Cuban Folk Musician Irina Gonzalez: Communion with the Earth

September 18, 2014 | No Comments »

Irina Gonzalez (Santa Clara, Cuba, 1986) is a young and talented folk musician who stands out both for her mastery of several instruments and the poetic sensitivity she evinces in her lyrics. She graduated as an oboe-player, but she also plays the flute, the harmonica, the piano, percussion instruments and – of course – the guitar.

Shortages to Continue in Cuban Stores

September 12, 2014 | 5 comments

When a Cuban goes shopping they never know what they will find on store shelves. There may be plenty of some unaffordable luxury products and acute shortages of basic necessities. We publish a report from Café Fuerte on the current shortages of many basic products in the country.

The United States’ “Backyard” and Cuba

September 11, 2014 | 27 comments

The United States has had to yield to pressures from Latin America and accept Cuba’s participation at the next Summit of the Americas, to be held on April 10, 2015. President Barack Obama had no choice: had he maintained the veto, it would have meant the end of these presidential gatherings.

Map (A tourist guide talking to talk) Video

September 10, 2014 | No Comments »

Rebuild the city, make it live, lie, talk to talk: pointing to the future. “Map” was made in the Spring of 2009 by Damian Sainz. (3:19 min.)

Former World Leaders Call for End to Failed War on Drugs

September 10, 2014 | No Comments »

We look at the growing movement for drug decriminalization that is moving ahead in the United States and being amplified by former heads of state from around the globe.

Women at a Disadvantage in Cuban Sports

September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Though many are the achievements of Cuban women in sports, their opportunities are far more reduced when compared to their colleagues of the opposite sex, particularly in the international arena.

Cuba’s Public Health Budget and Rafael

September 4, 2014 | 5 comments

Rafael Botalin Diaz is 15 years old and suffers from a high-grade cerebral AVM that could kill him at any moment. It was detected in April, when he experienced convulsions and blacked out for half an hour. He was treated at the Santiago de Cuba Children’s Hospital.

Cuba Banks on Exporting Services

September 2, 2014 | 7 comments

In the past 25 years, the profile of Cuban exports has gone from a strong specialization in goods (nickel, sugar, citrus fruit) to a marked increase in services, especially tourism and health related services.

Havana Summer and the Coconut Island Amusement Park

August 30, 2014 | 3 comments

So as the summer break was coming to an end, I decided to take my son to the Isla de Coco (“Coconut Island”) amusement park. The park was built where the renowned “Coney Island” was once located, in Havana’s neighborhood of Playa.

From Cuba to Miami in Business Class

August 29, 2014 | 32 comments

Felix took five days making a journey that, on a plane, takes no more than 40 minutes. He left Havana one Sunday afternoon and arrived in Miami Thursday night. He was exhausted, unbathed, unshaven, famished and weighed several pounds less, but when he hugged his relatives at the end of the trip he was very happy. After all, he had been lucky.