Salon Tropical ‘Paladar’ in Santiago de Cuba Is Still Afloat

April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment »

One of the restaurants in Santiago de Cuba that has survived the many ups and downs of private business on the island is the Salón Tropical. Its owner, Nilda Gil, has managed the place from the start, as best as the rules of the game allowed her.

Cuba’s Energy Initiatives

April 17, 2014 | 7 comments

Despite Cuba’s interest in reducing its dependence on oil, the island does not currently import electric cars or authorize the use of natural gas as fuel. Currently only 5 % of the energy Cuba consumes is derived from renewable sources. A work group for the promotion of such sources of energy was recently assembled.

Cuba’s Tarara Summer Camp

April 16, 2014 | No Comments »

That summer, we’d been told that one way of spending a fabulous, paid vacation – and earning a bit of money on top of that – was to get a job as guide at the primary school summer camp in Tarara, the same place where, years before, shortly after arriving from Argentina, my brother and I had spent some time recovering from our asthma.

The Significance of April 9 for Cuban History

April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The history of Cuba is loaded with heroic deeds, episodes in which Cubans have risked their lives to defend the freedom and dignity of their people. The path stretching from the Spanish conquest to our day has been paved with the blood of martyrs. (23 photos)

Cuba and the Killer of Dreams

April 10, 2014 | 15 comments

Actually the Cuban Twitter called “Zunzuneo”, created by USAID, is nothing new; this is the digital version of TV Marti and it’s having similar results: millions of US taxpayer dollars spent to exert negligible influence within Cuba, reaching only 40,000 people.

Will Cuba and Obama Let Alan Gross Die?

April 9, 2014 | 32 comments

The attorney of US agent Alan Gross, the USAID subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for national security violations, said Tuesday that his 64-year-old client would continue his hunger strike “as long as necessary.”

Windows XP Refuses to Go in Cuba

April 8, 2014 | No Comments »

Though Microsoft has been announcing for months that it will cease to offer technical support for its Windows XP Operating System (OS) on April 8, Cuban computers continue to regard the announcements of the multi-million software company incredulously.

The True (Forgotten) Story of Havana’s John Lennon Park

April 7, 2014 | 3 comments

In December 1990, I took part in one of the most beautiful music events I can recall. I am referring to the first, great concert held as tribute to John Lennon in Havana, at the park located on the intersection of 17 and 6th streets.

Public Transportation in Cuba: Moving Backwards

April 4, 2014 | 7 comments

As far as its public transportation system is concerned, Cuba has two choices: to continue doing the same thing for another 50 years or to study the experiences of other countries and apply those that best suit the situation at home, without the need of reinventing the wheel.

The Empowerment of Cuban Women

April 1, 2014 | 5 comments

There are many factors behind the empowerment of Cuban women, but one of the most important is their massive incorporation into the workforce and higher education – 66 percent of Cuba’s professionals and experts are female, as are 50 % of the country’s healthcare workers.