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Cuba celebrates National Rebellion Day

Santiago de Cuba, Jul 26 (RHC) Cubans celebrate today the National Rebellion Day, established in honor of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks in the east of the island, on this date in 1953. As in every round anniversary, Santiago...

Cuba Plane Crash: Company ‘Had Safety Complaints’

Solidarity and investigations after the accident. Cuban authorities are investigating the air crash, with 113 people on board, occurred Friday at noon in Havana, the Cuban capital. The domestic flight was going from Havana to Holguin, on the eastern side of the island, some...

Havana City historian Eusebio Leal in Costa Rica to receive award

(RHC) - Havana City historian Eusebio Leal, in Costa Rica on Thursday was presented with that nation's Juan Mora Fernández Order in its Grand Cross Silver Plate degree. Dr. Leal's agenda in Costa Rica included a tour of the San Jose central market and visit...

Is Cuba a good place to live in?

That depends. For most people, it´s not. More and more tourists are going to discover this magical island and all that it has to offer. The time to get to Cuba is now, before the crowds. Pro: Very low violence, slow life, lots of books and...

US Embassy in Cuba Will Operate With Minimum Personnel Beginning March 5

Staff at the US embassy in Cuba will be permanently reduced beginning next week in response to alleged sonic attacks on the mission's employees, the US Department of State said in a press release on Friday. "The US embassy in Havana has operated under ordered...

Castro’s Shallow Economic Reforms Keep Suppressing the Dreams of Cubans

Following the economic and immigration openings between the United States and Cuba during the Obama administration, the Raúl Castro regime reportedly began timid economic reforms that placed more responsibility in the hands of private entities — but have they worked? Castro has cultivated an economic...

A Year After Fidel Castro’s Death, the Fear He Fostered in Cuba Lives On

I recently spoke with a Cuban who has been living in Spain for 20 years, who told me that every so often he meets with some Cubans who also live in Madrid. Fidel not only took away the Cuban people’s freedom; he also taught them...

North Korea-Cuba Diplomatic Visit: ‘Pyongyang Trying to Build Anti-US Coalition’

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will arrive in Havana Monday for talks with Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. The trip comes as both countries face deteriorating relations with the US. Speaking to Sputnik, Korea expert Dr. Leonid Petrov said the move is an...

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Says Havana Willing to Continue Dialogue With US

The Castro government says it is willing to continue dialogue with the U.S. and is committed to cooperating to conclude the probe related to the incident with American diplomats, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said during a speech at the Cuban embassy...

Cuban Opposition Group Calls for Boycott of Sham Election

The dissident group Cuba Decide has asked residents of the island to boycott upcoming elections for municipal assemblies, suggesting that voters write in “plebiscite” on their ballots. The leader of Cuba Decide, Rosa María Payá, says that only a binding plebiscite would achieve the change...

Trump Blames Cuba for Sonic Attack on US Diplomats

“Yes, I believe that Cuba is responsible. Yes, I believe it,” the president said during a press conference in the White House this week. However, Trump did not comment further, saying only that what happened in Cuba’s capital was “a very unusual attack.” (Flickr) US...

U.S. Suspends All Visas for Cubans, Withdraws Most Staff From Embassy in Havana

Local workers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, leave the building Friday afternoon, Sept. 29, 2017. Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com Cuban Americans seeking to have their relatives join them from the island will not be able to do so — at least for the time...

Over 70% of Cuba’s Power Restored After Hurricane Irma

(TODAY CUBA) Over 70 percent of Cuba’s electrical power has been restored in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Prensa Latina reported. The hurricane, which rocked the island nation’s northern coast earlier this month, left vast areas without power for days. Cuba’s National Electric System, the country’s...

Cuban Teenagers and their Foolishness

Cuban teenagers. photo: Caridad HAVANA TIMES — What we are witnessing in our youth today isn’t a lack of ambition, it’s a kind of eternal boredom, a not knowing what to do. Nothing fully satisfies them, they get bored of everything they are doing. If they...

Cuban Housing Crisis Shows Deficit of 800,000 Homes

Cuba currently faces a drastic housing crisis. A report presented to the island’s Parliament revealed “critical” problems stretching back a century, and which manifested in a deficit of more than 880,000 homes in 2016. The problem mostly stems from a lack of maintenance to existing...

In booming Old Havana tourist quarter, Trump speech puts Cubans in a bad mood

© Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images A man wearing a T-shirt with a U.S. flag design walks along a street of Havana on June 16, 2017. TODAY CUBA, HAVANA — Cuban families gathered anxiously around their television sets in March 2016 when then-President Barack Obama made his...

Google Becomes First Foreign Internet Company in Cuba

TODAY CUBA – Google’s servers started running in Cuba this Wednesday, April 26, making the technology giant the first foreign Internet company on the Caribbean island. “I think this will be very important for Cubans,” Dyn Internet company Analysis Director Doug Madory told CNBC. “Internet...

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...

Meet Leo Canosa, Founder of Cuba’s First (Sort of) Legal Tattoo Studio

TODAY CUBA – As tattoo art has exploded in Cuba over the last few years, artists have grown accustomed to operating in a legal grey area known as “alegality” – a state of tacit permission that encompasses most anything not directly under the purview...

Cuba’s Flying Pizza

RICO’S JOURNAL – Watching this video brought back memories of my recent trip to Cuba. I didn’t try the two Marta’s pizza, however, I did at a food stand near  the apartment I was staying in the Vedado neighborhood, some 10 blocks from the...

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.” [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7qqHoruUAY] Despite working out of less than ideal circumstances, Castaeda found...

Costa Rica’s Former Ambassador In Havana Sees It Difficult to Do Business With Cuba

Q COSTA RICA / Rodrigo Carreras, who up to December 31 (2016) was the Costa Rica's Ambassador to Cuba, in an interview with La Nacion said it will be difficult for Costa Rican investors to do business with the island nation, at least for...

Caravan With Ashes of Fidel Castro Headed for Santiago

The Caravan of Liberty left today for the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba for burial on Sunday, December 4.TODAY CUBA NEWS -(Prensa Latina) The Caravan of Liberty, with the ashes of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, left today...

“Fidel Backed The Just and Noble Causes”: Ortega At Fidel Castro Memorial Service

Daniel Ortega speaking at the memorial service for Fidel Castro in La Havana Tuesday nightTODAY NICARAGUA NEWS – In an unscripted and with the aid of Raul for the exact dates, Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega gave an emotional speech at the memorial service for...

Cuba Prepares Military for Hostile Trump Administration

Military training maneuvers are a signal that the government is preparing for a hostile administration (hotel-r)TODAY CUBA NEWS – In the wake of Trump’s victory in the US presidential election and his promises to get tough on Cuba, officials on the island have raised...

US Commercial Flights Take Off For Cuba

Santa Clara, Cuba (CNN) When JetBlue Flight 387 touched down Wednesday in Cuba, it was the first direct commercial flight between the US and the island in over a half-century. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Santa Clara, Cuba, flight is the latest symbol of...

My Cuba Visit is Over, The Q Is Back!

I am back from my visit to Cuba and will be updating QCostarica.com in full starting today. Cuba is a great place to visit, surprised at the number of visitors on the island, mainly in the city of La Habana. The city displays hits of progress...

It’s Cruise-Ship Time in Cuba Again

TODAY CUBA - The powerful images of a Carnival cruise ship arriving in Cuba this week — the first arrival of a U.S. cruise liner on the island in more than 50 years — may go down in history as the symbol of the...

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