My Love-Hate Relationship with India

November 20, 2014 | 5 comments

As for me, the peculiar sound of Indian music, the country’s dance traditions, the texture and colors of its fabrics, the sari (a garment worn by women), the delicacy of its pottery, these are the beautiful things I like about the country.

Looking for Work in Guantanamo, Cuba

November 20, 2014 | 2 comments

As you know, I have been without work for some months now and, like any self-respecting unemployed person, am looking for a job (or pretending to do so, at least). I fear I will start liking this business of slacking off and begin living by my wits, as many Cubans do.

Lazaro Saavedra Receives Cuba’s National Fine Arts Award

November 20, 2014 | No Comments »

While heading to work on a bus, I saw an elderly gentleman reading a newspaper and, out of the corner of my eye, caught a glimpse of a note on the artist Lazaro Saavedra and an award he had won. I couldn’t help but smile at the thought.

Leaving Cuba: From Dreams to Reality

November 19, 2014 | No Comments »

Reading the Havana Times interview with Carles Bosch, director of the documentary Balseros, I remembered the impact the documentary had on me. As for any Cuban marked by the experience of emigration, every character became a kind of alter ego whose destiny I could not be indifferent to.

On Cuba’s Demands on the US

November 19, 2014 | 2 comments

The Cuban news have been touching on the issue of the US embargo and the re-establishment of relations between Washington and Havana for some time now. The headlines have already become rather monotonous.

Cuba: To Remember is to Suffer Anew

November 18, 2014 | 2 comments

There are things one cannot erase from memory, no matter how much you want to. I recall that, in the now distant 1988, I was barely fifteen, the age of innocence. At the time, I was beginning to enter Havana’s small gay world.

Animal Abuse in Cuba, a Round Table Discussion

November 18, 2014 | 9 comments

Every so often, Cuba’s “Mesa Redonda” (Round Table) program tries to address a social issue in a segment entitled “Sobre la Mesa” (On the Table). Though the superficiality with which issues are tackled is always rather vexing, the segment is a barometer which tells us how the government conceives a specific topic.

Listening to Calle 13 in Cuba

November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment »

No other form of artistic expression has as many variations as music. I must confess I am rather prejudiced when it comes to musical preferences. Sometimes, however, I manage to tear free from my habits and undertake a journey across the vast universe of musical genres.

Maintenance: The Bad Word of Cuban Economics

November 17, 2014 | 2 comments

Why do Cuban government investors constantly suspend the allocation of funds for planned maintenance work? So many things have been done wrong in this sense that no one believes that story about lack of experience, poor training or insufficient resources any more.

Cuba and the Right to Intimacy

November 14, 2014 | 1 Comment »

I was reading an article about people who rent out rooms where couples can make love, or have sex. I wonder whether this service is offered to all couples, as, but from reading what the owners explained, it appears only for heterosexual couples.