Food Prices Rise Despite Price Caps / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 24 November 2016 — The seller doesn’t even need to advertise his wares. He just stands at a corner with several strings of onions and buyers crowd around him. Six months after the imposition of price caps for more than twenty farm products, shortages and the high cost of food continue to … Continue reading “Food Prices Rise Despite Price Caps / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata”

Cuba Will Close 2016 With A Record Number Of Self-Employed / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE/via 14ymedio, Havana, 11 November 2016 — The number of self-employed in Cuba totaled 522,855 at the end of September, representing the addition of 15,513 people to the sector in the last six months and an increase of nearly 24,000 compared to the total of 2015, according to data broadcast on state media on Friday. … Continue reading “Cuba Will Close 2016 With A Record Number Of Self-Employed / EFE, 14ymedio”

Looking at Society Through the ‘Cuban Lens’ / 14ymedio, Pedro Acosta

14ymedio, Pedro Acosta, Havana, 12 November 2016 — Iliana Hernandez and Yusmila Reyna circulated among sculptures and art installations at the Cuban Art Factory this week. The two women recorded some scenes for the program Lente Cubano (Cuban Lens), a program that approaches the reality of the island through culture, complaints, and the stories of success or … Continue reading “Looking at Society Through the ‘Cuban Lens’ / 14ymedio, Pedro Acosta”

Cuba’s Hard Currency Stores Prohibit Hiring of Education and Healthcare Professionals / 14ymedio, Jorge Luis Navarro Ruiz

14ymedio, Jorge Luis Navarro Ruiz, Havana, 7 November 2014 — A relatively new phenomenon is now affecting a small sector of the population, including me. The state-owned hard currency stores (TRD – the Spanish initials for “Hard-Currency Collection Store”) are a chain spread throughout the country, which, as every Cuban knows, sell products in Cuban Convertible … Continue reading “Cuba’s Hard Currency Stores Prohibit Hiring of Education and Healthcare Professionals / 14ymedio, Jorge Luis Navarro Ruiz”

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights” / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 2 November 2016 — The arbitrary arrests of peaceful dissidents in Cuba marked the highest figure in the last three months in October, with 620 cases, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation’s (CCDHRN) monthly report, released Wednesday. The report also cites 17 physical assaults, 39 acts of police harassment … Continue reading “Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights” / 14ymedio”

Speech in Cuba: A Freedom under Threat / Luis Felipe Rojas

Luis Felipe Rojas, 20 May 2016 — Every day it becomes more dangerous. Engaging in speech and dissent in Cuba is still like a throwing a rock against the door of Castroism. After their cell phones were returned to them, Pastor Mario F. Lleonart and his wife, Yoaxis Marcheco, found their Twitter accounts had been disrupted. … Continue reading “Speech in Cuba: A Freedom under Threat / Luis Felipe Rojas”

Rules to Prevent Debate / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya

14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 May 2016 — A small protest convoy and a demand by a group of bicycle taxi (pedicab) operators at the Plaza of the Revolution; indignation and astonishment among producers and traders about the arbitrary and unannounced closing of the wholesale market for agricultural products in the capital; irritation of several citizens who … Continue reading “Rules to Prevent Debate / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya”

Cuban Government Announces New Set of Price Reductions / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 17 May 2016 – The Cuban government has published an “official note” announcing price reductions for products sold in Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) which will go into effect on Tuesday. The measure is aimed at “gradually increasing the purchasing power of the Cuban pesos (CUP),” explained the Ministry of Finances and Prices in the … Continue reading “Cuban Government Announces New Set of Price Reductions / 14ymedio”

Ghost Ship Arrives In Havana / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 4 May 2016 — In its Tuesday edition, the official Communist Party newspaper Granma commented on the arrival of the Carnival Lines cruise ship Adonia in Cuba, with the headline: “US Cruise ship arrives in Cuba without a single tourist on board.” The contrived phrase refers to the prohibition on Americans traveling to the … Continue reading “Ghost Ship Arrives In Havana / 14ymedio”

Cuban Film Institute: “There can be no place in our forums for the enemies of the Revolution” / Diario de Cuba

Diario de Cuba, Havana, 4 December 2015 — A statement from the president of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), published on Thursday on the State website Cubarte put a stop to the recent discussions by filmmakers against censorship, in meetings where, “there can be place for the enemies of the Revolution.” “The point … Continue reading “Cuban Film Institute: “There can be no place in our forums for the enemies of the Revolution” / Diario de Cuba”

Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 12 November 2015 — Recently the octogenarian Raul Castro again spoke about his upcoming retirement in February of 2018. For someone who has never not heard the same last name leading the country during his entire life, this is unusual news, so this Cuban wants to put a humble proposal to his … Continue reading “Proposal with Regards to the Retirement of a Tyrant / Jeovany Jimenez Vega”

Sketch For A Debate On Inequality / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula

Regina Coyula, Havana, 5 September 2015 — The distinguished researcher Pedro Monreal in his interesting work Social Inequality In Cuba, Triumphal March? which I recommend reading, notes that there is no scientific evidence to support that economic decentralization brings inequality. The inequalities are not the result of economic adjustments implemented in recent years. They are older; only now they are more, … Continue reading “Sketch For A Debate On Inequality / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula”

Gratitude / Miriam Celaya

Though I’m several days behind, I get to access my blog to publicly thank all friends and the media who remained attentive and concerned for us during the repressive raid of the final days of 2014. My son, Victor Ariel González, freelance journalist and 14ymedio.com reporter, was arrested around noon on the 30th, as he left his building to come to our home for lunch, just when his father and I came by … Continue reading “Gratitude / Miriam Celaya”

At Least 34 Activists Detained In Cuba on Human Rights Day / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 10 December 2014 — At least 34 activists have been detained so far in various locations of the country on the occasion of the celebration of Human Rights Day this Wednesday. In Havana are reported some 20 arrests of opponents who tried to reach the meetings opposite the Yara room, one of the headquarters … Continue reading “At Least 34 Activists Detained In Cuba on Human Rights Day / 14ymedio”

A “Clandestine” Meeting with Ernesto Londoño / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, HAVANA, Cuba, 2 December 2014 — Young journalist Ernesto Londoño should feel very gratified professionally: he has not only managed to raise a bitter media controversy in recent weeks, stemming from his uncharacteristic editorial which appeared in the New York Times (NYT), in favor of bringing closer the governments of the US … Continue reading “A “Clandestine” Meeting with Ernesto Londoño / Miriam Celaya”