From Italy to Centro Habana: The Story of SalchiPizza

April 24, 2015 | 3 comments

Months ago, a foreign acquaintance of mine who had plans of settling in Cuba and opening a business there, was telling me there was no good bread on the island. It is no secret that our daily bread is getting worse on a daily basis. (31 photos)

A Perspective from Cuba on Pirating and Access to Culture

April 23, 2015 | 5 comments

This is a very controversial issue, particularly in Cuba. Because of the embargo imposed by the US government, Cuba has had restricted access to information – to books, music, films, software, operating systems and other products. The government’s response has been that of the so-called “cracking” of all types of software.

The Special US Immigration Policy for Cubans

April 22, 2015 | 6 comments

The US and Cuba have finally resumed diplomatic relations. The rapprochement has also refocused attention on the fifty-year-old American policy that allows Cubans to immigrate to the United States in unlimited numbers, a “privilege” not conferred upon citizens of any other country.

A Cuban’s Story of Changing Times

April 21, 2015 | 6 comments

At 80, Manuel is still a strong and clear-headed man. He wears humble (but clean) attire and speaks without gesticulating, though a certain degree of haughtiness still comes across.

A Visit to Playa Larga at Cuba’s Zapata Swamp

April 21, 2015 | No Comments »

Those interested in coming into direct contact with nature and enjoying good beaches should definitely visit the towns of Caleta and Playa Larga, located in the Zapata Swamp, south of Matanzas, Cuba. (23 photos)

Jeannette Ryder Remembered in Cuba

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

People describe her as a slender, short-statured woman who walked the streets of Havana feeding stray dogs and cats. Some called her crazy – the label often applied to those who selflessly aid the needy. (18 photos)

A Million Fines for May Day?

April 18, 2015 | 3 comments

Cuba’s Comprehensive Supervision Department (DIS) seems to be repeating the refrain of an old song by Carlos Puebla: “If anyone so much as sticks their heads out, cut ‘em off!” It is almost as though it has set out to apply the record-breaking figure of one million fines before May 1st, the date in which Cubans gather at Havana’s Revolution Square to express their support and to condemn whatever they are told to support and condemn.

Cuba: Where Bottle Caps Are Worth More Than a Medical Degree

April 17, 2015 | 3 comments

“My son got his medical degree twenty years ago,” Rogelio tells me. “Today, he earns 1,460 Cuban pesos a month (70 usd). Since that amount isn’t close to enough to live on the father and son team actually make a living with bottle caps.

Cuban Civil Society and the Debate

April 16, 2015 | 5 comments

If the quarrel between civil society representatives sent from Havana and civil society representatives shipped over from Miami took us back in time some, the civility of the encounter between presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama pointed towards the present and the future.

Spanish Firms Excited Over Business Opportunities in Cuba

April 15, 2015 | No Comments »

More than 40 Spanish entrepreneurs headed by Spain’s State Secretary for Trade Jaime Garcia Legaz are taking part in a business forum held at Havana’s Hotel Nacional to learn of business and investment opportunities currently being offered by Cuba.