Cuban Youth Aren’t Going Back to the Land

June 23, 2017 | 2 comments

When the vacations roll around, Yaxelis knows what’s waiting for her in advance: the same river swimming hole she’s known ever since she was a little girl, a trip or two to the city of Camaguey, maybe the trip to Havana she’s been promising her sister for the past two summers…

Nicaraguan Farmers Protest Canal Threat

June 16, 2017 | No Comments »

Thousands of farmers from the communities of the San Juan River and Nueva Guinea marched this Tuesday to demand that Law 840 be revoked. It is officially known as the Special Law for the Development of Infrastructure and Transportation in Nicaragua Relating to the Canal, Free-Trade Areas and Associated Infrastructure.

Cuba’s Largest Company: The Revolutionary Armed Forces

June 16, 2017 | 18 comments

In Cuba, renting a car, sleeping in a hotel, diving or buying in a store has one thing in common: the companies that provide these services belong to the Grupo Empresarial Empresarial S.A. (GAESA) led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

Safety Draws Tourists to Cuba

June 15, 2017 | 30 comments

Safety is one of Cuba’s greatest tourist attractions, especially when we compare this to other countries within the region, where violent crimes have increased even above the Latin American average, which are already high enough as it is.

Holguin to Become the Capital for Motor Tricycles for Public Transport

June 13, 2017 | 3 comments

Holguin will add a new proud title to that of the “City of Parks” this month and will now also become the Capital of Motor Tricycles. The decision is part of the government’s search for affordable alternatives for the people amid the public transport crisis.

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

June 8, 2017 | 17 comments

The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and a consequent accumulation of wealth.

Cuba and Copyrights: Share or Pay?

June 6, 2017 | No Comments »

They say that people at Yara cinema stood up, clapping wholeheartedly, when an announcement was made by author Leonardo Padura at the last Havana Film Festival that the movie Mario Conde (based on the lead character in several of his novels) would soon be available in the Weekly Package of audiovisual materials distributed in Cuba. And I’m sure there are other examples to illustrate this “everything for everyone” philosophy.

Imported Chicken is King in Socialist Cuba

June 5, 2017 | 14 comments

The weekly newspaper Tribuna de La Habana reported the government’s decision to sell chicken as the only meat option in the regulated (rationalized) extra food for special diets with a medical prescription.

Now, the Other Side of Agitprop

May 30, 2017 | 2 comments

The young filmmaker Eliecer Jimenez shines a light on the different aspects and complexities of the current political landscape here in Cuba. The opposition, breakaway groups, leaders and their disagreements, in a precise editing sequence, where everything has its place.

Yeinner Chicas: A Nicaraguan Who Lives to Dance

May 28, 2017 | No Comments »

Yeinner Chicas is now 27 years old and claims that he doesn’t know what his life would have been without dance because it saved him from the violence and crime in his neighborhood of Masaya, Nicaragua and has led him to win over audiences all over the world, from Costa Rica to Finland.