Chinese Entrepreneur to Build Nicaragua Canal Loses Much of His Assets

October 5, 2015 | No Comments »

Wang Jing, owner of the Chinese consortium that is to build and operate the Nicaragua canal, has suffered considerable financial losses, Ivan Olivares reported today on the website Confidencial.com.ni.

How Hard Is It to Buy a House or Apartment in Cuba Today?

October 1, 2015 | 6 comments

The issue of housing in Cuba still needs to be seriously addressed and the real estate market is still in diapers. That said, like everything else in Cuba, there are different ways to materialize one’s dream of having a home, be it through legal mechanisms or “under the table.”

Appraising Raul Castro’s Trip to the US

September 30, 2015 | 12 comments

Rather than become the target of criticisms over the situation of human rights in Cuba, as was quite often the Castro government over the past few decades internationally, the younger of the Castro brothers was one of the stars of the UN General Assembly’s first days.

Japanese Woman Opens Restaurant in Old Havana

September 30, 2015 | 14 comments

Tokyo-born Sayuri Yoshida has set up a small crepes and Japanese food establishment at the intersection of Aguacate and Obrapia Streets in Old Havana, drawing in more and more customers thanks to the distinction and variety of her menu.

Pinar del Rio’s New Exotic Dish

September 22, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Till recently, it was yet another of the many endemic species of the Sierra de los Organos, in the countryside of Pinar del Rio, but soon Zachrysia guanensis could become one of the most exclusive dishes of Cuban cuisine.

Cuba–US Relations: Which Court is the Ball In?

September 22, 2015 | 6 comments

Only the most general aspects of the conversation Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro had on the afternoon of September 18 are known, but one needn’t have a crystal ball to be certain that the measures Washington had just announced to relax the embargo were the main topic of discussion.

The Pope Meets with the Castro Brothers after Criticizing Ideologies

September 21, 2015 | 15 comments

Public criticisms levelled at ideologies before thousands of people marked the Pope’s second day on the socialist island on Sunday. Hours later he had one of the most anticipated meetings of his trip, an encounter with Fidel Castro.

Pope Francis in Cuba: “The World Needs Reconciliation” (Video)

September 21, 2015 | 2 comments

Ahead of his first U.S. visit, Pope Francis celebrated mass in Cuba Sunday before hundreds of thousands of worshipers in Havana’s Revolution Square. Born in Argentina, Francis is the first Latin American pope.

“Welcome to Habana!”

September 19, 2015 | 13 comments

The plane lands in Havana at terminal 2, which is only for flights from the U.S. and Caribbean islands. It was empty, the complete opposite of JFK; no planes parked, no planes taking off, very few rundown warehouses. There was very little action for a major city.

More Opportunities than Conflicts: The Pope Unites Cuba and Miami

September 18, 2015 | No Comments »

Medication and rosaries instead of demonstrations and protests. The nearly 200 pilgrims traveling from Miami to Cuba to see Pope Francis represent a new face of Cuba’s émigré community, one that does not see His Holiness’ visit to the island as cause for division but as an opportunity for reconciliation.