Cuban poet, writer, and national hero, José Martí, is buried in Santiago, which was also the home of the revolutionary hero Frank País.
A large crowd gathered to watch the flag raising; they cheered as the Cuban flag flew over the embassy for the first time in 54 years.
Cuba and the U.S. will soon open embassies in their two capital cities, ending 54 years of no diplomatic relations. Yet normal bi-national relations are unlikely.
Under-nutrition afflicts fewer than five percent of Cubans. And Cuba has helped reduce the number of the world's hungry by half as of 2015.
A new chapter in the story of Cuba's outreach to people began with the arrival in Katmandu, Nepal of 49 Cuban health care workers.
The Henry Reeve Brigade is only a small part of Cuba's vast system of medical solidarity help to scores of poorer countries.
Cuban women occupy 48 percent of the parliament and out of 15 provinces in Cuba, women lead 10.
The cooperatives democratically manage state property which has been loaned to them; this promotes economic incentives for the workers and decentralizes economic authority.
About 30 miles west of this city, one of the largest construction projects since the start of the Cuban revolution in 1959 is taking shape.
The U.S. has talked of supposed maltreatment of "political prisoners" in Cuba. Cubans need simply say "Guantanamo" to put that in perspective.