Cuba and its New Investment Law: From Sustainable Development to Neo-Liberalism

April 23, 2014 | No Comments »

Sustainable development” has been Cuba’s guiding tenet since the publication of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and Revolution in 2011.The concept, assumed as an axiom, does not require any kind of verification – it is an absolute truth.

Cuba’s Top Star Cepeda Shuns MLB for Japanese League Sojourn

April 22, 2014 | No Comments »

In easily the most significant revelation yet spawned by the recently revised policy regarding Cuban ballplayer exchanges, the Cuban Baseball Federation revealed this past weekend that long-time national team star Frederich Cepeda will be performing this summer with the famed Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.

A Train Trip in Cuba from Santiago to Havana

April 21, 2014 | 12 comments

There once was a time when it was possible to step aboard a Pullman car at New York City’s Penn Station at 4:00 p.m. and disembark in Habana at 6:30 p.m., two days later!

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, his Friends Fidel and Clinton, and the Cuban Five

April 19, 2014 | No Comments »

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the famed Colombian novelist who died April 17, 2014, played a fascinating cameo role in the story of the Cuban Five. In the spring of 1998, he carried a secret message about a terrorist plot against Cuba from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton.

Salon Tropical ‘Paladar’ in Santiago de Cuba Is Still Afloat

April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment »

One of the restaurants in Santiago de Cuba that has survived the many ups and downs of private business on the island is the Salón Tropical. Its owner, Nilda Gil, has managed the place from the start, as best as the rules of the game allowed her.

Cuba’s Energy Initiatives

April 17, 2014 | 9 comments

Despite Cuba’s interest in reducing its dependence on oil, the island does not currently import electric cars or authorize the use of natural gas as fuel. Currently only 5 % of the energy Cuba consumes is derived from renewable sources. A work group for the promotion of such sources of energy was recently assembled.

Cuba’s Tarara Summer Camp

April 16, 2014 | No Comments »

That summer, we’d been told that one way of spending a fabulous, paid vacation – and earning a bit of money on top of that – was to get a job as guide at the primary school summer camp in Tarara, the same place where, years before, shortly after arriving from Argentina, my brother and I had spent some time recovering from our asthma.

The Significance of April 9 for Cuban History

April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The history of Cuba is loaded with heroic deeds, episodes in which Cubans have risked their lives to defend the freedom and dignity of their people. The path stretching from the Spanish conquest to our day has been paved with the blood of martyrs. (23 photos)

Cuba and the Killer of Dreams

April 10, 2014 | 16 comments

Actually the Cuban Twitter called “Zunzuneo”, created by USAID, is nothing new; this is the digital version of TV Marti and it’s having similar results: millions of US taxpayer dollars spent to exert negligible influence within Cuba, reaching only 40,000 people.

Will Cuba and Obama Let Alan Gross Die?

April 9, 2014 | 32 comments

The attorney of US agent Alan Gross, the USAID subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba for national security violations, said Tuesday that his 64-year-old client would continue his hunger strike “as long as necessary.”