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Small Town Cubans Set Their Sights on “Agro-Tourism”

Practically off the map, or at least far away from any respectable road, a rural community in Cuba is working for a decorous and prosperous future, relying on the efforts of many locals – locals who do not exactly consider their city as a bastion of salvation. Continue reading

USAID’s Delicate Secrets Regarding Cuba

In 2010, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced a multimillion-dollar Cuba project called “Creating Networks and Empowering Communities," or CNECT. Continue reading

Guanabo, Cuba, a Ghost Town

Guanabo, on the east side of Havana, was the beach town where I lived most of my childhood; few people in the Cuban winter and many in summer. Even in hard times it doesn’t cease to be fascinating, magical and provocative. Continue reading

Cuban Jazz Artist Tonatiut Isidron Live

After performing next to musicians of the stature of Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Horacio Hernandez, Orlando Sanchez and Marcos Printup, Tonatiut Isidron recently offered his first concert at Cuba’s National Fine Arts Museum. (26 photos) Continue reading

Denmark’s MishMash Theater Co. Performs in Cuba

A young woman entered the stage carrying two actors on piggy-back. “Ladies and gentlemen, our donkey has died,” they said. As of that moment, a recent Sunday morning was marked by excitement and humor at Old Havana’s La Proa* Theater.(20 photos) Continue reading

“Weird” Music at Havana’s La Tropical

It’s 10 at night on Friday, March 6. Two young men standing outside the entrance to Havana’s Salon Rosado cabaret ask the bouncer who will be playing that night. The man simply replies: “They’ll be playing this weird music today.” Continue reading

Physics in US-Cuba Relations

“Building Bridges in Physics” is the name that the Cuban Physics Society (SCF) intends on giving to a conference that will take place in 2015 to strengthen relations with its colleagues in the USA. Continue reading

The Sea Between Cuba and the USA: Bridge or Barrier?

The establishment of maritime routes between the US and Cuba seems feasible today: it has been approved by the two governments and it is the express interest of several shipping companies. If such plans came to fruition, travel & shipping prices could drop substantially. Continue reading

Cuba-US: A Healthy Medical Relationship

Cooperation in matters of health and medical research can be one of the most solid roads to rapprochement between two countries that are still very distant. For more than 20 years, a US organization seeks to generate synergies in a sphere where both na... Continue reading

A Cuban Cooperative Specializing in Advising Cooperatives

Nobody knew how the system worked. Municipal governments were not prepared; mistaking cooperatives for local development initiatives, explains Alfonso Larrea. Continue reading

Cuban Women between Poverty and Emigration

Regardless of where they live or what ideology they subscribe to, many Cuban women shoulder a heavy burden of responsibility and work owing to the island’s widespread poverty, the difficulties involved in leaving the country and settling on foreign soil and the deeply-rooted male chauvinism of contemporary Cuban society. Continue reading

Cuban Agent Compares Brothers to the Rescue Founder to Osama bin Laden

Cuban agent Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, released from a US prison through a presidential pardon granted him by Barack Obama following long negotiations with Havana, has compared his espionage activities in the USA to those of American agents who infiltr... Continue reading

Blue Helmets in White Uniforms: Cuba’s Doctors in Haiti

An epidemic of enormous proportions has broken out a few kilometers away from Cuba and the United States – a tragedy the UN is comparing to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. In Haiti, cholera has already caused 8,813 deaths, and as many as 725,608 people are thought to have been infected since 2010. An epidemic of enormous proportions has broken out a few kilometers away from Cuba and the United States – a tragedy the UN is comparing to the Ebola outbreak in Africa. In Haiti, cholera has already caused 8,813 deaths, and as many as 725,608 people are thought to have been infected since 2010. Last year, 30 thousand new cases were reported. Continue reading

Promoting the Use of Free Technologies in Cuba

At one end of the debate surrounding the potential benefits of using freeware and open-source programs in Cuba, we find a fairly reduced and largely unknown group of people who have been working with these programs for years. Continue reading

Much of Cuba Waiting for the Rain

News about the seriousness of the drought comes from every direction of the island and reveals not only a climate change but also serious harm to the national economy. We take a look at the problem with a focus on Ciego de Avila province. Continue reading

A Journalist’s Take on Cuban Press History

The book “Revolution, Socialism, Journalism: Cuba’s Press and Journalists Before the 21st Century” makes an important contribution to our understanding of Cuban history because it delves deeply into the “old problem of democracy, freedom and the role of the press.” Continue reading

Cuba Prioritizes Exit from US Terrorism List

Cuban authorities said today they are awaiting the United States "answer" in the forthcoming negotiations to their demand to be taken off the US list of countries sponsoring terrorism, as a prerequisite for the restoration of bilateral diplomatic relat... Continue reading

What the World Series of Boxing Means for Cuba

Cuban sports authorities (which tend to smell professionalism everywhere) were very skeptical when the World Series of Boxing kicked off. Three series were held before Cuba decided to enlist in the tournament. In a sense, it didn’t have much of a choice, as the competition was going to be the main way to qualify for the Olympics. Continue reading

From Cuba to Ecuador to USA: Cuban Woman Tells Her Story

Susana's journey began on Sept. 27, 2014, when she left Cuba for Ecuador with her partner and two friends, Marcos and Alejandro. Continue reading

Cuban Artist Esterio Segura’s “The Tropical West”

Esterio Segura believes that one is responsible for one’s fate, and that has been his driving force in the world of visual arts. This helps explain the numerous series he has produced, one of which is on display at the Factoria Habana gallery. (11 photos) Continue reading

Viñales and Trinidad: Private Rentals vs. State-Run Hotels

The private lodging rental sector is one of the examples that prove how creative Cuban entrepreneurs can be. To illustrate their performance, let us take the examples of Trinidad and Viñales. At both these destinations, the lodging capacity offered by the private sector is greater than that offered by the State. Continue reading

Cuba Discovers the Digital Book

Despite one of the worst levels of Internet connectivity in the world, Cuba continues to take shy steps towards the digital world. Be it Fifty Shades of Grey, now a US blockbuster, or Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura’s bestseller The Man Who Loved Dogs, informal book downloads are today swelling the databases of Cuba’s still scarce but coveted e-readers. Continue reading

US Embargo Shafts Cuban Players

The US $102,000 that should have gone to Cuba’s Pinar del Rio team, champions of the Caribbean Series 2015, will not be collected by the players. And no bonuses will go to the four Cubans on the tournament’s All-Star team, prizes that they won fairly at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies in White Harass Movement’s “Traitors”

The images are disconcerting. In the same place where pro-government hordes commonly harass Cuba’s Ladies in White, in front of the movement’s headquarters in Centro Habana, we see these women yelling slogans that recall the reprisals perpetrated during the dark days of the Mariel exodus. Continue reading

A Pink Tank in a Havana Garden

With his own, personal infantry tank, Jesus Leiva is most probably the only Cuban civilian who owns a war machine in Cuba. He keeps it parked outside his house, letting troops of children climb its belts, hang from its 75-mm cannon and enter and exit t... Continue reading