High-Level US-Cuba Meeting Ends

    Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, diplomats from the United States and Cuba, respectively, decided to begin talks a day earlier than planned. After more than fifty years of confrontation, they decided to have dinner together at a private residence.

featuredimage Deciding the Future of Cuba

On several official occasions, the Cuban leadership has made mention of the so-called “Conceptual Bases of Cuba’s Socialist Economic and Social Model,” without going into these in any depth. From what we can infer, the government has set up a number of mysterious commissions now working on whatever it is they understand by this.

featuredimage Russian Spy Ship Docked in Havana Before US-Cuba Talks

Eyebrows went up everywhere on Tuesday (Jan. 20) when a Russian intelligence ship docked in Havana on the eve of the diplomatic talks between Cuba and the United States. Its arrival had not been previously announced by either the Cuban or the Russian government.

featuredimage Cuba-US Take First Step To Normal Relations, More to Come

The governments of Cuba and the United States will meet again in the coming weeks to continue working on details for resuming diplomatic relations, the negotiators said today after a first round of talks in Havana.

featuredimage Cuba Under Seige to Cuba Tours

When this post is published, Josefina Vidal and Roberta Jacobson, the two women tasked with re-establishing diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, will be at a meeting, the starting point of a long road leading to the normalization of bilateral relations between the two countries.

rightcolimage Cuba’s “Weekly Package” and its Television

What people look for in the “package” is variety: people choose what they want to watch. There may be a lot of trite stuff in it, but one can also find interesting documentaries, the occasional film with artistic merit, etc.

rightcolimage The Free United States I’d Like to Visit

Now that relations with the United States have been re-established, I’m going to hop on over there the first chance I get. I feel a mixture of hatred and love for that country. Let me tell you explain.

rightcolimage Cuba: A Change in Mentality

“We have to wait and see how things develop,” some people are saying down here. This is very true, because the mental and economic infrastructures developed in the course of more than fifty years cannot be changed overnight.

rightcolimage Venezuela’s Maduro Now Scheduled to Make His Annual Report Today

If President Maduro is hoping to make people lose all confidence in his government, it is one of the things he is doing quickly and successfully. He has postponed his Annual Report for 2014 a second time. Now it is reset for this afternoon.

rightcolimage 1,782 Kilometers from Havana

Mexico City smells of tortillas. Havana smells of newspapers moistened with urine and dried in the sun. Different cities. I arrived in Mexico on the 26th of July last year. I left the “homeland” on its “Day of National Rebelliousness”.

rightcolimage How US Citizens Can Travel to Cuba Now!

Here’s some good news for United States citizens wanting to travel legally to Cuba. Even though US based airlines still have not hashed out their plan of operations on the island don’t let that stop you from going as soon as you feel fit. There are many ways to do so.

rightcolimage Better than Sex: Cuba’s Interactivo

On January 14, I went to the Bertolt Brecht theater in Havana, where the Cuban band Interactivo performs every Wednesday near midnight. I felt it was the best concert of my life, and I’ve been to quite a number of these.

rightcolimage My Mom’s Housing Curse

My parents got married in 1967. A short time later, they already had two kids and steady jobs. The only thing they didn’t have was a roof over their heads. Living in cheap hotels made for a hectic life. The worst part of it was the anxiety of it all…