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Cuban Economy

These Photos Show How Little Cuba's Struggling Economy Has Changed In A Half-Century

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford & Damon Scheuler | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business

With an economy that has basically stood still for more than half a century, it's often difficult to tell the difference between a present-day photo of Cuba and one that is decades old.

Have You Tried Cyanide... General?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Nearly two decades have passed and they are still imposing limits and prohibitions incompatible with development and with life. As if in this social laboratory they want to test what they can do to get the guinea pigs -- which are us -- to keep breathing, clapping, accepting.

After 40 Years of Working, Keeping Body and Soul Together Selling Plastic Bags

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Selling 'jabitas' (plastic bags) in front of an agricultural market in Havana. (Luz Escobar) 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 28 August 2014 - "I n...

The Party and the Army: Civil-Military Relations in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
William M. LeoGrande

Today, eight ministries are led by career military officers, three of whom are still on active duty.

Apretaste! A Craigslist for the Island of the Disconnected

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 06.07.2014 | Technology
Yoani Sanchez

Visiting Apretaste!, I remember a phrase I always repeat when I encounter something hard. "Creativity is the capacity to open a window when the door is closed," I tell myself, like a mantra in complex situations.

Cuban Regime Ambivalent About Self-Employed, While the People Can't Live Without Them

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

The day started with a certain nightmarish atmosphere. The little sip of morning coffee was missing, because the seller with a thermos and paper cups wasn't on the corner. So she dragged her feet to the bus stop, while keeping an eye out for a collective taxi. Nothing.

Cubans Flock to New Film That Exposes the Myth

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Why is the latest creation of director Ernesto Daranas becoming such a social phenomenon? The answer transcends artistic questions to delve into the depth of his dreams.

Competition in Cuba

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

Last year in Cartagena, the message was unanimous: Cuba next time, or no Summit. Obama can again dismiss this message and lose even more influence in the Americas. But the stars are aligning for Obama to make a big legacy move by 2015.

Cuba: A Society of Alchemists and Liars

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.10.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They don't turn iron into gold, but they are skilled at replacing ingredients and adulterating almost every product. The streets are full of glue sticks that, when you press them, only contain air. Bottles of shampoo mixed with clothes-washing detergent. Soap with plastic shavings.

Cuba's New Businesses Need Way More Customers

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and ANNE-MARIE GARCIA | Posted 12.27.2013 | Latino Voices

HAVANA (AP) — The dented metal pizza trays are packed away, so too the old blender that never worked when it was needed. Gone is the sweet smell of ...

The Illusion of Color

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On learning that there are still more than 700,000 black-and-white TVs in Cuba, I can't help but evoke the excited neighbors of my tenement using their fingertips to paint their cathode ray tubes.

Cuba's Emerging Middle Class And Growing Private Sector

VOXXI | Johanna Mendelson Forman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Latino Voices

Yes, you read the headline correctly. Cuba has an emerging middle class. And it continues to grow and prosper. It may even be the factor that most ...

Cuba: Two Currencies, Two Realities

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.26.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When the beginning of a timeline to eradicate the dual currency was announced this week, the two countries that converge on this Island reacted differently.

Cuba: Where 'Merchant' Is a Dirty Word

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Why, instead of so much persecution, don't they authorize the work of "merchant." Buying, transporting and reselling articles in high-demand should not be a crime, but rather a regulated activity that also contributes to the treasury through taxes.

Cuba: A Man With Neither Privilege Nor Obedience

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Beto doesn't like talking about the past. For the first time he has something of his own, something no one has given him.

Where Are Abela's Guajiros?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I go in search of that original exemplar of Cubanness that is rural man. However, under the scorching sun of August, instead of "Abela's guajiros," I find people dressed in military garb.

The Return of the Loanshark to Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

After being stigmatized for decades, these banned bankers have returned without licenses or pity. As necessary as he is slandered, the moneylender is just one link in the illegal financial chain of our reality.

Building a Home in Cuba, Without Bank Loans, Without Legal Supply Markets

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Every day that goes by they get closer to the end of the job, but they also live through another day of anxiety and risks to get the materials. Today they need stone dust and washed sand.

Cuba Under Raul Castro: Economic Reform as Priority?

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

Even in East Asian countries, with far larger markets than that of Cuba, state promotion of foreign investment was oriented toward the promotion of exports, where competition performs with greater rigor.

Lack of Staying Power: Everything Crumbles, Everything Falls Apart

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.11.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Ephemerality marks our pace, transience is the fate of quality in Cuba. Like a ephemeral artwork -- or a cheap perfume -- the advances often fade without our ever having time to realize they existed.

Dear President Obama: End the Cuba Embargo

Nicholas Storozynski | Posted 03.17.2013 | Teen
Nicholas Storozynski

After traveling on an educational tour to Havana last summer and following the political situation between Cuba and the United States, I've become aware that the embargo of Cuba is pointless.

On New Year's Day, Cuba Holds Its Breath Waiting for News of Hugo Chavez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.03.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This January first, so dull and silent, is a sign that something isn't going well. Terminal exhaustion of a system? Fear before the possibility of losing the substantial Venezuelan subsidy? Or simply compassion for a dying man?

In Cuba Paying a Few More Cents for Lunch... Hurts

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The internal Cuban economy suffers from a weakness such that the slightest price increase for a pound of steak or butter is enough to disrupt our fragile commercial framework. A few centavos added to the price of a food sends the thermometer of daily anxiety upward.

Cuba: No 'Concession To The Enemy'

AP | By PAUL HAVEN | Posted 03.30.2012 | World

HAVANA -- President Raul Castro delivered a full-throated defense of Cuba's one-party political system on Sunday, and a sharp warning to Communist Par...

'If I Loved You Before... '

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.09.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The market for hair is gaining strength in a nation that oscillates between the imperatives of coquetry and material difficulties.