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‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to run in the ‘elections’

‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to run in the ‘elections’ YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 12 de Abril de 2017 – 12:10 CEST. ‘We will take the voter’s voice wherever necessary’, says José Díaz Silva. For his anti-Government activism José Díaz Silva has received four jail sentences […] Continue reading

Volunteer Blood Donors Ignore The Cuban Regime’s Business Dealings

Volunteer Blood Donors Ignore The Cuban Regime’s Business Dealings / Iván García Iván García, 6 March 2017 — A sloppy piece of cardboard painted with a crayon announces the sale of a discolored house in the neighborhood of La Vibora, 30 minutes by car south of Havana. If Amanda, the owner, who is raving poor, […] Continue reading

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

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

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama / Iván García Iván García , 22 June 2016 — The park at Galiano and San Rafael is a beehive of activity. At one end, several teenagers play soccer, using a school desk as the goal, while 50 men and women are connecting to the […] 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

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 socialist vision fades in Cuba’s biggest housing project

A socialist vision fades in Cuba’s biggest housing project Inequality is growing in Cuba, threatening the legacy of Castro’s revolution Story by Nick Miroff Published on December 29, 2015 HAVANA — In the Alamar neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana, the streets don’t have names. To find an address, you need to know the zone, […] Continue reading

Christmas-by-Caste and Without Discounts

Cuba: Christmas-by-Caste and Without Discounts Posted on December 21, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 21 December 2015 — December is a month of summing up and partying. And of opening the purse. Yusmel, a private entrepreneur, believes that the tropical winter and the holidays lend a different air to Havana. “It’s not so hot as in the […] 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

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same

They Voted for Everything to Continue the Same / Ana Mercedes Torricella Posted on April 23, 2015 My neighbor Nelly, when she learned that I did not go vote and I again clarified that I did not want to leave Cuba, told me: “You independent journalists and dissidents are going to be alone with the […] Continue reading

Polarization and civil society

Polarization and civil society / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on March 27, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 26 March 2015 – The family of Yamila, age 41, is a sample of Cuban society. The father is a member of the Communist Party, the mother a Catholic who never embraced the Revolutionary Process, there is a […] Continue reading

They Donate Blood for Bread with Ham

They Donate Blood for Bread with Ham / Cubanet, Pablo Gonzalez Posted on March 25, 2015 Cubanet, Pablo Gonzalez, Havana, 20 March 2015 – Each state enterprise has to deliver a quantity of blood donations each month in order to comply with the rule established by the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). Each clinic has […] 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

Shameful Distortions

Shameful Distortions / Rebeca Monzo Posted on December 22, 2014 The big news for all Cubans, without a doubt, has been the reestablishment of relations between Cuba and the United States, which has been a dream for three generations on our captive island, although there are opponents among some fellow countrymen both here and abroad. […] Continue reading
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