YOU CAN’T VISIT Cuba and not hear reggaetón. The eclectic mix of salsa, hip-hop and electronica blasts from shops, cars and bike taxis. And despite government censorship and limited internet access, the genre exploded in popularity thanks to “el paquete,” a grassroots distribution system that relies on nothing more than hard drives, thumb drives, and old-fashioned hand delivery.

“My neighbor has some kid who rides by on his bike and drops off this hard drive,” says Cuban-American photographer Lisette Poole, who lives in Havana. “She copies whatever she wants, then he comes and picks it up two hours later.”



Recent Articles

Date Title
3/30/17 Current Record
3/28/17 Bolivia's Morales to return to Cuba for throat surgery
Gram Slattery, NASDAQ
3/27/17 Despite Some Tensions, Evangelical Churches Booming in Cuba
Andrea Rodriguez, U.S. News
3/26/17 Cuba tiene el récord mundial de solicitudes de visa rechazadas por EEUU
Mario J. Pentón y Luz Escobar
3/26/17 As Cuba’s economy flat-lines, retirement has become notional
The Economist
3/26/17 Christie Renews Call to Demand Cuba Return Convicted Killer
U.S. News, AP
3/26/17 Cuba's secret negotiator with US was president's son: cardinal
AFP, YAHOO News
3/23/17 Scramble for GOP healthcare votes suddenly puts Cuba policy in play
Patricia Mazzei and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
3/23/17 The next year will determine Raúl Castro’s economic legacy
Mimi Whitefield and Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
3/21/17 Rare poll finds Cuban citizens favor better US relations
Emily Swanson and Michael Weissenstein, Washington Post
3/21/17 Cuba starts offering home internet service, but few are buying
Fox News
3/21/17 Cuba should prepare for the Trump hard line
Christopher Sabatini and Giancarlo Sopo, Financial Times
3/19/17 Already banned in Cuba, film gets censored in U.S.
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
3/16/17 Cuba offers Colombia 1,000 medical school scholarships
AP, Washington Post
3/15/17 Major League Baseball smuggling case going to jury on Wednesday
Linda Robertson, Miami Herald
3/14/17 Cuba tries to reboot its creaky state news apparatus
Michael Weissenstein, Washington Post
3/13/17 Two airlines already calling it quits in Cuba
Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today
3/12/17 The first Cuba tourism boom is over. Here comes the next wave: cruises
Chabeli Herrera, Miami Herald
3/12/17 Asylum case likely to set precedent for Cubans, following end to wet foot, dry foot policy
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
3/9/17 Nestle close to signing off on new factory in Cuba
Sarah Marsh, Globe and Mail
3/7/17 In Cuba, Tobacco Farmers See Best Crop in Years
NBC News
3/6/17 Cuba Kills Another Dissident
Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal
3/6/17 Cuba’s Raul Castro blasts Trump’s Mexican wall and trade policy
Marc Frank, Reuters
3/5/17 Report: Cuba has kept drug trafficking, consumption in check
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
3/5/17 Cuba has ‘largest pool of untapped IT talent in the Americas’
Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald
3/2/17 Cuban Entrepreneurs Awarded Intensive Learning Program In Boulder
Tom Mustin, CBS Denver
3/2/17 Preparing for a business career in Cuba takes persistence
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
3/2/17 Will Cuba embrace the internet revolution?
Will Grant, BBC
3/1/17 It’s only a drill: Guantánamo rehearses Caribbean migrant crisis
Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald