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Jassiel Palenzuela: A Young Cuban Painter

August 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Jassiel Palenzuela is a Cuban contemporary visual artist. “Plurality and diverse ways of making and taking on art, that may be the posture that defines this generation,” he said during his interview with Havana Times.




Cuba Calls Meeting with EU Constructive

August 29, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Cuban government today described as “constructive” a meeting held on Wednesday and Thursday in the second round of negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation with the European Union (EU), reported dpa news.




Cuba’s Patron Virgin Enthroned at the Vatican Gardens

August 29, 2014 | 2 comments

The Virgen de la Caridad (“Virgin of Charity”) whose replica was enthroned at the Vatican Gardens this past Thursday has a very special significance. During a ceremony held in the morning of Thursday, an image of Cuba’s patron virgin was placed in an area close to the Jubilee Bell in the presence of 60 attendees, including 10 Cuban bishops.




Pitcher Diosdany Castillo Flees Cuba, Training in Mexico

August 29, 2014 | No Comments »

Cuban pitcher Diosdany Castillo Vergel has fled Cuba and is currently training in Mexico, driven by the dream of playing in the US Major Leagues, sources close to the baseball player told Café Fuerte. He played for Villa Clara in the Cuban league.




Cuba: Hygiene Product Shortages Continue

August 28, 2014 | 7 comments

Periodic shortages in Cuba of home and personal hygiene products marketed in stores selling in both regular pesos and hard currency will remain for the remainder of 2014, reported the official press on Thursday.




Santiago de Cuba Sculptor & Yoga Student Eliecer Guerrero

August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Eliecer Guerrero is not known to most, but those who visit the El Cobre sanctuary in Santiago de Cuba cannot overlook the many kiosks selling copper pieces, candles, flowers & small, wooden Caridad del Cobre virgins sold along the city’s main street. He was one of the first to sell these items. (48 photos)




Cuba School Year Begins Sept. 1, Teacher Shortage Persists

August 26, 2014 | 2 comments

On Monday Sept. 1, the new school year begins in Cuba at all levels, from pre-school to technical and university classes, announced Education Minister Ena Elsa Velásquez Cobiella.




Bank of Ireland Freezes Cuba Transfers

August 26, 2014 | 6 comments

The Bank of Ireland began to prevent all financial transfers to Cuba in recent weeks because of a business relationship with a US bank, reported the Irish Times newspaper.




A Tour of Cuba’s National Zoo

August 25, 2014 | 3 comments

Last week, my son Rogelito, my wife Yasmin, her mother Silvia and I went to Cuba’s National Zoo. I will use some of the many pictures we took to accompany my impressions during our outing. (8 photos)




Be Wary of Decontextualization: A Warning to All Cubans

August 25, 2014 | 7 comments

I want to begin by reminding readers of what the prestigious Cuban essayist Guillermo Rodriguez Rivera said of Joseph Stalin, referring to the notorious communist leader as a “master of decontextualization.” Let me say, from the outset, that I am speaking of a well-known anti-Batista activist who holds a PhD in philology from the University of Havana.