Author

Rachel D. Rojas

Cuba’s small businesses are hampered by rules

Cuba’s small businesses are hampered by rules

For any self-employed entrepreneur in Cuba today, anything involving financing, supplies and taxes is a major headache that includes restrictions on access to loans, the absence of a wholesale market and the ban on operations as small or medium-sized businesses.


There’s still the Adjustment Act…

There’s still the Adjustment Act…

A long interview held last summer with Miami immigration attorney Ira Kurzban offers insight into the confusion over the Cuban Adjustment Act and the wet-foot-dry-foot policy. He explained that the United States has a long history with these programs and that the Cuban Adjustment Act was not the only one of its kind.


CUPET reports on Block 9

CUPET reports on Block 9

For almost a month and a half neither CUPET nor any other Cuban authority published a word about explorations being carried out by MEO Australia in Cuba’s Block 9. When they finally did they criticized “some digital media” for “misrepresentation or erroneous interpretation” of the information.


Australian oil sleuths are still evaluating Cuba’s Block 9

Australian oil sleuths are still evaluating Cuba’s Block 9

Peter Stickland is the executive director of MEO Australia, a company that holds 100 percent of the rights of exploration for hydrocarbons in Cuba’s Block 9 and recently announced the possibility of “significant findings” in the zone.


Questions about the PYMES in Cuba

Questions about the PYMES in Cuba

The media misrepresentation of the purported approval of private businesses by the Cuban government led us to seek answers about the eventual legalization of private property in a country that is trying to advance on a socialist track. We asked Cuban economist and Progreso Semanal contributor Ricardo Torres for his impressions.


‘I charge a lot because I pay a lot’

‘I charge a lot because I pay a lot’

The problems of farming and the high prices of food in Cuba are summarized in those words by a greengrocer who, though he sells directly to the consumer, refuses to lower his prices.


New math

New math

Few realized when the group of U.S. film producers, screen writers and directors slipped in. They didn’t make a triumphant entrance. They simply entered a private hall and gradually mixed with the crowd waiting to meet one of the producers of the world’s most-watched TV series — Game of Thrones.


Unequal

Unequal

Social inequality is inherent to human society. And clearly, there is social inequality in Cuba. The point is — will it increase?


Cuban migrants in Costa Rica: ‘Looking for new opportunities’

Cuban migrants in Costa Rica: ‘Looking for new opportunities’

For the past several days, more than 1,000 Cubans have been in Costa Rica, intending to travel to the U.S. After they were violently barred from crossing the border into Nicaragua, most were placed in temporary shelters provided by the Costa Rican government. Progreso Semanal contacted one of the travelers.


Puerto Rico makes debut in Havana

Puerto Rico makes debut in Havana

Waleska Rivera has visited Cuba three times this year. She’s the president of Danosa, the first (and only) Puerto Rican company to participate in the Havana International Trade Fair.


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