VIDEO: Guantanamera, Cuba’s Most Famous Song

The word “Guantanamera” translates into, “girl from Guantánamo.” The song was originally written by José Fernández, who used it in his radio programs. Some claim Herminio “El Diablo” García Wilson should be credited as a co-composer. Fernández claimed the song was about a woman who rejected his romantic interest.  Garcia claimed the song describes an … Read more

Images of Havana Under Construction

Images of Havana Under Construction

by Simons Chase

Anticipation in Havana has been building for years as US President Obama has steadily re-built a relationship with Cuba.  At the same time, Raul Castro, who took over as President of Cuba after his brother Fidel retired in 2008, has loosened restrictions for real estate trading by expanding permitted transfers to include outright sales.  Previously, transfers were permitted only in the case of cashless exchanges.

The US-Cuba relationship building has translated into a small but promising real estate building and reconstruction boom fueled by Cuban-American cash and domestic demand for housing.

These images were captured in Old Havana and surrounding neighborhoods including Vedado.

5 Rural Images From Cuba

5 Rural Images From Cuba

Rural images have a special quality of reminding us that truth is more closely associated with simplicity than with complexity.  This is most appropriate at the moment in Cuba.  Epic changes between the US and Cuba have created a storm of activity – and also important questions of identity – for Cubans in Havana.  Here are some images of the Cuban countryside and the people who know little about the complexity of events happening in their capital.