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CUBA 2015: Slave Museum January 24, 2016

By SYNCLAIRE CRUEL   DECEMBER 06, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA —Over 300 slaves participated in a rebellion that begin in the slave barracks of a sugar mill plantation. Slaves were rallied from five other neighboring sugar mills. A female slave, Carlota, was a prominent leader in the rebellion. Carlota secured machetes for the slaves, as they were the only weapons they were allowed to use. Carlota also set up a path that guided slaves to the site of the uprising. This is…

CUBA 2015: The Artist —Eduardo Roca (Choco) Salazar December 10, 2015

By SYNCLAIRE CRUEL   DECEMBER 10, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA —One of Cuba’s foremost artists, Eduardo Roca (Choco) Salazar, gives a tour of his studio while discussing collagraphs, his printmaking technique where images are composed from a variety of textured materials, placed on a plate, then inked and pressed. A graduate of the National School of Art, and the University of Havana Art School, Choco is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the Taller…

CUBA 2015: The Socialist Economy Evolves December 9, 2015

By SYNCLAIRE CRUEL   DECEMBER 09, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA —The United States’ Democratic political system functions under the auspices of a capitalistic economy. In stark contrast, Cuba’s Communist political system, operates under the ideology of a Socialist economic system. Reporting from the heart of Havana, Synclaire Cruel speaks with economist, Dr. C. Juan Triana Cordovi about the eventual philosophical changes he envisions in Cuba economic structure. Socialism is a political, philosophical, and economic ideology which seeks to abolish private ownership for…

CUBA 2015: Neighborhood Clinic or Regional Hospital? December 7, 2015

By SYNCLAIRE CRUEL   DECEMBER 07, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA —A clinic is a health center with a practicing physician. In a clinic environment, long term, longitudinal care of the patient is critical; knowing how the patient is progressing year to year can make a profound difference. A hospital is a much larger facility where patients are admitted for treatment of various diseases and immediate. Hospitals mostly practice acute episodic health care, with encounters being profound. Synclaire Cruel further reviews and explains…

CUBA 2015: ELAM Student Experience March 20, 2014

By EMILY PELLAND   JUNE 09, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA — Cuba sends the most doctors to other countries during emergency situations. According to the Cuban Health Ministry, Cuba has 50,000 doctors and nurses in Latin America, Asia and Africa. In the United States, a student must assume a great deal of debt in order to become a doctor. At the International School of Medicine in Cuba, students can study for free and have a great deal of international influence. The Association of…

CUBA 2015: ELAM Curative vs. Preventative Medicine March 20, 2014

  By SYNCLAIRE CRUEL   JUNE 09, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA — Cuban doctors are sent all around the world to provide medical assistance to countries lacking health care systems. U.S. students are given the opportunity to study and learn at the International School of Medicine in Cuba without cost. The U.S. focuses on curative methods of medicine; whereas Cuba focuses on a preventative approach. The goal of preventative medicine is to protect, promote, and maintain health and well-being and to prevent disease,…

CUBA 2015: Centro Memorial de MLK, Jr. March 20, 2014

  By EMILY PELLAND   JUNE 11, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA —Half a century after the March on Washington, people still face many of the same challenges, including neighboring Cuba. In Havana, the Memorial Center for Martin Luther King, Jr. aims to overcome the social issues in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., while acknowledging Cuba’s success despite the continuing embargo. The center provides workshops to educate the community as well as a variety of resources, including health care and…

CUBA 2015: Old Havana Meets New March 20, 2014

  By SYNCLAIRE CRUEL   JUNE 10, 2015 HAVANA, CUBA —As Americans, we see the city of Havana filled with deteriorating buildings. But as we walk through the streets, we notice that Old Havana is in a state of building restoration. Workers are required to attend trade schools to learn how to work with various metals and stained glass. Restoration provides original and primary character for commercialization purposes. Calle Muralla is one of the many streets in Old Havana undergoing the restoration…

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