Raul’s Story and Prostitution in Cuba

May 11, 2017 | 19 comments

From May 4-18, the most important event for the Cuban LGBT community takes place. This year, it is marked with a peculiar and much-needed CENESEX (Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual) campaign “for schools without homophobia and transphobia.”

Advertising, Consumption and Standardization in Cuba

May 9, 2017 | 3 comments

The “standardization” process which our country is experiencing is rubbing its impetus right in our face. We don’t have to dig deep into hidden philosophies in order to confirm its progress. The new “normal” flashes its banners, explicit graphic symbols, so as to leave no doubt about it being an irreversible process.

Maduro’s Betrayal of Chavez and Socialism of the 21st century

May 8, 2017 | 13 comments

The so-called “Socialism of the 21st Century” defended by Maduro was nothing but the Venezuelan version of Cuban state socialism, with all of the disastrous consequences that this entails for the economy and society.

Cuba Workers’ Celebration or Official Political Event?

May 8, 2017 | 2 comments

As always, a sea of people filled the great avenues that surround Revolution Square in the Cuban capital for May Day this year, well-organized, with banners in their hands, waiting their turn to march. The same thing happened in provincial and municipal capitals in the country.

When Violence No Longer Has an Impact on Us

May 4, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Walking through Old Havana, I saw a target practice booth, something which is traditional here in Cuba ever since times of “the war of all the people” in the ‘60s. In the form of a magazine kiosk, people practice shooting air-guns at targets (a piece of paper or metal cans) in exchange for a prize.

Cuba: When “Winning” is Losing

May 4, 2017 | 5 comments

The violent reaction to the dissident who ran through Revolution Square carrying a US flag on May Day has been the last of a series of failed responses. The guy was beaten up and arrested in the middle of Revolution Square, during the rally for May Day in front of journalists.

The Nica Act Isn’t Our Solution

May 3, 2017 | 2 comments

I don’t agree with the Nica Act. Watching an extremely conservative senator such as Ted Cruz, radically opposed to freedoms that I consider sacred, convert himself into a supposed “ally” of the Nicaraguan people brings me back in time to that disastrous era when the United States dictated our destiny as a nation.

Medicine Shortages in Cuba Are Becoming More Severe

May 3, 2017 | 16 comments

My father returned home and was clearly exhausted; he silently got off of his bike and fell into an armchair. We became worried thinking that he was suffering a great deal of pain and we ran to help him; but he stopped us by stretching out his right arm with an open palm. “I’m not sick, I’m frustrated.”

Corruption in Cuba: an External Curse or Inherent to the System?

May 3, 2017 | 3 comments

One of the most defining aspects of Raul Castro’s government is his fight against corruption. Of course it can always be alleged, and especially in Miami, that the main corrupt people in Cuba are members of the ruling elite…

Another call to close GITMO

May 2, 2017 | 8 comments

It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to write a piece on the V International Seminar of Peace and for the Abolition of Foreign Military bases to take place on May 4-6, 2017 in the city of Guantanamo, Cuba, which is organized by the official Cuban Movement for the Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples.