The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
Acronyms can change the world as you see it today. Not because of the letters, but the countries that form them and their increasing impact on world economy and politics.
Bolivia won the first round at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, but this is just the start of a battle with neither a victory nor an end in sight, partly because there are many with robust opinions on which side is right.
Everything seems to indicate that the presidential candidates in elections on October 25 will be Jimmy Morales of the National Convergence Front and Sandra Torres of the National Unity of Hope.
Faced with growing threats to the country’s national security and economic stability, Venezuela initiated actions in August 2015 to interrupt paramilitary gang activity, narcotrafficking and the smuggling of goods into Colombia from its territory.
A few days ago it was the French city of Calais, now it is the Greek islands, Macedonia or Hungary and tomorrow the migratory crisis can detonate in any other place in Europe, a continent which seems to be overflowing with the mass arrival of undocumented immigrants.
In what was to have been a demonstration of political stability, the first round of elections in Haiti, already delayed by four years, were marked by popular apathy and violence between rival parties.
Floating symbols and archaeological treasures unearthed during the extension of the Panama Canal, are today attested to a century of history created by the hands of African, Chinese and Caribbean immigrants.
Alicia Bárcena, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) executive secretary, is a straight-talking woman, and when she outlines the regional panorama, attention is inevitably drawn to Cuban related issues.
The XLVIII Summit of the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR- the Spanish acronym), with the participation of Bolivia among its members, ratified the member nation‘s and associated State‘s commitment to the strengthening of commercial ties, based on a model for democratic economic integration.
Charismatic, spontaneous and simple: the Pope Francis during his recent visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay gave a many messages to the world which were loaded with life and human dignity, aiming to achieve unity of the people in order for peace to reign.
Since Monday July 20, 2015, the Interests Sections of Cuba and the US in Washington and Havana have become embassies, and their chiefs have been promoted to the roles of Charge d’ Affairs, in what is deemed a significant historical development.
The global oil price crisis has opened an era of profound reflection on projections for the sector in Colombia, in light of the fact that depleting hydrocarbon reserves form part of the present scenario.
United Nations experts have called for the principles of equity, universality and popular participation that characterize the Cuban public health system to be implemented globally.
It is obvious to many in both Cuba and the U.S. that, even following a reestablishment of diplomatic relations, the process of normalizing bilateral ties will be a long and difficult road.
In addition to the high human and economic cost that have resulted from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the epidemic – which is still pounding Guinea and Sierra Leone – has provided important lessons to the international community for potential future health emergencies.
Bullying is a phenomenon that, over the past decades, has had a heavy impact on children and adolescents, and reflects endemic social inequality in Latin America.
A final victory in the global war on drugs still seems far off; a scenario that has led to an increasing number of calls in the U.N. for new preventionand humane-focused responses to the scourge.
Those who thought that the road to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and the moves towards the normalization of bilateral ties might be smooth should review both the obstacles that have been overcome in recent months and those that still remain.
Ecuador is one of the Latin American countries with the greatest decline in poverty. If the goals of the Citizens´ Revolution are met, poverty will have been reduced to 3 percent by 2017.
Surveys, analyses and concern have continued to increase in Paraguay over the rising number of girls and adolescents who get pregnant at a very early age and end up becoming mothers while still being children themselves.
For the first time in more than 50 years, four U.S. companies have been granted permission by the Federal Government to open ferry services between the United States and Cuba.
Letizia Ruiz is an example that serves commercial aviation in Paraguay and Latin America as she is the first female Paraguayan commercial pilot with 22 years of experience in aviation and 4 years as a pilot.
The atmosphere that will prevail at the seventh Summit of the Americas remains undefined as it could either be the ideal venue for the unification of the continent, as the Panamanian hosts and others hope, or the stage for a new confrontation with the United States.
South Africa is involved in a far reaching mega-project which will result in the creation of the world’s largest telescope.
With more than two months having passed since the FARC-EP guerillas declared a ceasefire, the monthlong suspension of army bombardments towards the insurgent group`s base camps marks an important step towards peace in Colombia.
“The Ebola epidemic is not yet over and every effort must be made to ensure that we eradicate this disease once and for all.”
Considered by most to defy belief, president Barack Obama´s decision to declare that Venezuela is an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy has brought Latin America even closer together.
Economic crisis, political instability and personal insecurity are among the factors that drive people to migrate in the hope that a change of place, nation or region will improve their social and economic prospects and quality of life.
Following years of hostility and distance, the new atmosphere between the United States and Cuba is characterized by talks described as constructive and respectful by both sides, various expert exchanges, and steps towards the normalization of bilateral relations.
Zhang Xin, a senior Air China executive, said that a company delegation will travel to Cuba for talks about the establishment of the first ever direct flight between Beijing and Havana.
The government of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has reduced the income based poverty index by almost 15 percentage points since 2007.
The Vietnamese Thai Binh Investment Trading Corporation is promoting a project to construct detergent and diaper factories within the Mariel Special Development Zone (ZEDM for its Spanish initials) in the western Cuban province of Artemisa.
Colombian intellectual Alfonso Múnera, a member of the jury for the 56th Casa de las Américas Prize, is one of the champions of a project for the creation of a network of Caribbean carnivals.
Iberia airlines is confident that Madrid-Havana flights will yield high profits once the route reopens on June 1, the company’s Communications and Public Relations director, Juan Cierco, has said.
More than 15 million human beings were victims of the transatlantic slave trade for four centuries, a phenomenon that still has its impact on Afro-descendants around the world.
Ecuador has introduced a digital currency system that allows its citizens to perform countless monetary transactions from their cell phones, in an initiative likely to become a major tool for social inclusion, according to Ecuadorian authorities.
In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, countries at the epicenter of the worst ever Ebola outbreak, more than half a million people are on the brink of starvation; a number that could double by March if the supply of food does not improve.