A government-run store called La casa del carpintero (“The Carpenter’s House”) has opened on Belascoain Street, in Havana. The store sells all kinds of carpentry tools, including very good brands. However, there is nowhere in all of Cuba to buy wood legally.
It broadens Internet access on the island, even though the cost is still too high: two CUC ($2.25 USD) for an hour. It also introduces new means for people to interact, through cell phone applications, tablets and laptops which are still novelties in most Cuban homes.
Cuba’s fourth place at the recently concluded Pan-American Games was as unexpected as it was painful. With 36 gold medals, 20 less than planned, Cuba walked away with the slimmest gold harvest since 1971, when the incredible story of how the island became the United States’ runner-up at these tournaments began to be written in Cali, Colombia.
It is common citizens, through pressure, activism and demands – and by overcoming fear and self-censorship – who will solve the country’s problems, even if they only start out by addressing those of an ice-cream parlor.
When the bus finally reached Bogota, Iraida, a 25-year-old Cuban dentist, felt that she had finally shaken off the terrible heavy weight that she had been dragging for more than a thousand never ending kilometers. Here’s her story and that of other Cuban health professionals stuck in Colombia.
Cuba didn’t fare too well at the Pan-American Games. For the first time since 1967, it came in fourth, bumped back from the habitual second place, and saw an avalanche of desertions by athletes who left for the United States.
After a two-year refurbishing process under Cuba’s Palco real estate agency, everything indicates the Someillan building located at the intersection of Linea and O streets, facing Havana’s Malecon ocean drive, will became one of the residential complexes for the new US embassy in Cuba.
Russia does not need a permanent naval base in Cuba, says a Russian military expert, quashing insinuations that Cuba would turn the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay to Russia after the Pentagon vacates it.
The individual entrepreneur, the proprietor and founder of the small and midsize businesses that have been organized throughout the country lacks official recognition as such and is still considered a “cuentapropista” (self-employed), as if there was no difference.
The documentary “A Wedding in Havana” was made during the height of the mid-1990s Special Period economic crisis, a crisis that for many Cubans never fully ended to this day. It gives us some insight into a period in time that people prefer not to talk much about from the disillusionment and pain it represented.