The Devil Strikes in Nicaragua

March 7, 2017 | No Comments »

Vilma Trujillo, a young woman from a remote rural community of the North Atlantic Region of Nicaragua, was burned in a bonfire last February 21 for being possessed by the devil, all with the approval of a Protestant pastor – or lay leader, which makes no difference– and with the knowledge of the whole congregation – or of some, which makes no difference.

The Case of Journalist Fernando Ravsberg

March 7, 2017 | 2 comments

Like we say here in Cuba, I’ve had just about enough of the case with this journalist for quite some time now. Let whoever has anything serious against Fernando Ravsberg step forward and tell me because I’m a revolutionary and I don’t want to harm the Revolution.

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

March 7, 2017 | 2 comments

Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. So far so good, but then the inspectors and the bureaucracy step in.

The Controversy Surrounding Danay Suarez at the 2017 Vina del Mar Festival

March 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The controversy surrounding Danay Suarez’s participation in the 2017 Vina del Mar International Song Festival, doesn’t stop. Here are things I consider deserve to be recognized in a positive and negative light.

Something Unpublished about the Paya Prize to OAS Secretary Luis Almagro

March 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Once again, the Cuban Communist Party has fulfilled its stated objective when it comes to stopping any public impact from the opposition, no matter how peaceful it is.

I Talk to Presidents

March 3, 2017 | 7 comments

The re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2015, followed by President Obama’s subsequent visit, promised renewed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. While travel restrictions were lifted and U.S. tourism to Cuba and diplomatic meetings increased over the period of 2015-2016, the election of President Donald J. Trump (and his indecision about “the deal”) has slowed progress between the neighboring nations to a snail’s pace.

Cuba’s Digital Revolution

March 2, 2017 | 26 comments

The battle to control Cuban cultural, news and recreational shows has already been lost. Those who were committed to this comfortable task for decades should take up other professions which have a better outlook in the future.

Protests in Cuba, a Growing Reality?

March 1, 2017 | 4 comments

The latest in civil protests in Cuba, at least with impact, has been the “collective private taxi drivers strike”. As usual, the Government isn’t going to the root of the problem and is trying to resolve it with impositions, which far from being the solution, only worsen our adverse reality.

The Specter of Xenophobia in Cuba

February 27, 2017 | No Comments »

I do not personally know Fernando Ravsberg but we share more than one thing. Within the current landscape, where there’s been more than enough insults and low blows, I feel the need to talk about these ties. Just like Fernando, I too am an immigrant. And there is nonsense which needs to be put in check before it transfigures into something commonplace.

How Tourism to Cuba is Often Promoted

February 25, 2017 | 10 comments

The typical tourism promotion for Cuba includes cigars, rum, cuisine, pristine beaches, music, dancing and attractive people of both sexes.