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Four Points Hotel now operated by Sheraton Havana.
Sheraton Opens its First Hotel in Cuba

June 28, 2016 | 9 comments

The Four Points Hotel operated by Sheraton of the Starwood chain opened for business today in Havana, Cuba, becoming the first US hotel establishment operating in Cuba since the 1959 Revolution.

Isla de Pinos-Isla de la Juventud
Isle of Pines, Isle of Youth; Fighting against Oblivion

June 28, 2016 | 1 Comment »

The number of inhabitants went from just 5000 to over 94,000 in 10 years. Levels of consumer activity, public services and building of apartments exceeded those in the rest of the country. However, that great project had no resources of its own, and was nourished with supplies from the Soviet socialist solar system.

Conceiving Cuba's future economic and social development.  Photo: trabajadores.cu
The Most Revealing Concepts of the Cuban Model

June 28, 2016 | 3 comments

Much has been discussed and written recently about the Conceptualization of Cuba’s social and economic model. Official spokespersons pay tribute to the fantastic program and praise just how democratic the Cuban government is that we are able to discuss the document.

The Popular Bank buildling in Puerto Rico.
Cuba Gives OK to MasterCard at Havana ATMs

June 27, 2016 | 4 comments

The Central Bank of Cuba today authorized the use of MasterCards issued by Stonegate Bank in the US and Banco Popular of Puerto Rico in operations at ATMs in the Cuban capital.

The police patrol that arrested Francisca Ramirez.
Nicaragua Canal Opposition Leader Arrested, then Freed

June 25, 2016 | No Comments »

The leader of the rural movement that opposes the building of an Interoceanic Canal in Nicaragua, Francisca Ramirez, was released Saturday afternoon by the National Police after being arrested earlier in the day.

Obama and Shaq.  Photo: scoopnews.com.it
Obama Sends Shaq O’Neal to Cuba as a Sports Ambassador

June 25, 2016 | No Comments »

Basketball legend Shaq O’Neal arrives in Cuba today for a four-day visit, sent by President Obama as a special ambassador for the sport.

Fidel Castro at the 7th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party in April 2016.  Photo:  Omara Garcia Mederos/ACN
Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

June 25, 2016 | 16 comments

Cuba will be transformed into one giant concert on August 13th to celebrate Comandante Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday, announced the island’s cultural authorities on Saturday. Festivities promoted by government offices and Communist Party organizations for Castro’s birthday are focusing particularly on the younger generations, especially children. Here the leader is shown at his last public appearance in April 2016.

Cuba Looking for its Future

June 23, 2016 | 5 comments

Cuba finds itself at a critical juncture in its history, where important decisions, like those made in 1902 or in 1959, need to be made. The only difference this time being that we’re no longer living under the suffocating rule of military occupation or in the middle of a full-blown revolution.

Why I Became a Different Kind of Socialist

June 23, 2016 | 9 comments

According to the Cuban government there are only two groups: those who support and praise the system unconditionally; and those who criticize it and fight against it, however they can. The latter includes a different kind of socialist, like the one I am.

Alicia Alonso Carlos Acosta
Cuban Dancer Carlos Acosta in the World of Alicia Alonso

June 23, 2016 | 1 Comment »

In Carlos Acosta’s autobiography, “Sin mirar atrás” (No Way Home), which has been recently published by the Cuban publishing house Arte y Literatura, there’s a prophetic phrase which has ended up coming back to haunt this renowned dancer.