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Ex-spy Gerardo Hernandez Gets Academic Post

May 30, 2016 | 4 comments

The man who once led the spy ring Red Avispa (Wasp Network) in the south of Florida and is today a national hero, has received an important academic role from Raul Castro’s government.

On Using US Dollars and AirBnB in Cuba

May 29, 2016 | 9 comments

We are planning a “people to people” five-day trip for a family of three, departing from the US the last week of June 2016. Things are changing so fast; would appreciate some up-to-date information about two topics regarding currency and lodging.

Guantanamo, Cuba Children at Work

May 27, 2016 | 27 comments

Although we can find more than one child walking the streets here in Cuban cities, maybe a few of them beg, mainly to tourists, or sell something for a few cents, but we can definitely say that our children don’t need to work in order to put food on the table nor to satisfy their most basic needs. (11 photos)

Cuban boat people turn themselves over to the US Coast Guard at the lighthouse base in Sugarloaf Key last Friday.
US Court to Listen to the Case of Cuban Rafters who Landed on a US Lighthouse

May 27, 2016 | 5 comments

A Miami District Court has agreed to listen to the cases of a group of 21 Cuban rafters who managed to reach a lighthouse in the Florida Keys in order to prevent their repatriation to Cuba and receive political asylum in the US.

Baryardo Arce.  Foto:
Nicaragua Minimizes Impact of the Venezuelan crisis on its Economy

May 26, 2016 | 7 comments

The Government of Nicaragua has alternative sources of external funding and “will not die” by the virtual collapse of the Venezuelan aid, which has supported the country’s economy for nearly ten years, said Bayardo Arce, economic adviser to President Daniel Ortega on Thursday.

Dilma Rousseff continues to battle for her political life.
Brazil Crisis Deepens, Evidence Mounts of Plot to Oust Rousseff

May 25, 2016 | 6 comments

A key figure in Brazil’s interim government has resigned after explosive new transcripts revealed how he plotted to oust President Dilma Rousseff in order to end a corruption investigation that was targeting him.

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Mujica Stands Up for the Democratic Left

May 24, 2016 | 6 comments

It was with great relief that I read the news about (former Uruguayan president) Jose Mujica’s condemning words to embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Mujica acted as a voice of the democratic left in calling Maduro way out of order.

Why I Like Comrade Arboleya So Much

May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Jesús Arboleya Cervera, a researcher at the Center for Studies on National Security Affairs, has just got involved in the messy business of Cuban socialism and politics in order to highlight the fact that the debate “is neverending in our daily work” and that even those opposed to the regime take part in this debate with “their opinions in formal and informal channels of discussion”.

Inside the lobby of the Hermanos Almejeiras hospital.  Photo: Juan Suárez
Investment in Cuba’s Public Health: True of False?

May 20, 2016 | 11 comments

A fellow writer for HT recently brought up some pretty serious questions. Erasmo Calzadilla expressed his doubts relating to the supposed development of the investment process in the Cuban health system. These concerns are naturally shared by many of us.

Tony Castro enjoying a round of golf at Varadero.
Castro’s Cuba is a Private Party

May 20, 2016 | 13 comments

Back when I was living in Cuba, one of the important tasks of those who represented the elite was to disguise and conceal their high standing in comparison to others, as the people were subjected to immense sacrifices, and such differences could seriously undermine their scant enthusiasm or even lead to protest.