Matanzas after Irma, a Three-Act Play

October 17, 2017 | No Comments »

Elaine Diaz takes us to Matanzas province where she gathers the stories of a fisherman, a farmer and a survivor of Hurricane Irma.

Cuba-Saudi Arabia: The Threads of a Relationship of Convenience

October 16, 2017 | 2 comments

The relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the Cuban regime continues to grow. Curiously, many pro-Cuban government detractors of US foreign policy on human rights often use Washington’s lucrative dealings with Saudi Arabia as a sign of hypocrisy.

Rugby & US Football in Cuba, Past and Present

October 15, 2017 | 2 comments

Rugby, in its different forms, has been played in Cuba for many years, although it still continues to suffer a kind of curse because it doesn’t receive the institutional support it should.

What the “Nica Act” has Already Brought Us

October 14, 2017 | No Comments »

Three sketches regarding the threat of economic sanctions, following a 72-hour visit to Washington D.C. Carlos Fernando Chamorro discusses the “Nica Act” and its prospects for passage in the United States Senate.

Hurricanes: Eastern Cuba Getting Hit the Hardest of Late

October 12, 2017 | No Comments »

People outside of the capital half-jokingly say that when a hurricane sweeps through Havana or the country’s western provinces, soap opera episodes are rebroadcast. In 2000 and 2004, hurricanes Michelle and Charly, respectively, cut the national energy system into two and TV viewers in Cuba’s Oriente, spent days thinking about the severe damage that both hurricanes caused for their compatriots further to the west. Now things have changed.

Matagalpa, Nicaragua’s “Elder Mayor” Sadrach Zeledon

October 11, 2017 | No Comments »

Every morning for weeks now, the speakers on the outside of the Matagalpa mayor’s office blast at nearly full volume, alternating songs of the Sandinista Front with Reggaeton music. Although his name is never mentioned in the repertoire, passers-by and neighbors know that the strident music celebrates the third consecutive candidacy of Sadrach Zeledon Rocha as Matagalpa’s mayor.

Starts and Stops in Cuba’s Tourism Industry

October 10, 2017 | No Comments »

In the face of Cuba’s financial deficit and after the economy opened itself up to self-employment in 2016 and several non-agricultural cooperatives being approved in 2012, tourism has been one of the sectors that has promoted Cuba’s economic expansion the most and it has remained one of the top sources of fresh hard currency.

US Diplomats Hold Yard Sales Before Leaving Cuba

October 10, 2017 | 20 comments

There was a huge commotion. “The Yanks are leaving!” This is what many people were saying who, God knows how, found out when the Mister who isn’t needed at the embassy anymore is going to return to the USA. And with his quick return home comes the diplomat’s concern for his excess baggage, or the things that he doesn’t need around the house, or that getting health documents are going to be too much of a pain to take the dog.

Remittances to Cuba via the Internet on the Rise

October 10, 2017 | 3 comments

Without the chance to give a formal interview given the fact that the kind of journalism we practice lies outside the Communist Party-State lines, if you take a look at reality, you could say, without any fear of being wrong, that remittances to Cubans via the Internet are on the rise.

Che in Cuba, from Olive Green to the Guerrillas of White Coats

October 9, 2017 | No Comments »

Tamara Juvier studied at the Lenin senior high school and at age 16 it occurred to her to do a research work on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara. “It was difficult for us to be like a God. Being like a person who has no defects is impossible.”