King Dollar Rules Cuba More Every Day

14ymedio, Laura Rodríguez Fuentes, Santa Clara, 5 October 2020 — The seller of dollars suggests moving from his place on the sidewalk so that the park surveillance cameras do not record him red-handed. He walks to a nearby passageway of a family building and from his wallet he extracts a considerable bundle of bills: Cuban … Continue reading “King Dollar Rules Cuba More Every Day”

Ten Months in Prison for a Sancti Spiritus Reseller

14ymedio, Havana, 19 September 2020 — A resident of the Cabaiguán municipality, in Sancti Spíritus, was sentenced to ten months in prison for illicit economic activity within a network that sold essential items on digital platforms and which was dismantled by the Ministry of the Interior. Another citizen is being processed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, … Continue reading “Ten Months in Prison for a Sancti Spiritus Reseller”

The Most Masterful of All the Lines

14ymedio, Mercedes García, Sancti Spíritus, 18 September 2020 —  The parks are empty in Sancti Spíritus. No one would think of sitting on a bench, for fear of fines, and because they would not waste time in a square, because the imperative is to use the hours when you can be on the street to look for … Continue reading “The Most Masterful of All the Lines”

Clandestinos: a Scandalous Silence

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 September 2020 — Popular voices state that sometimes forgetting is healthier than remembering. This maxim could well be applied to the case of a supposed anti-Castro organization that upset the social networks in the first days of January of this year with its coming out appearance using a controversial method … Continue reading “Clandestinos: a Scandalous Silence”

Cubans Prohibited From Lining Up at Stores at Night

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 28 August 2020 — Long before the pandemic began, even before the “economic situation” was announced last September, the verbs mark (your place in line), wake up early and wait have been the most conjugated in Cuba. The lines that have accompanied our lives for decades have increased in size and gained prominence in the streets of … Continue reading “Cubans Prohibited From Lining Up at Stores at Night”

Pandemic in Cuba and People with Disabilities: Forgotten or Protected?

14ymedio, Havana, 20 August 2020 — Under the sun, with her cane, Xiomara waited this Tuesday outside the Coppelia ice cream parlor in Havana to get the ten scoops of ice cream that each customer is allowed to buy, but neither her disabled person’s card nor the requests to the employee allowed her to enter … Continue reading “Pandemic in Cuba and People with Disabilities: Forgotten or Protected?”

The Limits of Terminology

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 22 August 2020 — In one of his most recent speeches, Miguel Díaz-Canel referred, among other issues, to “the Economic Strategy designed to face the crisis situation generated by the pandemic,” and saw the need to make it clear that “in its implementation it will be demonstrated that we do not … Continue reading “The Limits of Terminology”

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”

Hiding the Lines, a New Strategy to Conceal the Shortages in Cuba

The new directive now is for stores to ‘disguise’ their lines (14ymedio)14ymedio, Havana, 18 August 2020 — Lines continue to be the common denominator for the vast majority of Cubans. Line up for the bank, line up for the market, line up for the pharmacy, line up for everything. In front of each store there is a line. And now, … Continue reading “Hiding the Lines, a New Strategy to Conceal the Shortages in Cuba”

With the ‘Portero’ App, Government Controls the Lines and the Private Lives of Cubans

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodriguez, Havana, 11 August 2020 — “Yesterday you bought ground meat, today you can only buy tomato puree,” warns an employee after scanning the identity card of a woman who is waiting to enter a store in Centro Habana. With the Portero app — the word means ’doorkeeper’ — installed on their mobiles, hundreds … Continue reading “With the ‘Portero’ App, Government Controls the Lines and the Private Lives of Cubans”

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”

Cuban Government Goes After Resellers Through Social Media

14ymedio, Havana, 6 August 2020 — Digital platforms are the new troubled river in which police operations against resellers and hoarders fish . A television report released this Wednesday details the offensive, in the city of Pinar del Río, against an informal merchant who used Facebook to promote her merchandise. “Several houses located in the provincial capital served as warehouses … Continue reading “Cuban Government Goes After Resellers Through Social Media”

Cuba’s Enemy is Not 90 Miles Offshore, But in the Lines

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 3 August 2020 — “Speculators and product hoarders will be punished with 180 days in prison,” reads the text of legislation that could have been passed this week, were it not for its effective date of that far off 1962. Since then, and for almost six decades, resellers have been … Continue reading “Cuba’s Enemy is Not 90 Miles Offshore, But in the Lines”

Seller of Auto Parts Arrested in the Middle of Cuba’s ‘Battle Against Illegalities’

14ymedio, Havana, August 2, 2020 — In the bull’s eye of the police and the official campaigns are now hoarders and coleros (someone paid to stand in line for someone else), whom the Government blames for the shortages. The case of a resident in the Havana municipality of Cotorro, accused of “illicit economic activity” and … Continue reading “Seller of Auto Parts Arrested in the Middle of Cuba’s ‘Battle Against Illegalities’”

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?”