Interviews


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A Japanese Woman who Cooks for Cubans and Tourists

May 18, 2016 | 18 comments

Noriko Shingaki arrived in Cuba five years ago from Osaka where she was born: “I decided to offer my cooking to whoever wants to try it, I make family meals, the kind that can be eaten daily at any Japanese home.”




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A Mexican Artist’s Look at Cuba

May 13, 2016 | No Comments »

Mexican artist Hector Vargas is currently holding an exhibition in Denmark with pieces inspired by his experiences in Cuba. Some of the images may be slightly tongue-in-cheek, but it’s not the root intention at all.




Jorge at the moment of the rescue.
The Ordeal of a Cuban Rafter

May 9, 2016 | 68 comments

A group of 27 young Cubans set out from Bahia Honda, Artemisa, headed for the United States. They had built their vessel – only six meters long – together. They carried water, food and a big bag of hope. The next day, the engine broke down and they spent two agonizing weeks out at sea.




The Maternidad Obrera Hospital in Marianao.
A Tour of Art Deco Havana

May 6, 2016 | No Comments »

Walking down the main arteries of the Cuban capital, one can appreciate the vestiges of the Art Deco style. This architectural legacy was documented by architect Maria Elena Martin in her book Havana Art Deco: Architectural Guide.




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Angel Santiesteban: “I write to justify the space I take up on this Earth”

April 22, 2016 | 2 comments

My life seems meaningless if I don’t write every day. I write in order to express the feelings of those who want to be heard.” The father of two children, he doesn’t read what others write about him or his books. He only fears being unable to speak his mind.




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Cuban Architecture and Heritage in the Eyes of Foreign Experts

April 19, 2016 | No Comments »

Havana’s architectural heritage grabs hold of one, captures one, draws one’s attention. Currently, 165 US architects and experts in the field of preserving and restoring historical architecture are on the island, to take part in the Design Committee Conference of the American Architects Institute. (9 photos)




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A Conversation in Cuba with a US University Student

April 18, 2016 | 3 comments

Henry Wesley Burt is 21 years old and studies psychology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He speaks to us of his experiences as a student and his recent visit to Cuba.




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Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?

April 15, 2016 | 7 comments

The United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, Cuba’s official media, tasked with covering (and criticizing) US President Barack Obama’s address in Cuba, made absolutely no mention of the day.




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A Contemporary Cuban Silvermisth

April 7, 2016 | 5 comments

The creator of an original brand of products, Roxana Vargas is making her mark as a precious metal craftswoman, taking the market by storm with beautiful silver pieces made in Cuba.




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Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment

April 1, 2016 | 27 comments

In defining the key moment of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez, who directs the site known as 14yMedio, doesn’t hesitate in naming the live press conference when – to the general astonishment of Cubans – President Raul Castro found himself obliged to respond to the question of a CNN reporter regarding the Cuban political prisoners.