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Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Housing in Cuba: An Unresolved Nightmare

Housing in Cuba: An Unresolved Nightmare October 7, 2013 By FERNANDO RAVSBERG HAVANA TIMES — “No-one from the Ministry of Housing has come around to see the finished house,” “this is the first time in 10 years that journalists have paid any attention to people living in shelters,” “the housing project was completed 3 months […] Continue reading

My Images of Cuba’s CDR Day Festivities

My Images of Cuba’s CDR Day Festivities October 4, 2013 Daisy Valera HAVANA TIMES — It’s been nearly a week since the congress of Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) ended, but Fidel Castro continues to stare at us from the red and green banners designed for the occasion. With the look […] Continue reading

CDR Symbol of Snitching

CDR: Symbol of Snitching / Julio Cesar Alvarez Posted on September 28, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, September, www.cubanet.org – In the same way that a blind woman with scales is an allegory of justice and a skeleton with a scythe is the allegory of death, the image that identifies the CDR should be the allegory of […] Continue reading

Actress Ana Luisa Rubio, Savagely Beaten by Alleged Neighbors

Actress Ana Luisa Rubio, Savagely Beaten by Alleged Neighbors Posted on September 9, 2013 “Violence has reached critical levels in Cuba,” says activist Antonio Rodiles, and actress Ana Luisa Rubio, 62, just experienced it. The photo above is her face after a severe beating given to her by a group of supposed neighbors last Friday. […] Continue reading

A Kick Start for Cuba’s Civil Society

A Kick Start for Cuba’s Civil Society September 6, 2013 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — Young independent film producer Claudia Calviño explains to me that the Cuban Film Art and Industry Institute (ICAIC) has become the State’s representative among filmmakers, and that what these artists need is exactly the opposite. This problem isn’t limited to […] Continue reading

“The Lives of Others” Cuban Version

“The Lives of Others” Cuban Version / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on July 9, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, June 2013, Lilianne Ruiz, www.cubanet.org — On every street in Cuba there are so-called “revolutionary vigilantes,” people who work independently for the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). They meet periodically with an official from the State […] Continue reading

Pitching in My Two Cents for Cuba’s CDR Congress

Pitching in My Two Cents for Cuba’s CDR Congress May 28, 2013 Osmel Almaguer HAVANA TIMES — A new congress of Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) is nearing and winds of change seem to be coming with it. Such change would be a positive sign, an indication that Cuban authorities are […] Continue reading

The Numbers that Cuba Shelves

The Numbers that Cuba Shelves / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on May 22, 2013 According to the newspaper Granma, Cuba is among the 16 countries that have already reached the goal set by the World Food Summit in 1996, halving the number of undernourished people in every country of the world before 2015. It is […] Continue reading

“Catch and Release” El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) Arrested on Saturday, Released on Sunday, His Work Confiscated

“Catch and Release”: El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) Arrested on Saturday, Released on Sunday, His Work Confiscated / Lia Villares, Danilo Maldonado Posted on May 20, 2013 El Sexto is raided at his home this afternoon at 1:15 pm, according to Alexandra his wife and owner of the apartment, who learned of it through an email […] Continue reading

Are There Unions in Cuba?

Are There Unions in Cuba? / Dimas Castellanos Posted on May 2, 2013 ctc logo index”Without a strong union there will be no economy,” said Salvador Valdes Mesa, vice president of the Council of State and member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) in the recently concluded plenary session of the […] Continue reading

Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies

Cuba and the Enslaving System of Two Currencies / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 16, 2013 The dual currency system in Cuba is one of the major economic and social problems of the country. Don't take my word for it, on several occasions the president of the country, Raul Castro himself (and I have no […] Continue reading

Counterrevolutionary

Counterrevolutionary / Yusnaby Perez Posted on April 10, 2013    I recall that all my life I've been characterized as a rebel, protesting what I considered wrong or unfair and most of the time proposing solutions. In the Cuban political environment I've experienced agonizingly slowly a change that has cost me 25 years of life. If […] Continue reading

Cuba Faces Shortage of Repair People

Cuba Faces Shortage of Repair People March 28, 2013 By Aurelio Pedroso (Progreso Weekly) HAVANA TIMES – Although I have no firm proof, Cuba might be one of the few countries where finding the good (or terrible) services of a trades person requires a great deal of patience, pleading, luck, and even that old supplication […] Continue reading

Rebeca Monzó, twitterer: “Through the needle’s eye”

Rebeca Monzó, twitterer: "Through the needle's eye" November 21, 2012 Alfredo Fernandez HAVANA TIMES – Rebecca Monzo's blog, "Through the needle's eye", at the "Voces Cubanas" (Cuban Voices) portal, represents an exquisite example of what some are already calling Feminine Cyber-culture. Every week at www.porelojodelaaguja.wordpress.com Rebeca Monzó offers us her opinion of the most important [...] Continue reading

There are no free elections without free people, free citizens, free men and free women

There are no free elections without free people, free citizens, free men and free women / Oswaldo Paya Oswaldo Paya, Translator: Cleonte We are on the eve of new elections in Cuba. And I am reminded that the first law issued in Sierra Maestra during the anti-Batista insurrection before the elections scheduled in 1958, was [...] Continue reading

Out of the Game

http://translatingcuba.com/out-of-the-game-lilianne-ruiz/ Out of the Game / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated This Monday, my daughter and I went to her school at 9:15 in the morning. The neckerchief ceremony had already ended. The teacher did not ask me why we were late this Monday, but she didn't want to know why my daughter had [...] Continue reading
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