Cuba

Demystifying Santería, One of Cuba’s Liveliest Religions

January 26, 2017

Walking down the cracked sidewalks of a hot, palm frond-shaded street in Vedado, Havana’s western upper-middle class neighborhood, you pass two women. One of them, younger and taller, is dressed entirely in white—from her white umbrella and white hair wrap down to her white high-heeled shoes. When she notices you staring at her trailing white dress, she smiles and looks down. Her older companion speaks loudly and emphatically to her as they pass you by.

Chinatown in Peru? A Brief Look of the Chinese Diaspora in Latin America

December 2, 2016

Latin America may be the last place you would expect to see someone who is Chinese. Yet surprisingly, scattered around Latin America, there are many pockets of Chinese immigrants, many of whom consider these nations home. In the areas where there are large Chinese populations, you may even find a Chinatown or un barrio chino.

Dominicans in the Dugout: Latin America’s Role in American Baseball

December 20, 2016

When one thinks of sports in Latin America, soccer normally comes to mind, with fans going crazy. But another sport dominates in certain countries: baseball. In the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Cuba, among others, baseball is extremely popular. So popular, in fact, that many beisbolistas from these countries have come to play in U.S. Major League Baseball. There is a lot of history behind this modern trend.

Why the Waiting Game in Guantánamo?

November 18, 2016

On Wednesday in response to a UN vote denouncing the embargo placed on Cuba by Congress the US abstained for the first time in 25 years.  While this is a small nod by the US in recognition of the futility of the embargo, Congress is still opposed to lifting trade constraints until Cuba does more to improve human rights (Borger 2016).

Nicolás Guillén Landrián y el derrumbe de las grandes narrativas en el documental cubano contemporáneo

November 16, 2016

Desde la Primera Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores, celebrada en La Habana en el año 2000, se ha venido produciendo un boom de cine documental realizado al margen de las instituciones culturales del Estado.

Obama’s Policy Directive on Cuba: Changing the Status Quo?

November 9, 2016

On October 14th, President Obama utilized his executive powers to issue a new directive on the United States’ relationship with Cuba. The directive dictates new rules that cover a wide range of areas, from supporting medical-related business projects to reinstating normal limits on importing Cuban products for personal use.

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