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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

The Cuban System “It Doesn’t Work and Never Will”

The Cuban System: “It Doesn’t Work and Never Will” September 16, 2016 Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — In some of my past articles, I’ve commented on the fact that out of the need to survive I’ve turned to agricultural work, more specifically, to tobacco farming. I decided to do this when my first wife […] 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

Two July 26s, and the same crisis

Two July 26s, and the same crisis DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 8 de Agosto de 2016 – 14:32 CEST. In Sancti Spiritus, the second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), delivered a speech marking the 63rd anniversary of the assault on the Moncada barracks. José Ramón Machado […] Continue reading

Making a Living Off Coffee

Making a Living Off Coffee / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 16 July 2016 — In the early morning hours insomniacs, travelers and night watchmen are surprised to find an ode to excellence in a cup of coffee. At 3:00 in the morning the rush to prepare the nectar begins at […] Continue reading

Jack’s Magic Beans Still Haven’t Come to Cuba

Jack’s Magic Beans Still Haven’t Come to Cuba July 19, 2016 By Regina Cano HAVANA TIMES — Sitting in a flower bed, his feet facing the pavement, a 40-year-old or so man was making conversation with some shining red beans that lay scattered on the ground before his eyes, which had fallen out of a […] Continue reading

The Decline of Tobacco in Cuba

The Decline of Tobacco in Cuba DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 15 de Julio de 2016 – 10:47 CEST. The tobacco plant, known in South America for thousands of years, was used by Cuba’s indigenous people as a medication and a narcotic. They smoked it, sniffed it, drank concoctions of it, and employed it […] Continue reading
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