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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
    Rationing Says Goodbye To “Chicken For Fish” / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 January 2017 — The news has appeared quietly in the official media: since the beginning of this year the share of the so-called “chicken for fish*” has been eliminated from the rationed market. The measure is part of the […] Continue reading
    Cuba’s opening to the world has a problem much closer to home than Donald Trump Christopher Woody Donald Trump’s denunciations of Obama’s opening to Cuba while on the presidential campaign trail and his continued insistence on getting a “better deal” with the long isolated island nation have stirred worry that the president-elect will halt or […] 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
    Clean Sweep and Old Promises / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 November 2016 – In the next 40 days, before the end of the year, the Cuban Communist Party must hold its second Central Committee Plenum and approve the final version of the documents issued by their most recent congress. It is […] Continue reading
    The Grandchildren Of The Revolution Aspire To A Normal Life With Neither Utopia Nor Frustration / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Guatemala, 12 October 2016 – This will be the story of at least three stages my nation has lived through. Three moments when the young amassed hopes, collected frustrations and used their ingenuity […] Continue reading
    Cuba admits Venezuelan recession is hitting hard: Chavist oil shipments down 20% Venezuela’s grim situation is impacting not only millions of households around the country: it is also sending panic waves across the Caribbean all the way to Cuba, a solid ally that for decades now has relied heavily on Chavismo’s generosity. Cuba, a totalitarian […] Continue reading
    Obama and Cuban myths debunked YESENIA FERNÁNDEZ SELIER | Nueva York | 5 Abr 2016 – 12:30 pm. Without any shots, threats or military invasions, the US’s 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, arrived in and departed from Cuba. Cubans all over were glued to their screens, engaging in the inevitable debate about his visit’s motivations […] Continue reading
    “Security” FRANCISCO ALMAGRO | Miami | 10 Nov 2015 – 11:57 pm. ‘It is there, in the subjective judgments of most of the people where Cuban Communism has achieved its greatest and most sustained success. And where its enemies have failed.’ Some years ago I was walking with a female friend of mine down a […] 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
    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
    Blessed be filtered water / 14ymedio, Elvira Fernandez Posted on October 5, 2014 14ymedio, Ciego de Avila, Elvira Fernandez, 26 September 2014 – “This water will satisfy you for today. Jesus will satisfy you for eternity, do you accept him?” it reads above the two taps, in one of the most useful and widely appreciated […] 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
    Soy Yogurt Meant for Children Ends Up Feeding Pigs / Moises Leonardo Rodriguez Posted on August 15, 2014 ARTEMIS, Cuba, Moises Leonardo Rodriguez — Soy yogurt, the sale of which is regulated and intended for children, was received in a spoiled state over the last two weeks in the outlets in the town of Cabañas. […] Continue reading
    Fidel Castro’s daughter recalls Cuban childhood at Georgian Court University Woman recalls fears growing up in Cuba Mar. 20, 2014 Alina Fernandez spoke about her father, Fidel Castro, and life in Cuba under his reign. Fernandez (center) stands with Georgian Court University students (from left) Jill Behan, Jamie-Lee Sonnenberg Smith, Marisa Guerra, and Amanda Earle. […] 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
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