US Wet Foot, Dry Foot Policy Ends for Cuba

January 21, 2017By RichCuba News No Comments

The US “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy for Cuba came to an 10 days ago as President Obama changed regulations. It seems odd that this would be one of his acts as he is practically walking out the door. I always thought this was a horrible policy that encouraged people to make the perilous trip from … Read More

Cuban Dissidents Arrested at New Year

January 5, 2017By RichCuba News No Comments

New Year without Fidel is Unchanged-Cuban Dissidents Arrested Cuban dissidents arrested on New Years day. January 1st in Cuba not only marks the New Year but is also the anniversary of the Revolution, when Fidel Castro and his small group of revolutionaries overthrew Fulgencio Batista’s corrupt government. This is the first celebration since Fidel’s death back … Read More

Americans Push Cuba Travel up in 2016

January 4, 2017By RichCuba News No Comments

Americans Help Push Cuba Travel up 13% Well, there is good news and bad: the good news is that American and European travel pushed Cuba travel to over 4 million visitors last year; up 13% over 2015. This was a record for tourism. Tourism is the second largest source of cash for Cuba, so this … Read More

Fidel Castro Funeral- After Nine Days of Mourning

December 11, 2016By RichCuba News No Comments

Private Fidel Castro Funeral Nine days of public mourning came to an end last Sunday in Santiago de Cuba at Fidel Castro’s funeral. His ashes were interred in a large, nondescript granite block. Crowds were kept back for a semi-private ceremony with family members and select officials. Fidel’s brother, Raul, placed the ashes into the … Read More

Images of Fidel Castro Funeral

December 4, 2016By RichCuba News No Comments

The NY Times just published the most poignant piece on the Fidel Castro funeral and the country’s mourning. Emotion-filled images show the procession coming back to Santiago de Cuba; the place that was the birth of the Revolution and is now the final resting place of the father of that revolution. Read the full article with … Read More

Fidel Castro Death-Different Responses

November 30, 2016By RichCuba News No Comments

Fidel Castro Death as Reported in Cuba and World The Fidel Castro death brings emotions to the forefront.To me Fidel Castro was a man who pulled off an amazing revolution, against all odds. He seemed to be backed into corners and made bad deals out of necessity. He was kept under pressure by US backed attempts … Read More

Scale Model of Old Havana Turns 17

November 23, 2016By RichCuba News No Comments

The incredibly  detailed model of  Old Havana (Habana Vieja) just turned 17 years old.  It was finished in 1999, after 3 years work. The 1:500 scale model of the old part of the city has extreme detail of the facades, the columns, windows…every detail of every building. It just seems unbelievable that this could be done. … Read More

Catching Fish with Condoms-Cuban Ingenuity

November 19, 2016By RichCuba News No Comments

Cuban Ingenuity-Condoms in Fishing Cuban ingenuity shows up everywhere. Cuban fishermen are blowing up a bunches of condoms and using them for fishing floats. The highly subsidized state-supplied condoms are only a penny apiece, whereas fishing floats, or even simple balloons are much more than that, if they can be found.  “It’s efficient and everyone … Read More

Cuba Internet Service-Still Sucks

November 16, 2016By RichCuba News No Comments

Cuba Internet Service Improving? Plainly Not I have written about how Cuba internet service sucks. (See 12 Things to Know Before You Go)  Their service has antiquated technology, few access points, slow speed and low bandwidth. Add to this mix the fact  that the Republic of Cuba does not want its citizens to have access. … Read More