Entries by Havana Live

Cuba resists speedier path to free enterprise

HAVANA, 7 July (Reuters By Daniel Trotta) Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the country’s market-oriented reforms must remain gradual, a clear signal he would resist calls to accelerate change in order to address an underperforming economy. He also praised Cubans for “defeating imperialism” by resisting U.S. aggression ever since the 1959 Cuban […]

London Globe Theatre to Perform in Havana

HAVANA, 6 July On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the arrival William Shakespeare and as the primary demonstration this summer, the Globe Theater will present two performances in Havana. Hamlet, a classic by Shakespeare,is the piece to be premiered at the Mella Theater by this world famed troupe, known also by its direct […]

Putin will visit Havana, with Argentina and Brazil

HAVANA, 5 July   President Vladimir Putin will next week start an important Latin America visit that will take him to Brazil , Argentina and Cuba as he seeks to counter the growing international isolation through the Ukraine disaster in Russia. La Habana has sided in the struggle with its old friend Russia. Putin along with […]

Havana completes Mariel port rail link

HAVANA, 3 July Havana completed construction of its first new railway for more than two decades on July 1 with the opening of the 65km link between Havana and the port of Mariel, which provides access to a new container terminal.The line uses parts of an abandoned railway between Havana and Guanajay and a new […]

Cuban diplomat promotes trade opportunities in Pittsburgh

HAVANA, 3 July (By James P. O’Toole) The head of Cuba’s diplomatic interest section in Washington was in Pittsburgh the past two days meeting with business and academic groups, taking in a little baseball, and hoping to promote a continuing thaw in a relationship still profoundly chilled a generation after the end of the Cold […]

Niños from Havana

Lizt Alfonso – The Children’s Ballet HAVANA – Hamburg, 3 July  Already twice captured the stunning dance shows from Lizt ALFONSO DANCE CUBA in recent years, the Hamburg audience. After the two successful shows “Fuerza y compás” (2009 in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus) and “Amigas” (2011 at the Thalia Theatre) guest performance “Lizt ALFONSO DANCE CUBA […]

Cubas new foreign investment Law takes effect

HAVANA, 2 July  The new investment law Cuba has passed to draw capital to the island and refloat its economy came into effect this past Saturday, DPA reported. Cuba’s Foreign Investment Law, unanimously approved by the country’s Parliament at the close of March this year, opens up broad sectors of the nation’s economy to foreign […]

Cuba sells 50 new cars in first 6 months

HAVANA, 1 July  Cuban dealers sold 50 cars and four motorcycles nationwide in the first six months of the year under a new law that removed limits on auto purchases for the first time in half a century but came with prices so high few people could afford them. Long-frustrated Cubans welcomed the law that […]

Handicraft Art Fair Begins in Havana

HAVANA, 30 June The 16th edition of the art fair, Arte en La Rampa, considered a unique national cultural fiesta, began in the capital’s Pabellon Cuba Exhibit Halls. Concerts, exhititions, book launchings and handicraft sales make up the cultural gathering’s program. The commercial exhibition includes 90 stands by artists from the House of Funds for […]

Endedans Ballet returns to Havana with premieres

HAVANA, 28 June Camagueyan Contemporary Ballet Company, Endedans, directed by maestra and choreographer, Tania Vergara, is set to perform in Havana in July with the premieres of the pieces By Friction, Furs and Momentos en el viento (Moments in the Wind). The recently renovated Marti Theater will be the venue of the Endedans shows on […]

Cuban delegation in Europe to tout benefits of new investment law

HAVANA, 27  June  (EFE)  Cuba’s deputy foreign trade minister explained here Thursday the opportunities available to foreign companies under the Communist-ruled island’s new investment law. Ileana Nuñez Mordoche, who is heading a high-level Cuban delegation, arrived in Madrid as part of a tour of European capitals. In Madrid, she spoke to dozens of business leaders […]

Telecome fraud costs Cuba over 10 mln USD annually

HAVANA, June 26   Cuba lost over 10 million U.S. dollars in revenue a year due to fraud in telecommunications services, the National Information Agency (AIN) reported Wednesday. Jorge Sacre, director of the anti-fraud department at the state-run Telecommunications Company of Cuba (Etecsa), told AIN that a considerable number of users sought to avoid legally […]

Saint Kitts and Nevis opens Embassy in Havana

HAVANA, June 25   Saint Kitts and Nevis will have its own diplomatic mission in Havana since this Wednesday as part of activities here by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, who paid a three-day visit to Havana.The embassy will contribute to deepen cooperation and friendly relations between the two Caribbean countries, who established diplomatic links on May […]

German Cinema in Havana again

HAVANA, June 25   As it is customary in the last week of every June, Havana movie buffs are on their countdown to the start of a season devoted to German cinema, including films like laureate “Oh Boy” (Jan Ole Gerster, 2012). The Cinematheque of Cuba will screen on June 25-30 a season of films […]

International Communication Festival kicks off in Havana

HAVANA,  June 23  The 2nd Communication International Festival will begin today and will be attended by nearly 500 participants from Europe and Latin America, who will discuss on the role of designers, publicists and journalists in the construction of current society and economy. On the opening day, those attending the Nacional Hotel will have the […]

Barack OBAMA offers to lifty trade Embargo

President Barack Obama used Uruguayan President Jose Mujica to deliver a letter to Cuban President Raul Castro on June 14th offering to negotiat an end the U.S. trade embargo according to MercoPress. Obama supposedly first asked for help when Mujica visited Washington in mid-May. HAVANA, 23 June  Cuba has been able to survive 54 years […]

Havana looks to sign a major Oil Deal with Russia’s Rosneft

HAVANA, 22 June  (Polly Mosendz) As if tensions between the United States and Russia were not high enough, the Russian government-owned oil corporation Rosneft is now seeking a major oil deal with Cuba. At the World Petroleum Congress in Moscow, Rosneft met with Cuban Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Ruben Cid, to discuss new […]

Fidel’s former limos reborn as Havana taxicabs

In this June 18, 2014 photo, taxi driver Moises Suarez cleans the Soviet-made limousine he drives which was once part of Fidel Castro’s fleet in Havana, Cuba. The fleet was often used to ferry around visiting dignitaries, and at least one of the limos was used occasionally by Castro himself, though he usually preferred a […]

Havana abre y vuelve a cerrar Radio/TV Martí, Twitter y otros websites

LA HABANA, 21 Junio (Juan O.Tamayo) Por un breve momento, pareció que Cuba había desbloqueado el acceso a varias páginas de internet censuradas por años debido a sus críticas contra el gobierno, incluida la página de la radio del gobierno de Estados Unidos, Radio/TV Martí. Y ni siquiera era el Día de los Inocentes. El […]

Havana authorizes Internet access for private companies

HAVANA,  June 21   The Cuban government has authorized the state telecom company to provide Internet access to the country’s budding private cooperatives, the Cuban News Agency reported Friday. Communications Minister Maimir Mesa Ramos instructed Etecsa to start the service on June 29, according to the news agency. Internet access will be provided via modems […]

Diana Fuentes Performs again in Havana

HAVANA,  June 20 (acn)  The singer and composer Diana Fuentes gave a unique, and full of Caribbean sounds and Cuban essences concert after two years without appearing in Cuban scenarios. The artist, promoting her latest album Planeta Planetario, recorded and licensed by Sony Music, offered those attending Bertolt Brecht Theatre singles of the phonogram, which […]

Cuba ferry possible for Tampa port property

Docks are under construction at Port Tampa Bay. The Tampa Port Authority is developing a master plan for its 35 undeveloped acres along Channelside Drive and is seeking input.  TAMPA – HAVANA, 20 June  (By Yvette C. Hammett) Patrick Allman envisions the day when a Cuban businessman could come to Tampa, purchase 20 cars at […]

Cuban economist predicts ‘Day Zero’ for currency merger

HAVANA,  20 Junio  (By Vito Echevarría)  A leading Cuban economist believes “Day Zero” of currency unification for businesses and government institutions is just a few months away. Pavel Vidal, a former Central Bank economist who currently teaches at the Pontífica Universidad Javeriana in Calí, Colombia, raised eyebrows at a recent conference in New York when […]

Luis Cristal coming back to Havana

HAVANA, 19 Juin  Cuba Cruise, the Canadian company that revolutionized cruising in Cuba, is now offering a repositioning sailing from Piraeus, Greece to Havana, Cuba in preparation for its second season. The 960-passenger M/V Louis Cristal will be leaving from Piraeus in Greece Nov. 28 and sail in 25 days to Havana via Southern France, […]

PriceSmart – Cuba dispute resolved

CUBAN diplomats are now free to shop at the PriceSmart wholesale club. HAVANA, 18 June Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in a statement yesterday, said it was advised that the issue of the PriceSmart membership by the Cuban Embassy has been resolved. Said the statement: “The ministry understands that PriceSmart has formally […]

Havana celebrates portuguese culture Week with classical Concert

HAVANA, 18 Junio  Classical Cuban and Portuguese artists will join for a concert next July 12th to celebrate the Portuguese Culture Week. Camerata Romeu (Cuba) will join Portuguese pianist and teacher Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro in the musical event. The program includes the premiere in Cuba of the Concert in A Major by Portuguese Carlos Seixas, with […]

Miami exiles pressure U.S. to loosen policy on Cuba

HAVANA, 16 June (Reuters) Cuban exile Joe Arriola at one time would never have dreamed of returning to his homeland. But after 53 years in the United States, the former manager of the city of Miami swallowed his pride and decided he had waited long enough. Arriola, 67, said a weeklong trip to the island […]

Farming in Havana

Courtesy of Russel Fernandez/ Princeton Architectural PressThe following is an excerpt from Carey Clouse’s Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, which explores Cuba’s impromptu agricultural development after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the challenges that development poses for modern day architects and urban planners. HAVANA, 16 June  Following the collapse of […]

Transgender Life In Cuba

TransCuba, from photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, documents the lives and  experiences of transgender individuals living and working in Cuba. HAVANA, 16 June Allen has been documenting transgender culture on a global scale for more than 30 years and previously won the Lambda Literary Award for The Gender Frontier. Published by Daylight Books, this compelling new […]

Hillary says sí to Cuba

Clinton sees the future HAVANA, 15 June Former Secretary of State and future likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton broke welcome ground by calling for the United States to move toward ending the Cuban embargo. Never before has a political figure with a credible claim on the White House spoken in favor of abandoning the […]