My Other Mother

August 15, 2017 | No Comments »

After an intense journey, more in time than in kilometers, I recently returned to Santa Cruz del Sur, on the south of Camaguey, and I went looking for Marina, shortly after arriving. From a distance, I greeted her with happiness, she was sweeping the doorway of her home where traces of my childhood still linger, but she didn’t seem to share my enthusiasm.

Guardalavaca, an Idyllic Resort in Cuba’s East

August 14, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Guardalavaca cove is like a haven in front of the immense ocean, with its warm beach, of unrivalled grandeur. The low mountains of the Maniabon range almost reach the sea, giving the landscape greater beauty and individuality.

Antigona the Process (Video)

August 13, 2017 | No Comments »

Antigona the Process describes the history of the representation of women in Cuba, seen through a filmmakers team. Documentary by Yaima Pardo and Lilián Broche (60 minutes).

Amnesty Int. Begins Global Campaign to Repeal the Nicaragua Canal Law

August 8, 2017 | 1 Comment »

This past Thursday in Managua, Nicaragua, Amnesty International launched a “global campaign” to demand the repeal of Law 840, which awards a concession for the construction of an Inter-Oceanic Canal to the Chinese company HKND Group. The initiative accompanied the presentation of a report prepared by this organization for the defense of human rights.

World Bank Confirms: a Third of Nicaraguans Live in Poverty

August 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Despite recent social advances, there is still a high proportion of Nicaraguans living in poverty. Although poverty has diminished in the last years, approximately one third of the population (some 1.7 million Nicaraguans) lived with a per capita consumption below the official general poverty line in 2014.

The US is now Nicaragua’s Principal Oil Supplier

August 3, 2017 | 4 comments

Albanisa’s monopoly as the supplier of Venezuelan hydrocarbons has ended.  By Ivan Olivares (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES – Up until March 2015, Venezuela was our principal supplier of hydrocarbons. That month the South American nation provided Nicaragua with 43.9 million dollars’ worth of petroleum and its derivatives – 83% of the total hydrocarbon imports of US$52.9 […]

Cuba Doesn’t Need More Pessimism, but…

August 3, 2017 | 9 comments

The announcement this week in Cuba to suspend self-employment licenses in 30 different fields, including some of the most popular such as cafes, private restaurants or renting out rooms, didn’t exactly provoke optimism.

Cuba’s Prolonged Water Shortage

August 2, 2017 | No Comments »

The intense drought that the island and its people are suffering isn’t news. But, maybe the real dimensions of the problem haven’t been publicly explained to raise people’s awareness about the gravity of the situation. The poorest, the most deprived, already know this.

Cuba Faces a Post-Harvest Crisis

July 29, 2017 | 6 comments

For a half century the Cuban media boasts of successes in food production while the population faces endless shortages. Everyone is aware of the contradiction. Facing a growing financial crisis, the country continues to import over a billion dollars in food products each year.

Game Shows Take Over TV in Cuba

July 26, 2017 | 1 Comment »

For almost two decades, public participation shows on Cuban TV had practically disappeared. Or they weren’t visually attractive enough or they didn’t capture the viewing audience’s attention because of their reductionist content. Now they are back.