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Catholic Church Pushes for “Deeper” Reforms in Cuba

Catholic Church Pushes for “Deeper” Reforms in Cuba

The Cuban Catholic Church criticized the reforms undertaken by the island's Communist government and said that they have not managed to "reactivate" the economy. continue reading »

Cuba Claims U.S. Embargo Has Cost the Island $1.1 Trillion

Cuba Claims U.S. Embargo Has Cost the Island $1.1 Trillion

The Cuban government on Tuesday denounced the "systematic worsening" of the U.S. economic embargo, the impact of which Havana calculated at more than $1.1 trillion - taking into account the depreciation of the dollar against the international price of gold - since being imposed on the island in 1962. continue reading »

Cuba Experiencing a Teacher Shortage as School Year Begins

Cuba Experiencing a Teacher Shortage as School Year Begins

Cuba begins Monday its 2014-2015 school year with almost 2 million students in 10,366 schools and close to 172,000 teachers, 93 percent of the number that administrators say are needed. continue reading »

Ailing Fidel Castro Rants U.S. Promoting Global Conflicts

Ailing Fidel Castro Rants U.S. Promoting Global Conflicts

Fidel Castro on Monday attacked the alleged imperialism of the United States and its allies, accusing them of promoting conflicts in third countries and comparing the style of recent statements by NATO spokespeople with those of the Nazis. continue reading »

Cuban Tourism Continues to See Slight Drop

Cuban Tourism Continues to See Slight Drop

The arrival of visiting foreigners to Cuba, where tourism is the second largest source of revenue, continued its slowdown in July with a drop of 0.5 percent compared with the same month in 2013, according to official figures released Saturday. continue reading »

Cuban Cancer Patients Suffer More From U.S. Embargo

Cuban Cancer Patients Suffer More From U.S. Embargo

Cuba is facing difficulties getting medications and technology to treat children with cancer due to the U.S. economic embargo, state-run media said Thursday, citing an official with the pediatric service of the National Oncology and Radiobiology Institute. continue reading »

Silvio Rodriguez Claims Bureaucrats Ruining His Recording Studio in Cuba

Silvio Rodriguez Claims Bureaucrats Ruining His Recording Studio in Cuba

Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez complained that his Abdala recording studio, which he founded in Havana in 1998, is "dying" as a result of all the bureaucratic red tape and useless government officials, while directly blaming the island's Culture Ministry. continue reading »

Cuba’s Tourism Revenue Grows by 4 Percent

International tourism generated $1.08 billion in revenues for Cuba in the first half of 2014, an increase of 4 percent over the same period last year, the National Statistics and Information Office, or ONEI, said Tuesday. continue reading »

Honduran Authorities Detain 16 Undocumented Cubans Heading to U.S.

Honduran Authorities Detain 16 Undocumented Cubans Heading to U.S.

Honduran authorities detained Monday 16 undocumented Cubans as they tried to travel from this Central American country to the United States, a National Police spokesperson said. continue reading »

Nearly 1 in 4 Cubans Above the Age of 15 is An Habitual Smoker

Nearly 1 in 4 Cubans Above the Age of 15 is An Habitual Smoker

Some 24 percent of people over 15 years old are habitual smokers in Cuba and half the population is exposed to tobacco smoke at home, at work or in public places, official Cuban media reported. continue reading »

Cuba Calls On Retired Professors to Cover University Deficit

Cuba Calls On Retired Professors to Cover University Deficit

The Cuban government has authorized universities to hire professors already retired in the same positions they had before retiring, in order to cover the existing deficit of educators. continue reading »

Cuba Celebrates Shakespeare with First Visit of The Globe Theater Group

Cuba Celebrates Shakespeare with First Visit of The Globe Theater Group

Havana joined in the celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth with the first visit of the famed London theater group The Globe and its performance of "Hamlet." continue reading »

Castro’s Estranged Daughter Visits Ailing Mother in Cuba

Castro’s Estranged Daughter Visits Ailing Mother in Cuba

Alina Fernandez Revuelta, the estranged daughter of Fidel Castro, flew from Miami to Havana to visit her ailing 88-year-old mother, media outlets said Wednesday. continue reading »

300 Rabbis Urge President to Negotiate for the Release of Cuban Prisoner Alan Gross

300 Rabbis Urge President to Negotiate for the Release of Cuban Prisoner Alan Gross

Three-hundred rabbis from across the United States on Monday asked President Barack Obama to negotiate with Havana to secure the release of Alan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on a conviction for subversion. continue reading »

EXPERTS:  Cuba Need to Eliminate Dual-Currency System

EXPERTS:  Cuba Need to Eliminate Dual-Currency System

Ending Cuba's dual-currency system, one of the most complicated reforms proposed by the government of Raul Castro, should have been done long ago, according to an economist cited in Monday's edition of Communist Party daily Granma. continue reading »