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    Could We Have Cheap Organic Foods in Cuba?

    I often ask myself how far the stupidity of Cuban leaders can go, but I can never quite predict those limits – they always end up surprising me. One case in point is the recent measures taken against street vendors to try and control the price of farm products. As is customary, their solution was to restrict and limit…rather than socialize.

featuredimage Cuba Is Going Digital

As of February 4, 2015 and until April this year, art enthusiasts can enjoy an exhibition titled Vista hace fe…We are going digital (“Seeing is Believing…We Are Going Digital”) at Havana’s Norwegian Embassy, located on 21st Street. (12 photos)


featuredimage Cuba’s Latest Sports Defectors

We’re now more than accustomed to losing many of the luminaries of our decimated baseball teams. Before and until recently, we were taught to label these players traitors. We would never find out what had become of them, in their careers abroad or personal lives.


featuredimage Zika Virus Revives Abortion Debate in Nicaragua

The appearance of Zika in Latin America has placed all the regional health systems on high alert, especially since the virus in pregnant mothers is associated with congenital malformations and microcephaly. In countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua, where the laws prohibit the interruption of pregnancy for any reason, the epidemic projected by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revived the debate on abortion.


featuredimage Cuba’s Last Stumbling Blocks and the New Pie in the Sky

The owner of a fantasy milk churn imagines an entire fortune ahead of him, heading to the market. Sadly, reality places a pot-hole in his way and the jug that should have brought him such wonders spills. Cuba periodically offers us a new version of this well-known fable.


rightcolimage Cuba’s Inept Police

Years ago, someone broke into my home in Vedado. I’ll give you a short version of the story. It was the early morning and the entire family was sleeping. I recall it was a very hot summer and that we used to sleep with the windows open – the mistake we would later regret.


rightcolimage Ana Belen Montes: A Case of Conscience

Throughout history, there have been many cases of people who have taken a correct moral and ethical stance, opposing the immorality and ethically reprehensible actions of certain governments, and have been considered traitors or accused of being spies or unpatriotic persons.


rightcolimage What Happened To Latin America’s Oil in 2015?

Using data from British Petroleum and a spreadsheet, we can trace different tendencies and conclude that, unless significant changes are made, oil consumption and production in Latin America will cross and begin to drop in tandem at the close of this decade.


rightcolimage A Trip to One of Cuba’s Coral Paradises

Recently, I fulfilled my wish to return to one of the coral paradises in Cuba my father would take me to during my childhood and teenage years. I was mostly interested in seeing what state the coral populations in Havana’s west-laying coasts were in.


rightcolimage A Young Teacher Speaks of Cuba’s Oldest Art Academy

On the occasion of another anniversary of Cuba’s San Alejandro Arts Academy – celebrated recently – we conversed with Aluan Arguelles, one of the institution’s youngest teachers, to get to know how this, Latin America’s oldest school of its type, operates internally.


rightcolimage A Journey to My Roots

Recently, I paid a three-day visit to my hometown, Santo Domingo, in the province of Villa Clara, to see relatives and old friends. The trip also made me remember incidents and situations that would begin to mark me since I was small.


rightcolimage The Human Thing

La cosa humana (“The Human Thing”), a film by Gerardo Chijona, has just been released in Havana’s theaters. This comedy seeks to pay tribute to such mafia films as Coppola’s The Godfather and the US television series The Sopranos, where violence is the best means people find to solve conflicts.


rightcolimage My Take on Migratory Crises

While thousands of Cubans cross third countries to reach the United States and thousands others emigrate legally or use work-related trips afforded by the government to “desert,” the island’s official media cover the migratory crisis affecting countries in the Middle East and Europe.