Author

Rachel D. Rojas

Accept the functions of small and midsized businesses

Accept the functions of small and midsized businesses

Cuba’s Official Gazette recently published measures announced by President Raúl Castro that delve deeper into the control and organization of private enterprise on the island. Diverse opinions have been offered, most of them focusing on the fact that the move is a step backward, although the functionaries who have made statements and the state media insist on saying the opposite.

In a press law, transparency is essential

In a press law, transparency is essential

Everyone is aware of the deficiencies of the Cuban press system today. For exactly that reason, the construction of a model, a policy, a law, should not be carried out behind the backs of the majority of the professionals who are most affected by it.

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?

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