Though Cuba’s toilet paper shortages this year caused something of a stir in local and foreign media, no one clearly explained why this product suddenly “disappeared” from the country’s stores.
The U.S. government has awarded a no-bid $1.4 million contract to a company that will produce “TV and radio programs designed specifically for audiences in Cuba.” The contract went to Canyon Communications, founded by Jeff Kline.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo’s visit to Cuba has given the Popular Party’s policy of isolating Havana, impelled by former President Jose Maria Aznar, (who also promoted Europe’s Common Position on Cuba in 2003), a 180-degree turn.
A total of sixty individuals (including managers and employees) responsible for garbage collection around Havana have been accused of embezzlement, theft and corruption that have caused the State millions in losses and placed the health of citizens at risk.
The last month of the year is nearing and, in addition to the shy Cuban winter, people are looking forward to the Havana Film Festival. From December 4 to 14, the streets of Havana will again feel the revelry of a public hungry for the most recent films of our continent and the rest of the world.
“I have a milk cow – it is no ordinary cow. She walks down Prado, killing flies with her tail.” (Chorus of a popular Cuban song). It’s nine in the morning and the street-lamps are still on. Has the sun not risen yet? (31 photos)
It was a long-awaited baseball resurrection of sorts and it most appropriately came in an event Cuba has so long dominated. With a resounding five-game sweep of the field at this week’s 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Cuba not only regained a hefty measure of its badly tarnished reputation but did so in an impressive – almost flawless fashion.
Bars in full effervescence, black lights and music set the stage for a night life that awakens when the city goes to sleep. Reportedly, they are prohibited, but private bars in Havana speak the language of supply and demand and give the city a different texture. Full almost every night, these places operate under the license issued to “paladares,” private dining rooms: they sell food, drinks, cigars and cigarettes.
Alito Abad (Holguin, 1982) is one of Cuba’s youngest contemporary folk musicians today. The lyrics of his songs reflect a penetrating gaze. It is as though the country, the historic drama of Cuban identity and the most pressing issues of our reality today were singing in his pieces.