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March 29, 2017

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New Protest Set Against Nicaragua Canal Project

Source: Havana Times | New Protest Set Against Nicaragua Canal Project A rural movement opposed to the construction of an inter-oceanic canal in southern Nicaragua announced a new protest march against the megaproject, promoted by the Ortega government and the Chinese consortium HKND.

Bob Dylan in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Bob Dylan in Havana On the afternoon of Friday March 24th a wide collection of photos of the US icon of rebel music, Bob Dylan, was inaugurated at the Fototeca de Cuba. (15 photos)

Poor Neighborhood, “Rich” People

Source: Havana Times | Poor Neighborhood, “Rich” People I have already told you some stories about my neighborhood and its people, which give you an idea more or less of how we live here. Living in a ghetto, like everything in life, has its advantages and disadvantages.

Indifference and Not Enough Inspections

Source: Havana Times | Indifference and Not Enough Inspections Two days ago, I took the A-7 bus heading towards Guanabacoa. When I got on, I realized that the 50-something year old bus driver had a very beautiful young girl next to him inside his protection booth, the conversation seemed to be quite pleasant as they

Evo Morales Heads to Cuba for Surgery

Source: Havana Times | Evo Morales Heads to Cuba for Surgery Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel to Cuba on Wednesday to undergo surgery on his throat, health minister Ariana Campero said on Thursday in La Paz.

Evo Morales Heading to Cuba for Throat Surgery

Source: Havana Times | Evo Morales Heading to Cuba for Throat Surgery Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel to Cuba on Wednesday to undergo surgery on his throat, health minister Ariana Campero said on Thursday in La Paz.

In Cuba, Almost Nothing Is Considered Garbage

Source: Havana Times | In Cuba, Almost Nothing Is Considered Garbage Not too long ago, I was watching a friend do a deep clean of his house and was witness to the conflict that arose between him and his father when it came to deciding what to throw away. That experience led me to write

Confessions of a Cuban Living with HIV

Source: Havana Times | Confessions of a Cuban Living with HIV Onin Reyes was diagnosed with HIV six years ago and he doesn’t lose hope that a cure will be discovered for his illness. “I never found out who it was that infected me, I am very aware of the fact the responsibility was mine

The Golden Mile of Old Havana

Source: Havana Times | The Golden Mile of Old Havana In the city’s historic center, near the Obispo pedestrian boulevard, you can find the so-called “Golden Mile”, popularly known like this because it is the best conserved part of the city. It is possibly the most important tourist attraction in Havana. (19 photos)

Fidel and Raul Castro’s youngest sister, Agustina, passes away

Source: Havana Times | Fidel and Raul Castro’s youngest sister, Agustina, passes away Agustina del Carmen Castro Ruz, the youngest of Fidel and Raul Castro’s siblings, passed away this Sunday in Havana aged 78 years old, close family sources have confirmed.

A Brief Example of Institutionalized Racism in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | A Brief Example of Institutionalized Racism in Cuba While talking to some German socialists in a noisy and touristy cafe on 23rd and O Streets, in Vedado, I watched a policeman in action on the corner of La Rampa cinema, asking to see the ID of passers-by.

Social media: vulgarity and obscenity

Source: Havana Times | Social media: vulgarity and obscenity Vulgarity is being promoted without signs of stopping; we could even almost say that it is replacing creative or intelligent ideas. Everything is gaining a malicious, cruel tone, not only in depth but in decency too.

Death Threats in Nicaragua against Indigenous Rights Activist

Source: Havana Times | Death Threats in Nicaragua against Indigenous Rights Activist Lottie Cunningham won’t remain silent. Despite the death threats she’s received, she continues to denounce the inaction of Comandante Daniel Ortega’s government in the face of the invasion of indigenous lands of Nicaragua’s Caribbean region. This situation has left a toll of more

Extreme Drought in Cuba, Many Are Unaware

Source: Havana Times | Extreme Drought in Cuba, Many Are Unaware Cuba, reached World Water Day this year suffering one of the most intense droughts in the last 100 years, severely affecting over 80% of the population. Out of the country’s 168 municipalities, 141 are affected and 53 have been declared in extreme drought.

Cuba: Is Healthcare a Gift or a Right?

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: Is Healthcare a Gift or a Right? Recently, a campaign has been launched to raise Cuban citizens’ awareness of the fact that while medical services have been free ever since the Revolution triumphed in 1959, they cost the government a lot of money.

The Hidden Side of Cuba’s New Medical Bills

Source: Havana Times | The Hidden Side of Cuba’s New Medical Bills What the government is doing by handing out bills for doctor’s visits is shameful, in a country where the State retains most of Cuban workers wages, rewarding them with poor salaries plus “free” health & education.

Orgasms, orgasms…

Source: Havana Times | Orgasms, orgasms… Having an orgasm with love is the perfect combination, a powerful alliance which brings a couple together, as well as other interests, like friendship, children (if you have them) and all kinds of relationships.

Wet-foot/ Dry-foot Policy: Changing Mentalities

Source: Havana Times | Wet-foot/ Dry-foot Policy: Changing Mentalities It goes without saying that the new US government is complying with what has been set out in the agreements signed by his predecessor and that there is some kind of bilateral effort to put the procedures which this implies into gear.

Fidel Castro Reappears “in his Dead Body” in… Hong Kong

Source: Havana Times | Fidel Castro Reappears “in his Dead Body” in… Hong Kong The image that Fidel Castro and his closest watchmen in the Cuban government wanted to avoid at his funeral, is now part of the artistic reality of a famous fair in Hong Kong.

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Source: Havana Times | Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes In a country often with considerable food shortages, dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo because nobody is collecting them. In the face of situations like this one, which affects the national and local economy, you can’t divide the blame up between everyone.

“Island”, My Latest Film Project

Source: Havana Times | “Island”, My Latest Film Project Once again, with a small camera and a lot of determination to make cinema, I’m taking a risk and making a new movie project, where I shine a light on my own fears, my desire to show what I think and how I see the things

Venezuela, Tales of the Absurd

Source: Havana Times | Venezuela, Tales of the Absurd Venezuela is experiencing a crisis which has forced its inhabitants to rethink the way they spend money in their own country in recent years. Amid new conditions, having access to basic goods which used to form part of their daily lives before, such as food, sports

Havana Weather for March 23-29

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for March 23-29 The days will be sunny in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoons, with isolated and occasional rain. The maximum temperatures will range between 25 and 29° C (77 and 84 F), while the lows will be between 19 and 21° C (66 and 70

Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers

Source: Havana Times | Store Sales and Cuba’s Army of Resellers Everything begins with an order “from above”. Then the paperwork comes down and nighttime preparations. The following day, from the crack of dawn, the commotion, chaos, crowds… This isn’t an undercover operation; there’s a sale.

Trump’s Cuba Policy Still in Limbo

Source: Havana Times | Trump’s Cuba Policy Still in Limbo A year after Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba the euphoria which triggered the “thawing” of relations between the two countries has disappeared, giving way to uncertainty ever since Donald Trump became president, who has yet to make a move.

The OAS Does it Again…

Source: Havana Times | The OAS Does it Again… Luis Almagro’s obsession against the government of Venezuela has revealed itself during the last few months and shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. His meddling statements are nothing new in the history of the OAS.

Cuba is Creating a New Life Philosophy

Source: Havana Times | Cuba is Creating a New Life Philosophy Eurico Borges, 1950, painter and traveler from Portugal, arrived in Cuba for the first time in 1999. Three days after his arrival, he knew that this was the place where he wanted to live. He settled in our country in 2000 and has lived

Cuba “Seizes” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Source: Havana Times | Cuba “Seizes” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights The Cuban government has banned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from being spread in Cuba. It also doesn’t allow the Cuban public to learn about the Conventions which the government has ratified and much less the state of compliance with the Conventions

Fear of State Security

Source: Havana Times | Fear of State Security The moral of this story isn’t my phobia of reggaeton but of the fear that the National Security Agency awakens in nearly everyone here in Dallas. Talking about this subject with Cuban emigres in the US, one of them even told me…

The Movie of the Rolling Stones in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | The Movie of the Rolling Stones in Cuba In my hands, and as a valuable gift brought from Rome, a packet entitled “The Rolling Stones, Havana Moon.” It consists of two CDs with the Stones music and a DVD of the megaconcierto they offered for free at the Havana Sports City

A Photo Feature from Prehistoric Cuba

Source: Havana Times | A Photo Feature from Prehistoric Cuba Cuban natives captured their vision of the world in caves, even the stamp of the Spanish conquest, passing on hundreds of paintings called “cave paintings” to us. These are drawings which were made over a thousand years ago. Interesting analogies transport us from the past

Forced to Live with Open Sewage

Source: Havana Times | Forced to Live with Open Sewage An inspector recently fined us because we had thrown some buckets of water on the street and a little reached the sidewalk. “Don’t you know comrade that it is only allowed on Saturdays?”, she asked very seriously, while taking out her booklet for giving fines.

Cubans Receive “Symbolic Bills” for Medical Services

Source: Havana Times | Cubans Receive “Symbolic Bills” for Medical Services Cuban patients who are seen at medical institutions in Havana have begun to receive an unprecedented bill with the cost of the medical services they’ve received. The Public Health Ministry (MINSAP) says that giving patients a “symbolic bill” is part of a program that

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?

Source: Havana Times | How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba? A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight injustice. If those who rule the country and decide for the rest of us what will happen to the economy and society make a

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 2017 in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Terry Fox Marathon of Hope 2017 in Cuba The twentieth edition of the Terry Fox Run, hosted on Saturday, March 18, in Havana and other Cuban cities, saw thousands of people remembering the remarkable feat that the young Canadian made to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Havana Times was

Venezuela and Nicaragua, Differences & Similarities

Source: Havana Times | Venezuela and Nicaragua, Differences & Similarities Almagro’s Double Standards with Venezuela and Nicaragua.  Accuses Maduro of violating the Inter-American Diplomatic Charter, while praising agreement with Ortega By Wilfredo Miranda Aburto   (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES — A day after Luis Almagro proposed to suspend Venezuela from the Organization of American States (OAS),

From Camaguey, Cuba: Presents and a Threat

Source: Havana Times | From Camaguey, Cuba: Presents and a Threat Henry Constantin is one of the most recognized figures in Cuban independent journalism, who has decided to stay in Cuba and work from his native city of Camaguey. The police visit to his home coincided with the birthday of his son Dante, who was

Shadows and High Contrast Photography in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Shadows and High Contrast Photography in Cuba For most beginners in photography its often quite uncomfortable to obtain snapshots with low light source, whether natural or artificial. However, with an optimum adjustment of the camera and using the little that the environment that surrounds you provides, even backlit, you can achieve

On the Horizon for Venezuela

Source: Havana Times | On the Horizon for Venezuela The international community hems and haws about how to exert more effective pressure and collective sanctions on the ever more authoritarian Venezuelan regime. The democratic opposition can’t seem to unite around a common strategy to force the government back on the democratic and electoral path. Meanwhile,

Train Wreck in Central Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Train Wreck in Central Cuba Dioney Martin shouldn’t have been on the train that covered the route between Siguaney and Sancti Spiritus at midday on February 27, 2017. If she had got on at Zaza del Medio it was only to do somebody a favor, a routine errand like taking a

Like a Whisper…

Source: Havana Times | Like a Whisper… The photo on the tombstone of the family grave had been wiped out a while ago by the natural elements outdoors. Those who saw her didn’t hold back in telling others about how incredibly alive Ariadna’s gaze and smile seemed to be.

Just One of Those Days

Source: Havana Times | Just One of Those Days There are days when, for no apparent reason, you wake up on the wrong side of the bed and even another person’s smile can annoy you. You don’t understand why exactly, because of course there are lots of things which we don’t understand.

Spiritual War in Havana?

Source: Havana Times | Spiritual War in Havana? One afternoon, I was walking near the old Tallapiedra thermoelectric plant, a place close to where I normally catch the bus home and also near a primary school. Something with a white outline really caught my eye on the pavement.

Small Businesses in Cuba, Challenges and Obstacles

Source: Havana Times | Small Businesses in Cuba, Challenges and Obstacles Anything to do with funding, supplies and taxes has to be a headache today for Cuba’s self-employed. [In the case of taxes, they were once demonized here as an evil of only capitalist systems.] The other obstacles on the road to success are huge.

Havana Weather for March 16-22

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for March 16-22 The high temperatures will range between 22 and 29° C (72 and 84 F), and the lows during the early morning will be between 16 and 20° C (61 and 68 F). The sea surface temperature will be 25° C (77 F).

A New Consumer in the Family Ration Book

Source: Havana Times | A New Consumer in the Family Ration Book As is required when a new Cuban citizen is born, I went to register my nephew at Oficoda, the office which will regulate the rationed items that he will receive in the future. My sister has had a baby and I can’t stop

Having a Child in Cuba, Pros and Cons

Source: Havana Times | Having a Child in Cuba, Pros and Cons Cuban authorities have launched a new set of measures to benefit Cuban mothers so as to increase the country’s birth rate and to stop society from aging at the rapid rate it is today. These are steps in the right direction, but are

What Are the Grounds for Unity in Our America?

Source: Havana Times | What Are the Grounds for Unity in Our America? A great promoter of this unity, Chavez himself once said, and then repeated it on many occasions, that governments were going from summit to summit while the general populations of the Americas were going from bad to worse.

The Rural Artists of Solentiname, Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times | The Rural Artists of Solentiname, Nicaragua Jeysell Madrigal Arellano forms part of that new generation. At 32, she’s already been painting for 14 years. She works from her home, a few meters distant from the house of artists Rodolfo and Elba, and is able to support her children through her painting.

Tomatoes are Rotting in Guantanamo

Source: Havana Times | Tomatoes are Rotting in Guantanamo Tomatoes are rotting in the Caujeri Valley, a man tells me, which has had a good harvest this year, with a yield that doubles what was expected and has a modern factory to process them but, right now, its productive capacity isn’t enough to deal with

Differences, Oddities

Source: Havana Times | Differences, Oddities People who are different might bother other people’s eyes but it hurts those on the receiving end more, who have to put up with society’s averting glances, its disgust.

Politics Is One Thing and Politicking Another

Source: Havana Times | Politics Is One Thing and Politicking Another Politics are an art form; politicking is a serious crime against the people of a nation. Politics are used to serve the people and to defend them; politicking is used to rob them, not only financially, but of their dreams and hopes too.

Cuba Sent Home by the Netherlands with 14-1 Debacle

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Sent Home by the Netherlands with 14-1 Debacle The World Baseball Classic ended for Cuba on Wednesday after losing an embarrassing 14-1 to the Netherlands in seven innings, shortened on the mercy rule.

Venezuela Accused of Violating the Entire Democratic Charter

Source: Havana Times | Venezuela Accused of Violating the Entire Democratic Charter “The facts leave no room for doubt: Venezuela violates all the articles of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” said the Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro said in the document.

After the Hurricane, Nature Shows Another of Its Powers

Source: Havana Times | After the Hurricane, Nature Shows Another of Its Powers Today, five months after its passage, the population and the Cuban Government are busy at work in the recovery of those territories. And even though it is silent and solitary, the natural environment is also in its process of being restored.(26 photos)

Cuba Fights Hard, Loses to Japan in WBC

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Fights Hard, Loses to Japan in WBC Three times Cuba had the lead over Japan in their World Baseball Classic clash on Tuesday in Tokyo. However, it wasn’t enough. With three runs in the bottom of the eighth, including the second homer of the game by Tetsuto Yamada, Japan took

What I Saw on a Sunday Adventure to Downtown Dallas

Source: Havana Times | What I Saw on a Sunday Adventure to Downtown Dallas Last weekend I cycled from my suburban neighborhood to downtown Dallas. I thought I was going to deal with a dangerous and annoying traffic but instead I found a network of tree-lined cycle paths, one of whose branches leads up quite

Cuba: Small Slithers of Change Towards Progress

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: Small Slithers of Change Towards Progress Within the internal and external setbacks which the Cuban people have experienced in the last 60 years, physical and mental changes are being seen in language and daily tasks which make the most optimistic of us see a glimmer of light at the end

Somebody Is Spying on Me

Source: Havana Times | Somebody Is Spying on Me It turns out that a few days ago, I had a bad night’s sleep and I woke up earlier than normal, my two dogs had spent most of the early morning barking, and that had woken me up.

Cuba’s Telecommunications Monopoly Squeezes Customers, Again

Source: Havana Times | Cuba’s Telecommunications Monopoly Squeezes Customers, Again ETECSA, Cuba’s telecommunications monopoly, has done it again; it is Cuban families’ public enemy number 1, without any logical need or reason. At a time when many Cubans are still learning how to use the company’s expensive Nauta services, the firm has in effect jacked

Thirty Cubans Caught in Human Trafficking Operation

Source: Havana Times | Thirty Cubans Caught in Human Trafficking Operation US authorities have busted a human trafficking operation with over 30 Cuban immigrants who reached the Florida Keys in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Capitalist Investments in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Capitalist Investments in Cuba Cuba’s promising future in tourism can already be seen, the growing avalanche of foreign visitors to Havana is invading its public spaces. Curiosity for the country has meant that tourism has also expanded to more remote places where visitors search for the Cuban people’s daily reality. (17

Cuba Loses 4-1 to Upstart Israel in WBC

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Loses 4-1 to Upstart Israel in WBC Cuba has more than a century of baseball tradition; people in Israel have little interest in the sport. When the two teams met earlier today in the Tokyo Dome, it was the upstarts that outplayed the weakened Cuban team by a score of

Why Teen Girls Rose Up at a Guatemalan Children’s Home

Source: Havana Times | Why Teen Girls Rose Up at a Guatemalan Children’s Home “It wasn’t because they didn’t like how the food tasted.” A story of abuse by Guatemalan authorities that led to an uprising of teenage girls on International Women’s Day that ended with at least 37 burnt to death at a government

The Medula Contemporary Dance Company of Guantanamo, Cuba

Source: Havana Times | The Medula Contemporary Dance Company of Guantanamo, Cuba The Guaso Theater, a landmark in Guantanamo, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Among the acts present for the gala celebration was the young contemporary dance company Medula. (23 photos)

Indifference to Animal Pain – Those Who Walk on By

Source: Havana Times | Indifference to Animal Pain – Those Who Walk on By A few days ago, a small shopping trip became a bitter walk. Traveling on a P11 city bus, a dog got on at one of the stops in Alamar without the driver realizing it.

Cuba to Begin WBC Round Two vs. Israel

Source: Havana Times | Cuba to Begin WBC Round Two vs. Israel After sweating out a 4-3 win over Australia on Friday, thanks to a fifth inning grand slam from Alfredo Despaigne, Team Cuba now faces Cinderella Israel in its first second round game on Sunday in the World Baseball Classic.

Havana Weather for March 9-15

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for March 9-15 The days will be warm, sunny in the morning and partly cloudy from the early hours of the afternoon. The probability of rain will be kept low, and only isolated and scattered showers will occur during some afternoons.

Women in Nicaragua Rally against Gender Violence

Source: Havana Times | Women in Nicaragua Rally against Gender Violence Some five thousand women marched in Managua on March 8, coming together from several parts of the country in commemoration of International Women’s Day. Most of the participants wore purple shirts.

A Cuban Doctor from the Old School

Source: Havana Times | A Cuban Doctor from the Old School She is an “old school” doctor, from the time when anybody could not just become a doctor. You had to really study back then, without computers or digital material. Getting by with the little printed literature there was, without summarized study programs. The training

Who Does Cuba Have to Make Concessions to?

Source: Havana Times | Who Does Cuba Have to Make Concessions to? I have just read a news item which has left me flabbergasted: US President Donald Trump believes that Cuba, “with everything we have given it”, has not made any “concessions” within the normalization of bilateral relations process…

Is Cuba Made of Cork?

Source: Havana Times | Is Cuba Made of Cork? A president in pre-revolutionary times used to say that Cuba is a country made of cork because whatever happens it always remains afloat. And if we look at what has happened over the last half a century, we would be tempted to say that this is

What is American Pride?

Source: Havana Times | What is American Pride? I don’t like Trump but I don’t like these sudden fans and defenders of the subculture of backwardness, neverending excuses, structural victimization, of a united Latin America. What do they mean when they say “our America”?

This March 8th, I’d Like to Speak to the Men

Source: Havana Times | This March 8th, I’d Like to Speak to the Men My grandmother was a feminist, my mother too, my father, even though he was a man, was also a feminist, and I didn’t have a lot of room to grow and be anything else but in this case I certainly wanted

For a Less Alienating International Women’s Day

Source: Havana Times | For a Less Alienating International Women’s Day In Cuba, I believe that there is still a lot to be done in all spaces; in the home and in public, as well as the personal sphere. In order to demand change, we need to leave behind our apathy and ask ourselves what

How Cuba Handles Issues of Citizenship and Residency

Source: Havana Times | How Cuba Handles Issues of Citizenship and Residency There are a series of steps that could be taken here in Cuba so as to adjust our practices to international standards. The first thing we have to do is to standardize a citizenship law.

Sergio Ramirez: “Darkness and Terror”

Source: Havana Times | Sergio Ramirez: “Darkness and Terror” The inauguration of a new facility in San Juan del Sur, donated by an international NGO to a free adult education program, brought together three people who apparently were never supposed to coincide in the same place: writer Sergio Ramirez; Jose Maria Guadamuz, secretary of the

Cuba Improves with 6-0 Win Over China in WBC

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Improves with 6-0 Win Over China in WBC Team Cuba improved its image in Group B of the IV World Baseball Classic, obtaining its first victory, 6-0 over China, in the Tokyo Dome on Wednesday afternoon before 39,102 fans. The victory gave the Cubans a 1-1 record after losing 11-6

US Drastically Cuts Visas for Cuban Visitors

Source: Havana Times | US Drastically Cuts Visas for Cuban Visitors In 2016, the US cut down the number of visas given to Cuban citizens to visit family members, participate in cultural exchanges and professional trips to 12,218, the most drastic cut in the last eight years in relation to Cuban applicants. And the declining

The Devil Strikes in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times | The Devil Strikes in Nicaragua Vilma Trujillo, a young woman from a remote rural community of the North Atlantic Region of Nicaragua, was burned in a bonfire last February 21 for being possessed by the devil, all with the approval of a Protestant pastor – or lay leader, which makes no

The Case of Journalist Fernando Ravsberg

Source: Havana Times | The Case of Journalist Fernando Ravsberg Like we say here in Cuba, I’ve had just about enough of the case with this journalist for quite some time now. Let whoever has anything serious against Fernando Ravsberg step forward and tell me because I’m a revolutionary and I don’t want to harm

Getting to Work on Time in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Getting to Work on Time in Cuba Getting to work or school on time is one of the most difficult challenges we ordinary Cubans face, due to the serious complications that exist in public transport across the country. Nevertheless, we go to great lengths and make a lot of effort to

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Source: Havana Times | Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. So far so good, but then the inspectors and the bureaucracy step

Dog Mistreated on Cuban TV

Source: Havana Times | Dog Mistreated on Cuban TV In an episode of the Cuban cop show “Tras la huella” broadcast on the night of February 26th, a dog seemed to play a significant role in the plot. At one point, the pet dog was found by the cops, hidden in a closet, unconscious with

Cuba Opens WBC Play vs. Japan on Tuesday

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Opens WBC Play vs. Japan on Tuesday The decision was a surprise but that’s what managers are for. Carlos Marti, announced right-hander Noelvis Entenza to face the two-time WBC champions Japan on their home turf in the inaugural tournament clash for both squads, reports Ray Otero of Baseballdecuba.com.

The Controversy Surrounding Danay Suarez at the 2017 Vina del Mar Festival

Source: Havana Times | The Controversy Surrounding Danay Suarez at the 2017 Vina del Mar Festival The controversy surrounding Danay Suarez’s participation in the 2017 Vina del Mar International Song Festival, doesn’t stop. Here are things I consider deserve to be recognized in a positive and negative light.

A Cuba for Gays, Transvestites, Lesbians, Transsexuals…

Source: Havana Times | A Cuba for Gays, Transvestites, Lesbians, Transsexuals… Yesterday, a gay friend, writer and photographer, who I love very much, invited me to see the screening of the documentary Villa Rosa, which was made in Caibarien, Villa Clara. The film premiered at the Havana Young Filmmakers’ Festival, and tells us of several

Cuban Children’s Heads and Deteriorated Buildings

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Children’s Heads and Deteriorated Buildings The Aracelio Iglesias Diaz primary school (named after the communist port workers leader) in the Kohly neighborhood of Havana, has suffered several incidents over the last few years. About three years ago, the locale of this school was declared in “disuse” for fear of the

Raul Castro Visits Evo Morales in a Havana Hospital

Source: Havana Times | Raul Castro Visits Evo Morales in a Havana Hospital Cuban President Raul Castro and his Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez visited Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday at a hospital in Havana where he is recovering from a viral disease.

Nica Feminists to Join International “Women’s Strike”

Source: Havana Times | Nica Feminists to Join International “Women’s Strike” In Nicaragua, the 2017 International Women’s Strike will become a reality because “they continue killing us, they continue forcing girls who have been raped to give birth, they persist in enacting policies that don’t recognize us as subjects with rights, and we don’t earn

Missing You Cuba, Again (video)

Source: Havana Times | Missing You Cuba, Again (video) Going back to my country after a long time living in Europe was a shock for me. Realizing that almost all of my friends and family members had left the country for a better future.

PETA Talks Up Veganism in Old Havana, Cuba

Source: Havana Times | PETA Talks Up Veganism in Old Havana, Cuba Thanks to a friend’s text message I was able to be present at the corner of Obispo y Mercaderes, Old Havana, where members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the world’s largest organization for animal rights spoke on veganism.

Independent Cuban Cultural Project Offers Residency

Source: Havana Times | Independent Cuban Cultural Project Offers Residency Colon Cultural, a Cuban non-governmental project, just launched its call for artist, curator and research residency applications as well as for people interested in working with and in outlying communities.

I Talk to Presidents

Source: Havana Times | I Talk to Presidents The re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2015, followed by President Obama’s subsequent visit, promised renewed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. While travel restrictions were lifted and U.S. tourism to Cuba and diplomatic meetings increased over the period of 2015-2016, the election of

Journalists in Nicaragua Can’t Access Public Information

Source: Havana Times | Journalists in Nicaragua Can’t Access Public Information When President Ortega speaks, the independent media must keep quiet. That seems to be the premise for spreading government speeches and news announcements. This strategy forms part of a media policy which has been imposed ever since Ortega returned to power in 2007.

Colombia’s FARC Guerrillas Begin Weapons Hand Over

Source: Havana Times | Colombia’s FARC Guerrillas Begin Weapons Hand Over The FARC guerrilla soldiers began to hand over their weapons to the United Nations on Wednesday, in compliance with the peace agreement they signed with the Colombian government on November 24, 2016.

The Real Estate Business Today in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times | The Real Estate Business Today in Nicaragua The real estate business maintains stable growth in Nicaragua. At the moment, office buildings and commercial centers seem assured of finding tenants, housing developments for the middle and working class families sell at a reasonable rate, but luxury condos fill more slowly.

Baptisms in Guantanamo, Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Baptisms in Guantanamo, Cuba Some years ago, most generations in Guantanamo who were still believers in the word of Jesus Christ, no longer kept up the old tradition of those who preceded us: the baptism of newborns. (12 photos)

Cuba’s Digital Revolution

Source: Havana Times | Cuba’s Digital Revolution The battle to control Cuban cultural, news and recreational shows has already been lost. Those who were committed to this comfortable task for decades should take up other professions which have a better outlook in the future.

Havana Weather for March 2-8

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for March 2-8 Slightly warm days are forecast in the capital for next 7-days, with isolated rains especially in the afternoons. Easterly winds will predominate, with speeds between 6 and 12 mph, with stronger gusts along the north coast. The relative humidity will remain high throughout the week.

Religious Fanatics in Nicaragua Burn a Woman at the Stake

Source: Havana Times | Religious Fanatics in Nicaragua Burn a Woman at the Stake A Nicaraguan woman died Tuesday after having been thrown into a fire in the mining town of Rosita in the Autonomous North Atlantic region of the country, just days before International Women’s Day (March 8th).

As the Tourism Dollars Roll into Cuba

Source: Havana Times | As the Tourism Dollars Roll into Cuba Celia was on the lookout every day, she asked her friends, she hunted a lot, but there wasn’t any way for her to find a decent place to rent for a reasonable price. Until a friend stated the obvious: “My girl, everybody is renting

Protests in Cuba, a Growing Reality?

Source: Havana Times | Protests in Cuba, a Growing Reality? The latest in civil protests in Cuba, at least with impact, has been the “collective private taxi drivers strike”. As usual, the Government isn’t going to the root of the problem and is trying to resolve it with impositions, which far from being the solution,

Changing the World Today

Source: Havana Times | Changing the World Today There are words which can shake us up. I remember some of Mother Teresa’s words, about how she and her order accepted governments like sailors accept time. Depending on the conditions, they set sail, they sail, they wait, they face or avoid storms: but they never stop

More Memories of Santa Clara

Source: Havana Times | More Memories of Santa Clara A few days ago, I was in Santa Clara again and I wanted to visit these two places, where I hadn’t returned after all those hard student-worker years when I couldn’t go to class more than a couple of times a week, because I didn’t earn

What Are Telephones For?

Source: Havana Times | What Are Telephones For? Have you ever tried to track down some kind of product, house appliance, disposable diapers, medicine, etc. using the phone in Cuba? Have you ever had to call a pharmacy to track down some kind of medicine?

Cuba Reports Crackdown on Tax Evasion

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Reports Crackdown on Tax Evasion According to government reports, a total of 223 cases of tax evasion by people who are self-employed were sent to Cuban courts, and if found guilty, they could be sentenced to up to 8 years in prison.

Potatoes for Sale Mobilizes People in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Potatoes for Sale Mobilizes People in Havana This past Friday, potatoes started being sold, from the 2017 harvest, under the control of the rations booklets, a first round of 4 pounds per person. In the face of not having a better supply, the majority of people appreciate the government’s offer and

The Specter of Xenophobia in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | The Specter of Xenophobia in Cuba I do not personally know Fernando Ravsberg but we share more than one thing. Within the current landscape, where there’s been more than enough insults and low blows, I feel the need to talk about these ties. Just like Fernando, I too am an immigrant.

Police Mobilize in Havana to Prevent Taxi Driver Protest

Source: Havana Times | Police Mobilize in Havana to Prevent Taxi Driver Protest Agents of the Cuban Interior Ministry took to the streets adjacent to Paseo Avenue of the capital, and all access roads to the Plaza of the Revolution, on Monday for fear of a protest by private taxi drivers.

Will Havana Taxi Drivers Up the Ante?

Source: Havana Times | Will Havana Taxi Drivers Up the Ante? Getting to work or going home is a daunting task in the Cuban capital. The matter is not new; it has only been aggravated since on February 8 the provincial government made public lower fares and strict enforcement measures for private collective taxi drivers.

New Cuban Museum of Dissent Proposals

Source: Havana Times | New Cuban Museum of Dissent Proposals The Cuban Museum of Dissent has been showing off its renewed website over the last few days, where it begins the programming of its transitory exhibition and its blog.

How Tourism to Cuba is Often Promoted

Source: Havana Times | How Tourism to Cuba is Often Promoted The typical tourism promotion for Cuba includes cigars, rum, cuisine, pristine beaches, music, dancing and attractive people of both sexes.

Nicaragua Plagued by a Growing Chain of Police Corruption

Source: Havana Times | Nicaragua Plagued by a Growing Chain of Police Corruption Roberto Orozco, specialist in security and drug trafficking, assured that cases like that of former police officer Diogenes Medina Martínez – known as “El Yogi” – who became a lawbreaker in full view of the police chiefs. Such cases reveal the existence

Cuba: Intimidation, Scapegoats & the Perpetuation of Social Problems

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: Intimidation, Scapegoats & the Perpetuation of Social Problems Controversy has arisen resulting from an article written by Fernando Ravsberg about the confrontation between the government in Havana and private taxi drivers, and it provoked the anticipated response from opportunists and upstarts, who are always ready to address the issue at

Tribute to Margaret Randall at Casa de las Americas, Havana

Source: Havana Times | Tribute to Margaret Randall at Casa de las Americas, Havana For those of us who didn’t know her before, she could have been just another leftist, caught up in the stir of the early years of Cuba’s revolutionary victory. However, after listening to her friends speak about her and reading the

How Do Tourists See Cubans?

Source: Havana Times | How Do Tourists See Cubans? It’s understandable that tourists who visit us (if they don’t just want the postcard that Cuba sells them) want to meet some native Cubans, talk in a pleasant space and listen to opinions firsthand, as it’s impossible to get to know the country in just a

Cuban Emigres: Happy, Maladjusted or Stuck

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Emigres: Happy, Maladjusted or Stuck Life changes for all emigres, for better or worse. You can see this in a friend of mine, who has just come back to visit his family, just by looking at him, his transformation has been huge.

Havana Weather for February 23- March 1

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for February 23- March 1 The days will be slightly cooler, with high temperatures of 26 to 30° C (79 and 86 F) and lows of 19 and 21° C (66 and 70 F). The sea surface temperature will be 26 ° C (79 F).

From Havana to the Canary Islands

Source: Havana Times | From Havana to the Canary Islands After moving around Havana like an outcast, I was able to get into one of the city’s best artistic venues, the Delirio Habanero cafe, located on the top floor of the National Theater. I started off by closing the show on Wednesdays and I ended

Cyber Attacks in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Cyber Attacks in Cuba Cubans are “bad bugs”. Ever since we were children, we have heard this repeated it over and over again, that we’ve become convinced of this. However, we say “bad” in a figurative sense, not because of the viciousness of our race, or something similar.

Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Needs Responsible Water Usage The drought in Cuba could stop being a crisis and become a chronic disease, as is already the case in many other countries. The only way out seems to be to devise a global strategy that allows us and requires a responsible use of that natural

The Goodness of Communism

Source: Havana Times | The Goodness of Communism It seems to be some kind of historic law that wherever a movement for concentrating power arises, the extreme opposite is also born: calling for redistribution, leveling out and socialization.

Cuba Prevents Entry to OAS Head Luis Almagro

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Prevents Entry to OAS Head Luis Almagro The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, denounced today that the Cuban authorities denied him a visa to attend the event on the island where he was to receive a prize from the hands of opposition activist Rosa

Raul Castro Meets with US Congress Members

Source: Havana Times | Raul Castro Meets with US Congress Members Cuban President Raul Castro met with a delegation of US senators to discuss “issues of interest to both countries,” according to state television on Tuesday. No details of the conversation were revealed.

The Cuban Revolution’s Altruism

Source: Havana Times | The Cuban Revolution’s Altruism The Cuban Revolution is about selflessness, altruism, solidarity and heroism, four fundamental characteristics that its historic leader expressed when he announced the Concept of Revolution on May 1, 2000, before hundreds of thousands of Cubans.

Not Naive or Blind: Reasons for Change in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Not Naive or Blind: Reasons for Change in Cuba Whether they are Communists like him, Jihadists, supremacists, homophobes or neoliberals, everybody has a right to think how they want to. The problem lies in the sad fact that the government ends up looking for violent means to impose its ideas, because

Ecuador Will Have a Runoff Election

Source: Havana Times | Ecuador Will Have a Runoff Election The president of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE), Juan Pablo Pozo, announced today that according to the trend there will be a second round of elections in Ecuador between candidates Lenin Moreno of the ruling party and Guillermo Lasso of the opposition.

Vinales Isn’t a Paradise for Everyone

Source: Havana Times | Vinales Isn’t a Paradise for Everyone All of a sudden, for work reasons, my trips to Pinar del Rio no longer have that young guerrilla spirit of camping out in the mountains and eating snacks. Now, I have been going to places which I couldn’t afford out of my own pocket:

Can Cuba Meet its Foreign Debt Repayments?

Source: Havana Times | Can Cuba Meet its Foreign Debt Repayments? Cuban economist Emilio Morales takes a look at the island’s foreign debt, economy and reserves and questions the claim that over five billion US dollars was actually paid on the debt during 2016. He also calls on a wide opening of the economy to

Trump Ally Joins Congressional Delegation to Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Trump Ally Joins Congressional Delegation to Cuba A delegation of four senators and one representative of the United States Congress traveled to Cuba on Sunday, exactly a month after the arrival of a new president to the White House. One of the senators is a strong ally of Donald Trump.

Serious Threat against Journalist in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Serious Threat against Journalist in Cuba Today the journalist Fernando Ravsberg warns of the public threats he has received from people linked to the most extremist side of Cuban officialdom. The threats include expulsion from the country as well as physical violence.

Advice for Cubans Entering the USA

Source: Havana Times | Advice for Cubans Entering the USA After the “wet foot/dry foot” policy was repealed and Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration have been introduced, Cubans wanting to enter and stay in the US have seen their chances cut drastically.

Advise for Cubans Entering the USA

Source: Havana Times | Advise for Cubans Entering the USA After the “wet foot/dry foot” policy was repealed and Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration have been introduced, Cubans wanting to enter and stay in the US have seen their chances cut drastically.

Ecuador Elections Still in Limbo

Source: Havana Times | Ecuador Elections Still in Limbo Results in the presidential elections in Ecuador on Sunday are still inconclusive. With 87.5 % of the votes counted at 6:30 a.m. local time, the government coalition candidate Lenin Moreno was ahead with 39.09% of the vote over his closest rival Guillermo Lasso with 28.28%.

US Begins Charter Flights to Deport Cubans

Source: Havana Times | US Begins Charter Flights to Deport Cubans The US has deported 117 Cuban citizens back to Cuba since the new immigration policy has come into effect, two of whom were returned on the first chartered flight for deportations which had been agreed with Raul Castro’s government.

Reviewing the Irish President’s Trip to Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Reviewing the Irish President’s Trip to Cuba Irish President Michael D Higgins concluded his three day State visit to Cuba on Saturday. On the final day he went beyond the protocol and met with a group of independent journalists and opposition political activists.

Pro-immigrant Demonstration in Dallas

Source: Havana Times | Pro-immigrant Demonstration in Dallas On Saturday there was a march in Dallas, Texas, against recent executive measures affecting immigration. I witnessed an environment loaded with energy and fury; mockery and caricatures of Donald Trump (10 photos)

Cuban Gov. Tries to Promote More Births

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Gov. Tries to Promote More Births Cuban authorities have finally began to crawl and take their first steps in the face of a discouraging landscape which is on the horizon with an island full of elderly people given the country’s low birth rates and the rise of walking sticks, walkers

Cuban State Companies Want to Reinstate Worker Vigilance

Source: Havana Times | Cuban State Companies Want to Reinstate Worker Vigilance For many people in Cuba, vigilance at workplaces is a memory from an era loaded with slogans which invoked the Soviet Union, mile-long speeches and where mobilizations to cut sugar cane, voluntary work Sundays and defense marked the country’s progression.

Cuba Book Fair Visits in Pictures

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Book Fair Visits in Pictures Today, I went again to San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress, permanent seat of the International Book Fair of Havana, the perfect setting to take pictures of the annual event, which although it has other venues, has a special air. (33 photos)

What I Liked Most at the Book Fair

Source: Havana Times | What I Liked Most at the Book Fair I found out about them from a leaflet a HT colleague sent me and thanks to the adoption network they’ve created on the internet, I was able to put Pangur up for adoption, a pussycat I took off the street. Now, they are

Varadero, the Other Country Inside Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Varadero, the Other Country Inside Cuba Living on Varadero beach for a while was a really comforting and rewarding experience, but a little sad at the same time. It was 1995 when my father and I arrived at this beach resort, him with his accordeon, and me with a guitar in

In Cuba Most Small Businesses Are Still Illegal

Source: Havana Times | In Cuba Most Small Businesses Are Still Illegal Mairim founded a job center for the self employed, which links owners to employees. However, what she’s doing is still illegal, like most other forms of professional self-employment. Likewise, freelance work, which is so common in the rest of the world, isn’t officially

Snapshots from Guantanamo, Cuba on Valentine’s Day

Source: Havana Times | Snapshots from Guantanamo, Cuba on Valentine’s Day As in many parts of the world, Valentine’s Day was celebrated on February 14th with joy and enthusiasm in the city of Guantanamo, Cuba. The following photos attest to it…(19 photos)

Havana Weather for February 16-22

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for February 16-22 The maximum temperatures will range between 26 and 29° C (79 and 84 F), while the lows will be between 19 and 20° C (66 and 68 F). The sea surface temperature will be 26° C (79 F).

The Judges of Caiaphas vs. Ernesto Cardenal

Source: Havana Times | The Judges of Caiaphas vs. Ernesto Cardenal I only found out on Sunday that Ernesto Cardenal has been notified that he must pay $800,000 USD, via a legal document, as the result of a trial that was made up a long time ago. I crossed over the street to see him.

Valentine’s Day at Boarding School

Source: Havana Times | Valentine’s Day at Boarding School I don’t know why, but every time February 14th rolls around, I think about my preuniversity years. It might be because every time an important date like this one came about, the boarding school took on a new energy and broke away from our routine.

Cuba: Gov. & Private Taxi Drivers Flex Muscles

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: Gov. & Private Taxi Drivers Flex Muscles There is a test of strength going on these days between government authorities and collective taxi drivers in Havana. The government wants to put a certain order into effect and this has provoked a silent strike, without posters or speeches but which is

A Unique Havana Wedding Performance

Source: Havana Times | A Unique Havana Wedding Performance We’re united by the same desire to open up people’s eyes, those people who in the 21st century still don’t understand that human beings, all of us, are individual beings and therefore, different, both in the way we think and our sexual preferences, the way we

Trump Demands Release of Venezuela Opposition Leader

Source: Havana Times | Trump Demands Release of Venezuela Opposition Leader Donald Trump met in Washington today with Lilian Tintori, the wife of the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, and demanded his release from prison. The already cool US-Venezuelan relations are now rapidly deteriorating.

Ernesto Cardenal: “I’m being persecuted politically by Ortega and his Wife”

Source: Havana Times | Ernesto Cardenal: “I’m being persecuted politically by Ortega and his Wife” Poet Ernesto Cardenal, 92, arrived in Granada this past Tuesday to participate in the International Poetry Festival. The poet was direct, without mincing words. He terms the Ortega government a “dictatorship” that is persecuting him through the courts.

CNN Booted From Venezuelan Airwaves

Source: Havana Times | CNN Booted From Venezuelan Airwaves The Venezuelan National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) today confirmed the enforcement of a punishment against the US television network CNN, and ordered the suspension of news channel broadcasts throughout the country.

A Sensitive Cuban Woman who Loves the Earth

Source: Havana Times | A Sensitive Cuban Woman who Loves the Earth Tania Reyes Ferro, a 45 year old Cuban lady, is one of the few women who is in charge of an urban organic farm in the municipality of Candelaria. Her dedication and passion for her work give her the strength to continue on

There Is Hope Here in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | There Is Hope Here in Cuba The truth that Cubans don’t dare to publicly speak in their own country, has been continuously manifested in an exodus which has lasted just as long as the Cuban Revolution has.

Venezuela Denounces “Aggression” against Vice-president El Aissami

Source: Havana Times | Venezuela Denounces “Aggression” against Vice-president El Aissami The Venezuelan Government denounced on Tuesday the US’ “severe aggression” against the executive vice-president Tareck El Aissami, when he was blacklisted by the Department of the Treasury for alleged drug trafficking activities.

Nicaragua Court Resumes Persecution of Poet Ernesto Cardenal

Source: Havana Times | Nicaragua Court Resumes Persecution of Poet Ernesto Cardenal A legal edict which was published in the official La Gaceta newspaper of Nicaragua last Friday, demands that poet Ernesto Cardenal pay a 17.222 million Córdoba (800,000 USD) debt to Nubia del Socorro Arcia Mayorga, for “damages”. Thus, Nicaragua’s Justice System is re-opening

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon

Source: Havana Times | Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon The Cuban system is well thought out, that doesn’t mean to say that it is flawless though. It works; it holds itself up and manages to keep afloat in spite of shortages and its lack of success. How do they do it?

Valentine’s Day 2017 in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Valentine’s Day 2017 in Havana Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated each year throughout Cuba. Today we took a look around the capital as people purchased flowers, be them real or fake, for friends and loved ones. (14 photos)

US Puts Venezuelan VP on its Narco List

Source: Havana Times | US Puts Venezuelan VP on its Narco List The United States on Monday blacklisted Venezuela’s Vice-President, Tareck El Aissami, for drug trafficking, which promises to open up a new front for conflict in Latin America in Donald Trump’s just over three weeks in power.

Nicaragua’s Central Bank Launches an “Atlas” of Economic Activity

Source: Havana Times | Nicaragua’s Central Bank Launches an “Atlas” of Economic Activity Did you know that in Managua business establishments generate 197,000 jobs? Or that in the capital itself there are 228,281 homes, of which approximately 15,247 receive family remittances?

Today on Valentine’s Day, I Remember Him…

Source: Havana Times | Today on Valentine’s Day, I Remember Him… Lovers and friends come together to celebrate February 14th. They get presents ready, there are invitations in the air… but as I’m no longer in love, I don’t even worry, although sometimes I remember a relationship I had with a 17 year old boy

Official Journalism in Cuba: Empty Nutshells

Source: Havana Times | Official Journalism in Cuba: Empty Nutshells By Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — On February 7th, the Cuban Communist Party’s (PCC) press published several articles about the reporting behavior of young people belonging to the government’s journalism sector. Before that, on January 20th, a comment made by Yeilen Delgado Calvo in

Chucho Valdes wins Grammy for his Tribute to Irakere

Source: Havana Times | Chucho Valdes wins Grammy for his Tribute to Irakere The award-winning Cuban pianist and composer Jesus “Chucho” Valdes was given a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album on Sunday with his album “Tribute to Irakere: Live In Marciac”, a tribute to the group he founded 44 years ago.

We Can’t be Naive in the Face of a Neoliberal Attack

Source: Havana Times | We Can’t be Naive in the Face of a Neoliberal Attack When we read certain international press, which responds to US Imperialism’s interests, we can immediately sense the counter-revolutionary stench, which is disguised as progressive and even socialist a lot of the time, trying to give us the magic formula to

Margaret Randall Presents “To Change the World” in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Margaret Randall Presents “To Change the World” in Cuba Author Margaret Randall has over a half century of ties with Cuba and she continues to nurture that relationship, which goes way beyond the several books she has published on the island. Randall returns to Havana this week to present the Spanish

Margaret Atwood in Cuba: “I want to know what Cubans think about Trump”

Source: Havana Times | Margaret Atwood in Cuba: “I want to know what Cubans think about Trump” In her novel The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Canadian author Margaret Atwood makes reference to a radio station based in Cuba (Radio Free America) that broadcasts subversive messages to the oppressed people of the United States.

Cuban Civility is Taking Steps Backwards

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Civility is Taking Steps Backwards A little while ago and for no particular reason, I decided to take a walk through Alamar, the city on the east side of Havana where I have lived for 16 years. The walk, which I began in a very good mood, became a depressing

The State of Havana Architecture

Source: Havana Times | The State of Havana Architecture Old Havana streets are covered with Massachusetts stones that were used as ballast in ships that once journeyed to Cuba to pick up sugar. “That means when you are walking around on the streets of Havana, you are walking on US soil,” Cuban architect and urban

Venezuelan Opposition Asks for Elections as a Basis for Dialogue with the Government

Source: Havana Times | Venezuelan Opposition Asks for Elections as a Basis for Dialogue with the Government Venezuelan opposition groups announced on Friday that they have presented a document to facilitators in the dialogue process with the Government, repeating their conditions for a possible agreement, which include holding elections to overcome the national crisis.

Under Crossfire

Source: Havana Times | Under Crossfire In an event in Miami, in September 2016, I posed some uncomfortable questions to heads of official-dissident journalism. Now that I made the jump to stay in the US one of them saw the opportunity to seek revenge, presenting me as a Castro supporter who betrayed his principles in

North Carolina Professor Sees Potential for Greater Ties with Cuba

Source: Havana Times | North Carolina Professor Sees Potential for Greater Ties with Cuba Cubans are open to stronger relations with the United States. That’s the message from a US governor and a professor both back from recent, separate trips to the island nation.

My Verdict Finally Came

Source: Havana Times | My Verdict Finally Came When I read the “as a results” and the “considerings” of the ruling issued by the Old Havana Municipal Popular Court, with relation to my case – I was kicked out of my job at the Revolucion y Cultura magazine in July 2016 – I can’t help

The Writers Who Helped Me

Source: Havana Times | The Writers Who Helped Me Now that the 2017 Cuba Book Fair has kicked off in Havana, people frequently talk about writers and their great egos, about their verbosity in front of a room full of people who only want to flatter them, to feed their self-regard.

Sex Worker Wins Historic Case in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times | Sex Worker Wins Historic Case in Nicaragua A historic precedent was set in the case of a sex worker in Nicaragua last week: the Ministry of Labor ruled in her favor, affirming for the first time that she is protected by the Nicaraguan labor rights. This trade union has been struggling

Love vs. “Improper Conduct” in Today’s Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Love vs. “Improper Conduct” in Today’s Cuba They were born in the bosom of a patriarchal and machista culture where their seriousness, their commitment and intelligence don’t matter… where they are marginalized because of their sexual preferences, for their “non-established” behavior.

Exporting Work Force, an Age-Old Practice of Cuban Style Socialism

Source: Havana Times | Exporting Work Force, an Age-Old Practice of Cuban Style Socialism On New Year’s, mother’s day or any other highlighted date on the calendar, there are long lines out in front of any of the almost 500 Western Union offices that have opened up in Cuba.

Theft on the Go

Source: Havana Times | Theft on the Go A few days ago, I had arranged to meet up with a colleague from Havana Times in Vedado. When I got onto the P-9 urban bus, I was lucky enough to sit next to the driver’s assistant who remained seated next to the window edge.

Annual Cuba Book Fair Opens in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Annual Cuba Book Fair Opens in Havana Today the Cuba International Book Fair opens in this capital. This will be the 26th edition of the traditional event, awaited each year by the reading public and authors from many parts of the world.

Havana Weather for February 9-15

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for February 9-15 Mostly dry days are forecast for this week, with partly cloudy skies and variable and weak winds. High temperatures will be between 26 and 30° C (79 and 86 F), while the lows will range between 19 and 20° C (66 and 68 F).

Cuba: It Might Seem Stupid but…

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: It Might Seem Stupid but… The Cuban economy would be on the increase if half of the Revolution’s guardian angels – those who dedicate themselves to monitoring what is written on every blog – spent their time chasing corrupt and incompetent officials who steal and destroy the wealth that other

Taxi Fares Lowered 50% in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Taxi Fares Lowered 50% in Havana Without taking into account the drivers and owners of private vehicles, the local government decided to lower the prices of collective taxis in the capital. Many trips that previously cost 10 pesos now cost 5 and “compliance is mandatory”

Internet via Pay-For Wi-fi is also in Guantanamo

Source: Havana Times | Internet via Pay-For Wi-fi is also in Guantanamo If you ask any Cuban about the most interesting novelties of the last two years on a national scope, they will surely mention the Wi-Fi service, which has been very useful for a mostly disconnected population.

Cuba Protects its Building Heritage

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Protects its Building Heritage The Cuban building heritage has suffered, like all structures, the effects of the economic crisis resulting from the disappearance of the socialist camp (1991), with which Cuba maintained more than 80 percent of its trade as well as…

Cuba Juggles Heavy Debt with Less Oil

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Juggles Heavy Debt with Less Oil The payment of the external debt implies the opening of credits with normal interest rates for Cuba and the power to skip to the “intermediary” companies that recharge the value of imports with commissions ranging from 30% to 50%.

Rex Tillerson’s Nicaragua Connection

Source: Havana Times | Rex Tillerson’s Nicaragua Connection The past returns to haunt us sometimes, and those you thought you’d beaten come back with more power. That’s exactly what happened to presidents Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega on February 1st, when the United States Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as the US Secretary of State for

Rejection in Cuba for Being/Thinking Different Is Not a Thing of the Past

Source: Havana Times | Rejection in Cuba for Being/Thinking Different Is Not a Thing of the Past Martin Guevara’s article “How it felt to be a child of worms” made me reflect on where and how the distorted feelings that make people believe they have the right to publicly humiliate others originated in Cuba.

Aspirations

Source: Havana Times | Aspirations For many Cubans, the golden dream is to establish a sentimental bond with someone of foreign nationality who can improve their economic situation and help them live outside Cuba.

The Importance in Cuba of Having a “Lever”

Source: Havana Times | The Importance in Cuba of Having a “Lever” In Cuba, when we talk about a “lever”, we are referring to a deeply-rooted social presentation of this tool most of the time – normally a person – who we are able to turn to in times of need to “resolve” what needs

Food Fair in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Food Fair in Havana Nowadays one can clearly see the shortages present in the State’s monopoly retail sales network and in many agro markets. Therefore, the farm products sold at these special fairs are seen as an alternative to improve the situation. (15 photos)

Cuba Loses Pitching Duel 1-0 to Mexico in Caribbean Series Semifinals

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Loses Pitching Duel 1-0 to Mexico in Caribbean Series Semifinals Mexico, the host team, beat Cuba 1-0 Monday night in the second semifinal contest of the Caribbean Series and will play tomorrow against Puerto Rico to define this year’s champion.

Havana Art Studio Presents the Work of Peruvian collective, Munay

Source: Havana Times | Havana Art Studio Presents the Work of Peruvian collective, Munay The DeNazco independent workshop in Havana located on Espada and San Lazaro Streets recently inaugurated an exhibition called Peru Adentro (Inside Peru), as part of the initatives that the Munay art collective carries out across the world.

Does the Cuban Revolution Support the Ideas of Marti?

Source: Havana Times | Does the Cuban Revolution Support the Ideas of Marti? Ever since its beginning the Cuban Revolution has claimed to be inspired by the teachings of the most internationally renowned Cuban. Fidel affirmed that Marti was the intellectual author of the events at the Moncada Barracks…

Bertha and Manolo, Dealing with Painful Surprises

Source: Havana Times | Bertha and Manolo, Dealing with Painful Surprises Bertha used to love cooking and Manolo would open his eyes wide in a “Mmmm” with his lips firmly closed which meant that he was in front of her unrivaled breaded steaks. I used to watch them and believe, with all of my heart:

Cubans Still Planning Journeys to the US without Visas

Source: Havana Times | Cubans Still Planning Journeys to the US without Visas Three weeks after the joint announcement by the Cuban and US governments that the “wet foot/dry foot” policy and the Cuban Medical Professional Parole Program has been revoked, Cubans continue to embark on illegal journeys to the US.

Cuba Plays Mexico in Caribbean Series Semifinals on Monday

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Plays Mexico in Caribbean Series Semifinals on Monday Confusion in the method to define the classification of the teams in the Caribbean Baseball Series led to changes in the semifinals rivals in the games to take place on Monday. Cuba will now play the Mexican team while Venezuela plays Puerto

Cuba is a Country Firmly Set in the Past

Source: Havana Times | Cuba is a Country Firmly Set in the Past I still remember the smell of a storm that was constantly lingering in the air, those beads of sweat that ran down my neck because of the humidity, the most beautiful skies I have ever seen and the warmth and friendliness of

Cuba Shines Again in the Caribbean Series with 6-1 over Puerto Rico

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Shines Again in the Caribbean Series with 6-1 over Puerto Rico Cuba obtained its second win without a loss by defeating the Puerto Rican team 6-1 on Friday evening in the week long Caribbean Series tournament being held in Culiacan, Mexico. Cuba plays the Venezuelan team on Saturday.

Am I a political refugee?

Source: Havana Times | Am I a political refugee? I’ve just got back from the supermarket. I bought a whole load of delicious and healthy food which is difficult to get a hold of in Cuba: Whole wheat bread and brown rice, fresh apples which keep you away from the doctor, orange juice… Clean and

A Very Pleasant Surprise

Source: Havana Times | A Very Pleasant Surprise It’s around 5 AM, the neighbor’s skinny cockerels begin their singing at about 3 AM; at that time though, I never hear them, luckily, but at 5 AM they do disturb my ears.

Building a Home in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Building a Home in Cuba When the Cuban government announced that property could be bought and sold in November 2011, many people found themselves face to face with an opportunity to make some money or to finally get their own home.

Cuba to Let Doctors Return to Practice on the Island

Source: Havana Times | Cuba to Let Doctors Return to Practice on the Island The Cuban government said today that health professionals who abandoned official missions abroad can return to the island and rejoin their jobs in the National Health System.

Burying a Father on New Year’s Eve

Source: Havana Times | Burying a Father on New Year’s Eve This isn’t a made-up story that has come from my imagination, nor is it just because I needed to write something, I’m going to tell you about a real life and sad event that happened to somebody in 1970.

Killing the Dream

Source: Havana Times | Killing the Dream “The little prince” is one of the most read books in universal literature. In Cuba, we study this book in primary school or at the beginning of junior high school. However, you don’t really begin to unravel its philosophical foundations until you reach adulthood.

Baracoa, Cuba and the Curse of Matthew

Source: Havana Times | Baracoa, Cuba and the Curse of Matthew A story belonging to Baracoa’s vox populi, tells us that, at the time of our great-great-grandparents, a strange man became famous for having put a curse on Cuba’s first city and its inhabitants, who had kicked him out of the town because of his

Cuba Wins Caribbean Series Opener

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Wins Caribbean Series Opener Cuba, represented by Granma, started this year’s Caribbean Series with a 4-0 shutout over Tigres del Licey, representing the Dominican Republic. The one-week tournament, which also includes teams from Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Mexico, is being played in Culiacan, Mexico.

Journalism in Cuba: A Battle of Ideas and a Dirty War

Source: Havana Times | Journalism in Cuba: A Battle of Ideas and a Dirty War The fight for control of Cuban cyberspace has awoken “the dark side” in some fighters, who are getting deeply involved in a “dirty war”, using shame, lies and rumors to damage people’s integrity. A few days ago, a fake comment

Entrepreneurship in Nicaragua: Yes, we can!

Source: Havana Times | Entrepreneurship in Nicaragua: Yes, we can! In Nicaragua, a country with few opportunities for young people, a small group has opted for self-employment, innovation and the drive to succeed. They’re only 2% of the population, but they’re launching a small economic revolution.

The Russian Millionaire, the Virgin Nurse and the Hustler

Source: Havana Times | The Russian Millionaire, the Virgin Nurse and the Hustler When a joke you hear in Cuba has a social-political nature, it always has a well-defined context or background of the time when it came into the public sphere, traveling from mouth to mouth across the island to everyone.

Where will the Pressure Cooker Blow?

Source: Havana Times | Where will the Pressure Cooker Blow? No, I don’t want to go to Cuba, I’m not going to sit down damn you, shouted the young man who was standing, holding fast onto the seat of the plane that was taking him back; this was his way of resisting the force of

Havana Weather for February 2-8

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for February 2-8 The days will be mild, with somewhat cold early mornings and little rain. The sky will be partly cloudy from noon to the end of the afternoon. The high temperatures will range between 27 and 28° C (81 and 82 F), while the lows will be

The Cornerstone for Progress in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | The Cornerstone for Progress in Cuba The 2017 Teaching Congress has just kicked off in Havana, under the motto “Education: the cornerstone of progress.” According to the Cuban government’s own statistics as well as those from UNESCO, Cuba is one of the countries with the greatest progress in education in the

Cuba: How it Felt to be a “Child of Worms”

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: How it Felt to be a “Child of Worms” I remember how the children of those who had requested to leave Cuba for the United States, were treated. They were happy children, classmates, friends, who became sad and introverted overnight. Teachers used to call them by the semi-epithet “kid of

Food Prices in Havana during January

Source: Havana Times | Food Prices in Havana during January Havana Times’ monthly study of prices reveals that at the end of January, there had been a somewhat uncontrollable increase in some highly sought-after root and green vegetables, although certain products have maintained acceptable prices for customers in line with the current valuation between the

Will Cuba’s Higher Education Changes Provide Good Results?

Source: Havana Times | Will Cuba’s Higher Education Changes Provide Good Results? In 2015, it was announced that several changes would be made to Higher Education in Cuba, which would be introduced in the current academic year (2016-2017). These would contribute to “improving the quality, equality and relevance of Cuban education.”

I Stayed in the United States

Source: Havana Times | I Stayed in the United States In September, I crossed over the pond and came to the US as I had been invited to attend a journalism-related event. After many doubts and going over and over the topic in my mind, I finally decided to stay here, taking advantage of the

Trump, the USA and Cuba’s Problems

Source: Havana Times | Trump, the USA and Cuba’s Problems Cuba is just an island and even though it isn’t at the heart of the US agenda we are a neighboring country which has strategic value in many regards (economic, military and even political). You don’t have to be a chauvinist to accept that, all

Venezuela: Maduro Transfers Important Powers to his VP

Source: Havana Times | Venezuela: Maduro Transfers Important Powers to his VP Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has transferred 15 of his powers to Vice President Tareck El Aissami, including the ordering of expropriations and the promulgation of decrees authorized by the Executive.

Some Music and Garbage Belong in the Same Bag

Source: Havana Times | Some Music and Garbage Belong in the Same Bag I don’t have anything against music, on the contrary, ever since I was little I used to sit and listen to music on the radio, especially romantic ballads. I used to dream away while listening and that made me feel better and

Pirated Cuban TV Series Highly Popular

Source: Havana Times | Pirated Cuban TV Series Highly Popular “Zoo logico”, a TV series which has 45 episodes and was made in Cuba, is one of the five most asked for digital products in the “Weekly Package”, which offers what is mainly broadcast on foreign channels which Cubans don’t have direct access to in

Two Tourists and Their Perception of Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Two Tourists and Their Perception of Cuba While sitting in the Plaza de Armas one day waiting for my friend and Havana Times colleague, Veronica Vega, I heard a conversation between two foreigners, almost without wanting to…

Nicaraguan Sex Workers: From the Darkness to the Big Screen

Source: Havana Times | Nicaraguan Sex Workers: From the Darkness to the Big Screen Johana Sequeira went from being on the streets as a sex worker in the shadows of Managua to collaborating with the Nicaraguan justice system. She’s the leader of the Girasoles (Sunflowers) Association of Women Sex Workers, and appeals in court for

Talking about Cuba with a Chinese-US Couple

Source: Havana Times | Talking about Cuba with a Chinese-US Couple When my friend put me in touch with these two visitors, knowing that I was interested in what people outside think about our country, he warned me that the questioning would go both ways. They also had a lot of questions and were interesed

Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Needs Urgent and Substantial Reforms I’d wanted to go to Cuba for a long time now, and I finally went. I would have liked to have gone 25 years ago for example, when the country seemed to be living better times thanks to their relationship with the Soviet Union. I

Preparations for a Traditional March

Source: Havana Times | Preparations for a Traditional March For two days, an army of workers has been working in the neighborhood of the intersection of Infanta and San Lazaro avenues up to the University of Havana. To somebody it seemed very strange to see this contingent of workers and I smiling I said to

Guantanamo’s Unconventional Taxi Service

Source: Havana Times | Guantanamo’s Unconventional Taxi Service What are “almendrones” (literally large almonds)? Where did they come from and what have the conditions been to encourage their survival over all these years? Do they only exist in Havana or can they also be found in other Cuban cities?

Making Cuba’s Revolution Important (part 2)

Source: Havana Times | Making Cuba’s Revolution Important (part 2) The persona of Fidel Castro has created and will continue to create polarity. Powerful interests were affected in some way or another in the areas which were touched by his life. Objective assessments and analyses about his legacy will be unfeasible for a long time.

The Ruins of a Matanzas Coffee Plantation

Source: Havana Times | The Ruins of a Matanzas Coffee Plantation Moving closer to our island’s colonial past, is a gratifying experience from one point of view. It goes without saying that economic development at that time, pushed forward by foreign men, and the wealth they accumulated was a result of them enslaving others.(17 photos)

Granma Wins Cuba Baseball Title

Source: Havana Times | Granma Wins Cuba Baseball Title It took 40 years but Granma finally obtained its first Cuban baseball championship and they did it in superb form, blanking defending champion Ciego de Avila 4-0 in the final series.

Havana Coastal Flooding Pictures

Source: Havana Times | Havana Coastal Flooding Pictures We were out on the street on Monday January 23rd when the Caribbean invaded several streets of Havana. Here are some images from the historic part of the city. (9 photos)

Cuba’s Real Estate Market

Source: Havana Times | Cuba’s Real Estate Market A short while ago, I read an article where it was suggested that “with its rapprochement with the United States, Cuba should learn to develop a housing market ecosystem which would overcome the years of zero construction and attract investment.”

Havana Weather for January 26 – Feb. 1

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for January 26 – Feb. 1 The high temperatures will rise in the afternoons, ranging between 25 and 28° C (77 and 82 F), while the lows will be between 15 and 19° C (59 and 66 F). The sea surface temperature will be 25° C (77 F).

Massacres during Batista’s Dictatorship

Source: Havana Times | Massacres during Batista’s Dictatorship Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship lasted from March 10, 1952 until December 31, 1958, a time period during which over 20,000 people were killed. The majority were murdered by the police or the Cuban rural guard.

Cubans in Limbo

Source: Havana Times | Cubans in Limbo Those Cubans who invested all their resources to immigrate to the United States and did not have time to get there before the most recent changes, now face a delicate situation.

Positive Changes in Regla

Source: Havana Times | Positive Changes in Regla A few days ago, I was in Regla, my hometown across Havana Bay. Getting off the bus at Guaicanamar Park, the main park in the town, I was shocked and confused at the same time. (9 photos)

If Haruki Murakami lived in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times | If Haruki Murakami lived in Venezuela I’m on vacation and I’ve decided not to go away and leave home for a couple of weeks. As I don’t believe I can travel, taking into account the fact that I barely have enough money to eat, I prefer to stay by myself… with

What’s Worth Saving from the Cuban Revolution?

Source: Havana Times | What’s Worth Saving from the Cuban Revolution? There is no doubt that this system really needs to undergo a reforms process. By now, virtually every Cuban has recognized the need for change, even the Cuban Communist Party and its highest leader, Raul Castro. Our differences lie in the kind of change

To Get to Know Cuba Don’t Stay in a Hotel

Source: Havana Times | To Get to Know Cuba Don’t Stay in a Hotel The entrepreneurship of my fellow Cubans, in and outside of Cuba, and their ability to capitalize on opportunities never ceases to surprise me. Maylena Chaviano Cubillet, a 30-year-old Cuban woman, has lived in the US for 10 years and in June

My Neighborhood During and After the Sea Surge

Source: Havana Times | My Neighborhood During and After the Sea Surge Seemingly hurricane force winds lashed out yesterday afternoon in the La Puntilla neighborhood, in Miramar, Havana. The waves, several meters high, caused considerable flooding as the tide rose. The penetration of the sea covered Zero, 1st, B and C Streets. (7 photos)

Cuban Government Ignores People’s Struggle

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Government Ignores People’s Struggle While in the Dominican Republic on Sunday thousands of workers, students, anti-capitalist fighters, anarchists and women took to the streets to denounce the corruption of their government and the Brazilian company Odebrecht; an official Cuban delegation drank coffee and took photos.

The Nicaragua Miracle

Source: Havana Times | The Nicaragua Miracle Their desperate desire to impose the story of their starring role in the supposed miracle of our national history pretty much epitomizes the existential tragedy of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, Vice President and heir to the dynasty. However, despite their near monopoly control of the

Cuba: I Sold My Little Polish Car to Go to the USA

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: I Sold My Little Polish Car to Go to the USA A few minutes after finding out herself, Andrea broke the news to her husband. “They changed the law, baby, there’s a new agreement,” and now… they can’t leave anymore. “We had decided to go just recently,” she said.

Nicaragua Received Big Insurance Payout for Hurricane Damage

Source: Havana Times | Nicaragua Received Big Insurance Payout for Hurricane Damage Even though the hurricane payout was received 14 days after the storm, nearly a month and a half has gone by, and help for those affected has still not arrived at the zone where the hurricane passed with the most force.

Time to Shut Up and be President

Source: Havana Times | Time to Shut Up and be President Well, one era has come to an end, the US people have spoken and chosen Trump as their new president and he has now taken office. Anything else is just nostalgia. It may not be a reason to rejoice but it’s not a reason

Cuba Sends Delegation on US Business Tour

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Sends Delegation on US Business Tour The challenges facing new US President Donald Trump are many, but within 24 hours of his inauguration, his new administration is coming face-to-face with its first test related to Cuba. On Saturday, a delegation of Cuban government officials from the business sector landed in

Cuba: Graffiti Artist “El Sexto” Released from Prison

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: Graffiti Artist “El Sexto” Released from Prison Danilo Maldonado was imprisoned the day after Fidel Castro died for having wrote “Se fue” (He’s gone) on a wall in front of the Habana Libre Hotel.

The Origins and Consequences of Cuba’s Emigration Crisis

Source: Havana Times | The Origins and Consequences of Cuba’s Emigration Crisis The emigration tragedy, which hasn’t stopped inflicting itself upon the Cuban people, is proof of just how tricky and hard it has been to shake off a criminal policy, which has caused a lot of harm in the form of tears, pain, blood

Meet Paco Canon

Source: Havana Times | Meet Paco Canon Paco Canon is one of the eccentric characters we have here in my neighborhood and I want to share some lines and histories with friends at Havana Times. According to our eldest neighbors, he was a primary school teacher…

OAS and Ortega Agree to 3-Year Plan

Source: Havana Times | OAS and Ortega Agree to 3-Year Plan The Nicaraguan government and the Organization of American States (OAS) have agreed on a joint three-year plan to “strengthen the country’s institutions”, including the monitoring of the municipal elections to be held later this year, according to a joint official document released today.

Our USA Father has Abandoned Us

Source: Havana Times | Our USA Father has Abandoned Us Although the repeal of the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy had undoubtedly been the result of long negotiations between the Cuban and US governments, it seemed to have happened within the blink of an eye for the Cuban people. I’ve been trying to find out what people

Things that Make Matanzas, Cuba Different

Source: Havana Times | Things that Make Matanzas, Cuba Different Visiting the province of Matanzas is without a doubt a pleasant experience. Rain which announced a cold front on its way didn’t stop us from walking down its streets and going on a tour of some of its landmarks. (16 photos)

Why Isn’t Garbage in Havana Being Collected?

Source: Havana Times | Why Isn’t Garbage in Havana Being Collected? Corruption is one of the reasons why collecting solid waste in the Cuban capital has been a problem that hasn’t been resolved for many years, but government media doesn’t seem to understand this and continues to blame the population. (16 photos)

Cuban Women without a Man

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Women without a Man Amarilis always tells me the story of how she finished her doctorate: “with my heart”. She used to come home from work and have to help her kids with their homework, cook, wash up, leave something prepared for the next day… It would already be 11

Cuba Between Crisis and Opportunities

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Between Crisis and Opportunities The end of open immigration to the US has had a major impact on the lives of many Cubans, whether it’s because they are now stuck en route or because they have disrupted their lives in Cuba so they could emigrate.

Swimming Pool with Chlorine

Source: Havana Times | Swimming Pool with Chlorine There is a famous phrase here: Cubans either don’t make it or exceed; That happens at all levels, even at the most unexpected times and places.

Fired Biochemist Loses Court Appeal

Source: Havana Times | Fired Biochemist Loses Court Appeal His complaint was based upon a number of incongruencies in the legal process carried out by MEDICuba’s Labor Board, as well as repeated abuses of power by several INOR managers, and was not met with a happy response.

Making Cuba’s Revolution Important (1)

Source: Havana Times | Making Cuba’s Revolution Important (1) Without a doubt, the biggest news event of 2016 in Cuba, was the death of Fidel Castro. I remember that around midnight on November 25th, I was walking with some friends of mine. We were strolling along Miramar’s 5th Avenue when some young kids, almost teenagers,

Havana Weather for January 19-25

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for January 19-25 This week there will be slightly cool days, with occasional cloud cover and little chance of rain. The maximum temperatures will range between 27 and 29° C (81 and 84 F), while the lows will be between 18 and 20° C (64 and 68 F).

New Times for Cuban Emigrants

Source: Havana Times | New Times for Cuban Emigrants The change of US immigration policy regarding Cubans upset the aspirations of many.

Cubans with Dry Feet and Wet Hearts

Source: Havana Times | Cubans with Dry Feet and Wet Hearts The photo of a man from Guantanamo with a wide smile has flooded social media. He was in the small group of Cubans who were the last ones to cross over the US border before the joint decision to revoke the “Wet-feet, dry-feet” policy

Things Don’t Just Fall Down from the Sky

Source: Havana Times | Things Don’t Just Fall Down from the Sky New year, new life is a popular saying which is normally used when a year comes to its end. And for many people it is, it’s a new year and a new start and, at the very least, it gives them a little

What Will Happen to Our Young People?

Source: Havana Times | What Will Happen to Our Young People? The year 2017 already looks like it’s going to be a much more difficult one for the Cuban people. The national economy had negative growth last year, in spite of the 4 million tourists – a record number – who visited the country.

Obama Gives Thumbs Down to Stranded Cuban Immigrants

Source: Havana Times | Obama Gives Thumbs Down to Stranded Cuban Immigrants Barack Obama will make no exception for Cubans en route to the United States caught by surprise by the immediate end to the “dry feet, wet feet” policy that would have given them a new future in the USA, said a top presidential

Act One: Nicaragua in January 2017

Source: Havana Times | Act One: Nicaragua in January 2017 This year has begun with gusts of wind and storm clouds, as if nature were echoing the political events that we’re witnessing. “Thank God” proclaim the signs that have been celebrating the “Times of Victories” since months before the election of Daniel Ortega and his

Murder in Miramar’s Zero St. Park

Source: Havana Times | Murder in Miramar’s Zero St. Park Dawn broke in the La Puntilla neighborhood with the news of a murdered man. The body had been found thrown in the park on Cero (Zero) Street, in front of the Cuban Sports and Recreation Institute’s offices. A neighbor who was passing by saw it.

Garbage Piles Up on the Havana Coastline

Source: Havana Times | Garbage Piles Up on the Havana Coastline The problem of garbage along the Havana coastline and even reaching to the beaches to the east of the city is becoming ever more apparent. This all to frequent scene was captured facing the Flores neighborhood between el Náutico and el Palco on the

The Right Path for Cuba’s Youth

Source: Havana Times | The Right Path for Cuba’s Youth For some parents, the path their children should take is that of education, studying “so they become somebody in life,” to have a good job which will make them proud of what they were unable to achieve. The same old cliche.

A 5.4 Earthquake Awakens Eastern Cuba

Source: Havana Times | A 5.4 Earthquake Awakens Eastern Cuba A moderate earthquake struck off the south east coast of Cuba early Tuesday (4:08 a.m.) and was felt in the eastern cities of Santiago de Cuba, Palma Soriano, Bayamo, and Guantanamo, reports earthquaketrack.com.

Cuba, USA Sign Agreement on Terrorism

Source: Havana Times | Cuba, USA Sign Agreement on Terrorism The governments of Cuba and the United States signed an agreement Monday to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, human trafficking and cybercrime, dpa news reported.

The Cuban Exodus Will Continue

Source: Havana Times | The Cuban Exodus Will Continue Repealing the US “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy will reduce the Cuban exodus, but it won’t eliminate it because the root cause of this problem continues to prevail: the centralized and authoritarian State regime which directly pays workers, imposed and maintained by those in power in Cuba, in

Does Raul Castro Have a Viable Plan for Cuba?

Source: Havana Times | Does Raul Castro Have a Viable Plan for Cuba? It has been very rare for any leader in any country in the world to be in power for such a long period of time, like Raul Castro has had, to try and convert their projects into reality. It’s been over a

A Cuban Living in Prague

Source: Havana Times | A Cuban Living in Prague Luis Alberto Rios is 40 years old, he’s been living in Prague for two years. Like him, there are many Cubans in different parts of the world looking for a better place to live. There are many things that lead them to emigrate, even risking their

Cuba News Flash

Source: Havana Times | Cuba News Flash When I left Alamar, nobody, including myself, knew anything and I found out about the news when I got to Vedado: the “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy had been revoked. I know that things aren’t always black and white, there are grey areas.

Has the American Dream died for the Cuban people?

Source: Havana Times | Has the American Dream died for the Cuban people? “No, cousin, you’ve just shattered my illusions. I was all set to go,” my cousin said disappointed. He said this after learning of the new agreements made between Cuban and US representatives with regard to Cuban immigration to the US.

Cuba in the Eyes of Some US Tourists

Source: Havana Times | Cuba in the Eyes of Some US Tourists While Cubans and US citizens await the fast approaching US president-elect, Donald Trump’s inauguration day with uncertainty, US citizens are in a hurry to get to know Cuba before the normalizing relations process is reversed, according to what the soon-to-be tenant of the

Will Russia Pick Up Cuba’s Oil Tab?

Source: Havana Times | Will Russia Pick Up Cuba’s Oil Tab? An article published this week in the Russian publication Sputnik has some people thinking that Vladimir Putin may be ready to provide Cuba with cheap oil to pick up the slack from Venezuela, its current supplier. Such a move by Russia would be a

Cubans Stranded in Route to USA

Source: Havana Times | Cubans Stranded in Route to USA Cuban migrants in Mexico still hope to cross into the United States, despite yesterday’s reversal of a decades-old migration policy which effectively granted residency to any Cuban who touched US soil.

HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest Info

Source: Havana Times | HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest Info The 2017 Havana Times Cuba Photo Contest is now officially open for sending in your entries. It’s the 9th edition of the event, one for each year of our online publication. Read the post to see how you can participate.

Inspiration to Write

Source: Havana Times | Inspiration to Write For those of us who aren’t professional journalists, it takes us a little more time to prepare an article for our readers. Normally, we need a call from inspiration for the article we want to write to come or, at least, the closest thing possible to what we

My Future with Our State Telecommunications Co.

Source: Havana Times | My Future with Our State Telecommunications Co. I more or less already have an idea of what the future holds for me, if I don’t decide to emigrate like many Cubans do and remain on the island where I was born. I have analyzed my situation with regard to telecommunications in

The Massive Extortion of Cubans in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times | The Massive Extortion of Cubans in Venezuela Carmelo Mesa Lago: “I have calculated that Venezuela pays an average of 10,600 euros per month (127,200 per year) for every Cuba professional, there is a secret subsidy which the Cuban government receives, which only pays a small fraction of this to its doctors.”

The Last Cubans Crossing into the USA

Source: Havana Times | The Last Cubans Crossing into the USA The US Border Patrol officer checked the documents of a 32-year-old Cuban electrical engineer and his 7-year-old son, for the last time. He welcomed them to the United States, but before Yuniesky Marcos Roque left, the officer told him that he was the last

A New Year for Cuba with the Old Style

Source: Havana Times | A New Year for Cuba with the Old Style So we see that the old work style has been taken up again in the new year, the heir of the Stalinist era in Soviet Russia, characterized by “leadership” visits to workplaces, housing estates and social works under construction, etc., to make

Cuba Gets New Immigration Policy from Obama

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Gets New Immigration Policy from Obama US President Obama has just issued a surprise statement on Cuban Immigration Policy that eliminates the “wet-foot/dry foot” provision that has favored immigrants from the island for decades. Cubans, said Obama, will now be treated like immigrants from other countries.

Nicaragua’s Group of 27 Writes OAS

Source: Havana Times | Nicaragua’s Group of 27 Writes OAS Uncertain about the process of dialogue between the OAS general secretary Luis Almagro and the government of Daniel Ortega – a dialogue that culminated with an accord based on a report that has thus far been kept secret – the Group of 27 laid out

Cuba Navigates between Markets and Solidarity

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Navigates between Markets and Solidarity When I arrived on the island, back in 1990, one of the things that made me fall in love with the Cuban people was their never-ending source of solidarity, firstly with their families and then towards their friends, neighbors and even strangers in need.

Tattoos

Source: Havana Times | Tattoos Teens get to know each other and open up to the world with their friends of the same age; Adults find it hard to know and open up to the universe of their children.

Cuba Embargo Gets Boost from Trump’s Secretary of State Pick

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Embargo Gets Boost from Trump’s Secretary of State Pick Rex Tillerson, nominated by president-elect Donald Trump as secretary of state, said Wednesday that he favors maintaining the embargo on Cuba and considered Mexico a “neighbor and friend” of the United States.

Future Revolutions

Source: Havana Times | Future Revolutions Over four years ago, I wrote an article which was published on Havana Times under the heading “Peaceful revolution will prevail.” I must admit that I was wrong, I underestimated Imperialism’s power…

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