Cuba: Is Cancer Truly Under Control?

July 31, 2014 | No Comments »

In 2012, cancer was reported to be among the main causes of death in Cuba, after several years of a less disquieting trend. It is frightening to think that one out of four Cubans currently die of this condition. The World Health Organization claims we are one of the most severely affected countries in Latin America.

Beyond the Bridges of Madison County

July 30, 2014 | 1 Comment »

In a remote town lives a 40-year-old woman, beautiful still. She is a simple housewife who looks after her husband and teenage kids. Her work in the house and the farm is all she knows. By chance, she meets a National Geographic photographer…

Cuba: Hunting for Offerings

July 30, 2014 | No Comments »

In the distance, I make out the shadow of someone holding a sack over his shoulder, walking slowly between the sea and river. Is it a tired man? From time to time, he places the load on the ground and crouches. He seems to be looking for something, but what?

Gay and Anti-Capitalist?

July 29, 2014 | 7 comments

That a person or group should defend gay rights and also assume an anti-capitalist posture is something that makes many commentators at digital fora, journalists, some sociologists and even LGBTI activists uncomfortable.

The “Blues” at the Bus Stop

July 29, 2014 | No Comments »

The Azul (“Blue Uniform”) at the bus stop near my house earns a salary for doing nothing. Or, better said, he doesn’t earn a salary, he merely collects it. Every morning, I see him standing alone under a tree, wearing his familiar indigo uniform.

A Return Visit to the Dentist

July 29, 2014 | No Comments »

I had two chipped teeth. I’d let time pass to see if I could live like that, at least for a few years, but it proved impossible. Soon, eating any kind of food became bothersome. I had to bite the bullet and go to a dentist at the Finlay polyclinic, in my Havana municipality of Marianao.

Cuban Ravings against the Cold War and the Execution of the Rosenbergs

July 28, 2014 | 3 comments

What happened to the Rosenbergs pisses me off. I’ve known their story since the time I was in high school (they made us read a number of documents about their trial, carefully selected for the 10th grade history textbook).

Cuba: The Road to Prosperity

July 24, 2014 | 20 comments

I want to begin this post sharing with you my joy over some recent news: Cuba’s National Assembly (Parliament) convened recently and one of their conclusions is that the island’s economy continues to slow down.

Chekhov’s Uncle Vania Staged by Cuba’s Argos Teatro Co.

July 24, 2014 | 1 Comment »

For some time now, I have been attending only those plays about which I have heard something positive. I’ve had some bad experiences and try not to make chance decisions anymore. However when a theater company of some prestige stages a new play, I try not to miss it.

Being a Teenager in Cuba

July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »

At the pharmacy, I ran into some of the mothers of my son’s friends. We had a long conversation and, like always, almost every topic had to do with the central issue in our lives: children. Everyone, mothers and children, would be grateful if there were places for teenagers at affordable prices.