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As Cuba Recovers from Irma: Needs & Opportunism

September 23, 2017 | 1 Comment »

It’s probably the same everywhere, but I don’t want it to happen here. That every crisis situation promotes opportunism, speculation and an ugly list of human misery that is like an indispensable condition. I hold off of accepting that this might happen in Cuba.




My Memories of Havana’s Mella Theatre

September 24, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Over the past 25 years, the Mella Theater in Havana has become my second home. Here, I have witnessed unique and once-in-a-lifetime moments in Cuban culture.




Cuba’s Educational System Needs New Investment

September 3, 2015 | 19 comments

The future of its children, the national economy and Cuban culture depends on the accessibility and quality of education. To lose the nation’s main source of income by not investing enough in teachers would be tantamount to suicide.




US-Cuba: The Challenge Posed by a New Relationship

August 20, 2015 | 9 comments

During five decades of confrontation between the USA and Cuba, there were periods of top-secret contacts, periods ruled by an absolute freeze, and others when threats ran high.




Havana Carnival in Full Swing

August 10, 2015 | 9 comments

The 2015 Havana Carnival opened over the weekend in the Cuban capital and will continue on the weekend of Aug. 14-16. Here are some pictures of the festivities that includes groupings of dancers along the Malecon seawall.(20 photos)




Cuba: The Market and the Nurse

August 8, 2015 | 2 comments

The official Granma newspaper published a “moving” note on the driver of a horse drawn cart charging a nurse five pesos to bring her to her home. “This is supply and demand, Miss, take it or leave it, and if don’t like it you’ll have to get down,” said the “heartless” self-employed driver.




Cuba Changes: A Deliberate Approach to Reform

August 8, 2015 | 11 comments

The government of Cuba says it will continue on a gradual process of “updating” it’s socialist model with market reforms, keeping the State as the main force in the country’s economy. At the same time it opens to large foreign investment and offers some opportunities for private initiative for small businesses and the practice of some trades.




Cuba: Between Political Repression and the Complicity of the US Left

August 4, 2015 | 75 comments

Many of us are fuming over the plethora of benefits the Castro regime is being offered without making any significant concessions. However, I wonder why we’re asking the United States and Obama to do the work for us…again.




A Wedding in Havana (documentary)

July 24, 2015 | 3 comments

The documentary “A Wedding in Havana” was made during the height of the mid-1990s Special Period economic crisis, a crisis that for many Cubans never fully ended to this day. It gives us some insight into a period in time that people prefer not to talk much about from the disillusionment and pain it represented.




Raul Castro Says Cuba is Growing and Paying its Foreign Debt

July 16, 2015 | 37 comments

Cuban President Raul Castro addressed the island’s legislature on Thursday emphasizing the improved macro economy annual growth figure of 4.7 for the first semester of the year and noting that Cuba is paying its debts on time.