‘My Greatest Fear is Setting Foot in the Havana Airport’

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 15 February 2022 — Cuban journalist Yailén Insúa Alarcón, 42, and her husband, Boris Luis Ramos Salgado, 48, have been sleeping on the floor of Bogotá’s El Dorado airport for ten days. “The most stressful moments are when there are flights to Cuba and we fear that they will deport us on one of … Continue reading “‘My Greatest Fear is Setting Foot in the Havana Airport’”

A Member of Cuba’s San Isidro Movement Requests Asylum at the Zurich Airport

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 23 November 2021 — Right now, the Cuban reporter and activist Alfredo Martínez Ramírez planned to be leaving the Zurich airport, where he arrived last Thursday, to enter a refugee center in Switzerland, the country where he has requested asylum after months of persecution and harassment in Cuba. However, he will … Continue reading “A Member of Cuba’s San Isidro Movement Requests Asylum at the Zurich Airport”

Journalist Miriam Celaya Has Become ‘Regulated’ and Cannot Leave Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 13 November 2020 — Independent journalist Miriam Celaya has joined to the list of regulated citizens this Friday under a ban on leaving Cuba. The 14ymedio columnist and contributor tried to apply for an extension of her passport but came across the news that she cannot travel abroad. “I went to extend my … Continue reading “Journalist Miriam Celaya Has Become ‘Regulated’ and Cannot Leave Cuba”

14ymedio’s 14 Faces of 2019: The "Regulated"

14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2019 — One of Cuban government’s most used repressive strategies in recent times is to prevent activists, independent journalists and opponents from traveling abroad, and letting them know just before they boarded a plane, that they are regulated. This policy is proving very effective in blocking all participation in international events and workshops … Continue reading “14ymedio’s 14 Faces of 2019: The "Regulated"”

Repression Grows in Cuba: Ferrer Remains "Disappeared" and Number of "Regulated" Rises to 200

14ymedio, November 4, 2019 — Data revealed by various sources last weekend indicate a climb in repression in Cuba, which translated into an increase in the number of “regulated” and an inexplicable silence from the authorities on the whereabouts of the opposition figure José Daniel Ferrer, detained since October 1. [“Regulated” is the term the government … Continue reading “Repression Grows in Cuba: Ferrer Remains "Disappeared" and Number of "Regulated" Rises to 200”

On A Hunger Strike to Denounce the Situation of the 150 "Regulated" in Cuba

14ymedio, Ricardo Fernández, Camaguey | September 7, 2019 — Guillermo del Sol, 53, has committed himself to fighting against the Cuban Government’s arbitrary practice of “regulating” nonconformists by prohibiting them from leaving the country. Twenty-seven days ago he began to fulfill his promise with a hunger strike, which has made him lose 21 kilos, he says … Continue reading “On A Hunger Strike to Denounce the Situation of the 150 "Regulated" in Cuba”

The Vicissitudes Of A “Regulated” Person

14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana, 1 August 2017 — I should be in Panama right now. But on July 31, when I showed up at the desk at José Martí International Airport, I was shown to an office where an Immigration officer informed me that I could not travel because I was “regulated.” The word has unpleasant connotations … Continue reading “The Vicissitudes Of A “Regulated” Person”

The Official Foreign Exchange Market: Failure is Already Coming

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, 27 August 2022 — There is no doubt that the issue of the moment, at least for those of us who are dedicated to the analysis of the Cuban economy, is the official authorization of foreign exchange in a series of establishments and for a fixed amount only for natural … Continue reading “The Official Foreign Exchange Market: Failure is Already Coming”

The Cuban Minister of Economy Declares War on the Informal Exchange Market. Who Will Win?

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Valencia, 4 August 2022 — Finally, what was promised has been fulfilled. On July 21, Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil announced in the National Assembly a set of measures that, in his opinion, “within socialism will serve to strengthen the economy.” And yesterday, on State television’s Roundtable program, together with … Continue reading “The Cuban Minister of Economy Declares War on the Informal Exchange Market. Who Will Win?”

Someone is in a Hurry With the Rules for Non-commercial Imports by Natural Persons

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo Economist, 29 June 2022 — They hurried. Said and done. The words of Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil Fernandez still resonated announcing to the National Assembly the 75 measures to “revitalize the economy” and the resolutions of the Ministry of Finance and Prices (MFP) and the General Customs of the … Continue reading “Someone is in a Hurry With the Rules for Non-commercial Imports by Natural Persons”

Cuban Migration Part 1: The Volcanoes Route: I Trembled with Anguish, I Felt That I Was Leaving Everyone Behind

14ymedio, Alejandro Mena Ortiz, 23 April 2022 — I had never left Cuba in my life, so emigrating was the most difficult decision I have ever made. I had to painfully say goodbye to the people I love: my children, my grandmother, my mother, my father, my wife, my brothers. There is only one reason to have … Continue reading “Cuban Migration Part 1: The Volcanoes Route: I Trembled with Anguish, I Felt That I Was Leaving Everyone Behind”

Inflation Forces the Central Bank of Cuba to Raise the Limit per Traveler to 5,000 Pesos

14ymedio, Madrid, 14 April 2022 — When arriving or leaving Cuban airports, travelers will be able to have 5,000 pesos in their pockets instead of the 2,000 authorized until now. Inflation has forced the Government to increase the limit in order to charge much higher customs taxes to those who bring merchandise. The new norm … Continue reading “Inflation Forces the Central Bank of Cuba to Raise the Limit per Traveler to 5,000 Pesos”

‘I Left Cuba Because I Felt Alone in My Struggle,’ Says Dr. Manuel Guerra

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 17 March 2022 — Every day it is more common to go to a doctor’s office and hear “we don’t have a doctor, you’ll have to come another day.” The exodus in the Public Health sector is increasing despite the obstacles that the Cuban Government puts up to prevent the bleeding of … Continue reading “‘I Left Cuba Because I Felt Alone in My Struggle,’ Says Dr. Manuel Guerra”

‘With the Veto Against Anamely Ramos, the Message is Very Clear: No Cuban is Safe’

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2022 — Experts consulted by 14ymedio have found no precedent for the government to have vetoed the entry of a Cuban citizen residing in Cuba, as happened this Wednesday with the art curator and activist Anamely Ramos, who was unable to board her American Airlines flight bound for Havana. The … Continue reading “‘With the Veto Against Anamely Ramos, the Message is Very Clear: No Cuban is Safe’”

Anamely Ramos and the Family Code

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 18 February 2022 — Perhaps one of the most notable absences from the released versions of the new Family Code is what refers to the unity of its members. The right to live together, the right not to be arbitrarily separated. The State should provide its citizens with access to material resources and legal … Continue reading “Anamely Ramos and the Family Code”