People in the street, Havana.
Foreign Investment in Cuba: Urgency vs. Waiting

December 2, 2016 | 1 Comment »

For over two years now, Cuba has been doubling its efforts to attract a greater flow of foreign capital. And it’s no longer understood as a “necessary evil”, nor a “complement” but as a vital aspect for national development. However…

Cuba Must Legalize its Reforms

November 24, 2016 | 1 Comment »

With the reforms set out by Raul Castro’s government, the situation has gotten worse insofar as these changes weren’t accompanied by a legal framework that would warrant laws, procedures, restrictions, duties, rights and legal security.

Cuban rafters arriving in south Florida.
Will the Cuban Adjustment Act Change under Trump?

November 23, 2016 | 9 comments

Fifty years after it was implemented to protect refugees who were escaping the Communist regime, the Cuban Adjustment Act has been subject to serious questioning and its permanence could be on the table as a result of immigration restrictions that president-elect Donald Trump promised during his campaign.

Carlos Javier Alcantara
Playing Jazz from the Heart

November 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Carlos Javier Alcantara Diaz is only 18 years old and has already found a love that will last him a lifetime: music. After listening to these kids play jazz standards and improvising, you become hopeful.

Leonard Cohen, (centre) Havana, April 1961.  
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Canada’s Leonard Cohen, the Last Tourist in Havana, 1961

November 14, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Pierre Trudeau’s Havana visits are legendary, and Justin Trudeau is on his way there. Another famous son of Montreal made a trip in March 1961. Leonard Cohen visited Havana at a most unusual time.

Cafe Laurent in Vedado, Havana.
What’s Going On with Havana’s Self-Employed?

November 14, 2016 | 4 comments

Niuris Higueras, the owner of Atelier restaurant, was notified a week beforehand. She had to go to a People’s Power meeting in the Revolution Square municipality. Many of the contradictions that have now come to light stem from the private sector’s own development. The question now is how far the government is willing to let this sector grow.

Arsenio Pena, a One-Man Band in Old Havana

November 8, 2016 | No Comments »

Every afternoon, this Guarachero (a type of Cuban music) par excellence, in life and in music, can be heard on Obispo street, the main street where tourists and Cubans go into Old Havana. People around him went into a frenzy when he sang one of his improvised choruses: “You have to make sure you don’t get Dengue, Chikungunya and many other things.”

Picture taken from the internet of some Cuban gamers.
Cuban “Gamers” Surrealist Internet

November 8, 2016 | No Comments »

There’s a hidden virtual Havana, sometime surrealist and only accessible to initiated members whose everyday activities are just a phantasmagoria, because “their” more “real” world lies in their videogames.

Rodrigo Malmierca Cuba's Foreign Trade minister at the inauguration of FIHAV 2016.
Cuba Shuts Itself Off to US Businesspeople

November 2, 2016 | 1 Comment »

It was always more hope than an example, however, news about building the first US factory in Cuba since 1959 became headline news. Now it’s nothing more than a cloud of smoke.

Cuba: The Story of Two Blockades

November 1, 2016 | 12 comments

The amended Foreign Investment Law has created new investment opportunities this year and a more attractive landscape to do business in Cuba, if it weren’t for the embargo’s extraterritorial persecution and other domestic problems which derive from national inefficiency and structures that suffocate our productive forces…