Cuba-US: The Beauty of Baseball

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on August 17, 2023

supporters and baseball fans cheer on the Cuban team in Williamsport, PA. photo: Cheryl LaBash

Cuban children traveled for the first time to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to participate in the Little League Baseball World Series, which has been held since 1947 and which was hostage, like so many events in the United States, to the rigors of the Cold War. (more…)

On the 20th Anniversary of Cubadebate

By Arleen Rodríguez Derivet on August 6, 2023

the current Cubadebate collaborators,
photo: Adrian Juan Espinosa,

In August 2003, most of us didn’t even have a cell phone of our own. And although the world was talking about that year as a year of transition for the Internet due to broadband and other advances, in Cuba the network of networks was something very incipient, a matter of experts, as it is often said when you feel that progress does not touch you. (more…)

House of Cards a la Menéndez

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on August 3, 2023

photo: Bill Hackwell

It is not exceptional for a U.S. senator to be investigated for corruption, but it is a record for him to have to appear in court twice for similar cause, in less than a decade.

Robert Menendez, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, escaped jail in 2018 when his corruption trial was declared a mistrial. (more…)

Guantanamo is Still Torture

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on July 14, 2023

2017- international conference calls for the closing of Guantanamo, photo: Bill Hackwell

For the first time in 22 years, a United Nations independent rapporteur was granted permission by authorities to visit the prison maintained by the United States at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The UN official, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, an Irish law professor, came to the same conclusion as prisoners and lawyers who have been able to offer testimony from the inside: (more…)

Shame on the Saint-Sulpice Square

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on June 8, 2023

Nancy Morjon

The ghost of Joseph McCarthy wanders through Paris. It hovers over the chestnut trees of the Saint-Sulpice square, the Delacroix paintings kept in the church of the same name and the literary salons where the French Enlightenment was born. (more…)

A Cuban Nobel for Silvio

By Arleen Rodríguez Derivet on June 3, 2023

Silvio, photo: Bill Hackwell

I missed it. I missed the ceremony of the awarding of the Honoris Causa of the University of Havana to Silvio Rodríguez Domínguez. I don’t think there is a higher award in Cuban academia. That is why I equate it with a Nobel, the Nobel that Cuba could give to the man who equally deserves that one from the Swedish academy. (more…)

Cuba: Overcoming the Blockade without Waiting for it to be Lifted

By Rosa Miriam Elizalde on April 28, 2023 from Havana

photo: Bill Hackwell

What you see from the window of my apartment in Havana does not resemble the images that war conflicts usually leave behind. Here there are no missiles being fired, no camouflaged soldiers, no weapons. Nor do armored tanks pass by. The war does not manifest itself in body counts and car bombs, but in the shock of everyday life (more…)

Cuba Ready to Commemorate Press Day amid Historical Challenges 

By Alejandra Garcia on March 12, 2023

University of Havana, photo: Bill Hackwell

On March 14 Cuban media will be celebrating the 131st anniversary of Patria, the newspaper founded by the father of Cuba, José Martí in 1892 with the purpose of “gathering and loving, and to live in the passion of truth.” On these dates, the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC) and every media outlet in the country take to the streets to hold exhibitions, activities, debates, and tributes to the figures of Cuban journalism. (more…)

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