Lead Up to the Venezuelan Elections (Dec. 6)

December 1, 2015 | No Comments »

This post represents an overview of the variables and scenarios currently at play in Venezuela as it moves toward the critical parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6. Political, economic and social factors all entwine to produce a crisis of legitimacy and support for the government of Nicolas Maduro. This crisis may be resolved through a post-electoral transition, or possibly via diverse strategies aimed at impeding or discounting an eventual opposition victory.

Lines at Cuba’s Banks and State Offices

November 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Cuban filmmaker Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti recently told the BBC that, “unlike the rest of the world, going to a bank in Cuba right now can be a highly traumatic experience.” Endless lines of people, power cuts, problems with the “server” and inhumane treatment can make customers waste an entire morning.

Cuban Doctors: The Soldiers Who Defeated Ebola

November 26, 2015 | 5 comments

As reports of three new Ebola cases arrive from Liberia, the medical doctor who headed Cuba’s largest campaign against the virus in Africa, Jorge Delgado, offered Publico an exclusive interview. Delgado is a veteran internationalist: “I have worked in Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau.”

Cuba Libre: An Unexplored Part of Cuban History on the Big Screen

November 25, 2015 | No Comments »

Cuba libre, Cuban filmmaker Jorge Luis Sanchez’ third feature, had to wait many years to reach the big screen and swell the list of domestic films to compete at the 2015 Havana Film Festival (Dec. 3-13).

Peter Turnley Photography at Cuban Fine Arts Museum

November 14, 2015 | No Comments »

On November 13, the Cuban National Fine Arts Museum hosted the opening of a solo exhibition by US photographer Peter Turnley, internationally recognized for his work on the reality of the human condition. (20 photos)

Pedaling to Happiness: Havana’s Bicycle Stories

November 13, 2015 | No Comments »

One of the most common obsessions that assails those of us who leave Cuba is the question as to whether we were happy back when we lived on the island. Many believe they weren’t, that happiness in revolutionary Cuba is, quite simply, something beyond our reach.

A Building on Reina Street, Havana

November 13, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The tenants of building 59 on Reina Street, Centro Habana face a terrible nightmare: a mountain of garbage that has built up on the ground floor of the building over the years, replete with rats and every imaginable, disease-carrying vermin… (9 photos)

Businesses on Board at Cuba’s Mariel Special Development Zone

November 11, 2015 | 3 comments

Eight companies have been authorized to operate in Cuba’s Mariel Special Development Zone. Of these, five are entirely foreign corporations (two Mexican, two Belgian and one Spanish), one is a joint venture, one a Cuban-owned enterprise and one is a Cuban company with foreign management.

Day Care Crisis Works Against Population Growth in Cuba

November 10, 2015 | No Comments »

The policies the Cuban government seeks to implement to encourage families to have two or more children are running into a major obstacle: the country’s reduced number of kindergartens, which today fail to meet a demand of nearly 50,000 children.

Political Refugees: Dismantling the Cuban Adjustment Act

November 10, 2015 | 3 comments

It seems to have become a trend now, after Raul Castro’s migratory reforms of January, 2013. Former high officials of the Castro regime who have concluded their terms in the government and Party are opting for a US visa to retire in Miami with their families, under the benefits afforded by the Cuban Adjustment Act.