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Dual Currency in Cuba

Cuban Parents Need Hard Currency to Buy Their Children Toys

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Neither of them is old enough to have experienced the ration market when it offered manufactured products. So when their mother explains that the dog was a "basic category" toy, they look at her as if she's speaking Chinese.

Cuba's Dual Currency System Provides a Way to Cheat Shoppers

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

All around the hotels, now, one sees the elderly with their poverty-level pensions, showing a foreigner the "merchandise" of these shiny three-peso coins, with a beret and jacket-clad guerilla.