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    In Cuba, seedlings of capitalism Updated: AUGUST 11, 2016 — 12:53 PM EDT by Michael Smerconish, Inquirer Columnist Entrepreneurship might seem like an odd word to associate with Cuba, but it seems increasingly apt, given the individuals I met during a week traveling the island. From the tobacco fields three hours outside of Havana to […] 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
    UNCOVERING GAY HAVANA, CUBA After a 45-minute flight, we land on the cracked-concrete runway of José Martí International Airport, walk off the plane onto a seemingly deserted airstrip, and are greeted by a white bust of revolutionary José Martí. BY JOSEPH PEDRO In old Havana there is a tree that’s said to be older than […] Continue reading
    Want to Invest in Cuba? Meet Your Partner, Castro’s Son-In-Law Michael SmithSep 30, 2015 12:01 am ET (Bloomberg) — Omar Everleny Pérez 
is eager to show me how far Raúl Castro’s overhaul of Cuba’s socialist economy has advanced, and so, on a muggy evening in August, the 54-year-old economist invites me into his home in […] Continue reading
    Want to Do Business in Cuba? All Roads Lead to Raúl Castro’s Son-in-Law Things are changing rapidly in Cuba, and people from around the world are eager to get in on the action. Wait until they meet their new partner. September 30, 2015 Michael Smith Propaganda outside Mariel, a new base for private investment. The […] 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    The problem with buying food in Cuba Feb 15, 2014 By Guest columnist By Teresa Sanchez For many visitors to Havana, the most disappointing thing about the city is the food. Tourists with deep pockets who stay in touristy areas might not notice as much, but those who try to live like locals will quickly […] 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
    Cuba marks 50 years of ‘libreta’ ration books but the end is nigh 12/07 15:06 CET Food rationing in Cuba is marking its 50th anniversary but the world’s longest running system of its kind is on its way out as part of government reforms. The “libreta” as it is known began operating in July 1963 […] Continue reading
    Posted on Thursday, 07.11.13 Cuba’s food ration stores mark 50th anniversary BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The Cuban government calls it a “supplies booklet.” Cubans call it a “rations booklet” or simply “la libreta.” Either way, half a century after its creation, the booklet has come to symbolize the epic failure of Cuba’s agricultural sector […] Continue reading
    Cuba, island of contrasts Group of Americans explores modern Cuba during 10-day journey Mar. 10, 2013 2:19 AM, When it comes to Cuba, the label inside my jeans describes it perfectly: Faded Glory. Visiting this island nation, so close to us but such a world apart, was a study in contrasts: What once was, what […] 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: 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
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