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Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban Hospitals Begin Telling Patients There Is No Such Thing as Free Healthcare

Cuban hospitals have begun to issue “symbolic” bills to their patients (Cubanet). TODAY CUBA – A report from Cuban television noted that Cuban medical institutions have begun to provide their patients with symbolic bills with the actual cost of services rendered. Miosotis Moreno, director of Economics and Planning at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) […]

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Why Cuban Schoolteachers Are Quitting their Jobs Massively

Teachers claim their main reason for leaving is low salaries. (Flickr) TODAY CUBA, MAYABEQUE, CUBA — Teachers and other education professionals started leaving their jobs at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year in Cuba’s Mayabeque province. Over the next few months, many followed suit. This year’s figure constitutes the biggest exodus of teachers since […]

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

New Cuban Documentary Highlights Struggles of Political Prisoners’ Families

TODAY CUBA – A short documentary was shown this Thursday in Miami to raise awareness of struggles of the residents on neighboring Cuba. The 29-minute “Political Prisoners in Cuba, Avatars of the Family,” directed by Orlando Rodríguez Lobaina, aimed to highlight and denounce the isolation and social exclusion of Cuban dissidents often suffering and in prison on […]

US Captures First Cuban Refugees in Post “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Era

US Captures First Cuban Refugees in Post “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Era

TODAY CUBA – On Sunday, March 12th, 29 Cuban refugees were caught trying to reach Florida by boat. According to authorities, the group of Cubans were with five other people who tried to flee, but were caught and turned over to the United States Coast Guard. According to officials of Customs and Border Protection, the group of […]

The ‘Lettuce Ladies’ Get To Work In Cuba

The ‘Lettuce Ladies’ Get To Work In Cuba

Scantily-clad vegan women wearing bikinis made out of lettuce in Havana to lecture impoverished Cubans against eating meat. Photo Ernesto Mastrascusa EFE TODAY CUBA – Wasting no time, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) official vegan ambassadors the “Lettuce Ladies” hit the ground running after arriving on their first-ever flight to Cuba, […]

Cuban Baseball Player José Abreu Says He Ate a Page of His Fake Passport to Enter US

Cuban Baseball Player José Abreu Says He Ate a Page of His Fake Passport to Enter US

I swallowed the first page little by little,” Jose Abreu told the jury. “I could not reach the United States with a fake passport.” (MLB) TODAY CUBA – Cuban baseball player Jose Abreu admitted to eating a page out of his fake passport in order to enter the United States. Abreu, a first basemen and […]

After Censorship and Blocked Visas, Award Ceremony in Cuba Honoring Dissident Payá Held in Secret

Approximately 50 people attended the event, including Cuban opponents, journalists and diplomats from Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United States(Martinoticias) TODAY CUBA – A ceremony to honor the late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá carried on Thursday despite that island officials denied a visa to Secretary of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro and important Chilean […]

Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusives of the Caribbean

Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusives of the Caribbean

TODAY CUBA (Varadero, Cuba)  Two hotels in this resort, the largest and most important in Cuba, stand out today in the All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean region, a prestigious website specializing in tourism reported. The mentioned facilities are the Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa Hotel, and the Iberostar Varadero Hotel, the online travel website TripAdvisor […]

Cuba’s Flying Pizzas

Cuba’s Flying Pizzas

TODAY CUBA – When Cuba expanded private enterprise in 2010, Marta Castaeda and her husband were granted a license to open up their own pizzeria, which they called “A Mi Manera” or “My Way.” Despite working out of less than ideal circumstances, Castaeda found a creative way to deliver pizzas from the ovens on her […]

Trump’s Refugee Ban Could Affect Cuban Doctors Fleeing

Trump’s Refugee Ban Could Affect Cuban Doctors Fleeing

Cuban doctors apply for parole to the United States while waiting for their visas to be processed. (Tijuana Press) TODAY CUBA – The executive order signed by US President Donald Trump banning refugees could also affect Cuban doctors who have applied for entry through “parole” into the United States. Parole is a form of immigration that allows applicants […]

Things You Should or Want Know About Cuba

Things You Should or Want Know About Cuba

El Capitolio peeks through a gap in the winding streets of Havana. Flickr TODAY CUBA / Cuba is the Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It has sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana (La Habana), is lined with […]

Cuba Finds Obama’s Migration Decision Positive

Cuba Finds Obama’s Migration Decision Positive

U.S. President Barack Obama TODAY CUBA (Prensa Latina) The government of Cuba considers a positive step forward in improving relations with the United States an agreement announced Thursday by President Barack Obama, with only one week left in his mandate, to secure regular, safe and orderly migration between the two countries. Obama’s declaration does away […]

Obama ‘Screwed’ Us, Cuban Migrants Lash Out At U.S. President

Obama ‘Screwed’ Us, Cuban Migrants Lash Out At U.S. President

Many Cuban migrants feel US President Barack Obam turned his back on them.Much of the anger is directed at him personally. TODAY CUBA / President Barack Obama, on Thursday, one week before his mandate ends, issued a statement on ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, saying, “By taking this step, we are treating Cuban […]

Cuban Coal Shipment Marks First Export to US in 60 Years, Despite Blockade

Cuban Coal Shipment Marks First Export to US in 60 Years, Despite Blockade

Marabu coal, noted for its superb flavor, is to be exported soon to the US (RTVE). TODAY CUBA – The first Cuban export to the United States in 60 years will be marabu coal. Despite the Washington-imposed blockade that currently restricts most of the island’s exports, an agreement was reached with regard to exporting and […]

“Donald Trump Is Good News For Cuba”, Opposition Leader Argues

“Donald Trump Is Good News For Cuba”, Opposition Leader Argues

TODAY CUBA – Opponent to the Cuban government Antonio Rodiles said the victory of Republican Donald Trump is good news for his country. “Donald Trump is good news for Cuba,” he said in an interview with the newspaper El País. Rodiles said Trump’s presidency will end two years of indolence toward the events taking place in Cuba. “I thought […]

Cuba’s Internet Just Got Cheaper, Might Finally Reach Homes

Cuba’s Internet Just Got Cheaper, Might Finally Reach Homes

Cuba’s public internet runs on wifi hotspots. Home connections have reportedly only been granted to professionals such as doctors, journalists and academics. TODAY CUBA NEWS – Cuba’s internet could improve in the near future following the announcement that officials will make reductions to its Internet tariffs and begin to carry out network connection testing from […]

Three Generations of Cuban Women, Three Different Opinions of Castro (Video)

Three Generations of Cuban Women, Three Different Opinions of Castro (Video)

Q24N – Three generations of Cuban women, three different opinions of Castro. The leader’s death highlights a divide between Cubans young and old. Some of the comments on the Fusion.net video include: EL Yamasaero: This happens all over the world, not only in Cuba. The young girl will only appreciate the revolution when she goes […]

It’s A Wonderful Life… Without Fidel Castro

It’s A Wonderful Life… Without Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s communist revolutionary, died on November 25, 2016, at age 90. TODAY CUBA – As Fidel Castro was laid to rest in Cuba this week, according to Huffington Post’s WorldPost, critics claimed that it gave the Cuban people a chance to experience a Christmas with less fear than they had known in decades. […]

French Government Corrects Minister: Cuba is not a Democracy

French Government Corrects Minister: Cuba is not a Democracy

The French government was forced to clarify controversial comments made by Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, who, on December 5, while representing France at Fidel Castro‘s funeral, stated that there are no political prisoners in Cuba. TODAY CUBA – French government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll stressed that “Cuba is not a democracy and there have […]

Dissent: Fidel Castro’s death is a chance to “move forward in peace”

Dissent: Fidel Castro’s death is a chance to “move forward in peace”

Fidel Castro’s death is a chance to “move forward in peace” TODAY CUBA – Venezuelan opposition alliance Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) stressed in a communiqué that following Fidel Castro’s death, both Cuba and Venezuela “now see the possibility to move forward in peace, restoring the political, economic and social rights their respective governments have denied […]

Cubans And The World Pay Tribute To Fidel Castro

Cubans And The World Pay Tribute To Fidel Castro

The memorial service Tuesday night held at the base of the Jose Marti memorial in La Haavana TODAY CUBA – Cubans and the world on Tuesday paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Cuba’s President Raul Castro reaffirmed the Cuban people’s willingness to continue the ideas and work of the […]

Cuba On The Edge Of Change

Cuba On The Edge Of Change

TODAY CUBA – Several photos from the NYTimes.com series “Cuba On The Edge Of Change: from a land of endless and palpable eorion – but also, an uncanny openess among everyday people”. The NYTiimes.com report says, “Cuba at times can feel like a nation abandoned. The aching disrepair of its cities, the untamed foliage of […]

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