Archivo de Letters from Cuba

Archivo Letters from Cuba

Photo: Raquel Pérez Díaz

Cuba and the Prophets of Fear

Relations between Cuba and the United States are entering a new and more complex stage. It began with current peace negotiations, which still haven’t managed to secure a complete ceasefire. Havana continues to publicly condemn the “Empire” and Washington is … Continued

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Photo: Raquel Pérez Díaz

Balancing Commerce to Ensure Freedom

The rapprochement between Washington and Havana is starting to have repercussions around the world, even though the US economic embargo is still effective and only the first steps towards the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries have been … Continued

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The order of the Ministry of Health for relatives back is given verbally without showing a written resolution.

“No One is Above the Law”

For decades, differences in the standard of living of Cubans were determined, not by people’s incomes, but by the privileges enjoyed by certain sectors – owing to their involvement in the revolutionary struggle or the positions they held. Under Cuba’s … Continued

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Photo: Raquel Pérez Díaz

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

The establishment of maritime routes between the United States 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 and … Continued

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The Americans Are Coming!

“Hotel Pernik, Holguin. How can we help you?” “I need to book three rooms.” “Look, sir, we’ve been instructed not to make any more bookings at the front desk. You have to do it through an agency.” “Havanatur, good morning.” … Continued

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The forbidden culture

Some years ago, the International Press Center Director “reprimanded” me because, in a news report, I had revealed that the baseball documentary Fuera de liga (“Out of Our League”) had been censored on orders from the Ideological Department of the … Continued

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Las relaciones entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos han vivido hitos significativos en los últimos tres años.

Cuba-USA Try to Skirt Dead Ends

Che Guevara was the first to approach the United States to propose an improvement in bilateral relations, in Uruguay, 1961, according to the latest book by Esteban Morales and Elier Remirez “Cuba – US Relations: From Confrontation to Normalization Attempts”. … Continued

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Most of the money spent on a Cuban newborn during their first year of life is used to buy disposable diapers. Photo: Raquel Pérez Díaz

SOS Diapers

“I submitted an application to go work in Ecuador,” a Cuban university professor tells me, explaining that “I don’t have any other choice. My mother’s health deteriorated and I need money to buy her adult diapers. You can’t imagine how … Continued

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The lifting of restrictions on US-Cuba travel will bring the island new challenges. Photo: Raquel Perez Diaz

From a city under seige to a city to visit

When this post is published, Josefina Vidal and Roberta Jacobson, the two women tasked with re-establishing diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, will be at a meeting, the starting point of a long road leading to the normalization … Continued

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Censorship in Cuba: The Thirst for the Forbidden

Not even comedian Luis Silva has been spared from TV censorship. Some 40 years ago, Spanish and Italian censors prohibited the screening of Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, calling it an obscene film. Thanks to this, French cinemas were flooded … Continued

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