Cuban Government Lifts Censorship Against Revolico / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio,Zunilda Mata, Havana, 12 August 2016 — With the same discretion that eight years ago led the government to censor a popular Cuban version of Craigslist, it has now lifted its electronic blocking, without any announcement or public statements. The news of the unlocking the Revolico, a site filled with classified ads, has revolutionized the … Continue reading “Cuban Government Lifts Censorship Against Revolico / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata”

Cuba Punishes Doctors for Using Revolico / Cubanet, Orlando Gonzalez

The government has cancelled your INFOMED email account due to its having been used on a classified ad website. Cubanet, Orlando González, Mayabeque, Cuba, 12 March 2015 — Since February 23, the government has been cancelling some doctors’ and dentists’ internet and email accounts on the nation’s INFOMED network, which the state designates for health … Continue reading “Cuba Punishes Doctors for Using Revolico / Cubanet, Orlando Gonzalez”

Curiosities in Revolico.com / Regina Coyula

Exchanging Marriage for a House. Read this please!!! Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 3:43 PM Sir: For people like you who make fraudulent marriages or use Canadian citizens to come to this country and then let them ship out, the image of Cubans in this country is falling so low. More and more Cubans are … Continue reading “Curiosities in Revolico.com / Regina Coyula”

Revolico.com, a Cuban virtual store / Iván García

The creators of Revolico define it as “a small and functional team of programmers who one day felt the urge of a more simple way, organized and efficient to advertise and review what other people were already advertising”. It was born in 2007 and nobody knows for sure who manages a web in which you … Continue reading “Revolico.com, a Cuban virtual store / Iván García”

Electric Bicycles Compete With ‘Motorinas’ On Cuban Streets

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 19 October 2021 – The curious and potential buyers arrived this week at the store that only takes payment in freely convertible currency (MLC) on Infanta Street, in Centro Habana, to see the new electric bicycle marketed by the State. Gone are the days of the hated Chinese bicycles of … Continue reading “Electric Bicycles Compete With ‘Motorinas’ On Cuban Streets”

The Law of Supply and Demand Draws Cubans to Garage Sales

14ymedio, Natalia Lopez Moya, Havana, October 12, 2021 — Clothes, shoes and small appliances, but also electrical outlets, a screw, hair clips, earrings, silicone, an ornamental plant, an old hookah and even a pre-1959 phone book. You can find anything at garage sales, which the government legalized on July 20 and are now proliferating across … Continue reading “The Law of Supply and Demand Draws Cubans to Garage Sales”

Rain of Judicial Sentences for Resellers and ‘Coleros’ in Villa Clara

14ymedio, Havana, 1 September 2021 — In the first six months of this year, 78 people were tried for crimes related to speculation and hoarding in Villa Clara and only five were acquitted. The others ended up with prison sentences, sometimes commuted to correctional work, many were fined and all the assets involved were confiscated. … Continue reading “Rain of Judicial Sentences for Resellers and ‘Coleros’ in Villa Clara”

Cuba’s Monetary Unification Slows the Sales of Homes

14ymedio, Havana, 31 January 2021 — “No one here to buy and sell?” asks the clerk of the notary’s office on 20 de Mayo Street, in Havana. Clients are waiting to make a will or formalize a power of attorney, but requests for procedures related to housing have disappeared from these offices since the monetary … Continue reading “Cuba’s Monetary Unification Slows the Sales of Homes”

“This Year the Three Kings Cannot Satisfy the Requests of the Children” in Cuba

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 6 January 2021 — After a week of lining up for oil, chicken, detergent and shampoo, Idania Herrera has very little desire to stand in another line. But Three Kings Day is more important than any fatigue and the little ones await their gift. “I am tormented, I can’t find anything for … Continue reading ““This Year the Three Kings Cannot Satisfy the Requests of the Children” in Cuba”

The Offensive Against ‘Hoarders’ Comes To The Hard Currency Stores

14ymedio, Havana, August 21, 2020 —  In the middle of the pandemic and the social differences that the hard currency shops generate, a case of corruption related to these State businesses now comes to light. Several citizens in Guantánamo, in confabulation with workers in the TRD Caribe chain, carried out “illicit actions” to obtain merchandise … Continue reading “The Offensive Against ‘Hoarders’ Comes To The Hard Currency Stores”

Cuban Police Fight Illegal Currency Trafficking

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, August 12, 2020 — Along with hoarders and coleros — people paid to wait in line — unofficial money changers are on the police’s radar. They are after individuals who exchange dollars and other hard currency on the black market. Raids began after digital classifieds began appearing on internet portals, where … Continue reading “Cuban Police Fight Illegal Currency Trafficking”

Is Our National Money Still Worth Anything?

14ymedio, Havana, July 21, 2020 – “Since I’ve had the use of reason they’ve inculcated us with the idea that we’re all equal, and now I understand that it’s not true,” writes Avelino, one reader among many of Cubadebate. Since Monday they’ve made their frustration clear about the beginning of the sale of food and … Continue reading “Is Our National Money Still Worth Anything?”

The Electric Scooter, a Vehicle for the Times

14ymedio, Cynthia de la Cantera, July 1, 2020 — The stars have aligned for anyone who sees the electric motorcycle as a great business opportunity. At the end of 2019 there were already about 200,000 of these vehicles in Cuba. The recent boom is fueled by a combination of several factors: an inadequate public transport … Continue reading “The Electric Scooter, a Vehicle for the Times”

In Santa Clara Online Private Sales Triumph

14ymedio, Laura Rodríguez Fuentes, Santa Clara, 31 May 2020 — José Daniel is not called that, but he liked that pseudonym to create a fictitious profile on Facebook and on the messaging platforms that he uses to sell home products whose marketing has been banned by the Government since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. … Continue reading “In Santa Clara Online Private Sales Triumph”

Cuba’s Freelance Vendors Are Not Heeding the Warnings of Diaz-Canel

14ymedio, Havana, April 22, 2020 — Freelance vendors on mopeds pass through the Casino Deportivo neighborhood. They know that this is one of the most high-income areas in Havana. They offer the same products that require hours in line in front of a store, but which they will bring to people’s houses for twice and … Continue reading “Cuba’s Freelance Vendors Are Not Heeding the Warnings of Diaz-Canel”