Cuba Copies the Eritrean Model of Closed Airports

July 31, 2014 | No Comments »

The Havana airport administrator says there are many other airport terminals in the world where entry is forbidden to persons accompanying a passenger, but did not name any of them. While that appears to be an exaggeration, there is at least one in Asmara, Eritrea.

A Cuban at the Miami Hilton

July 31, 2014 | 2 comments

I arrived in Miami a few hours ago. Like almost all other passengers, I applauded when the plane landed. I went through the airport without any problems and got into a taxi headed for the Hilton Miami Downtown. This is my first trip abroad.

Cuba as Seen from a ‘The Nation’ Tour

July 30, 2014 | 7 comments

Last month a delegation organized by the prestigious left-leaning US magazine The Nation visited Cuba on an educational fact finding trip to get a first-hand look at the island at a time of economic reforms. We bring you a report from one of the participants.

Cuba Regains Dominance Over USA

July 28, 2014 | No Comments »

It didn’t take long for the Cuban baseball forces to regain the momentum and fully atone for last summer’s embarrassing whitewashing on North American soil versus the USA Collegiate All-Stars. In a renewal five-game set the youth-studded Cuban squad swept to five straight wins.

The Forgotten Story of a Local Havana Newspaper

July 28, 2014 | 6 comments

When the newspaper industry was still flourishing and about twenty different papers with large readerships were being published in Havana, a local periodical printed in the neighborhood of Los Pinos (named “Proyector”) was also in its heyday.

Interview with Argentinian Musician Ismael Torres

July 25, 2014 | No Comments »

Argentinian musician Ismael Torres is coming to the end of an international tour that has taken him to many different countries around Latin America, including Cuba, a nation that, in his words, “is torn between many root questions.”

Cuba’s Future Big League Players

July 25, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Those who know little about Cuban baseball tradition may be surprised by the new batch of talented players now shining in the big leagues, but the fact of the matter is that Cuba has always been an inexhaustible wellspring of good players. (24 photos)

My Own T-Shirt Hero: The Forgotten Story of a Bay of Pigs Pilot

July 22, 2014 | 9 comments

I recall I was around 10 years old when my father used to take me from one ministry to the other to collect his salary. It could have been the Ministry of Sugar or Transportation. He didn’t work at any of them, but he would collect his full salary there every month. In fact, he didn’t work anywhere. He was paid on instructions from the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

The Chinese Dream Looks for a Cuban Bed

July 21, 2014 | 17 comments

As Cuba receives Chinese President Xi Xinping on Monday, a growing number of Chinese businesspeople cross their fingers, hoping for the slightest commercial opportunity on the island.

The Russians Are Back in Cuba

July 17, 2014 | 8 comments

Few times does one witness – within the course of 50 years – a historical cycle like the one Cuba and Russia have just closed. Relations between the two countries will of course not be guided by the same parameters, but the fact of the matter is that Havana and Moscow are once again aware that they need one another.