Monthly Archives: February 2013

The End of an Election

Sunday, February 24 was the culmination of a Cuba’s own “original” electoral process. Deputies of the National Assembly of People’s Power – whose own candidacies had been previously approved by the Communist Party Central Committee – nominated and elected the … Continue reading

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The Cost of Apathy

In films, documentaries and music videos the image presented of Havana is one of ruined buildings, dirty streets with trash strewn everywhere, shuttered businesses, and badly dressed citizens wandering around aimlessly. The Havana of Morro Castle, the Paseo del Prado, … Continue reading

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Determined Demolition

View from 27th Street I read in the press that the former Pedro Borrás Astorga Hospital, located between 29th and 27th Streets and F and G in the capital’s Vedado district, one of the two most important examples of Art … Continue reading

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Free the Five or Free the Four?

Recently the campaign for the release of the Five has heated up, with presentation of Comrade Alarcon’s report, as an obligatory menu item, with regards to the event held in Cuba, whether national or international, plus the continuous manipulation of … Continue reading

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A Surprising Resignation

The announced resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has shocked world public opinion, for being an unusual phenomenon and also constituting a demonstration of profound respect and love for the Church and the faithful. The action, personally, validates his modesty and … Continue reading

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"Completas" Cafes

In the city new, privately owned restaurants and cafes are constantly opening up. They charge in convertible pesos (CUC) or — more often in the case of the latter — in their equivalent in pesos (CUP)*. Naturally, because salaries are low, most citizens cannot visit … Continue reading

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Poor Profits

Last week, according to the official Cuban press, between the First Summit of CELAC in Chile and the UNESCO-sponsored Third International Conference for World Equilibrium, the elections and homages to Jose Marti, it seemed that we were on the international … Continue reading

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