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October 17, 2017

Cuba

Castro, Ortega and Morales Celebrate Maduro’s Victory in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times The presidents of Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia, Raul Castro, Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales, celebrated today the “great victory” of the Venezuelan government in Sunday’s regional elections, which granted the ruling party 17 governor’s seats against five of the opposition. Link: Castro, Ortega and Morales Celebrate Maduro’s Victory in Venezuela

Trump Pins Blame Directly on Cuba for Sick US Diplomats

Source: Havana Times US President Donald Trump said today for the first time that he believes the Cuban government is behind the mysterious acoustic attacks on US diplomats in Havana that led Washington to withdraw the majority of its personnel from the island. He did not say if he is contemplating new reprisals…

Cuba-Saudi Arabia: The Threads of a Relationship of Convenience

Source: Havana Times The relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the Cuban regime continues to grow. Curiously, many pro-Cuban government detractors of US foreign policy on human rights often use Washington’s lucrative dealings with Saudi Arabia as a sign of hypocrisy. Link: Cuba-Saudi Arabia: The Threads of a Relationship of Convenience

Cuba, the US and Trump’s policy

Source: Havana Times Even though many people claim that we aren’t important to the US, the truth is that we are much more important than we seem. It isn’t simple chauvinism, it’s the absolute truth. Link: Cuba, the US and Trump’s policy

Venezuela: Opposition Doesn’t Recognize Voting Results

Source: Havana Times The Venezuelan opposition said today it does not recognize the results of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in the regional elections held Sunday, which gave the ruling party a victory 17 governors against five for the opposition. Link: Venezuela: Opposition Doesn’t Recognize Voting Results

Maduro Forces Win Major Victory in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times The Venezuelan government, under the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro, won a surprise solid victory Sunday in the regional elections, winning 17 of 23 governors races, against five of the opposition and one still in dispute in the vote count, according to the partial official results. Link: Maduro Forces Win

Rugby & US Football in Cuba, Past and Present

Source: Havana Times Rugby, in its different forms, has been played in Cuba for many years, although it still continues to suffer a kind of curse because it doesn’t receive the institutional support it should. Link: Rugby & US Football in Cuba, Past and Present

We Decide: “Trees Aren’t the Problem”

Source: Havana Times On October 10th, under the slogan “Trees aren’t the problem”, artists, environmentalists and lovers of life on the whole came together and participated in the performance piece “Human Connection for Forest Revitalization.” (23 photos) Link: We Decide: “Trees Aren’t the Problem”

Venezuela Elects Governors on Sunday

Source: Havana Times Venezuelans will vote Sunday to elect 23 regional governors, amid the tension generated by President Nicolas Maduro’s warning that winners who do not recognize his controversial Constituent Assembly will not be allowed to take office. Link: Venezuela Elects Governors on Sunday

What the “Nica Act” has Already Brought Us

Source: Havana Times Three sketches regarding the threat of economic sanctions, following a 72-hour visit to Washington D.C. Carlos Fernando Chamorro discusses the “Nica Act” and its prospects for passage in the United States Senate. Link: What the “Nica Act” has Already Brought Us

Cuba Sonic Files: “Nails scratching the blackboard”

Source: Havana Times The AP news agency received from US authorities the audio of a screeching noise that supposedly had been recorded in Havana and sent “for analysis to the US Navy, which has sophisticated equipment to analyze acoustic signals, and to intelligence agencies.” Link: Cuba Sonic Files: “Nails scratching the blackboard”

“Juan sin Nada”: Cuban Reality and Nothing Else

Source: Havana Times La singular historia de Juan sin Nada is an independent documentary made in Cuba. Directed by Ricardo Figueredo Oliva and produced by Diana Reyes Barrena, the movie has the audacity to openly and bravely question the raw reality of a Cuban who lives on the edge, with a simple average…

My Grandfather, My Mask, My Love

Source: Havana Times I love my grandfather, he went up into the Sierra Maestra Mountains because he wanted to change things and when he arrived unarmed, the rebels sent him to the plains to arm himself. He came down from the mountains and killed a soldier or rural guard, I’m not sure, and…

Hurricanes: Eastern Cuba Getting Hit the Hardest of Late

Source: Havana Times People outside of the capital half-jokingly say that when a hurricane sweeps through Havana or the country’s western provinces, soap opera episodes are rebroadcast. In 2000 and 2004, hurricanes Michelle and Charly, respectively, cut the national energy system into two and TV viewers in Cuba’s Oriente, spent days thinking about…

The Target: Tourism in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Every time Cuba finds ways of financing, campaigns to destroy its sources of income begin. Now the target seems to be tourism, a fast moving locomotive that can bring growth to other economic sectors as well. Link: The Target: Tourism in Cuba

Havana Weather for October 12-18

Source: Havana Times For this 7-day period, partial cloud cover is forecast starting in the late morning, which will increase in the afternoon, with the occurrence of rain and some isolated thunderstorms. Link: Havana Weather for October 12-18

Matagalpa, Nicaragua’s “Elder Mayor” Sadrach Zeledon

Source: Havana Times Every morning for weeks now, the speakers on the outside of the Matagalpa mayor’s office blast at nearly full volume, alternating songs of the Sandinista Front with Reggaeton music. Although his name is never mentioned in the repertoire, passers-by and neighbors know that the strident music celebrates the third consecutive…

Nicaragua Anti-Canal Leader Gets Protection

Source: Havana Times The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) gave protection to Nicaraguan rural leader Francisca Ramirez, leader of the protests against the construction of the interoceanic canal, dpa news agency reports. Link: Nicaragua Anti-Canal Leader Gets Protection

Oops, error 404

Source: Havana Times An article published last week by the Cienfuegos newspaper 5 de Septiembre, where the thoughts of several journalists and members of the newspaper’s board about their working conditions were published, was taken down from this newspaper’s website just a few hours later. Link: Oops, error 404

Racial Crisis Corrodes the Foundations of Cuban Society

Source: Havana Times The announcement made by the Cuban Attorney General about the most-talked-about case of Yanay Aguirre Calderon has resulted in shameful inactivity and official complicity with the growing racism that is taking over the country. Link: Racial Crisis Corrodes the Foundations of Cuban Society

Starts and Stops in Cuba’s Tourism Industry

Source: Havana Times In the face of Cuba’s financial deficit and after the economy opened itself up to self-employment in 2016 and several non-agricultural cooperatives being approved in 2012, tourism has been one of the sectors that has promoted Cuba’s economic expansion the most and it has remained one of the top sources…

US Diplomats Hold Yard Sales Before Leaving Cuba

Source: Havana Times There was a huge commotion. “The Yanks are leaving!” This is what many people were saying who, God knows how, found out when the Mister who isn’t needed at the embassy anymore is going to return to the USA. And with his quick return home comes the diplomat’s concern for…

Remittances to Cuba via the Internet on the Rise

Source: Havana Times Without the chance to give a formal interview given the fact that the kind of journalism we practice lies outside the Communist Party-State lines, if you take a look at reality, you could say, without any fear of being wrong, that remittances to Cubans via the Internet are on the…

Haiti, My Love: A Race for the Oscars

Source: Havana Times The film “Haiti, My Love” by Haitian filmmaker Guetty Feli Cohen is a candidate for the next Oscar Awards ceremony. The filmmaker herself has said how happy she is about this news, even though she claims that the work to get there has just started and that there is still…

Havana’s Neighborhood Movie Theaters

Source: Havana Times In ruins, like defenseless ghosts in the whirlwind of a city that grew with them, neighborhood movie theaters no longer tell us stories, but they resist being left completely empty inside. Maybe it’s their last attempt to save us from sinking into a dream-void state. (44 photos) Link: Havana’s Neighborhood

Reaching Old Age

Source: Havana Times Reaching old age alone is the worst kind of loneliness. There are also elderly people who, even though they are surrounded by their family, feel excluded; young people distance themselves or ignore them; at home, their opinions don’t count or they are the last ones to be asked their opinion.…

After Che Guevara’s Death, Five Results

Source: Havana Times Up until the present day, Che Guevara continues to be the personification of the tireless revolutionary who is idolized by many in spite of his violent actions. His execution in Bolivia on October 9th 1967 made him a “martyr”, something which had several key historic and cultural consequences. Link: After

Che Guevara Was Not a Fan of Honors

Source: Havana Times Thousands of people who believe in revolutions but lack a living, honest leader will travel to Vallegrande, Bolivia to be their on Monday October 9th. On Sunday night, the Bolivian President will lavish a privileged group of guests who instead of turning down this expense, will go ready to down…

Cuba Rejects US Pressure to Make Internal Changes

Source: Havana Times “Cuba will not make concessions inherent in its sovereignty and independence, will not negotiate its principles or accept conditions,” said Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel in Santa Clara at the main commemoration in Cuba for the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto Che Guevara. Link: Cuba Rejects US

Trees Are NOT the Problem

Source: Havana Times The effect of Hurricane Irma on the trees of our cities has been devastating, but perhaps the worst is the treatment given by people and institutions in charge of hygiene and the city order, ripping off the last green branch, discarding strong and healthy trees. Link: Trees Are NOT the

Hurricane Nate Moving Fast Towards US Gulf Coast

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Nate with 90 mph (150 km/h) winds is now quickly approaching the US Gulf Coast, threatening New Orleans and other cities east. The encounter with land is expected to be on Saturday night. Link: Hurricane Nate Moving Fast Towards US Gulf Coast

Sonic Attacks, US Response and Cuba’s Reaction

Source: Havana Times In a nutshell, with all of the 24/7 control, using all of the National Counterintelligence’s means and techniques on US diplomats, in a country under State Security’s absolute control, it’s hard to believe that the Cuban government “didn’t know anything and that General Castro is bewildered.” Link: Sonic Attacks, US

Mariela Castro: 10 Pearls against the US and the Western World

Source: Havana Times At the peak of the diplomatic crisis between Washington and Havana due to alleged sonic attacks against 21 US officials, Cuban government representative, sexologist and daughter of Raul Castro, Mariela Castro has given a press conference to throw severe accusations at the United States and the western world, and has…

The 8th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase

Source: Havana Times The 8th edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase recently came to an end in Havana and is getting ready to go on tour in other Caribbean countries. (6 photos) Link: The 8th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase

A Glimpse of Touristy Havana

Source: Havana Times Havana’s historic center is one of the city’s most touristy areas, there’s no doubt about that. Its commonplace to see a “photographic walk” going on, a lot of tourists along Obispo Street, in Central Park, the Port Avenue… (16 photos) Link: A Glimpse of Touristy Havana

US Confirms it Isn’t Handing Over Information to Cuba on “Sonic Attacks”

Source: Havana Times The US Department of State’s spokeswoman Heather Nauert affirmed that her country isn’t giving Cuba any information about the alleged “sonic attacks” that twenty or so US diplomats were allegedly victim to. Link: US Confirms it Isn’t Handing Over Information to Cuba on “Sonic Attacks”

Cuba Puts Out Tropical Storm Warning

Source: Havana Times Tropical Storm Nate caused widespread destruction and at least 23 deaths in Central America and is now en route to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, relatively close to far western Cuba. The island’s Civil Defense Authorities have issued a tropical storm warning for Pinar del Rio and a tropical…

Lies at the United Nations about Cuba and Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Surprising is a very poor term to describe the speech that the US president Donald Trump gave to the UN General Assembly. It was outrageous that representatives from 193 countries had to sit and listen to a string of lies… Link: Lies at the United Nations about Cuba and Venezuela

Cuba Moves One Step Forward and Others Back

Source: Havana Times I’ve been reading and re-reading everything that is happening with the US and Cuba again. It seems like these are poorly-told stories and bad jokes. What are we doing? And I say “we” because at the end of the day, we don’t know who’s doing what. Link: Cuba Moves One

Cuba, Pressure Valves and Fueling the Flame

Source: Havana Times Relations between Cuba and the US are quickly returning to what they were during the Cold War. All of the progress made thanks to the dialogue between presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro is beginning to come crashing down like a tower of cards. Link: Cuba, Pressure Valves and Fueling

Tropical System Heads for Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast

Source: Havana Times A newly formed Tropical Depression, expected to intensify to a Tropical Storm, is slowly churning towards a possible landing on the northeastern coast of Nicaragua by some time Thursday evening. Link: Tropical System Heads for Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast

Havana Weather for October 5-11

Source: Havana Times Humid overcast days with some rain starting in the morning and occasional thunderstorms can be expected over the next 7-day period. The winds will be out of the east and the northeast, with speeds between 15 and 25 km/h, superior in zones of the north coast. Link: Havana Weather for

Garifuna Dance: Flavor, Culture and History

Source: Havana Times I spent a morning doing Garifuna dancing, and this is what I learned   Por Franklin Villavicencio  (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES – I had never before danced any of the Caribbean dances with the discipline and awareness they deserve. Maybe I’ve improvised a crazy, spontaneous version of the Palo de Mayo…

Putin Gives Venezuela’s Maduro some Breathing Room

Source: Havana Times Russia said it is open to a restructuring of the Venezuelan debt with Moscow shortly before a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro in Moscow. Link: Putin Gives Venezuela’s Maduro some Breathing Room

Hamletmachine (A soldier’s cry)

Source: Havana Times In Cuba, those who were born during this tumultuous period in our History, called “Special”, were known as the “Transition Generation”, and maybe the tragedy of these young people lies in the fact that this change, which began to take root in Cuba after the Berlin Wall came down and…

Cuba Blames US for “Deteriorating” Relations

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government today blamed the United States for the “deterioration” of bilateral relations after the announcement of the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats from Washington. Link: Cuba Blames US for “Deteriorating” Relations

US House Unanimously Approves the “Nica Act”

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act 2017, better known as the Nica Act, is again on the doorstep of the United States Senate for discussion, after the House of Representatives approved it Tuesday unanimously. Link: US House Unanimously Approves the “Nica Act”

The Value of Life

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Irma ripped a coconut palm out from the roots in front of my building. It was a blow to see it the next day, taken down lying on the grass, but it was worse to see another that had managed to survive being cut down. Link: The Value of

A Palace and a Battleground

Source: Havana Times With October just starting and the country still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, the Cuban DotA League has kicked off again. Unfortunately, the “Hola Ola” local was one of the venues that was destroyed by the floods caused by the hurricane. However… Link: A Palace and a Battleground

US Tells Cuba to Remove 15 Diplomats from Washington

Source: Havana Times The United States today told Cuba to withdraw 15 diplomats from Washington to ensure “fairness” between the two countries, after the State Department ordered more than half of its officials to leave the island until the mysterious attacks on their health is clarified. Link: US Tells Cuba to Remove 15

Havana Residents Day-to-Day Lives after Irma

Source: Havana Times When uncertainty takes over people, it creates chaos. Global peace, on the whole, is hanging off of a thread right now. In Cuba, peace is hanging off such a fine thread that it could break at any time. After Hurricane Irma, the island has been left with some serious problems…

The Plot Thickens in the Cuba Sonic Weapons Case

Source: Havana Times We have just discovered the tip of the iceberg in the case of the alleged sonic attacks in Havana and this leads directly to the US Central Intelligence Agency, specialist in psychological warfare, promoter of coups, invasion organizer and financier of assassinations. Link: The Plot Thickens in the Cuba Sonic

Education in Today’s Cuba: Where Normal and Right Don’t Coincide

Source: Havana Times Diana and Alejandro don’t know each other. She is already in university and he is starting 9th grade. Even though they have studied at different schools, in different towns, they share a common experience. Link: Education in Today’s Cuba: Where Normal and Right Don’t Coincide

Cuba Alert Opposed by US Travel Association

Source: Havana Times Meeting in Cuba, RESPECT, the largest association of US organizers of travel to Cuba unanimously rejected the Trump Administration’s Cuba travel warning and its decision to withdraw diplomatic staff from its Havana embassy. Link: Cuba Alert Opposed by US Travel Association

Cuba Issues Detailed Report on Damages from Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Irma swept over much of Cuba from east to west on September 7-10. Ten people died and a huge amount of losses occurred both in people’s homes and farms and in government businesses and properties. Here is the translation by the official Granma newspaper of a detailed report issued…

Is the Crisis over in Venezuela?

Source: Havana Times This Saturday, it’ll be two months without pictures of opposition protests against Nicolas Maduro’s government which were appearing in newspapers worldwide every day. Nonetheless, the country’s crisis is still alive and kicking and is moving forward like a steamroller. Link: Is the Crisis over in Venezuela?

Cuba Regrets US Decision to Withdraw Diplomats

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government today called the United States’ decision to withdraw most of its diplomatic personnel on the island “hasty,” and said the decision would affect relations between the two countries. Link: Cuba Regrets US Decision to Withdraw Diplomats

US Orders Diplomat Retreat from Cuba

Source: Havana Times The United States today announced the withdrawal of most of its personnel from the embassy in Cuba following the mysterious attacks that affected the health of 21 Americans and urged its citizens not to travel to the island until it is clear what happens. Link: US Orders Diplomat Retreat from

Havana Weather for Sept. 29 – Oct. 4

Source: Havana Times This week the days will be mostly cloudy, with some rains and thunderstorms, more likely in the afternoons. The maximum temperatures will decrease slightly to between 30 and 31° C (86 and 88 F), as well as the lows, which will be between 23 and 24° C (73 and 75…

Alternative Havana Biennial May 5-15, 2018

Source: Havana Times We published an article by Yanelys Nunez Leyva on Wednesday about an artist’s appeal to hold an alternative Havana Biennial as the 13th edition, which had been scheduled to take place in 2018. The organization team at the Museum of Politically Uneasy Art published a press announcement today about the…

Trump Insults Cuba, Offers US “Help” to Fix the World

Source: Havana Times US President Donald Trump spoke at the United Nations last week insulting the Cuban government and Granma newspaper – the Cuban Communist Party’s official newspaper – published this speech in full so that every Cuban could read it. Link: Trump Insults Cuba, Offers US “Help” to Fix the World

Waking up with Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times I vividly remember the vision that they used to give me at school about the excessive poverty that ate away at the island before 1959 and that feeling of pride when faced with a dream of accomplished justice: “that’s all in the past now.” Link: Waking up with Hurricane Irma

Artist Proposes an Unofficial Havana Biennial

Source: Havana Times The suspension of the official Biennial planned to take place from October 5th until November 5th 2018, has alarmed many artists, both in and outside of Cuba, if you bear in mind that it’s the most anticipated event in the country in the field of visual arts. Link: Artist Proposes

US Exonerates Cuba of Blame in Sonic Attacks

Source: Havana Times The White House has ruled out Cuba being responsible for the alleged “sonic attacks” which have supposedly affected 20-some diplomats, based on the assumption that any of this had actually happened. Link: US Exonerates Cuba of Blame in Sonic Attacks

What Irma Left Behind for Us

Source: Havana Times I hadn’t walked along the Malecon since the day before hurricane Irma swept through the city. None of the heartbreaking and depressing images that my husband and I saw today could have passed through our minds at that time. Link: What Irma Left Behind for Us

Reggaeton, Descemer Bueno and My View

Source: Havana Times I must start off by saying that I’m not a music expert. In spite of my father being a violin player, none of his children inherited his talent. But I have always loved listening to music ever since I was a child, especially romantic music. Link: Reggaeton, Descemer Bueno and

A Not So Typical Cuban Street Vendor

Source: Havana Times Laura* (43 years old) is a sculptor and photographer and has exhibited her work at several galleries in Havana, but from Monday to Friday, she works at a company belonging to the Cerro municipality where she is a secretary and on the side she has another job that the majority…

Cuba FM Visits Tillerson in Washington

Source: Havana Times US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will receive Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Tuesday in Washington, amid tension over the alleged sonic attacks on US diplomatic personnel in Havana. Link: Cuba FM Visits Tillerson in Washington

Cuba’s Counter-Revolution Takes on Many Forms

Source: Havana Times There has never been a revolution in the world that hasn’t had to take on the counter-revolution. The Cuban Revolution isn’t an exception. However, today the counter-revolution doesn’t have the same violent character it used to… Link: Cuba’s Counter-Revolution Takes on Many Forms

Memories of a hurricane

Source: Havana Times This post might seem out-dated, but seven days without electricity and sludge everywhere is a trauma for anyone. I never imagined that Hurricane Irma would be one of the triggers of my home arrest. Link: Memories of a hurricane

Central Havana’s Slow Death

Source: Havana Times People don’t always evacuate because they were afraid of losing the little they have. In a country where even spare parts are hard to come by, it’s difficult to persuade a human being that the little they have is so little that they can leave it behind. Link: Central Havana’s

The Footprints of Hurricane Irma in Cojimar, Havana

Source: Havana Times According to government statistics, Irma’s epicenter was located 130 km away from Havana, before it continued to head towards the Florida peninsula, and waves up to 12 meters high were recorded in places Havana’s Malecon. These photos show the landscape in Cojimar which this hurricane left in its wake on…

As Cuba Recovers from Irma: Needs & Opportunism

Source: Havana Times It’s probably the same everywhere, but I don’t want it to happen here. That every crisis situation promotes opportunism, speculation and an ugly list of human misery that is like an indispensable condition. I hold off of accepting that this might happen in Cuba. Link: As Cuba Recovers from Irma:

Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Maria, which caused massive damage and casualties in numerous Caribbean countries is now moving into the open Atlantic, away from the region. Link: Hurricane Maria Moves North Away from the Battered Caribbean

Nicaraguan Opposition Leaders Divided about Limited OAS Electoral Observation

Source: Havana Times Confirmation of the Organization of American State’s intention to send a belated small electoral observation team for Nicaragua’s November 5th local elections generated widely different reactions from the Nicaraguan opposition. Link: Nicaraguan Opposition Leaders Divided about Limited OAS Electoral Observation

Maduro Arrives in Cuba to Deliver a Donation

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro arrived in Cuba at midnight Thursday to personally hand over a donation towards rebuilding the damages caused by Hurricane Irma. Maduro is Cuba’s leading political and economic ally. Link: Maduro Arrives in Cuba to Deliver a Donation

Altruism and the Cuban Revolution

Source: Havana Times The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, left his Concept of Revolution, which was first declared in May 2000, as his legacy to current and future generations of Cubans… Link: Altruism and the Cuban Revolution

The Sea, Hell and a Song

Source: Havana Times There are two places in hell: one for the sons of bitches and another one for the really big sons of bitches – Nelson tells me, because of Hurricane Irma, when 48 hours still hadn’t passed by after it swept through Cuba. Link: The Sea, Hell and a Song

Cuba Spared as Hurricane Maria Moves North

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Maria moves slowly northwest approaching Grand Turk Island while moving away from the Dominican Republic. Full damage reports from the DR, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadalupe and other affected islands are still forthcoming when conditions and communications permit and rescue efforts are completed. Link: Cuba Spared as

Symbol of Cuban Medical Brigade Wants to Stay in Brazil

Source: Havana Times Cuban doctor Juan Merquiades Duvergel Delgado, who was made the face of the “Mas Medicos” (More doctors) Program and a symbol of “solidarity in the health field” after he arrived in Brazil in 2013, now represents another side of reality: that of professionals who don’t want to return to Cuba.

Cuba Customs and the Country’s Best Interest

Source: Havana Times Thinking about and reading comments made after Hurricane Irma swept through Cuba, I find myself asking whether Cuban Customs laws adapt to the country and its people’s economic needs or whether they exist instead to make them even more difficult, with restrictions which contradict the nation’s best interests. Link: Cuba

Havana Bay Transport Is Operating Post-Irma

Source: Havana Times One of our readers asked if cruise ships were coming into Havana in the days following the passing of hurricane Irma. Another had mentioned the Regla Boat that crosses the bay. So I decided to go down and have a look. I found both are in operation. (10 photos) Link:

Havana Weather for Sept. 21-27

Source: Havana Times The maximum temperatures will be between 32 and 33° C (90 F and 91 F), while the minimum temperatures will range between 24 and 25° C (75 and 77 F). The sea surface temperature will be 29° C (84 F). Link: Havana Weather for Sept. 21-27

Hurricane Maria Slowly Exits Puerto Rico, Approaches the DR

Source: Havana Times The center of hurricane Maria is now just off the coast of the northwestern tip of Puerto Rico as it approaches the northeastern corner of the Dominican Republic. The system caused major but still undetermined damage as it engulfed the whole of Puerto Rico, where hurricane or tropical storm conditions…

Cuba-US talks in Washington D.C.

Source: Havana Times Cuban representatives emphatically denied on Tuesday allegations that Cuba has perpetrated sonic attacks on US diplomats in Havana, and have claimed that the “highest level” of government has expressed its interest in working with the United States to clear up this subject. Link: Cuba-US talks in Washington D.C.

Mexico in Grief: Solidarity Among Tragedy

Source: Havana Times Wearing improvised masks, motorcycle helmets and using picks and shovels, hundreds of people in Mexico City formed human chains along buildings that had crumbled down after the earthquake, in an attempt to try and help remove rubble and rescue victims, even during the night. Link: Mexico in Grief: Solidarity Among

Palm Oil Company Violates Environmental Norms in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times The African palm production company, Agrodesarrollo S.A. has violated environmental norms intended to protect Nicaragua’s natural resources according to an investigation carried out by the online environmental magazine “Mongabay Latam”*. The company, which maintains plantations of African Palm over a vast extension of land in the North Caribbean Autonomous Region,…

Disasters Like Irma Demand a New Focus for Cuba

Source: Havana Times Cuba has the best Civil Defense system in the region and that makes it a model to follow. However the combination of very low wages, the poor state of housing in the country, and the lack of proper building materials and codes, has meant a constant repeat of recovery efforts.

Will the US Really Close Down its Embassy in Havana?

Source: Havana Times The US government has said that it is studying the possibility of closing its diplomatic headquarters in Havana as a result of the mysterious “Death ray” device, a sonic weapon which would only exist in Cuba and only leaves North American diplomats deaf. Link: Will the US Really Close Down

Price Gouging in Havana after Irma

Source: Havana Times These days I feel like I was living in Europe. I just bought one mango and half green at that, for the equivalent of US $2 at the market at B and 19th Streets in Vedado and street vendors in my neighborhood raised the price of a strand of onions…

Cuba Postpones Elections for Serious Damages from “Irma”

Source: Havana Times Cuba has postponed the municipal elections due to be held next month because of the considerable damage caused by Hurricane Irma, local media reported. The vote schedule scheduled for October 22 will now pass to November 26. Link: Cuba Postpones Elections for Serious Damages from “Irma”

Cuba Reports on Hurricane Maria, Dominica PM Pleas for Help

Source: Havana Times The Cuban weather service (Insmet) reported this morning that Hurricane Maria remains a highly dangerous system with maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h as it heads for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. A chilling report from the Dominica Prime Minister indicates disaster was widespread on that island as Maria…

The Havana Malecon Is Lonely

Source: Havana Times The Havana malecon seawall is solitary. The avenue is empty and its wall is guarded by police to avoid any accident. Hurricane Irma caused great damage to its foundations and huge craters are seen on its sidewalks. Meanwhile, the neighbors are recovering from that fatal catastrophe. (16 photos) Link: The

Maria is Now a Category 5 Hurricane

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Maria is now a maximum Cateogry 5 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph), after having intensified greatly in the course of the day. At 8:00 PM Cuba time (EDT) the eye of the potentially catastrophic storm is approaching the island of Dominica, reports the National Hurricane…

El huracán Maria ya es una Categoría 5

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Maria is now a maximum Cateogry 5 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph), after having intensified greatly in the course of the day. At 8:00 PM Cuba time (EDT) the eye of the potentially catastrophic storm is approaching the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. Link: El

Hurricane Irma in Alamar and Cojimar

Source: Havana Times The myth that we are very prepared for these kinds of events here in Cuba has clouded Cuban people’s judgements. We are used to suffering at the hands of hurricanes and Civil Defense troops, who, with all of the power in their hands, prevent this damage from being worse. (20…

Cuba Gov. to Finance Some Building Materials to Victims of “Irma”

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government will finance the purchase of some construction materials that will be sold to the victims whose homes were totally or partially destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Link: Cuba Gov. to Finance Some Building Materials to Victims of “Irma”

What Hurricane Irma changed…

Source: Havana Times Like the majority of Cubans, I locked myself up in my apartment while Hurricane Irma swept through, listening to the wind beat against the window and trying to find out where this weather phenomenon was and its impact by listening to the station Radio Reloj. Link: What Hurricane Irma changed…

Proposal to Help the Cuban People

Source: Havana Times As a result of the serious damage that Hurricane Irma has inflicted on our country’s infrastructure, it’s imperative that the government keep the Cuban people’s needs in mind. Here are some suggestions. Link: Proposal to Help the Cuban People

Vandalizing Cuban State Property

Source: Havana Times Something is about to happen in the Colon neighborhood, there’s a certain smell of recently mixed paint. You can hear discreet footsteps at night. People don’t understand why they are gathering here in this area, but there they are… Link: Vandalizing Cuban State Property

Hurricane Maria Takes Aim at the Caribbean

Source: Havana Times Several hurricane warnings and watches are in effect for the Eastern Caribbean as hurricane Maria churns west and is expected to pass over or near several island countries starting Monday afternoon. Whether Maria will effect Cuba and possibly Florida will be the subject of reports in the coming days. Link:

US Considers Closing Embassy in Cuba

Source: Havana Times The United States is considering closing its embassy in Cuba after some diplomats suffered mysterious health problems in recent months, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today. Link: US Considers Closing Embassy in Cuba

Vendors along Managua’s Roadways

Source: Havana Times Every day we read about the marvels that are coming to Managua to alleviate the blockages and traffic jams: overpasses, widening of the Juan Pablo II highway, bicycle lanes, etc. It all sounds lovely, but the Mayor’s office has to turn its eyes towards how to maintain the functionality of…

Cuba Will be Watching Tropical Storm Maria Very Closely

Source: Havana Times A new tropical storm, dubbed Maria, predicted to soon be a hurricane, has suddenly appeared on Saturday. The storm threatens the same and other neighboring countries affected by Hurricane Irma which left severe damage and despair behind on several Caribbean Islands including Cuba, and also in Florida, reports the National…

The Virgin of Charity in Centro Habana

Source: Havana Times On Sept. 8, the day before Hurricane Irma caused disasters in the capital, devotees of the virgin gathered in this temple from early hours; Catholics and practitioners of the Afro-Cuban religion, bringing sunflowers her favorite, and lighting a candle. (10 photos) Link: The Virgin of Charity in Centro Habana

FAO Activates Special Fund to Recover Agriculture in Cuba

Source: Havana Times The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a special fund for the rehabilitation of agricultural and fishery production in Cuba in the wake of hurricane “Irma”. Link: FAO Activates Special Fund to Recover Agriculture in Cuba

Irma and I

Source: Havana Times A friend who knows me well, who knows that I collaborate with Havana Times and knows that I am more inspired by personal experiences than any interesting news item, says: “Rosa, write something about Irma’s passage through Guantanamo. Link: Irma and I

How I See Cuba after Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Irma is already history and many stories could be written about destruction and devastation However, the Cuban people’s characteristic solidarity came swiftly and was manifested in many different ways… Link: How I See Cuba after Hurricane Irma

First Cuban DotA (Defense of the Ancients) Tournament kicks off

Source: Havana Times Backed by Cuba’s Electronic Sports Group), the qualifying rounds of the first DotA tournament began on the weekend of September 2-3. Originally, it was planned that the next groups would continue playing on September 9-10, but with the sudden appearance of Hurricane Irma… Link: First Cuban DotA (Defense of the

What Canada Says about Travel to Cuba

Source: Havana Times On September 11, two days before the US government put out a warning against travel to Cuba, Canada also published a travel advisory for its citizens. The Canadian government says the information is still valid today Sept. 15th. Link: What Canada Says about Travel to Cuba

New Attempt at Negotiation between the Venezuelan Gov and Opposition

Source: Havana Times The president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, met on Wednesday with the delegations from the Venezuelan Government and opposition in order to set the stage for a negotiation agreement which will allow the South American country to overcome its crisis Link: New Attempt at Negotiation between the Venezuelan Gov

What’s Behind the Ongoing Controversy about “Centrism” in Cuba?

Source: Havana Times The call to “unity” around the Castro government has become ever more urgent with the gradual but definitive increase of Internet access, especially among the youth, the professional and technocratic strata, and among those with a university education… Link: What’s Behind the Ongoing Controversy about “Centrism” in Cuba?

Repairing Tourist Facilities Is Havana’s Top Priority

Source: Havana Times Hotels in Havana’s coastal areas have suffered “minor damage” after Hurricane Irma swept through, but they will be ready to receive tourists by the end of this week thanks to “quick” repair and cleaning actions, managers from Cuba’s Tourism Ministry. Link: Repairing Tourist Facilities Is Havana’s Top Priority

Irma, Cuba, the Paris Club and Cuban Customs

Source: Havana Times Cuba has been badly wounded by Hurricane Irma, which swept across the island’s entire northern coast, destroying homes, laying waste to harvests and tourism infrastructure, severely damaging the national energy system and killing 10 Cubans. Link: Irma, Cuba, the Paris Club and Cuban Customs

Havana Post-Irma and What’s on the Horizon

Source: Havana Times Havana has begun to recover. Some areas already have electricity and parks with WIFI connections have begun to fill with people, except for Havana’s Malecon seawall area because all the antennas were removed there in anticipation of the winds and sea surge. Link: Havana Post-Irma and What’s on the Horizon

Protest in Havana’s Santos Suarez Neighborhood

Source: Havana Times After four days without electricity, hundreds of residents from the Santos Suarez neighborhood took to the street in protest on Thursday. Government representatives were unsuccessful in their attempts to silence the protest, giving excuses to over 500 people. Link: Protest in Havana’s Santos Suarez Neighborhood

Havana Weather for Sept. 14-20

Source: Havana Times The days will be slightly cloudy in the morning, with variable and weak winds, below 20 km/h (12 mph). In the afternoons the cloudiness will increase and there will be some chance of occasional showers associated with the daytime heating. Link: Havana Weather for Sept. 14-20

Darkness Falls Over Cuba after Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times Why is that in Miami, a city in a rich country, businesses began to close down since Wednesday so that people could get ready for the intense and dangerous hurricane and things carried on in Havana like nothing was happening? Link: Darkness Falls Over Cuba after Hurricane Irma

US State Dept. Recommends Canceling Trips to Cuba

Source: Havana Times The US State Department issued a warning today urging US citizens to avoid traveling to Cuba, severely hit by Hurricane Irma. However in a forum within the Facebook page of Havana Times several US citizens and people from other countries differ and make their suggestions. Link: US State Dept. Recommends

After Hurricane Irma Swept through Havana

Source: Havana Times After Hurricane Irma whipped through the city, I went out onto the street. It’s 4 PM on Sunday. It’s still a bit windy, but the sun is out as if nothing had happened. There isn’t any electricity and all businesses are shut, but people have still started coming out onto…

Havana Times Extends Deadline for Photo Contest Submissions

Source: Havana Times Dear readers, we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions to the 2017 Havana Times Cuba Photo Contest from September 15 to October 15 due to the difficulties caused by Hurricane Irma. Link: Havana Times Extends Deadline for Photo Contest Submissions

Damage Report on Varadero, Cuba Hotels

Source: Havana Times A travel agent put together an exhaustive report today on the situation of the hotel facilities on the Varadero peninsula. Here we publish our translation of his unofficial report that appeared in Spanish on Trip Advisor. Link: Damage Report on Varadero, Cuba Hotels

Havana Airport Reopens for Flights

Source: Havana Times The Jose Marti International Airport in Havana reestablished its operations on Tuesday following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Thousands of tourists are still stranded on the island waiting for international flights to begin. Link: Havana Airport Reopens for Flights

What Happened in Varadero with Hurricane Irma?

Source: Havana Times The extent of damage from hurricane Irma in Varadero, Cuba’s leading beach resort, is still a mystery as the authorities make the rounds to quantify the loss. Some 17,000 tourists were at the dozens of different hotels in Varadero when the center of Irma hung close by for several hours…

Nicaraguan Gov. Issues “White Paper” on the Canal Project

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan government published the so-called “White Paper on the Great Interoceanic Canal” last week, amidst uncertainty for the future of this project, whose progress is being kept secret, without Chinese businessman Wang Jing, the concession holder, showing his face for over a year. Link: Nicaraguan Gov. Issues “White Paper”

Cuba: Theft Under the Cover of Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times Today, three days after Hurricane Irma, we walked along Calle 1ra, in the Havana municipality of Plaza. It was impressive to hear the stories of the owner of one of the private restaurants located in this area. (10 photos) Link: Cuba: Theft Under the Cover of Hurricane Irma

To Go or Not to Go to Cuba after Irma

Source: Havana Times On our Facebook page there is a good discussion going on as whether people should maintain their plans to visit Cuba in the coming days, weeks or months or cancel or postpone their trips after the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, which is still being fully assessed. Link: To Go

The Day After Irma Hit Havana

Source: Havana Times Now that the tide has passed, with a broom a woman pushes out to the street a mixture of mud that has left impregnated all the tiles of the first floor of her house. She still wears fear on her face. “You have to live it, it was very shocking.”…

A Cry for Help after Earthquake in Mexico

Source: Havana Times The earthquake which struck on Thursday night – with its epicenter in the Pacific – shook southern and central Mexico. The quake took place at the same time hurricane Irma was smashing the eastern Caribbean Islands and approaching Cuba where it would also do major damage. Link: A Cry for

A People’s Faith in their Patron Saint

Source: Havana Times It was 8:30 PM on Thursday September 7th and official evening mass in honor of Cuba’s Patron Saint, Our Lady of Charity, began when bells rang at the Nuestra Senora de los Dolores church, in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara. (10 photos) Link: A People’s Faith in their Patron Saint

Cuba Reports 10 Deaths from Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times Cuban TV reported on Monday morning that ten people have died across the country resulting from Hurricane Irma’s destruction. The majority of these people reportedly died as a result of buildings collapsing and in some cases, for not having complied with evacuation orders that they received from Civil Defense troops.

Castro Sees Cuba’s Tourism Infrastructure Restored Quickly

Source: Havana Times Faced with the worst disaster in decades Cuban President Raul Castro made a call Sunday for Cubans to maintain the faith in another victory after the powerful Hurricane Irma swept over a large portion of the country from east to west. Link: Castro Sees Cuba’s Tourism Infrastructure Restored Quickly

A Sunday of Great Uncertainty in Havana

Source: Havana Times Many streets in Havana are still flooded and expected to slowly subside on Monday. The long struggle to recover has yet to begin. Juan Suarez brings us his pictures taken Sunday morning in the capital cities of Centro Habana and Plaza de la Revolucion. (51 photos) Link: A Sunday of

Havana Coastal Flooding Continues as Irma Moves North

Source: Havana Times A sea surge that reaches from 5 to 7 blocks in some areas of the Cuban capital continues and is expected to last throughout the day on Sunday, reported meteorologist Jose Rubiera during his latest report on Cuban TV. While many people were evacuated from their homes in the affected…

Cuba: Varadero Resorts Endangerd by Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times The latest projections for the path of Hurricane Irma show Varadero, Cuba’s leading beach resort area, in danger of receiving the full force or close to it. At 2:00 p.m. Cuban time, the National Hurricane Center located the center of Irma at only 65 miles east of Varadero. Link: Cuba:

Hurricane Irma Enters Cuba, Hits Hard

Source: Havana Times For nearly 12 hours the powerful Hurricane Irma has engulfed a good portion of Camaguey and neighboring Ciego de Avila provinces with hurricane and tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and huge waves. The eye of the storm passed near the famous Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo resorts, and now…

Hurricane Irma Deals Blow to Tourism in Cuba

Source: Havana Times A police patrol car gives a warning to the rest of the cars on the road so that they can give way to a caravan of dozens of buses which carry thousands of tourists who have been evacuated from hotels located on the northern coast of the island towards safer…

When a Remedy Is Worse than the Disease

Source: Havana Times The 2017-2018 academic year began on September 4th throughout the entire country, as it did at the Maximo Gomez Baez University (better known as UNICA), in Ciego de Avila. However, students in their 4th and 5th years of their English and French Language degree received a great surprise which has…

Cuba is Where Demand Far Exceeds Supply

Source: Havana Times This is what a young Cuban said inside a hard currency store, after his failed search for a TV. The words came from his heart; you could hear in the moving tone of his voice and see it in the sparkle in his eyes. It was worth investigating. Link: Cuba

Irma May Flood Havana Coastline

Source: Havana Times During the next 48 hours the powerful hurricane Irma is expected to move between the Bahamas and the Cuban northern coastline coming closest to Cuba in the provinces from Camaguey to Villa Clara, before an expected right turn towards Florida. A sea incursion is now considered a possibility for Havana…

Cuba Evacuates Thousands of Tourists

Source: Havana Times The government has begun moving more than 36,000 vacationers at beaches resorts on the northern coast of eastern and central Cuba to safe areas before a possible arrival of Hurricane Irma. Link: Cuba Evacuates Thousands of Tourists

Cuba/Irma: Warning from Guantanamo to Matanzas

Source: Havana Times As Hurricane Irma churns west, currently near the north coastline of the Dominican Republic, preparations have stepped up in Cuba on alert from Guantanamo to Matanzas. Conditions could begin to deteriorate in the far eastern part of the island starting late tonight. Link: Cuba/Irma: Warning from Guantanamo to Matanzas

Does Cuba Sink When We Hear the Truth?

Source: Havana Times Arnaldo Mirabal announced on social networks that he is quitting journalism. He does so a few days after being threatened with being taken to court for writing about a case of alleged corruption of a political leader in the province of Matanzas. Meanwhile, the provincial authorities throw a blanket of…

Cuba Waits as Irma Moves North of Puerto Rico

Source: Havana Times The latest report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows a projected track for Hurricane Irma, when it approaches Cuba, slightly further north than the previous forecasts. Such a move, if it holds, could spare the island from a direct hit on land. Link: Cuba Waits as Irma Moves North

Heinz Dieterich: “Venezuela Is One Step Away from Abyss”

Source: Havana Times The German sociologist Heinz Dieterich still has a red beret that Hugo Chavez gave him in 1999. They were times of a close relationship between the promoter of “21st century socialism” and the former Venezuelan president, who adopted this idea as the stamp of his leadership. Today, Dieterich is a…

Havana Weather for Sept. 7-13

Source: Havana Times With Hurricane Irma potentially a couple days away from Eastern Cuba, it is advisable to remain alert and informed. During the next few days, the probability of isolated and scattered rains in the capital will remain high, and occasional storms may be perceived. Link: Havana Weather for Sept. 7-13

Being in Cuba Between Hurricanes

Source: Havana Times Last year, I was destined to meet Hurricane Otto in Panama. The hurricane never entered Panamanian territory and it was tiny in comparison to the one heading towards Cuba this week, but it still left 9 people dead in that country alone. Fernando Ravsberg writes as Hurricane Irma moves through…

Water You Won’t See

Source: Havana Times Even though Venezuela is, maybe, one of the countries with a greater number of drinking water sources, shortages of this liquid have become normal in many parts of the country. I have already written about this when I was in Zulia, now I find myself with the same problem here…

Cuba Prepares as Hurricane Irma Aims for Puerto Rico

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Irma is still two days away from approaching far eastern Cuba but the time will fly and those aware of the danger are making preparations along with the Civil Defense authorities, now in the Hurricane Watch phase from Guantanamo to Matanzas. Link: Cuba Prepares as Hurricane Irma Aims for

Cuban Socialism and the Asiatic Mode of Production

Source: Havana Times Talking about what is meant by “Cuban socialism” is taboo for Cuban public opinion. Political commissars who use this term do so making word associations but they never define concepts. Its principles are just as vague and so flexible that they can be applied in practice in cases that are…

Cuba’s Civil Defense Calls Hurricane Watch from Guantanamo to Matanzas

Source: Havana Times Taking into account the different tracks forecast for Hurricane Irma, Cuba’s Civil Defense network kicked into action with their Hurricane Watch phase on Tuesday afternoon, reported Granma.cu. Link: Cuba’s Civil Defense Calls Hurricane Watch from Guantanamo to Matanzas

Cuba Imposes New Restrictions on Cooperatives

Source: Havana Times The Ministry of Construction has issued an order prohibiting cooperatives in its field from carrying out work outside the province in which they were established. Works already underway in other provinces must now conclude within a period of no more than three months. Link: Cuba Imposes New Restrictions on Cooperatives

Cuban Artist Yulier P Defies Order to Erase His Murals

Source: Havana Times The seven-day limit that Cuban police gave artist Yulier P to erase his graffitis are up and even though he refused to do this, he still hasn’t been arrested. Link: Cuban Artist Yulier P Defies Order to Erase His Murals

Visiting a Nudist Beach in Florida

Source: Havana Times On our way to our destination, fear and insecurity took over my mind, it would be the first time I’d be somewhere where everyone else would be naked in the light of day outside. Link: Visiting a Nudist Beach in Florida

Cuba Eyes Irma as it Approaches the Caribbean

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Irma, with incredibly strong 140 mph (220 km/h) winds, continues to move towards the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. It also poses a threat to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas from Wednesday on through the weekend. Link: Cuba Eyes Irma as it Approaches

Hurricane Irma Increasingly Dangerous for Cuba and the Caribbean

Source: Havana Times Hurricane Irma, with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195 km/h), continues its journey west with the center currently aiming to sweep over the northern Leeward Islands and possibly Puerto Rico by sometime Wednesday, reports the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. Link: Hurricane Irma Increasingly Dangerous for Cuba and

Talking about Trump at a Havana Barber Shop

Source: Havana Times There are few places where so many opinions come together such as in a barber’s shop here in Cuba. Trump, the White House’s “furious red-faced man”, has become our great enemy thanks to Communist political propaganda, and he is to blame for all of our misfortunes. Link: Talking about Trump

Is Venezuela a Dictatorship? Arguments in Favor and Against

Source: Havana Times More than 120 deaths in opposition-led protests, the establishment of a controversial all-powerful Constituent Assembly, complaints about human rights violations… Different international governments and media outlets believe that Venezuela has crossed a line and is now a dictatorship, although others prefer to avoid this term. Link: Is Venezuela a Dictatorship?

Will Hurricane Irma Threaten Cuba?

Source: Havana Times Besides locals, a lot of people who are planning to travel to or from Cuba in the coming week are asking what affect Hurricane Irma might have on their plans. However with the storm still a good ways away in the Central Atlantic, it is too early to tell. Link:

Hurricane Irma Moves West on Sat. 9/2

Source: Havana Times HAVANA TIMES – Hurricane Irma continues to move west in the Atlantic and is currently 1,135 miles (1,825 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, the outer band of the Caribbean, reports the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm packs 110 mph (175 km/h) maximum sustained winds and has a…

The New School Year Begins in Cuba

Source: Havana Times There are only a few days left to go until the new 2017-2018 academic year begins throughout Cuba and government media doesn’t stop repeating the fact that everything is ready, showing us renovated centers and even study materials, new books among them, for the most part. Link: The New School

Alamar vs. Paterson

Source: Havana Times Every day, I watch urban city bus drivers from my balcony overlooking the terminal we use to travel in Alamar. They work hours and hours. They must also have partners, even a dog at home. Link: Alamar vs. Paterson

Havana Weather for Aug. 31 – Sept. 6

Source: Havana Times The days will begin with little cloudiness, and become more cloudy towards the end of the afternoon, with some isolated showers in some areas of the capital. The winds will be from the east and the northeast, with speeds lower than 25 km / h. Link: Havana Weather for Aug.

Cuban Artist Rocio García on Her Gay Eroticism (Video)

Source: Havana Times Rocio García is a Cuban artist from Santa Clara. In this interview with Yaima Pardo she talks about her erotic work, the Gay presence in it, and her motivations. Link: Cuban Artist Rocio García on Her Gay Eroticism (Video)

Cuba Tracking Hurricane Irma 9/1

Source: Havana Times While still too far away to predict a path in the Caribbean or towards Cuba and/or the United States, Hurricane Irma continues to be a monster storm packing 120 mph winds moving west from the eastern Atlantic. Link: Cuba Tracking Hurricane Irma 9/1

The Current Cuban Context Is One of Suspense

Source: Havana Times Latin America is green, tumultuous and varied. Within Latin America, is Cuba which is extremely different but also green, tumultuous and varied. When the region has suffered so much because of events that have been born from the Left, trusting its current ideologies can be hard for Latin American people…

Hurricane Irma Intensifies in the Atlantic

Source: Havana Times The Cuban Forecast Center (INSMET) reported at 6 pm on Thursday that Hurricane Irma has rapidly intensified over eastern Atlantic waters. The storm now packs sustained maximum winds of 115 miles per hour, with higher gusts and a central minimum pressure that has fallen to 967 millibars. Link: Hurricane Irma

The Ups and Downs of Cuba’s Private Sector

Source: Havana Times Ever since new restrictions on self-employment came into force on August 5th, there has been one word that has become fashionable among those who have or wanted to have a private business: uncertainty. Link: The Ups and Downs of Cuba’s Private Sector

Yasmany Acosta, a Cuban Wrester Competing for Chile

Source: Havana Times Chile took the medal for South America in the World Wrestling Championships a few days ago in Paris. However, this historic event is in grand part due to Cuba’s group of trainers. Yasmani Acosta was the one responsible for this debut on the medal stand at the 2017 Paris Championships.

Could Renewable Energies Involve Everyone in Cuba?

Source: Havana Times Could renewable energy be an effort of all? The energy situation in Cuba is uncertain. Venezuela, its main supplier of fuels, is reducing deliveries and may even close the tap completely, should the government be overthrown or lose the next election. Link: Could Renewable Energies Involve Everyone in Cuba?

Havana Carnival from Behind the Bleachers

Source: Havana Times It’s nighttime at the Havana carnival. Floats and dancers stroll along the Malecon seawall. Behind the bleachers, away from the show, are interesting pictures to show. (30 photos) Link: Havana Carnival from Behind the Bleachers

Cuba Reports on the Forming of Tropical Storm Irma

Source: Havana Times As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to cause flooding and other damage in Texas and Louisiana, a new tropical storm, Irma, was born today in the far eastern Atlantic, reported INSMET, the Cuban Forecast Center. Link: Cuba Reports on the Forming of Tropical Storm Irma

Grateful to a Cuban detective

Source: Havana Times My youngest son, a 19-year-old teenager, had his phone stolen on the bus. As soon as he came home, we both went to the nearest ETECSA office where they block your line, for 3 CUC, and the damage done isn’t nearly so great. Link: Grateful to a Cuban detective

There Isn’t a Contradiction Between Socialism and Change in Cuba

Source: Havana Times The Cuban socialist model, in Marxist-Leninist style, is USELESS, and there are more than enough signs of this. However, for whatever reason, our people, Cubans in and outside of Cuba, don’t mainly despise the socialist ideal. Link: There Isn’t a Contradiction Between Socialism and Change in Cuba

People’s Power on a Popular Cuban Comedy Show

Source: Havana Times The TV comedy show “Vivir del cuento” dived right into poking fun at the National Assembly of People’s Power’s faults. This is the system that goes from neighborhood representatives to the 600 lawmakers in Cuba’s Parliament. Link: People’s Power on a Popular Cuban Comedy Show

Norma Helena Returns to the Stage with a Love Song for Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Dressed in red, smiling and to a chorus of Tino Lopez Guerra’s “Nicaragua Mia.” Norma Helena Gadea made her reappearance onstage, after a month in an intensive care unit. She was accompanied by Carlos and Enrique Mejia Godoy, Carlos Emilio “Bean” Guillen, Katia Cardenal, Juan Solorzano and Luis Pastor. Link:

Getting a Date Here in Havana

Source: Havana Times It was easy for my generation to fall in love and have sex. Everything used to flow so naturally, we weren’t after money. That doesn’t mean to say that prostitution and self-interested people didn’t exist…, however, it wasn’t an odyssey to find pleasant company, far from that. Link: Getting a

The Universe of Amaury Mengana: Pictorial Works Exhibited in Havana

Source: Havana Times The spiritual world that can be sensed via religion has clearly influenced Amaury Mengana’s work, a painter and sculptor who is entering into what seems to be the mature stage of his art. (9 photos) Link: The Universe of Amaury Mengana: Pictorial Works Exhibited in Havana

The mysterious Cuban video about Rodiles and Diaz-Canel

Source: Havana Times A new video has gone viral in Miami. It’s about Miguel Diaz-Canel, the Cuban vice-president and it took over the media last week and even reached Fox News. The famous Cuban opponent Antonio G. Rodiles – the non-stop traveler, the mastermind behind this news and also the person to introduce…

Trump’s Sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

Source: Havana Times Maduro, bad boy! You are not going to have dinner, just for today. (I don’t want to affect your normal growth.) Cartoon on the growing political and economic crisis in Venezuela by Manuel Guillen / laprensa.com.ni Link: Trump’s Sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

Time to Cool Down in Cuba!

Source: Havana Times It’s commonplace to hear the phrase here in Cuba: it’s so hot! And its even more so than usual these days with record temperatures. (11 photos) Link: Time to Cool Down in Cuba!

Things I Don’t Understand Here in Cuba

Source: Havana Times A movie from the ‘70s has stirred a curious doubt within me. “Metello”, the Italian social drama whose plot unfolds in Florence in the early 20th century, touches upon the struggle of the working class. Link: Things I Don’t Understand Here in Cuba

How Cuba’s Government Fights Negative News

Source: Havana Times Rodriguez picks up his phone and takes a look at the screen. His face changes. He goes to the balcony and says a few words. When the call is over, he goes straight into his room. He comes out wearing trousers and a sweater. “Where are you going?” his cousin…

Cuba and the Sonic Attacks on Diplomats in Havana

Source: Havana Times The US gov. has been clear about this incident being a deliberate attack and has demanded an explanation for these events. Meanwhile, it has been giving Cuban leaders time and space so they can provide an accurate response. The FBI is reportedly collaborating with Cuban Security forces to find out…

Two hundred Colombians Arrive in Cuba to Study Medicine

Source: Havana Times The young people, will study at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), according to an offer from the Cuban government “as a sign of its commitment to the achievement of peace in Colombia “. Link: Two hundred Colombians Arrive in Cuba to Study Medicine

The “I Accept” Project and Marriage in Cuba

Source: Havana Times When it’s no longer a secret to anyone that the institution of marriage is in crisis and for some people is even backward and bourgeois, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) community in Cuba is outlining its debate and demands for the need to establish equal rights…

Climate Change: a Scientific Reality

Source: Havana Times If any subject in the world were to be looked at through a single lens, the scientific lens, putting political ideologies and Capitalism’s economic beliefs aside, this would be the subject of climate change. Link: Climate Change: a Scientific Reality

Six Dead on First Day of Military Exercises in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Venezuela’s military forces began a series of exercises today in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats to use military force to topple the Maduro government. In this first day of maneuvers a clash occurred on the border with Colombia that left six dead. Link: Six Dead on First Day

A Private Havana Traveling Amusement Park

Source: Havana Times Like a traveling circus but this time it’s a traveling amusement park that takes place in different places in Havana every fortnight. This private and untitled community project attracts a large number of happy children and young people… (12 photos) Link: A Private Havana Traveling Amusement Park

“The Canal Will Be the End of Daniel Ortega”

Source: Havana Times Bianca Jagger attributes Comandante Ortega’s insistence on the disastrous project of an inter-oceanic canal to a “delusion of grandeur” on the part of “a person who wants to remain in power for life.” This delusion won’t allow him to think logically. Link: “The Canal Will Be the End of Daniel

Jeep Stolen for Ransom in Mayari, Cuba

Source: Havana Times Kidnapping animals, especially horses, to then ask for ransom from their owners, has already become commonplace in Mayari, where I live in the province of Holguin. It’s the Cuban version of organized crime, the kind we see on news shows about Mexico, Colombia or El Salvador. Link: Jeep Stolen for

When a friend leaves us… Remembering Grady Ross Daugherty

Source: Havana Times On July 30th, Grady Ross Daugherty, a HT reader and supportive anarchist, bid us farewell. Our friend came to visit our country on several occasions, his most recent visit was last year. His optimism for Cuba’s future diminished markedly in the face of the country’s current reality. Link: When a

Trump punishes Maduro government with financial sanctions

Source: Havana Times Donald Trump went a step further in his pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and imposed for the first time a round of financial sanctions that include the blockade of the Venezuelan government’s debt bond trade and that of the State oil company PDVSA. Link: Trump punishes Maduro government with

Getting an Insider’s View of Canada’s Gay Pride (Video)

Source: Havana Times Gay Pride week was recently celebrated in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was a nationwide political and cultural event which brought together Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, Transgenders, Intersexuals, Queers, Questioning and Two-Spirits “LGBTIQQ2S” between August 10th and 20th. Link: Getting an Insider’s View of Canada’s Gay Pride (Video)

Cuba’s Inspectors and Private Workers

Source: Havana Times “Forget about it, I’m not going to die of hunger,” this is Yanet’s motto. She hadn’t even bothered to get a license to cook, until an inspector came knocking on her door. She pretended she was doing something else; she made up a story about how she was cooking to…

“Sonic Attack” on Diplomats in Havana Remains a Mystery

Source: Havana Times The alleged “sonic attack”, which several US and Canadian diplomats suffered several months ago, could have caused brain damage, according to a CBS News broadcast on Wednesday, which stated it had access to medical reports on the case. Link: “Sonic Attack” on Diplomats in Havana Remains a Mystery

A Cuban Graffiti Artist and Closed Spaces

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government has decided to censor another graffiti artist’s work as an additional sign that it is unwilling to allow the slightest display of independent expression at this point in time – whether that’s in the field of arts or any other -, especially in public spaces. Link: A

Havana Weather for August 24-30

Source: Havana Times The days will be cloudy from the morning, with abundant humidity and variable and weak winds that will not surpass 12 mph. The probability of rain will be high, and during the afternoons there will be isolated and scattered storms. The rains will be strong in some locations. Link: Havana

The Future of Cuba Style Socialism

Source: Havana Times When Fidel Castro proclaimed that this model of socialism is of no use even for us, anyone would have thought that this would have been reason enough for his followers to start looking for another strain of Socialism that would serve the Cuban nation better. Link: The Future of Cuba

A Project to Connect Poetry and Film

Source: Havana Times Virginia Paguaga’s mission is to knock down the barriers that have been imposed between different art forms. Her project “Videopoetica” seeks to experiment with images and words. It involved a group of female poets, photographers and filmmakers so that they could create an audiovisual anthology, and reinterpret texts written by…

Independent Work and the Racial Divide in Cuba

Source: Havana Times This story began when 500,000 surplus state sector jobs were to be eliminated, almost “putting the cart before the oxen”, and nobody knew where these unemployed workers would end up after receiving wages over a three month grace period. Link: Independent Work and the Racial Divide in Cuba

Raffle to Stay at Havana’s Super Lux Hotel

Source: Havana Times Organizing a raffle in Cuba or, better yet, in Havana, presumes a high level of enthusiasm. It’s not easy to convince a diverse public who aren’t openly familiar with gambling or with the adrenaline of a bettor. Link: Raffle to Stay at Havana’s Super Lux Hotel

Cuba’s VP Threatens “Contra” Projects (Video)

Source: Havana Times In a recent meeting of leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba, First Vice President Miguel Díaz Canel spoke about non-government media and other projects that seek to destroy the Cuban Revolution with underhanded methods from within. Link: Cuba’s VP Threatens “Contra” Projects (Video)

Cuba Baseball 2017 Schedule

Source: Havana Times Many visitors to Cuba like to catch a baseball game as part of their trip. The 2017-2018 season got under way on August 5th. The first round of play continues through October 3rd. Link: Cuba Baseball 2017 Schedule

The Limits of Our Protection

Source: Havana Times One of the expressions of this crisis of values that is eating away at Cuba and which many people are taking seriously, is the number of stray animals on the street and the condition they are found in. Link: The Limits of Our Protection

Mayari’s Pine Forests, a Place of Unique Beauty

Source: Havana Times Among the foothills of the Cristal and Nipe mountains, the Mayari river slopes down towards the extensive coral reefs. Before flowing into the sea, it plows through the valley of the same name, which is also the name of the municipality and the capital city of the province of Holguin…

Before the War (Video)

Source: Havana Times A man returns home from a war. His physical scars are healed but the emotional ones are so deep that he will never be the same. The National Screen Institute of Canada (NSI) posted this short film by Cuban director Tamara Segura. Link: Before the War (Video)

Saving Agriculture and More in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Cuban agriculture has passed through moments of glory and huge setbacks caused by the country’s own political leaders. For everyone who has been following the achievements, failures and setbacks of Cuban agriculture, it’s been highly refreshing to read minister Gustavo Rodriguez’s approaches and proposals. Link: Saving Agriculture and More in

A Cuba-Canada Baseball Relationship

Source: Havana Times Last month, from July 14 to July 25, a Cuban baseball team visited Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast. The team from Union de Reyes in Matanzas province was hosted by the Chemainus & District Baseball Association. (8 photos) Link: A Cuba-Canada Baseball Relationship

HT 2017 Photo Contest Update, Deadline Sept. 15th

Source: Havana Times HAVANA TIMES — Our 2017 Photo Contest is well under way with 51 readers already sending in their pictures.  The deadline for participating is September 15th and we hope to complete the jurying process in all of October.  Below is a link to the initial instructions we published for those…

Cuban YouTubers

Source: Havana Times Even with all of our disadvantages, many people have incorporated the Internet into their everyday lives. But, Cubans not only access the Internet, they are also leaving their mark on it. Link: Cuban YouTubers

Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba Returns to Havana

Source: Havana Times Cuban pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba has returned to Havana to play a concert this coming Saturday night, August 26th, at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana. Link: Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba Returns to Havana

Waiting for the Havana Carnival

Source: Havana Times On Friday afternoon I went to walk along the Malecón seawall where in a few hours the Havana Carnival would start its summer party. They had already closed the avenue to vehicle traffic and in the surroundings the crowd began to occupy the streets. (20 photos) Link: Waiting for the

China Replaces Venezuela as Cuba’s Main Trade Partner

Source: Havana Times China replaced Venezuela as Cuba’s main trading partner in 2016, with an exchange of over 2.585 billion USD, due to the South American country’s deep economic crisis, which has reduced bilateral trade with the island by 70% since 2014, according to official statistics from the Cuban government. Link: China Replaces

Five Cubans among victims in Barcelona and Cambrils

Source: Havana Times The Barcelona attack on Thursday, which left 13 people dead and a hundred injured, and the following terrorist attack in Cambrils (Tarragona) have left people of over 20 different nationalities dead and injured, the Spanish Civil Protection Agency announced this Friday. Link: Five Cubans among victims in Barcelona and Cambrils

New Beauty Standards

Source: Havana Times When you are young, you don’t think too much about your appearance, you just have to be a bit charming, as firm skin makes up for a not so beautiful face. And it’s true, once your body begins to age, you begin to worry… Link: New Beauty Standards

Racial discrimination in Cuba

Source: Havana Times The subject of racial discrimination in Cuba is a very delicate and thorny issue which has to be approached with a lot of care, so that there isn’t any confusion or people hurt. Here I will mention some aspects of the growing problem. Link: Racial discrimination in Cuba

Cuba, Sun and Skin Cancer

Source: Havana Times Concerned about the intense summer sun, I paid 8.40 CUC for an umbrella. When I was at my most happiest, a friend reminded me that the umbrella might give me shade but, it doesn’t completely stop ultraviolet rays passing through. Link: Cuba, Sun and Skin Cancer

The Swindled

Source: Havana Times I don’t have a TV because I chose not to have one. So I don’t have any idea about what’s been on TV this summer. But, I have returned to TV past during these summer days, thanks to a film bank. Link: The Swindled

A Talk about “Transformative Technology”

Source: Havana Times Under the title “Transformative technology: Tips on how to tackle gender violence,” an online talk took place at every US embassy, summoned by the US Department of State and led by Univision TV journalist Rafael Sanchez Cruz. Link: A Talk about “Transformative Technology”

Havana Weather for August 17-23

Source: Havana Times During our 7-day forecast period, warm days will continue with variable winds in the mornings and northeasterly in the afternoons, with speeds between 6 and 15 mph and stronger gusts in the coastal areas. In the afternoons the cloudiness will increase and isolated showers and thunderstorms will occur, associated with…

Ecuador: Lenin Moreno, the Troubling Successor to Rafael Correa

Source: Havana Times Over recent weeks, Ecuadorian President Moreno has emphasized his standing apart from his predecessor Rafael Correa, in two areas especially: economic politics and anti-corruption strategy. Link: Ecuador: Lenin Moreno, the Troubling Successor to Rafael Correa

My Last Interview in Havana

Source: Havana Times To come back to Cuba after arriving in Mexico, I waited the two years they give you to not lose your residency rights on the island. There was so much to learn about, the city, a new culture, plus my Masters studies in paleosoils. Link: My Last Interview in Havana

Is Otaku Culture Dying Out in Cuba?

Source: Havana Times It has always been difficult for anime, manga and fans of other Japanese cultural art forms to find activities that center around these subjects. Whatever the reason is, it’s been like they don’t even exist this year in Havana. Link: Is Otaku Culture Dying Out in Cuba?

Florida’s Gay Village, Life Stories and a Sauna

Source: Havana Times As an ambassador for the Cuban LGBT community, it was an interesting experience; I learned that the level of information that many people in the United States have about Cuba dates back to the ‘60s… Link: Florida’s Gay Village, Life Stories and a Sauna

Bianca Jagger Protests in Nicaragua with Farmers against Canal Project

Source: Havana Times Nicaraguan-US pacifist Bianca Jagger participated in a march on Tuesday with hundreds of peasants in southern Nicaragua seeking to stop construction of an inter-oceanic canal and repeal the law that endangers the country’s sovereignty. Link: Bianca Jagger Protests in Nicaragua with Farmers against Canal Project

Maduro Pops into Cuba to Honor Fidel’s Birthday

Source: Havana Times HAVANA TIMES – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro flew into Cuba on Tuesday for a belated tribute to the late Fidel Castro on the 91st anniversary of his birth on August 13, 1926, reported the official Cuban government website Cubadebate.cu. Maduro was accompanied by Cuban president Raul Castro on a visit…

Why the Scooter Ban in Cienfuegos, Cuba?

Source: Havana Times The provincial newspaper 5 de Septiembre in Cienfuegos publishes a story about motor scooters secretly imported into the country. According to the newspaper article since August 1, the police forbade that these scooters, known as “motorinas”, circulate on the streets of Cienfuegos. Link: Why the Scooter Ban in Cienfuegos, Cuba?

Orlando Nenninger Draws on Cloth and Bodies

Source: Havana Times Self-taught visual artist Orlando M. Nenninger Vasconcelos confesses that he likes to communicate with his audience via his sketches. Lines and colors have captivated him ever since he was a child. (10 photos) Link: Orlando Nenninger Draws on Cloth and Bodies

Montreal Celebrates “Pride at Work” 7th Anniversary

Source: Havana Times The 7th anniversary of the “Pride at Work” organization was celebrated on Wednesday August 8th, at the Desjardins shopping complex located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, as part of the week’s program of activities for Gay Pride, This organization provides training to employers with the objective of encouraging their…

My Other Mother

Source: Havana Times After an intense journey, more in time than in kilometers, I recently returned to Santa Cruz del Sur, on the south of Camaguey, and I went looking for Marina, shortly after arriving. From a distance, I greeted her with happiness, she was sweeping the doorway of her home where traces…

My Reply to a Dangerous Threat

Source: Havana Times Every act in Cuba in favor of change, outside of the official framework, is considered an act of dissidence. It doesn’t matter whether you sympathize with Posada Carriles’ violent methods, with the Chicago school of economics or whether you are a democratic socialist like yours truly. Link: My Reply to

Manzanillo and the Missing Medicines

Source: Havana Times Every Tuesday, Enrique drags his feet on his way to the pharmacy on Maso Street in Manzanillo. With 80 years on his back, a stroke and diabetes, he watches the pharmacist’s ritual of opening up the store, he says good day to her, and then the old man asks: “Has…

Guardalavaca, an Idyllic Resort in Cuba’s East

Source: Havana Times Guardalavaca cove is like a haven in front of the immense ocean, with its warm beach, of unrivalled grandeur. The low mountains of the Maniabon range almost reach the sea, giving the landscape greater beauty and individuality. Link: Guardalavaca, an Idyllic Resort in Cuba’s East

Does Cuba have Weapons against Diplomat Eardrums?

Source: Havana Times News that Cuba supposedly has a sonic weapon, unknown to the Pentagon, and that it had been used to make some US diplomats deaf, has become a joke on social media ever since the news became public last week. Link: Does Cuba have Weapons against Diplomat Eardrums?

Antigona the Process (Video)

Source: Havana Times Antigona the Process describes the history of the representation of women in Cuba, seen through a filmmakers team. Documentary by Yaima Pardo and Lilián Broche (60 minutes). Link: Antigona the Process (Video)

Venezuela Regional Elections Moved up to October

Source: Havana Times The all-powerful Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, approved on Saturday to move up the elections for governors scheduled for December 10 to October 10. The opposition coalition inscribed its candidates for the regional elections, but faces criticism from its supporters, as it had already denounced a fraud in the July 30 Constituent…

Trump Launches New Threat against Venezuela

Source: Havana Times As if the threat of a war with North Korea isn’t enough, US President Trump, said on Friday that he is not discarding the “military option” against the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Link: Trump Launches New Threat against Venezuela

Cuba: the ’68 Revolutionary Offensive Reedited

Source: Havana Times The 1968 “Revolutionary Offensive” nationalized all the small businesses that remained after the Revolution triumphed in 1959. According to figures from Granma newspaper itself, 55,636 small businesses were seized back then:11,878 grocery stores, 3130 butchers, 3198 bars, 8101 food selling establishments, 6653 launderettes, 3643 barber shops, 1188 shoe repairmen, 4544…

Selling off Nicaraguan Sovereignty: Then and Now

Source: Havana Times No one could have anticipated the person who would pick up the torch passed on by Diaz, Emiliano Chamorro, and Somoza. How could we ever have imagined that it would be a fighter for Nicaragua’s national liberation, one of the leaders of the Sandinista Front? Link: Selling off Nicaraguan Sovereignty:

Canadian Diplomats in Cuba also Victims of Mystery Illness

Source: Havana Times The mysterious “incidents” that affected US diplomats in Cuba also struck the Canadian embassy, the BBC reports. Justin Trudeau’s government announced on Thursday that at least one of its diplomats has suffered “unusual symptoms” during their stay in Havana, similar to those reported by US officials. Link: Canadian Diplomats in

Maduro’s Anti-electoral Trap

Source: Havana Times Two people never tell how something happened in the exact same way. One person accentuates certain facts, the other person accentuates others. Therefore, I am going to go out on a limb and say the following: the way a story is told says more about the people telling the story…

Money in Venezuela and Day to Day Strategies

Source: Havana Times Venezuelans and foreigners, who have bank accounts in this country, can no longer take out more than 40,000 Bolivars (around 4 USD at the street rate) in cash (a bit more or less depending on the bank) and this is no longer news. Link: Money in Venezuela and Day to

Air Europa Pilots Ask to Avoid Venezuela

Source: Havana Times The pilots of Air Europa asked the Spanish airline to stop flying to Venezuela, as other European companies did, or to prevent crews from having to spend the night in the country, the SEPLA pilots’ union said on Friday. Link: Air Europa Pilots Ask to Avoid Venezuela

Wierd “Incident” at US Embassy in Havana

Source: Havana Times The United States announced on Wednesday that it expelled two diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington in May after some US officials from its embassy in Havana had to return home for “incidents” that caused them “physical symptoms”. Link: Wierd “Incident” at US Embassy in Havana

Raul Castro Elated with Events in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Cuban President Raul Castro expressed today his “immense revolutionary jubilation” over the results of the past elections to the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, his closest political and economic ally. Link: Raul Castro Elated with Events in Venezuela

The Socialist Ideal Smeared Again

Source: Havana Times Events in Venezuela are truly a cause for concern. A political party, with a socialist name, is clinging onto power with ruses, rather than mass popular support. The desire to implement socialist policies should never undermine the principle of strict compliance to the people’s will which is expressed via democratic…

Public Transport in Cuba: New Plans, Old Executors

Source: Havana Times In politics, credibility is all-important. When citizens believe an institution is incapable of leading them, people apply the principle of “order whatever you want and I’ll do whatever I want”, because, like author Jose Saramago once said, “needs also legislate”. Link: Public Transport in Cuba: New Plans, Old Executors

Cuba Backtracks: Freezing a Dream?

Source: Havana Times When Cubans made more use of their inventiveness rather than a non-existent savings, the island’s economy began to take on another dynamic. It was another less strained atmosphere to the one in the state sector, where resources are being diverted everywhere, where there is embezzlement, corruption and opportunism. Link: Cuba

Venezuela’s Attorney General Calls on the Population to Reject Maduro’s Constituent Assembly

Source: Havana Times Venezuela’s Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, called upon the Venezuelan people to not recognize the “presumed result” of the National Constituent Assembly election, which took place on Sunday. International rejection for President Nicolas Maduro’s project to alter the Constitution also continues to grow. Link: Venezuela’s Attorney General Calls on the

Fidel Castro and his One-Party “Democratic” System

Source: Havana Times We Cubans will go through the electoral process now in October with the election of neighborhood representatives, which will end in February next year with the selection of the new national Government. A lot of government propaganda has been created about the subject, highlighting the alleged democratic nature and the…

What do People in Cuba Think about the Vote in Venezuela?

Source: Havana Times Today (Sunday 30/7), should be an important day for Cuba. Venezuela, the country which our fleeting oil peace depends on, is going through a process which could trigger something negative at any moment. Link: What do People in Cuba Think about the Vote in Venezuela?

Cuba Denounces US Campaign against Venezuela

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government today denounced an “international operation” against Venezuela stemming from the United States to ignore the results of Sunday’s National Constituent Assembly, termed an extraordinary victory by President Maduro. Link: Cuba Denounces US Campaign against Venezuela

Trump Punishes Maduro, Not His Government

Source: Havana Times The Trump administration imposed personal sanctions today on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a day after the controversial Constituent Assembly election in the South American country. He did not sanction Maduro’s government. Link: Trump Punishes Maduro, Not His Government

An Explosive Pill for Pigs: a Cuban Urban Legend or Animal Cruelty?

Source: Havana Times The subject of explosive pills for pigs is really quite shocking. Especially when you take into account the fact that the pill was clearly not made for pigs. However, vox populi associates them with these animals. Link: An Explosive Pill for Pigs: a Cuban Urban Legend or Animal Cruelty?

The Feat of Buying a Packet of Beef Jerky in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Packets of beef jerky, 500g for 0.75 CUC! Word spread like wildfire through all of Central Havana, the “bargain” was waiting at Carlos III, the largest hard currency mall in the Cuban capital. A never-ending queue for three days, people could buy however much they wanted and that’s exactly what…

Maduro Promises Prison for His Opponents

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that the National Constituent Assembly, whose members were elected on Sunday, will be used to bring the opposition leadership to justice and sent to jail. Link: Maduro Promises Prison for His Opponents

Venezuela: Gov. Applauds Vote that Opposition Calls a “Failure”

Source: Havana Times The government announced that electoral participation was 41.53 percent (more than 8 million people) in the election of the National Constituent Assembly, a figure sharply questioned by the opposition. Link: Venezuela: Gov. Applauds Vote that Opposition Calls a “Failure”

Venezuelans Vote Sunday for a Constituent Assembly

Source: Havana Times Venezuelans are called on Sunday to elect the 545 members of the Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro, amid a wave of opposition protests that seek to stop the process they consider fraudulent. Link: Venezuelans Vote Sunday for a Constituent Assembly

Nicaragua: Canal Opponents Denounce Human Rights Violations

Source: Havana Times Members of the Farmers’ Movement who are demanding the repeal of Law 840 (the canal concession) took their complaint against the Nicaraguan State to the OAS’s Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. They went to denounce the Nicaraguan government’s repression against their movement. Link: Nicaragua: Canal Opponents Denounce Human Rights Violations

Nicaragua: Canal Opponents Denounce Human Rights Violations

Source: Havana Times Members of the Farmers’ Movement who are demanding the repeal of Law 840 (the canal concession) took their complaint against the Nicaraguan State to the OAS’s Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. They went to denounce the Nicaraguan government’s repression against their movement. Link: Nicaragua: Canal Opponents Denounce Human Rights Violations

Will Cuba’s Next Elections be Democratic?

Source: Havana Times It’s a praiseworthy initiative, as all of us Cubans have the right to hold public office, even under this Constitution, whose basic principles violate the most basic constitutional rights of the Cuban people. Link: Will Cuba’s Next Elections be Democratic?

Cuba Faces a Post-Harvest Crisis

Source: Havana Times For a half century the Cuban media boasts of successes in food production while the population faces endless shortages. Everyone is aware of the contradiction. Facing a growing financial crisis, the country continues to import over a billion dollars in food products each year. Link: Cuba Faces a Post-Harvest Crisis

Venezuela: General Strike, 5 Dead and Protests Continue

Source: Havana Times Five people died during a 48 hour general strike summoned by the Venezuelan opposition, in the largest protest against the Constitutional Assembly which is being pushed by President Maduro. Venezuela is the Cuban government’s leading economic and political ally. Link: Venezuela: General Strike, 5 Dead and Protests Continue

Cuban Teenagers and their Foolishness

Source: Havana Times What we are witnessing in our youth here in Cuba today isn’t a lack of ambition, it’s a kind of eternal boredom, a not knowing what to do. Nothing fully satisfies them, they get bored of everything they are doing. Link: Cuban Teenagers and their Foolishness

Pinar del Rio: from Cinderella to a Princess

Source: Havana Times Why was the July 26th event celebrated in Pinar del Rio this year? Let’s take a little look at its history. Before 1959, the province of Pinar del Rio was considered the “Cinderella” of Cuba, as it received very little or no attention from governments… Link: Pinar del Rio: from

Havana Weather for July 27-August 2

Source: Havana Times The winds will be variable and weak, with speeds between 6 and 15 mph. The high temperatures will be between 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F), while the low temperatures will range between 24 and 25° C (75 and 77 F). Link: Havana Weather for July 27-August 2

US Orders Exit from Venezuela for Families of Embassy Staff

Source: Havana Times The United States today ordered the immediate departure of family members of the embassy staff in Venezuela and authorized the voluntary departure of government employees who also wish to leave, informed the US State Department. Link: US Orders Exit from Venezuela for Families of Embassy Staff

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