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Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama came to the island willing to turn the page on political confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic … Continue reading ?

Four Seasons of Havana will transport you back to the city

If you are a diehard Cubaphile like myself you have an insatiable appetite for all things Cuban and all people Cubano or...

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 2017 in Cuba

The twentieth edition of the Terry Fox Run, hosted on Saturday, March 18, in Havana and other Cuban cities, saw thousands of people...

'From now on you have no name': life in a Cuban jail

A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana in the early 2000s, you would likely have met Stephen Purvis. Show More Summary

Daymé Arocena: Cubafonia review – Cuba's finest vocalist brings crossover thrills

(Brownswood recordings) Still in her mid-20s, Daymé Arocena is Cuba’s finest young female singer, a lady with a powerful, versatile style and enormous crossover potential. Her only problem until now is that her songwriting has not quite matched her remarkable voice, but her second solo album helps to put that right. Show More Summary

Pop singer Adam Faith 'spied on Fidel Castro for MI6'

New book claims star was recruited to spy on communist leader when he visited Cuba in 1990s The late Adam Faith had a versatile career, veering from teen idol, pop star and actor to manager, investor and financial journalist. But according to a former colleague, the 60s star also added espionage to his curriculum vitae. Show More Summary

The Day of the Woman in Cuba, More Honored in the Breach / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 8 March 2017 – Lying in bed, with the light off, feeling each one of her vertebrae howling. After coming home from work she spent four hours in the kitchen, bathed her invalid mother, helped … Continue reading ?

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba review – a fierce call for revolution

Barbican, London The company’s three works explore hothouse machismo, private headspace and colliding forces in Cuban society with power and urgency Is Cuba finally about to emerge from decades of political and cultural isolation? If the island is poised for change, so are its dancers. Show More Summary

Head to Helad’oro for Delicious Ice Cream

These days Havana is a city that is filled with magical and delicious surprises. Turn down one street and you will stumble...

The best gay friendly places in Havana (2017)

There are no huge gay discos, pubs, saunas, or cruising nightclubs in Cuba. Neither gay magazines, newspaper, of new reports that would...

Cuba has gone gay-friendly – 2017

Right now homosexuality is not illegal in Cuba, but in general, the country has a poor record on gay and lesbian rights

Margaret Atwood: Handmaid's Tale sales boosted by fear of Trump

Author sees ‘bubbling up’ of ‘puritan values’ towards women’s issues 1985 dystopian novel follows Orwell’s 1984 up bestseller charts Margaret Atwood has said worries about women’s issues after the US election have made her book The Handmaid’s...Show More Summary

Eyewitness: Havana, Cuba

Photographs from the Eyewitness series Continue reading...

The 2017 Havana Book Fair honours Canada

Since Cuba enjoys the highest literacy rate (99.8 per cent) in the Caribbean it should come as no surprise that one of...

When Life Is In The Hands Of Human Traffickers

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 4 February 2017 – The wifi signal barely crosses the glass. The wireless network at José Martí International Airport only covers the boarding area. But a woman presses her whole body against the opaque window … Continue reading ?

Governor Rick Scott channels Trump to threaten Florida ports over Cuba ties

Scott used Twitter to issue a threat to cut funding to any of the state’s ports working with the Caribbean country in a sign of worsening US-Havana relations Governor Rick Scott of Florida, appears to be following Donald Trump’s example of dictating policy by Twitter, with potentially far-reaching impacts for the future of US-Cuba relations. Show More Summary

Raúl Castro: Cuba won't compromise sovereignty to normalize US relations

President said Cuba hopes to continue to repair relations but made it clear that Trump administration should not expect concessions affecting independence Raúl Castro has said Cuba hopes to continue to normalize relations with the United...Show More Summary

Top diplomatic negotiator in Cuba warns Trump: 'aggression doesn't work'

Exclusive: Josefina Vidal, who has led the island’s negotiating team since 2013, says Cuba will not be cowed by the incoming president’s bluster and threats Senior Cuban negotiators say the island will not be cowed by intimidation and bluster from Donald Trump, despite the incoming US president’s threat to rekindle Cold War animosities. Show More Summary

Repeal of 'wet foot, dry foot' policy leaves Cubans stranded far from home

Hundreds of Cuban migrants who sold everything to afford trek across Central America now have no refuge in US: ‘Obama’s decision is killing our dreams’ Hundreds of Cubans who sold their homes and belongings in pursuit of an AmericanShow More Summary

“Wet foot dry foot” ends.

As of Thursday January 12, 2017 the US administration has repealed a measure granting automatic residency to virtually every Cuban who arrived...

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