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Eighth Street in Quito

October 20, 2017 | No Comments »

Everything came about as a result of the exodus of Cubans to Ecuador which took place in 2008, when the Ecuadorian government allowed Cubans to enter the country without the need for a visa. Cubans came in droves, some to continue on their journey to the United States and others to stay and build a life protected by the Andes.




Cuba Faces a Post-Harvest Crisis

July 29, 2017 | 6 comments

For a half century the Cuban media boasts of successes in food production while the population faces endless shortages. Everyone is aware of the contradiction. Facing a growing financial crisis, the country continues to import over a billion dollars in food products each year.




Nicaragua’s “Confidencial” News Publication Denounces Espionage

October 10, 2016 | No Comments »

Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the director of Confidencial, denounced on Friday acts of intimidation and political espionage carried out by Nicaraguan Army officials and the Sandinista Front party. He lodged his complaint with the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH).




Bill Sanctioning Nicaragua Passes in US House of Reps.

September 25, 2016 | 2 comments

The US House of Representatives approved a bill known as the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA), promoted by Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The bill requires the United States to oppose any loans to Nicaragua from international organizations which the US belongs to. However to become law it must also be passed by the Senate.




As Cuba’s Food Continues to Rot…

July 6, 2016 | 9 comments

The continued loss of crops aroused the “concerns” of parliament deputies, “because many of the products such as tomatoes and mangoes are spoiling in the fields for lack of productive capacity both in the large industries and small processing centers.”




The Gay Vanguard of Regla, Havana

November 7, 2015 | 2 comments

I spent my teenage years along with my sister in this town. We moved there when I was nine and she was twelve. I lived there till the age of 18. That was fifty years ago, back when homophobia seemed like an incurable disease in Cuba.




The Man Behind “Unseen Cuba”

August 28, 2015 | 15 comments

When the aerial photos of Cuba taken by Lithuanian Marius Jovaisa began to be published on the Internet, we saw more than one expression of wounded, nationalist pride bemoaning the fact a foreigner had come along and captured those images before Cubans could.




Cuba and the Coming Cultural Battle

August 6, 2015 | 4 comments

One of the greatest challenges the Cuban nation will likely face in the future involves the sphere of culture. The normalization of relations with the United Sates – a cultural force to be reckoned with – involves great benefits but also enormous risks.




Cuba at Toronto’s Pan-American Games: Expert Predictions

June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Combat sports will once again carry the weight of Cuba’s performance at the 2015 Pan-American Games to be held in Toronto from July 10 to 26, followed by athletics, the other big medal-winning discipline for the island.




Cuba Finally Cut from US Terrorism List

May 29, 2015 | 44 comments

As requested by US President Obama, the State Department on Friday officially took Cuba off Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, where it has been parked since 1982.