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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.

A movie plot: U.S. diplomats go deaf in Cuba

A movie plot: U.S. diplomats go deaf in Cuba

Just when relations between Washington and Havana had fallen into soporific boredom comes the story of some U.S. diplomats who last year suffered inexplicable auditive damage in Cuba.

Reggaeton and diplomatic deafness

Reggaeton and diplomatic deafness

Since the information being offered on ‘Eargate’, from both the U.S. and Cuba, is so unclear, it could lead the imagination of many to think of more “realistic” causes, such as this…

Cuba reacts to expulsions and accusations: Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cuba reacts to expulsions and accusations: Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cuban government asserts that they took the alleged incidents involving U.S. diplomats very seriously and would never allow Cuban territory to be used for any action against accredited diplomatic agents or their families.

U.S. ousts two Cuban diplomats citing mysterious 2016 ‘incident’

U.S. ousts two Cuban diplomats citing mysterious 2016 ‘incident’

The U.S. State Department has asked two officials of the Cuban Embassy in Washington to leave the country, according to Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the U.S. diplomatic corps. The reason given for their expulsions are “incidents” involving the health of Americans stationed in Havana.

Hanging by the thread of dependence abroad

Hanging by the thread of dependence abroad

“I think we have to look for a formula for the State not to pay for imported food what it can buy from its own farmers,” says Eduardo Martínez, a peasant in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. “How can you benefit a producer in another country and pay for the freight far more than paying a producer right here? That’s not an economy that protects itself.”

This drought of ours

This drought of ours

The acute drought afflicting the island and its population is not news. But perhaps the real dimension of the problem has not been explained publicly to make people aware of the gravity. The humblest, the most dispossessed Cubans already know that.

Citing ‘deviations,’ Cuba stops issuing licenses to some self-employed workers

Citing ‘deviations,’ Cuba stops issuing licenses to some self-employed workers

To maintain better control over the work of “cuentapropistas” (self-employed entrepreneurs), the Cuban government has established new guidelines. According to official statistics, as of June 30, a total of 567,982 Cuban civilians worked for themselves, representing 12 percent of the nation’s employed workers.

Trump’s intransigence leads Cuba, Russia to throw up their hands, not hold them out

Trump’s intransigence leads Cuba, Russia to throw up their hands, not hold them out

Both Cuba and Russia have decided that, as long as U.S. President Donald Trump maintains a bellicose stance toward both countries, further attempts to improve relations with Washington will be futile. Far better it will be — the thinking apparently goes — to strengthen the links between Havana and Moscow and move on.

The harvests are ready, but lost

The harvests are ready, but lost

Public funds devote no less than $1 billion a year to the importation of food; consequently, the national production of food is a priority. It is one of the many reasons the concern over wasted harvests is shared by all. Cuba cannot afford to allow harvested produce to go irremediably to waste.

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