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Cuban Youth Aren’t Going Back to the Land

When the vacations roll around, Yaxelis knows what’s waiting for her in advance: the same river swimming hole she’s known ever since she was a little girl, a trip or two to the city of Camaguey, maybe the trip to Havana she’s been promising her sister for the past two summers... Continue reading

Cuba in the Trump Era

The Theater, set design, script, soundtrack and even the audience chosen by Trump to announce the end of the rapprochement process with Cuba couldn’t have been worse. In political communication terms, the new US president is just a caricature of Obama. Continue reading

Postcards of the Havana Malecon Seawall

In September of 2014 we published my first feature on Havana’s malecon seawall. Now, almost three years later, we return to show some postcards of this beautiful and emblematic avenue. (16 photos) Continue reading

Trump, Cuba and Miami: the Charade and the Stone

The story is old, very old; the illusion is infinite. What continues to surprise us is the Cuban exile community in Miami’s capacity to run into the same stone again and again, and when they don’t find it, they seek it out and put it in the way. Continue reading

Understanding the New US Policy on Cuba

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump this Friday in Miami to change US policy towards Cuba contains, in essence, new restrictions on travel and commercial activities, but does not affect family visits or remittances from the Cuban-Ameri... Continue reading

Trump Blasts Cuba, Strengthens Embargo

US President Donald Trump announced today in Miami the "cancellation" of the policy toward Cuba of his predecessor, Barack Obama, despite the fact that the measures he is about to implement are far from reversing the historical approach implemented by ... Continue reading

Safety Draws Tourists to Cuba

Safety is one of Cuba’s greatest tourist attractions, especially when we compare this to other countries within the region, where violent crimes have increased even above the Latin American average, which are already high enough as it is. Continue reading

Two Private Restaurants Closed in Havana

Cuban authorities have launched a campaign to prevent economic the opening on the island being ripe for money laundering from abroad. The owner of two successful restaurants on the Havana seafront has been the first to be arrested. Continue reading

The Anti-Castro Opposition in Times of Trump

Financial aid to promote the full exercise of human rights in Cuba is a subject that we need to resolve ourselves, it would be a conclusive sign of support for an inescapable purpose. Continue reading

Cuban Activists Pushing Limits (Video)

Isbel Diaz and Jimmy Roque are two Cuban social activists who see a direct relation between the different sectorial struggles on the island. Here they are interviewed about their beliefs and efforts by Yaima Pardo. Continue reading

Leonardo Padura Speaks on His Novels and Cuba

Cuban writer Leonardo Padura announced in Managua the publication of his new novel, set for release in January 2018. The book, “The Transparency of Time” features the reappearance of the emblematic detective Mario Conde, now as a retired police officer in the contemporary Cuba of 2014. Continue reading

First Lights in Havana

It’s a time when the stillness of the darkness and the sad lights of an old city continue to linger. Some people walk through the streets in darkness doing their chores. The glow tints the sky with soft but intense colors. It is a moment when the peaceful dawn still remains before a new difficult day begins. (22 photos) Continue reading

Is Cuba Ready for Tourism Development?

There is a wonderful growth and development plan in Cuba, which anticipates 103,000 rooms for 2020. We currently have 64,000. If this plan is carried out, this will represent a 60% increase in just 13 years. It is undoubtedly an ambitious and feasible ... Continue reading

Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Tribute in Havana

The Park located on 17th Street in the neighborhood of Vedado in the Cuban capital, was the venue for a 50th anniversary celebration concert for the Beatles’ award winning Sgt. Pepper’s album (1967). (14 photos) Continue reading

Cuba Recognizes Private Businesses

While some Cuban officials fear that economic reforms mean that capitalism will return to the island, Parliament has taken heed of president Raul Castro about “calling things by their proper name” and has legalized what is already a reality: the existence of small private businesses, which have been operating in a legal limbo up until now. Continue reading

Will Trump Leave Cuba’s Dissidents without their Millions?

President Trump is a box of surprises, no one knows for sure what his position will be. On May 20, he declared that "cruel despotism cannot extinguish the flame of freedom in the hearts of Cubans" and a few days later he proposed to Congress to cut aid... Continue reading

Havana for International Tourism

Even though neglect has taken over the city, when we walk through newly restored spaces, transformed so they can be used for other things, even changing their names sometimes, a new landscape full of grandeur is being unveiled before us. (17 photos) Continue reading

Now, the Other Side of Agitprop

The young filmmaker Eliecer Jimenez shines a light on the different aspects and complexities of the current political landscape here in Cuba. The opposition, breakaway groups, leaders and their disagreements, in a precise editing sequence, where everyt... Continue reading

Can We Progress in Cuba under the Current Model?

I can’t help but think about the parallel between the way of tackling the problem of outstanding payments for rice farmers and the tobacco farmers’ struggle to receive a fair price for tobacco. The solution in the rice farmer’s case and the problem being dealt with, in our case, only appears once we complain to the press. Continue reading

This US Traveler’s Glimpse of Cuba

Here in the US, we’ve heard characterizations of Cuba for many years, so until I visited, all I had were passive presumptions. Members of my extended family tried to tell me how it would feel in Cuba, and what it would be like--mostly trying to curb my optimism--even though none of them had visited Cuba. (20 photos) Continue reading

Life in Havana without Water at Home

Due to a rupture in the Havana aqueduct for two days at the beginning of this weekend some of the city’s main municipalities were without home water service. Fortunately the problem was resolved by Saturday afternoon. (12 photos) Continue reading

Pro & Contra US-Cuba Exchange Offensive

There are two very distinct approaches trying to influence the Trump administration’s awaited Cuba policy. An initial look at the US president’s plans for the relationship with the neighboring country is expected in the not too far off future. Continue reading

Tourist Art and Souvenir Center on Havana’s Port Avenue

The make-over of different spaces along the Port Avenue, from Caballeria wharf to Desamparados Street, carried out by the Havana City Historian’s Office, led to the creation of the Old San Jose Warehouse Cultural Center. (20 photos) Continue reading

Cuba: Political Communication in the Post-Fidel Era

For half a century, Cuba’s political communication remained exclusively in the hands of the talented Fidel Castro, a brilliant public speaker who used public squares as a platform to popularize ideas, legitimize actions and win over followers. Continue reading

Wendy Guerra Stays in Cuba and Writes Banned Novels

Cleo is a young poet who lives in Havana, a writer under suspicion. State Security and the Ministry of Culture believe that her success has been built by “the enemy” as a weapon of destabilization, a CIA invention. However, some intellectuals living in exile believe Cleo is actually a spy for Cuban intelligence services. Continue reading

Super Luxury Hotel Opens in Havana, Cuba

The Gran Hotel Manzana, the first five-star plus hotel in Cuba, opened its doors Monday in Havana operated by the Swiss company Kempinski, which considers the facility its “point” of entry to the Americas. The hotel is owned by the Cuban Armed Forces. Continue reading