Yasmin S. Portales Machado

My Cuban Radio Dial

To play the album Dial, by Cuban band Buena Fe, I chose my second cell phone, because that particular model could also be used as a radio. Standing before the store window, the clerk had explained to me the technical characteristics of the three models that would work in Cuba.

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Saved by the Goal in Cuba

In the spring of 1990, the world as I knew it was falling to bits. I didn’t exactly know this, even though I was a good, primary school student who read the newspaper Granma and Zunzun and Sputnik magazines. I don’t think even my parents realized that “real socialism” was falling to bits.

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Weekend Routines in Havana

“What are you going to do today?” one of RJ’s grandmothers asks him at the breakfast table. “I’m going to the Parque de la Maestranza with my mom,” he answers without looking up from his plate of cereal. I’ve had a pleasant, weekend routine with my son RJ for some months now. (9 photos)

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Daniel Chavarria: ‘Cuba Has Never Persecuted Homosexuals’

Chavarria argued that governmental homophobia was a political necessity: “At the beginning of the revolution they had to consider the enormous political cost of conceding a role for homosexuals.” He explained that the massive participation of Cuban campesinos and their strong homophobic traditions prevented the recognition of homosexuals; therefore, that part of society was “set apart” – but “never prosecuted.”

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