October 2014

The New Cuba - Sell-out to capitalism or socialist update?

The streets are buzzing in Cuba these days. New businesses are appearing daily, and the government has rolled out a big welcome mat for foreign investment. A massive 311-point programme of change is in full swing.

So, what does it mean? Has this small Caribbean outpost of communism finally caved in to capitalism? Or are its (still communist) rulers trying something uniquely different?

In this month's issue of the New Internationalist we visit Cuba to investigate what's happening on the tropical island that has come to symbolize so much to so many around the world. And we ask the ordinary people who live there, what they make of it all.


さて、この状況は何を示しているのだろうか? カリブ海の小さな共産主義国家はついに資本主義に屈服したのか? あるいは、その(依然として共産主義者である)支配層は、何か別のユニークな形を模索しているのか?







Stories making the news this month
6 Troubled waters in Australia
6 Spain’s homeless fonts
7 Outlobbying the rich in the US
7 Malaysia’s transgender challenge
7 Introducing Pablo Iglesias Turrion
8 Albinism myths persist in Tanzania
8 Protecting pacifism in Japan
9 After the virus in West Africa
9 Encoding language
PLUS: 20 years ago in New Internationalist, Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story
The New Cuba
10 A new Cuba in the making
The communist island is opening up for business. Vanessa Baird begins an investigation into what’s going on – and what it means.

12 Winners and losers
The streets are alive with micro-enterprise. Who benefits?

15 Making space
Inching towards a free media and political choice – or not.

17 The ‘shame’ of pale and male
Sexism and racism get official recognition.

19 ‘Sex is too important to me’
How life has changed for LGBT people.

20 Cuba’s big bet
It sounds perverse, but in the shadow of the US embargo Cuba is building a gigantic port and free trade zone…

23 ‘Our main crop is hope’
Meet Cuba’s highly successful organic farmers. Why are they getting short shrift, when the country needs more home-grown food?

26 Future conditional
Expect the unexpected. Concluding thoughts – and a look ahead.

30 Madness on the Mekong
A series of proposed dams in Southeast Asia could trigger a food crisis, reports Tom Fawthrop

Mixed Media
34 Film reviews
Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus; Still the Enemy Within, directed by Owen Gower.

35 Music reviews
Film of Life by Tony Allen; Voice + Vision by Various Artists.

36 Book reviews
The Jihadis Return by Patrick Cockburn; The Establishment by Owen Jones; The Last Wave by Pankaj Sekhsaria; Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

33 Steve Parry
Swimming with Tories.
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.

4 Letters
Sensationalist headlines; perpetuating the ‘blame the victim’ syndrome; and too much testosterone?
PLUS: I’m a New Internationalist.

5 Letter from Bangui
Are aid workers actually improving things in CAR? wonders Ruby Diamonde.

28 Country Profile: Mexico

38 And Finally
Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor talks to Chris Brazier about winning this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing.




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