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Cuban defense chief goes to China ‘to strengthen ties’

Cuban defense chief goes to China ‘to strengthen ties’

Cuba’s Armed Forces minister, Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frías, and Gen. Fan Changlong, deputy chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, met in Beijing on Tuesday and “agreed to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries.”




An editorial: Free health services

An editorial: Free health services

The conclusion, and what we’ve all learned during decades in Cuba, is that free health care and education are a right, not a privilege. It’s a matter for the government, which quite rightly upholds what those rights cost. From a country like Cuba we can expect no less.




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.




They’re baaack! Russian Ladas return to Cuba in streamlined shapes

They’re baaack! Russian Ladas return to Cuba in streamlined shapes

The Russian car maker AvtoVAZ will deliver 300 of its latest model vehicles to Cuba this year, company president Nikolya Mor announced Friday in Havana. Mor added that his company is prepared to sell as many as 30,000 units to the island government.




Entrepreneurship, between aspiring and being

Entrepreneurship, between aspiring and being

On Oct. 13, 2010, self-employed entrepreneurship resurged in Cuba. For the first time ever, the nation’s top leaders advocated its expansion with wide-ranging measures. However, the resurgence was different because of restrictions to the original concept. It so happens that the term, “cuentapropismo,” is too narrow for some people…




Depressed and anxious

Depressed and anxious

The prestigious World Health Organization (WHO), which has often praised Cuba’s health system and how well it deals with epidemic and natural catastrophes in other parts of the world, recently disclosed that our isle is home to 605,879 depressed and 675,037 anxious individuals.




Cuba bars O.A.S. chief, blasts ‘plot’ to embarrass nation

Cuba bars O.A.S. chief, blasts ‘plot’ to embarrass nation

In a remarkably blunt statement, the Cuban Foreign Ministry on Wednesday denounced what it called a plot by anti-Cuban individuals and organizations to “generat[e] internal instability, damag[e] the country’s international image, and […] affect the positive developments of Cuba’s diplomatic relations with other states.”




Anti-Cuban provocation fails; A statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry

Anti-Cuban provocation fails; A statement from the Cuban Foreign Ministry

Recently, the media reported on the intention of the General Secretary of the O.A.S., Luis Almagro Lemes, to travel to Havana to receive an “award”. Upon learning of these plans and enforcing the laws that uphold the nation’s sovereignty, the Cuban government decided to deny entry to the national territory to foreign citizens associated with the actions.




The Internet and the future of Cuba’s economy

The Internet and the future of Cuba’s economy

Cuba’s largest and best asset is its people, and this potential will not be released without the Internet. It is also a weighty element when attracting foreign investment. Certain aspects of national security are legitimate, but surely it is possible to achieve a better balance than what we have at present.




Is renewable energy a solution for Cuba?

Is renewable energy a solution for Cuba?

Cubans understand how much oil and its international economic fluctuations affect their daily lives. That is why, when in mid-2016 adjustments and cutbacks of crude were applied to the state sector, tension and social uncertainty arose over a possible return of the power blackouts throughout the country.




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