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In the streets, Ortega is the only candidate.  The government slogan says, “Let’s go further”, while the opposition decries, “There’s no one to vote for” and debates about how best to protest. Foto:
Nicaragua Electoral Campaign Begins, without Legitimacy or Transparency

August 25, 2016 | No Comments »

With less than eighty days to go before the November 6 elections, there’s almost no electoral propaganda on the streets of Managua and the country’s principal cities. Even the official propaganda, which has been a permanent fixture during the ten years of Comandante Daniel Ortega’s rule, is sparser than at other times. Beside the main roadways, the giant pink billboards have lost their original glow.

Tropical Storm Gaston.  Graphic: National Hurricane Center
Havana Weather for August 25-31

August 24, 2016 | No Comments »

A slight deterioration in weather conditions over the weekend is expected, thereby increasing the chance of showers and thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures will be between 32 and 34° C (90 and 93 F) and the lows ranging between 23 and 25° C (73 and 77 F).

Venezuelan Generals Take Over Food Distribution

August 24, 2016 | No Comments »

In an unexpected order of command, 18 generals of the Venezuelan Armed Forces will assume the onslaught against shortages of basic foods and medicines plaguing the oil rich country, extending the militarization of the entire chain of distribution of consumer goods.

Cuban President Raul Castro
Raul Castro Warns Cuban Intellectuals of a “Global Wave of Colonization”

August 23, 2016 | 3 comments

Cuban President Raul Castro warned writers and artists of the island that Cuba is “threatened” by a “global wave of colonization” and “subversive projects” in the realm of culture.

Has Cuba Already Changed?

August 22, 2016 | 18 comments

It’s an oft-repeated desire among many US citizens: “I want to visit Havana before the we ruin it, with McDonald’s and Starbucks on every corner.” Well, fellow US citizens, after visiting Havana three times in a year since “the opening,” I have good news and bad news.

A woman protests in Managua against the Supreme Electoral Council Foto: Mario López/EFE
Nicaragua’s Elections: Abstaining Is a Mistake

August 22, 2016 | No Comments »

The main opposition group has called for abstention, under the slogan “I won’t throw away my vote,” or “No one to vote for.” If their aim is to repudiate the electoral panorama and call for political resistance, this isn’t the most effective method.

Yulieski Gourriel when he was on the Cuban national team.  Photo:
Yulieski Gourriel Gets First Start for the Houston Astros on Sunday

August 21, 2016 | No Comments »

Yulieski Gourriel, the top Cuban league baseball player before obtaining a major league contract earlier this year, is expected to get his first chance on Sunday with the Houston Astros.

Cuba Gets its Fourth and Fifth Gold Medals in Rio from Boxers

August 20, 2016 | 3 comments

Cuban boxers Robeisy Ramírez and Arlen Lopez added today two gold medals for the Cuban Olympic team by winning their final matches in Rio de Janeiro.

Illustration by Carlos
Cuba’s Elderly Are Struggling

August 19, 2016 | 7 comments

Many of Cuba’s retirees are struggling, especially those who have to live off pensions equaling 8–12 USD a month and have no money coming from family abroad.

Architects Needed for Cuba’s Private Businesses

August 19, 2016 | 6 comments

La China is the owner of a restaurant that has an entrance hall, a bar, a room with 11 tables, a reserved area, a unisex bathroom, kitchen, a stockroom and another bathroom for employees.