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What Would a Trump Presidency Mean for Cuba?

August 30, 2016 | 3 comments

During my last visit to Cuba, while strolling through Centro Habana, camera in hand and looking very much like a tourist, an old, bearded Cuban gentleman seated on a bench called out to me. “Where are you from, Señor?” he asked, puffing on a particularly fat cigar.




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Why I support a Journalist in Cuba Threatened with Deportation

August 30, 2016 | 2 comments

Fernando Ravsberg escapes labels, which always attracts attention; however, it isn’t exactly a virtue. For example, in his views on Cuban society, he has picked on the evident signs of unrest without ever focusing on the opposition’s noisy protests, or how they are repressed.




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The Cost of Cuba’s Spending on Sports

August 29, 2016 | 2 comments

From the very beginning, sports have been a fundamental building block in the Revolution’s politics. We can say that it’s an inseparable part of the Revolution and that it is definitely politicized. Fidel personally contributed his ideas on how to develop what he himself called “revolutionary sports”; overseeing its progress until it worked and then sharing its achievements.




By Yasser Castellanos
What’s Looming for Cuba?

August 28, 2016 | 11 comments

Will the prolonged energy crisis of the 1990s return to the island? This is an illustration by Yasser Castellanos on how he sees such a threat for Cuba in the coming period.




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LOOKING, the film

August 26, 2016 | No Comments »

The LGBTIHQ&Z community – which I like to call this group so as to be all-inclusive – has to give thanks because today artworks which tear apart the avatars of this group are shown today, without a fuss or alarm, joining the (wrongly) named heterosexist “reality”.




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The Persistent Racial Crisis in Cuba

August 26, 2016 | 18 comments

Recent controversies about the heated issue of racism in Cuba sadly confirm that the unfounded fear of the Cuban government to recognize and confront the increased racism in the country and its intent to pretend this tragedy does not exist, would serve only for this malady to metastasize.




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Journalists in Cuba, Bad News and Firings

August 25, 2016 | 8 comments

The campaign is becoming a bit too extreme. The vice-president of the Cuban Journalists Association, Aixa Hevia, proposes, in not a very subtle way, that the Cuban government throw me out of the country because my journalism makes “decent” Cuban citizens feel uncomfortable.




Guillermo Fariñas.  Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty images.
A Cuban’s Ultimate Battle to Win the Streets

August 24, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Before entering his first bout of unconsciousness, Guillermo Farinas reiterated the magnitude of the problem: “It’s time to unite, to take to the streets and protest against all of the atrocities committed by this government.” Foto: Adalberto Roque/Getty Images




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Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?

August 23, 2016 | 10 comments

I regularly read the articles written by my fellow writer, Elio Delgado Legon, who adds a touch of humor to this website for many of its readers. In his latest post, Elio classifies the hunger strike carried out by Guillermo Farinas as a “business”.




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Has Cuba Already Changed?

August 22, 2016 | 29 comments

It’s an oft-repeated desire among many US citizens: “I want to visit Havana before the we ruin it, with McDonald’s and Starbucks on every corner.” Well, fellow US citizens, after visiting Havana three times in a year since “the opening,” I have good news and bad news.