Now Open: The Havana Biennial 2015

    Art has taken over the Cuban capital for the next month with the opening on Friday of the 12th Havana Biennial. Expositions, street art, performances and much more can be seen at numerous locations through June 22. HT was at some of the inaugurations. (27 photos)

featuredimage Irish Vote for Same Sex Marriage Blacked Out in Cuba

Ireland overwhelmingly voted on Friday to legalize homosexual marriage. Thus far, Cuba’s official media such as Cubadebate, Granma and Juventud Rebelde have not mentioned the vote. Despite efforts by Mariela Castro daughter of President Raul Castro, in favor of gay unions, Cuba’s leaders have always been against equal legal rights for all Cubans.

featuredimage Cuba Farmers Congress Suggestive of Things to Come

The congress of Cuba’s National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) came to a close a few days ago. I was left with the impression that this gathering offered us very suggestive details. From what was said, it seems we should expect farm product prices to continue to rise.

featuredimage Sports at the Forefront of New Cuba-US Relations

As part of a phenomenon that extends beyond the political and touches other areas of society, the sports sector reacted quickly and US professional clubs began to express their interest in hiring Cuban baseball players only hours after that historical announcement.

featuredimage The Cuba Blockade Has Died, but the Embargo Lives On

Negotiations between Cuba and the United States are making it clear that the financial embargo on the island was also a blockade that placed restrictions on Havana’s relations with other countries around the world and international organizations. The avalanche of offers of business, credits, investments and partnerships, and the number of politicians and entrepreneurs who have visited the island after December 17 last year, demonstrate that many had not approached Cuba before fearing reprisals from Washington.

rightcolimage Filmmaker Guillen Landrian: Cuba’s Loose Cannon

The last New Filmmakers’ Festival had a special series of screenings in tribute to the late Nicolas Guillen Landrian. The showing of nine of his documentaries was a great gift to those who hadn’t seen (or only knew a small part of) his films.

rightcolimage If Cubans Could Choose Their Own Heroes

I do not believe it impossible for teachers here in Cuba to begin advancing exercises in which students are free to choose, on the basis of less restricted and rigid information, who their heroes and heroines are.

rightcolimage A Much-Awaited Sporting Event

The opening ceremony was simple but nice. The qualifying session was stressful, as whether one played on or not depended on it. Those responsible for assessing our performance were judges from Spain, Canada, Switzerland, China and other countries.

rightcolimage A Micro-Wave Oven and Macro-Stressed Woman in Cuba (Part II)

In the post I wrote last week (A Micro-Wave Oven and Macro-Stressed Woman in Cuba), I promised readers I would finish the absurd tale of my microwave’s ups-and-downs in a second post. I’d left the story at the third and last failed attempt at fixing the oven.

rightcolimage Is Cuba’s Phone Company Celebrating a Pre-Revolutionary Holiday?

Cuba’s State telecommunications monopoly (ETECSA) has accustomed those of us who use its mobile phone services to expect promotional offers where any purchase of credit over 20 CUC is doubled near socially significant dates, such as Mother’s Day, Saint Valentine’s and Christmas.

rightcolimage Conga Line against Homophobia in Havana

I don’t know who put my name on a list to receive event notifications via cell phone, but for a while now I’ve been receiving news this way of different events being held in the city. I had received at least three messages about a Conga line to be held on Saturday, May 9th.

rightcolimage Sex or Robbery?

Yesterday, I saw him at the emergency ward with bandages on his back. When I asked what had happened to him, he told me two men had assaulted him with a knife and stabbed him twice. “I couldn’t see the people who attacked me,” he told me.

rightcolimage A Photography Tour around a Caracas Parish

A flyer from the National Photography Center (CENAF), which called on all photographers, professional and not, equipped with cameras or cell phones, to take part in a kind of photography walk through the parish of Catia in Caracas. (25 photos)