Cuba: Crisis Within the Crisis

A few days ago at a store in the Chibas neighborhood of Havana, “Fami” detergent went on sale outside the rationing system.. this is what happened.

Drop by Drop, It’ll Surely Run Out

For years there have been energy-saving campaigns in Cuba’s national media. Drop by drop, it’ll surely run out, we’re told over and over again.

Christmas: Before and After

I was recently speaking to a childhood friend of mine and memories of the Christmas holidays came flashing back.

Cuba’s Transport in Crisis… Again!

Cuba’s transport crisis today isn’t news. We’ve been dealing with this evil for years, and there are generations of Cubans that don’t know any better. In the past, it’s been a shortage of buses, spare parts, not enough drivers, etc.

Losing Good Values in Cuba’s Hard Times

Just a few days ago, I bore witness to a horrible scene. I was crossing the Cathedral Plaza in Havana when I saw how a woman speaking to a very small girl. She pointed to a group of Spanish tourists and egged her on to ask them for some candy or money.