My Uncle Came to Visit from the United States

October 2, 2015 | 2 comments

My uncle left six years ago and came to visit a some days ago. He came with his wife, who’d managed to leave Cuba only a year ago, through the family sponsorship process. They had come to visit their relatives here

Cuba: A Quick Guide to Contemporary Art

October 2, 2015 | No Comments »

The exhibition titled Nota al pie (“Footnote”) landed in Havana’s Espacio Abierto gallery rather spontaneously. We didn’t have the time normally required for this kind of project, but the proposal seemed attractive to us when curator Carlos Gamez spoke to us about it.

Glyphosate in Cuba

October 2, 2015 | 3 comments

Cancer has been spreading quickly in Cuba for several decades now. In 2012, it became the chief cause of death in the country, and not precisely because the incidence of other causes went down. Today, I want to focus on a poison that has come to settle in our guts: glyphosate.

Old Town Caracas, Venezuela

September 30, 2015 | 2 comments

Though the locals are kind and charismatic, none of its sidestreets are very safe. These photos were taken during an activity organized by the National Photography Center, which made the needed arrangements with the police and residents of the area. (27 photos)

Europe’s Migratory Crisis

September 30, 2015 | 9 comments

Before the so-called “war on terrorism” was undertaken by a coalition led by the United States, countries in North Africa and the Middle East had an acceptable degree of political and economic stability and migration patterns were normal.

Cuba: “Much Remains to be Done”*

September 29, 2015 | 3 comments

President Raul Castro’s speech during the Global Leaders’ Conference on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women: A Commitment to Action was very well received by participants. I don’t know whether everyone gets a courtesy applause, no matter what they say, but he got quite the ovation.

Cuba’s Medical Referral Slips

September 28, 2015 | 1 Comment »

I had an accident a few days ago: I spilt a pot full of boiling bean stew over my left leg. I immediately headed over to the nearest hospital, the military clinic. I walked several kilometers in pain and, when I arrived at the emergency ward, an elderly nurse immediately and attentively treated me.

An Unforgettable Al Pacino

September 26, 2015 | No Comments »

Seeing Al Pacino in the film The Humbling, from director Barry Levinson, is nothing short of spectacular, where the theatre is his character’s raison d’être; a medium which saw his professional development in his early beginnings, and to which he occasionaly returns to work.

Dreaming, Pope, We Dream

September 25, 2015 | 1 Comment »

In the midst of so much fuss surrounding the Pope’s visit, a handful of charitable souls demand that we look beyond the walls embellished with decorations and watered-down paint. People still do things that are worthy of respect, outside our dreams. (9 fotos)

Venezuela: Diary of an Ordinary Wednesday

September 25, 2015 | 9 comments

Wednesday is the day when Caridad is allowed to buy basic products in Caracas if and when they are available. To play the hit-and-miss game you wait for hours in line. Rice, flour, coffee, cooking oil, milk and bathing soap and toilet paper are some of the items that often go “missing”.