Category Archives: Cuba

I lived in Cuba in 2010, where I was writing under the name Corrina Hayes because I did not have press accreditation.

Standing by for the Cuban game-changer

Cuba is undergoing the most dramatic change since Fidel Castro seized power, nationalised all businesses and aligned himself with the Soviet Union in the early 1960s. Continue reading

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Why the banks still regard Cuba a bad bet

Since 2009 it has frozen foreign company bank accounts, postponed dividends to joint venture partners and defaulted on debts. Continue reading

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US ballet troupe returns to Cuba after 50 years

The last time the American Ballet Theatre performed in Cuba, Fidel Castro had been in power for barely a year and relations between Washington and Havana were yet to turn sour. Continue reading

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Cubans enjoy a taste of freedom as small businesses are let loose

Cuba has entered a brave new world of private enterprise as the Communist Government introduces drastic measures to revive a nearly bankrupt economy. Continue reading

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Castro vs Castro

Fidel Castro is back. Four years after disappearing from view following an illness that nearly killed him, the former Cuban president – who remains the head of the country’s Communist party – has returned to public life, giving speeches, leading rallies and even attending a dolphin show. Fidel’s return, at a time when his brother and successor, Raúl, is pushing through the most dramatic economic reforms in Cuba in 40 years, has prompted speculation that the two Castro brothers are at war. Continue reading

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Disbelief as Raúl Castro cuts jobs of 500,000 state workers

A queue forms in the marketplace for some onions and Cubans chat idly in the September heat about the scarcity of vegetables this year. For now it is business as usual in central Havana. Continue reading

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Cuba changes its tune

Cuba might be a land of ration books and power cuts, but last weekend it hosted an electronic music festival, complete with three stages and even an approximation of a cinema tent. Continue reading

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Cornerstones of Cuban communism swept away under Raul Castro

Cuba is preparing to abolish ration books and free lunches for workers in a shift away from the communist policies that have shaped the country for more than half a century. Continue reading

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No such thing as a free lunch, Cuba tells its workers

Ever since the tumultuous birth of communist Cuba, the one perk thousands of workers have been able to count on over the decades is a hearty meal to sustain them through the toil of providing for the socialist motherland. Continue reading

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Privatisation comes to town

Cubans will be chanting in the streets tomorrow as millions turn out for the annual International Workers’ Day parade. “We are socialists! March on! March on!” the faithful will cry (or perhaps the more light-hearted, “We might be short of soap, but we’ve got more than enough courage!”). In the country’s barber shops and beauty salons, however, there is talk of another revolution. Continue reading

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