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    An increasingly desperate Cuba turns to rainmaking By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba will begin a two-month cloud-seeding campaign over the eastern part of the Caribbean island in hopes of easing the worst drought in more than a century, Communist Party daily Granma said on Friday. A Russian Yak-40 aircraft will be ready for […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s agriculture threatened by worst Caribbean drought in 115 years By: Philippines News Agency | Xinhua August 27, 2015 9:33 AM InterAksyon.com The online news portal of TV5 HAVANA — Cuba’s agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought to hit the Caribbean in over a century, jeopardizing plans for the island to achieve its […] Continue reading
    Cuba on edge as drought worsens HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday due to a year-long drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture and left more than a million people relying on trucked-in water. From Cuba’s famous cigars […] Continue reading
    El Mar Se Comió Todo: On the Shrinking of Cuba Visiting climate refugees in a disappearing Cuba. MALLORY PICKETT AUG 11, 2015 October 23, 2005, began as a calm day in Dilcia Edreida Alarcón’s hometown—Playa Rosario, a fishing village just south of Havana. But around 6 p.m., she noticed the waves. They were huge, and […] Continue reading
    Resale of Water, A Lucrative Business / 14ymedio Posted on August 10, 2015 14medio, Havana, 10 August 2015 – The drought in Guantanamo province has triggered an illegal market in water. Residents of the province are coming to pay between 300 and 500 Cuban pesos for the contents of a water truck, a lucrative business […] Continue reading
    Easterners in Havana: An Exodus Hushed Up by the Cuban Regime / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 15, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 30 May 2015 — One hot and boring night, drinking a tear-inducing moonshine, Yosvany and a group of friends in a remote sugar-workers’ town in Yateras, Guantanamo province, more than a 600 miles east […] Continue reading
    For Cubans, the struggle to supplement meagre rations is a consuming obsession The trials of food shopping in a land of inefficient agriculture and a US embargo, where travellers stuff suitcases with powdered milk and eggs are elusive Joe Lamar in Havana Friday 24 April 2015 11.00 BST Last modified on Friday 24 April 2015 […] Continue reading
    Cuba: Potatoes from the Ration Book (When Available) / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 15 March 2015 — The dirty, dilapidated produce market — its floor covered with red dirt and its shelving rusty — in Cerro’s crowded El Pilar neighborhood is ten minutes by car from the center of Havana. […] Continue reading
    Dividing the Pie: Cuba’s Ration System After 50 Years Posted: 03/09/2015 7:24 pm EDT Updated: 03/09/2015 7:59 pm EDT Medea Benjamin Co-founder, CODEPINK: Women for Peace This post was originally published on Telesur. La libreta, the Cuba ration booklet, encapsulates the debate about Cuba’s socialist experiment. Detractors say that the fact that food is still […] Continue reading
    U.S. Cuba policy worthy of Ripley’s ‘believe it or not’ BY FRANK CALZONCUBACENTER.ORG 02/11/2015 5:38 PM 02/11/2015 5:38 PM For many years, author Robert Ripley roamed the Earth collecting oddities and strange stories and establishing “odditoriums” to display them. Were Ripley still alive, he’d be writing and drawing cartoons about Cuba, the Castros and President […] Continue reading
    Cuba: One Ration Booklet, Different Bread Rolls August 26, 2014 Jimmy Roque Martinez HAVANA TIMES – Luckily, we still have a ration booklet in Cuba. In addition to a monthly quota of rice, sugar, grains and a tiny allotment of meat products, every person gets one bread roll a day. Until some time ago, I […] Continue reading
    Voices: In Cuba, Economic Contradictions Amid Change BY JOSÉ GABILONDO MIAMI, FL — In Havana last week, I thought about how much its economy had changed since my first visit in college. At that time, Cuba got Soviet subsidies. After they ended, the island entered its periodo especial en tiempos de paz – its special […] Continue reading
    Venezuela-Cuba alliance’s shaky future fuels debate By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: February 27, 2014 TAMPA — Both sides of the Cuba debate are citing the latest crisis in South America to make their case, saying the uprising in Venezuela provides clear evidence that the U.S. should alternately continue or halt its long-standing Cuban […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s Ration Booklet: A Catalogue of Privations February 14, 2014 Ernesto Perez Chang HAVANA TIMES — This is the basic consumer basket of the average Cuban: five eggs and some pounds of rice (the kind that “gets sticky”, not cooked) every month, enough sugar to turn a regular glass of water into an emergency breakfast, […] Continue reading
    The Body of an Island, the Soul of a Continent / Yoani Sanchez Posted on November 17, 2013 A walk in Cuba, where the future left one day for the north, and never returned. The most famous Cuban not named Castro, Yoani Sánchez, offers her vision of its unique streets. El Pais, 14 November 2013 […] Continue reading
    Bad Seed / Jose Antonio Fornaris Posted on September 29, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba , September, www.cubanet.org – It is not possible to find antecedents – apparently they don’t exist — or any other moments in history when Cuban agricultural production fell as deeply and as long as in recent decades. As long ago as 1960, […] Continue reading
    Cuba: The Bitterness of its Sugar / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 23, 2013 In 23 years, Cuba has gone from being one of the world’s sugar refining nations to exporting the sweet grass for the consumption of the tourist sector. If in 1990, in the dawning of that silent war that was the “Special […] Continue reading
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