This post represents an overview of the variables and scenarios currently at play in Venezuela as it moves toward the critical parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6. Political, economic and social factors all entwine to produce a crisis of legitimacy and support for the government of Nicolas Maduro. This crisis may be resolved through a post-electoral transition, or possibly via diverse strategies aimed at impeding or discounting an eventual opposition victory.
Cuban filmmaker Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti recently told the BBC that, “unlike the rest of the world, going to a bank in Cuba right now can be a highly traumatic experience.” Endless lines of people, power cuts, problems with the “server” and inhumane treatment can make customers waste an entire morning.
As reports of three new Ebola cases arrive from Liberia, the medical doctor who headed Cuba’s largest campaign against the virus in Africa, Jorge Delgado, offered Publico an exclusive interview. Delgado is a veteran internationalist: “I have worked in Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau.”
Cuba libre, Cuban filmmaker Jorge Luis Sanchez’ third feature, had to wait many years to reach the big screen and swell the list of domestic films to compete at the 2015 Havana Film Festival (Dec. 3-13).
On November 13, the Cuban National Fine Arts Museum hosted the opening of a solo exhibition by US photographer Peter Turnley, internationally recognized for his work on the reality of the human condition. (20 photos)
One of the most common obsessions that assails those of us who leave Cuba is the question as to whether we were happy back when we lived on the island. Many believe they weren’t, that happiness in revolutionary Cuba is, quite simply, something beyond our reach.
The tenants of building 59 on Reina Street, Centro Habana face a terrible nightmare: a mountain of garbage that has built up on the ground floor of the building over the years, replete with rats and every imaginable, disease-carrying vermin… (9 photos)
Eight companies have been authorized to operate in Cuba’s Mariel Special Development Zone. Of these, five are entirely foreign corporations (two Mexican, two Belgian and one Spanish), one is a joint venture, one a Cuban-owned enterprise and one is a Cuban company with foreign management.
The policies the Cuban government seeks to implement to encourage families to have two or more children are running into a major obstacle: the country’s reduced number of kindergartens, which today fail to meet a demand of nearly 50,000 children.
It seems to have become a trend now, after Raul Castro’s migratory reforms of January, 2013. Former high officials of the Castro regime who have concluded their terms in the government and Party are opting for a US visa to retire in Miami with their families, under the benefits afforded by the Cuban Adjustment Act.