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“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

“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

Cuba and the Communist Moral Code

Cuba and the Communist Moral Code April 29, 2013 By Martin Guevara* HAVANA TIMES — Mayte, the head of the Young Communist League (UJC) committee at my high school, was the girl who presided over those summary trials we would hold in the classroom after school hours. The meetings, then referred to as “Communist Moral […] 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: To Be or Not to Be a Revolutionary

Cuba: To Be or Not to Be a Revolutionary November 30, 2012 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — At our last neighborhood meeting to select candidates before the recent election of a delegate (this was the third attempt since the two previous meetings were canceled due to the lack of attendance), one man began his presentation [...] 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

Innocent Little “Survey”

Innocent Little "Survey" / Miriam Celaya Miriam Celaya, Translator: Norma Whiting At a polling place: "See? no cheating… at least in the ballot box." The results of the ballots –the so-called "elections"- in Cuba this past October 21st were reported in the official media as a demonstration of the people's loyalty to the Revolution, which [...] Continue reading

Havana neighborhoods reject the Cuban government by not celebrating the 52nd anniversary of the CDRs

Havana neighborhoods reject the Cuban government by not celebrating the 52nd anniversary of the CDRs / Anddy Sierra Alvarez Anddy Sierra Alvarez, Translator: Unstated More than half of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) of Havana did not celebrate their 52nd anniversary of September 27-28. This celebration was marked at 90% only [...] 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

Relentless Persecution

Relentless Persecution / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, Translator: Unstated There is a new wave of public health workers whose job is to visit homes looking for infestations of the aedes aegyptimosquito. Almost all of them are older and retired. In many cases they have backgrounds in the communist party or armed forces, and seem to [...] 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

Mourning or Celebration?

Mourning or Celebration? / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado, Translator: Unstated This September 28 they celebrated the fifty-second anniversary of the creation of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution(CDR). In contrast to years past I did not see reports on Cuban television of two or three previously planned nighttime parties,"which [...] Continue reading

A liberal view of tyranny at distance

A liberal view of tyranny at distance By Michael Moynihan 11:30 AM Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 In 1933, as Joseph Stalin was busy purging his enemies and building a murderous cult of personality, the New York-based left-wing magazine The Nation advised readers interested in travelling to Moscow that Intourist, the Soviet Union's official travel agency, [...] Continue reading

CDR: Citizen Representation or Political Control?

http://translatingcuba.com/cdr-citizen-representation-or-political-control-yoani-sanchez/ CDR: Citizen Representation or Political Control? / Yoani Sanchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sanchez The stew was cooked on firewood collected by some neighbors, the flags hung in the middle of the block and the shouts of Viva! went on past midnight. A ritual repeated with more or less enthusiasm every September 27 throughout the [...] Continue reading

They Rule Because You Obey

"They Rule Because You Obey" / Angel Santiesteban Angel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated I read this phrase that I chose as a title on Facebook, and in the background were photos of Fidel and Raul Castro, the brothers who have tyrannically ruled Cuba for more than fifty years. It's true, those Dictators rule because we Cubans [...] Continue reading

Fortune Empress of the World

Fortune Empress of the World / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Leaving the house, any indistinguishable morning, on the park's second bench a group of neighbors. Happy retirees. It is not that they are happy for having learned some kind of existential revelation in the autumn of their lives. It would not be impossible [...] Continue reading

21st Century Socialism and Mind-Set Change in Cuba

21st Century Socialism and Mind-Set Change in Cuba July 2, 2012 Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — On several occasions, Cuban President Raul Castro has stressed the importance of changes in people's mentality, as an objective of the Communist Party but considered one of the most difficult to achieve. Among the various statements by President [...] Continue reading
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