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Elaine Diaz

Blogger, journalist and professor at the Havana University

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7 September 2015

Browsing the Web from Cuba's Public Hotspots

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet in Cuba – from public access points – is limited to using one social network, an email service, and chat and video applications.

17 August 2015

Raising Flags and Hopes

The Bridge

"We are witnessing a new era in Cuba. . . for the first time in my life there isn’t a specific enemy we're expected to fight at all costs."

30 May 2015

After 33 years, Cuba Is Off the US List of Countries Sponsoring Terrorism

The list is reserved for nations that, according to the US government, repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.

15 April 2015

Cuba at the Summit of the Americas: The Struggle for Voice and Representation

The Summit of the Americas shined a spotlight on the political divisions that characterize Cuban civil society inside the country and abroad.

8 April 2015

What Does Airbnb's Cuba Launch Mean for US Citizens and Cuban Homeowners?

Renting out rooms is nothing new to Cubans, who have been doing so as an additional source of income for more than two decades.

18 February 2015

Cuba Announces New IT Policy and Does Not Mention Internet Access

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT use and access is one of the talking points in the process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States.

12 February 2015

The Honest, Controversial Profile of a Cuban Nurse Who Died Abroad

The article about Reynaldo Villafranca, who died of malaria, offered a human take on Cuban medical internationalism beyond the official narrative of heroism. Such honesty didn't sit well with everyone.

9 February 2015

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Global Voices Advocacy

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

4 February 2015

US-Cuba Policy Experts Discuss ‘Deep Differences’ on Human Rights

The debate on human rights in Cuba implies a thorough review of the model of democracy in this country.

2 January 2015

‘A Happy Day Has Come’ for Cuba and the US

In 1974, Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez wrote "The Happy Day That Is Coming." This day has finally come.

19 November 2014

The New York Times Joins Clamor to Change US Policy Toward Cuba

The newspaper has called on President Obama to make a litany of changes to the country's foreign policy toward its Caribbean neighbor, including ending its embargo and resuming diplomatic relations.

7 July 2014

A Theater Company Is Crowdfunding to Produce This ‘Powerful’ Play in Cuba About Homosexuality

"Bent" tells the story of the abuse and internment of homosexuals in Nazi Germany leading up to World War II.

3 July 2014

Fans Unite to Cheer for the Cuban Boxer Gamboa Using #animogamboa

The Cuban professional boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa lost by knockout, and his fans used social media massively to support him.

What Would Happen If the Ban on U.S. Travel to Cuba Were Lifted?

If the ban on U.S. travel to Cuba is lifted, private entrepreneurs residing on the island could bring in over $47 million in revenue each year.

1 July 2014

In Cuba, a Correspondence Exchange Spices up the 2014 World Cup

After one of the letters was removed from the online magazine, the author said it was censored.

30 June 2014

Google's Eric Schmidt Makes a Surprise Visit to Cuba to Promote Internet Freedom

If the US wants change, it should empower Cubans with smartphones, encourage freedom of expression and give them information tools, Schmidt said.

The Lights and the Shadows of the New Cuban Labor Code

The new Labor Code in Cuba has sparked controversy because it excludes important protections in the workplace for certain marginalized communities, such as transsexual people.

24 June 2014

Informal WiFi Networks Have Been Dismantled in Havana

The networks are primarily used to play games, share TV shows, series, and movies.

13 June 2014

INTERVIEW: Taking a Closer Look at ‘Boteros,’ Havana's Private Taxi Drivers

The project "Boteros of Havana" shows how day-to-day life can bring out interesting stories in journalism.

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