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Nominating Commission That Will Propose Replacement for Raúl Castro is Sworn In

Nominating Commission That Will Propose Replacement for Raúl Castro is Sworn In 14ymedio, Havana, 30 June 2017 — The swearing in, today, of the National Nominating Commission (CCN) before the National Electoral Commission is a decisive step that makes it clear that the upcoming elections will be held under the provisions the electoral law of […] Continue reading

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death

Cuba after Fidel Castro: Full of life, but it is life on the brink of death By ANNIKA HERNROTH-ROTHSTEIN • 4/10/17 8:00 PM HAVANA — The young woman sees me watch in amazement as she gets up from her seat and attempts to carry the four bags with her through the aisle of the plane, […] 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

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

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

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods

Teenage Gangs Assault And Rob Residents Of Havana Neighborhoods / Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez Posted on November 24, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez, Havana, 24 November 2015 — Two teenage gangs disturb the public peace on the streets of the Havana municipality of Cerro, while the police remain passive. Known as […] Continue reading

Professionals of ‘Snitching’

Professionals of ‘Snitching’ / Cubanet, Camilo Ernesto Olivera Posted on June 21, 2015 Cubanet.org, Camilo Ernesto Olivera Peidro, 18 June 2015 – An old man is going out of his house in the little village named Henequen Viejo, near the Port of Mariel. Everyone there knows him as Alfonso. In reality, his name is Idelfonso […] 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

Elections in Cuba – The Never-Ending Farce

Elections in Cuba: The Never-Ending Farce / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on April 23, 2015 Jeovany J. Vega, 19 APril 2015 — When on this day, Sunday, 19 April 2015, the last poll closes, nothing transcendent will occur. Despite the statistics manipulated by the newspaper Granma and its libels about an electorate that presumably will […] 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

Miguel’s Drone, Cuba From the Air

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Miguel’s Drone, Cuba From the Air Posted: 05/30/2014 7:03 pm EDT Updated: 05/30/2014 9:00 pm EDT Nobody knows how he got it into the country, with so many customs restrictions and government paranoia, but Miguel has a drone. Tiny, like a kid’s toy, and with a camera. In his […] Continue reading

Some Thoughts on How Cuba Can Undo the Disaster

Some Thoughts on How Cuba Can Undo the Disaster April 4, 2014 Verónica Vega HAVANA TIMES — The title of my post alludes to the question with which blogger Yoani Sanchez closes Devaluación (“Devaluation”), an article addressing the question of how the marked and profound damage the revolution has caused Cuban society could be fixed […] 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

The General Gains Time

The General Gains Time / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on October 2, 2013 To the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, the words freedom, prosperity, love and family are plain and simple “persuasion” that, when it comes time for manipulation and pressure, have more of an effect than […] Continue reading

The Slow Death of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR)

The Slow Death of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) / Orlando Delgado Posted on September 27, 2013 The Cuban Government is ready to celebrate another congress of one of its most sui generis organizations: the so-called Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR). This organization, in theory, brings together more […] Continue reading
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