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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

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

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 16 March 2017 — Specialists from MINAGRI, the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, tell us that planting seeds inside or near to the Cuban cave network could quickly guarantee food production, which would help to […] 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

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

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

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba

Congress Should Put the Brakes on ‘Engaging’ Cuba U.S. exporters can sell to only one customer—the Castro government. Ana QuintanaRandall Ramos October 6, 2016 Will Congress lift the ban on private financing towards Cuba’s agriculture sector? Proponents of a bill to do just that claim it would benefit American farmers as well alleviate the suffering […] Continue reading

A new sponsor for Castro?

A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] 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

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

Nestle Helps Cuba Skirt the US Embargo

Nestle Helps Cuba Skirt the US Embargo July 22, 2016 By Pilar Montes HAVANA TIMES — It’s a well known fact that there are declarations for the grandstands, rigid and resounding, while others are different, they’re more flexible and can be negotiated, which are normally dealt with by a smaller circle of people. In May, […] Continue reading

The Challenges and Gifts for Sustainable Tourism in Cuba

The Challenges and Gifts for Sustainable Tourism in Cuba 05/14/2016 10:33 pm ET | Updated 13 hours ago Dr. Dave Randle President and CEO, WHALE Center Richard Berman, Director of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS), and I traveled to Havana, Cuba, to explore the possibilities of an exchange program. We were immediately […] Continue reading
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