Category Archives: Cuba

Miguel Díaz-Canel: Cuba selects first non-Castro president since Fidel

Díaz-Canel’s transition aims to ensure the country’s single-party system outlasts the ageing men who created it

The Cuban government has selected the country’s 57-year-old first vice-president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as the sole candidate to succeed President Raúl Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring the country’s single-party system outlasts the ageing revolutionaries who created it.

The certain approval of Díaz-Canel by members of the unfailingly unanimous National Assembly will install someone from outside the Castro family at the head of the country’s government office for the first time in nearly six decades.

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Fresh row over mysterious sickness affecting US diplomats in Cuba

Study into ‘health attacks’ on embassy staff sparks controversy, with some experts claiming situation is being spun for political gain

When a mystery illness rippled through the US embassy in Cuba in late 2016, the diplomatic fallout was rapid.

The US slashed the number of people at its Havana mission and expelled 15 Cuban diplomats after at least 24 American staff and family reported a mix of headaches, dizziness, eyesight, hearing, sleep and concentration problems.

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Conectifai! Filming a digital revolution in Havana

The latest Guardian documentary finds out what happened when Cuba’s phone company installed wifi routers in 18 public parks

“Pork crackling with wifi!” Welcome to the park in Havana where public wifi makes for a new kind of meeting place.

In 2016, ETECSA – the only telephone company in Cuba – installed wifi routers in 18 public parks across the country. For many Cubans, this meant being able to go online for the first time. Our latest documentary paints a portrait of the social gathering hotspots these parks have since become. Every day crowds of people with smartphones, tablets and chairs turn up to cluster together around the wifi antennas, to a soundtrack of people shouting “conectifai!” (meaning “connection!”). It gives everyone the opportunity to contact loved ones, explore social media, upload photos and find internet dates – activities that reveal much about a rapidly changing Cuba.

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