About a decade ago, the Central American and Caribbean Games were a cake walk, for Cuba. The dominance of Cuban sports was such that it used to breeze at regional trials, where they even enjoyed the privilege of leaving their star athletes at home and still win the competition with ease.
It’s time to present the pictures from the 6th HT Cuba Photo Contest that made it to the second round of selection. We received a total of 555 pictures from 72 participants competing in the five categories: Cuba y Night, Achievements, Failures, Housing and Billboards/Posters. (163 photos)
Though Orman Cala (Granma, 1980) hasn’t enjoyed the same publicity some of his contemporaries have, his songs are charged with a rebellious spirit and a provocative youthful impetus that leave those fortunate enough to listen to them wanting more.
I invite you to take trip with me to the Kingdom of the No. An attentive gaze, some notes and several photos are enough to confirm the persistent obstacles that people run into when dealing with service providers supposedly created to make their lives easier.
There is nothing Cuban authorities fear more today than seeing the island end up behind Mexico, Colombia or Venezuela at the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Veracruz from November 14 to 30 this year, as these – for reasons more political than sports-related – are considered the most important sporting competition of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.