Photo:  István Ojeda Bello.
Beer Shortages in Cuba with More Tourism

April 27, 2016 | 11 comments

Beer drinkers in Cuba have been on edge since the press acknowledged the domestic industry’s inability to satisfy the growing demand for the product at State hard currency stores and private businesses, a situation now coupled with the tourism boom.

Guillermo Grenier
A Cuban-American Walks the Path of the Run-Away Slave

April 13, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On April 7, at the Cienfuegos headquarters of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists, Guillermo Grenier looked fresh, going into and coming out of the venue, restless. There was nothing to indicate the man had walked nearly 300 kilometers in less than two weeks.

Monica Lopez Baltodano
Nicaragua Legislature Rejects Initiative to Revoke Canal Law

April 12, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The secretary’s office of the National Assembly has rejected the citizens’ initiative to repeal Law #840, which ratifies the Canal concession and the related land expropriations. It declared itself “legally incapable” of processing the request presented on April 7 by the rural movement known as the National Council for the Defense of our Land, Lake and National Sovereignty.

Pedro Juan Guiterrez
Cuban Novelist Pedro Juan Gutierrez and the Censorship of Silence

April 11, 2016 | 3 comments

I still can’t believe it: Novelist Pedro Juan Gutierrez reading excerpts from La linea oscura (“The Dark Line”), a poetry anthology recently published by Ediciones Verbum. I wasn’t surprised by the possibility – increasingly slimmer, to be sure – of meeting him face to face. What I find hard to believe is that a mere eleven people (including one or two undercover security agents, no doubt) gathered at the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC).

One of the prison buildings.
Cuba’s Model Prison and its History

April 4, 2016 | 2 comments

At one time, the “Model Prison” located on Cuba’s Isle of Pines (currently Isle of Youth) was the largest prison the island had seen in a century. Its circular design was based on that of a prison located in Illinois, USA. (19 photos)

At our favorite cafe "5 esquinas"
My Second Cuban Experience

April 2, 2016 | 46 comments

My first trip to Cuba was two years ago in September 2014. Two friends and I bought a boat in Key West and brought her down to Central America. We stopped for two days in Havana and it was the highlight of our trip. It left me wanting more! Much more.

The Hidden Face of “Ordinary” Cuba (Doc.)

April 2, 2016 | No Comments »

Pero la Noche” (But the night) brings us the hidden face of what is at times “ordinary” in Cuban society. Three human beings choose to love, even if it entails a sacrifice – a sacrifice that has become a pleasure. (Doc. 26 min.)

Bob Marley
What Bob Marley Can Teach Us about Donald Trump

March 31, 2016 | No Comments »

If Bob Marley was alive today he would denounce – using the strongest, most acerbic terms – the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. A small sampling of Marley’s discography and musical mainstays evidence the disdain the reggae star would have held for the billionaire mogul.

Cuba's Banco Metropolitano. Photo: eldiario.es
Private Entrepreneurship & Cuba’s Credit Policy

March 28, 2016 | 2 comments

The Cuban government must provide a viable credit policy for its low-earning population if it wishes to successfully bridge the economic transition period to relieve the state apparatus and create more self-employment within the country.

A Traveling Cuban Returns Home (II)

March 27, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The course we went to was highly rewarding and interesting, from the point of view of professional training. We had the occasional tour around the town of Crawley, including the obligatory buying of souvenirs and the like. There was even time to go to London, the weekend in the middle, and to take some pictures of some key sites.