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Cubans find their voices of discontent

Voices: Cubans find their voices of discontent Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 8:18 p.m. EST December 28, 2014 HAVANA — On one of my first trips to Cuba, I was sitting in a friend’s living room when he got to talking about politics. As he complained about the state-run economy and how its restrictions made it […] Continue reading

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation

An Old Castro Weapon Still in Operation / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 3, 2014 Renato’s family emigrated to the United States on October 3 but that did not stop them from having some weak communal soup, drinking cheap rum and dancing the timba on a block of Reparto Sevillano south of Havana on the […] Continue reading

They Direct the Machinery of Harassment Against a Cancer Researcher

They Direct the Machinery of Harassment Against a Cancer Researcher / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on July 11, 2014 Young Oscar Casanella is threatened in the public roadway by “factors” of the revolution. State Security wants him fired from his work. HAVANA, Cuba. — Someone must have heard the telephone conversations of Oscar Casanella. Those days […] Continue reading

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything

Internet in Cuba: A Success in Spite of Everything / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 11, 2014 Eight in the morning. On the ground floor of the Focsa building – Cuba’s Empire State – on M between 17 and 19 Vedado, in a shop between the Guiñol theatre and a beaten-up bar at the entrance […] Continue reading

There’s Nothing to Celebrate

There’s Nothing to Celebrate / Miriam Celaya Posted on May 4, 2014 MAY DAY – Even Karl Marx would be surprised at the only parade of slave workers HAVANA, Cuba – All the official media is in a raging fanfare summoning to “the united people’s great mobilization which will take place in squares and avenues” […] Continue reading

Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela

April 15, 2014 5:49 pm Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela By Moisés Naím Caracas is paying the price for Chávez’s misplaced trust, writes Moisés Naím The enormous influence that Cuba has gained in Venezuela is one of the most underreported geopolitical developments of recent times. It is also one of the […] Continue reading

The Voices of Cubans?

The Voices of Cubans? / Miriam Celaya Posted on April 8, 2014 Arrogance is a personality trait impossible to hide for those who suffer from it. In fact, it becomes more obvious when an arrogant individual tries to cover his proverbial petulance under a cloak of feigned humility. The worst of such a subject, however, […] Continue reading

Some Thoughts on How Cuba Can Undo the Disaster

Some Thoughts on How Cuba Can Undo the Disaster April 4, 2014 Verónica Vega HAVANA TIMES — The title of my post alludes to the question with which blogger Yoani Sanchez closes Devaluación (“Devaluation”), an article addressing the question of how the marked and profound damage the revolution has caused Cuban society could be fixed […] Continue reading

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

I Don’t Know What They’re Accusing Me Of

I Don’t Know What They’re Accusing Me Of / Lilianne Ruiz, Gorki Aguila Posted on October 9, 2013 Gorki Águila, leader of the punk rock band Porno para Ricardo, was released on bail a week ago, after a People’s Revolutionary Police (PNR) patrol stopped him in the early morning of Sunday, 29 September, and found […] Continue reading

How Low Can We Stoop?

Cuba: How Low Can We Stoop? October 4, 2013 Warhol P HAVANA TIMES — I recently read an article by a fellow Havana Times blogger which mentions how the renowned Cuban actress Ana Luisa Rubio was beaten up as part of a government reprisal. When I first read her name, I had the impression I […] 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

The Slow Death of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR)

The Slow Death of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) / Orlando Delgado Posted on September 27, 2013 The Cuban Government is ready to celebrate another congress of one of its most sui generis organizations: the so-called Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). This organization, in theory, brings together more […] Continue reading

Open Letter to Cuba’s Two-Faced Writers

Open Letter to Cuba’s Two-Faced Writers September 18, 2013 Alfredo Fernández HAVANA TIMES — Around six months ago, when Cuban writer Angel Santiesteban was imprisoned for the “crime” of openly expressing himself against the island’s government – on domestic abuse charges – the State’s repressive apparatus, bold as brass, organized a smear campaign against the […] 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

CDR: The Number of Spies is Not Rationed

CDR: The Number of Spies is Not Rationed / Tania Diaz Castro Posted on August 13, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, July, www.cubanet.org. Cubans know that Fidel Castro’s government, since its inception, violated citizens’ right to privacy of. On September 28, 1960 he founded the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), an organization with fascist […] Continue reading
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