Felix left Havana one Sunday afternoon and arrived in Miami Thursday night. He was exhausted, unbathed, unshaven, famished and weighed several pounds less.
Cuban sports authorities have just degraded yet another of their baseball greats: former player, coach and manager Antonio Pacheco, known as the “Captain of Captains” till recently.
Last week, my son Rogelito, my wife Yasmin, her mother Silvia and I went to Cuba’s National Zoo. I will use some of the many pictures we took to accompany my impressions during our outing. (8 photos)
“What I don’t understand is that they should work so hard to look for the games to broadcast that are ultimately the least attractive for us, the ones with no Cuban players,” says a baseball fan at Havana’s Parque Central sports talk corner.
Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters – some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the island.
Today, August 13th, Fidel Castro reaches 88, an event celebrated in all of Cuba’s official media. Castro, who officially left office due to serious illness in July 2006, is still the top advisor to the government of his younger brother Raul, 83.
“Samsara”: A woman hallucinates another reality, where she is free. A short fiction film directed by Maria Elisa Perez Leal. “It’s about a personal story with my mother.” (2010) 5:35 minutes.
I recently had a delightful taste of Cuban music right in my own Canadian back yard. This wonderful concert starred Jane Bunnett and her all-woman band, Maqueque, who were brought to our local Algonquin Theatre stage by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, during their annual August jazz weekend. (11 photos)
The world premiere of Return to Ithaca, a film by French director Laurent Cantet inspired by a story written by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, will take place at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, to be held from August 27 to September 6 this year.
A close look at the island’s economy, both from Cubans residing in the country and those living abroad, marked the second day of discussions at the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy conference in Miami. An overriding conclusion was that the urgent need for expanding the changes in motion requires political decisions still forthcoming.