The Story of Two Cuban Survivors

August 27, 2016 | 5 comments

Marilin de Pedro (37) and Javier Casanova (30) met at the Julio Diaz Orthopedic Hospital. Both of them were victims of traffic accidents, at different times. She graduated in Civil Engineering and he works in construction as a floor polisher at the Havana Convention Center.

A Papier-Mache Tribute to Elderly Cubans

August 24, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Cuban artist Georgina de la Cruz: “I wanted to make a point about the fact that we seniors still exist, we still make up a part of this world, this country, this city, and we still have a lot to offer, in all respects.”

Is it right that a manager of a press media has the power to leave a journalist unemployed just because they published a speech made by another colleague at a professional meeting on his personal blog?
How a Cuban Journalist Got the Axe from a Government Radio Station

August 17, 2016 | 4 comments

This week, my colleague Jose Ramirez Pantoja received his definitive firing from Radio Holguin and therefore [with the existing system of blacklisting] from any government media.

Lizzy, a New Brand of Music in Cuba

August 15, 2016 | No Comments »

With a different style to that which is normally heard on the island, Lizzy and her band choose to sing in English, for a Cuban audience.

Maykel Reyes
The Journey of Maykel Reyes, Cuba’s First Professional Soccer Player

August 12, 2016 | No Comments »

Destiny has laid the way for Maykel Reyes to become a ground-breaking Cuban soccer player: the first to sign a contract with a team abroad, the first to score a goal in a World Championship, and who knows if there is still more to come.

El escritor y ex-vicepresidente de Nicaragua, Sergio Ramírez. Foto Ángel Medina G./EFE
Sergio Ramirez: Ortega Isn’t Going to Turn Back

August 11, 2016 | No Comments »

The voice of Sergio Ramirez, one of the most respected and influential intellectuals in Latin America, also embodies the weight of political experience, intuition and historical perspective. All of this leads him to say: “We’re watching a movie [in Nicaragua] we’ve seen before and we know that it doesn’t end well”.

A Cuban’s Tattoos

July 22, 2016 | 4 comments

Some people prefer to hang up paintings on their walls and others like to see them on their skin, and they’re carrying real art about on them. That’s what attracted me to getting a tattoo in the first place, and then to become a professional tattoo artist. (10 photos)

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in Havana
In Cuba, Art is not a Sidedish or an Appetizer

July 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Interview with Oakland Symphonic Youth Orchestra’s principal conductor Omid Zoufonoun, at the close of a ten-day tour in Cuba with performances in Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Havana.

The El Brujo Mendez hill.
Maria de los Angeles Still Has Hope

July 17, 2016 | 3 comments

The hilltop community of El Brujo Mendez finally has electricity. Maria de los Angeles Dominguez, 54 years old, was born in this beautiful place in the Rosario Sierra, Artemisa, and has never given up. (9 photos)

La Vieja Escuela y los fans
La Vieja Escuela: From Doing Covers to Recording their First Album

July 15, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The Cuban rock band, La Vieja Escuela (The old school), which according to Roberto, Anima Mundi’s lead guitarist, has a clean, balanced sound, like you were listening to a well-made CD.