Me Too: Gender Violence in Havana

November 10, 2017 | 2 comments

I’ve been physically assaulted twice. Both times I was walking home alone at night. And both times I was compromising my safety. In the first instance, circa 1993 in Monterey, California, I was drunk. In the second instance, I had earbuds in, music blasting, as I walked down Calle 23 in Havana.

US Blockade on Cuba, Mistake or Wise Move?

November 8, 2017 | 7 comments

Any act of blocking is wrong and can even be a crime depending on the circumstances. Whether that’s between countries, ethnicities or even between people from the same country. Cuba, poor Cuba, who has suffered so many blockades!

Is Censorship of Artists a Tradition on Cuban TV?

November 8, 2017 | No Comments »

Over the past three years, several members from the Vivir del cuento (Living by one’s wits) team, including the director and the more well-known actors, had asked me to write for the program. I told them yes from the beginning…

Perspectives for Cuba and its Diaspora

November 1, 2017 | 10 comments

The long-awaited and highly-acclaimed suspension of the first immigration measures, which have had such a negative effect on Cubans on both sides of the Florida Strait, is an encouraging sign of the upper echelons in the Cuban government’s capacity to reflect, be mature and willingness to correct what needs to be made right.

Cuba-US Dispute, All in the Family?

November 1, 2017 | 7 comments

I won’t pull any punches… I believe that there isn’t a Cuba-US dispute. It doesn’t exist; I think it’s a publicity ruse by a family, the Castro-Diaz-Balarts, who managed to take control of Cuban politics in the two places it exists, Havana and Washington, over the past more than half century, inciting fanaticism on both sides.

What Were Cubans Applauding at Their Meeting with the Foreign Minister?

October 31, 2017 | 5 comments

The announcement was made at a meeting with Cuban people and organizations that tend to support the Cuban government and are located in the United States, a partial and sectarian sample that the Cuban government calls the representatives of Cuban emigres.

Ups and Downs of Cuba’s Emerging Private Sector

October 30, 2017 | 2 comments

For Tony, a young self-employed worker from Mayari, it’s normal to have a hard time with the bureaucracy. He doesn’t understand why but it’s normal. He’s been setting up his Weekly Package recording “business” for a whole month and he still can’t start working.

Sister cities, hurricanes and regional integration

October 27, 2017 | 6 comments

I don’t want to make comparisons between feelings of being an outsider and the deep emotional tie to my country, to its sun, its people, who might be the bitter wine that Jose Marti warned us about.

Curious Differences between Cubans

October 25, 2017 | 8 comments

For a while now, the difference between Cubans who have been living here ever since they were born and haven’t gone anywhere other than to their work and their children’s school and those who live outside Cuba has caught my attention.

Havana, Cuba’s Showcase

October 25, 2017 | 12 comments

In the provinces, Havana is idealized. “The best things are there”, “the most beautiful”, “the most sophisticated”. There is even a discriminatory phrase: “Havana is Cuba and the rest is just fields.” But how dirty and poorly maintained Havana is!