Miami Airport: The New Haven for Cuban Migrants

    Miami International Airport has become a haven for thousands of Cuban-born travellers who request asylum in the United States after landing on US soil and approaching an immigration officer. A wave of “aerial refugees” is knocking on Miami’s doors.

featuredimage For Public Media and Beliefs Without Discrimination in Cuba

I am expressing a conviction that is shared by many others. Trampling on the secular and impartial nature of the State and the public media is trampling on the freedoms of all citizens of all creeds. Such freedoms are curtailed when one religious message is imposed on those who do not want to receive it, through a television broadcaster that people pay for with their taxes and work.

featuredimage Getting to Know the Unknown Che

On February 26, 1964, Ernesto “Che” Guevara wrote the following to a man living at 560 Juan Bruno Zayas Street, Vibora, Havana: “Unfortunately, what reaches the majority – myself included – is an apology of the system and not its scientific analysis.”

featuredimage Shortages to Continue in Cuban Stores

When a Cuban goes shopping they never know what they will find on store shelves. There may be plenty of some unaffordable luxury products and acute shortages of basic necessities. We publish a report from Café Fuerte on the current shortages of many basic products in the country.

featuredimage Habanarte Festival Begins

From September 11-21 the Cuban capital is immersed in the first edition of “Habanarte ‘. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the all-encompassing event involves around a thousand Cuban artists of all demonstrations; including music, visual arts, literature, film, dance and theater. (33 photos)

rightcolimage Saving a Dog at Havana’s Calixto Garcia Hospital

The Coronary Care Ward at Havana’s Calixto Garcia Hospital is not exactly a merry place, but it would be far more depressing if it wasn’t for La Niña. La Niña is a cute little dog that squats on the ground floor of the hospital.

rightcolimage People with Disabilities Also Like the Beach

The hot weather we’re having has one daydreaming about the beach the day through. The beaches to the east of Havana are relatively close – for anyone in Havana who enjoys full physical faculties, that is. For disabled persons, however, it as though these beaches were thousands of kilometers away.

rightcolimage Terrorism: The Work of Monsters

There are two dates in which Cubans experience pain over those who have perished and hatred and contempt towards the monsters capable of organizing or carrying out terrorist acts: September 4 and October 6. In fact, In the course of 55 years, thousands of terrorist acts against Cuba have been carried out.

rightcolimage From My Balcony in Alamar, Cuba

Now that I am devoid of an Internet connection, I take advantage of my free time to survey the neighborhood from my balcony. The most interesting elements in sight are afforded us by nature: the changing tonalities of the sea, the always-green tree canopies and the daily traffic of people.

rightcolimage Choosing One’s Path, Outside Cuba

“Dear Jorge, I write you from beautiful Mexico, where I am doing my novitiate, a crucial step in my training,” my former workmate and friend Osman Aviles wrote me in an email. Osman has devoted part of his youth to the study of Cuban poets.

rightcolimage Guayaquil: Similarities to My Santiago de Cuba

A very wise person called Guayaquil the last redoubt of the Caribbean. I don’t know whether it’s because its full name is Santiago de Guayaquil, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve felt at home here since arriving, like in my own Santiago, Santiago de Cuba, that is.

rightcolimage What is a Youth?

When I wrote the series of articles called “The advantages of being poor”, I mentioned what it meant to us in the 70s to find that a favorite film had by chance been included in the TV line-up or was showing at the movie theater.

rightcolimage The Sea Cucumber I Had at Home

Some weeks ago, I gave one of the animals I had in my aquarium back its freedom. I returned it to the place I had kidnapped it from in order to take pictures of it at home. How happy it made me to see it scurry away among corals and algae! (6 photos)