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August 19, 2017

Cuba

China Replaces Venezuela as Cuba’s Main Trade Partner

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

Five Cubans among victims in Barcelona and Cambrils

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

New Beauty Standards

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

Racial discrimination in Cuba

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

Cuba, Sun and Skin Cancer

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

The Swindled

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

A Talk about “Transformative Technology”

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

Havana Weather for August 17-23

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

Ecuador: Lenin Moreno, the Troubling Successor to Rafael Correa

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

My Last Interview in Havana

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

Is Otaku Culture Dying Out in Cuba?

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

Florida’s Gay Village, Life Stories and a Sauna

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

Bianca Jagger Protests in Nicaragua with Farmers against Canal Project

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

Maduro Pops into Cuba to Honor Fidel’s Birthday

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

Why the Scooter Ban in Cienfuegos, Cuba?

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

Orlando Nenninger Draws on Cloth and Bodies

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

Montreal Celebrates “Pride at Work” 7th Anniversary

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

My Other Mother

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

My Reply to a Dangerous Threat

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

Manzanillo and the Missing Medicines

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

Guardalavaca, an Idyllic Resort in Cuba’s East

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

Does Cuba have Weapons against Diplomat Eardrums?

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

Antigona the Process (Video)

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

Venezuela Regional Elections Moved up to October

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

Trump Launches New Threat against Venezuela

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

Cuba: the ’68 Revolutionary Offensive Reedited

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

Selling off Nicaraguan Sovereignty: Then and Now

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

Canadian Diplomats in Cuba also Victims of Mystery Illness

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

Maduro’s Anti-electoral Trap

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

Money in Venezuela and Day to Day Strategies

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

Air Europa Pilots Ask to Avoid Venezuela

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

Wierd “Incident” at US Embassy in Havana

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

Raul Castro Elated with Events in Venezuela

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

The Socialist Ideal Smeared Again

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

Public Transport in Cuba: New Plans, Old Executors

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

Cuba Backtracks: Freezing a Dream?

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

Havana Weather for August 10-16

Source: Havana Times During this 7-day forecast periods the days will be hot, with partly cloudy skies and afternoon rains. The humidity will remain high, which will slightly intensify the sensation of heat. Link: Havana Weather for August 10-16

The Sickle and the Diamond. Convertible Pesos and Beliefs

Source: Havana Times I don’t know how it must have been in China, but the phenomenon of a new wealthy class within what is still an “egalitarian” socialist Cuba, greatly resembles what happened in Russia. Generals, historic revolutionaries and their descendants make up the new stock of power, who are responsible for representing…

US Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

Source: Havana Times The United States today imposed sanctions on eight more Venezuelan officials, all related to the recently installed Constituent Assembly and among whom is the older brother of the late President Hugo Chavez. Link: US Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

Seventeen Countries Condemn Democratic Rupture in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Seventeen American countries have condemned the “democratic rupture of Venezuela’s democratic order” and said that they will not recognize measures that the recently-elected Constitutional Assembly adopts in this country, because of “its illegitimate nature”. At the same time, the ALBA alliance gave its full support to President Maduro. Link: Seventeen

My Mistake on Entrepreneurship in Cuba

Source: Havana Times I feel I have the moral obligation to publicly confess my mistake. And I’m not embarrassed at all because this often happens in this profession, when you are navigating through these waters which, on occasions, demand foresight. Link: My Mistake on Entrepreneurship in Cuba

Cuba Says New Business Licenses Will Be Issued

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government said Tuesday that the suspension of new licenses for the private sector will not be maintained for “a very long period of time,” local media reported. What “not very long” means in Cuban terms is left to the interpretation of each person. Link: Cuba Says New Business

Amnesty Int. Begins Global Campaign to Repeal the Nicaragua Canal Law

Source: Havana Times This past Thursday in Managua, Nicaragua, Amnesty International launched a “global campaign” to demand the repeal of Law 840, which awards a concession for the construction of an Inter-Oceanic Canal to the Chinese company HKND Group. The initiative accompanied the presentation of a report prepared by this organization for the…

What Comes after the Debate

Source: Havana Times Do the following exercise: stop and stand in a line, at a bus stop, on a street corner… and listen to what people say. In the majority of cases, they will be talking about politics. Because food, the transport situation, what the media says or doesn’t say, wages, changes… are…

Security Forces Hunt for Venezuelan Military Base Attackers

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan security forces were still looking for a supposed rebel group today who had attacked a military base in the center of the country and had managed to get a hold of weapons. Link: Security Forces Hunt for Venezuelan Military Base Attackers

Cuba Gov. Shuts Down Accounting Cooperative

Source: Havana Times Cuban authorities have ordered the Scenius cooperative, which is dedicated to providing accounting services and is the most important in the country in its field, to close down. It has been accused of unspecified “serious and repeated violations.” Link: Cuba Gov. Shuts Down Accounting Cooperative

Arriving in the USA and My Border Control Interview

Source: Havana Times A backpack and two suitcases was my baggage to fly from Terminal 2 at the Jose Marti Airport in Havana, to Fort Lauderdale in the United States on June 30th 2017. “Florida, wait for me I’m coming,” I said to myself while waiting for my flight once I’d got through…

Divers in Cuba and their Health

Source: Havana Times Anybody who hears the word “diver” has an image of a man dressed in a wet suit, a mask on his face and an oxygen tank pop into their back, a person who fishes or investigates the depths of the world’s seas. However, there is a new kind of diver…

A Cuban Lover of Time

Source: Havana Times Alberto Santiago has been a clock engineer ever since he was 8 years old; “I learned the profession alone. I like the mechanism in Soviet alarm clocks, in clock-towers, pendulum clocks and watches.” Now 61, he knows his profession extremely well. He lives in Rio Hondo in Cuba’s western Artemisa…

World Bank Confirms: a Third of Nicaraguans Live in Poverty

Source: Havana Times Despite recent social advances, there is still a high proportion of Nicaraguans living in poverty. Although poverty has diminished in the last years, approximately one third of the population (some 1.7 million Nicaraguans) lived with a per capita consumption below the official general poverty line in 2014. Link: World Bank

Venezuela: The Axe Falls on the Attorney General

Source: Havana Times The National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, a plenipotentiary body controlled by the ruling party, today in its first action dismissed Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz, a leading voice in recent months of those opposed to the policies of President Maduro, including the violent repression of protesters. Link: Venezuela: The Axe

More than 40 months of drought in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Today, after more than 40 months of drought, during which it has rained a lot less than it normally does, Cuba’s dams store 40% of their total capacity, and that’s why even using the most efficient irrigation methods and limited use, farming activity continues at acceptable levels. Link: More than

Venezuela and the Shopping CLAP

Source: Havana Times Read all about it, read all about it, Granma still hasn’t published the news, but we have all known it for a long time. The CLAP, that magnificent Cuban Rations Book wannabe, has just gone hand in hand with the Homeland card. Link: Venezuela and the Shopping CLAP

Maduro Installs his Constituent Assembly amid Wave of Rejection

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was installed his Constituent Assembly today as a plenipotentiary body, amid the rejection of the opposition and a group of countries, to which the Vatican joined. It will begin legislating tomorrow Saturday. Link: Maduro Installs his Constituent Assembly amid Wave of Rejection

A Cuban Entrepreneur Suggests…

Source: Havana Times As you all probably know, new licenses won’t be given, for the moment, to future private workers in many fields. Those of us who support others in setting up their businesses, encouraging them to launch them with the best energy possible, know that this is a very difficult measure for…

The Left is Democratic Otherwise it isn’t the Left

Source: Havana Times Recent events in Venezuela have served to expose this State-Stalinist “Left” which, entrenched in “anti-US imperialism” and its alleged attack “on the revolutionary process in Venezuela”, have turned their back on the struggle of the masses to uphold the democracy that was built under Chavez’s government. Link: The Left is

Dealing with Sexual Dysfunction in Men

Source: Havana Times Men don’t like talking about “this” even with their friends. They feel handicapped. They think that they have lost their masculinity and have stopped being men. Then, complexes and feelings of blame appear. Even so, they resist admitting it. Link: Dealing with Sexual Dysfunction in Men

Cubans are Tourists in Spain and in Varadero’s Hotels

Source: Havana Times This summer, Spain has become the international holiday destination for Cubans who enjoy greater purchasing power. The package holiday costs about 2,500 euros and includes the Schengen visa so they can enter Europe, the plane ticket, 4 days in Madrid and 2 in Barcelona, 4 star hotels, visits to the…

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly, Maduro’s Controversial Gamble

Source: Havana Times The National Constituent Assembly promoted by Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, with the mission of virtually reestablishing the Republic, will be instated on Friday in what will be a great political wager full of risks amid accusations of votes being manipulated. Link: Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly, Maduro’s Controversial Gamble

The US is now Nicaragua’s Principal Oil Supplier

Source: Havana Times Albanisa’s monopoly as the supplier of Venezuelan hydrocarbons has ended.  By Ivan Olivares (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES – Up until March 2015, Venezuela was our principal supplier of hydrocarbons. That month the South American nation provided Nicaragua with 43.9 million dollars’ worth of petroleum and its derivatives – 83% of the…

Cuba Doesn’t Need More Pessimism, but…

Source: Havana Times The announcement this week in Cuba to suspend self-employment licenses in 30 different fields, including some of the most popular such as cafes, private restaurants or renting out rooms, didn’t exactly provoke optimism. Link: Cuba Doesn’t Need More Pessimism, but…

Havana Weather for August 3-9

Source: Havana Times The high temperatures will be between 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F), while the low temperatures will fluctuate around 25° C (77 F). The sea surface temperature will be 29° C (84 F). Link: Havana Weather for August 3-9

Preparations for My Trip to the United States

Source: Havana Times Arriving in the United States was a real shock for me, taking into account the new political tensions between the two countries and the current US president’s stance on Cuba… Link: Preparations for My Trip to the United States

Cuba’s Prolonged Water Shortage

Source: Havana Times The intense drought that the island and its people are suffering isn’t news. But, maybe the real dimensions of the problem haven’t been publicly explained to raise people’s awareness about the gravity of the situation. The poorest, the most deprived, already know this. Link: Cuba’s Prolonged Water Shortage

Cuba Takes Some New Steps Backwards

Source: Havana Times It’s impossible to explain why the government has shut the doors to the possibility of entrepreneurship, imagination, creativity, inventions that benefit the country, all of our society. They must be suspicious about just how quickly Cubans jump at the opportunity to work with real benefits and maybe they have all…

Cuba Suspends New Licenses for Work in Private Sector

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government has suspended indefinitely the issuance of new licenses to various types of previously allowed private employment, with the aim of “curbing tax evasion and violations of the law,” local media reported today. Link: Cuba Suspends New Licenses for Work in Private Sector

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

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

Fidel Castro and his One-Party “Democratic” System

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

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

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

Cuba Denounces US Campaign against Venezuela

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

Trump Punishes Maduro, Not His Government

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

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

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

The Feat of Buying a Packet of Beef Jerky in Cuba

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

Maduro Promises Prison for His Opponents

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

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

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

Venezuelans Vote Sunday for a Constituent Assembly

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

Nicaragua: Canal Opponents Denounce Human Rights Violations

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

Nicaragua: Canal Opponents Denounce Human Rights Violations

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

Will Cuba’s Next Elections be Democratic?

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

Cuba Faces a Post-Harvest Crisis

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

Venezuela: General Strike, 5 Dead and Protests Continue

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

Cuban Teenagers and their Foolishness

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

Pinar del Rio: from Cinderella to a Princess

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

Havana Weather for July 27-August 2

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

US Orders Exit from Venezuela for Families of Embassy Staff

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

“Nicaragua Betrayed the Migrants”

Source: Havana Times Father Alejandro Solalinde: Nicaragua was an ingrate! Cuba helped Nicaragua a lot, and Nicaragua forgot them, it didn’t pay them back in the same coin, instead it turned its back on them. They betrayed doubly their own brothers and sisters. That’s the Nicaraguan revolution? How terrible that is – a…

Cuba’s Reforms: State-run Companies and the Private Sector

Source: Havana Times “Mistakes are mistakes, and they are our own mistakes, and if we are going to measure them against the hierarchy among us, these mistakes are first and foremost mine,” said Raul Castro, referring to illegal activities picked up on in the private sector of the economy. Link: Cuba’s Reforms: State-run

No Electricity, Little Water and Carnival in the Air

Source: Havana Times This summer, I decided to visit my family in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara and to stay for carnival which is taking place on August 4th, 5th and 6th. After 15 days of my holidays in Santo Domigo, I miss every corner in Havana… Link: No Electricity, Little Water and Carnival

How New US Regs on Cuba May Affect Your Travel and Business Plans

Source: Havana Times The United States government issued new clarifications on Tuesday on measures that will take effect for travel, remittances and business with Cuba under President Trump’s policy toward the island. Illustration: progresoweekly.us Link: How New US Regs on Cuba May Affect Your Travel and Business Plans

Trump Freezes Assets of 13 Senior Venezuelan Officials

Source: Havana Times The Trump administration imposed today sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro within days of an election for a Constituent Assembly he seeks to draft a new Constitution. Link: Trump Freezes Assets of 13 Senior Venezuelan Officials

Trump Freezes Assets of 13 Senior Venezuelan Officials

Source: Havana Times The Trump administration imposed today sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro within days of an election for a Constituent Assembly he seeks to draft a new Constitution. Link: Trump Freezes Assets of 13 Senior Venezuelan Officials

Game Shows Take Over TV in Cuba

Source: Havana Times For almost two decades, public participation shows on Cuban TV had practically disappeared. Or they weren’t visually attractive enough or they didn’t capture the viewing audience’s attention because of their reductionist content. Now they are back. Link: Game Shows Take Over TV in Cuba

Havana: A Portrait of Paralysis

Source: Havana Times I believe that the moment of showing the capital’s aesthetic decadence has already passed in Cuban film. The setting in ruins is no longer a call for attention; it’s simply the everyday setting where the lives of the film’s characters, and ordinary Cubans, unfold. Link: Havana: A Portrait of Paralysis

Celebration for National Rebellion Day in Pinar del Rio

Source: Havana Times This year the July 26th celebration will take place in the western city of Pinar del Río. They have already announced that it will not be President Raul Castro who will give the central address, but instead the number two man of the Communist Party and his 86-year-old contemporary, Jose…

Venezuela’s Maduro Hangs On…

Source: Havana Times Many observers of Venezuelan politics did not expect president Maduro to weather the storm that his government faces as long as he has. With the country deep in economic crisis, this week is considered crucial with elections on Sunday for government approved candidates for a Constituent Assembly. Link: Venezuela’s Maduro

New Elections in Cuba

Source: Havana Times According to the Cuban State Council’s announcement, there will be general “elections” this October. A lot of people ask themselves about the changes that Raul Castro promised in the Cuban Electoral Law. Link: New Elections in Cuba

Moderates in Cuba Under Fire

Source: Havana Times Behind the anti-moderate rage dwells an eagerness to courageously come out on top, when in reality there is cowardice in its origins and its results. It’s an old ruse which has been dressed up, both in Cuba and among the exile community, as intransigence, patriotism, fighting spirit, anti-imperialism, anti-Castroism and…

Shortcomings of the Cuban Revolution

Source: Havana Times I was surprised to discover that an official media platform such as that of Trabajadores weekly newspaper, had denounced an act of racial discrimination which is being investigated by the Attorney General of Cuba. Link: Shortcomings of the Cuban Revolution

Juliet Hooker: “People Don’t Imagine that a Nicaraguan could be Black”

Source: Havana Times When a Miss Nicaragua was selected who came from the Atlantic Coast, people nearly had a nervous breakdown over the thought of a Black person representing the country. “What’s that, if not racism?” Link: Juliet Hooker: “People Don’t Imagine that a Nicaraguan could be Black”

July 19: Nicaragua’s New Patron Saints Day

Source: Havana Times Rosa, a government worker at the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS), waits for a signal from her boss; Graciela dances “thankful” for the Comandante; thousands celebrate Ortega and Murillo, Nicaragua’s new “patron saints”. Link: July 19: Nicaragua’s New Patron Saints Day

A Convinced Cuban Internationalist

Source: Havana Times Miguel Jesus Jimenez Rojo is 72 years old, he enlisted himself into the whirlwind of the Revolution, faithfully collaborating with it in any corner of the world where he was needed. Today, he lives in very modest conditions. Link: A Convinced Cuban Internationalist

Shake Up at the USA Department of the Cuban Foreign Ministry

Source: Havana Times Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, the Cuban face of the negotiations and reestablishment of relations with the United States, leaves her post as the department head for United States Affairs with the Foreign Ministry (Minrex) to become the country’s ambassador to Canada. Link: Shake Up at the USA Department of the Cuban

Foreign Investment in Cuba: Are the Obstacles Too Great?

Source: Havana Times At these “now-or-never” times for Cuba, it’s crucial that organized and efficient foreign investment is given priority, as it would be no exaggeration to say that the future of Cuba, just as we have dreamed it, depends on this. Link: Foreign Investment in Cuba: Are the Obstacles Too Great?

Will Trump Boycott Venezuelan Oil?

Source: Havana Times Some US officials are now voicing the possibility of prohibiting Venezuelan crude oil exports to the United States as one of several sanctions on President Trump’s table. We look at the possible consequences. Link: Will Trump Boycott Venezuelan Oil?

Ecological Boat Carries Out Mission in Cuba

Source: Havana Times With a futuristic design covered with solar panels, the Swiss ship “Race for Water Odyssey” docked in the port of Havana with the aim of exchanging with Cuban scientists about the contamination of the oceans with plastic debris. Link: Ecological Boat Carries Out Mission in Cuba

Underweight Bread and Graffiti against Raul Castro

Source: Havana Times On Monday July 17th, “Down with Castro” graffiti ushered in the new day on Campanario Street between Carmen and Rayo in Central Havana. The hasty arrival of painters with rollers erased this act of daring soon enough, even though the metallic green paint of the accusing letters could still be…

Military Service in Cuba: Not for Women or Men

Source: Havana Times Naomi can never sit still for a second: she crosses the street from one side to the next, she makes up adventures with her friends, she wriggles around to the beat of her neighbor’s music, she has been wearing make-up for two years now, she is a natural born leader…

Carnival in Mayari, Holguin

Source: Havana Times On July 7-9, we celebrated carnival here in the city of Mayari. Or the “popular celebrations” as they are also known. This is a very momentous occasion for the people here because it is the most affordable opportunity they have to enjoy themselves in the whole year. Link: Carnival in

Cuba’s Private Sector Readies for Government Offensive

Source: Havana Times Raul Castro dedicated the heart of his latest speech – at the National Assemby – to the self-employed sector which is considered to be a motor for the economy, but as fishermen say, there are people who fish and then get scared of fish eyes. Link: Cuba’s Private Sector Readies

Cuba and its Tropical Pol Pot

Source: Havana Times The debate has revealed an overwhelming rejection of smear campaigns published in two or three Cuban blogs, where half a dozen gloomy officials self-promote themselves as the ideological guides of all Cuban revolutionaries. Link: Cuba and its Tropical Pol Pot

We Are All Wolves

Source: Havana Times I interviewed the young actress and filmmaker Camila Carballo. Her last short movie “Lobos” (wolves), tells the story of two men who break into an old man’s apartment after he has just passed away, and they do this for the simple reason that they want to extend their homes. Link:

Cuban VP Miguel Diaz Canel in Nicaragua to Support Ortega

Source: Havana Times Today in Managua the Nicaraguan government celebrates the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, which includes special guests from different countries. Cuban VP Miguel Diaz Canel represents the island at the event. Link: Cuban VP Miguel Diaz Canel in Nicaragua to Support Ortega

Speculation about Cuba’s Future

Source: Havana Times Pro-capitalist speculation and instructions from “saviors” of the Revolution are appearing in the pro-capitalist media on a regular basis. These “saviors” are proposing on changing, very gently, the current system of government in a transition period where capitalism will slowly be reinstated… Link: Speculation about Cuba’s Future

USA, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Human Rights

Source: Havana Times The international community will not be able to establish an effective policy for the defense of human rights as long as it remains influenced by the political and economic interests of one country or another. Link: USA, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Human Rights

Cuba Today: One Step Forward and Three Steps Back

Source: Havana Times Several days before Raul Castro’s speech, lawmakers designated from above, were sent to “investigate the non-agricultural cooperative experiment” and they paved the way for this crafty attack on the few freedoms that non-agricultural cooperatives have. Link: Cuba Today: One Step Forward and Three Steps Back

Cuban Children and Their Toys

Source: Havana Times Today in Cuba, like in the rest of the world, children’s toys have nothing to do with what they once were in past eras. Likewise, obtaining them is something that has become an extremely difficult task here on the island. Link: Cuban Children and Their Toys

US Considers Suspending Oil Imports from Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Donald Trump says he means business and does not rule out any option, including the suspension of Venezuelan oil imports, as part of the economic actions against the government of Nicolas Maduro. Link: US Considers Suspending Oil Imports from Venezuela

Unresolved Echoes in Cuban History

Source: Havana Times My next-door neighbor was in a hurry this time. He asked me from afar whether I had heard about some of the Cuban Parliament’s ordinary sessions and I answered that I had. An intervention which expressed the pressing need to update Cuban History had particularly caught my attention. Link: Unresolved

A Cancer That Eats Away at Cuba

Source: Havana Times Cuban authorities side-stepped the diagnosis and early treatment of this aggressive mental disease and chose to remain silent, pretending like nothing was happening and imagining that this evil nature would disappear all of a sudden in the next generation. Link: A Cancer That Eats Away at Cuba

Venezuela’s Maduro Caught in Trump’s Radar

Source: Havana Times Donald Trump warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro today that the United States will take “strong and swift” economic action if he continues with plans to elect a Constituent Assembly to draft a new Constitution. Link: Venezuela’s Maduro Caught in Trump’s Radar

A Game of Love and Cruelty

Source: Havana Times I am aware that there might not be very many gamers among Havana Times readers, however, I’m going out on a limb today and will talk a little bit about a game that deserves a review. Link: A Game of Love and Cruelty

Nicaragua – a Mirror of Orwell’s Animal Farm?

Source: Havana Times The lesson of this story for neoliberal Nicaragua in recent years is spot-on. During this time, we have experienced the most scandalous robberies in our history, inexplicable and uncontrollable enrichment of a few, the most perverse cons and the greatest generational disappointment with the moral defeat of the Sandinista revolution…

Race for Mandela 2017

Source: Havana Times It was early morning as runners gathered in the vicinity of the Kid Chocolate Gym across from the Capitolio building, the starting point and finish line of the race called for this Saturday, July 15 in honor of Nelson Mandela. (17 photos) Link: Race for Mandela 2017

The Good and the Bad When it Comes to Cuba

Source: Havana Times A French friend used to tell me that listening to criticism from foreigners about her country was a healthy experience for her. The general opinions of a visitor tend to be based on the splendor of a first impression, and aren’t objective at all. Link: The Good and the Bad

Cuba Faces the Consequences of Meager Salaries

Source: Havana Times In spite of some efforts to increase laborers’ and professional’s wages, the controversial issue with salaries based on the state budget still continues to be an unbearable headache for Cuban authorities. Link: Cuba Faces the Consequences of Meager Salaries

Raul Castro Warns Trump that His Cuba Strategy Will Fail

Source: Havana Times Cuban President Raul Castro warned his US counterpart Donald Trump that his strategy toward the island will not succeed and reiterated his readiness for dialogue. “Any strategy that seeks to destroy the Revolution, through coercion, pressure or subtle methods, will fail.” Link: Raul Castro Warns Trump that His Cuba Strategy

Cuba Announces Growth of 1.1% of GDP in 2017

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government estimated a 1.1 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) during the first half of this year, after posting a negative balance in 2016, reported dpa news today based on official sources. Link: Cuba Announces Growth of 1.1% of GDP in 2017

Managua Saturated with Signs and Billboards

Source: Havana Times The streets of Managua are covered with signs, banners and billboards. Every corner, lamppost and wall along the public roadway is used to promote the sale of a product or service, or to announce an event. The public space has become the new “yellow pages” where anything can be advertised.…

Venezuela Plebiscite: What is being Voted, How and Where?

Source: Havana Times Venezuela’s opposition have organized a nationwide referendum on Sunday, which is being held outside of the official electoral system, to reject the Constitutional Assembly being pushed forward by President Nicolas Maduro, who is looking to rewrite the Constitution promoted by Hugo Chavez. Link: Venezuela Plebiscite: What is being Voted, How

Conflict Escalates in Venezuela over Constitutional Assembly

Source: Havana Times The Venezuelan government and opposition are heading towards worsening the conflict that the call for a Constitutional Assembly has unleashed, in the run up to an opposition referendum which has been summoned for this Sunday and seeks to reject a rewriting of the Constitution. Link: Conflict Escalates in Venezuela over

Cuba Beware: Cooperatives Are Too Efficient

Source: Havana Times Cuban lawmakers who have inspected non-agricultural cooperatives in dozens of different regions in Cuba, maintain that these “increase their contribution to economic and social sectors of the utmost importance; they contribute to improving its members’ quality of life and they manage to satisfy clients’ demands, especially in the construction sector.”

Cuban University Student Shares Her Concerns

Source: Havana Times I don’t believe Cuba’s future lies solely in the hands of its youth. Cuba’s future lies in the hands of anyone who feels the need to do something positive for the country, contributing their grain of sand to the present so that it is then reflected in the future. Link:

Havana Weather for July 13-19

Source: Havana Times Expect warm days in Havana during the coming forecast period, partly cloudy from the end of the morning, with increased cloudiness in the afternoons. Some rain and isolated and scattered electrical storms are likely. Link: Havana Weather for July 13-19

Cuba Amid Games of Hunger

Source: Havana Times The opposition has always placed their bets, in one way or another, on the United States being the one to destroy the Cuban Revolution and later they would hand over the country to them as a gift for good neighborly relations. Link: Cuba Amid Games of Hunger

Brazil’s Lula Gets 9+Years for Corruption

Source: Havana Times The once highly popular Workers Party leader and two-term Brazilian president, Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the massive corruption scandals that have rocked the entire political class of the South American giant. Link: Brazil’s Lula Gets

Another Way of Communication

Source: Havana Times More than once it has been said that the eyes of a person can transmit a message. If you have not noticed, using your hands in the middle of a conversation is also a way of communicating, a spontaneous way of accompanying words. (8 photos) Link: Another Way of Communication

What Worries a Government Columnist about the Center?

Source: Havana Times Granma, Cuba’s official Communist Party newspaper, has just reproduced an interview with Enrique Ubieta under the heading “Is it possible to meld the best Can of capitalism and socialism?” For those of you who don’t know him, Ubieta is the director of the Cuba Socialista Magazine and a regular columnist…

Of Course it’s Possible to be a Millionaire in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Being a millionaire is the dream of many, I can’t say that it hasn’t been my own too. Some children fantasize about having a lot of money to take water and food to starving children in exploited Africa; others thought about helping those most in need on the planet… Link:

Baseball in Cuba, Where’s it Going?

Source: Havana Times Word on the street has caused uneasiness among managers and trainers, but every day there are less and less ways of avoiding it: Cuban baseball is suffering a crisis and nothing else. Teams involved in international competitions have just proven this in recent days. Link: Baseball in Cuba, Where’s it

Protests Intensify in Venezuela Before Sunday’s Referendum

Source: Havana Times Venezuela’s opposition parties carried out a new protest on Monday, blocking several roads. The day of protests was summoned so as to call people to vote in the popular referendum on Sunday against President Maduro’s Constitutional Assembly Link: Protests Intensify in Venezuela Before Sunday’s Referendum

Medicine Shortage Persists in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Like an evil that threatens to go endemic, medicine shortages continue to deliver a blow to the Cuban people’s quality of life. Link: Medicine Shortage Persists in Cuba

Looks that See, Remain Quiet and Empower

Source: Havana Times Maykel Paneque comments on such a disturbing book which digs into the fate of several Cuban characters, a fate which is sometimes so tormented that many of these characters choose death as a way to escape their anguish and misfortune.” Link: Looks that See, Remain Quiet and Empower

Mountains of Garbage on Havana’s Beaches Every Day

Source: Havana Times Havana’s Playas del Este is the closest and most affordable sea destination for the Cuban capital’s over two million inhabitants, but they are being affected by the actions of those who leave huge amounts of garbage and waste on the sand every day. Link: Mountains of Garbage on Havana’s Beaches

Requiem to Cuba’s Cattle Industry

Source: Havana Times Many articles have appeared in national and regional media which have delicately touched upon and avoided getting to the heart of the causes, the determining factors which have influenced the grave regression and the danger of extinction of cattle in Cuba. Link: Requiem to Cuba’s Cattle Industry

Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Leaves Prison

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was released from jail to continue serving his sentence in house arrest as a humanitarian measure, the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) confirmed on its Twitter account today. Link: Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez Leaves Prison

Lucho Fuentes: Engineering the Sounds of Revolutions

Source: Havana Times Before he was swept down a rushing river while fleeing the ambush of a guerrilla group; before he had visited a mass grave and filmed an assassination, Luis Fuentes was in charge of the projector in a movie theater. Link: Lucho Fuentes: Engineering the Sounds of Revolutions

Cuba’s Rooms by the Hour Brought Back to Life

Source: Havana Times Any Cuban who is over 60 years old can write a memoir about these “posadas”. And if over 70, they would be able to organize their memories, beginning with the famous Canada Dry, with so many mirrors on the walls and ceilings… Link: Cuba’s Rooms by the Hour Brought Back

Anti-imperialist Paths and Cuba

Source: Havana Times He was enlisted in the United States army and was getting ready to go to war. He got on a navy ship but before leaving, his father’s friend managed to take him off. He wasn’t old enough to sign himself up, but he wanted to fight. His name was Julio…

Violent Attack on Venezuela’s National Assembly

Source: Havana Times A group of alleged Maduro government supporters forcefully entered the National Assembly building on Wednesday, in an attack which left at least 12 people injured, 5 legislators among them, who stood up to the attackers with their fists. Link: Violent Attack on Venezuela’s National Assembly

Repatriation to Cuba and its Advantages

Source: Havana Times Cuba is a tourist destination. A slogan says so. But nevertheless, it is also a long term business. Therefore, many Cubans in exile are seeking out the way to be “repatriated”. And what does that mean? Well, that there are certain facilities involved, which will then translate into benefits. Link:

Venezuela, Another Perspective

Source: Havana Times It’s time to invite the world to look at Venezuela in another light that doesn’t feed polarization or fall into opportunism or geopolitics where it’s easy to believe that my enemy’s enemy is my friend. Link: Venezuela, Another Perspective

Havana Weather for July 6-12

Source: Havana Times The days will be warm and very humid, with some probability of rain and showers especially in the afternoons, which will be more probable to the south of the capital. The maximum temperatures will be between 31 and 32° C (88 and 90 F), while the low temperatures will be…

Cuba “Will Stand with Venezuela until the End”

Source: Havana Times Culture Minister Abel Prieto Jimenez announced that Cuba will support the Venezuelan government “until the end” and praised the Venezuelan people for preventing their nation from becoming a land “where fascism rules”. Link: Cuba “Will Stand with Venezuela until the End”

Wages at the Kempinski Luxury Hotel in Havana

Source: Havana Times The recently opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s most luxurious and expensive hotel with rooms up to US $1300, pays its cleaning staff US $9.75 a month (in local currency) plus a US $10 stimulus in hard currency. Link: Wages at the Kempinski Luxury Hotel in Havana

A Double-Edged Sword among Cubans

Source: Havana Times We commonly hear the term “neoplatista” to label different attitudes and stances between Cubans. It already appears frequently in our vocabulary, especially among the diaspora community and those of us here in Cuba who take part in political debate on alternative digital media platforms. Link: A Double-Edged Sword among Cubans

The Future of the Peoples of the Americas Futures Is in Danger

Source: Havana Times In recent years, a bright future could finally be seen on the horizon for people in the Americas, with leftist governments coming into power in some countries and truly revolutionary ones in others, however…. Link: The Future of the Peoples of the Americas Futures Is in Danger

Heat wave takes over Guantanamo

Source: Havana Times It was just about 7 AM when I walked to the bus stop and the sun was already burning bodies; many people, especially women, were protecting themselves from the sun with parasols and sunglasses, but their light clothing seemed to do nothing. Link: Heat wave takes over Guantanamo

What to the Slave is 4th of July?

Source: Havana Times Today, the 4th of July, is national holiday in the United States celebrated for over two hundred years. However it isn’t all the population that was included in the famous declaration of Independence with reason to celebrate. Link: What to the Slave is 4th of July?

Cuba Continues Losing Ways in Baseball

Source: Havana Times The Cuban squad managed by Roger Machado suffered its second defeat in the friendly series with a university team of the United States. Including the team’s play in the Can-Am league in Canada, the islanders now have 18 losses in 23 games. Link: Cuba Continues Losing Ways in Baseball

“Love Motels” Return to Cuba

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government is back in the motel business renting rooms out by the hour, after decades of having been closed down. The stated goal: to “diversify people’s options for making love”, local media have published today. (10 photos) Link: “Love Motels” Return to Cuba

Nicaragua Canal Consortium Reappears

Source: Havana Times The concessionary company of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal, the Chinese firm HKND Group, informed that it is working “with international partners” to move ahead with designs for the western locks and Brito port, in the Nicaraguan Pacific. Link: Nicaragua Canal Consortium Reappears

We Meet Alberto, One of Havana’s Living Statues

Source: Havana Times It’s commonplace to find lots of living statues, stilt walkers followed by congas and clowns, as well as people enjoying them, along Old Havana’s streets. Alberto Sanchez, who is 39 years old, told us a little bit about his work. Link: We Meet Alberto, One of Havana’s Living Statues

What the System in Cuba Teaches Us

Source: Havana Times When I was young kid and went to a rural boarding school, I remember that every time a visit from the municipal authorities was announced, the school’s directors would hurry to paint the school facade, get students to clear up the common areas… Link: What the System in Cuba Teaches

My Visit to a Special Place at the Isle of Youth, Cuba

Source: Havana Times Yaima Pardo takes us on a trip to the Isla de la Juventued (Isle of youth) and an underwater excursion at Cocodrilo to the south of the island. Enjoy this 4 minute video. Link: My Visit to a Special Place at the Isle of Youth, Cuba

Sandinista Front Drums to Ortega’s Beat

Source: Havana Times The Sandinista Party Congress ratified a measure to have the party’s mayoral candidates selected via “surveys”, and put control of the political alliances for November’s municipal elections squarely into the hands of Daniel Ortega. Link: Sandinista Front Drums to Ortega’s Beat

Ferns in Cuba’s Eastern Provinces

Source: Havana Times Many different varieties of ferns are prevalent in the mountainous regions of Cuba’s East. Here in Guantanamo province we still have untouched areas where the natural environment has been zealously conserved and where we can find hundreds of different species.(19 photos) Link: Ferns in Cuba’s Eastern Provinces

Cuba’s Hotel Managers Bet on National Tourism in Summer

Source: Havana Times The Spanish hotel chain Melia, is betting on national tourism this summer, with an “outlet” sale campaign for Cuban families. They are offering discounts for grandparents, free accommodation for children under the age of 11 and 50% off the price for children aged 11-13 years old. Link: Cuba’s Hotel Managers

Cuba Baseball Coaches Get Rough with Canadian Umpires

Source: Havana Times The Cuban team (5-16) playing in the Can-Am baseball league in Canada ended its play for the season with a 6-5 loss to the league leading Rockland Boulders (30-10) on Thursday evening. It was in the top of the ninth inning that all hell broke loose after an overturned call,…

Turning Fifteen in Cuba

Source: Havana Times When a new baby girl comes into a family, the forthcoming arrival of her 15th birthday is reason for conversation and concerns. Some parents – those who can – open up a savings account when the baby girl still can’t even say her own name. Link: Turning Fifteen in Cuba

Sentences Reduced on Cuban Volleyball Players Convicted of Rape in Finland

Source: Havana Times Five Cuban volleyball players convicted after a rape scandal in Finland received a reduction in their sentences by an appeals court in the northern city of Turku, and one of them was immediately released. Link: Sentences Reduced on Cuban Volleyball Players Convicted of Rape in Finland

The Mysterious Russian Satellite Station in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times If you follow the rocky road through the thick brush surrounding the Nejapa lagoon southwest of Managua – once the crater of a volcano – you reach a cement wall crowned by barbed wire. Just visible is the roof of a modest-sized building, painted in blue. Link: The Mysterious Russian

Cuba Increases Land Leases to 20 Years

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government has announced that it will extend land leases to 20 years so that citizens can continue farming them, and it also made clear that it would impose “a set of measures” regarding self-employed labor in the country. Link: Cuba Increases Land Leases to 20 Years

This Cuban Visited Lima and Returned to Havana

Source: Havana Times The brother of one of us Cubans agreed to be our guide for most of the time we had available to take a look around Lima, while there for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress. (16 photos) Link: This Cuban Visited Lima and Returned to Havana

The Ghost of Hydraulic Willpower returns to Cuba

Source: Havana Times The new “State Plan to tackle Climate Change”, is trying to pick up on one of the most disastrous experiences of Communist(?) willpower in the 20th century: Hydraulic Resolve. The consequences for the flora, fauna and water table are numerous. Link: The Ghost of Hydraulic Willpower returns to Cuba

Cuba and Copyrights, Obstacles and Opportunities

Source: Havana Times Years ago, Julio decided to “put a gadget together.” That is to say: buy a monitor here, the tower there, the keyboard God knows where… and so on until he had a complete computer. In the same way he restored each part, he also changed the operating system over time,…

What Cuba Could Learn from Mallorca on Tourism

Source: Havana Times I spent some weeks in Mallorca, an island which is much smaller than the Cuban province of Artemisa and which receives 13 million foreign tourists per year. You can always see 2 or 3 planes flying overhead and, in spite of such traffic, I managed to go through Immigration and…

Cuba’s 14,000 VIP Repatriates

Source: Havana Times Indeed, 14,000 Cubans were “repatriated”, despite me not knowing of another example where natives of a country need to ask for permission to be able to be repatriated regain citizenship in the country they were born in. Link: Cuba’s 14,000 VIP Repatriates

Havana Weather for June 29 – July 5

Source: Havana Times During the coming 7-day forecast period, the days will be hot with partly cloudy skies and high moisture content. In the afternoons the cloudiness will increase and some rains and isolated thunderstorms will be possible that could extend into the night. Link: Havana Weather for June 29 – July 5

Cubans Have Lost All Respect

Source: Havana Times This phrase, Cubans have lost all respect, and other ones like it have come to light as some kind of reflection in some discussions, in a brief exchange of words or even on the spot, as if the person speaking has just discovered this. Link: Cubans Have Lost All Respect

Trump’s Cuba Policy and its Repercussions

Source: Havana Times “Trump is a son of a bitch”: this is how Alberto, a street seller, defines him. “Now we really aren’t going to do better off; this crazy old man doesn’t have God’s forgiveness,” said Susana, while she served a soft drink in a cafe. Link: Trump’s Cuba Policy and its

Nothing to Take to a Sick Friend

Source: Havana Times I don’t know whether this has ever happened to you too, but I haven’t gone to see a loved one in the first few days of their sickness because my financial situation hasn’t allowed me to buy a juice, malanga or something else we normally take to the afflicted on…

Last Year 14,000 Repatriated to Cuba

Source: Havana Times A total of 14,000 persons managed to be repatriated in Cuba over the course of last year, a record figure ever since the Cuban government introduced the 2013 migration reform policy, according to official reports. Link: Last Year 14,000 Repatriated to Cuba

The Antidote for an Uncertain Future

Source: Havana Times Mafalda, this precocious and intelligent girl who appears in cartoons, already said it: “the future today isn’t what it used to be.” The future is something that worries everyone: young people and the elderly, rich and poor people. Link: The Antidote for an Uncertain Future

Nicaraguan Farmers Plan for the Repeal of the Canal Law

Source: Havana Times Although the promise of an Inter-oceanic Canal fades on the horizon as time goes by, Law 840, awarding an all-encompassing concession to Chinese magnate Wang Jing, still represents a threat to the country. Link: Nicaraguan Farmers Plan for the Repeal of the Canal Law

Let’s Hope “That” Doesn’t Come to Cuba

Source: Havana Times The day Donald Trump announced the changes to his policy towards Cuba, the news caught me at the home of a computer accessories salesman. As the man had the TV switched on, I asked him what the US president had said… Link: Let’s Hope “That” Doesn’t Come to Cuba

Cuba’s Detractors: Lies Always Humiliate the Liers

Source: Havana Times Lies, slander, half-truths and biased interpretations of reality, have been journalism’s keynote in the media to serve the oligarchies and the most backward ideas of contemporary thought in their obsession to attack Cuba. Link: Cuba’s Detractors: Lies Always Humiliate the Liers

Political Power in Cuba Is Becoming More Concentrated

Source: Havana Times It has already become a habit: Cuba’s “revolutionary government” sends out memos and statements without anyone signing them and the party itself and its political and mass organizations make announcements and issue statements about important foreign policy issues without anyone knowing who is answering for them. Link: Political Power in

Nicaragua: Life After the La Chureca Garbage Dump

Source: Havana Times Twenty-seven frames decorate the walls of the room. Every one of them depicts a different story: his daughter’s birthday, the promenade to Managua’s old pier, the photo of his daughter when she was in 3rd grade, all symbols of joy. Freddy Mercado doesn’t want to bring his past to the…

Maduro Calls on Venezuela’s Military to Stop Protests

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that the Armed Forces must increase their capacity to confront violent civilian groups in the protests against his government, which in more than two months have left 76 dead Link: Maduro Calls on Venezuela’s Military to Stop Protests

Trump Won’t Hear Them, but Raul Isn’t Listening Either

Source: Havana Times On June 20th, the national board of the Pre-University Students Federation gave its opinion about Mr. Donald Trump’s announcement a few days earlier. This took place in each and every one of the Pre-University Institutes (senior High Schools) across the country, early in the morning before classes. Link: Trump Won’t

Cuban Youth Aren’t Going Back to the Land

Source: Havana Times When the vacations roll around, Yaxelis knows what’s waiting for her in advance: the same river swimming hole she’s known ever since she was a little girl, a trip or two to the city of Camaguey, maybe the trip to Havana she’s been promising her sister for the past two…

Cuba Says NO to Force

Source: Havana Times Due to marijuana being decriminalized in some countries; many travelers try to enter with small amounts for their own personal consumption, which isn’t allowed in Cuba. In these cases, a warning is given and they are fined, noted an official. Link: Cuba Says NO to Force

Cuba: Only 5.7% of the Population Have Water 24/7

Source: Havana Times Having running water 24 hours a day in Cuba is a luxury reserved for just 5.7% of the population in a country with over 11 million inhabitants. The situation could get worse before it gets better. Link: Cuba: Only 5.7% of the Population Have Water 24/7

Making Money Off Ignorance, Using Innocence

Source: Havana Times The photo is of a so-called “hot dog” label (a kind of sausage which is widely consumed in Cuba), sold in hard currency among other meat products. They are quite popular and are used to put together a quick meal and even the bread with “something” snack. Link: Making Money

Cuba in the Trump Era

Source: Havana Times The Theater, set design, script, soundtrack and even the audience chosen by Trump to announce the end of the rapprochement process with Cuba couldn’t have been worse. In political communication terms, the new US president is just a caricature of Obama. Link: Cuba in the Trump Era

Havana Weather for June 22-28

Source: Havana Times During the night, tropical storm Cindy landed on the border area of the states of Texas and Louisiana, in the southern United States; Decreasing the intensity of its maximum sustained winds to 65 kilometers per hour. Cuba is not affected by the storm. Link: Havana Weather for June 22-28

Being Both a Rebel and Transgressor

Source: Havana Times Do you want to feel yourself a rebel and transgressor? Buy one of our variety of revolutionary souvenirs. Link: Being Both a Rebel and Transgressor

A Familiar Face at Cuba’s Film School

Source: Havana Times Friendly, affectionate, but also direct and straight to the point, we found Ybis Caises along the main corridor of the International School of Film and Television. Her job since 1986 consists of connecting students and employees at this center with the outside world. Link: A Familiar Face at Cuba’s Film

The Undesirable Backpack

Source: Havana Times We all know how important and practical a backpack is. As well as lightening the load, it helps us to transport personal objects which we are interested in carrying with us. But, how can something so useful become an undesirable object that gets in the way at a certain time?

The “Promised Land” that Ortega Offered with the Canal

Source: Havana Times Four years since the canal concession was issued, no construction bids have been solicited nor has any land been expropriated or purchased along the canal route, and Chinese magnate Wang Jing has disappeared. The promise of the megaproject isn’t even mentioned in the Presidential speeches. Meanwhile, the rural protest movement…

Venezuelan Supreme Court Approves Process against Attorney General

Source: Havana Times The Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) today approved submitting the Attorney General Luisa Ortega to a process that could lead to her removal, requested by the ruling party and its President Nicolas Maduro. Link: Venezuelan Supreme Court Approves Process against Attorney General

Havana-Miramar’s La Puntilla Neighborhood

Source: Havana Times The coastal neighborhood of La Puntilla, located in Miramar, Playa, has buildings such as the CIMEX Corportation, the old CUBALSE, the La Puntilla shopping center and the Riomar building, this last one, in an advanced state of decay. (23 photos) Link: Havana-Miramar’s La Puntilla Neighborhood

Postcards of the Havana Malecon Seawall

Source: Havana Times In September of 2014 we published my first feature on Havana’s malecon seawall. Now, almost three years later, we return to show some postcards of this beautiful and emblematic avenue. (16 photos) Link: Postcards of the Havana Malecon Seawall

“Either We Lift Up the Net Together or We Live Under It”

Source: Havana Times Today we bring you an interview with Moises Leonardo Rodriguez, a founder of the Corriente Martiana human rights group. “We want people to recognize their rights and to also learn how they can communicate violations of their human rights to the UN in due form.” Link: “Either We Lift Up

Trump’s New Policy, Who Really Benefits?

Source: Havana Times Last Friday, I was hanging onto every word the new US president said. Personally-speaking, I believe his speech was a well-orchestrated political show to win over the extreme Right of this country which is mainly concentrated in Miami. Link: Trump’s New Policy, Who Really Benefits?

A Day of National Shame for Cuba

Source: Havana Times June 16, 2017, will be recorded in Latin America and world history as a sad, frustrating day, in which Cuba was seen vacillating, insecure, having lost the initiative, vision and ability to strike back, that characterized the Cuban Revolution since the days of the rebels in the Sierra Maestra mountains.

Back to the Cold War

Source: Havana Times The US president gave a speech in Miami on Friday June 16, in which he spoke about Cuba, without knowing Cuba, just to please this select audience and to get votes in Congress from the reactionary congressmen with Cuban roots, who don’t know Cuba either. Link: Back to the Cold

Trump, Cuba and Miami: the Charade and the Stone

Source: Havana Times The story is old, very old; the illusion is infinite. What continues to surprise us is the Cuban exile community in Miami’s capacity to run into the same stone again and again, and when they don’t find it, they seek it out and put it in the way. Link: Trump,

Vodou Project Exposition at the Cuban Institute of Anthropology

Source: Havana Times A temporary art exhibition was put on display at the ICAN (Cuban Institute of Anthropology), as part of the IX International Colloquium on Research of African-Derived Religions. (9 photos) Link: Vodou Project Exposition at the Cuban Institute of Anthropology

Understanding the New US Policy on Cuba

Source: Havana Times The executive order signed by President Donald Trump this Friday in Miami to change US policy towards Cuba contains, in essence, new restrictions on travel and commercial activities, but does not affect family visits or remittances from the Cuban-American community. Link: Understanding the New US Policy on Cuba

“You Have to Wipe Out Your Enemies!”: Cuban Emigres Celebrate

Source: Havana Times “You have to wipe out your enemies!” said energetically Serafin Arvello, one of the Cuban emigres who congregated in Miami to anxiously await US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he will revoke the rapprochement process with Cuba which his predecessor, Barack Obama, had pushed forward during the last years of…

Cuba Rejects New Trump Policy

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government said on Friday that it considers US president Donald Trump’s new policy towards the island to be a setback in relations between the two countries, although it underlined its willingness to continue a respectful dialogue. Link: Cuba Rejects New Trump Policy

Trump Blasts Cuba, Strengthens Embargo

Source: Havana Times US President Donald Trump announced today in Miami the “cancellation” of the policy toward Cuba of his predecessor, Barack Obama, despite the fact that the measures he is about to implement are far from reversing the historical approach implemented by the Democrat. Link: Trump Blasts Cuba, Strengthens Embargo

It Isn’t Cowardice, Its Alienation

Source: Havana Times For two months now, Venezuela has been proving that Human Dignity, in the Western and modern understanding of the term, continues to hold its mobilizing potential in the degraded Caribbean region. Link: It Isn’t Cowardice, Its Alienation

Nicaraguan Farmers Protest Canal Threat

Source: Havana Times Thousands of farmers from the communities of the San Juan River and Nueva Guinea marched this Tuesday to demand that Law 840 be revoked. It is officially known as the Special Law for the Development of Infrastructure and Transportation in Nicaragua Relating to the Canal, Free-Trade Areas and Associated Infrastructure.

Cuba’s Largest Company: The Revolutionary Armed Forces

Source: Havana Times In Cuba, renting a car, sleeping in a hotel, diving or buying in a store has one thing in common: the companies that provide these services belong to the Grupo Empresarial Empresarial S.A. (GAESA) led by the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Link: Cuba’s Largest Company: The Revolutionary Armed Forces

Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day

Source: Havana Times It will be Father’s Day on Sunday here in Cuba, but, of course, it doesn’t have as much impact or coverage by the media as Mother’s Day. Here’s a few comments on the subject. Link: Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day

Elderly Cuban Woman Struggles on a Fourth Floor

Source: Havana Times Ten years ago, Alfreda Alfonso Martinez (80 years old) was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a serious disease which is defined by high concentrations of blood glucose over a prolonged period of time or is a chronic condition. She used to work at the hairdressers in Candelaria; she was forced to…

Havana Weather for June 15-21

Source: Havana Times This week expect high humidity, abundant cloudiness and rainfall, which can become strong in some locations. Winds will blow mainly from the Southeast, with speeds between 9 and 15 mph, and will be stronger towards the weekend, reaching 19 mph in some zones. Link: Havana Weather for June 15-21

Safety Draws Tourists to Cuba

Source: Havana Times Safety is one of Cuba’s greatest tourist attractions, especially when we compare this to other countries within the region, where violent crimes have increased even above the Latin American average, which are already high enough as it is. Link: Safety Draws Tourists to Cuba

Cuba Electoral Process Begins to Replace Raul Castro

Source: Havana Times Cuba today announced the regularly scheduled municipal elections in October, the first step in the electoral process that will conclude in February with the designation of Raul Castro’s successor in the presidency. Link: Cuba Electoral Process Begins to Replace Raul Castro

Another Miami-White House anti-Cuba Concoction

Source: Havana Times On Friday June 16, president Donald Trump is expected in Miami where he will meet with right-wing Cuban American politicians and with vestiges of surviving exile hardliners to fulfill the coffee and pastry ritual at the Versailles restaurant before or after reversing some or all of president Barack Obama directives,…

The Price of Home Internet in Cuba (Cartoon)

Source: Havana Times It’s very ironic the offer of home Internet with such absurd prices, taking into account the even more absurd income of Cubans. Link: The Price of Home Internet in Cuba (Cartoon)

Refusal to Subscribe to the Paris Accord Isolated Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan government’s refusal in December 2015 to subscribe to the Paris Agreement on climate change and global warming has produced a state of isolation in the diplomatic world and among the international NGOs that weigh in on the environmental debate. Link: Refusal to Subscribe to the Paris Accord Isolated

Raul Castro Reappears, Rumors Nixed

Source: Havana Times Raul Castro reappeared Monday with Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, who makes an official visit to Cuba. The news emerges after reports circulated by dissident sources – amplified in social networks and media abroad – alleged that Castro, 86, was in dire condition. Link: Raul

Tillerson Signals What’s Coming in US Policy on Cuba

Source: Havana Times As rumors grow that Donald Trump will announce on Friday a change in Barack Obama’s policy of rapprochement with Cuba, his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, gave signs today of the possible hardening of the US position. Link: Tillerson Signals What’s Coming in US Policy on Cuba

Two Private Restaurants Closed in Havana

Source: Havana Times Cuban authorities have launched a campaign to prevent economic the opening on the island being ripe for money laundering from abroad. The owner of two successful restaurants on the Havana seafront has been the first arrested. Link: Two Private Restaurants Closed in Havana

A Unique Vision on Life in a Country Full of Symbols

Source: Havana Times Fernando Perez makes auteur cinema, his unique vision on life in his country is full of symbols and characters who translate his desires, sadness and joy, and they make up a language (another one) to trace our present reality. Link: A Unique Vision on Life in a Country Full of

Alicia Cubells, a Special Woman I Interviewed in Prague

Source: Havana Times While in Prague recently, I had the good fortune of meeting a young female entrepreneur, who let me get an insight into her life. Alicia Cubells is one of these people who leave their mark deep in people’s hearts… Link: Alicia Cubells, a Special Woman I Interviewed in Prague

A Visual Paradise vs. Institutional “Paradise”

Source: Havana Times The exhibition Blind Spot took place between June 3rd and 9th at the gallery belonging to the Superior Art Institute (ISA)’s Visual Arts Department, which had been organized by some students from this department. Link: A Visual Paradise vs. Institutional “Paradise”

Where is Our World Headed?

Source: Havana Times For several decades now, scientists and other clear headed people have been warning about the consequences of climate change which is upon us, and the need to take measures to prevent global warming… Link: Where is Our World Headed?

Canal Law Protest Draws Thousands of Nicaraguan Farmers

Source: Havana Times Several thousands Nicaraguan farmers marched Saturday in the Punta Gorda municipality, in the southern region of the country, to demand a revoking of the law which gives a Chinese consortium based in Hong Kong the authority to build an interoceanic canal in the Central American country. Link: Canal Law Protest

Brazil’s Temer Hangs-On amid Crisis

Source: Havana Times His country has been shaken by a serious political crisis for the last few weeks, but Brazilian President, Michel Temer, won’t leave his position anytime soon, forced out by a court or giving into pressures to resign due to his corruption scandals. Link: Brazil’s Temer Hangs-On amid Crisis

Formal Education in Today’s Cuban Society

Source: Havana Times Formal education plays a determining role in any society in the world. When I was younger, it was called Civic Education and its main objective was to create values and positive behaviors in individuals. Link: Formal Education in Today’s Cuban Society

Trump to Announce His Cuba Policy on June 16th

Source: Havana Times | Trump to Announce His Cuba Policy on June 16th US President Donald Trump will come to Miami next Friday to announce the changes his administration has for US policy toward Cuba, a source familiar with the President’s plans told the Miami Herald.

The Anti-Castro Opposition in Times of Trump

Source: Havana Times | The Anti-Castro Opposition in Times of Trump Financial aid to promote the full exercise of human rights in Cuba is a subject that we need to resolve ourselves, it would be a conclusive sign of support for an inescapable purpose.

Havana Bars: Not so much mine, Not so much yours

Source: Havana Times | Havana Bars: Not so much mine, Not so much yours A part of the emerging private business sector in Havana are the bars that have been rapidly spreading like a rash for some time now. These are spaces which have operated as places where the most privileged young people go to

Former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto Dies

Source: Havana Times | Former Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Miguel D’Escoto Dies The priest and former Nicaraguan foreign minister, Miguel D’Escoto, died on Thursday of a long illness, informed the first lady, vice president and official government spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo.

Havana’s Miramar, Also Without Water

Source: Havana Times | Havana’s Miramar, Also Without Water Along with the break and reparations of an important main pipeline that supplies water to this capital with its almost 20 municipalities, seriously felt in the day to day by its inhabitants, a faulty valve on 60th St. also knocked out the water supply in Miramar.

Suspicions and Consequences in Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Suspicions and Consequences in Cuba Discrediting doesn’t work as a method in political debates. Appealing to insults instead of settling differences on the battlefield of thought is a dangerous shortcut that can debase whoever practices this behavior. This practice is common in the Cuban public sphere. Where there are more suspicions

Cuba’s Economy and Cures for Fear

Source: Havana Times | Cuba’s Economy and Cures for Fear Last week, we learned about an unexpected meeting of our highest powers. Certain documents were being discussed for some time now, which didn’t seem to bring about change in the lives of us ordinary mortals very quickly. The Cuban Government has written out its Guidelines

Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth

Source: Havana Times | Cuba: Socialism, Private Property and Wealth The Cuban Parliament has finally approved the groundwork for the reforms process put forward by President Raul Castro and his government. However, it has done so with some reserves, the most sensitive subject seems to revolve around private businesses and a consequent accumulation of wealth.

Cuban Activists Pushing Limits (Video)

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Activists Pushing Limits (Video) Isbel Diaz and Jimmy Roque are two Cuban social activists who see a direct relation between the different sectorial struggles on the island. Here they are interviewed about their beliefs and efforts by Yaima Pardo.

Havana Weather for June 8-14

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for June 8-14 The days will be cloudy from the morning, with showers and occasional storms during the day. The high temperatures will be between 30 and 32° C (86 and 90 F), while the lows will range between 24 and 26° C (77 and 79 F).

Cubans with a Memory!

Source: Havana Times | Cubans with a Memory! Government media, especially Cuban TV, doesn’t stop mentioning the attempts perpetrated by US governments against our country ever since the “Revolution” triumphed in 1959. But they conveniently forget how many Cubans were and are beaten up by government forces?

Trump Asked to Prioritize Compensations in his Cuba Policy

Source: Havana Times | Trump Asked to Prioritize Compensations in his Cuba Policy Republican senator Marco Rubio and Democrat senator Bill Nelson have asked the Trump administration to give priority to compensation to US citizens who lost assets when Fidel Castro nationalized these at the onset of the Revolution.

Leonardo Padura Speaks on His Novels and Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Leonardo Padura Speaks on His Novels and Cuba Cuban writer Leonardo Padura announced in Managua the publication of his new novel, set for release in January 2018. The book, “The Transparency of Time” features the reappearance of the emblematic detective Mario Conde, now as a retired police officer in the contemporary

People in the USA are Nice

Source: Havana Times | People in the USA are Nice In my last post, I said that I didn’t have a reason to write anymore. But, Bingo! I think I’ve found it! I’m going to dedicate this space to telling you about my everyday impressions in this strange world, following the work of my predecessor,

Cuba and Copyrights: Share or Pay?

Source: Havana Times | Cuba and Copyrights: Share or Pay? They say that people at Yara cinema stood up, clapping wholeheartedly, when an announcement was made by author Leonardo Padura at the last Havana Film Festival that the movie Mario Conde (based on the lead character in several of his novels) would soon be available

Fragments of My Short Trip to Lima

Source: Havana Times | Fragments of My Short Trip to Lima I never thought that it would be such a diverse and developed city. When I visited one of its parks, I realized that their laws are very strict with those who abuse animals or the environment…

Cuba’s Demographic Disaster

Source: Havana Times | Cuba’s Demographic Disaster Aging isn’t Cuba’s problem as such, but demographic replacement is. Chile and Costa Rica have longer life expectancy than Cuba, but they aren’t experiencing a demographic alarm. And when there is a vacuum, they do the same thing Europe and the US do: they bring over immigrants and

First Lights in Havana

Source: Havana Times | First Lights in Havana It’s a time when the stillness of the darkness and the sad lights of an old city continue to linger. Some people walk through the streets in darkness doing their chores. The glow tints the sky with soft but intense colors. It is a moment when the

Cuban Immigration to the North at a Near Standstill

Source: Havana Times | Cuban Immigration to the North at a Near Standstill It’s pretty incredible but it’s true, there are hardly any more rafts heading towards the United States; I imagine that few would risk leaving for South or Central America to then head on to that country that used to take in every

Imported Chicken is King in Socialist Cuba

Source: Havana Times | Imported Chicken is King in Socialist Cuba The weekly newspaper Tribuna de La Habana reported the government’s decision to sell chicken as the only meat option in the regulated (rationalized) extra food for special diets with a medical prescription.

Is Cuba Ready for Tourism Development?

Source: Havana Times | Is Cuba Ready for Tourism Development? There is a wonderful growth and development plan in Cuba, which anticipates 103,000 rooms for 2020. We currently have 64,000. If this plan is carried out, this will represent a 60% increase in just 13 years. It is undoubtedly an ambitious and feasible goal, at

Cruelty Still Shocks in Cuba Despite the Apathy

Source: Havana Times | Cruelty Still Shocks in Cuba Despite the Apathy When I signed up to the initiative organized by CeDA (Cubans in Defense of Animals), to help out collecting signatures so that animal abuse becomes a crime, I was surprised by people’s promptness to jot down their personal details on paper, on the

Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Tribute in Havana

Source: Havana Times | Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Tribute in Havana The Park located on 17th Street in the neighborhood of Vedado in the Cuban capital, was the venue for a 50th anniversary celebration concert for the Beatles’ award winning Sgt. Pepper’s album (1967). (14 photos)

On a Sunday Night in Alamar, Havana

Source: Havana Times | On a Sunday Night in Alamar, Havana It’s 9 PM and the P3 bus hasn’t come yet. I’ve been waiting for half an hour already. Alamar’s dark streets make it easy for masturbators, drunks and attacks; yup, it’s definitely better to wait for the bus than go out there and tempt

50th Anniversary Concert for Sgt. Pepper in Havana

Source: Havana Times | 50th Anniversary Concert for Sgt. Pepper in Havana A well-attended concert for the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was held at John Lennon park. Over two hours of joy, enjoyment and happiness, prove that we need rock concerts which maybe represent the rebellious symbol that Lennon

Cuba Recognizes Private Businesses

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Recognizes Private Businesses While some Cuban officials fear that economic reforms mean that capitalism will return to the island, Parliament has taken heed of president Raul Castro about “calling things by their proper name” and has legalized what is already a reality: the existence of small private businesses, which have

Is Cuba Bidding Farewell to Hollywood?

Source: Havana Times | Is Cuba Bidding Farewell to Hollywood? Hollywood wants to film in Cuba and it can’t. Less and less US productions are coming to the island since the second semester of last year. There is no official negative response, projects just go unanswered.

Attorney General Rejects Maduro’s Constituent Assembly without a Referendum

Source: Havana Times | Attorney General Rejects Maduro’s Constituent Assembly without a Referendum Venezuelan attorney general, Luisa Ortega, presented a written letter to the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) on Thursday, where she questions a legal ruling that supports the establishment of a Constituent Assembly to amend the Constitution without calling for a referendum.

No to violence against the LGTBI community (Video)

Source: Havana Times | No to violence against the LGTBI community (Video) While in Prague, one of our class tasks was to make a short 1 minute video, which would be called a capsule, and we were given the freedom to choose whatever subject we were interested in. I chose the violence that the gay

A Frivolous and Unfounded Accusation

Source: Havana Times | A Frivolous and Unfounded Accusation The accusation against the remaining independent press from Nicaragua’s Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), appears to be the product of a paranoia that has been very well aimed towards co-opting them into squelching the small measure of free expression that still exists.

The Holy USA family

Source: Havana Times | The Holy USA family I have always liked films, especially dramas and animated movies. The last one I saw, copied off a flash drive of course, is the not so recent “The Boss Baby”.

Cuba Housing Construction: 10 Years in Decline

Source: Havana Times | Cuba Housing Construction: 10 Years in Decline Housing construction in Cuba has fallen for the tenth consecutive year in a row, adding to the further decline in a country with great housing shortages. This despite the opening of the housing market for buying and selling and some government subsidies.

Havana Weather for June 1-7

Source: Havana Times | Havana Weather for June 1-7 The days will be partly cloudy from the morning on, increasing in the afternoons, giving rise to isolated rains and thunderstorms, which will be more numerous towards the south of the capital. The winds will be from the southeast and northeast, with speeds between 6 and

Murillo Reappears Presiding a Parliamentary Session with Raul Castro

Source: Havana Times | Murillo Reappears Presiding a Parliamentary Session with Raul Castro The so-called tsar of economic reforms in Cuba, Marino Murillo, reappeared on Thursday on the political stage during an special session of the National Assembly, along with president Raul Castro. He had been absent from the public for over a year.

Havana for International Tourism

Source: Havana Times | Havana for International Tourism Even though neglect has taken over the city, when we walk through newly restored spaces, transformed so they can be used for other things, even changing their names sometimes, a new landscape full of grandeur is being unveiled before us. (17 photos)

A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba

Source: Havana Times | A Tough 5-Years Since Hurricane Sandy Hit Eastern Cuba Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, which almost destroyed Santiago de Cuba and caused severe damage in the other eastern provinces, and left my house trembling as it nearly tore off the roof all of a sudden, we haven’t been able

Educating a homophobe

Source: Havana Times | Educating a homophobe A few hours after having displayed my pride for being different in a public space, I was faced with one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever had in my life. But I must admit that the outcome was very insightful for me and educational for the other person

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