Cuba: Can a Terrorist be a Hero?

    I recently read that Cuban activists were asking US President Barack Obama to grant a presidential pardon to anti-Castro militant Eduardo Arocena, who received a life sentence in 1984 for a number of terrorist attacks committed in the United States between 1975 and 1983.

featuredimage Shaq O’Neal, Joy on a Havana Basketball Court

What struck me the most about Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t his giantesque stature but his fun and open personality that very few sports stars or artists who come to the City of the Moment recently, have.

featuredimage Cuban Gov. Prepares for Fidel Castro’s 90th Birthday

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. Here the leader is shown at his last public appearance in April 2016.

featuredimage Recreational Options for Young Cubans

While many young Cubans and not so young Cubans would say they don’t have recreational options, the following are some photos I took and would like to share with you of alternative places here in Guantanamo where youth come together in a different and pleasant environment… (21 photos)

featuredimage Why I Became a Different Kind of Socialist

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.

rightcolimage An Islander without an Island

These are the remnants of a familiar city which remain imprinted on our memory. Reality follows us in our subconscious when we don’t see these things everyday; a corner, an arch or a column. (7 photos)

rightcolimage Trying to Get a Home Telephone Line in Cuba

Many years ago, Cuba’s telecommunications monopoly (Etecsa) decided to adopt a policy to try and invest in mobile phones and the Internet. They almost put fixed landline management and installation for the Cuban people to one side completely…

rightcolimage In Cuba, to Smoke or Not to Smoke…

The Cuban government continues to support smoking in many ways; tobacco companies try to increase their sales and people keep choosing to smoke as a lifestyle choice, and they’re taking up the habit when they’re younger and younger.

rightcolimage In Cuba: Nobody’s to Blame or Are They?

If we all, or nearly all of us in Cuba, are in the same boat, why can’t we respect and help each other on a day to day basis? Why do we let ourselves be carried away by the worst of our situation?

rightcolimage The Fito Paez Concert at Havana’s Karl Marx Theater

I saw the announcement about composer and singer Fito Paez’s arrival with his band, and the reason why he wanted to perform his last concert on his Latin American tour in our beloved, marvelous city.

rightcolimage I’m Liking Havana less and less

This Havana that I wanted for years to call my home, this Havana where I studied at its University and where I’ve already worked for a fair bit… this Havana that I like less and less every day.

rightcolimage Does Reggaeton Have To Be So Vulgar?

Has anybody ever listened to the lyrics of some reggaeton songs? I hardly understand them, I find it difficult to understand what they’re saying, but when I sit down and focus on the lyrics, I have to admit I don’t like them one bit. Yes, the beat is contagious. Careful, I must confess that I’ve danced to many songs at one party or another, however, the message some of the songs convey… leaves a great deal to be desired.

rightcolimage The New Cuba Says: Kill, God forgives

A small businessman had this sign up on his stand, located on Havana’s Infanta Street. A threatening portrayal of the new Cuban race, a fearful fragment of theology, which inverts St. Augustine de Hippo’s philosopy of “Love and do what you will.”