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    Cuban Couple Prefers to Face the Jungle Rather Than the Law in Cuba 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Panama City, 2 July 2017 – They managed to escape Cuba to leave behind traces of corruption and negligence that, according to Yudenny Sao Labrado and her husband Yoendry Batista, reflect the prevailing system on the island. From […] Continue reading
    They fled to avoid prosecution from a web of corruption that is part of daily life in Cuba BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com PANAMA CITY, PANAMA The couple fled Cuba to avoid the web of corruption and negligence that they say reflects what is normal life on the island. They got stranded in Panama, but […] Continue reading
    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
    Cuba’s Ration Book Survives For Another Year / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 22 December 2016 — At the end of this month the ration market quotas for January 2017 will go on sale. Cubans who depend on products distributed at subsidized prices will gather outside the bodegas, in long lines, for the […] Continue reading
    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
    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 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
    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
    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
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