Human Trafficking Between Cuba and the USA

October 16, 2014 | 11 comments

Cuban immigrants have always been made a political issue, presented as persecuted individuals who are fleeing communism and given the status of refugees by the United States – despite the fact that 500,000 of these alleged “exiles” visit Cuba every year without anything happening to them.

Cubans on the Frontline Against Ebola

October 14, 2014 | 18 comments

Many people react with admiration to the honorable gesture of the Cubans. The medical mission will expand to more than 400 in the coming weeks. They will remain in place for at least six months.

US Funded Contest in Cuba Aborted

October 13, 2014 | 9 comments

When Jeff Kline visited Cuba offering to train young people to produce radio programs, A 25-year-old woman signed up. Kline was from another country and another generation, but she said the American quickly gained her trust.

Cuban Singer-Songwriter Levis Aliaga

October 11, 2014 | No Comments »

The work of Levis Aliaga (Ciego de Avila, 1972) is one of the most solid produced by folk singers of his generation. Praised by artists and writers, Aliaga has not yet achieved much renown among audiences – something which, most likely, has more to do with his current whereabouts (the Canary Islands) than with his talent as a singer-songwriter.

How Cuban Music Made Me a Better Historian

October 10, 2014 | 1 Comment »

“If you want to learn anything about the history of this country, you have to start with Carlos Varela.” This advice, offered by a colleague who was helping me in a Cuban archive a decade ago, proved remarkably true. I arrived in Havana in 2004 to research child migration conflicts.

Solo Exhibition of Cuban Artist Tomas Oliva

October 9, 2014 | No Comments »

The toilet – that intimate and carefully concealed artifact – is brought out from its hiding place by Tomas Oliva and used as a means of expressing different emotions, moods and ideas. (10 photos)

The Hong Kong Protests: Waiting for the Flood with an Umbrella

October 6, 2014 | 2 comments

Though political factors have taken center stage in Hong Kong’s current and massive protests, economic and financial interests could turn the tide definitively. Cuban HT reader Isidro Estrada brings us a first hand view of the situation from Peking.

Cuba’s Deja Vu Surprises and Delights

October 3, 2014 | No Comments »

Though most who had attended the concert had expected to see a different band play, people were not put off to find that the guest band was Déjà vu on arriving at the gardens of Havana’s Mella Theater on a recent Thursday. (13 photos)

Che and Chavez Colognes: Inexplicable Fragrances

September 26, 2014 | 7 comments

Cubans of any political creed have been startled by the news that the state-owned company Labiofam has launched two new colognes made in Cuba. The new fragrances are labeled “Ernesto,” for Che Guevara, and “Hugo,” for Hugo Chávez.

When Cuba Sends Patients Abroad

September 25, 2014 | 5 comments

When I wrote about Rafael’s illness, I became curious about the medical services that Cuban Public Health arranges for patients abroad. Following a rather arduous search, we found a teenager who had just been treated at a clinic in Europe. Below is her story.