Another Look at Miramar, Havana

    The west-laying areas of the Cuban capital break with the architectural style that prevails in other parts of the city. There, we find eclectic mansions surrounded by gardens, well-kept avenues and large supermarkets, a place where the country’s hotel chains have brought about the development of tourism. (28 photos)

featuredimage Cuba Regains Central American and Caribbean Baseball Title with 9-3 over Nicaragua

Cuba, the big favorite in the baseball tournament of the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, did not disappoint its fans and finished with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating Nicaragua 9-3 in the championship game Friday night at the Beto Avila stadium in Veracruz.

featuredimage Bar Hopping in Havana

Bars in full effervescence, black lights and music set the stage for a night life that awakens when the city goes to sleep. Reportedly, they are prohibited, but private bars in Havana speak the language of supply and demand and give the city a different texture.

featuredimage Obama Firm on Cuba Policy, says adviser

One of the closest foreign policy advisers in the White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will not take executive action to ease the embargo on Cuba. He noted that any change of policy towards the island depends on the Castro regime showing “significant changes”.

featuredimage Esteban Morales on Cuba-US Relations

Cuban professor Esteban Morales is one of the most reputable experts on the issue of Cuba-US relations. He has just published a book titled De la confrontacion a los intentos de normalizacion (“From Confrontation to Normalization Efforts”), a volume crucial to understanding the bilateral conflict between the two countries.

rightcolimage My Love-Hate Relationship with India

As for me, the peculiar sound of Indian music, the country’s dance traditions, the texture and colors of its fabrics, the sari (a garment worn by women), the delicacy of its pottery, these are the beautiful things I like about the country.

rightcolimage Looking for Work in Guantanamo, Cuba

As you know, I have been without work for some months now and, like any self-respecting unemployed person, am looking for a job (or pretending to do so, at least). I fear I will start liking this business of slacking off and begin living by my wits, as many Cubans do.

rightcolimage Lazaro Saavedra Receives Cuba’s National Fine Arts Award

While heading to work on a bus, I saw an elderly gentleman reading a newspaper and, out of the corner of my eye, caught a glimpse of a note on the artist Lazaro Saavedra and an award he had won. I couldn’t help but smile at the thought.

rightcolimage Leaving Cuba: From Dreams to Reality

Reading the Havana Times interview with Carles Bosch, director of the documentary Balseros, I remembered the impact the documentary had on me. As for any Cuban marked by the experience of emigration, every character became a kind of alter ego whose destiny I could not be indifferent to.

rightcolimage On Cuba’s Demands on the US

The Cuban news have been touching on the issue of the US embargo and the re-establishment of relations between Washington and Havana for some time now. The headlines have already become rather monotonous.

rightcolimage Cuba: To Remember is to Suffer Anew

There are things one cannot erase from memory, no matter how much you want to. I recall that, in the now distant 1988, I was barely fifteen, the age of innocence. At the time, I was beginning to enter Havana’s small gay world.

rightcolimage Animal Abuse in Cuba, a Round Table Discussion

Every so often, Cuba’s “Mesa Redonda” (Round Table) program tries to address a social issue in a segment entitled “Sobre la Mesa” (On the Table). Though the superficiality with which issues are tackled is always rather vexing, the segment is a barometer which tells us how the government conceives a specific topic.

rightcolimage Listening to Calle 13 in Cuba

No other form of artistic expression has as many variations as music. I must confess I am rather prejudiced when it comes to musical preferences. Sometimes, however, I manage to tear free from my habits and undertake a journey across the vast universe of musical genres.