A Light at end of the Agricultural Tunnel (III)

February 13, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Part three of our interview with agronomist/organic farmer Fernando Funes deals with prices in Cuba’s markets and the relationship between producers and consumers.

A Light at the End of the Agriculture Tunnel (Part II)

February 12, 2016 | No Comments »

Part 2 of our interview with Fernando Funes, who, along with his wife Claudia Alvarez and employees, has transformed an infertile area of land into an agro-ecological paradise.

A Light at the End of the Agriculture Tunnel

February 11, 2016 | 2 comments

The Marta farm is located 20 km from Havana. The area was dominated by dry, compact, stone-filled earth covered by marabou brush so one had to be very foolish to think an environmentally-friendly and sustainable agriculture initiative could work there.

Zika Virus Revives Abortion Debate in Nicaragua

February 9, 2016 | No Comments »

The appearance of Zika in Latin America has placed all the regional health systems on high alert, especially since the virus in pregnant mothers is associated with congenital malformations and microcephaly. In countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua, where the laws prohibit the interruption of pregnancy for any reason, the epidemic projected by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revived the debate on abortion.

Cuba’s New Unacknowledged Architecture

February 1, 2016 | 1 Comment »

One of the first lessons every architecture student in Cuba receives has to do with the concepts the Romans established for the planning and construction of buildings. In 1 B.C., author Marcus Vitruvius set down architecture’s three basic elements: resistance, functionality and beauty.

TostoneT: A Socially-Minded Cuban Tech Company

February 1, 2016 | 9 comments

A small company in the heart of Havana has been struggling to remain afloat and push its projects forward since October of 2012. Liber Puente Baro of TostoneT says “Self-employment is tacitly recognized in Cuba,” while noting the obstacles are considerable.

Interview with Cuban Pianist Liana Fernandez

January 29, 2016 | No Comments »

Renowned Cuban pianist Liana Fernandez – part of a family of great musicians – presented her first album at the 2015 Cubadisco event, under the category of concert soloist. She talks with Havana Times about her career.

A Cuban’s Odyssey: Part I: Sixteen Days in Colombia

January 12, 2016 | 11 comments

Leonel Ramos Castillo is asking himself whether he left Ithaca or Troy. While Odysseus sailed a thousand kilometers down the Aegeus on his way home, this Cuban traversed six times this distance, crossing the whole of Central America to reach the far-off destination of Austin, Texas.

The Cuban Director of Broadway’s Rent

January 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

With only a few years on the Cuban stage behind him, Reinier Rodriguez has been chosen to direct the musical Rent on the island, a project that brought together Cuban and US artists.

Interview with Cuban poet Rafael Alcides (web documentary)

January 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Introducing the first three episodes of the mini web series “Rafael Alcides” from a 4-hour interview with Cuban poet and writer Rafael Alcides on various topics. Director: Miguel Coyula (2015). Subtitles in English