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Fidel Castro laid to rest in Cuba, ending nine days of mourning

SHAFAQNA - Fidel Castro's ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of "I am Fidel!" A private…

Cuban Muslims celebrate Ramadan despite the obstacles

SHAFAQNA - With no official mosque, Cuban followers of Islam do their best to observe the holy month and practise their religion. They speak little Arabic and don't have a real mosque, but Cuba's small Muslim community practises the faith…

Islam in Cuba - from Christianity to Islam

SHAFAQNA - Most of the images we see out of Cuba are similar -- classic cars here, vibrantly colored buildings there. But Joan Alvado shows us something different. His photo series, "Cuban Muslims," focuses on the lives of those who have converted…
Leonardo Padura

Shafaqna interview with Cuban writer Leonardo Padura - On reintegration, and national identity

SHAFAQNA - Born in Cuba in 1955, Leonardo de la Caridad Padura Fuentes is one of Cuba's most prominent journalists and novelists, as well as a well respected intellectuals. He has written movie scripts, two books of short stories and a series…