Cuban Activist Rosa Maria Paya Is Invited to Biden’s Annual State of the Union Speech to Congress

EFE (via 14ymedio), Washington, D.C., March 7, 2024 — Cuban activist Rosa María Payá has been invited by Congressman Carlos Giménez to witness the annual State of the Union speech that the President of the United States, Joe Biden, will deliver this Thursday at the Capitol, the Republican legislator reported on Wednesday. The representative of … Continue reading “Cuban Activist Rosa Maria Paya Is Invited to Biden’s Annual State of the Union Speech to Congress”

Russia and Latin American Countries Advocate Unity in the Face of the ‘Western Policy of Sanctions’

EFE (via 14ymedio), Moscow, 2 October 2023 — Russian and Latin American parliamentarians condemned, on Monday, the unilateral sanctions imposed by the West against 30 countries within the framework of the First Russia-Latin America international parliamentary conference. “We categorically oppose sanctions, any unilateral restriction of an illegitimate nature that violates international law and the rules … Continue reading “Russia and Latin American Countries Advocate Unity in the Face of the ‘Western Policy of Sanctions’”

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Gateway to the European Union for Cuban Refugees

EFE (via 14ymedio), Nedim Hasic, Sarajevo, 6 June 2023 —  Carolina is a 50-year-old Cuban who for a long time lived between the dilemma of remaining in poverty or trying to emigrate to Europe. Today she is stranded in the far west of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a few kilometers from the border with Croatia and the EU. … Continue reading “Bosnia-Herzegovina, Gateway to the European Union for Cuban Refugees”

‘We Don’t Even Have Bread for Communion’ Says a Priest in Cuba

14ymedio, Natalia Lopez Moya, Havana, 3 November 2022 — The monastery of the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Saint Teresa in Havana produces most of the communion wafers, or “hosts,” consumed by the island’s Catholics. On Wednesday the nuns announced in an online statement that they would not be able to manufacture or sell any more … Continue reading “‘We Don’t Even Have Bread for Communion’ Says a Priest in Cuba”

Sunday: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo at Northwestern University for a Free Cuba, Damn It!

Tempting the Cuban Transition Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo FOLLOW THIS EVENT ONLINE HERE and HERE Since December 17th, when President Obama and General Raul Castro performed their simultaneous speeches, many Americans insist on congratulating me. I wonder why no Cuban has congratulated me so far, and why I still haven’t congratulated any other Cuban, whether in favor … Continue reading “Sunday: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo at Northwestern University for a Free Cuba, Damn It!”

What the Soviet Union Left Cubans / Ivan Garcia

To this day, in the universal history books in junior high or high schools in Cuba, the Soviet theme is handled with kid gloves. They recall its founding father Vladimir Illych Lenin, the epic of the Second World War with its 20 million dead (old data, it was 27 million and more than a few … Continue reading “What the Soviet Union Left Cubans / Ivan Garcia”

Western Pumpkins / Rosa Maria Rodriguez

Graphic from: http://www.cubaenmiami.com/ I am not going to tackle an everyday plot related to the cinemagraphic or literary genre that became one of the cardinal points of the United States, but that historic company that offers financial and commercial services, Western Union. Until sometime more than three months ago, if some friend or relative abroad … Continue reading “Western Pumpkins / Rosa Maria Rodriguez”

The British Company Small World Suspends the Sending of Remittances to Cuba From Europe

Fincimex suggested that senders from Europe use other routes 14ymedio, Havana, June 15, 2024 — Remittances that were sent to Cuba from Europe through Small World Financial Services have been stopped. Since 2011, the British company has been dedicated to sending remittances to the Island. This was reported by the Cuban State-owned company Fincimex through … Continue reading “The British Company Small World Suspends the Sending of Remittances to Cuba From Europe”

Private-Sector Retail Sales Lead to the Decline of Cuba’s Digital Currency

Cuba’s ’Freely Convertible Currency’ (MLC) Is Becoming Less Effective as a Tool for Extracting Hard Currency Remittances. 14ymedio, Miguel Alejandro Hayes, Miami, May 18, 2024 — After being suspended for several months, Western Union’s remittance service to Cuba resumed on May 9. The operation basically remains the same. Cubans living overseas will make deposits in … Continue reading “Private-Sector Retail Sales Lead to the Decline of Cuba’s Digital Currency”

Cadeca Denies It Is Selling the US Dollar at 375 Cuban Pesos

While the price of the currency has fallen from 395 to 345 since May 9, the official rate remains at 120 14ymedio, Havana, May 25, 2024 — Cuba’s network of currency Exchange Houses (Cadeca) denied this Friday that its branches will begin to sell US dollars at a rate of 1 for 375 pesos, instead … Continue reading “Cadeca Denies It Is Selling the US Dollar at 375 Cuban Pesos”

‘Bancarizacion’ – Banking Reform – Has Not Reached the Level Desired by the Cuban Regime

14ymedio, Madrid, April 8, 2024 — ‘Bancarización’* — banking reform — is stagnating in Cuba despite the many hours spent promoting it in the official media. Last year, 30% of banking operations were carried out in cash, despite the fact that only 77% of the 800 ATMs on the Island dispense it, according to data … Continue reading “‘Bancarizacion’ – Banking Reform – Has Not Reached the Level Desired by the Cuban Regime”

Cuban Military Tries To Regain Control of Remittances

14ymedio, Havana, 28 March 2024 — The Cuban regime took another step this Wednesday in its attempt to capture a greater amount of foreign exchange. The Clásica card, issued by Fincimex, the financial wing of the Gaesa military conglomerate, can now receive remittances from any country through the Tocopay application, based in Bilbao, Spain. Fincimex … Continue reading “Cuban Military Tries To Regain Control of Remittances”

The Dollar and the Euro Are on the Way to Reaching 340 Cuban Pesos in March

14ymedio, Havana, 6 March 2024 — Among the Government’s pending and urgent tasks, said Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero on Monday, is “the restructuring of the foreign exchange market,” set for February. Now in March, and without measures on the horizon, it is impossible to contain. In the midst of government inaction, the escalation in the … Continue reading “The Dollar and the Euro Are on the Way to Reaching 340 Cuban Pesos in March”

The Dollar Reaches 300 Pesos in the Cuban Informal Market and Ties With the Euro

14ymedio, Havana, February 10, 2024 — The dollar reached the barrier of 300 Cuban pesos this Saturday and was on par with the euro in the informal currency market, according to the independent media El Toque. The accelerated degradation of the national currency is due to the increase in uncertainty created by the swings of the paquetazo [a … Continue reading “The Dollar Reaches 300 Pesos in the Cuban Informal Market and Ties With the Euro”

A ‘Mule’ Who Made 45 Trips to Cuba in Less Than a Year Is Arrested in Tampa With $100,000

14ymedio, Madrid, 7 February 2024 — A Cuban resident of Tampa, Florida, was accused on Tuesday by the United States Federal District Prosecutor’s Office of illegally transferring $100,000 from the Island to the United States. According to an official statement, Mirtza Ocaña, 38, faces a sentence of up to five years in prison if she … Continue reading “A ‘Mule’ Who Made 45 Trips to Cuba in Less Than a Year Is Arrested in Tampa With $100,000”