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Che and Chavez Colognes: Inexplicable Fragrances

September 26, 2014 | 6 comments

Cubans of any political creed have been startled by the news that the state-owned company Labiofam has launched two new colognes made in Cuba. The new fragrances are labeled “Ernesto,” for Che Guevara, and “Hugo,” for Hugo Chávez.




Raul Castro Puts Cuba’s Economy Fully in the Hands of Marino Murillo

September 25, 2014 | 7 comments

The government of Raul Castro named Marino Murillo, the so-called market “reform czar” on the island, the new Minister of the Economy, according to a statement read on state television today. He now holds practically all the posts for implementation and supervising the economy.




When Cuba Sends Patients Abroad

September 25, 2014 | 5 comments

When I wrote about Rafael’s illness, I became curious about the medical services that Cuban Public Health arranges for patients abroad. Following a rather arduous search, we found a teenager who had just been treated at a clinic in Europe. Below is her story.




Old Havana Under Repairs

September 24, 2014 | 12 comments

Many are the obstacles we must dodge as we head for work or go out for a stroll around the Old Havana. The installation of underground piping began in January of 2013. A large investment to restore this infrastructure using cutting edge technology is being made. (30 photos)




No Books for Cuba’s Youth

September 23, 2014 | 9 comments

Some of my son’s high-school friends often come over to my house to play video-games on our computer. Sometimes, the noise they make becomes unbearable and I want to throw them all out. On other occasions, I try to have a chat with them to find out what they’re into.




Does the US Interests Section in Havana Scam Cuban Visa Applicants?

September 23, 2014 | 22 comments

Like many Cubans, Luis Enrique González was ecstatic when in January 2013 his government lifted the much-hated restrictions on freedom to travel abroad. He dreamed of visiting his father in Florida—maybe even riding a Harley-Davidson around the USA.




Cuba’s Telephone Co. Cons its Users

September 23, 2014 | 13 comments

Cuba’s telephone company monopoly, ETECSA, has admitted it is experiencing problems with its systems and that it is stealing money from users. They committed to reimbursing us the money they had charged us by mistake as soon as the problems were fixed.




Havana is Not the Capital of All Cubans

September 23, 2014 | 11 comments

Panelists of Cuban television’s Round Table program have been speaking in defense of the rights of immigrants to the United States for years. Shouldn’t they begin by speaking in defense of those Cubans living in Havana who are arbitrarily deported and sent back to their provinces of origin by the police?




Saving Cuban Customs

September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »

“Let us try and save Cuban Customs,” the island’s official press appears to be saying without the slightest bit of subtlety, for, in recent months, it has covered just about everything this institution is doing, to make it look very busy.




Protein Rations for Havana Sept. 22-28

September 22, 2014 | 1 Comment »

We present the list of subsidized protein products that Havana residents can purchase with their ration booklets during the week from 22 to 28 September. The portions are distributed by month on a rotation basis in 15 municipalities of the capital.