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May 24, 2018

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Nicaragua Panorama Darkens as Ortega Rejects Agenda for Democratization

Source: Havana Times The protestors offered to relax roadblocks if the government would allow the agenda to procede, but dialogue ends without agreements, and the protests intensify demanding that Ortega and Murillo leave. Link: Nicaragua Panorama Darkens as Ortega Rejects Agenda for Democratization

Dialogue Suspended in Nicaragua and Violence Returns

Source: Havana Times The national dialogue between the Government of Nicaraguan government and a civic alliance of students, business people and civil society was suspended today due to failure to agree on the agenda to be discussed, while violent confrontations were reported in the city of Leon that left one dead and at…

A Bad Year for Agriculture in Cuba’s Eastern Provinces

Source: Havana Times In Cuba, the pre-established calendar year doesn’t coincide with the farming year. There are two well-defined planting seasons, which aren’t determined by human whim but by Nature itself: spring and the cold season. Link: A Bad Year for Agriculture in Cuba’s Eastern Provinces

Anti-Castro Warrior Luis Posada Carriles Dies at 90

Source: Havana Times Cuban anti-Castro fighter Luis Posada Carriles, considered a hero by his exiled compatriots and accused of terrorism by Havana and Caracas, died today in a home for veterans in Florida at age 90, informed his attorney. Link: Anti-Castro Warrior Luis Posada Carriles Dies at 90

Nicaragua: Decisive Hours for Ortega and the National Dialogue

Source: Havana Times The national dialogue that began a week ago in Nicaragua is heading towards decisive hours, as President Daniel Ortega,72, resists the call to abandon his position and the threat of students and rural residents to put pressure on him by closing the terrestrial traffic between borders. Link: Nicaragua: Decisive Hours

The Truth about the April Killings in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times The preliminary report on the April killings in Nicaragua from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is definitive in its findings regarding the dimensions of the horrors suffered by the victims of the repression. Its conclusions on the responsibilities of the State for excessive use of police and paramilitary violence…

Nicaragua’s Bishops Denounce Death Threats

Source: Havana Times The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua issued an urgent statement Tuesday denouncing a campaign of discrediting and death threats that some of the Catholic bishops and priests are suffering, especially the Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Silvio Baez, one of the five bishops mediating the National Dialogue currently underway and scheduled to…

Road Accidents in Cuba: Who’s to Blame?

Source: Havana Times Drivers are the ones to blame, according to the police, and let me repeat: “in spite of the country having an aged vehicle pool, a road network in average condition and poor level of road signs,” and yet the government, who holds an absolute monopoly over everything to do with…

Rock at Havana’s Salon Rosado de la Tropical

Source: Havana Times In my opinion, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES’ performance was a smashing success, and that’s why I invite every band who wants to come play here to this venue: you have an audience with open arms, anxiously waiting to dance and have fun. Link: Rock at Havana’s Salon Rosado de la Tropical

Mandela 100: Exhibition at Havana’s Casa de Africa

Source: Havana Times Nelson Mandela, the tireless fighter who struggled against apartheid in South Africa, is the star of the new traveling exhibition “Mandela 100”, at the Africa House on 157 Obrapia Street in Old Havana. It will be open to the public from May until August. (22 photos) Link: Mandela 100: Exhibition

Cuba Imports Salt from Spain to make up for National Deficit

Source: Havana Times Some hard-currency retail stores in Havana are selling Auchan-brand (supermarket) salt imported from Spain. A one kilo bag sells for 0.60 Convertible Pesos (CUC). This is the best product of its kind that the Cuban population have access to, who have been suffering salt shortages in regular Cuban pesos Link:

Nicaragua: Ortega Government Accepts Call to Stop the Repression

Source: Havana Times The Government of Nicaragua accepted Monday to address a list of 15 recommendations from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) stemming from the serious violations of fundamental rights during the crisis that has been affecting the country for over a month. Link: Nicaragua: Ortega Government Accepts Call to Stop

Reactions after Maduro’s “Great Victory” in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Venezuela is increasingly isolated internationally after numerous countries refused to recognize the results of the elections held on Sunday. Likewise, US president Trump signed an executive order to limit the capacity of the Maduro government to sell off the country’s assets. Link: Reactions after Maduro’s “Great Victory” in Venezuela

Nicaragua Hears Demands for Ortega’s Exit and Early Elections

Source: Havana Times The University Coalition on Monday proposed the adoption of a “law to set the framework for transition and democracy”, with its first step the immediate destitution of Nicaraguan President, Daniel Ortega, something the government has thus far refused to consider. Link: Nicaragua Hears Demands for Ortega’s Exit and Early Elections

Cuban Government Withdraws My Punishment

Source: Havana Times On Friday May 18th, at the Actuar Agency, the Labor Justice Committee (OJL) informed me of its recent decisions regarding the complaint I filed because this former organization, especially its director Jorge Luis Frias Armenteros, violated my artistic representation contract because of my online activity against government and Party leaders.

Nicaragua: Ortega Government Urged to Stop Repression and Investigate Deaths

Source: Havana Times The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today urged the Government of Nicaragua to “immediately cease the repression” of social protests and to investigate and punish those responsible for 76 deaths since last April in the country. Link: Nicaragua: Ortega Government Urged to Stop Repression and Investigate Deaths

Mobile Phones, a Much-needed and Hazardous Device

Source: Havana Times While it’s important to be in touch with others and up-to-date, you also need to know where and when to use a mobile phone. Why? Even though I don’t have the exact figure, I do know that many fatal accidents take place because of cellphone use. Link: Mobile Phones, a

Teachers: “The Students of Nicaragua Are Our Inspiration”

Source: Havana Times A month ago, the classrooms were the ideal sites for Nicaraguan students to meet with their teachers. Today, some of the youth go out daily to demonstrate against the government, while others remain in the hallways of the universities they’re occupying. Still others have been killed during the protests. “The…

Ezequiel, a Cuban poet

Source: Havana Times I met Ezequiel Rodriguez outside the literary cafe on 23rd and 12th streets. He seemed to be going through a tough time. Months later, I saw him again at the presentation of the second edition of the digital magazine Confluencias, promoted by members of Regla municipality’s literary workshop. Link: Ezequiel,

Maduro and Abstention Win in Venezuela

Source: Havana Times The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela declared on Sunday evening Nicolas Maduro the winner of the controversial presidential elections, with almost 68% of the votes, more than triple his weak opponent Henri Falcon (21%), who did not recognize the result. The CNE said the voter turnout waws 46%. Link:

The Roar of the Lion: “Ortega Must Go!”

Source: Havana Times The blocks of Leon became a blue and white tide on Saturday that celebrated the new liberation of what is known as Nicaragua’s university city. There was also a caravan in Managua and protests in other cities. Link: The Roar of the Lion: “Ortega Must Go!”

Venezuela Elects President Today amid Crisis and International Rejection

Source: Havana Times Venezuelans will vote or abstain Sunday in a controversial election in which President Nicolas Maduro seeks re-election against three rivals of little weight, after the leading opposition candidates were disqualified. The opposition coalition calls on citizens to boycott the vote claiming it is fraudulent. Link: Venezuela Elects President Today amid

Attack on University in Nicaragua Breaks Truce and Darkens Dialogue

Source: Havana Times An armed attack on a university in the capital of Nicaragua on Saturday night, left at least four students injured and broke the truce promised by the government in the now uncertain national dialogue, coincided student and religious sources. Link: Attack on University in Nicaragua Breaks Truce and Darkens Dialogue

Passenger List Released of Fatal Plane Crash in Havana

Source: Havana Times Cuban authorities today found one of the black boxes in “good condition” of the Boeing 737-200 plane that crashed Friday in Havana, leaving 110 dead and three survivors. They also released the full passenger list of the tragedy. Link: Passenger List Released of Fatal Plane Crash in Havana

Nicaragua in Rebellion 1978-2018 (Photos from both periods)

Source: Havana Times The current upheaval in Nicaragua has been a flashback for many people of the events that took place 40 years ago in the Central American country. At that time much of the population had rebelled against the Somoza dictatorship. Today the Ortega family government is facing similar mass protest demanding…

Face-off for Cuba in Geneva over Human Rights

Source: Havana Times Cuba is fighting a fierce diplomatic battle in Geneva. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and his “Elite Squad” have been charged with the mission of highlighting the positive side of the Cuban government, maximizing and sugarcoating its social achievements and reducing and distorting those which represent human rights violations. Link: Face-off

A Brief History of the Cuban Revolution

Source: Havana Times This coming October, the Cuban Revolution will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its birth, when Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, the Father of our Homeland, an educated, wealthy lawyer and owner of a sugar mill and slaves, put all of his fortune and life on the line for Cuba’s freedom, which…

Nicaragua: Ortega Agrees Not to Attack Protesters for 48 Hours

Source: Havana Times The Government of Nicaragua today pledged to remove the police, paramilitary forces and Sandinista activists from the streets as part of a 48-hour truce agreed with protesters who began demonstrations a month ago. Link: Nicaragua: Ortega Agrees Not to Attack Protesters for 48 Hours

Airliner with 104 Passengers Crashes in Cuba, 3 Survivors

Source: Havana Times A commercial plane with 104 passengers and six crew members on board crashed today shortly after taking off from Havana’s international airport. The official newspaper, Granma, informed that three persons survived the accident, although they are in critical condition. Link: Airliner with 104 Passengers Crashes in Cuba, 3 Survivors

The Alternative Havana Biennial Concludes

Source: Havana Times The #00 Havana Biennial took place, and I can now finally say that out loud, without any hesitation or doubt. In spite of seizures, threats, suspicions, arbitrary arrests, we managed to put on the event we wanted to, or better yet, the event we needed. (8 photos) Link: The Alternative

Venezuela will have a New President in a Few Days

Source: Havana Times The chances of Venezuela having a new president are very scarce, bearing in mind the fact that it’s very likely that Nicolas Maduro will continue at the head of this country. And in the case Nicolas doesn’t remain in power, the new president will be Henry Falcon… who wouldn’t be…

Nicaragua: Day 2 of Dialogue as Nationwide Protests Continue

Source: Havana Times Today, on the second day of the national dialogue, the university movement and civil society will reiterate to the Government that the central agenda is ending the repression of protests and the restoration of democracy in Nicaragua. Link: Nicaragua: Day 2 of Dialogue as Nationwide Protests Continue

Seeing Cuba Through Basketball

Source: Havana Times The spring of 2017 I got the chance to study abroad at the University of Havana at an exchange program managed by Butler University. It was my junior year at Gettysburg College and, as a Political Science major I jumped at the chance to study in a country so close…

Ortega Continues the Repression: Three Dead in Matagalpa

Source: Havana Times Confrontations pitting the riot squads and government-sponsored mobs against citizens and students who had gathered spontaneously to protest left at least three fatalities and around 60 injured in the city of Matagalpa this past Tuesday. Link: Ortega Continues the Repression: Three Dead in Matagalpa

As Nicaragua Grinds to a Halt, Students call “Peaceful Rebellion”

Source: Havana Times The university students leading the protests in Nicaragua called today for a “giant peaceful rebellion” in the country to press for the departure of Daniel Ortega’s government, one month after the start of the conflict, Link: As Nicaragua Grinds to a Halt, Students call “Peaceful Rebellion”

Cuban Youth Losing Their Fear

Source: Havana Times While high-ranking officials were driving their cars and locking themselves into air-conditioned offices, a group of artists realized a project (perhaps the most ambitious to date), the recently concluded #00 Havana Biennial. Outside of Cuba’s institutional establishment, it took place between May 5-15. Link: Cuban Youth Losing Their Fear

Taking part in the Alternative #00 Havana Biennial

Source: Havana Times My contribution took place in my own home/studio and involved an exhibition of videos and art, an art installation, a vast exhibition of my photography, a performance piece which didn’t take place because there were problems in coordinating it, but I did an improvisation. Link: Taking part in the Alternative

Nicaragua: Zoilamerica Praises Students who Rebuked her Presidential Parents

Source: Havana Times Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega’s step-daughter, who she accused of sexual abuse and rape in 1998, thanked students who came together today and rebuked the leader during the first session of the national dialogue process in Managua. Link: Nicaragua: Zoilamerica Praises Students who Rebuked her Presidential Parents

Havana Weather for May 17-23

Source: Havana Times Cloudy skies will predominate from the morning on, with rain and some thunderstorms in the capital. The maximum temperatures will range between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F), while the lows between 23 and 24° C (73 and 75 F). The sea surface temperature will be 27° C…

Human Rights Mission (IACHR) Arrives Thursday in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times A delegation of 11 members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will arrive in Nicaragua on Thursday to examine the country’s situation in the midst of the crisis shaking the Ortega-Murillo government. Link: Human Rights Mission (IACHR) Arrives Thursday in Nicaragua

Nicaragua Dialogue Round One: Students Tell Ortega to Resign

Source: Havana Times Protesting students demanded today the resignation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and the cessation of police and paramilitary repression at the start of a national dialogue between the Government, civil society and the private sector that seeks to end the serious crisis that has hit the country for almost a…

Sending Money to Cuba via the Internet Isn’t Easy

Source: Havana Times “What an odyssey to send money to people in Cuba. And the companies don’t even say anything.” This is how someone who regularly sends remittances to Cuba summarizes the situation. Link: Sending Money to Cuba via the Internet Isn’t Easy

Granada, Nicaragua Businesses Demand Security following Looting

Source: Havana Times On Monday, business owners from Granada affiliated with the National Chamber of Tourism, sustained a heated meeting with Mayor Julia Mena and Departmental Chief of Police Alejandro Ruiz in which they demanded that the officials “fulfill their Constitutional mandate”… Link: Granada, Nicaragua Businesses Demand Security following Looting

Rebellion in Nicaragua on the Eve of a Dialogue

Source: Havana Times Police riot squads in conjunction with paramilitary forces today tried to put down civic protests with bullets in four cities of Nicaragua, on the eve of a national dialogue that begins Wednesday with the participation of President Daniel Ortega. Link: Rebellion in Nicaragua on the Eve of a Dialogue

Environmentally Sound Solutions for Cuba can be Profitable

Source: Havana Times Even though he defines himself as a businessman and not an eco-warrior, and he doesn’t act like a philanthropist, the reality is that water is much more for Roberto Fusaroli than his business. “It’s an environmental and also a financial issue…” Link: Environmentally Sound Solutions for Cuba can be Profitable

My Take on LGBTIQ Rights in Cuba

Source: Havana Times The “Agenda for Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, Intersexuals and Queers in Cuba” which was published recently, is a first class civil act. Cuban society is trying to breathe under the suffocating totalitarianism of a regime which has manipulated and altered civilian matters in an attempt to neutralize it.

Help for Two Female Dogs

Source: Havana Times There’s been a scandal on my block for days now, Mochita and Nina, two female dogs who live at the chocolate factory are all worked up; it’s May, you know the drill. Male dogs come to blows, bark, chase after the new one who comes along following the females’ scent.

Talks Called for Wednesday in Nicaragua Amid Continued Protests

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference (CEN) announced today that the dialogue called to resolve the crisis in the country will begin on Wednesday, while the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) confirmed that it received an invitation from the Ortega government to travel to Managua. Link: Talks Called for Wednesday in

Carlos Mejia Godoy: “These Kids have Given Me Back My Youth”

Source: Havana Times Carlos Mejia Godoy never stops writing songs. He says that the students leading the current protests in Nicaragua have given him back his youth and that dedicating music to them is his way of contributing to the struggle. Link: Carlos Mejia Godoy: “These Kids have Given Me Back My Youth”

Nicaragua: Ortega Finally Accepts Human Rights Investigation

Source: Havana Times The Government of Nicaragua announced today that it will allow a mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the country to “observe the human rights situation”, informed the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro. Link: Nicaragua: Ortega Finally Accepts Human Rights

Another Parade in Cuba against Homophobia

Source: Havana Times Cenesex (National Center for Sex Education) celebrates its annual May campaign against homophobia and transphobia in Cuba. As part of the program, the traditional conga parade was held on this occasion from the intersection of Linea and Paseo Avenues to 12th Street. (42 photos) Link: Another Parade in Cuba against

Nicaragua: Demanding Justice Through Art

Source: Havana Times The University Coalition is a group that brings together the different student movements that have formed as a result of the April demonstrations. “We’re here from different universities. The people wanted our unity: here it is,” affirmed Lesther Aleman, member of the Nicaraguan University Alliance. Link: Nicaragua: Demanding Justice Through

Opening a Historic Window in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Recent events in Nicaragua have surprised many with the intensity and the massiveness of the revolt against the regime of Daniel Ortega, a regime that has been increasingly following the path of authoritarianism and corruption. Link: Opening a Historic Window in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s Army Says Dialogue Is the Only Way Out of the Crisis

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan Army warned that dialogue is the only way to resolve the governance crisis faced by President Daniel Ortega and to avoid irreversible damage to the economy and national security. Link: Nicaragua’s Army Says Dialogue Is the Only Way Out of the Crisis

Nicaragua in Chaos and Ortega Asks God for Help

Source: Havana Times Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sent an audio message to the nation Saturday evening amidst serious riots and clashes in Masaya, a city near the capital, where he invoked God to ask for “strength to achieve peace.” The protesting students note his mixed message of peace while promoting repression. Link: Nicaragua

Incomplete Motherhood and Mother’s Day in Cuba

Source: Havana Times This second Sunday of May, Mother’s Day, a national pretext for congratulations, visits, gifts paid with what you don’t have and fulfillment of a ritual full of insincerity, I find myself trying to save a newborn kitten that was thrown into the trash. Link: Incomplete Motherhood and Mother’s Day in

Pizzacracker: Cienfuegos’ New Bureaucratic Solution

Source: Havana Times Pizza sellers in Cuba’s southern city of Cienfuegos have decided to use salted crackers to replace disposable pieces of paper or cardboard enabling customers to carry this food item in their hand when it comes straight out of the oven. Link: Pizzacracker: Cienfuegos’ New Bureaucratic Solution

May Showers

Source: Havana Times There is a popular belief, at least here in Oriente, which says that everyone (adults and children) should drink water from the first downpour in May, Cuba’s wettest month, and if you don’t, you’ll suffer from terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea. Link: May Showers

The Meaning and Sense of Words

Source: Havana Times In the past, after World War 2, during the so-called Cold War, US imperialist propaganda against the Soviet Union and other socialist countries in Eastern Europe coined a series of terms which had previously had a derogatory meaning. Link: The Meaning and Sense of Words

Bishops to Ortega: Invite the IACHR Now and End the Repression

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan Catholic Bishops’ Conference called on the government of Daniel Ortega today to adopt four “concrete steps” that would “pave the way for the realization of a national dialogue.” The bishops set a deadline of noon on Monday for the Sandinista Executive to respond and then put a start…

The Symbols of Rebellion

Source: Havana Times One of the most important features of the April Insurrection, as the new cycle of social movement in Nicaragua is being called, is the dispute over the symbols of power. Link: The Symbols of Rebellion

Cuba’s Example has Infected the Rest of the Latin American Left

Source: Havana Times After fighting a successful offensive to power, Latin America’s Left is now retreating. Cuba was always the leader of this movement and the region recognized it as its guiding beacon, but now it is languishing. Recent events unfolding (Nicaragua) point to a pathological infection which has spread from the Caribbean’s…

#AccionLGBTIQba: An Agenda for Our Rights Here in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Today, a group of people who share the same tenacity to revive the national struggle to ensure the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, intersexuals, queer and people with other non-heteronormative sexualities and genders in Cuba, have launched our #AccionLGBTIQba agenda. Link: #AccionLGBTIQba: An Agenda for Our Rights Here in

Nicaragua: Ortega Forces Attack Universities

Source: Havana Times One more student killed and at least 11 persons wounded is the preliminary result of an armed attack Thursday night on entrenched students at a university in Managua, said Víctor Cuadras, a spokesperson for the April 19th Student Movement (M19A). Link: Nicaragua: Ortega Forces Attack Universities

A Spectacular Cave in Eastern Cuba

Source: Havana Times Just 5 kms away from Mayari’s city center, you can find Seboruco Cave, declared a National Monument not just because of the general allure these unique structures create, resembling “homes” made by Nature, but also because of the idyllic landscape which surrounds it and the myths and legends of this…

Cuban Court Puts Vinales Agro-ecological Project at Risk

Source: Havana Times On Wednesday, Cuban ecologist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola was sentenced to a year in prison during a summary trial which took place at Vinales Municipal Court, in the western province of Pinar del Rio, putting a key agro-ecological project and its future in jeopardy. Link: Cuban Court Puts Vinales Agro-ecological Project

Mariela Castro’s Game of Appearances

Source: Havana Times In the coming days the government will once again show the world how happy those of us who live under their nonsensical laws are, during the 18th National Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, to be hosted this year in the western province of Pinar del Rio. Link: Mariela Castro’s Game

Havana Weather for May 10-16

Source: Havana Times For this 7-day period the probability of rains and some storms will remain high, especially in the afternoons and evenings. Maximum temperatures will range between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F), while the lows will be between 23 and 24° C (73 and 75 F). Link: Havana Weather

Gigantic march in Nicaragua Demanded “Justice and Democracy”

Source: Havana Times Tens of thousands of people peacefully marched through the streets of the Nicaraguan capital on Wednesday, demanding “democracy” as well as “justice” from President Daniel Ortega for the victims of the anti-government protests in mid-April. Link: Gigantic march in Nicaragua Demanded “Justice and Democracy”

The Cuban Revolution Sentences a Revolutionary Scientist

Source: Havana Times Cuban scientist sentenced to one year in prison for ‘disrespecting” government authority, was the title of an article recently published in the Miami Herald. And that is Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, a universal researcher. His work and light transcend the borders of this island. Link: The Cuban Revolution Sentences a Revolutionary

Independent Journalists Condemn Repression in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times The Independent News Media in Nicaragua is under assault from the Ortega/Murillo government. Today several of these journalists, photographers, editors, photographers, etc. issued a statement demanding an end to the repression and censureship. Link: Independent Journalists Condemn Repression in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: Ortega Calls March Simultaneous to the Students

Source: Havana Times Tensions rose this morning as Nicaragua’s vice president, Rosario Murillo, called on government supporters to attend a rally “for peace, love and coexistence” in Managua, almost at the same time of a national march announced last week led by university students demanding the departure of President Daniel Ortega. Link: Nicaragua:

How a Social Bank in Cuba Might Function

Source: Havana Times I want a Social Bank in the Cuba I hope my children live in. Private banks are like any other business: profit oriented. A Social Bank would be oriented towards converting national savings into productive investments by financing businesspeople and companies… Link: How a Social Bank in Cuba Might Function

Havana’s Cerro Ave. Weathered by Time

Source: Havana Times The Calzada del Cerro Avenue, located in the municipality of the same name, since its construction in 1803, followed by the flourishing of its mansions and villas around it until the middle of that century, earned it an important place in the history of Havana. (19 photos) Link: Havana’s Cerro

Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo on the Student Revolt in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Since last April 19, the streets of various cities in Nicaragua have filled with protesters. “These young people are bringing together the essence of many generations of Nicaraguans, and hence that makes this movement one that gives us hope,” comments Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo. Link: Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo on the Student

National Protest March in Nicaragua on Wednesday May 9th

Source: Havana Times The third major civic demonstration against the government of Daniel Ortega will be held Wednesday in Managua with the participation of students, farmers from the anti-canal movement, women’s organizations and professionals, and supported by activists from opposition civic groups. Link: National Protest March in Nicaragua on Wednesday May 9th

Nicaragua Student Protests Receive Heartwarming Support

Source: Havana Times Amidst the throes of violence which have shaken Nicaragua in the repression of student protests, the population has given heartwarming acts of solidarity. These are some of the most shared and commented online… Link: Nicaragua Student Protests Receive Heartwarming Support

From Colombia to Havana and a Dream to Visit Santiago de Cuba

Source: Havana Times He walks down Havana’s streets with his strong brows, like flecks of sun, with this large moustache and hair gone silver due to time and Colombian airs. He has lived through difficult times… Link: From Colombia to Havana and a Dream to Visit Santiago de Cuba

Nicaraguan Students: “We Won’t Negotiate at a Bloodstained Table”

Source: Havana Times The self-organized students have declared that there can’t be a dialogue until a trustworthy and independent Truth Commission has been named. However, Daniel Ortega doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to fulfill this requirement. Link: Nicaraguan Students: “We Won’t Negotiate at a Bloodstained Table”

Nicaragua’s University Students Keep Up Pressure on Ortega

Source: Havana Times Hundreds of students demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega peacefully occupied public universities in three cities of Nicaragua today to demand the withdrawal of a student organization linked to the ruling Sandinista Front. Link: Nicaragua’s University Students Keep Up Pressure on Ortega

Falcon Insists on the Futility of Abstention in Venezuelan Elections

Source: Havana Times Venezuelan opposition candidate Henri Falcon reiterated today his criticism of the call of the opposition alliance Mesa de Unidad Democratica (MUD) to boycott the elections on May 20, in which President Nicolas Maduro seeks his reelection. Link: Falcon Insists on the Futility of Abstention in Venezuelan Elections

File #00 of an Alternative Havana Biennial

Source: Havana Times Havana’s Alternative #00 Biennial has been taking place since Saturday May 5th in various “independent” artists’ homes/studios/workshops. It has been a controversial event ever since the first seed was planted. Link: File #00 of an Alternative Havana Biennial

Utopia in Havana at the Alternative Biennial

Source: Havana Times Gerardo Mosquera, an important art critic and Cuban intellectual, invited me to read his paper: “Utopia in Havana”, as part of a theoretical event which forms part of the Havana Alternative Biennial, which was independently organized and has received quite a lot of pressure from the Cuban government and institutions.

Police Violence Makes Dialogue Uncertain in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Twenty days after the start of the protests against the government of Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua woke up Monday under extreme tension and uncertainty, after new clashes between police and demonstrators. A possible dialogue has not yet begun and threats of worker, transport and commerce strikes are in the air. Link:

Nicaragua: Ortega’s Legislators Name Their “Truth Commission”

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan National Assembly set up a ‘Truth, Justice and Peace Commission’, to which it gave the mandate to “know, analyze and clarify the truth of the latest events in the country,” referring to the massacre perpetrated by the Police National and groups related to the Sandinista Front, against unarmed…

Monotony of May 1st in Havana Broken by Grafitti

Source: Havana Times Long live the Dictatorship!, somebody dared to write hundreds of meters away from Revolution Square, on the wall of a building which belongs to Havana University, near the Calixto Garcia Hospital, on the night before the annual May Day parade. Link: Monotony of May 1st in Havana Broken by Grafitti

Ortega Blamed for Crisis Hitting Nicaragua’s Economy

Source: Havana Times After protests broke out 17 days ago, Nicaragua’s political crisis has hit sensitive economic sectors such as tourism and exports, warned private businessmen, who are urging the Government to establish a process of national dialogue as soon as possible. Link: Ortega Blamed for Crisis Hitting Nicaragua’s Economy

Cuban Bureaucrats vs. Artists, the May Performance

Source: Havana Times Today, May 5th, marks the day that the #00 Havana Biennial is set to begin. UNEAC and the AHS (organizations of artists, writers and creators who are authorized by the Cuban government) published a statement yesterday calling for the official Biennial which will take place in 2019, thereby discrediting this…

Are We Cubans Trapped?

Source: Havana Times As a result of Cuba’s recent “presidential transition”, the subject comes up wherever you go and comments were in this tone… Link: Are We Cubans Trapped?

Socializing Cuba’s Large Services Companies

Source: Havana Times Cuba’s so-called “socialism” has been an appropriation of property and using all of the country’s resources, snatched from millions of hands to be concentrated in the few who have done what they wanted to with all of a country’s financial resources. Link: Socializing Cuba’s Large Services Companies

First National Seed Fair in Cuba and its Big Challenge

Source: Havana Times With the slogan “Seeds comes first”, the first National Seed Fair began on April 20, at the popular fairground in the municipality of Boyeros, in Havana. The challenges is great, Cuba still imports the majority of the food consumed and funds for imports are limited. (39 photos) Link: First National

Nicaraguan Bishops: “Examine the Political System at its Roots”

Source: Havana Times On Thursday, bishops from Nicaragua’s Episcopal Conference (CEN) stated that the objective of the national dialogue process should be “to examine Nicaragua’s political system as its roots, in order to bring about a real democracy.” Link: Nicaraguan Bishops: “Examine the Political System at its Roots”

Nicaragua Private Sector Calls for Major Change

Source: Havana Times If you asked anyone less than a month ago who were the most important civilian allies of the Ortega-Murillo government in Nicaragua, many would have said, the Catholic Church and COSEP the umbrella Private Sector organization. Link: Nicaragua Private Sector Calls for Major Change

Nicaragua: Impunity after the Massacre Is Unacceptable

Source: Havana Times Although dozens of suspects for these crimes have been identified by the population and the victims’ family members, and the proof has been displayed in the independent media and the social networks, not a single member of the paramilitary has been detained nor has any police officier been separated from…

Dangers of Fighting for Gender Equality in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Nobody would think that someone could be punished in Cuba, a country which aims for social equality, for the sole crime of fighting against gender equality. However, this is what happened to Alas Tensas magazine, a feminist publication which is directed by Ileana Alvarez. Link: Dangers of Fighting for Gender

The Alternative Havana Biennial Set to Open Saturday

Source: Havana Times May 5th is approaching fast and with it the inauguration of the #00 Havana Biennial, which comes to fill the void left by the suspension of the official Biennial. The events promoters believe that art is not a thing of institutions but of artists. Link: The Alternative Havana Biennial Set

Why We Went to Revolution Square?

Source: Havana Times Government figures from the parade this year claim that over a thousand foreigners walked through Havana’s Revolution Square on May 1st. They didn’t protest, they didn’t make demands, they didn’t hold a demonstration: they just walked, just like the Cubans present, who didn’t protest or make demands either. Link: Why

Nicaraguan Student Movement Presents Ultimatum to Ortega

Source: Havana Times Nicaraguan university students demand that the government of Daniel Ortega allow the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Office of the Rapporteur on Human Rights to investigate the deaths and alleged torture of young people detained during the recent protests. Link: Nicaraguan Student Movement Presents Ultimatum to

Gioconda Belli Analyzes the Response of the Ortega Government

Source: Havana Times The responses of the presidential couple to the events of the week of April 18th were so contrary to how one might expect you can’t help but wonder if they have already lost all connection with reality. Link: Gioconda Belli Analyzes the Response of the Ortega Government

Exploring Panama City a Little

Source: Havana Times I recently had the chance to get to know Panama city, at a friend’s invitation, and I got to see a pleasant landscape where people are kind by nature, something which we see less and less every day. Violence between Cuban people can be seen in our everyday, in a…

Cuba’s May Day Parade: Same Old May Routine

Source: Havana Times This year’s halfway point is drawing near and with that came another May 1st, an annual event where Cubans show their enthusiasm and hard-working spirit by joining the classic parade. Link: Cuba’s May Day Parade: Same Old May Routine

A Former Cuban Dumpster Diver Tells his Story

Source: Havana Times Armando is an honest, hard-working and kind man. Anyone who speaks to him for the first time won’t believe that he lived a dangerous lifestyle for several years. He used to expose his body every day to whatever life could throw at him or, as we Cubans say, he used…

Students Continue to Challenge Ortega in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Numerous university students were still demonstrating Tuesday in the streets of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, to demand that President Daniel Ortega leave office after the massacre of dozens of students and other young people by his shock forces and Riot Police. Link: Students Continue to Challenge Ortega in Nicaragua

May Day in Cuba, a Different Experience

Source: Havana Times Once again hundreds of thousands of workers from Havana went out to parade at the Plaza of the Revolution on May 1, International Worker’s Day. In other countries the day is one of demands for wages, benefits, against injustices and for rights, while in Cuba it is reaffirmation in support…

Nothing Resembles Cuba More than a Cooperative

Source: Havana Times Right now, many farmers are unhappy and skeptical. However they are literally afraid to speak out because “the corrupt” appear to be much stronger and they need their signatures for everything. Link: Nothing Resembles Cuba More than a Cooperative

International Workers Day 2018 in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Unlike other countries in which workers take advantage of this date to make a host of demands, including wage increases and respect for their rights, Cuban workers celebrate it as a party. Link: International Workers Day 2018 in Cuba

The Students Speak Up: “Ortega Should Go”

Source: Havana Times The recent protests left a painful total of over 39 dead as the product of the repression. However, they also planted a “seed of hope” when the university students’ struggle unleashed a national civic rebellion. Link: The Students Speak Up: “Ortega Should Go”

Mango: What’s Happened to the Errand Man?

Source: Havana Times Mango is a strong man, with a kind nature and friendly face. He is 78 years old but his physical build allows him to take on the hard labor of a delivery man, a job which involves taking market purchases to families who hire him. Link: Mango: What’s Happened to

Please Sign the Anonymous Letter against Me

Source: Havana Times Obviously, anonymous letters aren’t only limited to workplaces. Although a long tradition of using and exploiting them (encouraged by a government policy which allowed and even promoted them) has come to make us Cubans a kind of experts in the matter. Link: Please Sign the Anonymous Letter against Me

From Castro to Diaz-Canel: Testimonies from an Assembly

Source: Havana Times An exceptional window into Cuba’s political ins and outs was opened on April 19th. On that day, Raul Castro Ruz formally passed on the position of Head of State and Government to Miguel Diaz-Canel. Link: From Castro to Diaz-Canel: Testimonies from an Assembly

Nicaragua After the Massacre

Source: Havana Times The killings perpetrated by the paramilitary forces of the Ortega/Murillo regime and the riot squads of the National Police resulted in the worst bloodbath in the post-war history of Nicaragua. Link: Nicaragua After the Massacre

John Lennon and Cuban Freemasonry: Symbols of Freedom

Source: Havana Times Cuban nationals and foreigners go to the park on 17th and 8th streets to see a beautiful statue of John Lennon which was inaugurated by Fidel Castro. Link: John Lennon and Cuban Freemasonry: Symbols of Freedom

Ortega Calls March to Support His Government

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan government called for a march on Monday in support of the president, Daniel Ortega, after the massive opposition demonstration on Saturday, after 11 days of protests that led to violence and dozens of deaths. Link: Ortega Calls March to Support His Government

Nicaragua: Huge Peaceful Demonstration Demands Peace and Justice

Source: Havana Times Before a massive peaceful demonstration, the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference on Saturday reiterated its willingness to mediate a dialogue between the Government and civil society, but warned that it will give President Daniel Ortega a period of one month to evaluate compliance with agreements. Link: Nicaragua: Huge Peaceful Demonstration Demands Peace

Can education be saved here in Cuba?

Source: Havana Times Sara: “I told my family when I finished my pre-university course, don’t think I’m going to go and study to earn 500 pesos (20 USD) or anything similar as a professional,” said the 19-year-old with a dark vision of the future. Link: Can education be saved here in Cuba?

Blacklisted in 21st Century Cuba

Source: Havana Times I looked over all my assessment papers as an actress, my work contracts and it didn’t say that an artist had to be a hypocrite and dishonest anywhere. It doesn’t say in writing that an artist has to stop being free to say what to think. Link: Blacklisted in 21st

Nicaragua Canal Project Dealt New Blow

Source: Havana Times Wang Jing, the Chinese magnate who in 2013 received the exclusive concession from Daniel Ortega’s government to construct an inter-oceanic canal, has shuttered his company’s Hong Kong offices. The move is seen in Nicaragua as another sign of a dying project. Link: Nicaragua Canal Project Dealt New Blow

Journalists, Musicians and Activists in Nicaragua Denounce Death Threats

Source: Havana Times Independent journalists and human rights activists in Nicaragua reported today that they have received death threats and attacks on their homes, following protests and clashes last week in the country. Link: Journalists, Musicians and Activists in Nicaragua Denounce Death Threats

When Wages Aren’t Enough to Get By…

Source: Havana Times If there’s one subject I don’t like writing about it’s about our financial needs, read here: our food, clothing and everyday situation, because it feels like whining, like the Spanish say, and I really don’t like whining. Link: When Wages Aren’t Enough to Get By…

Cuba is an Example for the World Regarding Healthcare

Source: Havana Times UN officials who make an effort to improve people’s health around the globe (albeit unsuccessfully sometimes), have told the press what they think about Cuba’s health system. Link: Cuba is an Example for the World Regarding Healthcare

Dialogue Should Include an “Orderly Exit” for Ortega and Murillo

Source: Havana Times One week after the unprecedented protests against Ortega, tens of thousands remain in the streets demanding an end to the regime. Constitutional expert Gabriel Alvarez and economist Jose Luis Medal analyze the scenarios for a national dialogue. Link: Dialogue Should Include an “Orderly Exit” for Ortega and Murillo

A Spectator in Front of his Living Statues

Source: Havana Times At the entrance of San Francisco de Assis Convent, you can enjoy six out of the twelve characters created by artist Alberto Sanchez Castellon, where the body becomes a creative space. (7 photos) Link: A Spectator in Front of his Living Statues

Carlos Mejia Godoy Talks about the Protests in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Carlos Mejia Godoy, creator of most of the songs used by young people at different times since the fight against the dictator Somoza, opens up in an interview with El Nuevo Diario about the current protests current in Nicaragua. Link: Carlos Mejia Godoy Talks about the Protests in Nicaragua

Little Hope Left for Cuba’s Elderly

Source: Havana Times “There’s no hope for our youth”, is a common phrase here in Cuba. Luckily, people have never used it with me, but I have to regularly sit and listen to how many people agree that young people behave inappropiately. Link: Little Hope Left for Cuba’s Elderly

Havana Weather for April 26 – May 2

Source: Havana Times This forecast period will bring days with abundant clouds, some showers in the afternoons, and some isolated thunderstorms. The maximum temperatures will oscillate between 27 and 29° C (81 and 84 F) and the lows will be between 22 and 23° C (72 and 73 F). Link: Havana Weather for

Student Protestors in Nicaragua Agree to Dialogue

Source: Havana Times The students who have led the recent protests in Nicaragua and who remain entrenched in a university in the capital accepted a dialogue with the government on the condition that President Daniel Ortega offers security guarantees for them and their families. Link: Student Protestors in Nicaragua Agree to Dialogue

The Concept of Property

Source: Havana Times When I was a little girl, I would accompany my mother to go and visit my uncle, at a unit where he was doing his military service. The inhospitable environment, the crowd of bodies in uniform, hair shaven so they were almost bald, seeing my uncle thinner and with a…

Can Golf Save Cuba’s Version of Socialism?

Source: Havana Times In an attempt to attract high-end tourism, the Cuban government is building the biggest golf mega complex in Latin America, which means it’s the Communist regime’s most important push to develop facilities for a sport that Fidel Castro abolished 50 years ago because he considered it “bourgeois”. Link: Can Golf

Venezuela’s “Black Mirror” and Millionaires

Source: Havana Times I can’t really be sure that this is a science fiction series but I am sure that I feel like one of the characters in Black Mirror recently. And I believe many Venezuelans will feel the same way today. Link: Venezuela’s “Black Mirror” and Millionaires

Gioconda Belli: It’s Time for Ortega/Murillo to Resign

Source: Havana Times In one blow, amid the sound of shattering glass, the opinion polls, the assurances, the belief that they were governing with the support and approval of the majority, all crashed down. Link: Gioconda Belli: It’s Time for Ortega/Murillo to Resign

Is Miguel Diaz-Canel Cuba’s Commander in Chief?

Source: Havana Times Mistakes in international press are common when it comes to talking about Cuba’s Head of State’s constitutional duties, national press also make these mistakes. Link: Is Miguel Diaz-Canel Cuba’s Commander in Chief?

Cuba’s Path Forward in the Context of a New Government

Source: Havana Times I have to admit that the authoritarian socialist system here in Cuba is well-designed, not to solve national problems, of course, but to survive itself, to keep itself afloat. Link: Cuba’s Path Forward in the Context of a New Government

Cuba’s Leaky Public Coffers Need to be Urgently Closed

Source: Havana Times The main stones along the island’s rocky path towards sustainable development are chaos and corruption, evils which brought about more than $8 billion USD in losses to the national economy last year. Link: Cuba’s Leaky Public Coffers Need to be Urgently Closed

A Concept Hijacked in Cuba

Source: Havana Times Sometimes I ask myself whether the Cuban government continues to belong to the Left or whether it has now actually become a right-wing government. Link: A Concept Hijacked in Cuba

Nicaragua: University Students at UPOLI Continue Unbowed

Source: Havana Times As the sun went down on Sunday, April 23, the monumental march to repudiate the actions of Daniel Ortega’s and Rosario Murillo’s government arrived at this bastion of resistance that the repression couldn’t conquer: the Nicaraguan Polytechnic University, or Upoli. Link: Nicaragua: University Students at UPOLI Continue Unbowed

Nicaragua Protest March: “They Were students, Not Criminals!”

Source: Havana Times “Ortega and Murillo Must Go,” the crowd demanded and they took down more symbols of the presidential couple and put up a Nicaraguan flag in their place. Six days of nationwide protest have the president and his wife in shock. Link: Nicaragua Protest March: “They Were students, Not Criminals!”

Pictures from Camaguey, Cuba

Source: Havana Times Located in the island’s central-eastern region, Camaguey city is well-known across Cuba for its large clay pots and the way its streets were built, especially the historic center, which can confuse any visitor who comes for the first time. (43 photos) Link: Pictures from Camaguey, Cuba

Ortega Tries Carrot and Stick to Quash Protests

Source: Havana Times On Sunday night, students from the Nicaraguan Polytechnic University (UPOLI) informed that they were attacked by riot police while holding a vigil for those killed by government repression during the first five days of protest. Link: Ortega Tries Carrot and Stick to Quash Protests

Angela Davis: “Leadership isn’t Inextricably Male”

Source: Havana Times At 74 years old, Angela Davis is the living and breathing example of the reinvention of feminism. Black and Marxist. A philosopher and professor in Donald Trump’s USA. She recently visited Costa Rica and this Cuban university student reports on what she had to say. Link: Angela Davis: “Leadership isn’t

The Czech Passer-by

Source: Havana Times This one-minute and six-second long short was the first class project of my most recent course in the Czech Republic, in March 2018. Making it was a unique and magical experience… Link: The Czech Passer-by

US Tells Diplomats Relatives to Leave Nicaragua ASAP

Source: Havana Times The United States ordered today that relatives of its diplomats working in Nicaragua immediately leave the country, mired in protests against the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. Link: US Tells Diplomats Relatives to Leave Nicaragua ASAP

Baggage or the Anguish of Traveling

Source: Havana Times Elsa arrived at Havana airport and when she got to baggage reclaim, she discovered that there was a hole in one of the suitcases. She didn’t know what to do. She felt lost and after thinking about it for some time, she decided to not make a complaint. Link: Baggage

Ortega Repeals Controversial Reform but Protests Continue in Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced Sunday afternoon the repeal of his controversial Social Security reform that triggered widespread protests and the subsequent violent government repression starting five days ago. Link: Ortega Repeals Controversial Reform but Protests Continue in Nicaragua

History and hysteria, journalists and dissidents

Source: Havana Times During the 8th Summit of the Americas held in Peru, the “civil society” chosen, indoctrinated, funded and guided by the Castro government was the spearhead against other Cubans, the ones they call “mercenaries backed by the CIA”. Link: History and hysteria, journalists and dissidents

Walmart Stores Looted in Managua, Nicaragua

Source: Havana Times Several supermarkets and other stores were looted Sunday in Managua, including Wall Mart outlets, as anti-government protests continue to escalate in Nicaragua’s main cities and other localities. Link: Walmart Stores Looted in Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua Says No to Repression or Back Room Deals

Source: Havana Times The magnitude of the popular reaction came without warning, when a group of young university students and dozens of elderly called, on their own, a peaceful protest against the blow to the population’s finances. Link: Nicaragua Says No to Repression or Back Room Deals

Death Toll Reaches 25 in Nicaragua Protest Repression

Source: Havana Times Nicaragua’s Private Enterprise Council (COSEP), a close ally until this week of the government of Daniel Ortega, today conditioned a dialogue with the president on the “immediate ending of repression” of the police and government shock forces against demonstrators. Link: Death Toll Reaches 25 in Nicaragua Protest Repression

Nicaragua: Before and After the Social Security Heist

Source: Havana Times The repression unleashed this week by the Ortega shock troops operating under police protection reveals the regime’s fear of social protest. Here are four key points as to why. Link: Nicaragua: Before and After the Social Security Heist

Five Months after Having Our Possessions Seized in Mayari, Cuba

Source: Havana Times Tuesday April 10th marked five months since my friend Jose Antonio Herrera and I had all of our digital communication and work devices seized. On that grey afternoon, on November 10th, they came and took everything they wanted to. Link: Five Months after Having Our Possessions Seized in Mayari, Cuba

Hope for Those in Cuba without a Voice

Source: Havana Times Last Sunday, passers-by on 23rd street, in Vedado, were surprised to see a group of people walking along the side of the road carrying photos of stray dogs on their chests. (18 photos) Link: Hope for Those in Cuba without a Voice

Technological Scams: Be on the Alert

Source: Havana Times The police station in Trinidad has received at least one complaint every day over the past week about scams via fraudulent phone calls which encourage customers from Cuba’s Telecommunications Company (ETESCA) to supply top-up cards for mobile phones to alleged “parcel delivery agents”. Link: Technological Scams: Be on the Alert

Countdown to Havana’s Alternative Biennial (with Newsletters & Videos)

Source: Havana Times We’ve already started counting down. The opening ceremony of the #00 Havana Biennial will take place on May 5th at a home in Old Havana with a group exhibition, which will include works by Cuban and foreign artists. Link: Countdown to Havana’s Alternative Biennial (with Newsletters & Videos)

Bruno Rodriguez Speaks the Truth after Mike Pence’s Lies

Source: Havana Times US Vice-President Mike Pence read a speech full of lies about Cuba and Venezuela and Cuban Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez gave him a forceful response, proving I was right in what I recently wrote here on Havana Times. Link: Bruno Rodriguez Speaks the Truth after Mike Pence’s Lies

Nicaragua: Government Repression and Censorship in Response to Protests

Source: Havana Times The government of Commander Daniel Ortega responded to the protests over reforms to the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security (INSS) with repression and aggressions against university students and journalists from national and international media. Link: Nicaragua: Government Repression and Censorship in Response to Protests

Free Education with Clowns and Reggaeton

Source: Havana Times People here have been talking about reggaeton lyrics for a long time. I remember the famous video which a grandfather uploaded to YouTube, where his trendsetting grandson was grinding on top of a girl like an adult to a raucous reggaeton beat. Link: Free Education with Clowns and Reggaeton

Cuba: New President Promises Continuity

Source: Havana Times The new Cuban president, Miguel Diaz Canel, assured today that his mandate is to give “continuity to the Cuban Revolution in a historical and crucial moment Link: Cuba: New President Promises Continuity

Havana Weather for April 19-25

Source: Havana Times Expect days with isolated clouds and a low probability of showers and rains. The winds will be from the east, weak in the mornings and with speeds between 15 and 25 km/h in the afternoons. The maximum temperatures will vary between 30 and 32° C (86 and 90 F) and…

Miguel Diaz-Canel is the New President of Cuba

Source: Havana Times The National Candidacy Commission today proposed to the Cuban Parliament the designation of Miguel Diaz-Canel as the only candidate to be the next president of Cuba, replacing Raul Castro. Link: Miguel Diaz-Canel is the New President of Cuba

Cuba Calls Unjustified Canada’s Withdraw of Diplomats’ Relatives

Source: Havana Times The Cuban Government believes the decision of Canada to immediately send home from the island relatives of the diplomats at its embassy in Havana is unjustified. Canada said the reason is a result of mysterious injuries suffered by its personnel. Link: Cuba Calls Unjustified Canada’s Withdraw of Diplomats’ Relatives

Female and Male

Source: Havana Times “Female and male” is the title of a short video found in the Weekly Package (audiovisuals sold in Cuba for downloading), which I normally buy every Tuesday. This type of material which is strongly homophobic made me sad and bothered me at the same time. Link: Female and Male

Cuba, Just Hours before a New President

Source: Havana Times What do Cubans think might happen on April 19th? Are they worried about Raul Castro leaving office? Do they feel a new president will be able to make any real changes on the island? Link: Cuba, Just Hours before a New President

Nicaragua Chosen by US-Israel Company for Huge Cacao Plantation

Source: Havana Times The Israeli-U.S. company Bean & Co., that intends to plant 40,000 hectares (98,842 acres) of cacao all over the world, has chosen Nicaragua as one of the 18 countries where it will bring this vision to reality. Link: Nicaragua Chosen by US-Israel Company for Huge Cacao Plantation

Be a man!

Source: Havana Times Those who follow my articles (which I hope are quite a few) should know that I live in a suburb of Guantanamo city, the fifth most populated city in Cuba. Link: Be a man!

The “Horse’s Head” that Raul Castro Leaves Behind

Source: Havana Times The new President, whoever he is, and everything seems to indicate that it will be current first vice-president Miguel Diaz Canel, will inherit what we Cubans call a great “horse’s head”, of a dead horse of course, from his predecessor. Link: The “Horse’s Head” that Raul Castro Leaves Behind

Another Take on Racism in Cuba

Source: Havana Times I defend, as a verifiable truth, that differences in behavior, as groups that is, depend infinitely more on the environment in which these individuals develop, than on their genetic predisposition to behave in one way or another. Link: Another Take on Racism in Cuba

What Europe (and Latin America) Can learn from the US Immigration System

Source: Havana Times Despite US president Trump’s talk of walls and deportations, other new approaches have sprung up for potential immigrants detained in the USA. We examine one that’s clearly not a panacea but some consider better than prolonged imprisonment. Link: What Europe (and Latin America) Can learn from the US Immigration System

Ten Challenges for a New Cuban President

Source: Havana Times Raul Castro began his tenure in office with reforms that opened the Cuban economy to small private sectors and with the reestablishment of relations with the United States. However during recent years, the pace of opening slowed and the thaw with Washington came to a halt, leaving the new president…

Sixteen Countries Issue Declaration on Venezuela

Source: Havana Times Sixteen countries of the Americas, meeting in Lima in the framework of the VIII Summit of the Americas, on Saturday issued the Declaration of Venezuela to make “an urgent call” to the Venezuelan Government so that its elections are carried out through a free, fair and transparent process. Link: Sixteen

The Cuba Show at the Summit of the Americas

Source: Havana Times Osmel Ramirez comments on the strategy used by the Cuban government and its media to try and shape public opinion around the just concluded Summit of the Americas in Lima, Perú. Link: The Cuba Show at the Summit of the Americas

Gov. of Cuba Condemns US Attack on Syria Targets

Source: Havana Times The Cuban government condemned the “unilateral” bombing carried out by the United States against Syria and considered it an “outrage against a sovereign state.” Link: Gov. of Cuba Condemns US Attack on Syria Targets

A Cuban Loses his Fear (Video)

Source: Havana Times Usually when I travel, I record interviews with residents who share about their lives. I didn’t anticipate doing this in Cuba. I worried about the risks. But then Juan Manuel Menendez sat down with me in a Havana park and talked about issues that have long been off-limits to Cubans.

Nicaraguan Government Says Forest Reserve Fire Extinguished

Source: Havana Times The Nicaraguan government announced Friday that the major fire has been put out in the Indio Maíz (southeastern) biological reserve, after ten days in which the flames destroyed more than 5,400 hectares of humid tropical forest. Link: Nicaraguan Government Says Forest Reserve Fire Extinguished

Cuba’s Local Representatives, Public Servants?

Source: Havana Times Claribel was a neighborhood representative and president of a municipal government. She has experience working as a leader of state bodies but today runs her own hostel. She told me that she doesn’t want to know anything about the Cuban electoral system. Link: Cuba’s Local Representatives, Public Servants?

Trump’s VP Meets with Cuban Dissident

Source: Havana Times US vice president, Mike Pence, met Friday in Lima, Peru, venue of the Summit of the Americas, with the Cuban dissident Rosa Maria Paya, who was assured of the support of the Trump Administration. Link: Trump’s VP Meets with Cuban Dissident