Obama: “Change will come to Cuba”

    President Barack Obama said today he is confident that changes in Cuba will result from the new policy of his country towards the island and supports ending the embargo, but warned that this will not happen soon.

featuredimage The Wall Around Cuba is Falling

I got wind that Cuba and the United States were exchanging prisoners while interviewing a group of medical doctors who left for Brazil this Wednesday. When I told them the Cuban agents imprisoned in the United States were on their way home, there was applause, cheering and plenty of tears. Later, we would find out of the exchange between the two presidents, the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries.

featuredimage Cuba’s Oncology Congress and Campaigns Abroad

I recently had the pleasure of participating – albeit in a rather accidental fashion – in the Oncology Congress held at the Havana Convention Center this year. This scientific gathering is one of Cuba’s most important anti-cancer events in our country.

featuredimage The Triumph of Common Sense: Cuba & the USA Re-Establish Relations

The decision spells the triumph of common sense and wisdom, of the constructive and objective forces within the two governments, and the defeat of the conservative forces that, on both sides, aspired to maintain the old status quo we inherited from the Cold War.

featuredimage Cuba’s Raul Castro Explains Advances with USA

Cuban president Raul Castro spoke to the nation today at noon, the same time that Barack Obama was making an address from the White House. The two leaders were addressing, in their own way, a successful diplomatic effort that included the release of prisoners Alan Gross, the three remaining Cuban Five members and an unnamed US agent who was also jailed in Cuba.

rightcolimage A Visit to El Rincon, Cuba

Much has been said and written about the massive pilgrimage that takes place on the eve of December 17. Believers in Saint Lazarus travel every year to the sanctuary, located approximately 17 kilometers from Havana, to ask for health and prosperity.

rightcolimage Cuba–US Relations: We Just Have to Wait and See

The day in which Cuba and the United States decided to re-establish diplomatic relations has finally arrived but, beyond the lively enthusiasm this has awakened and despite all of the encouraging things that have been said, I harbor my doubts about all that remains to be done on this end.

rightcolimage Wheelchair Tennis in Cuba: Sacrifices and Rewards

I recently started practicing a sport I knew nothing about before: wheelchair tennis. I was eager to try my hand at it the moment they talked to me about it, particularly because I like challenges. Even though I didn’t even knew it existed till recently, I am rather good at it.

rightcolimage A Big Surprise from Obama

This week President Obama surprised us with the inevitable: he put in motion what is sure to be a long and arduous 180 degree turn of U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba. Here in Havana I came to the quick conclusion that Cuban media outlets were caught completely off guard.

rightcolimage Santa Claus Doesn’t Fly Cubana

I imagine that the majority of those who read this post will do so from foreign shores. I suppose that in your countries Santa Claus, the reindeer, wreaths on doors and Christmas trees have been at work and put up for some time now.

rightcolimage Blessed Are the Thorns of Cuba’s Marabou

The marabou (Dichrostachys glomerata) is a brush that was introduced into Cuba at the end of the 19th century. Many blame the Castros, socialism and even Marxism of turning Cuba into marabou country – but we need to look more closely at the history of the brush.

rightcolimage Post Authoritarianism in Cuba’s Tourism Sector

I don’t believe the economic liberalization process now underway will bring about significant changes to this situation, at least not in the mid-term, particularly because the most basic forms of authoritarianism in the workplace remain intact…

rightcolimage Cuba’s Somber Commemmorative Dates

Cuba’s official discourse cannot help but celebrate or solemnly commemorate certain events. There is even a television program about such events, where I’ve heard as absurd commemorative remarks as: “On a day like today, the Commander in Chief visited this or that place.”