The Owner of La Carreta Is Rewarded and the Owner of the Diplomarket Is Punished

 Both Havana businesses are owned by Cuban-Americans 14ymedio, Havana, 2 July 2024 — Not all private businesses on the Island receive the same treatment by the Cuban Government. The La Carreta restaurant is one of the lucky ones. This Monday, a year after the iconic establishment reopened, now restored and in private hands, it has … Continue reading “The Owner of La Carreta Is Rewarded and the Owner of the Diplomarket Is Punished”

Diplomarket, the ‘Cuban Costco’, in the Hands of a Front Man for the Regime

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez/Olea Gallardo, Havana, 11 October 2023 — The opening of a wholesale supermarket in Havana under the name Diplomarket in December last year went unnoticed. Only an ad on Instagram for the company, dedicated until then only to online purchases and shipping, gave an account of the opening of the establishment, located … Continue reading “Diplomarket, the ‘Cuban Costco’, in the Hands of a Front Man for the Regime”

Cuban Tax Authorities Close 15 ‘MSMEs’ and Punish 323 Self-employed Workers for ‘Irregularities”

Diplomarket is suspected of being closed, like others, for tax evasion 14ymedio, Madrid, 10 July 2024 — The Cuban State does not know how much money it fails to receive due to tax evasion, although only until June it had already identified more than 162 million pesos, which, without a doubt, falls short. This Wednesday, the … Continue reading “Cuban Tax Authorities Close 15 ‘MSMEs’ and Punish 323 Self-employed Workers for ‘Irregularities””

A Private-Sector Cuban Company, Paid $31,530 by the U.S. Government, Is Accused of Being a Front for the Cuban Regime

US Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar requests the termination of the contract with a company that fired an employee for writing “Down with the dictatorship” 14ymedio, Havana, 22 May 2024 — The United States Embassy in Havana found itself embroiled in a controversy after paying a privately owned Cuban communications firm $31,530 (almost 11 million pesos … Continue reading “A Private-Sector Cuban Company, Paid $31,530 by the U.S. Government, Is Accused of Being a Front for the Cuban Regime”

Cuban Faces of 2013: MSMEs, the Last Economic Hope for Cuba’s Dying Regime

14ymedio, Havana, 25 December 2023 — They started popping up, little by little at the beginning of the year, without all the attendant publicity the official media usually gives to these sorts of places. Establishments that were once state-owned, that closed after languishing for years, have reopened overnight as mipymes (a Spanish acronym for micro, … Continue reading “Cuban Faces of 2013: MSMEs, the Last Economic Hope for Cuba’s Dying Regime”

Vima Foods, Spanish Emporium which Sells Low-Quality Items for High-Quality Prices

14ymedio, Olea Gallardo, Havana, December 14, 2023 — The wedding last weekend in Havana of Víctor Moro Morros-Sarda and Alexandra Lacorne made the news in Spain’s gossip columns for having brought together several figures who frequently make appearances on their pages. Among the 400 guests were Tamara Falcó, Marchioness of Griñón, daughter of Isabel Preysler … Continue reading “Vima Foods, Spanish Emporium which Sells Low-Quality Items for High-Quality Prices”

The Cuban Regime Seeks Its Salvation in the Investments of Emigrants

14ymedio, Olea Gallardo, Havana, 19 November 2023 — Those who for decades were called “worms,” “traitors” and “counterrevolutionaries” have become the great hope of the Cuban regime to save the disastrous economy. A main objective seems to guide the Government of Cuba at the conference it is holding with emigrants this weekend in Havana: to … Continue reading “The Cuban Regime Seeks Its Salvation in the Investments of Emigrants”