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December 16, 2017

Cuba

The Global Left’s Romance with Cuba

Source: Havana Times After 60 years, the Cuban political project continues to be a paradigm for a group within the global Left. Let’s take a simplified look at the milestones in this ambivalent love story of those who admire Cuba, but haven’t moved here just yet, preferring to defend the Revolution from Boston…

Raul Castro Won’t Leave Power in 2018

Source: Havana Times Raul Castro’s strategy seems to be to delegate tasks, which were concentrated in one person up until now, including to the second in command of the state-party dichotomy, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura. Castro is 86 years old, Machado Ventura is 87. Link: Raul Castro Won’t Leave Power in 2018

Cuban Artist Found at Havana Police Station

Source: Havana Times The whereabouts of Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero, reported as disappeared last night while on a long pilgrimage to the San Lazaro Sanctuary, is now known. Luis Manuel is being held without charges at the Aguilera police station in Lawton. Link: Cuban Artist Found at Havana Police Station

Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Disappears

Source: Havana Times At the beginning of his pilgrimage to the Rincon de San Lazaro sanctuary, Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero has been arrested (apparently) by the Cuban State Security, when he was at Carlos III and Belascoain streets in Centro Habana. Link: Cuban Artist Luis Manuel Otero Disappears

Ecuador VP Gets 6-Years for Corruption

Source: Havana Times Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for receiving huge bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. The court also sentenced eight other defendants to various sentences, including Glas’s uncle, Ricardo Rivera. Link: Ecuador VP Gets 6-Years for Corruption

Venezuela: Christmas with Hyperinflation

Source: Havana Times This Christmas season most Venezuelans aren’t thinking much about sprucing up the home, buying gifts and special meals as they are preoccupied with how to put the bear basics on the table today and then tomorrow. Foto: caratodigital.net Link: Venezuela: Christmas with Hyperinflation

With What Resources Will Cuba Face 2018?

Source: Havana Times If Raul Castro leaves day-to-day administration, he will only be looking for a “successful” way out of his greatest failure: the attempt to move the country towards a more efficient economic structure within an authoritarian regime. Link: With What Resources Will Cuba Face 2018?

US Reinvents Attacks on its Diplomats Stationed in Cuba

Source: Havana Times he press in the US says that “bipartisan leaders of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lower House asked the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to direct the investigation into the mysterious sonic attacks on personnel of the US Embassy in Havana.” Link:

Animal Rights Law Still Pending in Cuba

Source: Havana Times It will seem contradictory, but I was very happy to find a post on Facebook that denounced the abuse some lion cubs were subjected to at the Camaguey zoo. Of course I was sad for these animals and my city, but my happiness came from the long list of comments…

Havana Weather for December 14-20

Source: Havana Times This week the days will be cool, with isolated and scarce cloudiness. Early mornings will be slightly cold, with temperatures between 16 and 18° C (61 and 64 F) while during the day the maximum temperatures will oscillate between 24 and 27° C (75 and 81 F). Link: Havana Weather

We Visit Bayamo, Granma in Eastern Cuba

Source: Havana Times Bayamo was one of the first villages founded in Cuba by the Spanish. Nowadays Bayamo has a population of around 250,000 inhabitants. It is a quiet, clean city, with hospitable and friendly people. (26 photos) Link: We Visit Bayamo, Granma in Eastern Cuba

Gaddafi’s Nephew Nicaragua’s New Ambassador to Kuwait and Egypt

Source: Havana Times The government of Daniel Ortega named the controversial Mohamed Lashtar, a Nicaraguan citizen of Libyan origin and nephew of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as the new ambassador of Nicaragua in both Kuwait and Egypt, reported Confidencial. Link: Gaddafi’s Nephew Nicaragua’s New Ambassador to Kuwait and Egypt

Technical Problems at the Havana Film Festival

Source: Havana Times This 39th edition didn’t get off to a bad start until one of the most important screenings of the Festival had to be canceled at the Charles Chaplin movie theater just two days after the festival began, the screenings of one of the most important films in the festival from…

Ileana the Painter: Art is the Path to Happiness

Source: Havana Times Ileana the Painter moves with the force of a torrent and irradiates the joy of a little girl. She confesses that she has always been “different” and challenging implacable society hasn’t been the greatest challenge in her life. She paints, she cooks, she lives with contagious and authentic freedom. With…

Havana Advances with Public Works

Source: Havana Times Journalist Fernando Ravsberg reports there are currently numerous large-scale public works projects visible in different parts of the Cuban capital. “In the almost 3 decades that I have been living in Cuba I have never seen this amount of public works with the concept of doing comprehensive repairs that guarantee…

Violence, oh Violence

Source: Havana Times Like many women who are abused, Tamara felt she was to blame for what had happened: that she should have gone straight home after work, that she didn’t tell her partner she was going to go to the market, that she really did take a long time, that something else…

Restaurant Tycoon Faces Sexual Abuse Allegations

Source: Havana Times One of the latest accused in the coming out by women sexually abused and harassed by powerful men is celebrity chef Mario Batali, reports Democracy Now on Tuesday. Batali stepped down from his TV and restaurant empire, in the face of numerous women accusing him of sexual harassment and groping…

Venezuelan Pensioners Ordeal at the Banks

Source: Havana Times Sebastian and Aurelia are two elderly persons I met a few months ago. Sebastian is about 70 years old and Aurelia is almost 90. They don’t know each other personally, but aside from their advanced age, they have something else in common: they both receive a state pension. Link: Venezuelan

The Giant Puppet Tradition in Sutiava, Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times In Sutiava, a suburb of Leon, a family of “gigantona makers” have held on to the tradition of these giant puppets for decades, although in some periods of history it’s been menaced. Wilfredo Arostegui works with rigorous historical accuracy. He notes that to make the body of a gigantona, he…

Childhood Joy in Cuba Is at Risk

Source: Havana Times She moves her hips to the rhythm of the music. They sing along and clap. She laughs and shakes her body even more, making her miniskirt dance like a flower that moves about it the wind. The song ends and everyone shouts Bravo!, because “it’s funny” to see her dance…

Cuban “Salsa” in Europe

Source: Havana Times Over recent decades a number of talented Cuban dancers have made new homes in various European cities and, thanks to their efforts, along with those of a large number of dedicated European enthusiasts, a fertile Cuban dance scene has blossomed from Madrid to Moscow, Scandinavia to Sicily. Link: Cuban “Salsa”

Cuba Art: Untitled Goes for $7,000 Dollars

Source: Havana Times Cuban avant-garde art, and whatever resembles this, is experiencing a new moment of glory. Not only has artistic creation become more diverse, but production has multiplied thousand-fold, by the many thousands that collectors, and those who appear to be collectors, are paying for it. Link: Cuba Art: Untitled Goes for

The Atrophy of Collectivization

Source: Havana Times Ever since its triumph the Cuban Revolution has proved to be a sound example of unity. Cuba has never had citizens but a multitude throbbing with revolutionary spirit. Those individuals who do not manage to fit into this “everyone” are left without room and are rejected. Link: The Atrophy of

Maduro Proclaims Victory over Trump in Local Elections

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro affirmed that the ruling United Socialist Party won more than 300 of the 335 mayor’s races in Sundays elections, in which most of the opposition did not participate after denouncing that the elections would not be transparent. Link: Maduro Proclaims Victory over Trump in Local Elections

Venezuelans “Elect” Mayors in Unopposed Elections

Source: Havana Times Venezuelans will vote tomorrow in the elections for 335 mayors and one regional governor, which will be held without formal participation of the opposition, which protested the lack of fair conditions. The vote, with a predictable victory for the United Socialist Party (PSUV) of President Maduro, were preceded by the…

Do you have any news about Ernestito?

Source: Havana Times The Revolution had entered this impasse that even couples experience after their initial lust, rumbling around on sofas and beds. It was facing dilemmas about which path to take to leave this Utopian island behind and to concentrate on the harsh differences that reality posed. Link: Do you have any

The Flip Side of Arts Education in Cuba

Source: Havana Times There’s no doubt that Cuba’s Arts Education system is a global reference. Since January 1959, the arts and literature were put in everyone’s reach as part of the Revolution’s new cultural policy and society’s poorest classes had the opportunity, for the first time ever, to see their dreams of becoming…

When Cuba Opened Its Doors to Jewish Refugees

Source: Havana Times When most people think of Cuba, escaping Jewish refugees and the Second World War what pops in mind is the MS St. Louis ocean liner which tried to dock in Havana in 1939. However there is another related and little publicized story that began in the early 1940s, and had…

Havana Film Festival Opens in Cuba

Source: Havana Times The 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema (Havana Film Festival) began on Friday in Havana with more than 400 films on display and a tribute to the US director James Ivory. The largest film event in Cuba and one of the most important in Latin America will…

The “Culture” of Violence in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Although it might not be apparent to the tourist, our society is very violent in many ways. It’s sad to admit it, but that’s our reality and we don’t get anywhere by minimizing it or denying it. If selling firearms was legal here, Cuba would be the Wild West. Link:

A “Tribute” to Cuba’s State Security Agents

Source: Havana Times “The Comrade assigned to me” is a must read. Its existence is an important resource to stop paranoia, double standards, hypocrisy, and persecution. It’s a noble step forward to try and rebuild Cuba. We want every November 22nd to be a celebration of NO FEAR. Link: A “Tribute” to Cuba’s

The Typical Receptionist in Cuba

Source: Havana Times A friend tells me that there is a new breed of dog in Cuba and she isn’t exactly referring to the kind of dogs we’ve known all our lives. There is a breed of dog that sits behind reception desks in different places that offer public assistance. And these bark…

Cuba and its Pending Matters

Source: Havana Times The year 2017 is drawing to an end with its almost paralyzed “reform process” and the economy hasn’t changed in the way the Communist Party Guidelines proposed, which the government itself had put forward and had been ratified by millions of Cubans at assemblies. Link: Cuba and its Pending Matters

Do Women Keep Households Running in Cuba?

Source: Havana Times I want to share my impression with you on this subject. In the afternoon, after every working day, nearly all the women I know or see on the street go home carrying everything they might need there. From food, a tap for the sink to even shoes for their child…

Doctors Who Don’t Return to Practice in Cuba

Source: Havana Times In March 2015, Alioth Guerrero received a grant to attend a congress in Colombia. While there, he found out about the opportunities that other Latin American countries offer those who want to study doctorate degrees. When he came back to Cuba, he mentioned it to his professors and began to…

A Brave Cuban Woman

Source: Havana Times People still talk about Luanda Perez Hernandez (56 years old), a woman who decided to fight for her happiness in spite of the prejudice a machista and homophobic generation hold. Working in a Catholic church was her refuge during her marriage. She lives in a small town in the Artemisa…

Where Sexual Abuse News Remains Under Wraps

Source: Havana Times Almost every day for the last few months, brave women and some men have brought to light the cases in the United States of sexual abuse and misconduct they were victims of in the past at the hands of the powerful. While some of the perpetrators claim amnesia, framing the…

Unlimited Reggaeton in Cuba

Source: Havana Times As well as dengue fever or Zica, Cuba is suffering the scourge of another unknown virus that has become a plague: reggaeton. You mustn’t underestimate the power of noise. It travels through space like an overwhelming invasion and it doesn’t need to ask for any bureaucratic red tape or permits.

Havana Behind Bars

Source: Havana Times For a long time iron grids have been part of our architectural structure. Evidently we live behind bars. To feel safe we need something to protect our doors and windows and there is nothing better than an iron trellis. (60 photos) Link: Havana Behind Bars

They Want to Vanish the Memory of My Father

Source: Havana Times Marialys father waited in a maximum security prison for 18 months to then finally have his trial and receive his sentence. When that happened, Marialys was only a 13-14 year old girl and she jealously kept the letters her father sent from jail. Link: They Want to Vanish the Memory

Cuban Pop Culture with Magic

Source: Havana Times The Dialfa project celebrated its 10th anniversary. It was proven that you can break the reduced concept of Cuban institutions, the “damn situation of water everywhere”, look the world in the eye and create events with their own identity, like a speaker said referring to the doom that the cartoon…

Venezuela and Public Disdain for Mayoral Elections

Source: Havana Times On December 10th, mayoral elections will be held in Venezuela’s 335 municipalities. It’s Nicolas Maduro’s priority right now in the middle of a never-ending crisis that has been beating our vast and beautiful country relentlessly. According to the president these elections promise to be the solution to all of the…

Changes in Cuba: Violence, Reforms or?

Source: Havana Times If we draw comparisons between the political climate in the late 19th century, Cuba at the end of Batista’s dictatorship, and our current situation, we will find lots of similarities. During all three of these times, the island suffered a tyrannical power which restricted its political and economic freedoms… Link:

Cuba Advances Towards Replacing Raul Castro

Source: Havana Times Cuban authorities have concluded the local elections phase, the only one with a direct vote, of an electoral process that should culminate in February with the announced replacement of the current president, Raul Castro. Link: Cuba Advances Towards Replacing Raul Castro

Nicaragua: They Also Want to Kill the Truth

Source: Havana Times The era of false news, the manipulation of the truth and the imposition of so-called “alternative facts” as State policy, wasn’t invented by Donald Trump in the United States. In Nicaragua, it was inaugurated a decade ago, when President Daniel Ortega launched his first offensive against the independent press… Link:

Cuban Parliament Should Cut its Representatives by Half

Source: Havana Times Today, public policies regarding labor rights, state sector wages, freedom of cultural creation, infrastructure and education curricula and teacher salaries are all wrong and urgently need to be changed for the good of the country. Link: Cuban Parliament Should Cut its Representatives by Half

Quality Basketball Returns to Havana’s Sports City

Source: Havana Times The new qualifiers for the 2019 Basketball World Cup meant that Havana’s Sports City Coliseum was able to receive a national team from Puerto Rico, an excellent opportunity for fans of the game. Thanks to a donation from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the sporting arena also put on its…

Angel’s Hill in Havana’s Historic Center

Source: Havana Times In Havana’s historic center, near the Museum of the Revolution, you can find the place that inspired Cirilo Villaverde to write his famous novel “Cecilia Valdes or Angel’s Hill.” Ernesto Gonzalez brings us his photo feature. (12 photos) Link: Angel’s Hill in Havana’s Historic Center

Cuban Artists and Civil Servants under Attack

Source: Havana Times Reprisals and acts of terror continue to be directed at Cuban artists. Adonis Milan, a talented and young theater director, has received a subpoena from the Interior Ministry, which has no grounds as he hasn’t committed any crime other than exercise his: “right to freedom of association.” Link: Cuban Artists

The Answer to a Routine Question Here in Cuba

Source: Havana Times I have been asked whether I want to leave the country on more than one occasion. It had been a while since I had forgotten the issue, but somebody insisted that I speak about it again a few days ago and once again, the same answer came to mind. Link:

“The Imprisonment of My Father Was a Crime against Humanity”

Source: Havana Times The daughter was 13 years old when her father, Roberto Arias Gomez, was arrested on November 18, 1991 for the alleged crime called “Enemy propaganda”. It had to do with a poster with the words Down with Fidel…(2 photos) Link: “The Imprisonment of My Father Was a Crime against Humanity”

To George Harrison, You Still Live Among Us

Source: Havana Times On November 29th, dawn broke with rain and trees invoking autumn. The sun replaced the rain at some point. Pain doesn’t last forever. All pain has a bright side. Link: To George Harrison, You Still Live Among Us

Nicaragua Canal Magnate Wang Jing Linked to Ukraine Scandal

Source: Havana Times The wealthy businessman heads the Hong Kong-Nicaragua Development Company, the firm that was going to construct an inter-oceanic canal in Nicaragua. However, his projects have faced setbacks around the globe, indicating that “his canal dreams may look more and more like a fantasy.” Link: Nicaragua Canal Magnate Wang Jing Linked

USA and Cuba, the Same Old Questions?

Source: Havana Times The dilemma between Cuba and the US has all the signs of prolonging itself in time. Miguel Diaz Canel, the candidate of the Communist Party for the Presidency, has just said that the future of relations depends on the attitude assumed by Washington. Link: USA and Cuba, the Same Old

The Violator State and Outraged Citizens

Source: Havana Times On November 26th, tributes on the first anniversary of Fidel Castro’s death and voting (a more exact term than “elections) at a local level of the so-called People’s Power, coincided in Cuba. Link: The Violator State and Outraged Citizens

Steps Outside the System

Source: Havana Times Leaving the “system”, “matrix” or whatever you want to call this wild and psychopathic group of people, with or without traditions and with more or less “civilized” ways of surviving, is a long journey. Link: Steps Outside the System

Russia-Cuba Relations, Back to Old Times?

Source: Havana Times The Russians have returned to Cuba again but this time with a different face just like that character Melquiades in Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” who appears in Macondo, after being absent for many years, with a beautiful smile that is the result of a denture. Link: Russia-Cuba

Cuba’s General Elections: a Work in Progress

Source: Havana Times There was hardly any abstention, in spite of voting not being mandatory, as the majority of those who couldn’t go and vote were outside of the city where they live for work-related or other reasons, both in and outside of Cuba. Link: Cuba’s General Elections: a Work in Progress

Ecuador: Correa to Testify in Favor of Glas in Corruption Case

Source: Havana Times Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa returned to Quito from his home in Belgium last weekend. On Tuesday he expressed his willingness to testify in favor of imprisoned Vice President Jorge Glas in the trial over illicit association following alleged bribes by the Brazilian company, Odebrecht. Link: Ecuador: Correa to Testify

Havana Times Undergoes Changes

Source: Havana Times Dear Readers, it’s time to upgrade our website and how it operates. While the final migration takes place starting early on Wednesday we will be offline for a day or two but will be posting our articles on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/havanatimes?fref=ts Link: Havana Times Undergoes Changes

Recycled Materials Become Planters

Source: Havana Times With clay pots relatively expensive, those who are interested in planting a range of plants at their homes are improvising containers, the kind that pop up everywhere and don’t cost a cent. (11 photos) Link: Recycled Materials Become Planters

Borrowed Freedom: Necessary Art in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Alternative art projects on the island has been treated worse than a bastard child. And not exactly by Cuba. People embrace them and are thankful. For every natural event, there is also a natural audience that identifies with it. Link: Borrowed Freedom: Necessary Art in Cuba

Trying to Kill Ideas Doesn’t Work

Source: Havana Times The quotation “Ideas cannot be killed” is very well-known in Cuba whereby a Batista army officer stopped his angry colleagues who wanted to kill Fidel when he was captured after the failed attempt to take the Moncada barracks. It was the most convincing argument used by that enlightened sergeant, Sarria.

Big Turnout for Cuba’s Local Elections

Source: Havana Times If the results from the neighborhood elections held on Sunday are a good indicator, they showed considerable support for the Castro government. According to the Electoral Council the turnout was 85.94% and of those, 91.79% cast valid ballots. Link: Big Turnout for Cuba’s Local Elections

Our Work “Enemy of the People” Censored

Source: Havana Times After the vertigo of seeing empty seats during the performance, which only two viewers could come to, the collective of Teatro Kairos, especially we the author and the director of the play, want to share some of our impressions of this event. Link: Our Work “Enemy of the People” Censored

Final Results for Cuba’s Local Elections on Monday Afternoon

Source: Havana Times The lead story today in Granma, the Communist Party newspaper that circulates throughout the island, is that President/General Raul Castro voted on Sunday. In reality nobody thought that he wouldn’t. Final voter turnout figures are expected at 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Link: Final Results for Cuba’s Local Elections on Monday

Cuban VP Bets on Continuity of the Socialist System

Source: Havana Times The Cuban first vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, said today that continuity of the island’s socialist system will take place in 2018 when a new president is chosen. Link: Cuban VP Bets on Continuity of the Socialist System

Nicaraguan Police Block March against Violence

Source: Havana Times Nicaraguan police prevented groups of women on Saturday from moving from different provinces to the capital to participate in a national march for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Link: Nicaraguan Police Block March against Violence

Cuba Holds No-News Elections

Source: Havana Times Cuba holds neighborhood elections today to elect local delegates some of whom will make it to the city councils or even become national legislators. At most polling places voters will choose between two or more candidates all swearing to support the national government’s policies. Link: Cuba Holds No-News Elections

Who Needs a Visa to Enter Nicaragua?

Source: Havana Times Entering Nicaragua as a tourist is a simple process for citizens from 92 countries who don’t need a visa or special documents to enter. For 30 countries including Haiti and Cuba its quite an ordeal to enter the country. Link: Who Needs a Visa to Enter Nicaragua?

Spanish Co. Denies Reports of Sonic Attacks at Capri Hotel in Havana

Source: Havana Times The Spanish chain NH, owner of the Capri Hotel, has stated that it didn’t receive any complaints from clients with regard to the alleged sonic attacks that US diplomats based on the island suffered. Link: Spanish Co. Denies Reports of Sonic Attacks at Capri Hotel in Havana

The 9th HT Cuba Photo Contest Winners

Source: Havana Times Its time to bring you the winners and special mentions of our 9th Havana Times Cuba Photo Contest. The competition was very close this year with many excellent photos in each category. The 19-member jury worked hard to come up with their final selections. Link: The 9th HT Cuba Photo

Nostalgia and the Plight of Cuba’s Elderly

Source: Havana Times Comparing is one of the most difficult human things to do, whether that’s in writing or verbally including cries or applause. Nevertheless, it’s inherent to our nature and so we can’t avoid it. Link: Nostalgia and the Plight of Cuba’s Elderly

The Aptitude of Cuba’s Lawmakers

Source: Havana Times University degrees in Political Sciences or Public Administration don’t exist here in Cuba. Some postgraduate degrees in Public Administration are taught by Economy and Law professors who try to train up public officials in how to manage an institutionalism that has been inherited from the Soviet Union. Link: The Aptitude

The worst months in the year

Source: Havana Times Word has it that there are some people who are taking advantage of any situation and robbing what they can find: wallets, cellphones, money… I’m well aware that this happens in many countries, but today I’m talking about Havana. Link: The worst months in the year

My Neighborhood Candidate Selection Meeting

Source: Havana Times There was recently a meeting to choose the candidate/s for my district’s representative (el delegado), in my neighborhood of Guanabacoa, one of Havana’s outlying municipalities. Very few people came out for the 8 p.m. gathering, maybe 20 more or less. Link: My Neighborhood Candidate Selection Meeting

Havana Weather for November 23-29

Source: Havana Times Mornings with little clouds, which will increase in the afternoon and bring some isolated showers. Humidity will be high. The winds will be variable and weak, with speeds between 10 and 20 km/h. Link: Havana Weather for November 23-29

Havana Film Festival Preview

Source: Havana Times Cuba will be one of the countries with the greatest number of movies at this 39th edition of the Havana Film Festival and it will compete with two fiction feature films this year. Los buenos demonios by Gerardo Chijona and Sergio y Serguei by Ernesto Daranas. Link: Havana Film Festival

Cuba Rent Car, a Reason to Never Go Back

Source: Havana Times Car rental companies buy a car for 8,000 USD and then rent them out to tourists for two years, raking in approximately 50,000 USD and then they sell them on the national market for 40,000 USD. Renting out 1000 cars brings in 80 million USD every two years. Link: Cuba

Distorted Images: Being a Parent and Remember Back When…

Source: Havana Times As parents, it’s in our interest to forget how rebellious we were, our hate for school, our getaways, our drifting around. However, everything is born out of something, nothing just happens. Link: Distorted Images: Being a Parent and Remember Back When…

Cuba and North Korea Strengthen Close Ties

Source: Havana Times North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho met in Havana with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodríguez on Wednesday as the two countries reiterated their mutual support and rejection of foreign interference in their internal affairs. Link: Cuba and North Korea Strengthen Close Ties

Nicaragua Ready to Receive Central American Games

Source: Havana Times Nicaragua is ironing out the final details before receiving around 3500 athletes from 28 different sports disciplines next month for the XI Central American Games, government authorities in Managua reported on Tuesday. Link: Nicaragua Ready to Receive Central American Games

New Abuse of Power against Cuban Artist

Source: Havana Times If you wanted to make a film about the abuse of power, police violence, totalitarianism, repression and legal vulnerability that exists in Cuba, what happened yesterday to the artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara could serve as a good script. Link: New Abuse of Power against Cuban Artist

Moreno Challenges Correa to Hold Rallies in Ecuador

Source: Havana Times Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, challenged his predecessor Rafael Correa to travel to the country and hold mass rallies so that people could tell him what they thought about the last years of his leadership. Link: Moreno Challenges Correa to Hold Rallies in Ecuador

Fidel Castro, a Man Who Never Dies

Source: Havana Times Fidel Castro is a man who has been defamed and hated by the Revolution’s and socialism’s enemies, but admired and loved by every revolutionary in the world, and respected by those who, even though they aren’t revolutionaries… Link: Fidel Castro, a Man Who Never Dies

Havana from the Waist Down

Source: Havana Times Of the many ways to photograph people in the Cuban capital Juan Suarez decided to capture people going about their daily business or just hanging out but from the waist down. Here is what he saw. (24 photos) Link: Havana from the Waist Down

What It’s Like to Be a Doctor in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Exporting services is one of the Castro government’s most profitable businesses. When I say exporting services I’m saying leasing out specialized Cuban personnel to other countries, international organizations or even private companies. Link: What It’s Like to Be a Doctor in Cuba

CITGO-Venezuela Oil Executives Arrested for Corruption

Source: Havana Times Venezuela’s acting attorney general, Tarek William Saab, today informed of the arrest of the president and five executives of Citgo, a subsidiary in the United States of state oil company PDVSA, accused of signing financial contracts with conditions harmful to the industry. Link: CITGO-Venezuela Oil Executives Arrested for Corruption

More Harassment for this Democratic Socialist

Source: Havana Times Before being arrested for writing independent journalism and for believing in democratic socialism, I was getting things ready to take part in a course/workshop in Lima, Peru. As soon as I got out of jail, it was a race against time. Link: More Harassment for this Democratic Socialist

Old Havana Gets a Make-over at 498 Years Old

Source: Havana Times Works have been stepped up in the run up to the city’s 498th anniversary and they will continue to increase until the 500th anniversary, which will be celebrated on November 16, 2019. (12 photos) Link: Old Havana Gets a Make-over at 498 Years Old

Cuba’s Legislature Should Session Year Round

Source: Havana Times There is a permanent “state of emergency” style of leadership in Cuba that stands in the way of Cubans participation in the legislative process. Our Parliament only meets twice a year, a few days in July, another few days in December… Link: Cuba’s Legislature Should Session Year Round

Cuba Hosts Visit from North Korean FM

Source: Havana Times North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Young-ho arrives Monday in Havana for an official visit to the allied nation. He will meet with the Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez, reported Telesurtv. Link: Cuba Hosts Visit from North Korean FM

The 10-Block Pedestrian Zone on Cuba’s Isle of Youth

Source: Havana Times Boulevards for pedestrians are in fashion here in Cuba and provincial capitals compete to be the most beautiful and attractive. Nueva Gerona, the main city on the Isle of Youth, wasn’t left behind as the capital of the so-called Special Municipality, which is in fact an island province that appears…

In Cuba, Nothing Seems to Change

Source: Havana Times Roberto is an old neighbor who always talks to me about the same things over and over again. Julio, another old neighbor, repeats the same things to me, and these are the same things that are always going round and round in my head. Link: In Cuba, Nothing Seems to

What’s Cuba doing about violence against women?

Source: Havana Times In Cuba, we are advocating for an end to violence against women, but it continues to be institutionalized somewhat, justified by our idiosyncrasy, concealed by our kind of culture and in everyday life. Link: What’s Cuba doing about violence against women?

Abdel Legra, a Democrat More Than an Opponent

Source: Havana Times During the current Cuban electoral process, 650 dissidents and opponents attempted to become district representative candidates, exercising their due right as recognized in the Constitution and Electoral Law, as Cuban citizens. None of them were successful. Link: Abdel Legra, a Democrat More Than an Opponent

Finalists of the HT Cuba 2017 Photo Contest

Source: Havana Times After three rounds of selection today we bring you the finalists of the HT Cuba 2017 Photo Contest, our ninth event. The 19-member jury started with 1105 pictures from 144 photographers in the six categories. The final round includes 64 photos from 40 photographers who have at least one entry.

Havana Architecture: a Battle of Symbols

Source: Havana Times Since the very beginning, the formal elements desired since the beginning of the Republican era in 1902 complied with the search for a national architecture, relating to its own traditions, weather factors and Cuban lifestyle. (25 photos) Link: Havana Architecture: a Battle of Symbols

Nicaragua: “Enhancing” the Dictatorship?

Source: Havana Times There were no surprises in the November 5th municipal elections in Nicaragua. Just as in last year’s Presidential election, the official polling places shone empty due to the massive abstention, even as the Supreme Electoral Council took great pains to declare another record level of participation, manipulating at whim the…

The World Doesn’t Have Extremes

Source: Havana Times I’m sure that Cuba’s experience is already enough to find a path that can make Marti’s dream (“for all and for the well-being of all”) a reality without committing itself to any “-ism” and only using what works, ignoring parts of the world that only check minds and maps. Link:

New Cuban Photography Talents

Source: Havana Times I like it when Friday rolls around, as it’s the day that exhibitions are inaugurated in Old Havana’s different galleries. Being able to visit them and see what young artists in my country are creating makes me very happy. (13 photos) Link: New Cuban Photography Talents

Havana Weather for November 16-22

Source: Havana Times The days will be mostly clear, with some clouds in the afternoons and isolated showers. The winds will be from the north and the northeast, with speeds between 15 and 25 km/h, with higher gusts. The maximum temperatures will be between 26 and 28° C (79 and 82 F), while…

Cartas desde Cuba Blog Reaches 10!

Source: Havana Times This November, Cartas desde Cuba (Letters from Cuba) is celebrating its 10th anniversary of existence. Link: Cartas desde Cuba Blog Reaches 10!

Free Education in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Every human living on this planet knows that education is free in Cuba. And I know because I heard the Undefeated Comandante say it 272,397 times if I didn’t count them wrong, and I shouldn’t have because my education was free. Link: Free Education in Cuba

A Beauty Salon In The Middle of Old Havana

Source: Havana Times On our return from attending a global youth event in Sochi, Russia my two Grenadian colleagues and I decided to peruse Old Havana where our hostel was located. Separated from our delegation and depressed over our misplaced luggage, I thought it best we have an adventure in case our sanity…

My Arrest: A Depressing Episode

Source: Havana Times It was Friday afternoon. My three children, aged 2, 8 and 9 years old, were playing in the living room. Somebody knocked on the door and interrupted my quiet siesta next to my wife. Four cars were outside my house and a dozen counterintelligence and crime agents and policemen too.…

Amnesty International Says that Cuba Uses Labor as a “Tool of Repression”

Source: Havana Times The government of Cuba uses its control over the labor market and the threat of dismissals as a “tool of repression” to silence criticism, the human rights organization Amnesty International reported today in a report. Link: Amnesty International Says that Cuba Uses Labor as a “Tool of Repression”

A Friendly Hand

Source: Havana Times One day, I was coming back from one of the editions of a Havana Film Festival. I was walking alone back then; I didn’t need anyone to walk through the capital’s Vedado neighborhood, from movie theater to movie theater, backpack on my shoulder… Link: A Friendly Hand

A Moment with Marta Maria Borras

Source: Havana Times We interview the young Cuban filmmaker Marta Maria Borras. “As a director and scriptwriter, I’m very interested in my stories not having a closed story; I rather try to open up the narrative to multiple readings. This is a very difficult task for me, and it’s always an attempt.” Link:

Venezuelan Government and Creditors Meeting Ended without Agreement

Source: Havana Times The meeting between the Venezuelan government and bondholders of Venezuela’s foreign debt ended Monday without an agreement, even though the government stated that the process of renegotiating to find better payment conditions has had a “postive” start. Link: Venezuelan Government and Creditors Meeting Ended without Agreement

Good and Bad News for Havana DotA Players

Source: Havana Times In spite of the first DotA tournament in Cuba, organized by ADEC (Cuba’s eSports Group), being interrupted by Hurricane Irma, it has continued to take place at the Central I.T. Palace in Central Havana. Link: Good and Bad News for Havana DotA Players

Trump, a Dangerous President

Source: Havana Times The process of establishing bilateral relations between Cuba and the US has been hurt lots of times. The Cuban government position has always been the same, inflexible and with its backward politics. Link: Trump, a Dangerous President

Hunter Hunted, More on Gender Violence in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Conner Gorry’s article, Me too: Gender Violence in Havana, took me back to an incident that happened a long time ago, which I still remember, even when, let’s just say, my memory isn’t the best. Link: Hunter Hunted, More on Gender Violence in Cuba

Cuba State Security Frees HT Writer Osmel Ramirez

Source: Havana Times Osmel Ramirez Alvarez, a Havana Times contributing writer, arrested last Friday at his home in Mayarí and later taken to a State Security facility in the city of Holguin, in northeastern Cuba, was released late Monday afternoon. Link: Cuba State Security Frees HT Writer Osmel Ramirez

“Work” in Cuba Means Working for the State

Source: Havana Times This “work” business has so many implications here in Cuba and there are so many ways of looking at it which are the same in number as any sea urchin’s razor-sharp spikes. Working implies, among other things, that there is payment for the work being done. And this payment, at…

I Don’t Want to Live to 120 Years Old

Source: Havana Times In Cuba, it’s no secret to anyone that the population is aging more and more as the days go by. The reasons for this are many, but there are two main ones: low birth rates, also for many different reasons, and the advances made in medicine and healthcare. Link: I

Bribes and red carpets

Source: Havana Times A friend told me about an ethical conflict: he had managed to get a medical appointment for his wife who has problems with her thyroid. He was even given the “gift” he’d have to hand over to the specialist. Link: Bribes and red carpets

Nicaragua: Why There Was No Abstention in 1990

Source: Havana Times The reasons for the abstention, and for which it will be ever more difficult to mobilize the population to participate in these civic campaigns, aren’t on account of the opposition leaders but are directly attributable to President Ortega and Vice President Murillo. Link: Nicaragua: Why There Was No Abstention in

Why Did Granma Fire its Director?

Source: Havana Times According to the announcement published by Granma newspaper, the Cuban Communist Party’s official press, Pelayo Terry Cuervo, the director of this newspaper, the country’s main one, was “released” from his position because of mistakes he had made. Link: Why Did Granma Fire its Director?

HT Writer Osmel Ramírez Moved to State Security Center in Holguin

Source: Havana Times We learned that on Saturday morning HT contributing writer Osmel Ramirez was transferred to the city of Holguín, about 90 kilometers away, and is currently being held in the State Security Police Training Center, better known as Pedernales. Link: HT Writer Osmel Ramírez Moved to State Security Center in Holguin

A Cuban Trait or the Result of a Sociological Experiment?

Source: Havana Times I don’t know if living by day by day is a trait of the Cuban people or whether it’s another result of the sociological experiment that has been carried out on our people, but this conversation with my barber (which I’ve transcribed word for word) has left me thinking about…

HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest – Second Cut

Source: Havana Times Here are the 135 pictures from 52 photographers that have made it past the second cut of the 2017 HT Cuba Photo Contest. The 19-member jury has begun making their picks in Round Three. We hope to post the finalists on or before Saturday November 18. (135 photos) Link: HT

Havana Times Contributing Writer Arrested

Source: Havana Times Today, our contributing writer from Mayari, Holguín, Osmel Ramirez Alvarez, was arrested, reported a family member. The agents also took with them Osmel’s laptop, hard drive and other belongings. His whereabouts are unknown at this moment. Link: Havana Times Contributing Writer Arrested

Cuba Looks to Expand its Open Pit Nickel Mines

Source: Havana Times Cuba’s nickel industry is looking to expand its strip mines in search of this precious metal. According to Juan Ruiz Quintana, the managing director of Mining at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, “geological studies to discover new areas rich in this and other metals” are underway. Link: Cuba Looks

Me Too: Gender Violence in Havana

Source: Havana Times I’ve been physically assaulted twice. Both times I was walking home alone at night. And both times I was compromising my safety. In the first instance, circa 1993 in Monterey, California, I was drunk. In the second instance, I had earbuds in, music blasting, as I walked down Calle 23…

Havana Alternative Biennial Promoter Luis Manuel Otero Released on Bail

Source: Havana Times Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara was released on bail from Police custody on Thursday at 4 in the afternoon. His legal situation is still complicated because he is awaiting trial, without a precise date. Link: Havana Alternative Biennial Promoter Luis Manuel Otero Released on Bail

Granma Newspaper Director Gets the Boot

Source: Havana Times The director of Granma, the official Cuban Communist Party newspaper, is dismissed and the explanation given does not complete 4 lines. The lack of transparency of those who control the Cuban press is proverbial, their sanctions are always exemplary and their power continues to be unlimited. Link: Granma Newspaper Director

Old Cars in Havana

Source: Havana Times At the beginning of the 90s, when the only expectation that Cuba generated towards the world, was to see how long the socialist regime lasted, a friend told me that Havana was known as the rolling museum, referring to the number of US-made cars prior to 1959 that were still…

Trump Ends Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans

Source: Havana Times US affirms that Daniel Ortega’s government never requested an extension of the Temporary Protected Status for the over 5,000 affected Nicaraguan immigrants. EFE / Confidencial HAVANA TIMES – The Trump administration has ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans, leaving more than 5,000 Nicaraguan immigrants in limbo. The status…

Cuba Has Great Potential for Healthy Tourism

Source: Havana Times Tourism in Cuba should be developed taking into account the permanent presence of Irma and Trump, thinking that there will always be a hurricane in the Caribbean or a president at the White House who is willing to run the locomotive of Cuba’s economy off the tracks. Link: Cuba Has

The Land of Exile

Source: Havana Times Ever since I can remember, I remember that I used to imagine foreign countries as alien civilizations or lands from another world, like other children did from my generation. Link: The Land of Exile

Havana Weather for November 9-15

Source: Havana Times The days will be warm, with the presence of low clouds and isolated afternoon showers associated with daytime warming and high humidity. The high temperatures will be between 29 and 30° C (84 F and 86 F), while the lows will be 22 and 23° C (72 and 73 F).

The Detention of Cuban Artist Luis Otero is Everyone’s Business

Source: Havana Times Among artists an admirable support for Luis Manuel Otero has generated; social networks have been active and we know that they can be a good tool even in Cuba, where few access them. Link: The Detention of Cuban Artist Luis Otero is Everyone’s Business

New US Policy Changes on Cuba Take Effect

Source: Havana Times The Trump administration announced today regulations that will make it more difficult, but not impossible, for US citizens to visit Cuba and establishes new limits on commercial transactions with the island. Link: New US Policy Changes on Cuba Take Effect

US Blockade on Cuba, Mistake or Wise Move?

Source: Havana Times Any act of blocking is wrong and can even be a crime depending on the circumstances. Whether that’s between countries, ethnicities or even between people from the same country. Cuba, poor Cuba, who has suffered so many blockades! Link: US Blockade on Cuba, Mistake or Wise Move?

Is Censorship of Artists a Tradition on Cuban TV?

Source: Havana Times Over the past three years, several members from the Vivir del cuento (Living by one’s wits) team, including the director and the more well-known actors, had asked me to write for the program. I told them yes from the beginning… Link: Is Censorship of Artists a Tradition on Cuban TV?

Alternative Havana Biennial Still Happening

Source: Havana Times Let me explain why the press conference scheduled Monday afternoon to formally announce the opening for submissions to the #00 Havana Biennial was canceled. Link: Alternative Havana Biennial Still Happening

FSLN Takes 135 City Halls after Local Elections

Source: Havana Times The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) has awarded 135 of the country’s 153 mayoralties to the Sandinista Front, after receiving 98.76% of the Voting tabulation sheets from Sunday’s municipal elections. The ruling party will control the 15 departmental capitals of the country, and the two main cities of the autonomous regions…

Abuse Isn’t only a Beating

Source: Havana Times This year, I was invited to take part in the Pinar del Rio carnival celebrations. There was a healthy and festive atmosphere in spite of the suffocating heat and the exorbitant prices of food on offer at kiosks. Link: Abuse Isn’t only a Beating

Foreigners and a Credit Card

Source: Havana Times In Cuba, where we all know the average wage is low and is not enough to satisfy our basic needs, people find themselves forced to look for an illegal way to improve their lives, other times it’s just not a very honest way. Link: Foreigners and a Credit Card

A 100 years after the Russian Revolution

Source: Havana Times On October 25th 1917 (November 7th using the Gregorian calendar), events unfolded that “shook” the world, according to US author John Reed. Link: A 100 years after the Russian Revolution

Cuba: A Lot of Noise, Not Enough Respect

Source: Havana Times The issue of noise in Cuba has been one of the most popular and repetitive on a daily basis, for a while now. Not precisely because of the science fiction saga where US diplomats have been affected by sonic weapons and left with hearing loss, but because of contemporary Cuban…

Call for Entries in the Alternative Havana Biennial May 2018

Source: Havana Times The Museum of Politically Uneasy Art, alongside a group of independent Cuban spaces, artists, theorists and curators are calling for entries for the #00 Havana Biennial which will take place from May 5-15, 2018 in the Cuban capital. Link: Call for Entries in the Alternative Havana Biennial May 2018

Ortega’s FSLN Wins Local Elections Throughout Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times After a lackluster campaign with virtually no legal opposition, the candidates of the FSLN party of the presidential couple Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, swept to victory Sunday as expected throughout the country. Link: Ortega’s FSLN Wins Local Elections Throughout Nicaragua

Island II the Continuation of a Project (video)

Source: Havana Times The short film is dedicated to everyone who has needed to emigrate to find opportunities and try and prosper in another place. It is the second installment of something that was initially going to be a trilogy, and is dedicated to my friends and acquaintances. Link: Island II the Continuation

Joke of the Day

Source: Havana Times Last Thursday at 3 PM, somebody knocked on my house door. Who is it at this time of day? I asked myself, curious, as I’m not used to receiving visits at home at this time in the afternoon. Link: Joke of the Day

FSLN without Competition in Sunday’s Municipal Elections

Source: Havana Times On Sunday November 5, Nicaragua holds nationwide local elections but only in 19 of the 153 municipalities in the country is there a resemblance of electoral competition between the Sandinista Front and other authorized parties. Likewise, the process has been plagued by irregularities. Link: FSLN without Competition in Sunday’s Municipal

Nicaragua Votes Sunday for Municipal Authorities

Source: Havana Times Some 3.6 million people are eligible to vote Sunday in the municipal elections in Nicaragua, where the ruling Sandinista Front will seek to impose itself on seven weak rivals (some considered allies) and expand its power to nearly all of the 153 cities in the country. Link: Nicaragua Votes Sunday

Cuba’s State-run Food Establishments Obsessed with Repairs

Source: Havana Times Even though a large number of establishments used during the last half a century by the state-owned food service sector were leased out or managed by cooperatives, over 50% still remain under government control. Repairing a state-run establishments is a lucrative business, they allocate materials and a lot of them…

HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest – First Cut

Source: Havana Times The time has come to present the surviving photos from the first cut of our HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest. A total of 81 participants managed to have at least one photo make it to round two, which now includes a total of 235 pictures, down from 1,105 from 144…

Yuliesky Gourriel, the Rookie Champion from Cuba

Source: Havana Times For 13 seasons, Yuliesky Gourriel was unsuccessfully looking for the crown in Cuba’s National Baseball League. However, in his first full season in Major League Baseball, he won the champion ring with the Houston Astros. Link: Yuliesky Gourriel, the Rookie Champion from Cuba

Venezuelan petrocasas: a Polluting Solution for Cuba

Source: Havana Times Losing your home or roof after a hurricane hits can be one of the most awful experiences you can ever have. Maybe protected by this sad reality, the Cuban government is taking the luxury of building the famous Venezuelan petrocasas (“oil houses” a kind of family house that is produced…

Souls have no color

Source: Havana Times We all know that children come into this world without any prejudice. Their way of thinking and expressing themselves is so sincere that they can even be cruel to each other, but they are so naive at the same time that they forget any brawl they’ve had a few moments…

Where Cuba Fits in the Newly Declassified JFK Files

Source: Havana Times The declassified documents reveal that self-harm attacks were a part of the US strategy against Cuba. They ome at a very interesting time when Washington is accusing Cuba of attacking US diplomats at its embassy in Havana with a fantasy sonic weapon. Link: Where Cuba Fits in the Newly Declassified

Havana Weather for November 2-8

Source: Havana Times The days will be pleasant with isolated cloud cover and occasional showers. The winds will be from the northeast with speeds between 15 and 25 km, higher on the coast. The high temperatures will be between 28 and 30° C (82 F and 86 F), while the lows will oscillate…

Perspectives for Cuba and its Diaspora

Source: Havana Times The long-awaited and highly-acclaimed suspension of the first immigration measures, which have had such a negative effect on Cubans on both sides of the Florida Strait, is an encouraging sign of the upper echelons in the Cuban government’s capacity to reflect, be mature and willingness to correct what needs to…

US-Cuba: Bridges vs. Walls

Source: Havana Times A bridge manages to unite something that has been divided by geography, politics or prejudice. In the case of the United States and Cuba, it’s a pressing need rather than a symbol. (10 photos) Link: US-Cuba: Bridges vs. Walls

Cuba-US Dispute, All in the Family?

Source: Havana Times I won’t pull any punches… I believe that there isn’t a Cuba-US dispute. It doesn’t exist; I think it’s a publicity ruse by a family, the Castro-Diaz-Balarts, who managed to take control of Cuban politics in the two places it exists, Havana and Washington, over the past more than half…

UN Votes Wednesday on Resolution against US Embargo on Cuba

Source: Havana Times The UN General Assembly will once again vote on Wednesday to condemn the US embargo on Cuba. The non-binding resolution has been submitted by Cuba for the last 25 years, receiving overwhelming approval. Link: UN Votes Wednesday on Resolution against US Embargo on Cuba

Sex and Songs

Source: Havana Times Like everyone else, among most of the things I have heard about and have learned something about are those that are sex-related. Some go back to the days of my childhood, as is common. Link: Sex and Songs

Getting Used to Living in Misery

Source: Havana Times On a normal day, you plan to go shopping early in the morning so you can get back quickly and make the most of your time, but, the illusion of having a productive day is quickly shattered. Link: Getting Used to Living in Misery

Cuba Says Close to Foreign Investment Goal Despite Trump

Source: Havana Times The Cuban economy received some US $2 billion of promised foreign investment this year despite the US embargo and the confrontation between the two countries since the presidency of Donald Trump, Rodrigo Malmierca, Minister of Foreign Trade, announced Monday. Link: Cuba Says Close to Foreign Investment Goal Despite Trump

Public Wi-Fi Price Drop in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Good news today for Cubans with the ability to pay to connect to the Internet from the public Wi-Fi points around the country, Etecsa, the telecommunications monopoly, has dropped the price from 1.50 to 1.00 CUC (similar in USD) for an hour’s online time. Link: Public Wi-Fi Price Drop in

Ups and Downs of Cuba’s Emerging Private Sector

Source: Havana Times For Tony, a young self-employed worker from Mayari, it’s normal to have a hard time with the bureaucracy. He doesn’t understand why but it’s normal. He’s been setting up his Weekly Package recording “business” for a whole month and he still can’t start working. Link: Ups and Downs of Cuba’s

TS Philippe Went Easy on Cuba

Source: Havana Times Tropical Storm Phillipe, a rather disperse and relatively weak weather system passed over Cuba on Saturday without causing any destruction reported to date. The largest accumulation of rains occurred in the provinces from Mayabeque, east of Havana, to Ciego de Avila, reported official sources. Link: TS Philippe Went Easy on

Cuba Reduces Restrictions on Cubans Abroad

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government announced today that it will facilitate the acquisition of citizenship for children born to Cubans abroad and will eliminate some of the obstacles imposed on emigrants for trips to the island. Link: Cuba Reduces Restrictions on Cubans Abroad

Tropical Storm Philippe Passing through Cuba

Source: Havana Times At 6 p.m. Saturday Tropical Storm Philippe was over the western provinces of Artemisa to Matanzas including Havana. Somewhat disorganized, the most dangerous aspect of the system can be the rains, reported the Cuban Forecast Center (Insmet). Link: Tropical Storm Philippe Passing through Cuba

Tropical Depression Approaches Cuba

Source: Havana Times The center of a Tropical Depression with 55 km/h winds is swiftly approaching western Cuba. It is expected to pass over very near the Isle of Youth in the early afternoon and move through the mainland in the late afternoon and evening. Link: Tropical Depression Approaches Cuba

US Blockade on Cuba is a Crime against Humanity

Source: Havana Times Cuba will soon present to the UN General Assembly its resolution called “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”. A similar resolution has been approved 25 times before and which the US has completely ignored. Link: US Blockade on

Looking After Your Behind

Source: Havana Times I was walking past the CIMEX stores, in the Sierra Maestra building in Miramar, and I saw a huge line. I was surprised as the home hygiene department is normally not very busy and empty most of the time… Link: Looking After Your Behind

Venezuela Municipal Elections Moved Forward

Source: Havana Times Venezuela’s all-powerful Constituent Assembly moved the country’s mayoral elections forward to December, after the government had a landslide victory in the regional elections on October 15th, dpa news reported on Thursday. Link: Venezuela Municipal Elections Moved Forward

Cuba Suddenly on Alert for New Tropical Storm

Source: Havana Times A tropical depression, mostly likely soon to be tropical storm, formed today north of Honduras and its initial projected track has it crossing western Cuba sometime on Saturday where a Tropical Storm warning was issued by the National Hurricane Center. Link: Cuba Suddenly on Alert for New Tropical Storm

Sonic Attacks in Cuba: We’ve All Been Affected

Source: Havana Times Why then is the information that the Cuban people are receiving on the matter the worn-out rhetoric of imperialism-related lies, manipulation and reprisals? Why isn’t there a single and coherent argument? Link: Sonic Attacks in Cuba: We’ve All Been Affected

Sister cities, hurricanes and regional integration

Source: Havana Times I don’t want to make comparisons between feelings of being an outsider and the deep emotional tie to my country, to its sun, its people, who might be the bitter wine that Jose Marti warned us about. Link: Sister cities, hurricanes and regional integration

Nicaraguan Human Rights Center: “Conditions for free choice are non-existent”

Source: Havana Times Cenidh, the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center, assured that “conditions to guarantee that the citizenry of all the municipalities freely elect their mayors and city council members are non-existent.” Link: Nicaraguan Human Rights Center: “Conditions for free choice are non-existent”

Che’s Time in Miami and his “Hate for Imperialism”

Source: Havana Times Very little is known about the time Che spent in Miami. There’s not very much to know anyway. An accidental and forced stop, while he was traveling back to Argentina to get his medicine degree. The delay extended further than expected and Ernesto went around and around in a foreign…

The Secrets of Cuba’s Ballet School

Source: Havana Times Today, over 900 children study at Cuba’s ballet academies, which are a huge talent pool for national dance and also for some of the world’s most renowned companies, where Cubans have shone, believed to be the “21st century” Russians according to critics. Link: The Secrets of Cuba’s Ballet School

A Film that Evokes the Memory of Many Cubans

Source: Havana Times In Havana, a very alluring movie is being passed from USB to USB, especially among natives of Cuba, which is called “La Singular Historia de Juan sin Nada” (The unique story of Juan with nothing.) Link: A Film that Evokes the Memory of Many Cubans

Havana Weather for Oct. 26 – Nov. 1

Source: Havana Times For this coming week there will be cooler days, with isolated cloudiness and showers and occasional rainfall in the capital. The maximum temperatures will decrease slightly, ranging between 24 and 28° C (75 and 82 F), while the minimum temperatures will be between 20 and 21° C (68 and 70…

The Venezuelan Opposition Divides: What Happened?

Source: Havana Times In the wake of a poor showing in the October 15th governor elections, Venezuela’s opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), is on the verge of splitting up nearly two years after its landslide victory in the legislative elections in December 2015. Link: The Venezuelan Opposition Divides: What Happened?

Our Greatest Achievement as Cubans

Source: Havana Times If there is an accomplishment that we can talk about as Cubans, it’s the one that we can call “the non-solidarity Cubans have for their fellow Cubans.” Yep… this is the greatest of all, because all of the others have weakened over time. Link: Our Greatest Achievement as Cubans

Will Fans in Cuba Get to See the World Series?

Source: Havana Times The voice ran from mouth to mouth, and social networks exploded: the World Series of Major League Baseball was to be broadcast live in Cuba. Informed sources gave it as a fact, and thousands of fans gathered before their television on Tuesday evening to enjoy the game on the state-owned…

Curious Differences between Cubans

Source: Havana Times For a while now, the difference between Cubans who have been living here ever since they were born and haven’t gone anywhere other than to their work and their children’s school and those who live outside Cuba has caught my attention. Link: Curious Differences between Cubans

Havana, Cuba’s Showcase

Source: Havana Times In the provinces, Havana is idealized. “The best things are there”, “the most beautiful”, “the most sophisticated”. There is even a discriminatory phrase: “Havana is Cuba and the rest is just fields.” But how dirty and poorly maintained Havana is! Link: Havana, Cuba’s Showcase

Russia Opens Police Training Center in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Four years after the project was originally announced, the “Russia-Nicaragua anti-narcotics training center” was inaugurated this week in the residential suburb of Managua known as Las Colinas, near Moscow’s embassy. Link: Russia Opens Police Training Center in Nicaragua

Cuba: Takes on Reforms and Economic Challenges

Source: Havana Times New forms of economic management that have become established in Cuba need greater expression, recognition and legal support and coordination with state companies, participants at a workshop about the subject on October 20th in Havana agreed. Link: Cuba: Takes on Reforms and Economic Challenges

Cuba Shines at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students

Source: Havana Times The Cuban delegation stood out as soon as it arrived in Sochi, Russia where it was lauded with cries of “Viva Cuba! Viva Fidel!” And their participation was especially highlighted in all political and cultural activities. Link: Cuba Shines at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students

Precarious Housing Before and After Hurricane Irma

Source: Havana Times A wall made out of palm tree boards and a table. This is the only thing left standing in Iris Leidy Cedeno’s home; the rest – that is to say, the other palm tree boarded walls and some cardboard partitions – came tumbling down as soon as Hurricane Irma began…

Cuba’s Cayo Coco Airport Reopens

Source: Havana Times For those planning to visit Cuba’s famed Cayo Coco’s resorts this fall/winter high season, there is some good news just out from Prensa Latina. The Jardines del Rey international airport has resumed operations after repairs were made in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Link: Cuba’s Cayo Coco Airport Reopens

Cuba Prioritizes Foreign Debt Despite Hard Year

Source: Havana Times Cuban banking authorities have just paid US $2.6 billion in debt owed to the Paris Club, that conglomerate of 14 wealthy countries. The news has not been given by Cuba’s official media, perhaps out of modesty, which is what I can think of right now. Link: Cuba Prioritizes Foreign Debt

The Event: “Another Poet Commits Suicide”

Source: Havana Times On Friday, October 20, National Culture Day, an event called Another poet commits suicide was inaugurated, prepared by the Museum of Dissidence in Cuba and Amaury Pacheco, founder of OMNI Zona Franca. Today, Sunday October 22nd is the final day. (17 photos) Link: The Event: “Another Poet Commits Suicide”

Trusting Rain

Source: Havana Times Collecting rain-water is a way of life in Bermuda, like it could be in many countries including many parts of Cuba. Each household is responsible for their water supply. Few travelers to the spectacular island are aware of this centuries old method of water conservation. Link: Trusting Rain

Eighth Street in Quito

Source: Havana Times Everything came about as a result of the exodus of Cubans to Ecuador which took place in 2008, when the Ecuadorian government allowed Cubans to enter the country without the need for a visa. Cubans came in droves, some to continue on their journey to the United States and others…

Old Doors in Havana

Source: Havana Times Old chronicles tell us that Havana used to be covered in timber-yielding trees before it was a city, where Manilkara trees, cedars, mahogany and the reddish rosewood trees would keep the earth cool and damp. (27 photos) Link: Old Doors in Havana

When Cuba was the Center of Global Attention

Source: Havana Times The United States and Soviet Union were never so close to a nuclear face-off as they were in October 1962, when the US discovered Soviet missiles on the island. “The decision to install missiles was the Soviets’ initiative to deter a US invasion,” Tomas Diez Acosta, a retired military man…

Nicaragua Unveils a Modern Baseball Stadium

Source: Havana Times After a 36 million USD investment and nearly two years of building work, Nicaragua unveiled on Thursday its new national baseball stadium in one of the capital’s central neighborhoods. Link: Nicaragua Unveils a Modern Baseball Stadium

Guantanamo’s “Chamacos”

Source: Havana Times Kids of any age are often referred to as “chamacos”. In Guantanamo province it is a popularized slang that extends beyond adolescents, even between adults. (12 photos) Link: Guantanamo’s “Chamacos”

Sonic Attacks: Cubans Don’t Take Them Sitting Down

Source: Havana Times By now we’re all aware of the charges flying around the world that United States diplomats— and lately even casual tourists— may have been victims of scurrilous “sonic attacks” which left them near-deaf and near-daft. Link: Sonic Attacks: Cubans Don’t Take Them Sitting Down

Cuba’s Reform Process, What’s Changed?

Source: Havana Times There are people who reached the reforms process at the same time as the rest of us but they came with certain advantages: former high-ranking officials from important state-owned companies, with important connections, expertise and know-how. Link: Cuba’s Reform Process, What’s Changed?

Cardenas, Matanzas a Month after Irma

Source: Havana Times I recently had the privilege of visiting Cardenas, a few weeks after Hurricane Irma swept through to the north of this city in the Matanzas province. I walked down some of its streets and talked to locals… (10 photos) Link: Cardenas, Matanzas a Month after Irma

What Cuba Loses Because of its Incompetent Farm Bureaucracy

Source: Havana Times How much does Cuba lose each year because of the inefficiency of its agricultural bureaucracy? Let’s take a look at some of the hard figures. The answer is as shocking as it is inexplainable for a country with limited resources. Link: What Cuba Loses Because of its Incompetent Farm Bureaucracy

Havana Weather for October 19-25

Source: Havana Times The days will be cloudy from the morning on, and in the afternoon there will be showers and isolated showers, which will be more likely to the south of the capital. Link: Havana Weather for October 19-25

A Woman’s Place

Source: Havana Times Sexual object, sex slave, Barbie. For decades, women didn’t have the right to vote. Very few women have been the president of a country. She was reduced to giving birth without being able to stop it, constrained to the home almost by decree. Link: A Woman’s Place

Boris Lurie in Havana

Source: Havana Times Boris Lurie’s exhibition in Havana brings the NO ART movement to the temporary exhibit room at Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts. It includes nearly a hundreds of his works and will be on display until January 7, 2018. (21 photos) Link: Boris Lurie in Havana

A Cuba-USA Story of Here and There

Source: Havana Times Danay and Juan are two regular young people out of the many here in Cuba who have been wanting to emigrate for a long time. They were born and raised during the cumbersome Special Period crisis of the 1990s and they became adults in the middle of the transformation period…

Another Water Crisis and My Possible Solution

Source: Havana Times I thought that my activism had resolved the water problem on my block, but when the problem is just as bad or worse, I thought that maybe it was hurricane Irma’s fault. It’s been more than a week now since this precious liquid hasn’t come to my home. Link: Another

Venezuela Votes for Peace, Sacrificing its Democracy

Source: Havana Times For the vast majority of Venezuelans, it’s a fact that there are two huge problems in their country: a breakdown in democracy and a breakdown in the economy. Both of these ingredients together make the perfect coctail for corruption, tyranny and increased violence. Link: Venezuela Votes for Peace, Sacrificing its

Excuses in US Foreign Policy

Source: Havana Times Nobody should be surprised about the fact that today, the current US president is using an excuse so as to take US-Cuba relations back to what they were during the Cold War. Link: Excuses in US Foreign Policy

Cuba Offers Cheaper Nicotine for the Revolution and the Future

Source: Havana Times While some might say business is business, Repatrado sees a series contradiction in lucrative State owned tobacco companies lowering the price of cigarettes and promoting their consumption in Cuba, especially among the youth, and the costs to the national health system in the medium and long run. Link: Cuba Offers

YouTube’s Maternal Side

Source: Havana Times An unusual pleasure which some of us all share in some way or another is that of knowing how somebody we like is, what they are doing, what they are up to in their day-to-day lives. But not a relative or a friend, someone we don’t even know. Link: YouTube’s

A Rapist on the Loose in Alamar, The Movie

Source: Havana Times Alamar is unsettled, news of a rapist running around on the loose through the neighborhood’s streets interrupts any conversation, outshining the increase in agro-market prices and livening up lines. There are so many different versions; sometimes, dates get mixed up, the number of victims varies, but the reality is that…

Matanzas after Irma, a Three-Act Play

Source: Havana Times Elaine Diaz takes us to Matanzas province where she gathers the stories of a fisherman, a farmer and a survivor of Hurricane Irma. Link: Matanzas after Irma, a Three-Act Play

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

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