Translating Cuba

Cuba: Another Harvest Lost: ‘Take Pictures of the Rotten Mangoes to Show the Evidence’ to the Government Company

14ymedio, Havana, 15 June 2021 — “We would have filled a cart (…) to go out [in the streets] and sell it, even in the nearby neighborhoods, but we do not have the authorization,” the mango producer Ricardo Montaña Téllez complained on Monday, talking about his 130 boxes of fruit that was rotting without the … Continue reading “Cuba: Another Harvest Lost: ‘Take Pictures of the Rotten Mangoes to Show the Evidence’ to the Government Company”

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Short on Dollars, Cadeca Will Now Process Tax Collection and Retiree Payments

14ymedio, Havana, 14 June 2021 — Residents of Havana’s Nuevo Vedado neighborhood had been wondering why Cadeca, the state-run currency exchange agency, would be opening a new office in their area. They got their answer this weekend: the company will now be processing taxes and payments to retirees. “All of us were surprised they would … Continue reading “Short on Dollars, Cadeca Will Now Process Tax Collection and Retiree Payments”

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European Union Turns Down Funding to Cuban University

14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 11 June 2021 — On Friday the European Union announced it would not provide funding for the Central University of Las Villas after the school expelled students whom the Cuban government considers to be subversive. The Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH) also condemned the move on Wednesday. “It is not a given … Continue reading “European Union Turns Down Funding to Cuban University”

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Cuban Regime Expropriates My Sister’s House, But Celebrates My Father’s Birthday / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 24 February 2021 — When my father died and they put on that little show in the Sierra Maestra, Raúl Castro promised one of my sisters – who lived outside of Cuba – that, as long as she “behaved herself,” he would respect her house. He gave her a hug, they exchanged tears, … Continue reading “Cuban Regime Expropriates My Sister’s House, But Celebrates My Father’s Birthday / Juan Juan Almeida”

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‘We’re Facing a New Version of the Black Spring,’ Says Martha Beatriz Roque

14ymedio, Havana, 10 June 2021 —  A total of 13 new political prisoners were registered in Cuba during the month of May. According to the latest report by the Cuban Center for Human Rights (CCDH), led by the opposition activist Martha Beatriz Roque, it is the highest number since March 2003, which makes this repressive wave “a … Continue reading “‘We’re Facing a New Version of the Black Spring,’ Says Martha Beatriz Roque”

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Cuban Government Repeats a 1980s Scam, This Time with Dollars

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez, Havana, June 11, 2021 — “I deposited everything I had: eighty dollars.” Reinaldo waited in line early Friday morning outside the Banco Metroplitano on Infanta Street in Old Havana to hand over his modest hard-currency fortune that he has been saving for emergencies. Thousands of Cubans like him woke up worried, after … Continue reading “Cuban Government Repeats a 1980s Scam, This Time with Dollars”

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Temporary Closure of Cuban Oil Factory Makes Price Soar to 300 Pesos

14ymedio, Havana, 9 June 2021 — With the paralysis of the Santiago de Cuba vegetable oil refining plant, one of the sources supplying the city’s informal market, residents fear that the price of the product will skyrocket even more due to shortages and will end up costing twice as much as they currently pay. “A … Continue reading “Temporary Closure of Cuban Oil Factory Makes Price Soar to 300 Pesos”

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Cuba’s New Bank Resolution: More Shadows than Lights / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 11 June 2021 — An informative note from the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) presented on Cuban TV’s  Roundtable program this Thursday, June 10, announced the temporary suspension of US dollar deposits in Cuban banks by individuals and legal entities. As expressed in the note, this measure, which will go into … Continue reading “Cuba’s New Bank Resolution: More Shadows than Lights / Miriam Celaya”

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Cuban Banks to Temporarily Suspend Dollar Deposits

14ymedio, Havana, June 10, 2021 — Starting June 21, Cuba will temporarily suspend cash deposits of U.S. dollars according to a memo from the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC), which made the announcement on the television news/interview program Roundtable. The statement indicated the measure is the result of “obstacles” created by the U.S. embargo, noting … Continue reading “Cuban Banks to Temporarily Suspend Dollar Deposits”

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Water Returns to a Havana Building After a Complaint on Facebook

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 9 June 2021 — After more than a week without water, the residents of a multi-family building located on 19 de Mayo and Ayestarán in the capital’s municipality of Plaza de la Revolución, were able to receive water through a watertruck, thanks to a complaint on social networks where they … Continue reading “Water Returns to a Havana Building After a Complaint on Facebook”

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Cuban University Plunges in International Ranking

14ymedio, Havana, 10 June 2021 — Finding Cuba among the 2022 university rankings published by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds is a daunting task. Universities in the U.S. and U.K. are once again at the top, followed by many others in the rest of the world. You will have to go far down the list, however, … Continue reading “Cuban University Plunges in International Ranking”

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Cuba: Economic Indicators for Ciego de Avila Fall to a Minimum

14ymedio, Havana, 7 June 2021 — The economic data of Ciego de Ávila does not leave room for optimism. Local companies in the city, the provincial capital, lost more than 53 million pesos until April, Roberto Obregón García, mayor of the Municipal Administration Council, told the local newspaper Invasor. Among those with the worst indicators are … Continue reading “Cuba: Economic Indicators for Ciego de Avila Fall to a Minimum”

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The Endless Drama of the Cuban Rafters, Where Are the Causes?

Miriam Celaya, Cubanet, 8 June 2021 —  On January 12th, 2017, when Barack Obama, the then outgoing president, repealed the dry feet/wet feet policy that had been in force since 1995 — a result of immigration agreements between the US and Cuba after the Balseros Crisis (1994) — Cuban authorities considered that decision as “an … Continue reading “The Endless Drama of the Cuban Rafters, Where Are the Causes?”

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Cuba’s Medical Brigade in Kuwait Performs With its Eyes on the Nobel Peace Prize

14ymedio, Madrid, 9 June 2021 — Every medical brigade that returns to Cuba is an opportunity for promotion with a view to the Nobel Peace Prize. This Tuesday the returning brigade was the last contingent that remained in Kuwait, where the Cuban government sent more than 300 healthcare workers in the last year to reinforce … Continue reading “Cuba’s Medical Brigade in Kuwait Performs With its Eyes on the Nobel Peace Prize”

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“The Police Have Kidnapped Me in My Home for 60 days,” Denounces Iliana Hernandez

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Miami, 7 June 2021 — CiberCuba activist and reporter Iliana Hernández has been besieged for two months at her home by police and State Security agents. Not only do they prevent her from going out, but they also do not allow any of her friends to visit, and they have cut off her … Continue reading ““The Police Have Kidnapped Me in My Home for 60 days,” Denounces Iliana Hernandez”

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Cuba’s New Prepaid Currency Cards for Visitors Cannot Be Purchased with Pesos

14ymedio, Havana, 6 June 2021 — Cuba’s official press has claims that the the state-owned currency exchange company, Cadeca, was planning to sell prepaid cards in convertible foreign currency that could be purchased with Cuban pesos at the official exchange rate of 24 pesos to the U.S. dollar. “Such reports are completely false and an … Continue reading “Cuba’s New Prepaid Currency Cards for Visitors Cannot Be Purchased with Pesos”

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The Cuban Baseball Team’s Psychologist Stayed in the United States

14ymedio, Havana, 3 June 2021 — Jorge Sile Figueroa, who served as a psychologist for the Cuba team that participated in the Baseball Pre-Olympic of the Americas held in Florida, left the national delegation, according to the Cuban communicator Francys Romero, a sports expert and resident of Miami. The specialist escaped from the delegation, which returns … Continue reading “The Cuban Baseball Team’s Psychologist Stayed in the United States”

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‘Killing a Cow is Not News in the Rest of the World,’ But in Cuba, Yes

14ymedio, Havana, 7 June 2021 — Around 6% of Camagüey’s cattle ranchers will be able to eat their cattle and sell them, according to the calculations of the authorities. The province, historically the one with the greatest potential for the sector, celebrated in style over the weekend the first slaughters and sale of meat of the farmers who have … Continue reading “‘Killing a Cow is Not News in the Rest of the World,’ But in Cuba, Yes”

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Young Man Violently Arrested in Havana Seeks to Denounce His Aggressors

14ymedio, Havana, 7 June 2021 — The young man Maig Wong Jiménez was violently detained this Saturday while eating ice cream in Havana’s El Vedado, when he was walking in front of Mariana Grajales Park, located on 23rd avenue, between C and D. Wong Jiménez, 23, was intercepted by several uniformed officers who, first, asked for … Continue reading “Young Man Violently Arrested in Havana Seeks to Denounce His Aggressors”

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To Get a Digital TV Box in Cuba You Need a Ration Book and 1,250 Pesos

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 7 June 2021 — The line stretches for several blocks. There are people sitting on the sidewalk curb, others take shelter under the shade of the trees, and many others take to walking from one corner to another to stretch their legs. They joined the line at dawn, everyone has … Continue reading “To Get a Digital TV Box in Cuba You Need a Ration Book and 1,250 Pesos”

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Tania Bruguera Mocks the Cuban Government’s Censorship at the Geneva Summit

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana,8 June 2021 – On Tuesday, the artist Tania Bruguera managed to participate in the virtual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, after the Cuban government prevented her doing so the day before by cutting off her mobile data service. During her speech, Bruguera enumerated several recent abuses committed by the “military dictatorship,” … Continue reading “Tania Bruguera Mocks the Cuban Government’s Censorship at the Geneva Summit”

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Like Coffee and Rum, Tobacco Disappears from Stores in Cuban Pesos

14ymedio, Natalia López, Moya, Havana, 3 June 2021 — On the island of cigars and cigar rag (cut tobacco), Cubans find themselves with the dilemma of acquiring packs of cigarettes on the black market or buying them in stores in freely convertible currency (MLC). In state stores and cafeterias, where this product is marketed in … Continue reading “Like Coffee and Rum, Tobacco Disappears from Stores in Cuban Pesos”

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Cuban Regime Loses Ground in the Battle for Control of the Internet

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Havana, 5 June 2021 – An uninvited presence hovered over the spacious room where the eighth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) was held this April. The Internet was an unwanted and feared guest at the three-day event that took place in Havana. The organization, which governs the destiny of eleven million Cubans and which, … Continue reading “Cuban Regime Loses Ground in the Battle for Control of the Internet”

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Foreign Correspondents in Cuba: The Fascination with the Dictatorship / Miriam Celaya

Miriam Celaya, Cubanet, Havana, 2 June 2021 — One of the most effective pillars that has helped to cement the legend of the “good Cuban dictatorship” has been the work of not a few accredited foreign press correspondents in Havana. It is not something new. Since New York Times journalist Herbert Matthews’ crush on Fidel … Continue reading “Foreign Correspondents in Cuba: The Fascination with the Dictatorship / Miriam Celaya”

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Cadeca to Issue Pre-Paid Cards in Another Step Towards Dollarization in Cuba

14ymedio, Havana, 1 June 2021 —  Cuba’s state-run currency exchange company, Cadeca, has announced “a new service”: prepaid cards in dollars to be used exclusively within Cuba to pay for goods and services in the country’s hard-currency retail network. The new operation, which is not yet available, is an effort to take over cash remittance transfers … Continue reading “Cadeca to Issue Pre-Paid Cards in Another Step Towards Dollarization in Cuba”

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Cuban Government Organizes an Act of Repudiation Against Tania Bruguera

14ymedio, Havana, 3 June 2021 — On Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism (Instar), the artist Tania Bruguera received a visit from a group made up of about fifteen people who warned her of the consequences of continuing with her activities and demands. At the head of the … Continue reading “Cuban Government Organizes an Act of Repudiation Against Tania Bruguera”

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Otero Alcantara Leaves Havana Hospital After a Month of Forced Confinement

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 31 May 2021 — “I am relatively well, from a physical point of view but, emotionally, [I am] worried about all my brothers,” Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara told CubaNet Noticias shortly after leaving Calixto García Hospital. The artist announced that health “tests” will be carried out outside the “control of State … Continue reading “Otero Alcantara Leaves Havana Hospital After a Month of Forced Confinement”

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Surviving in the Cuban Jungle / Ivan Garcia

Ivan Garcia, Havana, 10 May 2021 — It is the law of survival of the fittest: only the most quarrelsome, opportunistic, and worthless citizens can get ahead. From top to bottom, today’s Cuban society is a jungle. A failed state that lives off ideological propaganda, promises it never keeps, and a chaotic subsistence economy. If you … Continue reading “Surviving in the Cuban Jungle / Ivan Garcia”

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Cuba’s ‘Man With the Flag’ Continues to US After Detention in Columbia

14ymedio, Havana, 1 June 2021 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, known as “the man with the flag” since, in 2017, he ran holding the United States banner in the Plaza of the Revolution during the May 1 parade, was released this Sunday in Caracas after spend nine days in detention, along with his son, for having entered Venezuela … Continue reading “Cuba’s ‘Man With the Flag’ Continues to US After Detention in Columbia”

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In Cuba the Use of Solar Energy Depends on the State and China

14ymedio, Havana, 26 May 2021 — China will donate 5,000 solar panels to Cuba for use in rural parts of the country.  The panels have yet to be delivered but a symbolic handover took place on Monday at a ceremony in Guangzhou attended by Denisse Llamos, the Cuban consul general in that city. Llamos  thanked … Continue reading “In Cuba the Use of Solar Energy Depends on the State and China”

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The Cuban Baseball Federation Suffers From Historical Amnesia

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, Havana, 1 June 2021 — The writer Eliseo Alberto Diego, known as Lichi, used to say that “history is a cat who always falls on her feet.” The Cuban Baseball Federation should be warned about this ability of the past to stand up, a way of avoiding silence and manipulation. The official … Continue reading “The Cuban Baseball Federation Suffers From Historical Amnesia”

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Otero Alcantara: ‘The Torture I Suffered Was Psychological’

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 1 June 2021 – Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara does not plan to pause or take a rest in his art or his activism. A few hours after leaving Calixto García Hospital, where he has been for almost a month without hardly any outside communication, he told 14ymedio that he is now ready to demand … Continue reading “Otero Alcantara: ‘The Torture I Suffered Was Psychological’”

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“Signatures are not Patrimony,” Insists the Manager of La Bodeguita del Medio

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 26 May 2021 — The image of La Bodeguita del Medio without the thousands of signatures on its walls, which were part of its character, surprised locals and strangers. A few days ago, Robin Pedraja, creative director of the art magazine Vistar, shared photographs of the restoration of the premises on social … Continue reading ““Signatures are not Patrimony,” Insists the Manager of La Bodeguita del Medio”

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The Six Cuban Activists Arrested on Obispo Street Have Been Transferred to Prisons

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 28 May 2021 — With last Wednesday’s transfer of the communicator and activist Esteban Rodríguez to the Valle Grande penitentiary, there are now six activists jailed awaiting trial for their participation, on April 30 in Obispo Street in Havana, in an act of solidarity with the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. The … Continue reading “The Six Cuban Activists Arrested on Obispo Street Have Been Transferred to Prisons”

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Cuban Authorities Abandon Santiago de Cuba to Its Fate

14ymedio, Alberto Hernández, Santiago de Cuba, 30 May 2021 — Santiago de Cuba, known for its carnivals, its suffocating heat and the hospitality of its people, today presents a bleak panorama. The city is depressed by hunger caused by the shortages of all kinds of food, the diseases that are becoming more frequent every day due to the … Continue reading “Cuban Authorities Abandon Santiago de Cuba to Its Fate”

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Stubbornness and Inefficiency Go Hand In Hand in the Cuban Leadership

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, Havana, 29 May 2021 — A few days ago in the middle of the night they removed all the light bulbs that illuminated the corridor on the 14th floor where I live in Havana; a friend’s cat was stolen and shortly afterward she found the remains of what was evidently the … Continue reading “Stubbornness and Inefficiency Go Hand In Hand in the Cuban Leadership”

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Cuban Journalist Mary Karla Ares is Transferred to Guatao Prison in Artemisa

14ymedio, Havana, May 26, 2021 — Independent Cuban reporter Mary Karla Ares, arrested at the demonstration on Obispo Street last April 30, was transferred this Wednesday to the Guatao women’s penitentiary, in the municipality of Bauta, Artemisa, according to her mother, Marisol González, speaking to 14ymedio. González, who was able to visit her daughter yesterday, … Continue reading “Cuban Journalist Mary Karla Ares is Transferred to Guatao Prison in Artemisa”

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The Cuban Regime is Not Afraid of Any Song

14ymedio, Yaiza Santos, Madrid, 27 May 2021 — The desperate war of songs unleashed by the Cuban Government after the release of the song Patria y Vida, which since February has added more than five million views on YouTube and which immediately became an opposition slogan inside and outside the Island, has gone from pathos to perversity with the theme that celebrates … Continue reading “The Cuban Regime is Not Afraid of Any Song”

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Cuba Archive Accuses State of Using Therapies and Drugs to Punish Opponents

14ymedio, Havana, 26 May 2021 — The organization Archivo Cuba (Cuba Archive) has expressed concern for the mental health of Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who has been in the Calixto García hospital for 24 days without communication with his friends, and has published a call for action. The NGO accuses the Cuban regime of a long … Continue reading “Cuba Archive Accuses State of Using Therapies and Drugs to Punish Opponents”

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‘Tribuna de La Habana’ Withdraws an Article in Which it Calls a Group of Cuban Artists ‘Mercenaries’

14ymedio, Havana, 27 May 2021 — On Wednesday, the newspaper Tribuna de La Habana published an article on its website in which it described as a “group of mercenaries paid by Washington” the group of Cuban artists who have signed a letter addressed to the National Museum of Fine Arts to demand that their works be withdraw from exhibition, in … Continue reading “‘Tribuna de La Habana’ Withdraws an Article in Which it Calls a Group of Cuban Artists ‘Mercenaries’”

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Manifesto Supports the Artists of ‘Patria y Vida’ Repressed by the Cuban Government

14ymedio, Madrid, 27 May 2021 — On Thursday, Cuban Prisoners Defenders (CPD) launched a manifesto in support of the artists participating in the song Patria y Vida (Homeland and Life) who have been besieged by the Cuban government in recent weeks, and called for an end to the repression. In the text, they refer mainly to the artist Luis Manuel … Continue reading “Manifesto Supports the Artists of ‘Patria y Vida’ Repressed by the Cuban Government”

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The Most Closely Watched Patient in the World

14ymedio, Yoani Sánchez, Generation Y, Havana, 26 May 2021 — It is easy to spot them: they wear their hair short and closely observe everyone who passes near the Calixto García Hospital in Havana. They are the members of the State Security who patrol the hospital where the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, the most … Continue reading “The Most Closely Watched Patient in the World”

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‘All-Included’ Deals at Cuban Hotels Do Not Apply to Domestic Tourism

14ymedio, Juan Diego Rodríguez and Lorey Saman, Havana/Mexico City, 20 May 2021. Since 7 am, dozens of customers have been lining up for more than two hours at the Cubatur office on the ground floor of the Habana Libre hotel to get in on a summer getaway deal advertised by the state-run agencies. Faced with … Continue reading “‘All-Included’ Deals at Cuban Hotels Do Not Apply to Domestic Tourism”

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Little by Little, The Dollar is Imposed on Neighborhood Stores in Cuba

14ymedio, Natalia López Moya, Havana, 21 May 2021 — One day, they close due to a supposed renovation or the need to take inventory, and weeks later they open in another currency. That is the story of many neighborhood stores that have gone from selling in Cuban pesos to offering their products in freely convertible … Continue reading “Little by Little, The Dollar is Imposed on Neighborhood Stores in Cuba”

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Cuban Government Tries to Discredit Otero Alcantara with the Leak of a New Video

14ymedio, Havana, 25 May 2021 — Cuban State Security has released two new videos of the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, who as of Tuesday marks 23 days held in the Calixto García Hospital in Havana. The material was leaked by a Facebook profile under the name of Kamilita Cuba which poses as a supporter of the San … Continue reading “Cuban Government Tries to Discredit Otero Alcantara with the Leak of a New Video”

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A Group of Cuban Artists Sign a Letter for the Release of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 24 May 2021 — On Monday, a group of Cuban artists demanded of the director of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Jorge Fernández Torres, that all the works of their authorship be withdrawn from exhibition until Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara is released from the Calixto García Hospital in Havana, where he has … Continue reading “A Group of Cuban Artists Sign a Letter for the Release of Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara”

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Cuba: The Hard Currency Store in Sancti Spiritus Hasn’t Opened Yet and There is Already a Line

14ymedio, Mercedes García, Sancti Spíritus, 24 May 2021 — Faces glued to the windows and eyebrows raised after reading the prices, is the reaction of many residents of the city of Sancti Spíritus when they pass in front of the Quinto Siglo store, the most recent of the markets in that province that has switched from … Continue reading “Cuba: The Hard Currency Store in Sancti Spiritus Hasn’t Opened Yet and There is Already a Line”

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Out of Dollars, the Cuban Government Suspends Hard Currency Exchange at Airports

14ymedio, Havana, 20 May 2021 — Without warning, currency exchange bureaus at Cuban airports abruptly stopped selling hard currency on Thursday due to a shortage of hard cash. The news came in an announcement by Cadeca, the state-run currency exchange agency, on social media a few hours before the measure took effect. “In light of … Continue reading “Out of Dollars, the Cuban Government Suspends Hard Currency Exchange at Airports”

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A May 20th Rebellion in Havana

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 May 2021 — Addicted as they are to the celebration of patriotic and revolutionary events, the official media should review the events that occurred in Havana on May 20, 1955, when the University Student Federation (FEU) wanted to commemorate the advent of the Republic with an act of protest against the … Continue reading “A May 20th Rebellion in Havana”

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Six Cuban Evangelical Leaders Call for the Release of the Obispo Street Detainees

14ymedio, Havana, 22 May 2021 —  Six evangelical pastors have addressed an open letter to the Cuban State to request the freedom of those detained in Obispo Street in Havana on April 30, after a demonstration in favor of the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, then on a hunger strike in his home. In their letter, made public … Continue reading “Six Cuban Evangelical Leaders Call for the Release of the Obispo Street Detainees”

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