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HAVANA TIMES -- Cuba exported a sugar-coated image of its youth for many years. young people who lived as equals (in poverty), brimming with maturity, political convictions, willingness and other upstanding values. Very different to those consumer teenagers, capitalism's children, whose only goal was ...
HAVANA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Casa de las Americas Literary Award, one of the most prestigious and oldest of its kind in Latin America, began its awards of this year here on Monday. According to the organizers of the contest, some 200 works have been received in the categories of novel, short story, ...

She seeks writers, painters, photographers, singers, musicians, dancers and just about anyone interested in traveling to Cuba from April 19-25. The trip may involve lectures, conversations with photographers, artists, musicians and architects, and time for personal exploration. The cost, double occupancy ...
HAVANA, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cuba hopes to set a new record in tourism by receiving five million foreign visitors this year. "2018 will be the year of the five million tourists," Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said on Sunday, adding "it will be a year of major investments" in tourism as well. The government's ...
electrical power was quickly restored after Hurricane Irma's scrape along Cuba's northern coast, much of the flood damage in Havana was cleaned up within weeks, and tourism facilities opened in time for the winter season. But the island still bears deep scars from Irma's passage. Four months after the first ...
The State Department also appears to have softened its stance on Cuba, advising people to "reconsider" travel to the Caribbean island nation under the new system. Last September, it issued a warning that told Americans to avoid travel to Cuba in the wake of health problems reported by Havana-based ...
Outgoing Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's visit to Cuba earlier this week was a disgrace to her legacy as a democratic leader. But what's worse, it was a huge blow to the remnants of a democratic, human rights-conscious and globalized left in Latin America. For decades, Chile's moderate leftist ...
Since Trump restricted travel to Cuba in November, you may be laboring under the assumption that it's once again illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba, but that's simply not true. The regulations have become a bit more strict, sure, but it's still possible to go follow in Hemingway's footsteps, even if you're ...
An ambivalent account of life in Castro's Cuba, written in the first person, Mr. Desnoes's post-revolutionary novel has affinities to pre-revolutionary Russian literature. His protagonist, Sergio, a 38-year-old Havana native, is neither for nor against the revolution. An indolent bourgeois living off the rent from a ...
More than a year after U.S. government workers in Cuba reported hearing a series of strange sounds that made them ill, investigators still aren't sure what caused the "sonic attacks," or who is responsible, State Department officials told a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Part of the issue: There remains little ...
Sen. Marco Rubio has accused the government of violating the law by not setting up a review after apparent sonic attacks caused mysterious injuries to personnel based at the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. "The bottom line is: the State Department did not follow the law in setting [up an accountability ...
Cuba, a poor country where many of the cars on the road are half a century old, may seem an unlikely role model for American health care. But its infant mortality rate, at 4.3 per 1,000, is lower than the United States' 5.7 per 1,000, according to the World Health Organization's 2015 data. And Cuba's rate is ...
(CNN) More than a year after US diplomats in Havana, Cuba, began reporting to embassy officials that they were hearing bizarre noises and experiencing a range of physical symptoms, the State Department and federal investigators have been unable to attribute the source or cause of the ailments, which ...
January 9, 2018, 9:25 PM | It's been more than a year since mysterious illnesses have befallen American diplomats who were stationed in Havana. While Senators heard testimony on the attacks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has opened a new probe to investigate what happened at the Embassy.
Cuba has applauded Zimbabweans for a peaceful transition that ushered in the new government and pledged to continue assisting and exploring ways to strengthen relations between the two countries. In an interview yesterday, the Third Secretary (political and consular affairs) at the Cuban Embassy in ...

"Castro and Teshome Wirtu also discussed national and international affairs of mutual interest," added the release published by the Cuban news agency. The Ethiopian president on Tuesday kicked off his four-day Cuba trip, which includes visiting places of economic and historic interest, and meetings with ...
The great mystery behind what hurt two dozen U.S. diplomatic personnel in Cuba remains unsolved, according to a Senate hearing on Tuesday. But an FBI investigation is casting doubt on a once-popular theory: that embassy staff were the victims of "sonic attacks." According to a report seen by the ...
Cuba's President Raul Castro (R) shakes hands with his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet during their meeting at the Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, on Jan. 8, 2018. Chile's President Michelle Bachelet on Monday vowed to strengthen economic and commercial ties with Cuba and urged her ...
(CNN) The health incidents that sickened US diplomats in Cuba and further set back US-Cuban relations will be the subject of a Senate hearing on Tuesday. However, it's not expected to resolve the mystery of what some have alleged were "sonic attacks" amid a public disagreement between two ...
Jeff Flake, a Senate Foreign Relations Committee member and a longtime leading advocate of detente with Cuba, met with high-ranking Cuban officials on Friday (local time), including Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and officials from the Interior Ministry, which oversees domestic security and works with ...
My dreams are simple. I aspire to live in a new Cuba where, one day, sooner rather than later, a multi-party system is accepted as well as freedom of expression, precisely so everyone has the right to publicly manifest their individuality without becoming a dissident in doing so. In 2009, I traveled to Germany ...
Bacardi has a new weapon in its battle for the bar: heritage. The spirit-maker has launched a new advertising campaign for its Havana Club rum that leans on nostalgia, roots and pride. Though its rum is no longer distilled in Cuba, Havana Club "will always be a brand" of the Caribbean island, the makers ...
Within an hour of landing on La Isla de la Juventud, the Isle of youth, I was clamoring through an underground tunnel in the Presidio Modelo, or Model prison, Cuba's most dreaded pre-revolutionary prison, using my iPhone as a torch and trying not to slip on wooden planks and rubble. After squeezing up a ...
Born and raised in the sometimes frozen tundra of Fargo, Lubka took on tropical heat when he enrolled in medical school in Havana, Cuba, in 2010. Seven years later, he's earned his degree and is back home, applying for a residency. Lubka, 34, is the first North Dakotan to get a medical degree from the ...
Priests from Cuba's Afro-Cuban Santeria religion forecast on Tuesday that the upcoming retirement of President Raul Castro would signify "a moment of change" that accelerates the pace of reform on the Communist-run island. The ritual-filled religion, which fuses Catholicism with ancient African beliefs ...
Among the conclusions: Cuba imports 60 to 80 percent of its food to feed 11.5 million people. Before the Cuban revolution, Cuba was the ninth largest destination for U.S. farm exports. Cuban citizens have been receiving "increased remittances" that help create a middle class that may lead to more ag ...
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Nestled on Cuba's easternmost tip, Santiago de Cuba is the nation's second-largest city, and the most important revolutionary site. Known as the "Cradle of the Cuban Revolution," the city of nearly half a million people witnessed the hapless but decisive ...
Staff reports | "Cuba, 2015" is a series of large digital photographs now on display at the Saul Alexander Gallery at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library. The photos showcase glimpses of Cuba taken during an August 2015 trip by a group organized by Magnolia Plantations and gardens ...
The figure was announced Thursday by the Maritime Administration of Cuba during the welcoming ceremony for the Veendam vessel, which landed in Havana with about 1,654 passengers on board. According to the group, there are currently four U.S. companies that operate on the island, Carnival Cruise ...
Among the conclusions: Cuba imports 60 to 80 percent of its food to feed 11.5 million people. Before the Cuban revolution, Cuba was the ninth largest destination for U.S. farm exports. Cuban citizens have been receiving "increased remittances" that help create a middle class that may lead to more ag ...
I went to Cuba to celebrate a milestone birthday -- my 50th -- and our first Christmas away from home. It was my third trip here in just one year and I wanted my family to understand why this island nation is so much more than a beach resort. A suckling pig seemed a fitting birthday splurge. Hacienda La ...
Cuba -- Nearly four months after a fatal Labor Day crash claimed the life of a Buffalo-area motorcyclist, authorities have yet to say whether charges will be filed. The Cuba police Department says it's still waiting to receive an accident reconstruction report from New York state police's Collision ...
The impact of climate change is being felt all over the world - especially on low-lying islands. A report prepared by the Cuban ministry of science, technology and environment warns that by 2050 coastal levels will have risen 27 cm, and by the end of this century it will be up by 85cm, causing the island to ...
HAVANA, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The year of 2017 was tough for Cuba, as Hurricane Irma tore through towns and farms along the northern coast, and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump dealt with the newly-mended bilateral ties harshly. Relations between the former Cold War foes barely had a ...
(HAVANA) -- Cuba announced Thursday that its current leadership would stay in power until April 2018, a clear signal that Raul Castro will remain as president two months longer than expected. Castro, 86, had said that he planned to step down in February at the end of a months-long political cycle in ...
The U.S. state Department has changed its travel alert system and now recommends American citizens "reconsider" visiting Cuba. It had previously issued a warning advising Americans not to travel to the island. "As we were putting all this together, we did a very careful assessment. We talked to all of our ...
Indeed, American visitors remark on the warm reception they receive from the Cuban people, a very friendly lot to begin with. But we are still rather "special" in Cuba, not the least because the White House has issued new restrictions and warnings to prevent average people from both nations to get to know ...
After three months of Hurricane Irma hit the north of Cuba, the attention to the affected populations and the recovery remain as priorities. Along with the reestablishment of basic services such as water supply, health, education and sanitation as well as work to promote the recovery of housing and food ...
16 meeting have emerged so far, but it is now expected that Rosneft will take over Venezuela's stake in the Cuban-Venezuelan refinery in Cienfuegos, in Central Cuba, under an agreement that will favor the island. Just a few hours before his meeting with Castro, Sechin had met with Venezuelan president ...
However, recent regulatory changes have resulted in lower demand for travel to Cuba from areas outside of South Florida. In particular, traffic on Delta's service to Havana from JFK has diminished substantially." The airline goes on to say that, "Effective February 1, 2018, Delta will terminate service on ...
Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- El Cobre, a quiet and picturesque town nestled in the foothills of eastern Cuba's Sierra Maestra Mountains, was the setting for one of the most dramatic episodes in Cuban history: the island's first slave rebellion in 1731. It would take another 150 years for the ...
There are two options including an Ernest Hemingway themed tour and a Taste of Havana experience. Both exclusive day tours are commissionable and designed to help visitors connect with local Cubans in a meaningful way and to support Cuba's burgeoning private sector during a pivotal moment in ...
17, 2014, President Obama announced a change in U. S. policy toward Cuba, including greater engagement and the resumption of U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, and the opening of respective embassies in Washington D.C. and Havana. The president's action carried the support of the majority of the U.S. ...
In December 2014 President Obama eased restrictions on travel to Cuba. A physical license was no longer needed, but travelers had to meet conditions (a license, as it were). The trip had to be, say, for a humanitarian project or educational purposes or must provide "support for the Cuban people.
Vidal heads the team that created the magazine's independent index for evaluating the Cuban economy, the Cuba Standard Economic Trend Index, that correctly predicted the island's recession last year. Castro has said he will retire as president of the Councils of State and Ministers in February, when a ...
On Wednesday, November 8, just as President Trump was clinching new business deals with the repressive Communist government of China, the Trump administration announced its new rules rolling back President Obama's opening with Cuba. The new regulations restricting travel and trade with the ...
But the chances Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba's vice president who is expected to take the reins from the Castro family in February for the first time in decades, will thaw President Donald Trump's modern-day Cold War with the Communist-ruled country are slim. Diaz-Canel, 57, will likely serve in a largely ...
Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- On the slopes of the Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba, at altitudes higher than 500 meters above sea level, coffee plantations are receiving a different kind of attention today. The Coffee Roads project has been promoted since 2014 by the city authorities of ...


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