The term “development” is highly contested and means very different things to different people. Despite the ambiguity surrounding the concept, scholars of development have identified patterns in the way people imagine, talk about, and pursue development goals. Among the most common definitions of development in use today are those associated with a perspective known as “neoliberalism”, which asserts that human well-being can best be advanced by the promotion of strong private property right
Art and Culture
The first thing most people outside of Venezuela know about the country is its former president, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, one of the most charismatic and controversial leaders in the Western Hemisphere in the last one hundred years, whose death in 2013 traumatized the nation.
Recently, the news about the approval of the construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal have caught the attention of news media and people around the world. Concerns about the detrimental environmental consequences of the megaproject are coupled with unease about the socioeconomic impacts to local communities that could result from their direct displacement and from the lost of access to the resources that support their livelihoods.
Last weekend the Golden Globes awards ceremony featured most of Hollywood’s elites and many famous Latinos. Among them were Eva Longoria and America Ferrera. The pair announced the category of best actor in a TV drama but not before they made some sharp quips towards the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, sponsor of the awards ceremony. Earlier in the season The Golden Globes twitter account mistook America Ferrera for Latina actress and star of Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez during the nominations ceremony.
This article focuses on the current shifts in expressions of Cuban national identity by considering the articulations of cubanidad and cubanía in recent films from Cuba’s Muestra joven, a showcase for new filmmakers organised by the state film institute (ICAIC).