Cuba Politics Castro

Column by Carmelo Mesa Lago: “The Legacy of Fidel: Social Economic Balance in 2016”

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 08:00

Upon the death of Fidel Castro, the global media praised his legacy of political sovereignty and his role as an internationalist, as well as the notable improvements he made in education and health, although the judgment is usually negative in regards to the economy.

One Artist, Two Pigs and the Cuban Government: A Recipe for Disaster

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 15:30

On December 25, 2014, Havana-based graffiti artist “El Sexto” prepared a piece of performance art featuring a pair of pigs.1 The piece was called Rebelión en la Granja, or Animal Farm.2 After preparing the pigs, El Sexto hailed a taxi, put the pigs in the trunk and asked for Havana’s Central Park.3,4 He was planning to display the pigs at an art show there. But he never made it that far. The taxi was stopped by the police, and El Sexto was detained. He has remained in prison since Christmas Day of last year.

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