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Eileen Sosin

The GNP, the house and the table

The GNP, the house and the table

Often, talking about Cuba’s economy and daily problems someone asks, “Well, how’s the situation?” to which I –more practical than optimistic — always respond “How do YOU see it?” Take, for example, the 1.6 percent rise in the GNP. At first glance an astounding figure, taking into account the effects of a hurricane that left us practically naked, among other calamities. But anyway, 1.6 percent more … of what?

Another Cuban struggle against the blockade

Another Cuban struggle against the blockade

Recently, mostly young professionals are dedicating themselves to traveling and bringing “merchandise” back to the island to sell. They fulfill two noble aspirations in this way: earn a bit extra and discover what lies on the other side of the sea.

With the sea all around us, where’s the fish?

With the sea all around us, where’s the fish?

Statistics from 2014 indicate that fishermen working for private commercial entities number almost six times those who are directly involved with the State-run sector. Even so, they don’t make much money, says Miguel, who rents boats at Playa Larga, Matanzas. “Fishing is such a hassle that in the end they settle for renting rooms to foreign tourists.”

A damage report (and what we’re doing about it)

A damage report (and what we’re doing about it)

In Havana’s neighborhoods, the first thing that some people do when the electricity comes back is to connect the refrigerator. Next, they turn the radio on — loudly. It’s their way to straighten out the day, to return to normal life. The spirit of resistance finds peculiar expressions.

When Silicon Valley arrives in Cuba

When Silicon Valley arrives in Cuba

Cubans are not always bothered by the fact that they are using “cracked” software. They know that anywhere else in the world that would be illegal, but here in Cuba the procedure is very common. Besides, even if they wanted to pay for a program, the U.S. blockade bars them from doing it.

International Jazz Day: ‘This is a huge event’

International Jazz Day: ‘This is a huge event’

Bobby Carcassés may have been one of the first to find out. He got a call from the Thelonious Monk Institute and was told that the 2017 International Jazz Day would be held in Cuba and that he had been chosen to participate. In addition to the April 30 concert at Havana’s Gran Teatro, there will be performances at the Art Factory, the Mella Theater and the Plaza House of Culture.

Havana airport will be refurbished French-style

Havana airport will be refurbished French-style

With work expected to begin soon and moving forward into the future, José Martí International Airport in Havana will be renovated, expanded and managed by French companies thanks in part to an increase in Cuba-bound tourism, and a favorable economic and political climate between Havana and Paris.

The return of Startup Weekend Havana

The return of Startup Weekend Havana

“It’s not an event of pure technology; it serves to identify problems and solve them,” says Alex Medina, member of Merchise Startup Circle, who is organizing the Startup Weekend Havana, which will take place from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel.

Engage Cuba: The end of the blockade is inevitable

Engage Cuba: The end of the blockade is inevitable

Michael Maisel, director of foreign affairs at Engage Cuba, an organization that advocates a lifting of the Cuban blockade and the freedom for all Americans to travel to the island and trade with it, talked with Progreso Semanal about the group’s task and most immediate outlook.

Where does the tax money go?

Where does the tax money go?

Quite often, the discourse of the revenue service authorities toward taxpayers sounds like a sermon. Because it is a duty. However, the same authorities usually skip over the fact that duties are generally accompanied by rights. Ergo, paying taxes is not just a pebble in the shoe; it is also a source of the people’s power.

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