Opening day–and some Cuba links

The U.S. Interests Section in Havana is now the U.S. Embassy, and the Cuban Interests Section in Washington is now the Cuban Embassy. Fingers crossed, and for any non-Spanish speakers wanting to follow developments in Cuba, here are some interesting links:

Granma, the official organ of the Cuban Communist Party, publishes an online edition in English http://en.granma.cu/ , as well as in French, German, Portuguese and Italian. Buzzfeed recently did a story on the paper, describing its newsroom as the slowest in the world, noting the paper’s lack of Wi-Fi but also the fact that Granma will be the first news outlet to report Fidel Castro’s death when it happens: http://www.buzzfeed.com/karlazabludovsky/inside-the-worlds-slowest-newsroom#.ru34xRMY1

14ymedio, the digital newspaper set up by Cuban independent journalists, also has an English edition, though not all its articles get translated from Spanish: http://www.14ymedio.com/englishedition

Since 2011 Larry Press, a professor of information systems at California State University, has been writing an excellent blog on how the Internet is developing in Cuba http://laredcubana.blogspot.co.uk/ . One of his more entertaining posts is an open letter to the anonymous Cuban official charged with monitoring his blog http://laredcubana.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/letter-to-my-state-security-officer-if.html

Finally, there is a wealth of detail on everyday life in Cuba to be gleaned from the country’s bloggers, and Translating Cuba http://translatingcuba.com/ has over 60 blogs by independent commentators. Yoani Sanchez is perhaps the best known of these, but there are many other good bloggers such as Regina Coyula, who posted earlier this year on the return of bus conductors on Havana’s transport system: http://translatingcuba.com/privatized-regina-coyula/

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