Category: Cuba, Cuba Today

Socialism with Commercials

A cacophony of sounds and colors welcomed the visitor to the annual Havana Commercial Fair at ExpoCuba on the outskirts of Havana. Displays of rum, mattresses, shampoos, cab services…

Resistance and Reform

A university chemistry professor in Havana quietly mixes chemicals-paid for by the state- for a local photographer. The photographer in turn sells some of his pictures to a Spanish tourist…

Latin America at the Century’s Turn

It is hard to be upbeat about Latin America at the present moment. Although only two or three years ago, many observers maintained that sustained economic development and stable…

Cuba’s Many Faces

Surely Elián González was Cuba’s most public face as the decade reached its end. The little boy’s mother took Elián aboard a boat that capsized in the Straits of Florida; the mother…

Cuban Women

In the day-to-day struggle for survival during this “special period,” Cuban women have endured the most difficulties. They have also worked with boundless creativity. Cuban women are the…

Cuba-U.S. Relations

United States’ policy towards Cuba often appears irrational. Its ups-and-downs reflect the extreme ideological and confrontational relations prevailing between the two countries for more…

Cuba Today

Cuba is in. Things Cuban are fashionable and in vogue-what Bonnie Raitt suggested in her lyric “Cuba is Way Too Cool.” Cuban recorded music has once more claimed its place as a dominant…

Transforming Identities

I tell Alejandro that between the two of us he is by far the more experienced anthropologist. From behind his small, crowded table in the Malecón tourist crafts market in Havana, Alejandro…

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