Topics :: Cuba

Havana’s "Mob Hotel" Opens After Renovation

By Peter Orsi | Monday Feb 17, 2014
In its heyday, Havana’s Capri hotel and casino was the playground of men known as The Blade and The Fat Butcher. But now the Capri is back in business after being closed more than a decade ago.

Tours Changing American Views of Cuba

By Peter Orsi | Saturday Feb 8, 2014
President Obama reinstated "people-to-people" travel to Cuba in 2011 - and ever since, Americans are changing their opinions of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Cuba’s LGBT Community Celebrates International Day Against Homophobia

Friday May 17, 2013
A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminates Friday with celebrations of the Intl Day Against Homophobia. Hundreds of activists have taken part in the activities headed by first daughter Mariela Castro.

Cuba’s Real Estate Market on the Rise

By Peter Orsi | Thursday May 9, 2013
A baffling real estate market has emerged in the year and a half since President Raul Castro legalized private home sales in Cuba. While trade in homes is now legal, the people who bring buyers together with sellers are not.

Cuba’s First Daughter Has Gone Beyond Castro Name

By Andrea Rodriguez | Wednesday May 23, 2012
Mariela Castro, a married mother of three and member of Cuba’s most powerful family, has paved her own way in making gay rights her life’s cause. And now the daughter of President Raul Castro is about to make a controversial visit to the U.S.

Mariela Castro Tops US Visit With Transgender Talk

Wednesday May 23, 2012
The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro is in San Francisco to meet with gay rights activists and to chair a panel at a prestigious academic conference.

Cuban President’s Daughter to Meet With Gay Groups

Monday May 21, 2012
Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro is planning to meet with San Francisco’s LGBT community during a U.S. visit next week that is being opposed by some Cuban-American politicians.

Cuban President’s Daughter and Gay Activist Gets US Visa

By Andrea Rodriguez | Friday May 18, 2012
Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend events in San Francisco and New York, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Cuban-American politicians who called her an enemy of democracy.

’Ex-Gay’ Movement on the Rise in Latin America

By Peter Cassels | Tuesday Feb 21, 2012
Dramatic testimony by an Ecuadorean lesbian who said she was abused & raped in a remote clinic to ’convert’ her from her sexuality has highlighted the growing numbers of ’ex-gay’ clinics & organizations in Latin America.

Raul Castro’s Daughter Pushes for Civil Unions in Cuba

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jan 25, 2012
Cuba’s first daughter and LGBT activist, Mariela Castro, announced that the country would soon consider legalizing civil unions.