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US Upgrades Cuba on List of Human Traffickers

July 27, 2015 | No Comments »

The State Department has removed Cuba from its list of countries that do nothing to deal with human trafficking, upgrading the island from Tier 3 in its 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report to Tier 2.

Cuba’s Bitter Pan-American Games

July 27, 2015 | 6 comments

Cuba didn’t fare too well at the Pan-American Games. For the first time since 1967, it came in fourth, bumped back from the habitual second place, and saw an avalanche of desertions by athletes who left for the United States.

Cuba’s Emerging Individual Entrepreneur

July 25, 2015 | 4 comments

The individual entrepreneur, the proprietor and founder of the small and midsize businesses that have been organized throughout the country lacks official recognition as such and is still considered a “cuentapropista” (self-employed), as if there was no difference.

The Predictions of Fidel Castro

July 24, 2015 | 14 comments

The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia recently published an anecdote involving Fidel Castro that I had heard before, but I hadn’t put much stock in the source until reading the article. The version published by the newspaper includes a date, names and context.

Cubans Will Not Be Granted Asylum at the US Embassy in Havana

July 24, 2015 | 12 comments

Just days after re-opening its embassy in Havana, the United States made it very clear that Cubans will not be granted asylum or offered any kind of legal protection in their diplomatic headquarters.

White House Readies New Plan to Close Guantanamo Prison

July 22, 2015 | 20 comments

The White House is in the “final stages” of drafting a new plan to present to Congress that would close “safely and responsibly” the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said spokesman Josh Earnest.

US and Cuba Banks Agree to Relationship

July 22, 2015 | No Comments »

Stonegate Bank, which earlier this year became the Cuban government’s bank for its diplomatic mission in the United States, has set up a correspondent banking relationship with a Cuban banking institution.

A Sport-Filled Summer in Havana

July 22, 2015 | 1 Comment »

It’s a scorching hot day in Havana. One need only go out for a stroll to work up a good sweat. The sun makes its hot presence felt in the Cuban capital, where, despite this, many people continue to practice sports. (31 photos)

Is the Communist Youth (UJC) the only Organization Needed by Cuba’s Young People?

July 22, 2015 | 9 comments

I had set very clear goals for myself by the time I reached junior high: after completing the 9th grade, I would enroll at the Exact Sciences Vocational Institute and I would secure membership with the Young Communists League (UJC).

Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor in the Eye of Cuban Consumers (I)

July 22, 2015 | 8 comments

The Coppelia ice cream parlor is once again a topic for the pages of Havana Times, as the Consumer and Customer Protection project attempts to investigate the numerous problems of this institution and to propose at least one solution.