The official Cuban press has treated the fact that the event took place in a gay establishment with omissions and squeamishness. The prudery on television and in the national periodicals, with this silence, only promotes homophobia and belies their own discourse of changes.
The long-estranged countries will work together on global health issues, including infectious diseases like dengue fever, and the medical challenges that come with aging populations, the department announced.
Hopefully private property will be recognized beyond the communist party's papers. Cubans living on the island have been discriminated against, while the New Investment Law is only for foreigners. The legislation must not only refer to medium, small and micro enterprises.
Entering a Communist totalitarian state, I expected more militaristic security personnel at the airport. Instead, we were warmly welcomed to Cuba by the female immigration and security agents wearing uniforms that included shorts and patterned fishnet stockings.
Excitement about Cuba continues to grow. There's the culture, the rum, the cigars, the incredible warmth of its people. And of course, there is this sense that Cuba has been a forbidden fruit for so long, and everyone wants a taste.
This year, around 250 Cuban scholars will participate in the 34th Latin American Studies Association International Congress. But, young Cuban scholars on the island are still confronted with a familiar dilemma: 50 of them didn't receive visas from the consular officials at U.S. embassy in Havana.