Author

Gisselle Morales Rodríguez 

Hanging by the thread of dependence abroad

Hanging by the thread of dependence abroad

“I think we have to look for a formula for the State not to pay for imported food what it can buy from its own farmers,” says Eduardo Martínez, a peasant in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. “How can you benefit a producer in another country and pay for the freight far more than paying a producer right here? That’s not an economy that protects itself.”

‘The honey contained no drugs when it left Cuba’

‘The honey contained no drugs when it left Cuba’

With more than 45 years experience in foreign trade, Cubaexport has earned prestige among the companies in Japan, Canada, Europe and the Americas that specialize in honey, coffee, cocoa and other products. That prestige may be affected by what some call a misunderstanding and others a plot against Cuba.

‘You don’t build a cultural industry by centralizing ideas’

‘You don’t build a cultural industry by centralizing ideas’

Osvaldo Pestana Montpeller (Montos), Cuba’s “stellar” comic book artist, went from an irreverent boy who scribbled on any blank page that fell into his hands — the classical doodler — to one of the illustrators of the U.S. publishing company Guardian Knight Comics.

Love those cigars!

Love those cigars!

Cigar production is the fourth economic sector that contributes to Cuba’s gross domestic product. The tobacco tradition goes back several centuries, when successive waves of immigrants from the Canary Islands revitalized the plantations on the island.

The wood of the future?

The wood of the future?

For the partners in La Esperanza, Cuba’s only urban cooperative producing plastic elements, the idea of creating a material that looks like wood, a material seemingly out of a Jules Verne novel, has kept them hopeful for several months now.

Urban cooperatives in Cuba: Yes — but no

Urban cooperatives in Cuba: Yes — but no

“It’s like stepping simultaneously on the accelerator and the brakes,” a workman at one of the almost 500 cooperatives legally operating in Cuba describes the situation. Another one adds, “I see the processes as slow. They say that it’s necessary to speed up production but we’re tied down.”

Wi-Fi zones in Cuba: Internet is in the air

Wi-Fi zones in Cuba: Internet is in the air

With the antennas in Trinidad working full blast for nearly a month, and the town of Yayabo about to climb on the wagon of wireless Wi-Fi, the province of Sancti Spiritus places two of its cities on the Top Ten Wi-Fi hosts in Cuba.

A safari to the era of sugar

A safari to the era of sugar

Five of the 13 surviving “haciendas” that still survive in the Valley of the [Sugar] Mills in south-central Cuba, will open their doors to a form of hospitality that, while betting on faithfulness to the patrimony, history and bucolic environment of the countryside, will provide the comforts and maintain the standards that tourists expect.

Bee honey ‘made in Cuba’

Bee honey ‘made in Cuba’

People in the Old Continent pay as much as 3,000 euros for a single ton of ecological honey, free from chemical residues, processed and sold at a plant in the city of Sancti Spiritus in central Cuba.

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