Cuba and the Scars of Fidelismo

March 4, 2015 | 9 comments

Watching a film whose plot unfolds in Nazi Germany, I noticed how similar all autocracies are, how they are all grounded in a (distorted) sense of the good and, in order to establish themselves and manipulate the common substance of human dreams.

Why Do Prices at Cuba’s Markets Continue to Rise?

March 3, 2015 | 5 comments

In this post, I would like to bring you up to date on the situation of prices at Cuba’s farm production markets and discuss the policy being applied by government leaders to solve the problem.

Cuban Homosexuals Are Still Waiting (Part I)

March 3, 2015 | No Comments »

Formal relationships between people of the same sex is already a reality in several countries in our region. Despite an official discourse that occasionally seeks to appear inclusive, this has not yet been achieved in Cuba.

Combat At Rio Ciego

March 2, 2015 | 7 comments

On the morning of November 3, 1958, after saying goodbye to our fallen comrade we began to move away from the road and search for a place to set up camp again, as we would not be returning to our previous campsite.

The Dead Daisies in Havana

March 2, 2015 | No Comments »

On the night of February 25, The Dead Daisies played at Havana’s rock-and-roll venue the Maxim Rock. The much-awaited performance began at 9:30 pm. and the band was welcomed with euphoric screaming and thunderous applause.

Paulo Freire Remembered in Alamar, Havana

February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Paulo Freire is one of most influential theorists of education of the 20th century. The gathering was an extension of the talk held at the Felix Varela stand in Havana’s La Cabaña fortress (the fair’s main venue), sponsored by the Brazilian embassy in Cuba.

Cuba: The Poetry that Saves Us

February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

It is said that Jose Marti once declared that “poetry is more important than industry, for it can prop up or take down souls.” Being exposed to Cuban poet Francis Sanchez’ exhibition Cicatrices (“Scars”) made me understand two things…

On Cuba’s Missions Abroad

February 27, 2015 | 16 comments

For years, the Cuban State has been preaching that so-called “internationalist missions” are a means of offering other nations “selfless aid.” Many of us know, however, that something else hides behind this philanthropist spiel…

Cuba: The Crisis of Values and Prejudices

February 27, 2015 | No Comments »

One cannot help but wonder, even at the risk of coming across as naive, what social behavior the Cuban government would consider appropriate – what use of culture it would consider virtuous, revolutionary and socialist.

Francois Truffaut in the Works of Cuban Painter Antonio Nuñez

February 25, 2015 | No Comments »

At the beginning of the year, while studying the work of Cuban artist Antonio Nuñez (1971), I came across a series produced in 2009, in which different scenes from films by Buñuel, Godard, Truffaut and others are rendered on canvas.