The Causes & Consequences of Cuba’s Black Market

August 21, 2014 | 2 comments

The Cuban press is out to get re-sellers, as though their existence were news to anyone, as though they just now realized there is a black market that’s on every street corner in the country, selling just about everything one can sell. However, the reporting remains on the surface, addressing the effects but not daring to go to the root of a problem.

What People in Cuba Ought to Know about Miami (Part 1)

August 18, 2014 | 9 comments

In a popular Cuban joke, one fellow says: “Havana, a city of two million people.” The phrase is left hanging in the air, in anticipation of the reply. The reply finally comes: “Yeah, two million: one million citizens, one million cops!” According to statistics, there are some 5 million people living in Miami’s metropolitan area. In this post, I will tell you about the number of police officers I ran into in the downtown area.

Thank You Fidel for Many Great Lessons

August 18, 2014 | 16 comments

Many believe that everything Fidel Castro did in the name of socialism was a huge mess. But shouldn’t we consider the acknowledgment and study of the many mistakes made in the name of socialism a great lesson, a great inheritance for all socialists?

Chong Chon Gang, Cuba y Palestine

August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment »

“As a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people, Cuban artist Luis Manuel Alcantara made a gift to this nation through that country’s embassy in Havana, consisting of a group of home-made weapons collected from different neighborhoods around Havana.”

Dreaming and Wake-up in Havana

August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment »

It’s ten in the morning. I am in Santiago de las Vegas, finishing up some pending chores around the house. Finally, I say goodbye and go out, headed for Vedado, to collect my salary for July and my vacation time. It doesn’t amount to much, but 195 pesos is better than nothing.

The Men and Dogs of Cuban Novelist Leonardo Padura

August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The book comprises an excellent historical analysis impelled by a frankly masterful narration, through which the author interweaves three stories: that of Trotsky’s exile, the Stalinist agents tasked with hunting him down and a common Cuban looking for a heart-rending truth.

The End of the Cuban Rafters

August 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters – some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the island.

Cuba: A Deadly Problem That Won’t Go Away

August 13, 2014 | 1 Comment »

“A girl died and 32 others were injured Tuesday when a truck used to transport passengers overturned in eastern Cuba,” reported the Cuban press as part of a campaign for greater road safety.

USAID’s Cuba Programs Are Counterproductive

August 13, 2014 | 7 comments

Instead of contributing to the democratization process the United States claims to support, the programs impelled by USAID on the island afford the Cuban government more pretexts for its anti-democratic and repressive policies. Below is the opinion that those who champion a participative and democratic form of socialism have regarding those programs.

Returning to Havana’s Delirio Habanero Cabaret

August 13, 2014 | No Comments »

This past Saturday, I went to the piano-bar located in Cuba’s National Theater, a place a lot of people in Havana known as the Delirio Habanero. I hadn’t visited the place in five years. To my pleasant surprise, the place made a positive impression on me when I arrived.