Writer Miguel Barnet believes that the Cuban press should feel proud to be an official government medium. “Don’t worry when people say you work for an official government journal, feel proud and say: ‘I am holding the shield of the homeland.’
While President Raul Castro is off to attend a summit of CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Fidel Castro is back in the news on the island having met on Tuesday in Havana with the Brazilian author and liberation theologist Frei Betto.
Cuban dissidents on the island and exiles in Miami took a step today to seek unity despite their diverse criteria on how to “build democracy.”
Not long ago, I wrote an article on the alarming possibility that someone in Cuba could decide to implement fracking techniques in Cuba. At the time, I had no idea how quickly these concerns would become more real.
The year was 1995. The Cuban economy was in shambles, and so were people. Suicide figures skyrocketed, until we were seeing more than 2 thousand cases every year and the phenomenon became a statistically significant cause of death.
Eyebrows went up everywhere on Tuesday (Jan. 20) when a Russian intelligence ship docked in Havana on the eve of the diplomatic talks between Cuba and the United States. Its arrival had not been previously announced by either the Cuban or the Russian government.
Starting on March 1, MasterCard credit and debit cards issued in the United States may be used in Cuba, ending one aspect of the blockade on financial transactions imposed by the US Treasury Department.
On several official occasions, the Cuban leadership has made mention of the so-called “Conceptual Bases of Cuba’s Socialist Economic and Social Model,” without going into these in any depth. From what we can infer, the government has set up a number of mysterious commissions now working on whatever it is they understand by this.
Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, diplomats from the United States and Cuba, respectively, decided to begin talks a day earlier than planned. After more than fifty years of confrontation, they decided to have dinner together at a private residence.
Our culture is heavily influenced by the United States. Even though we haven’t had close relations for many years, American culture continues to throb in our society. A bit of history may help illustrate why this is the case. (39 photos)