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A Night with Telesur in Cuba

October 30, 2014 | No Comments »

Bored, I again tuned in to Telesur last night. The first bit of news I saw were about Ayotzinapa, the courageous father Solalinde, worthy representative of the moral integrity of Latin American Catholic priests (Cuba excluded).

US Now Says Willing to Cooperate with Cuba against Ebola in Africa

October 29, 2014 | 15 comments

Despite the long ideological enmity between the two countries, the United States is willing to cooperate with Cuba in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, a US government official told dpa on Wednesday.

UN Rejects Cuba Embargo 188-2

October 28, 2014 | 16 comments

The UN General Assembly today condemned for the twenty-third straight time the US trade and economic embargo imposed on Cuba for over half a century, reported dpa news. The vote was 188 to 2 with 3 abstentions.

Who Wants Him to Shut Up Cuban Singer Orman Cala

October 28, 2014 | No Comments »

Though Orman Cala (Granma, 1980) hasn’t enjoyed the same publicity some of his contemporaries have, his songs are charged with a rebellious spirit and a provocative youthful impetus that leave those fortunate enough to listen to them wanting more.

Cuba’s New Labor Code: The Lion Negotiates with the Monkey

October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment »

In keeping with Cuba’s institutional logic, workers have had to adjust the new “Collective Work Agreements” in conjunction with management, as per the new provisions. The CTC, Cuba’s all-encompassing trade union, is supposed to represent all workers in this.

Cuba: reasonable doubt or blatant racism?

October 27, 2014 | 5 comments

On Saturday, October 18, I waved down a collective taxi to head home from the upscale Vedado neighborhood. I got in next to the driver, since three other people already occupied the back seat. In the neighborhood known as Sports City, a woman got in next to me.

Freemasonry: Mother of the Cuban Nation

October 26, 2014 | 4 comments

The ups and downs of history and ill intentions of individuals have made us forget the history – today incomplete – of an institution we could well call the mother of the Cuban nation: freemasonry. However we know more about freemasonry in the United States, whose symbols adorn cities and dollar bills, than about its significance to our own history.

A Visit to Guama, Matanzas

October 24, 2014 | No Comments »

Last weekend, my family and I decided to visit the Cienaga de Zapata, a large wetland located in southern Matanzas. We got a good breath of fresh air and saw many beautiful landscapes during the two-hour trip to the Guama tourist complex. (34 photos)

Cuba: Where the Rainbow Starts

October 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »

In the course of Cuban history, political leaders have mocked sexual minorities. The medical and religious establishments labeled them sick and depraved beings, and, during the sixties, they were dubbed as weak and counterrevolutionary.

Cuban Folk Musician Alex Mendez: Run-Away Slave in Copenhagen

October 22, 2014 | No Comments »

A Cuba folk musician living in Europe speaks to us about his music and shares his thoughts on his condition as musician. “I learn from what people feel. Now, without a sensitive pair of ears my songs say nothing, they’re empty, emptier than a beach in Copenhagen during the winter,” Alex Mendez tells us in his interview for HT.