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Bloody Lineage: The Somoza family –released in Spanish as an e-book

One night in 1970, during my adolescent years, while poring through the shelves of my father’s library at our home in the Managua neighborhood of Las Palmas, I discovered the book Estirpe Sangrienta: Los Somoza [Bloody Lineage: the Somoza family]. Continue reading

Unsafe Neighborhoods

Last Tuesday, I was on my way home at a time when the country becomes paralyzed: the sacred telenovela hour. Once again, it was dark. As taxis don’t adapt their routes to their customers, rather you have to follow the routes they impose, I had to get off at Avenida de los Cocos and walk to my house along the street with the Lazaro Pena primary school. Continue reading

Wisconsin Activists Speak Out on Events in Nicaragua

As citizens with strong and historic ties to the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua and the many different sister city programs throughout Wisconsin, we are speaking out to express our concern about the violence against the people of Nicaragua... Continue reading

“We Are the Face of Civic Struggle” in Nicaragua

One of the central questions of the debate was: How are we going to reach a democratic Nicaragua? For economist and business specialist Salvador Amador, when the possibility of elections approaches, "the first thing that must be guaranteed is the stren... Continue reading

“Poisoned” Apples: A Scam Made in Cuba

The seven employees at the La Puntilla shopping mall (in the Cuban capital) involved in the Apple affair, were summarily let go from their respective jobs and some will go to trial, accused of a crime that has yet to become public knowledge. Continue reading

What Comes after the Balloons in the Civic Struggle?

The civic struggle that began on April 18th against the regime of Daniel Ortega continues, but now it is done through alternative and creative ways to protest, such as the barrage of balloons. This was confirmed by panelists during the online discussion “What comes after the balloons?”, organized by the Free Country and Live Movement. Continue reading

Small Entreprenuer Returns Tram to Cienfuegos, Cuba

Pulled along by horses and later powered by electricity, trams circulated in Cuba until the early 1950s. Approximately 65 years later, a “self-employed” worker from the south-central city of Cienfuegos has “rescued” this form of transport from oblivion. Although his tram is very unique. Continue reading

Contemporary Urban Poetry

Of everything that has been heard thus far in Cuba in terms of music, “Trap” is the genre whose lyrics expose the grossest of human thought. Continue reading

Sexual Violence under the Ortega Regime

A month had passed since April 18 when the protests began, and we found ourselves thinking about what might happen if they arrested us. We’d never thought before about losing our freedom, much less that it could happen for exercising our right to inform. Continue reading

Nicaraguans in the USA to Give Ortega a “Fabulous” Welcome

The Nicaraguan community based in the USA is preparing to protest against the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who is expected to attend the UN General Assembly on Wednesday in New York. The organizers expect to receive delegations from New Jerse... Continue reading

Cuban Artists against Law 349 Sign New Manifesto

Aside from being a new project, writing up the “San Isidro Manifesto” against Law 349 has allowed us to see ourselves as a movement. It has given us a space to discuss our interests, and to establish a consensus about our aesthetic and political stance. Continue reading

Gascon and the World of Naif Temptations

The "Espacio Abierto" Gallery is putting on a painting exhibition called “Las tentaciones del ingenio” (Naif temptations). The show is of the works of painter and teacher Jose Clemente Gascon Martinez. (17 photos) Continue reading

Manipulation of Family Visits to Political Prisoners Denounced

“The Government of Nicaragua guarantees that terrorists receive visits of family members, who also bring them essential products,” were the headlines in official media outlets on Wednesday. However, relatives of the prisoners regretted the “manipulation” by the government. Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Tourism Industry Remains Crippled by Insecurity

According to Valenti, the key to this sector’s recovery lies in international tourism returning to the country, which will only happen if a safe environment is restored. “The tourism industry is all about confidence, a tourist will only go where they feel safe and confident.” Continue reading

A TV Interview with Cuban President Diaz-Canel

Flicking through the unattractive options on our TV channels on Tuesday September 18th, I stumbled across an interview with Cuban President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel. He showed he knows by heart, down to the T, every argument that is used to justify the Communist Party’s super structural power. Continue reading

Deciding to Stay in Cuba

I don’t believe there is a single person in Cuba who hasn’t experienced a relative or friend leave in search of a better future abroad. I believe some of them are never able to forget that feeling: bearing witness to somebody change their life radically while they remain behind, paralyzed, trapped in a country with a suffocating reality and no prospects of improving whatsoever. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Five Months of Civic Rebellion in Five Cartoons

Since the civic rebellion began, thousands of Nicaraguans have participated in countless marches. Many of these protesters have been beaten, tortured, jailed and even condemned to long prison terms by the Ortega regime. During these same five months, c... Continue reading

Should Cubans be Forced to Work?

Highlighting this “idle” sector as one of the reasons why the country doesn’t make progress forms part of the government’s discourse, inverting cause and effect as a result. They say that this “ulcer” (which is what they call it) is one of the reasons the Cuban system is inefficient.. Continue reading

A Children’s Beach in Cojimar, Havana

Cojimar residents are working with a great deal of dedication to rescue a small beach located in a place known as Bajo del Claro de Luna which belonged to an old club which is now in ruins. (21 photos) Continue reading

Nicaragua and the Trap of a Civil War

Daniel Ortega wants a civil war. Of all the possible scenarios to put an end to the tragedy that Nicaragua lives, it is the only one that can assure his permanence in power. In all the others, his leaving is certain. But now is the first time that one ... Continue reading

Violence against Women in Cuba, It Is My Business

It’s a visible problem, although official Cuban media doesn’t tackle the subject in as much depth as it should. Some people have a warped vision about this kind of violence and believe that it only exists if there is physical aggression. However, violence against women takes many forms. Continue reading

Interview with a Gay Cuban Jehovah’s Witness

Alfredo Nunez Elias was born with a congenital malformation which resulted in him losing a leg when he was 33 years old. This hasn’t prevented him from becoming a hairdresser and stylist, the creator of a hair-straightening product, a fashion designer and pastry chef. Continue reading

Republican Bob Corker Pays a Visit to Havana

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met in Havana Wednesday with Bob Corker, president of the Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate, visiting the island, reported dpa news. The senator is not seeking reelection in the November US C... Continue reading

Havana Weather for September 20-26

The days will begin with little cloudiness in Havana. In the afternoons there will be a slight increase in the probability of isolated showers, which may be more intense towards the south of the capital. The high temperatures will be between 31 and 32° C (88 and 90 F), while the lows will be around 23° C (73 F). Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Civic Alliance Announces More Actions

Five months after the protests against the Government of Nicaragua began, the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy announced in a statement that it will continue with the peaceful struggle throughout the country as well as work to include more sect... Continue reading

Harm by US Blockade on Cuba is Real, Not an Excuse

During his visit to Cuba, Barack Obama publicly stated that the US embargo (blockade) was a failed policy that hadn’t managed to achieve its objectives and only caused suffering and shortages for the Cuban people. “I’m sure that Congress will inevitably lift an embargo which should no longer be there,” the then US president said. Continue reading