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Cuba Seeks Capital for 246 Projects

October 27, 2014 | 6 comments

Cuba’s official newspaper Granma has announced that the island’s government will be publicizing 246 investment projects in order to attract foreign capital, for a total value of nearly US $ 9 billion, DPA reported.

Cuban Émigrés and their Stances on the US Embargo

October 27, 2014 | 9 comments

Over the past few decades, the nearly unanimous support for the US trade embargo / blockade among Cubans residing in the United States has given way to increasing calls to make these measures more flexible or to eliminate them altogether.

Cuba: reasonable doubt or blatant racism?

October 27, 2014 | 5 comments

On Saturday, October 18, I waved down a collective taxi to head home from the upscale Vedado neighborhood. I got in next to the driver, since three other people already occupied the back seat. In the neighborhood known as Sports City, a woman got in next to me.

Afro-Cuban Culture at Havana’s Hamel Alley

October 27, 2014 | No Comments »

Havana’s Hamel alley is a small backstreet located in the neighborhood of Cayo Hueso, Centro Habana, very close to Vedado. An important socio-cultural project aimed at divulging Afro-Cuban culture through music, theater, the visual and other arts is based there. (39 photos)

Freemasonry: Mother of the Cuban Nation

October 26, 2014 | 4 comments

The ups and downs of history and ill intentions of individuals have made us forget the history – today incomplete – of an institution we could well call the mother of the Cuban nation: freemasonry. However we know more about freemasonry in the United States, whose symbols adorn cities and dollar bills, than about its significance to our own history.

Cuba Prepares for Veracruz 2014

October 25, 2014 | No Comments »

There is nothing Cuban authorities fear more today than seeing the island end up behind Mexico, Colombia or Venezuela at the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Veracruz from November 14 to 30 this year, as these – for reasons more political than sports-related – are considered the most important sporting competition of the year.

A Visit to Guama, Matanzas

October 24, 2014 | No Comments »

Last weekend, my family and I decided to visit the Cienaga de Zapata, a large wetland located in southern Matanzas. We got a good breath of fresh air and saw many beautiful landscapes during the two-hour trip to the Guama tourist complex. (34 photos)

Cuba: Where the Rainbow Starts

October 23, 2014 | 2 comments

In the course of Cuban history, political leaders have mocked sexual minorities. The medical and religious establishments labeled them sick and depraved beings, and, during the sixties, they were dubbed as weak and counterrevolutionary.

Cuba Between Post-Totalitarianism and the Dictatorship of the Right

October 23, 2014 | 20 comments

I often say that the Cuban regime is a totalitarian dictatorship and, in saying this, I vent the frustration it produces me in one fell swoop. It’s a shame Spanish does not have as expressive and accurate a term as Totalherrschaft.

The Cuban State: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

October 23, 2014 | 7 comments

Cuba’s economic difficulties have a variety of ingredients: the island’s status as an underdeveloped nation, the chosen socialist model, the mistakes made by the government, the US blockade and internal corruption (whose expression is the black market).