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Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba?

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba? Harriet Alexander, santiago de cuba 6 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:55PM In the hallway of his apartment building, with a statue of a Greek goddess looking down, Josue Carmona Ramos was leading his people in a particularly Cuban prayer. World leaders were gathering at […] Continue reading

Cuba – Marxism-Leninism vs. Hypocrisy

Cuba: Marxism-Leninism vs. Hypocrisy October 12, 2016 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — It’s a well-known fact that the Cuban Revolution’s official ideology is, and has always been, Marxism-Leninism. Up until the ‘90s, there was an ironclad commitment to this doctrine, which was extremely widespread in all aspects of Cuban life; however, the situation […] Continue reading

Necessity Doesn’t Understand Slogans

Necessity Doesn’t Understand Slogans / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 20 June – The city walls emulate the political billboards with regards to signs and slogans. However, the propaganda painted on the facades is frequent interrupted by a doorway, a window or a vent. Behind these changes to the exterior there is always the story of a […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Legal Framework for the Enemy

Legal Framework for the Enemy / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 2 June 2016 — The phrase uttered by Castro I a few years ago, when he confessed that no one knew how to build socialism, remains in the minds of many Cubans. Most of us, stunned and unbelieving, wondered back then what […] Continue reading

Broken Families in Cuba

Broken Families in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 April 2016 — The dilapidated old house where the Varona family lives, in the Lawton district of Havana, could serve very well as a set for a television series about marginalisation and violence. The front wall cries out for a coat of paint. Cracked roof […] Continue reading

Living Near A Wifi Area Is Like Winning The Lottery

Living Near A Wifi Area Is Like Winning The Lottery / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 30 April 2016 – Like an arbitrary lottery, Havanans dream of having a WiFi zone installed near their homes. These outdoor places to connect raise the price per square foot of real estate in the […] Continue reading

Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit?

Will Cubans Profit from Obama’s Visit? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 4 Mar 2016 – 12:56 pm. Imagine thousands of Cubans —members of the CDR, the Territorial Militia Troops and even the Communist Party— spontaneously clapping and cheering the US President while he strolls, smiling, through the streets of Havana, accompanied by Raúl […] Continue reading

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba / Abel Sierra Madero Posted on February 19, 2016 In the 1960s, close to 30,000 young men were detained in forced-labor camps. The mistreatments that took place in these camps, known as Military Units to Aid Production UMAP, in the name of “social hygiene,” testify to the homophobic component […] Continue reading

A Night in Paso Canoas on the Border with Panama

A Night in Paso Canoas on the Border with Panama / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 26, 2015 Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 25 November 2015 — When Alex Sigler, 22, landed in the Quito airport in an African heat with thunderclouds that presaged a tropical shower this past November 11, he began his own journey […] Continue reading

Were The Firecrackers That Brought the CDRs to Life Spontaneous?

Were The Firecrackers That Brought the CDRs to Life Spontaneous? / Diario de Cuba, Orland Freire Santana Posted on September 30, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Orlando Freire Santana, Havana, 28 September 2015 – Recently a group of friends were talking about the way the Cuban government leaders, during those first years of Fidel Castro’s Revolution, […] Continue reading

The Castros’ New Friend

The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading

The Crime of Prosperity in Cuba

The Crime of Prosperity in Cuba February 4, 2015 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — Whenever I see a self-employed person suffer the misfortune of Cuba’s legal system, I ask myself what would have become of people like Rockefeller or Carnegie had they been born on this island after 1959. Without losing from sight of the […] Continue reading

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

The Maleconazo Seen Through the Blinds

The Maleconazo Seen Through the Blinds / 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona Posted on August 9, 2014 14ymedio, Ignacio Varona, 5 August, 2014 – Amalia Gutierrez was living on Gervasio Street in the San Leopoldo neighborhood when she heard the shouting on the other side of her blinds. Roberto Pascual was a patient waiting for dialysis outside […] Continue reading

The Plight of Cuba’s Elderly

The Plight of Cuba’s Elderly June 12, 2014 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — During the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Old Havana earlier this year, I heard a police officer be informed over the radio that the foreign delegations would be passing through his area. He was ordered to “ensure […] 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

Salon Tropical ‘Paladar’ in Santiago de Cuba Is Still Afloat

Salon Tropical ‘Paladar’ in Santiago de Cuba Is Still Afloat April 17, 2014 By Norges C. Rodríguez Almiñan (Progreso Weekly) SANTIAGO DE CUBA — In 1996, the Cuban government decided to allow some economic activities theretofore exclusively handled by the State to be developed by private workers or self-employed entrepreneurs. Among the activities allowed, one […] Continue reading
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