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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

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

Democratic Aberration or Amputation of Rights

Democratic Aberration or Amputation of Rights / Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado Rosa Maria Rodriguez Torrado, Translator: mlk A careless vote is a right lost, and indifference in voting the prelude to despotism. Jose Marti. "Patria." N.Y. April 16, 1893. "The elections of April 10." "This past Sunday, October 21, municipal elections were held in Cuba." [...] 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

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

Cuba in Elections

Cuba in Elections / Cuban Legal Advisor, Laritza Diversent Cuban Legal Advisor, Laritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated By Laritza Diversent This 5th of July, the State Council invited Cubans to participate in the elections of municipal and provincial council members and national MPs. This convocation inaugurates the general election, taking place every 5 years, to renew [...] 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

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough

Cuba: Being Informed Is Not Enough June 20, 2012 By Yusimi Rodriguez (Photos: Caridad) HAVANA TIMES — I'm becoming mono-thematic. Every time I write, it's to criticize the lack of press freedom and access to information that we Cubans are subjected to. When it seems that I'm finally going to talk about something else, I [...] Continue reading

Samsara / Lilianne Ruíz

Samsara / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruíz, Translator: Maria Montoto I am writing in order to release my anger, because this morning Agustin has been attacked by a mob of people from that neighborhood “El Globo” –The Globe– in Calabazar, from where I was able to take him out by force with love and hot meals. [...] Continue reading

Cuba and the Value of Silence

Cuba and the Value of Silence April 29, 2012 Veronica Vega (Amrit) HAVANA TIMES, April 29 — Last night I attended a meeting in my building to appoint a new president of the CDR (Committee for the Defense of the Revolution). The previous president resigned nine months ago, but after several attempts at holding a [...] 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

"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

My Wish for 2012: Outraged People in Cuba / Miriam Celaya

My Wish for 2012: Outraged People in Cuba / Miriam CelayaMiriam Celaya, Translator: Norma Whiting Santana Cartoon illustrating the post in Penúltimos Days A European friend who recently visited Havana asked me what my greatest wish for this year 2012 was. Of course, she expected me to express to her the same old litany: the [...] 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

Monumental Horrors / Rebeca Monzo

Monumental Horrors / Rebeca MonzoRebeca Monzo, Translator: BW In the past few days, I wrote about architectural horrors, today I am going to dedicate this post to the aggressions committed against our monuments. Walking through the neighborhood of El Vedado, as always with my little camera in hand, I stopped to look at the little [...] Continue reading
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