Heinz Dieterich: “Venezuela Is One Step Away from Abyss”

September 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The German sociologist Heinz Dieterich still has a red beret that Hugo Chavez gave him in 1999. They were times of a close relationship between the promoter of “21st century socialism” and the former Venezuelan president, who adopted this idea as the stamp of his leadership. Today, Dieterich is a strong critic of President Nicolas Maduro and he predicts a “catastrophic course” for Venezuela.

Being in Cuba Between Hurricanes

September 6, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Last year, I was destined to meet Hurricane Otto in Panama. The hurricane never entered Panamanian territory and it was tiny in comparison to the one heading towards Cuba this week, but it still left 9 people dead in that country alone. Fernando Ravsberg writes as Hurricane Irma moves through the Caribbean towards Cuba.

Cuban Socialism and the Asiatic Mode of Production

September 6, 2017 | 4 comments

Talking about what is meant by “Cuban socialism” is taboo for Cuban public opinion. Political commissars who use this term do so making word associations but they never define concepts. Its principles are just as vague and so flexible that they can be applied in practice in cases that are the exact opposite of what they preach.

Talking about Trump at a Havana Barber Shop

September 4, 2017 | 25 comments

There are few places where so many opinions come together such as in a barber’s shop here in Cuba. Trump, the White House’s “furious red-faced man”, has become our great enemy thanks to Communist political propaganda, and he is to blame for all of our misfortunes.

The New School Year Begins in Cuba

September 2, 2017 | 7 comments

There are only a few days left to go until the new 2017-2018 academic year begins throughout Cuba and government media doesn’t stop repeating the fact that everything is ready, showing us renovated centers and even study materials, new books among them, for the most part.

Cuban Artist Rocio García on Her Gay Eroticism (Video)

September 1, 2017 | No Comments »

Rocio García is a Cuban artist from Santa Clara. In this interview with Yaima Pardo she talks about her erotic work, the Gay presence in it, and her motivations.

Is it a Crime in Cuba to Report a Corruption Case?

August 31, 2017 | 4 comments

It’s easy to get tired, to send everything to hell and get on with your own life. It would be easy, all you’d have to do is adopt the mantra of those three wise monkeys and avoid greetings from my neighbors, the ones who always approach me to tell of an age-old problem that has no solution.

The Ups and Downs of Cuba’s Private Sector

August 31, 2017 | 10 comments

Ever since new restrictions on self-employment came into force on August 5th, there has been one word that has become fashionable among those who have or wanted to have a private business: uncertainty.

Could Renewable Energies Involve Everyone in Cuba?

August 31, 2017 | 4 comments

Could renewable energy be an effort of all? The energy situation in Cuba is uncertain. Venezuela, its main supplier of fuels, is reducing deliveries and may even close the tap completely, should the government be overthrown or lose the next election.

Grateful to a Cuban detective

August 30, 2017 | 2 comments

My youngest son, a 19-year-old teenager, had his phone stolen on the bus. As soon as he came home, we both went to the nearest ETECSA office where they block your line, for 3 CUC, and the damage done isn’t nearly so great.