The Pioneer

The Pioneer

Cuba’s place in Latin American history

Cuba's place in Latin American history
September 20, 2017

The underlying cause for most of these revolutions in Latin America is, to my mind, more rooted in the want of economic and national independence. When most of these lands are reaped for their benefits...

La libreta

La libreta
September 20, 2017

Cuban, government-owned supermarkets, otherwise known as bodegas, have been controlled by the Cuban government since Fidel Castro implemented a rations system in 1962.  From Castro’s regime to present...

Cuba’s coastline is no man’s land

Cuba’s coastline is no man’s land
August 29, 2017

Gaining access to information on water activities in Cuba proved harder than expected. Some local Cubans claimed that access to water for recreational or commercial purposes is strictly prohibited or limited....

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people

Tourism: Economic hope for Cuban people
August 29, 2017

A crowd of people lines up against the Malecón near Old Havana late afternoon to wave goodbye to the cruise ship that came in earlier that week. People hold their phones up taking pictures with the ship...

“Patria o muerte:” Anti-colonial history and Cuba’s place in Latin America

August 28, 2017

In a forest of banner-less flagpoles, there stands a wall, a wall that boldly displays three simple yet powerful words in bright red: “¡Patria o muerte!” Even more curious than its placement amongst...

Insatiable: Cuba’s food ration system and the people of Cuba

Insatiable: Cuba’s food ration system and the people of Cuba
August 28, 2017

The one and only man behind the counter is Juan Delgado*; today is his 25th birthday. He works from dawn to dusk, handing out rationed groceries and making marks in people’s ration books in the small...

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche
August 27, 2017

Reality check After deplaning at Havana Airport and going through security, it still had not sunk in that I was in Cuba. The humidity, intense heat and the accents were not enough to confirm that I...

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown
August 27, 2017

A Cuban is a Cuban In the United States, there are African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans and many more Americans. Although it is not directly defined by race, wealth, livelihood and...

Communism, bad for whom?

Communism, bad for whom?
August 23, 2017

 Growing up, I always associated communism with being a bad thing and capitalism as being great. Sometimes in life, we just accept what we’re told if enough people are saying the same thing until we...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta
August 23, 2017

Life in the slow lane Life for the socialist citizens of Havana, Cuba moves at a different pace. In the land of 1950s vintage cars, slow internet, and even slower hospitality, it’s more than apparent...

Perspective is always half of the battle

Perspective is always half of the battle
August 17, 2017

As I spend increasingly more time walking the streets and conversing with the people of Havana, I slowly begin to discover that the overall impression someone develops on a topic is almost entirely reliant...

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise

Blog from Cuba: Small business, big surprise
July 12, 2017

Havana is a mix between grey and white. I say grey because, unfortunately for some and a blessing for others, even the best parts of Havana aren’t what you would see in the United States. Many...

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