Theater: A Young Cuban’s Lifeboat

    I tried to commit suicide. I was studying computer sciences at a technical institute and didn’t want to be there, I felt I was drowning. I don’t know what would have become of me without the theater, explains Adonis Milan. (22 photos)

featuredimage Cuba: The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation

Martin Guevara comments on the reaction in Euorpe to the tidal wave of refugees landing from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and fears the attitudes of the “New Man”, created by the Cuban system.

featuredimage The Man Behind “Unseen Cuba”

When the aerial photos of Cuba taken by Lithuanian Marius Jovaisa began to be published on the Internet, we saw more than one expression of wounded, nationalist pride bemoaning the fact a foreigner had come along and captured those images before Cubans could.

featuredimage Male Cuban Hairdos: Variations of the Same

If you go for a stroll around Havana today, you won’t be able to avoid noticing the new hairdos now in style among young men. Outlandish styles will in fact surprise you at every corner. (22 photos)

featuredimage New Exhibition of Wooden Sculptures in Alamar, Havana

The sculptor had planned to arrive incognito, like a regular gallery-goer with her hands extremely clean and showed well-painted fake nails. No one would have suspected she was the author of the works on display. (9 photos)

rightcolimage Gay Issues in Cinema

I’ve seen a number of films dealing with gay issues recently (a friend who buys the weekly “package” makes copies of these for me). These kinds of films (particularly those with sex scenes) are barely shown on Cuban television.

rightcolimage The Drought and an Unexpected Reply

The water was running across the sidewalk unchecked. Several people worriedly looked at the fatal spill, wondering, perhaps, where in our draught-stricken city it could be coming from. The sight was just one more worry we Cubans deal with every day.

rightcolimage The Trip to Che Guevara’s Campsite

One day after captain Chaviano returned from Che Guevara’s campsite, that is to say, on Friday, December 13, 1958, we all went down the hill known as El Piquito, towards the town of San Blas, to depart for El Pedrero. There, we would place ourselves under the command of Che Guevara…

rightcolimage Back to the Roots, in the Shadows

“She’s an exceptionally beautiful woman, but she doesn’t do it for me anymore. I think it best to turn my life around completely,” Oliver, one of the workmates I sometimes converse with, says to me rather worried…

rightcolimage Cervical-Uterine Cancer in Cuba and the World

I’m shaken up. In less than a year, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with and treated for cervical cancer (CC) – three young women saved from a slow and horrible death. I dedicate this post to all those battling this condition. (9 graphs)

rightcolimage Cuba: Hello Wi-Fi

I hope Wi-Fi services last in Cuba. It’s been a phenomenal idea to set up these networks, and it’s both curious and humorous to see people congregate to download information and videos and to chat with relatives and friends.

rightcolimage What Cuban Students Do on Summer Vacation

These summer months remind me of the school break and the inevitable essay that came with the start of classes in September, on the subject of what you had done during your vacation.

rightcolimage Venezuela’s Crisis Is No Small Potatoes

Here in Venezuela, like everything else you buy, potatoes are increasingly beyond hand’s (or pocket’s) reach. The last time I went to a market, a kilo was being sold for the equivalent of 90 USD at the official exchange rate. (21 photos)