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There are no mosques in Cuba. The closest thing there is to a public prayer room for Muslims is an exhibit of a prayer room at a state-run Arabic museum in old Havana. Inside the Casa de los Arabes, which translates to “House of Arabs,” there are mannequins and dioramas of old school-looking Arabs in […]

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Unlike Cairo, where cats roam the streets, in Havana, it’s all about the dogs. They run shit. All across the city you can find them, just chilling. These island hounds are reportedly well taken care of by the the government’s social welfare programs and some even get to call a museum home. Click through the […]

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When President Obama announced that the U.S. would be lifting its sanctions on Cuba for the first time in 54 years, I had to jet down there and document the island nation before the massive and inevitable change that is sure to sweep across the entire country. I spent five days in Havana, the island’s […]

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Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera has been detained in Cuba since December 30, after attempting to stage a performance about free speech in Havana’s Revolution Square. But back in NYC, her 5-year long-term art project, Immigrant Movement International (IMI), is growing substantially despite her absence. Bruguera, who believes art can be a useful tool to […]

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Now that the U.S. and Cuba have started the process of normalizing political relations, lovers of mojitos and cigars are rejoicing, and politicians are debating — but the question on everyone’s mind is: What kind of effect will this monumental event have on the industry of manufacturing merchandise emblazoned with the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara’s image? The famous […]

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Like two stubborn family members, Cuba and the U.S. got into a really bad argument decades ago that almost led to nuclear holocaust and they haven’t been friends ever since. And then today, the White House dropped a bombshell: Commissar Obama said he will seek to normalize relations between the two countries that severed diplomatic […]

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Trapped under tropical socialism, Havana is a city of numerous contradictions and paradoxes. Havana juxtaposes cultural richness and necessity, colonial splendor and dilapidated beauty. It’s a vibrant place where joie de vivre collides with hopelessness, where resourcefulness hide out the flagrant lack of infrastructures. From the sweatshops to the decaying streets, from the barbershops and […]

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If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, check out Conflict Kitchen. The Kitchen is a small take-out restaurant with a changing storefront and cuisine–every six months, the menu changes to highlight a country that the U.S. is in Conflict with. Featured countries include Iran, Afghanistan, and Venezuela. Founded by Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen also […]

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A professor teaching philosophy at the University of Havana happened upon a group in one of her classes that she didn’t even know existed: female Freemasons. Like all Masonic orders, women aren’t allowed to join the fraternal society and are traditionally funneled into the Order of the Eastern Star or in Cuba, the Hijas de […]

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