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    Average Monthly Salary in Cuba is $29.60 US EFE, via 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 – The average monthly salary in Cuba in 260 was 740 Cuban pesos (CUP), the equivalent of $29.60 in US dollars, although the figure is higher in sectors such as the sugar industry – where the best paid earn 1,246 […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s next chapter? Not so fast Politics and Cuba’s own challenges make the island a distant prospect for tree fruit growers. Casey Corr // Jan 11, 2017 Cuba has an outsized presence in American culture. The reminders begin when you step off the airplane at Havana’s José Martí International Airport. Blasted by hot, moist Caribbean […] Continue reading
    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
    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
    The communist failures that await Obama when he goes to Cuba Published: Mar 5, 2016 8:05 a.m. ET Ration books, worthless currency show Cubans need more economic opportunity By BARRY D. WOOD WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — As President Barack Obama prepares for his March 21 visit to Cuba, I wish he would speak to my Colombian […] Continue reading
    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
    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
    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
    The Annual Potato Ritual ORLANDO PALMA, Havana | Marzo 09, 2015 Last weekend, the arrival of the potato in several farmers markets in Havana provoked fights that recalled the despair of the most difficult years of the Special Period. Hours after the squabbles ended, it was possible to buy potatoes in the same places, but […] Continue reading
    Long faces and empty pockets / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on November 4, 2014 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 1 November 2014 – One of the distinctive features of the new era in Cuba is that it is no longer shortages but pricing that explains the difficulty of acquiring food grown on the island, but at […] 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
    Posted on Friday, 09.06.13 Climate change threatens Caribbean’s water supply BY DANICA COTO ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of already strained drinking water throughout much of the region. Rising sea levels could contaminate […] Continue reading
    Raúl Castro Goes to Vietnam to Ensure Rice on Cuban Plates / Yoani Sánchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez "Moors and Christians" — a staple on Cuban tables. From: stickygooeycreamychewy.com When someone shows up in the same place over and over again, in Cuba we say "he's like white rice." It's a very popular way to […] Continue reading
    Cuba struggles for food self-sufficiency by: W. T. Whitney Jr. June 27 2012 Responding to popular expectations, diminished worker productivity, the U.S. blockade, and skyrocketing costs of imports – particularly food – Cuba is restructuring its economy. Agricultural changes are part of the process. In 2008, the government opened up idle land for long-term, independent […] Continue reading
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