El Toque is a multimedia platform focused on telling Cuba in its diversity, complex, creative and also sometimes painful or hidden. Our very existence is a commitment to the diversity of voices, styles and functions in the media ecosystem that they publish for Cubans. Here you can learn a little more about the Island.
El Toque is a multimedia platform focused on telling Cuba in its diversity, complex, creative and also sometimes painful or hidden. Our very existence is a commitment to the diversity of voices, styles and functions in the media ecosystem that they publish for Cubans. Here you can learn a little more about the Island.

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Cuba Publishes List of Banned Self-Employment Activities

On February 10th, Cuba’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security published a list of work activities banned within the country’s self-employment sector. There are 124 activities listed. There is a disclaimer saying that “the list can be amended as it is reconciliated with legal regulations.”

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Ten Films to Help Understand Cuban Emigration

Within the wide range of Cuban movies that deal with migration, I will select ten Cuban movies, whose characters suffer the “I-want-to-leave-Cuba” syndrome. These are characters who are completely possessed by an anxiety to break away from a very concrete everyday reality.

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What Happened Jan. 27 at Cuba’s Ministry of Culture?

Exactly two months before on November 27th, hundreds of artists and intellectuals held a peaceful protest outside the Ministry of Culture, until they managed to sit down with vice-minister Fernando Rojas. Now, a new meeting was agreed between Rojas and three representatives from the group that took on the name “27N”.

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An Agenda for Cuba: Bread and Hope

Bread and hope as a fairytale of socialism that shares power, production, knowledge, dignity and rights. The chance to reach proper justice and freedom. Democratic socialism backed by the people. A Republic of the working class. A safeguard of social control on bureaucracy and capitalists.

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Cuba back on US Terrorism List: What does it mean?

Going back on the US state sponsors of terrorism list means that Cuba is unable to receive financial aid from the US or financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Restrictions on signing up for international collaboration programs and businesses somehow related to the US.

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Human Misery on Display in Cuba

These are very strange days: with the usual repression. However, they’ve also felt like the freest since I’ve ever known about Cuba’s political situation. I follow events with a close eye, just like everyone has. And try to get involved as much as I can before fear takes over.

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Dead Time in Cuba

Now I was thinking that my grandmother has never eaten tacos, sushi or been in an airplane. Neither has my mother. Two generations. They work hard and can barely buy food. Nope, they haven’t seen anything. They know nothing. It is scary to think of growing old in this country.

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Cuba’s New Normality (Cartoons)

This week our team addresses what has come to be called a period of new normality in Cuba. The pandemic is considered an endemic disease and we must comply with health security measures. At the same time, we continue to deal with all kinds of shortages of many products and services.

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Motherhood and Body Complexes

Pregnancy is not only the joy of a baby on its way, it is also a series of physical changes to a woman’s body. Some women suffer more changes than others postpartum, when we no longer have a beautiful belly, and our bodies don’t return to what they once were.

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Cuba’s War on Sweets

What relentless wind blew away most of the sweets made in Cuba? Now, our girls and boys, when they are lucky enough to taste a small sweet, it almost always comes from other countries. Those Cuban factories have forgotten the secret of movement and production.

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Candy, Dollars and a Steel Lollipop

I can only think about a good friend and his metaphor of the steel lollipop. Which, every now and again, the country’s leaders dip in honey and put it in Cubans’ mouths. People believe that this is a real candy, a real sweet, the kind that is on display in the glass window.

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The Little Girl Who Became Cuba’s Best Diver

Anisley Garcia Navarro is shy in her gestures and voice. However, she is the same person we see jumping into water from 10m high, on our TV screens. If it hadn’t been for the COVID-19 pandemic that postponed the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, 18-year-old Anisley might have made her dream of going to the Olympics and then getting a tattoo of the five rings to remember the event. First she had to qualify at the pre-Olympics.

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Cuban Agriculture: Planting More, Havesting Less

At this point in the year, the island should show a quite different reality in terms of food production. At least if we are guided by the optimistic forecasts of leaders such as the Minister of Agriculture. That official spoke months ago of an unusual growth in the number of land applications and ambitious export plans.

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