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How many currencies does Cuba need?

Havana residents last week welcomed the ending of a month-long coronavirus lockdown and night curfew. Such was the relief, you could have been forgiven for believing that a vaccine to protect against COVID-19 had finally been approved. A week earlier, the number of new...

U.S. Imposes New Restrictions on Tourism in Cuba

PANAM POST - The president of the United States, Donald Trump, advances in his determination to siege the tyrannies of the continent. On Wednesday, September 23, the White House announced new sanctions against Cuba, which include prohibiting Americans from staying in hotels owned by...

Cuba to begin next week human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine

(QCOSTARICA) Cuba will begin next week clinical trials in humans of its vaccine project against COVID-19, the "Sovereign 01", the results of which are scheduled for February 2021. The Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials and the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and...

More Cuban Stores Accepting US Dollars  

(Q24N) Cuba increased the number of food stores that accept U.S. dollars and eliminated a 10 percent tax on the U.S. currency, in the government's latest efforts to secure hard cash to bolster the island nation’s weak economy. People lined up at designated stores that...

Maduro Sends Gasoline to Cuba While Venezuelans Face Shortages

While Nicolas Maduro’s regime admits that it needs money to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, it sends fuel to Cuba at no cost. Meanwhile, there is an unprecedented shortage of gasoline in Venezuela. Maduro announced the hike in fuel prices, claiming that Venezuela had paid...

Rainy Season in Cuba Means Building Collapses in Havana

HAVANA TIMES – The rainy season in Cuba begins and with it the partial and total building collapses. Central Havana and Old Havana are the most affected. The deterioration due to lack of maintenance or neglect of the municipal authorities in the face of the...

American Airlines is accepting reservations Miami to Cuba starting June 4

American Airlines has started selling, through its website, trips to Havana, Cuba, starting June 6, 2020. On its website, the airline offers 4 flights daily between Miami (MIA) and La Habana (HAV), with prices starting at US$207, round trip. However, flights are not guaranteed because the...

How Can Cuba Be a Medical Power When Its People Don’t Have Soap and Water?

More than half a million Cubans have no access to water. Frequent hand-washing with soap and water is the first advice we get for crucial protection against the coronavirus. However, Cubans do not have the basics for their survival. About 21.3% of Havana does not...

Latin America Surpasses 100,000 Infections From COVID-19

Latin America, with population of more than 653 million, has more than 100,000 people infected with the new coronavirus, and almost 5,000 deaths, with Brazil being the country most affected by the pandemic. Topping the list is Brazil, with a population of almost 210 million,...

Argentina to Soon Welcome 200 Cuban Doctors for COVID-19 Fight

Argentina’s government confirmed that a contingent of 202 Cuban doctors will arrive in that country to help local health professionals with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The idea is for them to contribute and join medical resources. They won’t be at the front line,”...

Cuba has antiviral for Covid-19?

Costa Rica's Semanario Universidad reported on Friday, March 13, that Cuba produces Interferon Alpha 2B, a drug used by China to treat its coronavirus patients and which has generated buying interest in some 15 countries, according to the island's medical specialists. Interferon Alpha 2B is...

Cuba has announced its first three cases of covid-19

An official statement read Wednesday on state television’s evening news, Cuba announced its first three confirmed cases, saying all three are Italian tourists who developed symptoms while in the city of Trinidad and have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. The statement...

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor?

How did covid-19 get to the Alajuela Hospital doctor, a 54-year-old man who became the superdisseminator? He is currently the source of infection for 16 of the 22 people who have been confirmed with covid-19. The man is in a delicate condition at Hospital México. There...

Half of My Heart Is in La Habana: Life After Flight from Castro’s Cuba

By Michelle Prado - When Mercedes (“Mercy”) Rodriguez arrived in America on a fall day in 1979, the first thing she noticed was how clean and wide the streets were. The 15-year-old Cuban refugee had just arrived on a plane carrying nearly a dozen political...

Three dictatorships in Latin America on International Human Rights Day

In Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, above all, no reference will be made. Or if any is done it will sound ironic. Like the one made on the morning of December 10 by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party, regarding a new...

Senior was forcibly removed from the museum by supporters of the Cuban regime

A senior, identified as Norman, was forcibly removed by supporters of the Cuban regime who carried out an activity on the Cuban reality and its “contribution to world peace” at the San Ramón Regional Museum, run by the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). The man...

U.S. Restricts Remittances To Cuba, Bans Donations

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations Friday to cap the amount of money family members can send to Cuba, ban donations and money transfers to or from Cuba through U.S. banks. The new economic sanctions,...

Cuba Won’t Yield to Pressure or Threats: Diaz-Canel to Rubio

Cuba will not yield to “pressure or threats” from the United States, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Saturday in response to an aggressive tweet taunt Friday by U.S. Florida Senator Marco Rubio. This week, the hashtags #BajenLosPricesdeInternet and #ReportoApagonCuba have become viral, pushing for lower internet...

Cuba debuts modern Chinese train

HAVANA (AP) — The first train using new equipment from China pulled out of Havana Saturday, hauling excited passengers on the start of a 915-kilometer (516-mile) journey to the eastern end of the island as the government tries to overhaul the country’s aging and...

Che Guevara: The face that launched a thousand…

Che Guevara’s image is seen as a global icon crossing multiple social and cultural boundaries exemplified in street protests and in diverse visual messaging such as posters, logos, t‐shirts and slogans. June 14th would have been Guevara’s 91st birthday, yet many questions remain: Why do...

The truth of what is happening in Venezuela explained

A socioeconomic and political crisis that after Hugo Chavez officially took office in February 1999, continued into Nicolas Maduro. It is marked by hyperinflation, climbing hunger, disease, crime and death rates, an massive emigration from the country. Getty Images Several policy changes involving the country’s oil...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

How a Cuban Refugee Raised the Wealthiest Man in the World

He was 16 years old when he migrated alone to the United States, after the Cuban Communist regime expropriated his family’s wood factory. His story of overcoming adversity forged the necessary values for his son, Jeff Bezos, who has created the largest fortune in the...

Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

Associated Press – HAVANA — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency...

The 40-year itch: Populism and polarization threaten Latin America

It was one of the greatest waves of democratization ever. In 1977 all but three of the 20 countries in Latin America were dictatorships of one kind or another. By 1990 only Mexico’s civilian one-party state and communist Cuba survived. Several things lay behind the...

Why Are The U.S. and Russia Clashing Over Venezuela?

Washington Post – There was an unexpected twist Tuesday evening as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s attempted uprising against President Nicolás Maduro’s government appeared to be sputtering out. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Maduro was set to flee Venezuela — but that...

Trump declares economic war on Cuba

Speaking in Miami on April 17, the anniversary of the United States’ failed 1961 invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, national security adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually all non-family travel to Cuba and placed new limits on the money Cuban Americans...

Pompeo: ‘Iranian Money Remains In Latin America’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is "no doubt" that Iran has a financial presence in Latin America and that Tehran remains a "global threat." Questioned about whether Iran has some presence in Latin America, Pompeo told Voice of America, "There's no doubt....

Havana’s collapsing colonial charm

In Cuba, the government guarantees everybody a place to live, but away from the tourist sites, the majority of the houses are in stark disrepair. The empty spaces are often converted into parking lots or playgrounds. Colonial past A view of a street in central Havana,...

Costa Rica Extradites Cuban Drug Dealer

Cuba's Minister of the Interior reports the cooperation with Costa Rica authorities in the extradition of Cuban Neftaly Garcia Testa to the island. The Interpol Office in Havana had issued an arrest warrant for Garcia, identified as an organizer of frustrated drug shipments to Cuba...

Cuban Pharmaceutical Museum is ‘Memory of the World’

Literature from the Pharmaceutical Museum in Matanzas, Cuba, were recognized Thursday as "Memory of the World" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The books include 61 volumes, 55 of which preserve formulas of the Ernesto Triolet's "French Botica," that was served from 1882 to 1964 in Matanzas. "They...

Expropriation of Private Property: the Socialist Dream of Bill de Blasio, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez

With the rising influence of socialism in the Democratic Party, and the real power and influence of groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, it’s hardly outlandish to suggest that the ideology is playing an increasingly important role on the national stage. Bernie Sanders,...

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