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Bianca Jagger Protests in Nicaragua with Farmers against Canal Project

Nicaraguan-US pacifist Bianca Jagger participated in a march on Tuesday with hundreds of peasants in southern Nicaragua seeking to stop construction of an inter-oceanic canal and repeal the law that endangers the country’s sovereignty. Continue reading

Orlando Nenninger Draws on Cloth and Bodies

Self-taught visual artist Orlando M. Nenninger Vasconcelos confesses that he likes to communicate with his audience via his sketches. Lines and colors have captivated him ever since he was a child. (10 photos) Continue reading

Manzanillo and the Missing Medicines

Every Tuesday, Enrique drags his feet on his way to the pharmacy on Maso Street in Manzanillo. With 80 years on his back, a stroke and diabetes, he watches the pharmacist’s ritual of opening up the store, he says good day to her, and then the old man asks: “Has my medicine come in?” Continue reading

Guardalavaca, un balneario paradisíaco del oriente cubano

Como un remanso frente al inmenso océano es la ensenada de Guardalavaca, con su playa tibia, de majestuosidad sin igual. Las montañas poco elevadas del macizo Maniabón casi llegan al mar, dando al paisaje mayor belleza y singularidad. Continue reading

Canal interoceánico de Nicaragua “sin fecha oficial” de construcción

“Yo no puedo dar fecha ninguna. Lo que sí puedo decir es que se está trabajando en completar los estudios. Y con canal o sin canal, Nicaragua va avanzando”, afirmó Telemaco Talavera, vocero gubernamental del proyecto. Continue reading

El ideal socialista nuevamente desprestigiado

Los sucesos en Venezuela son realmente preocupantes. Un partido político, con denominación socialista, se aferra al poder con artimañas, más que con un apoyo popular mayoritario. Los deseos de implementar políticas socialistas no deben socavar jamás el principio de respeto estricto a la voluntad popular manifiesta por vías democráticas. Continue reading

The Sickle and the Diamond. Convertible Pesos and Beliefs

I don't know how it must have been in China, but the phenomenon of a new wealthy class within what is still an “egalitarian” socialist Cuba, greatly resembles what happened in Russia. Generals, historic revolutionaries and their descendants make up the new stock of power, who are responsible for representing the new jet set class and of carrying the weight of swollen coffers of gold. Continue reading

My Mistake on Entrepreneurship in Cuba

I feel I have the moral obligation to publicly confess my mistake. And I’m not embarrassed at all because this often happens in this profession, when you are navigating through these waters which, on occasions, demand foresight. Continue reading

What Comes after the Debate

Do the following exercise: stop and stand in a line, at a bus stop, on a street corner... and listen to what people say. In the majority of cases, they will be talking about politics. Because food, the transport situation, what the media says or doesn’t say, wages, changes... are all political subjects. Continue reading

La hoz y el diamante. Pesos y convicciones convertibles

El resultado de ese particular ”Hombre Nuevo”, una mezcla de hiena, escorpión, pantera perdida y plaga de langosta que arrasa de manera compulsiva con todo lo que ostente un cartel de “se vende”, me trasladó a Cuba a propósito de las nuevas restricciones gubernamentales para el desarrollo de clases sociales homologables a estas hordas post comunistas. Continue reading

A Freelance Cuban Worker Suggests…

As you all probably know, new licenses won’t be given, for the moment, to future private workers in many fields. Those of us who support others in setting up their businesses, encouraging them to launch them with the best energy possible, know that this is a very difficult measure for those who have invested a lot of money and time getting ready to put themselves out on a market that demands great quality. Continue reading

Cuba’s Prolonged Water Shortage

The intense drought that the island and its people are suffering isn’t news. But, maybe the real dimensions of the problem haven’t been publicly explained to raise people’s awareness about the gravity of the situation. The poorest, the most deprived, already know this. Continue reading

Mayoría de los países desaprueba la Constituyente de Maduro

La elección de la Asamblea Constituyente en Venezuela fue rechazada por buena parte de la comunidad internacional, incluyendo Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea (UE), mientras que los aliados del presidente Nicolás Maduro dieron su respaldo al polémico proceso. Continue reading

Trump Punishes Maduro, Not His Government

The Trump administration imposed personal sanctions today on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a day after the controversial Constituent Assembly election in the South American country. He did not sanction Maduro's government. Continue reading

Will Cuba’s Next Elections be Democratic?

It’s a praiseworthy initiative, as all of us Cubans have the right to hold public office, even under this Constitution, whose basic principles violate the most basic constitutional rights of the Cuban people. Continue reading

Cuba se enfrenta una crisis pos-cosecha

Durante varias décadas los medios de comunicación cubanos se jactan de los éxitos en la producción de alimentos, mientras que la población enfrenta una escasez sin fin. Todo el mundo es consciente de la contradicción. Continue reading

No Electricity, Little Water and Carnival in the Air

This summer, I decided to visit my family in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara and to stay for carnival which is taking place on August 4th, 5th and 6th. After 15 days of my holidays in Santo Domigo, I miss every corner in Havana... Continue reading

Venezuelan Attorney General warns that Maduro’s Constitutional Assembly will void the Constitution

Venezuela’s Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz warned on Tuesday that the Constitutional Assembly planned by President Nicolas Maduro, will leave the Constitution, which has been in effect since 1999, void. Continue reading

Venezuela’s Maduro Hangs On…

Many observers of Venezuelan politics did not expect president Maduro to weather the storm that his government faces as long as he has. With the country deep in economic crisis, this week is considered crucial with elections on Sunday for government ap... Continue reading

A Convinced Cuban Internationalist

Miguel Jesus Jimenez Rojo is 72 years old, he enlisted himself into the whirlwind of the Revolution, faithfully collaborating with it in any corner of the world where he was needed. Today, he lives in very modest conditions. Continue reading

La visión y la practica de la inversión extranjera en Cuba

Es casi imposible enumerar ya desde cuántos escenarios y voces diferentes he escuchado sobre las vicisitudes de la inversión extranjera en el país, así como de su importancia para el futuro. Parece una contradicción, pero es lo que ocurre en realidad. Continue reading

Carnival in Mayari, Holguin

On July 7-9, we celebrated carnival here in the city of Mayari. Or the “popular celebrations” as they are also known. This is a very momentous occasion for the people here because it is the most affordable opportunity they have to enjoy themselves in the whole year. Continue reading

El proceso de trabajo de la artista cubana Stefania Diez (Vídeo)

Este vídeo realizado por Lesnik Allen nos lleva al estudio habanero de la artista cubana Stefania Diez. Continue reading

Oposición desafía a Maduro con protesta nacional de 24 horas

La oposición venezolana sumará mañana su llamado a una huelga general de 24 horas a las protestas contra el Gobierno del presidente Nicolás Maduro, con la que aumentará la presión para que retire su propuesta de una polémica Asamblea Constituyente para reformar la Carta Magna. Continue reading

Cuba Today: One Step Forward and Three Steps Back

Several days before Raul Castro’s speech, lawmakers designated from above, were sent to “investigate the non-agricultural cooperative experiment” and they paved the way for this crafty attack on the few freedoms that non-agricultural cooperatives have. Continue reading

Venezuela Plebiscite: What is being Voted, How and Where?

Venezuela’s opposition have organized a nationwide referendum on Sunday, which is being held outside of the official electoral system, to reject the Constitutional Assembly being pushed forward by President Nicolas Maduro, who is looking to rewrite the Constitution promoted by Hugo Chavez. Continue reading