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    Cuba: The Americans Are Coming!

    These conversations may seem like a joke, but they’re absolutely true. We could say they are part of the everyday, “magic realism” of socialism (perhaps not as “real” as Soviet socialism, but certainly a lot less “updated” than we would want).

featuredimage US-Cuba Talks and a Guantanamo Proposal

Round two of the high level talks to normalize diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States is set for Friday, February 27 in Washington D.C. The first and foremost order of business is clearing the way to the opening of embassies in the respective capitals. Other more difficult issues like the fate of the US Guantanamo Naval Base and Prison Camp, and compensation for confiscated properties at the beginning of the Cuban revolution will no doubt be left for further on in the negotiations.


featuredimage How Nicaragua’s Canal Project is Portrayed in Cuba

For days, I’ve been hearing comments about protests in Nicaragua that seem suspiciously ill-intentioned. Since I know Cuban leaders adore Daniel Ortega, frequently praising and paying tribute to him and his administration – I decided to conduct a search for news or opinion pieces about Nicaragua’s inter-oceanic canal project published in Cuba. My intention was not to dispel any doubts, but to reaffirm my confidence in our press.


featuredimage From Cuba to Ecuador to USA: Cuban Woman Tells Her Story

She arrived. Hungry, with only 2 dollars in her purse (the same “lucky $2 bill” carried by many Cubans) and wearing the only decent clothes she had after crossing eight countries. Susana’s journey began on Sept. 27, 2014, when she left Cuba for Ecuador with her partner and two friends, Marcos and Alejandro.


featuredimage Alejandro Castro Espín: “Cuba Will Never Return to Capitalism”

Alejandro Castro Espín, 49, son of Cuban president Raul Castro and the late Vilma Espin, is a colonel in the Interior Ministry and social researcher. He is considered the possible power behind the throne of any new president when his father steps down in 2018.


rightcolimage Francois Truffaut in the Works of Cuban Painter Antonio Nuñez

At the beginning of the year, while studying the work of Cuban artist Antonio Nuñez (1971), I came across a series produced in 2009, in which different scenes from films by Buñuel, Godard, Truffaut and others are rendered on canvas.


rightcolimage Havana’s Gay Meeting Places

In 1987, I went to a gay meeting place in Havana for the first time. I’d been too afraid to go to such places before. Single men would go to these places to meet other men, in search of a relationship or one-night stands.


rightcolimage Lucy and the Adolescence of Civilization

Lucy, a young US citizen studying in Taiwan, is kidnapped by local mafiosos, cruel and bloodthirsty types. The bad guys are looking for mules to transport a potent drug that was recently discovered.


rightcolimage Wrestling with Cuba’s Wrestling Coaches

As I’ve written before, my son practices Greco-Roman wrestling. I’ve shared the difficulties mothers face to acquire the needed sport implements. Today, I want to talk about wrestling coaches.


rightcolimage Venezuela Under Fascist Threat

I am not exaggerating: the Venezuelan Right has already shown us its fascist credentials on more than one occasion. Now, it charges once again, with a (recently frustrated) plot to stage a coup and assassinate the nation’s president.


rightcolimage The Two Faces of Entertainment

In previous articles, I wrote about Dota, a very popular game among the young (even in Cuba, despite our well-known technological limitations). It has caused such a stir that there have been debates as to whether to consider it a sport.


rightcolimage Are There Reasons to be Hopeful in Cuba?

A French journalist who was shooting a documentary here told me he was surprised I could speak of hope when referring to Cuba – not because he doesn’t want to be hopeful, but because the impressions he gathered during his visit to the island.


rightcolimage US Congressional Delegation Enthusiastic on Cuba

The delegation of US Democrats headed by Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic Party minority in the US House of Representatives, showed much contentment and enthusiasm this past week in Cuba.