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The Decay of a Havana Shopping Center

July 22, 2016 | 3 comments

Everyday, we find out about the irregularities that state-run establishments make on the TV news. The media for the masses tells us to some extent what’s going on, but it’s us Cubans who have to pay the consequences.

Bandstand at Leoncio Vidal park in Santa Clara.  Photo: Elio Delgado Valdés
My Nostalgia for Santa Clara

July 21, 2016 | 2 comments

I can’t remember the first time I came into contact with this beautiful city, as I was born in its maternity hospital; but I remember the second time I came very well, 13 years later, as my parents had taken me for my maternal grandfather’s funeral.

My New Work Situation

July 21, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I was informed that my employment at the cultural institution had been permanently terminated because “I had damaged the system’s, institution’s or country’s image by communicating malicious or misleading information.

The price of water.  Illustration: Carlos
Water and its Price

July 20, 2016 | 2 comments

People are tense with the news of a new “special period” crisis, and no wonder! If we already have problems with our water supply, what are things going to be like from now on?

Jack’s Magic Beans Still Haven’t Come to Cuba

July 19, 2016 | 12 comments

I asked myself if these people who seem to have another reality where they can withdraw themselves and find shelter will soon become regular pedestrians on Havana’s streets again, when the “confusion” comes to hit us all.

Cuba creates pro-GMO media campaign

July 19, 2016 | 2 comments

With help from the government website Cubadebate, the Cuban government has created a media campaign which supports GM foods almost in silence, which is very in line with the imminent arrival of US producers of GM crops.

Retirement on a Shoestring

July 18, 2016 | 25 comments

The pension retirees receive here in Cuba is ridiculous. Who can live on 400 pesos (20 usd) a month? And whoever has this much can give themselves a pat on the back, as my grandmother would say, because some people don’t even get 200 pesos.

The Cost of Hiding Part of the Truth from Your Kids

July 18, 2016 | 4 comments

We parents encounter a lot of difficult tasks while our children are growing up, but educating them is the most difficult of them all.

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Brexit and Bureaucracy

July 16, 2016 | 5 comments

This whole business of the UK leaving the EU – BREXIT – can be read and interpreted in many ways. A part of this controversy has caught my attention and isn’t really touched upon in the analyses I’ve read. This is the subject of bureaucracy.

Good Intentions

July 15, 2016 | 6 comments

I grew up hearing that I was extremely lucky to have been born in a system whose government promised social justice, something that only existed in socialist countries, I was assured.