CRI Visiting Scholar Elaine Acosta González writes about her family's experience with Alzheimer's disease, as well as the experience of thousands of Cubans and their families. She argues that the Cuban government must implement the necessary actions to guarantee the social and health services required to face this disease.
Cubans figured among the top three nationalities that were naturalized in the United States during the past year, representing 4.9 percent of the total. The statistics confirm that Cubans have a relatively high naturalization rate, compared to other immigrant groups.
In an op ed piece, CRI Associate Director Sebastián Arcos considers the available political options for the Cuban government after the July 11 protests. He grounds his analysis in the academic literature on the transition of Communist regimes to a post-totalitarian stage.
Written by Dr. Elaine Acosta González, this report describes the origins, evolution, and current status of Cuba's medical brigades in nine countries, including Venezuela, Ecuador, and Brazil. Among other topics, the report analyzes the strategy deployed by the Cuban government during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the possible impact of the brigades on the island's health system.
"Piano Lessons" is a feature-length documentary that explores the relationship between an artist and his mentor and the value that this personal relationship can have in the process of artistic development. The man and artist at the center of this story is Germán Diez Nieto, a Cuban pianist whose devotion to teaching has touched and formed generations of accomplished classical musicians. "Piano Lessons" follows Francesca Khalifa, one of Diez Nieto's last pupils, during her research on his life.
In this book, Dr. Melissa Fuster thinks expansively about the multiple meanings of "comida," food, from something as simple as a meal to something as complex as one's identity. She listens intently to the voices of New York City residents with Cuban, Dominican, or Puerto Rican backgrounds, as well as to those of the nutritionists and health professionals who serve them.