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    How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana

    How Cubans’ gift for improvization sustained the politics and pleasures of Havana By Michael Mewshaw March 3 Michael Mewshaw is writing a memoir about his friendship with Pat Conroy. A happy hybrid, “Havana: A Subtropical Delirium” invokes the Cuban capital as an occasion to discuss the country’s history, politics, food, architecture, music, religion and passion […] Continue reading

    Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

    Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with fanaticism. By Armando Simón JANUARY 16, 2017 Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have been experiencing déjà vu. At […] Continue reading

    What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

    What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] Continue reading

    The Power and Paladares*, an Ambiguous Relationship

    The Power and Paladares*, an Ambiguous Relationship / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 16 November 2016 — Rarely does the official press offer journalistic work of any interest, so a report that was published a few days ago is greatly appreciated. The work was published following controls recently directed by the Government to […] Continue reading

    Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

    Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] Continue reading

    The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

    The Persistence of Racism in Cuba May 21, 2016 By Alberto N Jones HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants suddenly became black and brown. Surprised, the mass […] Continue reading

    100% Cuban

    100% Cuban FRANCISCO ALMAGRO | Miami | 22 Ene 2016 – 10:55 am. I am borrowing the title of a song by the great Cuban singer/songwriter Pedro Luis Ferrer to tell this story. It happened in a shop in Miami, where families frequently buy fruits, vegetables and meats, all very fresh, attended to by a […] Continue reading

    Cuba, Remittances, and Scrooge McDuck

    Cuba, Remittances, and Scrooge McDuck / Ivan Garcia Posted on June 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 10 June 2015 — A week before her Miami relatives landed in Havana, Milena hired a crew to paint the interior and the facade of her home in the bucolic Casino Deportivo neighborhood. After two coats of paint and minor […] Continue reading

    Is Cuba ready for its money shot?

    Is Cuba ready for its money shot? By Abigail Jones The Communist island is on the cusp of another revolution, this one fought with lines of credit instead of rifles and slogans Now that the country is opening up for the first time to US travellers in over five decades, hope, determination and money are […] Continue reading

    Inside Fidel Castro’s hometown – What next for Cuba?

    Inside Fidel Castro’s hometown: What next for Cuba? After over 50 years of isolation, Cuba may finally be ‘coming in from the cold’. But what does this mean for Fidel Castro’s country – and what do the people in his hometown make of it all? By Georgia Birch, Biran8:00AM GMT 28 Mar 2015 Muriel Ramirez […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats

    Cuba’s Bay of Fat Cats BY ABIGAIL JONES / MARCH 12, 2015 11:54 AM EDT Traveling from Miami to Havana is a haphazard, seemingly nonsensical process that requires patience, guile, humor and a ruthless willingness to cut lines. Thankfully, I’m traveling with Alberto Magnan, so we skip the airport check-in line because he knows a […] Continue reading

    Cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area

    By Karl Penhaul CNN Cockfighting in Cuba is a gray area Published 5:41 AM EST Jan 18, 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) —You would think if something was not officially permitted in communist-controlled Cuba then it would be forbidden. But that’s not the way Cubans see things. They regard many facets of daily life as falling […] Continue reading

    Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community

    Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community By Ivet González HAVANA, Jun 21 2014 (IPS) – Two men kiss each other while two women dance together without making other clients feel uncomfortable at the prívate club Humboldt 67, one of the venues seeking to cash in on an untapped market by fulfilling the unmet […] Continue reading

    Cuba and the Perversion of Language

    Cuba and the Perversion of Language June 6, 2014 The Cuban government continues to rely on defamation and personal attacks. Alejandro Armengol* HAVANA TIMES — The campaign against dissidents, the peaceful opposition and civil society activists that the Cuban press has maintained for decades illustrates the ideological decadence of a dying regime. The means employed […] Continue reading

    One Night – A Critical View of Cuban Social Reality

    One Night: A Critical View of Cuban Social Reality / Dimas Castellano Posted on April 26, 2014 Una Noche (One Night) is the film which best reflects why it is that young people leave Cuba. That’s how a female friend of mine, who is a lover of the seventh art, laconically replied to my question, […] 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

    ”Cheap Flesh Of The Revolution” – Cuban Women Recount A Grim Reality

    ”Cheap Flesh Of The Revolution” – Cuban Women Recount A Grim Reality Łukasz Woźnicki (2013-10-05) HAVANA — Though propaganda from the Cuban regime claims otherwise, the everyday reality for Cuban women does not involve fighting economic aggression from the United States. Instead, they struggle to provide basic necessities such as food and clothes for their […] Continue reading

    Revolutionary Prostitutes

    Revolutionary Prostitutes. Prostitution In Cuba, Part 2 / Miriam Celaya Posted on September 15, 2013 No social phenomenon arises suddenly or by spontaneous generation, rather it is the result of a long process of the accumulation of essential components. The rise of prostitution in “Socialist Cuba” is no exception. In fact, prostitution was not eliminated […] Continue reading

    ‘Una Noche’ captures Cuba’s lost generations

    Posted on Saturday, 09.14.13 ‘Una Noche’ captures Cuba’s lost generations BY MIRTA OJITO MAO35@COLUMBIA.EDU From the small screen of my iPad I glimpsed my city, and my heart sank. There was my barrio, Santos Suarez, in all its faded glory. A cruel shell of its old self. There was my old middle school in La […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s hard truths exposed

    Cuba’s hard truths exposed Lane, Friday, September 13, 1:48 AM Cholera is a potentially fatal, water-borne, gastrointestinal disease usually associated with poverty and inadequate sanitation. Some 600,000 people contracted the disease in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, 8,000 of whom died. It is not the sort of illness that you would expect to find in […] Continue reading

    UN Experts Concerned About the Situation of Violence Against Women on the Island

    UN Experts Concerned About the Situation of Violence Against Women on the Island / Yaremis Flores Posted on August 8, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, August 1, 2013, www.cubanet.org.- The members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) bluntly expressed their concern “with the persistence of violence against women, including domestic violence in […] Continue reading

    For Cuba, a Harsh Self-Assessment

    For Cuba, a Harsh Self-Assessment By VICTORIA BURNETT Published: July 23, 2013 HAVANA — There was a time, Alexi remembers, when life in Cuba was simpler. People dressed properly. Children respected their elders. Stealing was stealing. “My father brought me up with a strict set of values,” said Alexi, 46, an unemployed chauffeur from a […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Hopes for a New Era of Public Criticism and Debate

    Cuba’s Hopes for a New Era of Public Criticism and Debate July 17, 2013 Esteban Morales* HAVANA TIMES — Cuban President Raul Castro’s address to the closing session of the National Assembly of the People’s Power (Parliament) marks, without a doubt, the beginning of a qualitatively new stage in the process of public critique he […] Continue reading

    Only 41 minutes from Miami sits Cuba, a Third World country

    Only 41 minutes from Miami sits Cuba, a Third World country Lu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent MUNSTER | During the 1920s, Yiddish-speaking Jews traveled to Cuba from Eastern Europe. Rather than a stopover on the way to the United States, Cuba became home. Before Fidel Castro's rise to power, the Jewish community in Havana created […] Continue reading

    Prostitution in Cuba: Denied at Home, Enabled from Abroad

    Prostitution in Cuba: Denied at Home, Enabled from Abroad March 30, 2013 Graham Sowa HAVANA TIMES — In Cuba the denial of prostitution is a lie of omission: the government doesn't really talk about it. At the same time American politicians promote a travel ban that seriously damages United States efforts to identify and prosecute […] Continue reading

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba’s child sex market

    Canadians are major customers in Cuba's child sex market Canada is lax when it comes to stopping its sex offenders from going to Cuba and preying on underage prostitutes. Most tourists are drawn to Cuba by the sand, the sunshine, and the culture. But a few tourists – including some Canadians – are drawn by […] Continue reading

    Casting the Blame in the Same Old Direction

    Casting the Blame in the Same Old Direction November 30, 2012 Dariela Aquique HAVANA TIMES – Our media's obsession with justifying the unjustifiable seems to have no end, always putting the blame on the same guilty party: that consumer society; those countries where state power is based on the dispute and succession of this or […] Continue reading

    New Accusation of Assault / Angel Santiesteban

    New Accusation of Assault / Angel SantiestebanAngel Santiesteban, Translator: Unstated Photo of a fragment of a document from the file of Ángel Santiesteban-Prats where you can read at the end in a handwritten note: "Case of interest to the Minister." Refers to General Colome Ibarra. Cuba's totalitarian regime treats Defense Attorneys as unwelcome to those […] Continue reading

    Artists address the chronic racism in Cuba

    Artists address the chronic racism in CubaBy Kurt Shaw, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEWSunday, December 12, 2010 Racism always has been a hotbed issue in this country. It's also an important issue all over the world, especially in Cuba, where people of African descent have experienced significant barriers in regard to employment. An exhibit on display at the […] Continue reading