A Column by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Is it worth-while to focus on the last images and letters coming from the inside of the last living utopia on Earth? Is Cuba by now a contemporary country or just another old-fashioned delusion in the middle of Nowhere-America? A Cold-War Northtalgia maybe? Can we expect a young Rewwwolution.cu within that Ancien Régime still known as The Revolution? I would like to provoke more questions than answers.

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Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo was born in Havana City and still resides and resists there, working as a free-lance writer, photographer and blogger. He is the author of Boring Home (2009) and is the editor of the independent opinion and literary e-zine Voces.
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    Mandela and the Cuban Apartheid

    “The situation in Cuba,” writes Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, “is identical to that of apartheid South Africa.” In his column, the Cuban writer looks at Nelson Mandela’s relationship with Fidel Castro in spite of the Cuba’s human rights violations and undemocratic political system.


  • Malmierca
    Malmierca or Death: We Will Overcome!

    Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, declared last month that, on the island, there would never be elections involving parties other than the Cuban Communist Party. If the legal route to a multiparty system is closed, what should Castro’s opponents do now?


  • 3D Movie
    3D Censorship in Cuba

    Earlier this year a popular new entertainment business cropped up in Havana: 3D movies. Cuba columnist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo looks at the privately-owned “movie theaters” – rooms in private residences – which have recently come under the scrutiny of the Cuban government.


  • Che Mercedes Ad Campaign
    Che: Until Defeat Always

    The mythical representation of the Che Guevara icon has been undoubtedly useful propaganda for the Cuban government, but, argues Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, the most surprising, unexpected blow to the myth is capitalism’s appropriation of his image as a kind of trademark.


  • Claria Catfish
    Among Fish and Cats

    As the growing non-native population of catfish causes “ecological holocaust” in Cuba’s waters, the government advises Cubans to “Eat up!” But many Cubans find catfish unpalatable, with some choosing to buy the cheap fish to feed their pets instead.


  • Photo by Walfrido López Rodríguez
    Ai Weiwei’s Havana

    Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo’s thoughts on the unofficial screening of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at an independent cinema in Havana, Cuba, and of Walfrido López Rodríguez’s photography project inspired by Ai’s “Study of Perspective” series.


  • Ángel Carromero, one of the survivors of the car crash that killed activists Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero. Photo via youtube user cubadebatecu.
    Carromero’s Courage

    One year after the suspicious death of Cuban activist Oswaldo Payá, a witness speaks out. Angel Carromero tells world media that the collision that killed two Cuban opposition leaders in June 2012 was the work of Cuban State Security.


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