New Exhibition of Wooden Sculptures in Alamar, Havana

August 31, 2015 | No Comments »

The sculptor had planned to arrive incognito, like a regular gallery-goer with her hands extremely clean and showed well-painted fake nails. No one would have suspected she was the author of the works on display. (9 photos)

The Archaeological Damage Posed by the Nicaragua Canal Project

August 29, 2015 | 5 comments

The mega project to build an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua is being touted by the government of Daniel Ortega as the answer to development for the Central American country. At the same time warning signals come not only from environmentalists, social activists, farmers and economists, but also archeologists.

Cuban Baseball Season Opens Saturday Amid Questions

August 28, 2015 | No Comments »

The new season starts on August 29th with an inaugural match between last year’s finalists, Ciego de Avila (the champion) and the Isle of Youth. Many questions abound on the future of Cuban baseball.

The Man Behind “Unseen Cuba”

August 28, 2015 | 9 comments

When the aerial photos of Cuba taken by Lithuanian Marius Jovaisa began to be published on the Internet, we saw more than one expression of wounded, nationalist pride bemoaning the fact a foreigner had come along and captured those images before Cubans could.

Adalett Perez Pupo: Spreading Love Where It’s Most Needed

August 25, 2015 | 4 comments

In one of Havana’s poor neighborhoods, where a bit of spiritual uplifting is most needed, puppeteer Adalett Perez Pupo (Holguin, Cuba, 1947), continues to do his missionary work.

Financial Snag between Angola and Cuba Settled

August 24, 2015 | 4 comments

The bags had been packed when a new order arrived. “We’ve been informed no one has to leave. The problem of Angola’s debt to Cuba has been solved,” informs a Cuban health worker based in Angola.

Emotion-filled Video Calls, the Latest from WiFi in Cuba

August 20, 2015 | 4 comments

The majority of those who come are teenagers, foreign students come in bounds, but there are also people aged 50 and over, and for the latter, there is a significant problem: they are not technologically savvy.

US-Cuba: The Challenge Posed by a New Relationship

August 20, 2015 | 9 comments

During five decades of confrontation between the USA and Cuba, there were periods of top-secret contacts, periods ruled by an absolute freeze, and others when threats ran high.

The Informal Markets of Cuban Tourism

August 19, 2015 | 50 comments

The most notable impact can be seen in Havana, Varadero & Matanzas, though all Cuban provinces – to a greater or lesser extent – have a tourist infrastructure that brings in revenues for the country and for private service providers. No few people have learned to “adapt” to this reality and make some money off visitors.

Cubans React with Indifference and Curiosity to the US Return to Havana

August 14, 2015 | 11 comments

In Cuba, which hasn’t given the visit much coverage in the media to the visit of John Kerry, many Cubans look on the day in which the Star-Spangled Banner is set to flutter in Havana again with mere curiosity and even indifference.