Cuba has spent more than five decades largely isolated from America, yet unable to escape its shadow. Cubans freely admit that the ideology and economic constraints of the past 50 years have left the socialist country with a fractured economy. At the same time, they’re fiercely proud of their gains in education and health care, and are determined to safeguard the soul of the country they love. This rare moment of transition, as diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States resume, provides an opportunity to see old and new Cuba, past and future, through the same lens.
Ubiquitous graffiti trumpets socialist resolve, but the country is already spiraling into two unequal spheres.
Cuban ingenuity runs from duct tape to a new free Wi-Fi hot spot.
A 50-year blockade has created one of the most unique rolling museums in the world.
Tourists and business executives are arriving by the planeload daily. The country is bustling with readiness and anticipation.
By Suzanne Kreiter, Elaina Natario, Russell Goldenberg, Emily Z. Fortier