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Translator: Yoyi el Monaguillo

A great truth was revealed at the VIII Conference of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC, by its Spanish initials). We have to admit when our detractors speak the truth.  There’s no other option than –for … Continue reading Continue reading
Photo: professors and students of Public School #10 in the 1950s. By the end of the 1940s everyone working as a teacher in Cuba was an accredited professional in education. In the 1950s there were many illustrious professors in our … Continue reading Continue reading
In spite of being censored on the island, the Cuban comedian who passed away on July 30 in Miami at the age of 86, left us a saying indelibly etched upon all of our lives.  If someone was trying to … Continue reading Continue reading
I’ve been totally disconnected for days.  When I say this, I’m referring to the inability to receive news from abroad by shortwave, and especially the lack of Internet.  Of course, the majority of the Cuban population is in this very … Continue reading Continue reading
The nutcases approach me. In Cuba it was the same. The United States need not be the exception. Crazy. Beautiful. Docile. The sufficient causes of great massacres lie at the margins of great truths. Cubanness, for example. There is no … Continue reading Continue reading
Due to media secrecy, which is institutionalized here on “my beloved planet,” we have had to find out about this mess, involving Cuba’s “sugary missiles” on board a North Korean ship, in snippets from here and there.  Naturally, this has … Continue reading Continue reading
The life of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna is most like a legend.  The truth is simmered over a slow flame along with countless inaccuracies.  Since the date of his birth until the date of his death in the Bolivian … Continue reading Continue reading
The first time I saw Havana was when I walked it holding your hand. The city smelled of coarse capitalism, of drinks and meals suddenly very expensive, of transparent dusk, of lateral light, of placards that no one will renovate … Continue reading Continue reading
Miguel Luna drawn by Abel Prieto, in Viajes de Miguel Luna. “The day that rabble gets into the UNEAC*, we’re lost.” – Abel Prieto, from his Viajes de Miguel Luna What does a Minister of Culture think about when he … Continue reading Continue reading