, CUBA […] Continue reading

One Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Castro’s Cuba

One Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Castro’s Cuba Andrew Egger / July 26, 2016 A slim Cuban woman speaks from a wheelchair at the front of the room. The woman speaks softly for 10 minutes in Spanish, pausing at intervals to wait for her translator’s words. Her left arm ends at the wrist, and she […] Continue reading

In Cuba You Eat What You Can

In Cuba You Eat What You Can / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 13 June 2016 — After making the rounds at the farmers’ market and complaining about the paltry assortment of meat, fruits and vegetables, Mercedes, a seventy-nine-year-old retiree, is standing in front of a stall selling fresh and smoked pork. She is buying ten […] Continue reading

Investing In Cuba – Balancing The Risk

Investing In Cuba: Balancing The Risk By VW Staff on May 12, 2016 4:04 pm in Business K. M. Paparelli Weber, Crabb & Wein May 11, 2016 Abstract: There is no doubt that Cuba is working hard to attract foreign investors. In 2014 its foreign investing laws were completely reformed to accommodate this, however, it […] Continue reading

Vilsack allows agricultural checkoffs in Cuba

Vilsack allows agricultural checkoffs in Cuba By Jane Fyksen HAVANA, Cuba — As part of President Barrack Obama’s trip to Cuba to further normalization of relations, advance commercial and people-to-people ties, and express U.S. support for human rights in Cuba, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced several measures to foster further collaboration between […] Continue reading

Good Friday Potatoes

Good Friday Potatoes / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on March 25, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 25 March 2016 – Expectations soared two weeks ago when Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura affirmed on national television that the first distribution of potatoes was imminent. This Thursday afternoon the first lines formed at Havana’s markets, […] Continue reading
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