Che and Chavez Colognes: Inexplicable Fragrances

September 26, 2014 | 6 comments

Cubans of any political creed have been startled by the news that the state-owned company Labiofam has launched two new colognes made in Cuba. The new fragrances are labeled “Ernesto,” for Che Guevara, and “Hugo,” for Hugo Chávez.

When Cuba Sends Patients Abroad

September 25, 2014 | 5 comments

When I wrote about Rafael’s illness, I became curious about the medical services that Cuban Public Health arranges for patients abroad. Following a rather arduous search, we found a teenager who had just been treated at a clinic in Europe. Below is her story.

Does the US Interests Section in Havana Scam Cuban Visa Applicants?

September 23, 2014 | 20 comments

Like many Cubans, Luis Enrique González was ecstatic when in January 2013 his government lifted the much-hated restrictions on freedom to travel abroad. He dreamed of visiting his father in Florida—maybe even riding a Harley-Davidson around the USA.

Cuba’s Telephone Co. Cons its Users

September 23, 2014 | 10 comments

Cuba’s telephone company monopoly, ETECSA, has admitted it is experiencing problems with its systems and that it is stealing money from users. They committed to reimbursing us the money they had charged us by mistake as soon as the problems were fixed.

Happy in Havana (Cuban version)

September 22, 2014 | 2 comments

A Made-in-Cuba version of the video clip “Happy,” by U.S. musician Pharrell Williams is circulating on the social networks and the alternative weekly audiovisual package.

Cuban Folk Musician Irina Gonzalez: Communion with the Earth

September 18, 2014 | No Comments »

Irina Gonzalez (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1986) is a young and talented folk musician who stands out both for her mastery of several instruments and the poetic sensitivity she evinces in her lyrics. She graduated as an oboe-player, but she also plays the flute, the harmonica, the piano, percussion instruments and – of course – the guitar.

Shortages to Continue in Cuban Stores

September 12, 2014 | 6 comments

When a Cuban goes shopping they never know what they will find on store shelves. There may be plenty of some unaffordable luxury products and acute shortages of basic necessities. We publish a report from Café Fuerte on the current shortages of many basic products in the country.

The United States’ “Backyard” and Cuba

September 11, 2014 | 27 comments

The United States has had to yield to pressures from Latin America and accept Cuba’s participation at the next Summit of the Americas, to be held on April 10, 2015. President Barack Obama had no choice: had he maintained the veto, it would have meant the end of these presidential gatherings.

Map (A tourist guide talking to talk) Video

September 10, 2014 | No Comments »

Rebuild the city, make it live, lie, talk to talk: pointing to the future. “Map” was made in the Spring of 2009 by Damian Sainz. (3:19 min.)

Former World Leaders Call for End to Failed War on Drugs

September 10, 2014 | No Comments »

We look at the growing movement for drug decriminalization that is moving ahead in the United States and being amplified by former heads of state from around the globe.