Thais Mailen Franco, One of the Detainees from the Obispo St. Demonstration, Arrives in the U. S. by the ‘Route of the Volcanoes’*

14ymedio, Havana, 7 October 7, 2022 — Thais Mailén Franco, one of those arrested for the demonstration on Obispo Street in Havana in April 2021, has been in U.S. territory since the early hours of Wednesday. “Crossing the California border, crossing the entire desert,” says the activist herself in a video posted on her social … Continue reading “Thais Mailen Franco, One of the Detainees from the Obispo St. Demonstration, Arrives in the U. S. by the ‘Route of the Volcanoes’*”

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”

When the Rebellion of the Cuban Barbers Failed, David Left by the ‘Route of the Volcanos’

14ymedio, Alejandro Mena Ortiz, Miami, 30 October 2022 — David left his dream of being a dentist to open a barbershop in Havana in 2016, one of the best years in Cuban’s recent history, with the visit of Barack Obama, tourism reaching the sky and hopes for more lively changes than ever. Six years later, … Continue reading “When the Rebellion of the Cuban Barbers Failed, David Left by the ‘Route of the Volcanos’”

Cuba: ‘That Was Not An Accident, It Was Murder’

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 1 November 2022 — Héctor Meizoso’s life has taken a tragic turn since last Friday. Ten of his relatives were traveling in the boat sunk by the Cuban Border Guards north of Bahía Honda, in Artemisa, and three of them died in the attempt to leave the island, in an incident … Continue reading “Cuba: ‘That Was Not An Accident, It Was Murder’”

Private Businesses in Cuba ‘Are For Sale With Everything Inside’

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 16 September 2022 — With the doors closed, the interior empty and a “For Sale” sign in the window, a private restaurant on Infanta Street, in Central Havana, is one of the many businesses for sale in Cuba, where the economic crisis and mass exodus have made entrepreneurship an almost … Continue reading “Private Businesses in Cuba ‘Are For Sale With Everything Inside’”

Two Seriously Injured in Luyano, Cuba, in Fire of Two Motorbikes and Gas Cans

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 13 September 2022 — Two people were seriously injured in the fire at a house in Luyanó, in the Havana municipality of Diez de Octubre, in the early hours of Tuesday. According to the neighbors, who spoke to this newspaper, the fire began at four in the morning when an … Continue reading “Two Seriously Injured in Luyano, Cuba, in Fire of Two Motorbikes and Gas Cans”

Fallen Trees and Branches in Central Havana Almost Two Months After Hurricane Ian

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, 17 November 2022 — Although Hurricane Ian crossed Cuba seven weeks ago, the neighbors of Cayo Hueso, in Havana, have already become accustomed to the collapses and walls stained by moisture. The gritty and grimy buildings, in addition to the potholes in the streets, were part of the landscape long … Continue reading “Fallen Trees and Branches in Central Havana Almost Two Months After Hurricane Ian”

Cuban Elite League Baseball Games are Postponed for Lack of Uniforms

14ymedio, Havana, 7 October 2022 — There were doubts about the timing of the 1st Cuban Baseball’s Élite League, set to begin on Saturday, October 8, but its suspension, announced just 24 hours ahead of the games, came out of nowhere. The teams’ uniforms, imported as are so many things on the island, did not … Continue reading “Cuban Elite League Baseball Games are Postponed for Lack of Uniforms”

Nicaragua, From Guerrilla Sanctuary to Migratory Springboard for Cubans

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 11 April 2022 —  In my primary school there was a girl who bragged that her father was on a mission in Nicaragua. She appeared one day with a sophisticated bag to carry her snack and on another  day with some brightly colored hair clips that the military adviser had sent … Continue reading “Nicaragua, From Guerrilla Sanctuary to Migratory Springboard for Cubans”