A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. One year after that visit, Cubans are taking stock of what happened and, in particular, … Continue reading “A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 14 March 2017 – Whether they are independent or official, reporters share the same complaint against institutions, which they accuse of hindering access to information and hiding data. And for this reason all informants have the same requirement: greater access to sources. Gabriela Daihuela studies journalism and dreams of dedicating herself to … Continue reading “Cuban Journalists Demand Greater Access To Sources / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Cuba Announces Exorbitant Rates for Limited Home Internet / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

Luz Escobar, Havana, 1 March 2017 — After a two month free trial, the fees for government-run home internet service, known as “Nauta Hogar,” were announced on Wednesday. The Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA) will charge between 15 and 115 Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) for packages of 30 hours, depending on the connection speed, which … Continue reading “Cuba Announces Exorbitant Rates for Limited Home Internet / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Alexei Gámez: “Before Wifi This Was a Dead Town” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 21 February 2017– Surrounded by cables and circuits Alexei Gámez has spent his life. From an early age he became passionate about technology despite growing up amidst the rigors of the Special Period. At age ten, he had a computer, “the kind that connected to TVs,” he recalls with a mixture of pride … Continue reading “Alexei Gámez: “Before Wifi This Was a Dead Town” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 – In the photo the couple smiles with one glass of beer in hand, all they were able to obtain after waiting in a long line at a Varadero resort. Nine years after the government allowed Cubans to enter hotels in Cuba (a right previously denied them in what … Continue reading “Cuban Customers: Collateral Damage In The Tourism Boom / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Faith Arrives to the Rhythm of Reggaeton / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

Luz Escobar, Havana, 11 February 2017 – Sexists, hard and streetsmart, such are the lyrics of most reggaeton songs that are heard everywhere. Topics that speak about jealousy and rivalries, but that can also convey very different messages. Under the name La Unión (the Union), a group of young artists spread the Christian faith to … Continue reading “Faith Arrives to the Rhythm of Reggaeton / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 February 2017 — Rustic, elegant or family friendly. These are the preferred accommodations offered by Airbnb in Cuba. The hosts, for their part, prefer serious customers who pay well, but above all value the ability to directly manage their rental, two years after the huge international private rental platform opened its services in Cuba. … Continue reading “Airbnb, The Cuban Experience / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Colombia Sugar Mill, A Giant That Is Slow To Wake Up / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 4 February 2017 — Colombia’s sugar mill whistle sounded again at the end of January, like a giant awakened from a seven-year-long lethargy. The residents in the area breathed a sign of relief: the driving force behind the local economy seems to be the sugar mill, but technical and organizational problems … Continue reading “Colombia Sugar Mill, A Giant That Is Slow To Wake Up / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

“I Did Not Enter This House Through The Window” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

Every night when Bisaida Azahares Correa goes to bed and looks at the ceiling, she is afraid that when the sun comes up she will have leave the house where she lives with her two children. This dwelling in the Siboney neighborhood is her only chance of not ending up sleeping on the street, but its … Continue reading ““I Did Not Enter This House Through The Window” / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

“That day, like the kids, I went out to play,” says El Sexto / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 27 January 2017 — Since late last November Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, has lived a nightmare. He passed from one police station to another until he reached the dreaded Combinado del Este jail in Havana. His crime: to write on several walls a graffiti that read “He left,” a few hours after the … Continue reading ““That day, like the kids, I went out to play,” says El Sexto / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Belkis Cantillo, Leader Of The Dignity Movement Released / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — The leader of the Dignity Movement, Belkis Cantillo, who was arrested last Thursday was released Monday afternoon, as confirmed to 14ymedio by Moraima Diaz, an activist of the same movement. Shortly after being released, in a telephone conversation with this newspaper, Cantillo explained that she was given a warning … Continue reading “Belkis Cantillo, Leader Of The Dignity Movement Released / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Fire, Neglect and Bureaucracy Sink the Moscow Restaurant / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 20 January 2017 – A bird has his nest on a fragment of wall and a creeper peeps over what was once the sumptuous door of the Moscow Restaurant. Almost three decades after a fire extinguished the sparkle of the downtown location, its ruins are a headache for its closest neighbors … Continue reading “Fire, Neglect and Bureaucracy Sink the Moscow Restaurant / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 January 2017 — Talking with Belkis Cantillo these days can be an impossible mission. With her home raided on several occasions, a daughter about to give her her first granddaughter and the foundation of the new Dignity Movement, the life of this woman is a whirlwind. A resident of Palmarito del Cauto, Santiago … Continue reading “Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

The Three Kings Are Also Sexist / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Havana, Luz Escobar, 6 January 2016 — Half a hundred people crowded around the outside of the store. Some shelves display dolls, play tea sets and teddy bears: an explosion of pink and lilac. In others, plastic wagons, swords and firefighters’ equipment appear darker and bluish. There is no other occasion like Three Kings Day – Epiphany, when … Continue reading “The Three Kings Are Also Sexist / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Old Havana, Internet Territory / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 7 January 2016 – A few lights blink in Julian’s living room, on San Ignacio Street between Teniente Rey and Amargura in Old Havana. This week he was given a router to connect to the internet, as a part of a pilot project being carried out in the area. However, the … Continue reading “Old Havana, Internet Territory / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”