The Man Behind “Unseen Cuba”

    When the aerial photos of Cuba taken by Lithuanian Marius Jovaisa began to be published on the Internet, we saw more than one expression of wounded, nationalist pride bemoaning the fact a foreigner had come along and captured those images before Cubans could.

featuredimage Male Cuban Hairdos: Variations of the Same

If you go for a stroll around Havana today, you won’t be able to avoid noticing the new hairdos now in style among young men. Outlandish styles will in fact surprise you at every corner. (22 photos)

featuredimage The Archaeological Damage Posed by the Nicaragua Canal Project

The mega project to build an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua is being touted by the government of Daniel Ortega as the answer to development for the Central American country. At the same time warning signals come not only from environmentalists, social activists, farmers and economists, but also archeologists.

featuredimage Cuba’s Problems Cannot Be Solved with Magic Spells

“The biggest economic mistake we made was thinking that building socialism would guarantee development,” one of the Cuba’s most reputable economists said to me. It was something of an informal conversation, but that idea stuck in my head.

featuredimage Cuba Nears Serious Water Crisis

A photo showing the dry bed of Cuba’s second largest river drove home just how chillingly severe our drought has become, to the point that I began to hope a tropical storm would come our way.

rightcolimage The Drought and an Unexpected Reply

The water was running across the sidewalk unchecked. Several people worriedly looked at the fatal spill, wondering, perhaps, where in our draught-stricken city it could be coming from. The sight was just one more worry we Cubans deal with every day.

rightcolimage The Trip to Che Guevara’s Campsite

One day after captain Chaviano returned from Che Guevara’s campsite, that is to say, on Friday, December 13, 1958, we all went down the hill known as El Piquito, towards the town of San Blas, to depart for El Pedrero. There, we would place ourselves under the command of Che Guevara…

rightcolimage Back to the Roots, in the Shadows

“She’s an exceptionally beautiful woman, but she doesn’t do it for me anymore. I think it best to turn my life around completely,” Oliver, one of the workmates I sometimes converse with, says to me rather worried…

rightcolimage Cervical-Uterine Cancer in Cuba and the World

I’m shaken up. In less than a year, three friends of mine have been diagnosed with and treated for cervical cancer (CC) – three young women saved from a slow and horrible death. I dedicate this post to all those battling this condition. (9 graphs)

rightcolimage Cuba: Hello Wi-Fi

I hope Wi-Fi services last in Cuba. It’s been a phenomenal idea to set up these networks, and it’s both curious and humorous to see people congregate to download information and videos and to chat with relatives and friends.

rightcolimage What Cuban Students Do on Summer Vacation

These summer months remind me of the school break and the inevitable essay that came with the start of classes in September, on the subject of what you had done during your vacation.

rightcolimage Venezuela’s Crisis Is No Small Potatoes

Here in Venezuela, like everything else you buy, potatoes are increasingly beyond hand’s (or pocket’s) reach. The last time I went to a market, a kilo was being sold for the equivalent of 90 USD at the official exchange rate. (21 photos)

rightcolimage New Cuban Talent Competition Packs Little Punch

The singing competition shows The Voice, The Voice Kids and The X Factor have gained an unprecedented popularity among Cubans, who do not seem to miss an episode with the help of the weekly “package.”