Coffee grower in eastern Cuban province.
Don’t Expect to See Cuban Coffee Sold in the US

May 6, 2016 | No Comments »

The National Bureau of Cuba’s Small Farmers Association (ANAP) – the elite of government officials who represent Cuban farmers–, kicked up a fuss in response to the decision announced by the US Treasury Department on April 22, authorizing independent producers on the island to export coffee to the United States.

Puente Almendares
Havana Weather for May 5-11

May 5, 2016 | No Comments »

The chance of showers and thunderstorms in Havana will remain high for Thursday and Friday, while starting Saturday this will decrease considerably. High temperatures during the 7-day forecast period will be between 27 and 30° C (81 and 86 F) and the lows between 19 and 23° C (66 and 73 F).

OAS Calls an Extraordinary Session at the Request of Venezuela

May 4, 2016 | 2 comments

The Organization of American States (OAS) called an extraordinary session of its Permanent Council for Thursday at the request of Venezuela, a meeting in which Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez is expected to attend.

Soneros All Star.  Photo: Oni Acosta
Soneros All Star: Traditional Cuban Music with a Twist

May 4, 2016 | No Comments »

A new music initiative has been born on the island. It has the magic of an aged rum or a robust cigar. Gathered under the direction of young double-bass player Pedro Pablo Gutierrez, renowned musicians with solid careers in such bands as Buena Vista Social Club and Afrocuba All Star have brought their creative efforts together.

Havana Breathes Luxury with Chanel Models

May 4, 2016 | 8 comments

European glamor and luxury brought a new air to Havana with the catwalk of Chanel models on the Prado Promenade in Old Havana on Tuesday evening, something unthinkable before rapprochement with the United States.

Rama-Kriol territory in southeastern Nicaragua.  Foto: END
Nicaragua Gov. Leases Rama-Kriol Lands for Canal

May 3, 2016 | No Comments »

The Government of Nicaragua announced today that it reached an agreement with indigenous leaders in the South Caribbean to lease an extensive portion of land in the region where the route of an inter-oceanic would pass

Free Trips to Cuba for Young Cuban Americans

May 3, 2016 | 1 Comment »

A recently formed group called the CubaOne Foundation, started by four young Cuban American professionals, is offering free trips to Cuba for a limited number of Cuban Americans between the ages of 22 and 35. The goal is to help them “explore their heritage, meet their Cubans peers, and bring people together.”

Market in Havana. Photo: Raúl Pupo.
Cuba Applies Price Ceiling for Farm Products

May 3, 2016 | 3 comments

In a move to strengthen government controls over the island’s economic life, the Castro administration announced Tuesday price limits on agricultural staples from sweet potatoes and bananas to beans at the markets where most Cubans shop.

Paquito D'Rivera and Chucho Valdes at the White House.  Photo: cafefuerte.com
Paquito D’Rivera and Chucho Valdes Together at the White House (Video)

May 3, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Paquito D’Rivera and Chucho Valdes got together at the White House with President Barack Obama, to perform the jazz that has turned them into legends around the world. International Jazz Day was also an opportunity to reaffirm the friendship of two renowned Cubans who have had misunderstandings and conflicts since 1981

RIP Father Daniel Berrigan

May 2, 2016 | No Comments »

Father Daniel Berrigan died on Saturday, just short of his 95th birthday. Berrigan was a poet, pacifist, educator, social activist, playwright and lifelong resister to what he called “American military imperialism.”