A Backward Island Prepares to Receive a Homophobic Church

June 30, 2015 | No Comments »

A few months before Pope Francis’ visits Cuba, the island still presents his Holiness with a nation where homosexuals are still unable to enjoy the rights emanating from an institution such as marriage.

Greece Succumbs, the Outcome Was Written

June 29, 2015 | 10 comments

Analysts that believe that the crisis is irreversible due to the global energy decline, predicting a dark future for Greece, were right on target. If politicians and the Greek people had listened to those predictions the path taken would have been different.

My Two Birthdays

June 29, 2015 | 11 comments

Perhaps not many people would believe me if I said I celebrate two birthdays, having been born twice. My first birthday is June 28, 1937, the date I arrived in this world in a sad, poverty-ridden country…

Seduced by a Cuban

June 26, 2015 | 8 comments

My friend Inga was seduced by a Cuban hustler. They met at a party, danced salsa, had drinks, talked for hours and ended up having sex up on the roof terrace. A passionate string of events that left my foreign friend dazzled.

A Public Debate on My Block

June 26, 2015 | No Comments »

The afternoon shined with its most beautiful colors. The kids were playing soccer under the orange light reflected by the framboyan trees that line the street. Their shouting pierced the silence of the block.

A Lionfish at Home

June 26, 2015 | No Comments »

I’ve captured a magnificent Pterois volitans specimen. I dared kidnap the fish because of its small size (which made the task rather simple). This species, characterized by long, needle-like fin rays, blindly trusts its venom and therefore does not require a quick escape.

Matthew Barney in Cuba

June 25, 2015 | 7 comments

We don’t know if they welcomed him at the airport with the traditional Guantanamera, if a Ministry of Culture official escorted him to his hotel…we don’t know anything. All we know for sure is that renowned artist Matthew Barney was – or is – in Cuba.

It’s Hard to Even Be a Vegetarian in Today’s Venezuela

June 24, 2015 | 4 comments

As the year unfolds, food products in Venezuela are becoming less and less available and becoming the focus of people’s daily concerns, prompted by agonizingly long lines and a constant increase in food prices. (15 photos)

On Women and Water

June 24, 2015 | No Comments »

Surprising as it may be, more women die worldwide as a result of diseases that spread through dirty water and poor sanitary facilities than because of AIDS, diabetes or cancer.

Cuba: Charity at the Expense of Others

June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I must admit I am rather put off when someone sees me buy some food from a nearby stand for a stray cat or dog and, while the animal devours the food desperately, compassionately says: “Take it with you, girl!”