Lizabel Mónica on El Paquete's Art Gallery at Cuban Counterpoints.

Visual Artist Nestor Siré has set up an art gallery in today’s most popular Cuban media. El Paquete is a 1 Terabyte size changing database of digital content, mostly pirated, and transferred informally through USB external hard drives. El Paquete is nothing like television, any form of radio, or the Internet. A media phenomenon that is run through hand-to-hand distribution, it is outside of government control. It is there that Siré has managed to insert an art gallery. Read More

Lizabel Mónica’s intro to three poems by Juan Carlos Flores in Cuba Counterpoints.

The poems included here are taken from El Contragolpe, the latest book by Juan Carlos Flores, published in Havana in 2010. Accompanying them are selected tracks from a record issued under the same title and in the same year, a work that combines the poems read by the author with music by Tony Carreras. I invite you to appreciate the work of Flores as both text and sound. The book, little known outside Cuba, is rarely read alongside the audio. The English translations of these poems are included below, courtesy of Kristin Dykstra, who has prepared a bilingual edition of El Contragolpe, forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press. As a complement, please see the make-of video, which allows us to enjoy the body language of the poet in action. Read More

You Say Bay of Pigs, I Say ...

The New York Times

Published: April 16, 2011


FOR weeks, Cuba has been preparing for this weekend’s huge military parade, the first of its kind in many years.

Fidel Castro has been musing in his regular column about the disaster in Japan and comparing NATO’s intervention in Libya to the Nazi involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Although he says nothing about the parade, everyone knows it’s coming.

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(A version of this op-ed appeared in print on April 17, 2011, on page WK9 of the New York edition.)

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