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Elaine Diaz

Blogger and journalist.

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Latest posts by Elaine Diaz

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.

18 April 2014

Putting the Brakes on Independent Films in Cuba

The Ministry of the Interior (MININT) has been recently in charge of reviewing the scripts of the film projects produced in the island.

8 April 2014

In Havana, a Book in Exchange for Nothing

"This book belongs to whoever finds it in exchange for giving it away again after reading it so that other people can enjoy it."

2 March 2014

In Cuba, Everything Increases Except State Workers’ Salaries

In Cuba, the median salary of state workers stands at around 15 dollars per month.

21 December 2013

Tour Builder, Another Google Service Not Allowed for Cubans

Google maintains that it bases its decision on the provisions of the United States' economic embargo on Cuba.

12 December 2013

Barack Obama and Raúl Castro's Handshake at Mandela's Memorial Goes Viral

Reactions to the handshake spread like fire on social media.

27 November 2013

Cuba Suspends Consular Services in the United States

The suspension of consular services will affect Cuban and U.S. citizens alike, due to the impossibility of completing procedures such as issuing passports, visas, legalization documents, and other services.

22 November 2013

Cuban Intellectuals Debate the Prohibition of 3D Private Cinemas on the Island

Cuba's 3D cinemas, run by the private sector, have been banned.

4 November 2013

Goodbye “CUC”, Unification of Dual Monetary System Begins in Cuba

The phasing out of the convertible peso (CUC) has received significant attention from the international press, blogs, and economic analysts.

17 September 2013

Mixing Politics at Live Concert in Cuba Gets Musician Banned

What did pianist Robertico Carcassés say at the concert for "Los Cinco" in Havana? And what happened afterwards? Elaine Díaz tells us.

11 September 2013

400 Cuban Doctors Go to Brazil

Cuba Colors Itself Yellow for “Los Cinco” Prisoners in the U.S.

It has already been 15 years since the arrest of five Cubans who infiltrated anti-Castro groups in Miami. A new campaign is demanding the release of the four remaining prisoners.

8 August 2013

United States Embargo Breaks Into the Intimate Lives of Cubans

What do Cuban bloggers think about the United States' embargo against Cuba? Elaine Díaz tells us.

12 June 2013

Cuba Increases Internet Access From Designated Public Centers

Cuba opened 118 public centers with Internet access on the island. Called Nauta, the service can be requested in any Cuban State Telecommunications (ETESCA) commercial unit that has partnered with...

23 May 2013

Second Segment of Fiber Optic Cable Connects to Cuba

U.S. company Renesys announced on its blog that in the last week they have observed "a second connection" of the fiber optic cable ALBA 1 between Cuba and Jamaica.

12 April 2013

Racism Remarks in the NYT Land Cuban Intellectual in Trouble

Author Roberto Zurbano's tough talk on racism in Cuba published in The New York Times apparently cost him is job as editor at a publishing house and generated a heated...

7 February 2013

Dreams Come Alive, Baseball Player José Contreras Returns to Cuba

The arrival of José Ariel Contreras to Cuba, a Cuban baseball pitcher based in the US since 2002, has moved the habitants of his native province, Pinar del Río, and...

22 January 2013

Cuban Filmmakers Take Over Digital Technologies

In Cuba, filmmakers and new directors have started to take over new technologies to keep down the costs of production of audiovisual effects, and to tell stories that would otherwise...