“Cuba’s Bureaucracy Sees Popular Participation as a Problem”

July 3, 2015 | 5 comments

In recent years, the legislative sphere has been one of the most active as a result of the transitional process undertaken by Cuba through the “updating” of the economic model impelled by the government. New norms have been established to enshrine popular aspirations that had been postponed for years.

A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations (Video)

July 2, 2015 | 4 comments

After half a century, the USA and Cuba have announced they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and formally re-establish diplomatic relations. US Secretary of State John Kerry said he will travel to Havana to open the US Embassy there.

Same-Sex Marriage in Cuba: An Absent Right

July 1, 2015 | No Comments »

It’s 4:20 in the afternoon in Sagua la Grande and, like every Saturday, Adrian is waiting for the bus headed for Santa Clara. He tells me that Yunier will board the bus at the stop called “Sietecito.” They will look for each other in the crowd, kiss each other on the face and share the small seat.

The Tavel: Another Havana Giant Bids Farewell

July 1, 2015 | 4 comments

Today, El Tavel only belongs to the group of buildings that will be remembered by a slight few. It began to show clear signs of deterioration in the late ’60s. During the decades that followed, its inhabitants held on to the hope of seeing it one day restored to its former glory.

Are There Indians in Cuba or Were They All Killed? (Video with Eng. subtitles)

June 27, 2015 | 8 comments

A descendant of the Indian people of Cuba maintains strong links with his ancestors. He questions the past and present world with a commitment to maintain and renew their legacy to transmit it on to new generations.

Hemingway Double Hanging Out in Havana

June 26, 2015 | 11 comments

Wally Collins, winner of the 2014 “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, is once again in Havana. His presence at El Floridita bar causes a great stir among the patrons.

Cuba at Toronto’s Pan-American Games: Expert Predictions

June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Combat sports will once again carry the weight of Cuba’s performance at the 2015 Pan-American Games to be held in Toronto from July 10 to 26, followed by athletics, the other big medal-winning discipline for the island.

New Nina Simone Film Captures Singer and Activist’s Uncompromising Voice

June 24, 2015 | 4 comments

As the Black Lives Matter movement grows across the country and the the nation mourns the death of the nine worshipers killed at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, we look back at the life of one of the most important voices of the civil rights movement: the singer Nina Simone, known as the High Priestess of Soul. While Simone died in 2003, a new documentary, “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” sheds light on her music and politics.

The Cuban Lottery: Luck and Other People’s Money

June 22, 2015 | 2 comments

The business that has been set up around la bolita in Cuba – a lottery draw which, next to cock fights, is the most popular illegal game on the island – has a defined and stable structure that allows it to operate efficiently.

Seized US Properties in Cuba: Another Pending Issue for the Thaw

June 18, 2015 | 11 comments

The nationalization of US companies following the Cuban revolution, one of the measures that detonated the diplomatic break between Washington and Havana in 1961, is one of the issues that has been put on the table once again, after the historic rapprochement between the two countries announced in December of last year.