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Informers Approved by the Cuban Government

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 February 2017 — Seven years ago, when the roar of the winds of a hurricane devastated Havana and the water filtered through the unglazed living room door of Lisvan, a private worker living in an apartment of blackened walls which urgently needed comprehensive […] Continue reading

Three Key Proposals for Reforming the Cuban Electoral System

Three Key Proposals for Reforming the Cuban Electoral System / Laritza Diversent Posted on April 6, 2016 Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016 — On February 23, 2015 the Plenum of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) announced that its VII Congress would take place in April 2016 and that the National Assembly […] Continue reading

When will Cuba pass a law against domestic violence?

When will Cuba pass a law against domestic violence? ADRIANA ZAMORA | La Habana | 8 Mar 2016 – 6:00 pm. The Chinese did it first. On Tuesday a law enters into force that classifies domestic violence as a crime, not a private or family matter. In response to the demands of Chinese feminists both […] 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

What the Wind Left Behind

What the Wind Left Behind* / Cubanet, Rafael Alcides Posted on May 23, 2015 Cubanet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 10 April 2015 – Havana sixty years ago was a pretty city—clean, young and with no thieves of any consequence in the neighborhood. Around 9:00 at night the garbage truck would make its rounds. It was a […] 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

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and Citizen Participation

Committees for the Defense of the Revolution and Citizen Participation / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Posted on April 7, 2015 Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque, Havana, 2 April 2015 — Whenever the topic of democracy and the Cuban regime comes up, the top leaders say that this is the most democratic country in the world. The […] Continue reading

Housing in Cuba: An Unresolved Nightmare

Housing in Cuba: An Unresolved Nightmare October 7, 2013 By FERNANDO RAVSBERG HAVANA TIMES — “No-one from the Ministry of Housing has come around to see the finished house,” “this is the first time in 10 years that journalists have paid any attention to people living in shelters,” “the housing project was completed 3 months […] Continue reading

President of the CDR lives in misery

President of the CDR lives in misery / CID Posted on July 29, 2013 A Cuban family from Holguín, desperate because of the precarious state of their home and the lack of any response from the authorities, went to see human rights activists to ask them to help and to provide a report on her […] Continue reading

Pitching in My Two Cents for Cuba’s CDR Congress

Pitching in My Two Cents for Cuba’s CDR Congress May 28, 2013 Osmel Almaguer HAVANA TIMES — A new congress of Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs) is nearing and winds of change seem to be coming with it. Such change would be a positive sign, an indication that Cuban authorities are […] Continue reading

If They’re Serious About Saving / Fernando Damaso

If They're Serious About Saving / Fernando Damaso Posted on April 2, 2013 The country's leading authorities continually talk about the need to save resources and use the limited ones that are available for important issues, to support development and help in solving the many existing problems and overcoming the shortages. Undoubtedly, it is a […] 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

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

"Occupy" in Havana / Laritza Diversent

"Occupy" in Havana / Laritza DiversentLaritza Diversent, Translator: Regina Anavy On the periphery of Havana, in the Alamar district,cases of illegal squatters inunoccupied buildingsare proliferating. The Government and the Municipal Housing Division (DMV), the entities in charge of solving the problem, are simply targets for the numerous complaints and pleas of the population. "You're not [...] Continue reading

The Housing Problem: the System’s Autotrophic Phase / Miriam Celaya

The Housing Problem: the System's Autotrophic Phase / Miriam CelayaMiriam Celaya, Translator: Norma Whiting Those of us Habaneros who were already adults in the 90?s witnessed the dismantling of the so-called "hostels" or INIT shelters, which — for the younger readers — were something like the tropical version of a cheap motel in which, for [...] Continue reading

US company in Haiti blames Cuba for loss of barge

Posted on Sunday, 04.10.11 US company in Haiti blames Cuba for loss of bargeBy TRENTON DANIELAssociated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A U.S. housing company is blaming Cuba for the loss of a barge loaded with supplies to build shelters for displaced earthquake survivors in Haiti. Executives with Harbor Homes LLC said late Saturday that the [...] Continue reading
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