Jorge C. Carrasco

Jorge C. Carrasco

Cuba’s Doomed War on Independent Art

Cuba’s Doomed War on Independent Art

There were seven police officers, all dressed as civilians. They arrived at the improvised Havana music studio on the morning of Monday, September 28th, kicked down the door and found their target—Maykel Castillo Pérez, a well-known Cuban rapper and human rights activist who was in the process of recording

Jorge C. Carrasco
Jorge C. Carrasco
Activism
Remembering Reinaldo Arenas and His Enduring Lessons on Repression, Torment, and Exile

Remembering Reinaldo Arenas and His Enduring Lessons on Repression, Torment, and Exile

In a scene from Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s iconic Cuban film Memorias del Subdesarrollo (1968), a man looks down from his balcony at Havana’s streets. Only a few years had passed since Fidel Castro had overthrown Fulgencio Batista’s regime, and the prisoners taken during the

Jorge C. Carrasco
Jorge C. Carrasco
Cinema
How Venezuelan Democracy Lost the Battle Against Castro—An Interview with Orlando Avendaño

How Venezuelan Democracy Lost the Battle Against Castro—An Interview with Orlando Avendaño

Días de Sumisión (Days of Submission), written by Venezuelan journalist Orlando Avendaño and published last year by Editorial Ígneo, offers a fascinating history of Cuban interference in Venezuela’s democratic system, and analyses how Fidel Castro opened the way for Hugo Chávez’s disastrous presidency. I sat down with

Jorge C. Carrasco
Jorge C. Carrasco
recent
60 Years On: Reflections on the Revolution in Cuba

60 Years On: Reflections on the Revolution in Cuba

Sixty years ago, as thousands of Cubans celebrated the fall of Fulgencio Batista’s regime, an atmosphere of hype and hatred was also overtaking Havana. Not many people foresaw what was to come, but on January 1, 1959, the Republic of Cuba was murdered. Few tears were shed for her

Jorge C. Carrasco
Jorge C. Carrasco
History