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Manana: the festival helping contemporary Cuban music go global

In a country dubbed an ‘offline nation’, a new event is encouraging local musicians to join folkloric forces with European DJs and bringing them to the UK In an age where anything from Daft Punk to Debussy can be summoned at the touch...Show More Summary

New luxury mall in socialist Cuba pits state consumerism against the poor

Military’s business arm has transformed Manzana de Gomez mall into an opulent spectacle that both fascinates and alienates Cubans: ‘I can’t buy anything’ The saleswomen in L’Occitane en Provence’s new Havana store make $12.50 a month. Show More Summary

On my radar: Justine Frischmann’s cultural highlights

The former Elastica frontwoman, now a painter, recommends her favourite South American architecture, educational podcasts and political reading Born in London in 1969, Justine Frischmann studied architecture at University College London; there, she met fellow student Brett Anderson and they co-founded Suede in 1989. Show More Summary

The CIA has a long history of helping to kill leaders around the world

US intelligence agency has since 1945 succeeded in deposing or killing a string of leaders, but was forced to cut back after a Senate investigation in the 1970s Some of the most notorious of the CIA’s operations to kill world leaders were those targeting the late Cuban president, Fidel Castro. Show More Summary

Crab invasion in the Bay of Pigs in Cuba – in pictures

Every year, after mating season, millions of red, yellow and black landcrabs invade Playa Girón, on the eastern side of the Bay of Pigs or Bahía de Cochinos. The crabs migrate from the surrounding forests to the bay to spawn in the sea Continue reading...

La Zorra y el Cuervo serves up Havana jazz

I was not a hipster chasing Billie Holiday between Harlem jazz clubs in the 1940s but, if I had been, I am...

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, first Cuban American in Congress, to retire

Long-time Republican representative’s unexpected retirement will give Democrats chance to pick up Florida seat in 2018 midterm elections Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican representative from Florida who was the first Cuban American elected to Congress, will retire. Show More Summary

Cuban military plane crash kills eight troops, ministry says

Soviet-made plane crashed into hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, government says A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said. Show More Summary

CUBA 2016 GoPro Hd – L’ Alma De Cuba

CUBA !!! 24 days, 1 car, 4.500 km and a lot of fun, from Havana trought Vinales until Santiago !! all Filmed...

The Church of Regla, Across the Bay from Old Havana

Every time I’m in Cuba at Easter time, I religiously visit our parish church in Regla. Of all the things somebody from...

Aldermaston marches and the Cuban missile crisis | Letters

Zoe Williams is absolutely right (10 April) about the progressive role of public protest in political life. But one of the most iconic of modern marches – Aldermaston – has still not had noticeable policy effects after 60 years, even though its goal is still a no-brainer. Show More Summary

Master and servant: how Tania Bruguera is using Beckett to dismantle power

Artist Tania Bruguera knows about power struggles: she’s been jailed and says she’ll run for the Cuban presidency. So the co-dependency in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame makes it the perfect play for her directorial debut Later this month,...Show More Summary

¿Qué hay? What’s On for April

To reach our brand new, re-organized planner for April 2017, just click on the photo below.  Written by Cubans with inside the...

Head to Club Habana for some beach time

At least once per trip to Havana I get a hankering for some pool time or a little beach action. After all,...

The Clandestina Guide to Havana

Idania del Rió and Leire Fernández run one of the trendiest boutiques in Havana, called Clandestina. Launched shortly after the Cuban government...

Raul Castro Squandered His Last Chance

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 22 March 2017 — A year ago Cuba had a once in a lifetime opportunity. US President Barack Obama came to the island willing to turn the page on political confrontation. The gesture transcended the diplomatic … Continue reading ?

Four Seasons of Havana will transport you back to the city

If you are a diehard Cubaphile like myself you have an insatiable appetite for all things Cuban and all people Cubano or...

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 2017 in Cuba

The twentieth edition of the Terry Fox Run, hosted on Saturday, March 18, in Havana and other Cuban cities, saw thousands of people...

'From now on you have no name': life in a Cuban jail

A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story If you happened to go to a British embassy reception in Havana in the early 2000s, you would likely have met Stephen Purvis. Show More Summary

Daymé Arocena: Cubafonia review – Cuba's finest vocalist brings crossover thrills

(Brownswood recordings) Still in her mid-20s, Daymé Arocena is Cuba’s finest young female singer, a lady with a powerful, versatile style and enormous crossover potential. Her only problem until now is that her songwriting has not quite matched her remarkable voice, but her second solo album helps to put that right. Show More Summary

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