Category Archive: Development

Fancy straws and the Cuban command economy

Fancy straws and the Cuban command economy

By Joy Mulhollan Neon orange, green, yellow, hot pink. Not the colors of fruity cereal or a fever dream, but what Communism looks like. Coming back from Cuba, after making sure I didn’t get thrown in jail or contract some … Continue reading

 

Croquetas, Ropa Vieja, and Tostones: Reflections on a journey through Cuban culture, history, and food

Croquetas, Ropa Vieja, and Tostones: Reflections on a journey through Cuban culture, history, and food

By Sarah Sterling While I was on my way back from Cuba to D.C., I had a three-hour layover in Miami with nothing to read and lots of time to kill. I decided to peruse a bookstore, as expensive as … Continue reading

 

The Ant and the Elephant: A Love Story

The Ant and the Elephant: A Love Story

“The relationship between Cuba and the United States is like a love affair between the ant and the elephant. Even if they love each other very much, if the elephant rolls over in the middle of the night, the ant … Continue reading

 

Apple Pie and Pineapple Sorbet: U.S. and Cuban Nationalism

Apple Pie and Pineapple Sorbet: U.S. and Cuban Nationalism

View the entire blog by MIIS student Josh Fleming at: http://sites.miis.edu/gsipm/2014/09/29/apple-pie-and-pineapple-sorbet-u-s-and-cuban-nationalism/  

 

Course Description

Course Description

Cuba has always found itself, or placed itself, in the most unusual circumstances. It was among the last of the Western Hemisphere countries to win independence (or at least nominal independence) from the Spanish. It was in part because such … Continue reading

 

What happens to Tanzanians when thieves steal their stuff?

What happens to Tanzanians when thieves steal their stuff?

Amina surprised me by kissing me on the lips when she greeted me yesterday. Normally Tanzanians shake hands (in a complicated secret-handshake kind of way). They don’t hug, as evidenced by Gudila (one of the dadas who works at Mama Luce’s, my go-to neighbourhood breakfast joint) asking me who the…

 

And Sometimes Extremists Hack Your Blog

And Sometimes Extremists Hack Your Blog

Well, that was fun. Roman emailed me the other day with a screenshot of my website, asking if there was some joke—instead of a little blog about my thoughts on life and social enterprise in Tanzania, a DOS-command-prompt-from-circa-1995-looking screen greeted me instead. Thanks to some help from Scott (love you! and…

 

On Educating Girls

On Educating Girls

I am a feminist. This post started as a desire to write about the kidnapping of 234 girls in Nigeria. Girls who were kidnapped because they were taking a physics exam. Getting an education. My physics education was rife with SpongeBob references. (Thanks, Mr. Gundrum!) I may have resented that I was…

 

Visons in Spanish

Visons in Spanish

This link will take you to a blog written by one of our fellow classmates, Erich Pacheco,  about his thoughts on Cuba, in Spanish. Las Palabras no son suficientes para describir a Cuba Photos of a street carnival by Erich … Continue reading

 

New Money

New Money

by Kyrstin Thorson 5.8.13 In 2009, the Obama Administration eased restrictions on sending remittances to Cuba. Obama removed the limit on the amount that could be sent by people in the U.S. to family in Cuba (within 3 degrees of … Continue reading

 
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