Odd Facts about the Town of Bejucal

October 17, 2016 | No Comments »

Far from the walled city of Havana, from the new neighborhoods outside of the city and on the outskirts, the town of San Felipe y Santiago de Bejucal was founded in 1714, : the first vassal city in Havana and in Cuba.

Medicine Shortages in Cuba Worsen

October 17, 2016 | 1 Comment »

A serious problem that has begun to worry the Cuban people: the absence of many medicines in its pharmacies has made the news. The shortages that are beginning to be felt will most likely get worse before better.

Nicaragua: The Courage of a “Compassionate Teacher” who Helped Migrants

October 15, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Nicaraguan teacher Nilamar Aleman was recently released after 46 days she spent in the Ocotal, Nueva Segovia jail, after being arrested on August 13. Her “crime” was to accompany Naomi and Francisca, a migrant mother and daughter who had been stranded in Costa Rica.

Havana Mozart Festival Oct. 15-23

October 14, 2016 | No Comments »

This year, the Cuban festival runs from October 15-23 and celebrates the 70th anniversary of the relationships between Cuba and Austria. The “musical rejuvenation” of acoustically significant buildings has had a remarkable impact on Cuba.

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Ways for Cubans Abroad to Pay the Bill

October 13, 2016 | 2 comments

Topping up cellphone accounts with bonuses from abroad has especially been welcomed by ETECSA customers and the Cuban community abroad, as communication channels have begun to open up more (or for friends of other nationalities) and have been improved.

The family.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Clues about What Cuba Wants

October 12, 2016 | No Comments »

The Cuban people, worried about prices at the market and uncertain about transport, don’t know how to assess the figure properly when they’re told, on a TV news report: Cuba needs to attract at least 2.5 billion USD per year in foreign investment if it wants to continue to increase national Gross Domestic Product at a steady rate.

Pia’s Magical Hands

September 28, 2016 | No Comments »

Pia was seduced by natural colors when she realized she could use them. She used to look closely at pollen, dust clouds, some flowers and dried fruits, mud, certain stalks that trickled out tones when put in water, and charcoal which left a trail beside the path she used to walk along. Especially when she used to rub them against unusual surfaces or exposed them to sun, wind, rain and they took on wonderful shades.(30 photos)

Cuba’s Search for Oil and Foreign Investment

September 26, 2016 | 3 comments

In a press conference held in mid-September, executives from Cuba’s national Oil company (CUPET) lowered public expectations which have arisen around estimates that the Australian company MEO made public about Cuba’s oil potential.

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Radio Marti’s Credibility Hits New Low

September 18, 2016 | 8 comments

A few years ago, journalists who collaborated with Radio and TV Marti received a document which outlined the ethical and journalistic norms that these media should abide to. However both stations are doing very little to abide by it.

Jaime Incer Barquero: “There’s utter ignorance on the part of the authorities,” the expert admonished, adding that the private sector “has a short-term view of environmental management.”  Photo: Carlos Herrera/confidencial
Nicaragua Has “No Environmental Policy”, admits government advisor

September 17, 2016 | No Comments »

Scientist Jaime Incer Barquero, presidential advisor on environmental matters, severely criticized the inaction of the Nicaraguan Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA) in the face of the destruction of the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve at the hands of squatters. “It’s inexplicable,” was the reaction of Incer, former minister of this institution.