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Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did not allow her to gossip; but she […] Continue reading

The Hour of Truth

The Hour of Truth / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Miami, 2 July 2016 — In October of 1988, students of the School of Journalism at the University of Havana, formulated 28 awkward questions posed to Fidel Castro at a meeting held in the theater of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in […] Continue reading

State Security Tactics in Cuba

State Security Tactics in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 May 2016 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, 52, is a spontaneous dissident. He doesn’t belong to any opposition party, nor is he an un-gagged journalist. He is on his own. Last 22 March, with the stars and stripes on his shoulders, Llorente found himself in […] Continue reading

Staging Civil Society

Staging Civil Society / 14ymedio, Manual Cuesta Morua Posted on April 3, 2015 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 2 April 2015 — The Summit of the Americas is the best opportunity for Cuba. For the first time since 1959, our country has and will take advantage of the occasion provided by the international community to […] 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

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

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 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

For the Freedom of Calixto

For the Freedom of Calixto / Lilianne Ruiz #Cuba Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated My friend Calixto R. Martinez (far left in photo), a reporter for Hablemos Press, is now on the 23rd day of a hunger strike in the punishment cells of the Combinado del Este prison. Prosecutors charged him with the crime of "contempt […] 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

Documentary exposes poverty in Cuba

Documentary exposes poverty in Cuba Written By: Vanessa Remmers October 1, 2012 There is a place in Havana where the drains run brown and green sludge gathers around an old refrigerator at the water's edge. A onesie dries on a clothesline as a child grabs a rusted window frame to swing over a cracked pipeline. [...] 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

To the Outraged / Lilianne Ruíz

To the Outraged / Lilianne RuízLilianne Ruíz, Translator: Unstated I understand that Western countries, where the government emerges from a multi-party democracy, must have their problems. Here the scriptwriters of any news report broadcast are very pleased when they comment on (because they almost never let you hear the voices of the international reporters) the [...] Continue reading

Our Responsibility in Cuba

Our Responsibility in CubaMarch 20, 2012Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES, March 20 — Just a little while ago I finished writing the last line of my blog entry "In Cuba, the Party Doesn't Need Elections" and I'm already starting this second entry, almost without taking a breath. But far from feeling particularly productive, I feel ashamed. [...] Continue reading

Party Prepares Itself for Next Elections / Laritza Diversent

Party Prepares Itself for Next Elections / Laritza DiversentLaritza Diversent, Translator: Claudia D. The Communist Party of Cuba works arduously to realize a full identity between its members and those of the government, and to guarantee that its politics are approved unanimously in the National Assembly, the body that represents and expresses the will of [...] Continue reading

Cuban blogger pays price for her opinions

Human Rights | 26.05.2011 Cuban blogger pays price for her opinions Cuban native Yoani Sanchez isn't known for holding her tongue, even in a country without freedom of expression. Her outspokenness has earned her the label of "mercenary of imperialism" and around-the-clock surveillance. There are some lessons we learn without needing a teacher. They're the [...] Continue reading

In the last act of Castro's Cuba, a search is on for a new beginning

In the last act of Castro's Cuba, a search is on for a new beginning

In Havana last week the trucks were busy replacing vintage American and
Soviet fridges with new free models from China. Fidel Castro may have
left… Continue reading

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