A Play in Miami Revisits the Case of the Cuban ‘Balserito’ Elian Gonzalez

EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, 28 October 2022 –The return of the balserito (little rafter) Elián González to Cuba, a fact that divided American public opinion to the point of influencing the 2000 presidential elections, has become a theatrical drama in Miami, and its authors take the controversy for granted. “We have worked hard. First of all, … Continue reading “A Play in Miami Revisits the Case of the Cuban ‘Balserito’ Elian Gonzalez”

Years After Cuban Child Rafter Elián Gonzalez, The Two Shores Are Now Confronted With Valeria

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 27 March 2018 — The body of Yarisleidy Cuba Rodriguez spent almost 20 days in a funeral home in Miami until her husband, Yoelvis Gattorno, who lives in Cuba, decided to cremate her remains. Cuba Rodríguez died while giving birth to Valeria, a baby girl now barely three weeks old who is … Continue reading “Years After Cuban Child Rafter Elián Gonzalez, The Two Shores Are Now Confronted With Valeria”

Elian Gonzalez: “If Cuba stopped being socialist it would be like Haiti” / Cubanet

“And I read Fidel, I love to read Fidel. He likes to give me books, and sends me one whenever he can.” EFE, Havana, 27 June 2015 — Elián González, the “little Cuban rafter”, believes that if Cuba ceased to be socialist would be “a colony” and a poor country like Haiti, according to what … Continue reading “Elian Gonzalez: “If Cuba stopped being socialist it would be like Haiti” / Cubanet”

Where is Elian Gonzalez and his Family? / Orlando Freire Santana

HAVANA, Cuba , September , www.cubanet.org — For some time now we’ve noticed the absence of Elián Gonzalez and other members of his family from the pages of newspapers, radio broadcasts and television channels. We even know the failed attempt by a foreign press correspondent to interview Elián, who is barely  seen in his native Cardenas. … Continue reading “Where is Elian Gonzalez and his Family? / Orlando Freire Santana”

In Cuba, Rumors of the Collapse of the Regime: Purge of Ramiro Valdés, Lis Cuesta Detained, Soldiers Ask for a Discharge

The atmosphere of desperation and paralysis of life generated by blackouts has been the subject of multiple complaints 14ymedio/YucaByte, Havana, 19 June 2024 — Blackouts set the pace of life in Cuba, heating up tempers and triggering protests of a different caliber in a summer that is just beginning. With an increasingly unstable country on … Continue reading “In Cuba, Rumors of the Collapse of the Regime: Purge of Ramiro Valdés, Lis Cuesta Detained, Soldiers Ask for a Discharge”

Who Will Be Named President of the Republic of Cuba in 2028?

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 15 April 2024 — The most depressing arguments against the possible scenarios presented here actually taking place can be summed up in two popular expressions in plain and simple language: “You know that these people do whatever they want” and “anything can happen here at any time.” Putting aside these truisms, … Continue reading “Who Will Be Named President of the Republic of Cuba in 2028?”

‘Fama y Aplausos’, the 20 Story Havana Building That Has Become a Hell

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 14 December 2023 — A quick touch with the index finger and middle finger on the shoulder is the key to knowing that the building known as Fama y Aplausos (Fame and Applause), on the corner of Infanta and Manglar in Havana, is the home of important official spokespeople who handed … Continue reading “‘Fama y Aplausos’, the 20 Story Havana Building That Has Become a Hell”

Cimex Proposes a Computer Application To Organize Gasoline Lines in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 26 April 26, 2023 — “If this is going on in Havana, what will happen in the countryside?” asks a man from Camagüey after Cimex announced the reorganization of gas stations in the capital on Tuesday. The fuel shortage, despite the arrival of oil tankers in the ports of the Island, is at … Continue reading “Cimex Proposes a Computer Application To Organize Gasoline Lines in Cuba”

About to Serve in Parliament, ‘El Nino Elian’ Regrets that Everyone Receives the ‘Same Benefits’ in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 17 February 2023 — At the age of 29, with a position as manager in a military company in Varadero and his recent appointment to be a candidate for the Cuban Parliament for Cárdenas, the once “niño” Elián González has a high concept of himself. In an interview published this Thursday in the … Continue reading “About to Serve in Parliament, ‘El Nino Elian’ Regrets that Everyone Receives the ‘Same Benefits’ in Cuba”

How to Enthrone Democracy and the Market in Cuba in Just 365 Days

14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Madrid, 12 February 2023 — In Cuba there will be elections in March for the National Assembly of the People’s Power (ANPP). These are potentially the most important elections the system provides. Ricardo Alarcón, former President of Parliament, realized this and Raúl Castro dismissed him and did not allow him to … Continue reading “How to Enthrone Democracy and the Market in Cuba in Just 365 Days”

Cement Reappears in the Shape of a Concrete Cuban Flag in Front of the U.S. Embassy

14ymedio, Havana, March 29, 2021 — The cement shortage has not been an obstacle to the Cuban government’s plans to build a huge concrete flag in front of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The structure, some ten meters tall, is a replacement for the flag poles, badly damaged by saltwater, that once stood on the … Continue reading “Cement Reappears in the Shape of a Concrete Cuban Flag in Front of the U.S. Embassy”

Twenty Years Since the Rescue of the "Miracle Boy" Turned Revolutionary Icon

EFE (via 14ymedio), Ana Menghotti, Miami | November 24, 2019 — Twenty years ago the “little rafter” Elián González was saved from drowning, as his mother and other Cubans who were trying to reach Florida had, but was left in a tug-of-war between the Cuban government and the exiles in Miami. The tug-of-war was settled with … Continue reading “Twenty Years Since the Rescue of the "Miracle Boy" Turned Revolutionary Icon”

Imperialism or Twitter Trolls: Who’s to Blame? / Regina Coyula

Regina Coyula, 20 September 2019 — During a special appearance by Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel on the September 2019 broadcast of the talk show Roundtable, several Twitter users complained about a number of accounts which have been blocked on the platform. Many, though not all, were linked to the news media. The suspended accounts included … Continue reading “Imperialism or Twitter Trolls: Who’s to Blame? / Regina Coyula”

The Government Confirms Demolition of the Anti-Imperialist Platform in Order to Restore It

14ymedio, Havana, May 23, 2019 — Two days after 14ymedio reported that Havana’s Anti-Imperialist Platform is to be dismantled to make way for office buildings, the vice-president of the Provincial Administrative Council, Orestes Llanes Mestres, confirmed the demolition but noted that new construction on the site is aimed at preserving its historic symbolism. The official … Continue reading “The Government Confirms Demolition of the Anti-Imperialist Platform in Order to Restore It”

Havana’s Anti-Imperialist Platform is Being Demolished to Build Office Buildings

14ymedio, Havana, 21 May 2019 — The Anti-Imperialist Platform, a symbol of Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas, will be replaced by something much more prosaic: two two-story buildings designed to house offices. The construction manager and several workers involved in the dismantling of the monument told 14ymedio that this is the future that awaits the emblematic place, … Continue reading “Havana’s Anti-Imperialist Platform is Being Demolished to Build Office Buildings”