Cuba’s leaders adopt social media, not democracy

The day before Miguel Díaz-Canel became president of Cuba last April, a newscaster on state-controlled television urged Cubans to join in a tuitazo (outpouring of tweets). The hashtags he proposed were PorCuba (“ForCuba”) and SomosContinuidad (“WeAreContinuity”). Mr Díaz-Canel himself joined Twitter in August.

Article by The Economist here.

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Cuba’s Self-employed Jubilant with a Small Victory

On December 6th, Cuba’s self-employed workers woke up to news that could mark many of their personal and professional lives in the future: several of the 20 legal provisions that refined the Self-Employment Law, which came into effect on December 7th, had been modified by the Council of Ministers.

Article by Havana Times here.

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Lengthy Twitter exchange between Cuban official and citizens could be a first.

Cuba’s culture vice minister engaged with citizens who remain deeply concerned over the effects Decree 349 will have on Cuba’s art world.

It all started at around 5pm Wednesday, when Camilo Condis, a young entrepreneur urged several culture ministry officials to read an independent story regarding the controversial new law which took effect December 6.

Article by WPLG Local News 10 here.

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Cuba’s Ailing Economy Needs Deep Changes

The Cuban government has said it wants more foreign investment, that it can’t afford to keep so many Cubans on the payroll of inefficient state industries, and it needs more revenue to help its stumbling economy.

Full article by the Financial Tribune here.

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New Cuba regulations for private enterprise on the island have a long list of don’ts

While the most successful of Cuba’s nearly 600,000 cuentapropistas, who work in the private sector, have been making money and are excited about trying to expand their businesses, Cuban bureaucrats, including some Communist Party stalwarts, and employees of struggling state enterprises, have been receiving “miserly salaries often in boring jobs to nowhere,” said Feinberg, a professor at the University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy and a Brookings Institution fellow.


Full article by The Miami Herald here.
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Yes, it’s still legal to visit Cuba. Here’s how I did it.

Don’t let those daunting threats and menacing travel warnings fool you – for now, travel to Cuba is still perfectly legal for U.S. citizens. You just have to do it right. We procrastinated on planning a trip to Cuba, taking it for granted that once Obama opened the door to cultural exchange between Cuban and American people, it would only swing wider as time went on. Clearly, we were wrong.

Article by Orlando Weekly here.

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