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Cuba Loses More Than Half of the Food Harvested, Reports a Spanish NGO

Cuba Loses More Than Half of the Food Harvested, Reports a Spanish NGO 14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Agriculture in Cuba is among the lowest performing in Latin America according to an evaluation published by the non-governmental organization Mundubat, based in the Basque Country (Spain). On the island, losses during harvest and after collection […] Continue reading

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century REPORT from European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Published on 22 May 2017 By Hilaire Avril, Regional Information Officer, EU Humanitarian Aid. Cuba has been fighting one of the toughest droughts in a century for the past three years. Declining and erratic […] Continue reading

Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success

Cuban sugar burns to recapture sweet smell of success by Hector Velasco – AFP on April 26, 2017, 4:30 pm Pedro Betancourt (Cuba) (AFP) – A sweet smell of treacle used to fill the air in the village of Pedro Betancourt — but like the workers from the derelict Cuba Libre sugar refinery, it has […] Continue reading

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire The provinces at greatest risk for fire are Guantanamo, Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Isla de la Juventud. (EFE) 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2017 – When the wind blows, the odor of burning overwhelms the town of El […] Continue reading

Santiago de Cuba Hit Hard by Drought

Santiago de Cuba Hit Hard by Drought 14ymdio, Zunilda Mata, 29 March 2017 — Cuba is experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last half century and its reservoirs are at 39% capacity, a situation that affects the water supply for people, industry and agriculture. Santiago de Cuba is going through the most serious […] Continue reading

Cuba – Drought – Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003 Final Report

Cuba: Drought – Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003 Final Report REPORT from International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Published on 24 Mar 2017 — View Original reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/MDRCU003dfr.pdf Description of the Disaster A long continuous drought combined with heavy rainfall attributed to the El Niño phenomenon and climate change over […] Continue reading

Unlucky Palm Trees

Unlucky Palm Trees / 14ymedio Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, 17 March 2017 — As part of the restoration work of the National Capitol, seven palms were planted at the beginning of last year on the Paseo del Prado median facing the famous Havana building. The section that goes from Fraternity Park to near Neptune […] 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

Colombia Sugar Mill, A Giant That Is Slow To Wake Up

Colombia Sugar Mill, A Giant That Is Slow To Wake Up / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 4 February 2017 — Colombia’s sugar mill whistle sounded again at the end of January, like a giant awakened from a seven-year-long lethargy. The residents in the area breathed a sign of relief: the driving force […] 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

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

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

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion

In the Midst of a Hurricane, Mariela Castro Remodels Her Mansion / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 3 October 2016 — At the same time that Hurricane Matthew is setting off alarms throughout the island, especially in the eastern part of the country, the wall of secrecy surrounding the Castro family is starting to […] Continue reading

Drought in Cuba Doesn’t Let Up

Drought in Cuba Doesn’t Let Up / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 19 September 2016 — A sign announces the sale of an apartment in Havana and stresses, in capital letters, that the “water never runs out” in the area. Not far away, another sign alerts neighbors of a multifamily building: “Starting today, […] Continue reading
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