Visiting Cuba was a personal challenge for chef Bernie Matz, since his parents fled Cuba as exiles before he was born. He visited Cuba for the first time with chef Douglas Rodríguez during the culinary exchange.
Alan Gross, the U.S. government subcontractor who spent five years in a Havana prison for providing the means for Cuban Jews to connect to the digital world, is in Miami to take part in a conference on how to expand the island's access to the internet.
Inspire America, a non-profit inaugurated in August with a tribute to dissident Oscar Elías Biscet that drew more than 700 guests, was born out of frustration with the Obama administration and the need to “intensify efforts in the fight for democracy” in Cuba, said it is president, Marcell Felipe.
A bilingual gathering of experts and practitioners to exchange ideas, explore the latest social media trends, learn best practices and more. This year, participants also will examine the current state of internet use in Cuba and discuss ways to support its growth.
Santiago de Cuba reggaeton artist Ruben Cuesta, aka "Candyman", says that the government wants "to extinguish the willingness of artists" and to put an end to confrontational urban music. Cuesta has joined the UNPACU dissident group to sing about issues facing the island, challenge the government and connect with the youth.
Punto Cero, or Point Zero, is a vast complex of houses, buildings and open fields that resemble a gated community — or a military base. Only trusted individuals have access to the 75-acre property located in the municipality of Playa in Havana province, on 232nd street in an area known as Jaimanitas, some 15 miles from Havana. Among the high-visitors over the years: Pope Francis, director Oliver Stone and Latin America leaders Nicolás Maduro, Rafael Correa, Daniel Ortega and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.