Cuba’s Energy Initiatives

April 17, 2014 | 5 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.

Cuba’s Expensive Glass of Milk

April 12, 2014 | 14 comments

Officials from the Ministry of Finance and Prices, the Food Industry and CIMEX Corp. pulled off a fast one when they announced they would raise the price of milk because its price on the world market had gone up.

Cuba and the Killer of Dreams

April 10, 2014 | 15 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.

Crematorium, or the Funeral of All Cubans

April 10, 2014 | No Comments »

Juan Carlos Cremata es un realizador que no elude la realidad social, no se acorrala en su proyecto personal ni se enajena imaginando una Cuba idílica. Por el contario, intenta acercarse a eso que llamamos identidad, pero que muy pocos podemos definir en su sentido más profundo; y lo intenta a partir de historias cotidianas que adereza con oficio y bastante imaginación.

Democratization: An Objective Priority for Cuban Society

April 10, 2014 | 5 comments

In one way or another, all schools of political thought in Cuba today, within or outside government circles, concur that we must work to bring about changes to this model. The differences have to do with the scope and direction of these changes.

Cuba Updates its Health Care System

April 9, 2014 | 14 comments

Boasting health statistics above all other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (and even the United States), Cuba’s healthcare system has achieved world recognition and been endorsed by the World and Pan-American Health Organizations and the United Nations.

Cuba: Why a Foreign Investment Law and not an Investment Law?

April 7, 2014 | 12 comments

Because of the style of parliamentary debate in Cuba, it is impossible to know if any of the more than 600 deputies present at the National Assembly asked: “Why a Foreign Investment Law and not an Investment Law?” It is difficult to understand why, in the midst of a process of change that has vindicated entrepreneurial economic activity on the island.

The Banishment of Cuban Scholar Mesa Lago

April 7, 2014 | 11 comments

At the beginning of March, the renowned Cuban scholar Carmelo Mesa Lago was invited to attend an interesting intellectual gathering in Cuba. The organizers had planned to pay tribute to Mesa Lago, now 80, and to launch his latest book about the Cuban economy in the era of Raul Castro.

The True (Forgotten) Story of Havana’s John Lennon Park

April 7, 2014 | 3 comments

In December 1990, I took part in one of the most beautiful music events I can recall. I am referring to the first, great concert held as tribute to John Lennon in Havana, at the park located on the intersection of 17 and 6th streets.