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Castillo del Morro, Santiago de Cuba
Photograph by Christopher P Baker/Alamy
Today Cuba’s “second city,” Santiago de Cuba, has an African ambiance, but it also has strong links to a Spanish past. Castillo del Morro was built nearly 500 years ago to pirate-proof the entrance to the Bay of Santiago. Modern reenactments notwithstanding, the castle last saw action as a fortress when U.S. ships attacked the city in 1898.
-National Geographic

Castillo del Morro, Santiago de Cuba

Photograph by Christopher P Baker/Alamy

Today Cuba’s “second city,” Santiago de Cuba, has an African ambiance, but it also has strong links to a Spanish past. Castillo del Morro was built nearly 500 years ago to pirate-proof the entrance to the Bay of Santiago. Modern reenactments notwithstanding, the castle last saw action as a fortress when U.S. ships attacked the city in 1898.

-National Geographic

"Woman With Cat"
Photograph by Daniel Gautreau

A colorful Havana woman enjoys an enormous cigar. The smokes are one of Cuba’s defining symbols—“Havanas” are renowned worldwide and have special cache among many aficionados in America, where their import remains illegal.

-National Geographic

"Woman With Cat"
Photograph by Daniel Gautreau

A colorful Havana woman enjoys an enormous cigar. The smokes are one of Cuba’s defining symbols—“Havanas” are renowned worldwide and have special cache among many aficionados in America, where their import remains illegal.

-National Geographic

Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

ne of the few revelations in Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

Paintings with sculptural sensibilities: Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York at the Galerie Lelong in NYC

Cuban born artist Zilia Sanchez’s exhibit Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York, is comprised of minimalist paintings with sculptural sensibilities. The collection includes works created over a period of 50 years, and conjure up various organic and bodily themes using her signature technique of stretching canvas over wooden sculptures. Super neat artist who takes painting beyond the wall. Go check this out in New York before June 21st!

11th Havana Biennial draws a large an diverse crowd

For Cuba, the biennial — which opened on May 11 and runs through June 11 — is a chance to experience international culture and show off the country’s own artistic evolution. The event has filled Havana’s exhibition halls, galleries, theaters and streets with sculpture, painting and street and performance art by 180 artists from 45 countries…