Cuba’s Strange Machismo

August 26, 2016 | 2 comments

Maura almost crosses herself whenever she hears her neighbor shout at her boyfriend in the middle of the street. If I do that to Jose- she exclaims -, nobody will be able to save me from the beating he’ll give me; we have to respect our men.

Is This a Good Time for Cubans to Invest?

August 24, 2016 | 4 comments

Juan Triana is an intelligent analyst, bold and well educated in his field: the Cuban economy. Moreover, he is a very charismatic communicator; you enjoy reading his work. However…

New Times in Venezuela

August 22, 2016 | 2 comments

The last bit of soap falls from my hands into the sink hole and I say a few curses under my breath, without being in too much of a bad mood, because I’d used the last bit of my annual quota of grief the day before.

Street Children: a Disgrace for Humanity Nonexistent in Cuba

August 22, 2016 | 24 comments

During a cold winter in the Southern hemisphere, in 1973, I was in Santiago de Chile and I would watch, from the window of the hotel I was staying at, a group of children huddle around a bonfire.

The labor board hearing. “I’m very pained because we were like a family.” “What you do is not art”. Illustration by Carlos
Cuban Labor Board Declares My Appeal “Unfounded”

August 20, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Even though I was almost sure that the Labor Board would rule against me – a certainty based on the good vibes I got from the Oral hearing – I wasn’t sure I wanted to drag out the appeals process…

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A Birthday Not to Remember

August 19, 2016 | 2 comments

In Cuba, the service of having your birthday cake made when the special date arrives, which I remember from when I was a little girl, continues to endure even today.

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Havana’s Rex Cinema

August 19, 2016 | 3 comments

The wretched state of the Rex Cinema, on San Rafael Boulevard in downtown Havana, doesn’t stop me from seeing it and what it once was, with super comfortable seats and excellent air conditioning.

Central Havana through the Eyes of a Knight

August 18, 2016 | 1 Comment »

If a knight from Medieval Europe, knocked down in one of those silly tournaments, were to suddenly wake up sunken in a bedframe without a mattress in a hot poky little room where the sun of Central Havana…(54 photos)

Madonna in Havana.  Photo: debate.mx.com
Madonna Disappoints Her Cuban Fans

August 17, 2016 | 39 comments

On the morning of August 16th, the Queen of Pop’s birthday, I received several calls and emails from friends confirming the fact that the star was visiting Cuba.

Guillermo Fariñas with Hubert Matos (l) y Luis Posada Carriles (r).  Photo: cubadebate.cu
Guillermo Farinas and the Business of Hunger Strikes

August 16, 2016 | 6 comments

Recently, I read a post on Havana Times published on August 8th entitled: Guillermo Farinas Returns, Once Again Unarmed. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.