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The problem with being a YouTuber

I have already spoken about YouTubers in a few of my previous articles, but today I want to touch on another aspect of this phenomenon. Continue reading

Cuba Car Fair with the World’s Most Expensive Vehicles

When I woke up that morning in January 2014 when I discovered the news about car prices, I thought that it was just another rumor from Miami. However, once I got to the store, I could confirm that Peugeots were priced at a quarter of a million dollars. Continue reading

Teenager Who Killed Her Abusive Father Finally Freed

Democracy Now reports today from Ohio that a 16-year-old girl who killed her abusive father is finally home from juvenile detention. Continue reading

Cuba’s Black Market Responds to Chronic Shortages

The black market exists everywhere, but in Cuba, an exception of a country under a so-called “socialist” authoritarian government, shortages determine the specific features of this form of trade. Continue reading

No Official in Nicaragua Wants to Investigate Roberto Rivas

Roberto Rivas, the head of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council, has been missing from the public agenda for over a month now, ever since the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned him for fraud and corruption through the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act. Continue reading

Matches in Cuba, Decades of Short Supply

The tragedy has been mixing with the grotesque here in Cuba ever since 1959. The situation existed beforehand, but it’s today that this unbelievable situation becomes not an everyday act but a subject of letters from the population. Continue reading

Snap Elections in Venezuela to Reelect Maduro

The Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, dominated by the governing United Socialist Party, approved today to move up the presidential elections to before April 30, in which Nicolas Maduro will seek re-election. Continue reading

Rebel ex-Police Officer Among the Dead in Venezuela

Former Venezuelan police pilot Oscar Perez, leader of the rebel group calling themselves "Warriors of God", is among the nine casualties of an assault operation by military commandos near Caracas, confirmed Interior Minister Nestor Reverol on Tuesday a... Continue reading

The Gift (Video)

The Gift is an animation by Jasser Barbier about the meeting of two characters from the works of the plastic artist Nur Diez, a graduate from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana. You can find her pieces in galleries in Old Havana or by con... Continue reading

A Victory and a Beginning: Cuba’s First DotA Tournament Concludes

After three long months, Cuba’s first DotA League has finally come to an end. On Saturday December 23rd, the finale of this great spontaneous event that brings together players and fans of this videogame was celebrated in the rooms at Havana’s Central I.T. Palace, located in Central Havana. Continue reading

The Girls of Rural Nicaragua

The Tepesomoto hill, 231 kilometers from Managua, offers a rainy season panorama of green and navy blue. Marely Albir Figueroa, 16, is all too familiar with this view. She gets up at 4 in the morning to fetch water from the well near her community; on... Continue reading

USA and Cuba, the Same Old Questions?

The dilemma between Cuba and the US has all the signs of prolonging itself in time. Miguel Diaz Canel, the candidate of the Communist Party for the Presidency, has just said that the future of relations depends on the attitude assumed by Washington. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Why There Was No Abstention in 1990

The reasons for the abstention, and for which it will be ever more difficult to mobilize the population to participate in these civic campaigns, aren’t on account of the opposition leaders but are directly attributable to President Ortega and Vice President Murillo. Continue reading

Proposal to Help the Cuban People

As a result of the serious damage that Hurricane Irma has inflicted on our country’s infrastructure, it’s imperative that the government keep the Cuban people’s needs in mind. Here are some suggestions. Continue reading

Cuba and the Sonic Attacks on Diplomats in Havana

The US gov. has been clear about this incident being a deliberate attack and has demanded an explanation for these events. Meanwhile, it has been giving Cuban leaders time and space so they can provide an accurate response. The FBI is reportedly collab... Continue reading

Venezuela: Gov. Applauds Vote that Opposition Calls a “Failure”

The government announced that electoral participation was 41.53 percent (more than 8 million people) in the election of the National Constituent Assembly, a figure sharply questioned by the opposition. Continue reading

Cuba and its Tropical Pol Pot

The debate has revealed an overwhelming rejection of smear campaigns published in two or three Cuban blogs, where half a dozen gloomy officials self-promote themselves as the ideological guides of all Cuban revolutionaries. Continue reading

Reggae Concert in an Apartment in Alamar

A Cuba full of a great mix of people was revealed at the Reggae concert which was held as an album launch for the CD- "Diaspora illegal", by “Estudiantes sin Semilla”, a group founded by two Cuban Rastafaris over 10 years ago. Continue reading

US Legislators Toughen the “Nica Act”

The new version of the “Nica Act” (Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act) presented Wednesday by 25 members of the US House of Representatives, “has toughened” the proposal of conditions on loans from multilateral organizations to the government of Daniel Ortega. Continue reading

Cuba’s Silent Gatekeepers

For the last few months, I’ve been troubled by a suspicion - or a fit of paranoia if you will - which has been confirmed by what’s been going on recently. This paranoia has been taking shape and has become an increasingly persistent presence ever since Fidel Castro died, something which brought about the Communist Party’s instinctive measure of closing its ranks, not giving way to the slightest lax in the law, as we would say here in Cuba. Continue reading

Tomatoes are Rotting in Guantanamo

Tomatoes are rotting in the Caujeri Valley, a man tells me, which has had a good harvest this year, with a yield that doubles what was expected and has a modern factory to process them but, right now, its productive capacity isn’t enough to deal with all of the tomatoes that are coming in from the fields. Continue reading

Havana Airport: Gateway to Cuba

In the weeks before Christmas, I had to go twice to the main Havana airport to await family and friends. I also had my own experiences entering and leaving the island during the same month. I found the state of services to passengers and those waitin... Continue reading

Emigrating with Assets Converted into Liquid Money, Burning Bridges in Cuba

Going to Nestor’s house is one of those things which makes you want to have a good conversation. This time, the conversation focused around the departure of Pucho, who “threw himself” from here - Cuba - towards Guyana and then onto Brazil, in November. Continue reading

Nicaragua: The Aftermath of the Election Day Abstention Protest

The second consecutive reelection of Daniel Ortega, this time with his wife Rosario Murillo as Vice President, occurred as had been foreseen by the official script. Continue reading

Ortega and Murillo were “the losers” in Nicaragua’s Election

They’re no longer going “towards more victories,” as the campaign slogan proclaimed. The dearth of electoral competition failed to assure a triumphant third consecutive presidential term to Comandante Daniel Ortega, eternal head of the Sandinista Front. Continue reading

Cuba creates pro-GMO media campaign

With help from the government website Cubadebate, the Cuban government has created a media campaign which supports GM foods almost in silence, which is very in line with the imminent arrival of US producers of GM crops. Continue reading