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    Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

    Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert 21 April 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against […] Continue reading

    Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love

    “Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love” The damages to educational quality caused by the lack of preparation of the “emerging teachers” remain to be measured. (Telesur) 14ymedio, Caridad Cruz/Mario Penton, Cienfuegos/Miami, 17 April 2017 – teaching children cursive writing and educating them is much more than a […] Continue reading

    The LGBT community in Cuba is going through a transition

    “The LGBT community in Cuba is going through a transition” Daniel Abma, director of ‘Transit Havana’ says the regime is now integrating gays into society IÑAKI MAKAZAGA Bilbao 20 MAR 2017 – 15:50 CET “El colectivo LGTB de Cuba vive un momento de apertura y transición” A meeting with a Belgian surgeon gave the Dutch […] Continue reading

    Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client

    Castro’s daughter favors bold legislative weapon to combat prostitution — punish the client BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com The daughter of Cuba’s most powerful man is publicly discussing — perhaps in search of academic support before taking her idea to the legislature — a bold proposal to combat prostitution: penalize the clients who pay for sexual […] Continue reading

    Legacy and End Point

    Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban people should be eternally grateful for: The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises, especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power. […] Continue reading

    Fidel Castro is dead

    Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This?

    Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised […] Continue reading

    Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

    Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] 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

    Outrage over shocking video showing young Cuban children twerking and dancing provocatively in their school uniforms – but some parents are proud of the display

    Outrage over shocking video showing young Cuban children twerking and dancing provocatively in their school uniforms – but some parents are proud of the display Video was filmed in the central Cuban city of Camaguey, east of Havana It was reportedly posted by a father of one of the children Jorge Luis Pérez It has […] Continue reading

    How Cuba was destroyed

    How Cuba was destroyed Patrick Luciani, Special to Financial Post | March 1, 2016 6:08 PM ET Now that President Obama has opened relations with Cuba, and plans to visit this month, Canadians are saying, “Let’s get down there before Americans ruin the place.” Too late: the ruin began with the 1959 revolution. Many Canadians’ […] Continue reading

    The Dream of Leaving Cuba – Fernando Aramis

    The Dream of Leaving Cuba February 15, 2016 By Fernando Aramis HAVANA TIMES — For the vast majority of Cubans, being able to leave the island legally has long been – and continues to be – a pipe dream, an unattainable goal. This is especially so for those who live in the interior. Some have […] Continue reading

    Cuba slowly accepting LGBT community

    Cuba slowly accepting LGBT community Being gay in Cuba means many still have to live a double life Will Ripley, CNN Published: December 10, 2015, 1:30 am Updated: December 10, 2015, 1:30 am Cuba, US begins talks on confiscated property, damages Cuba imposes travel permit for doctors to limit brain drain HAVANA (CNN) – As […] Continue reading

    Pope Francis is bringing a wish list to Cuba, but he may be disappointed

    Pope Francis is bringing a wish list to Cuba, but he may be disappointed By Nick Miroff September 17 at 7:00 PM HAVANA — The president of Cuba is a communist who was educated in Jesuit academies. The pope is a Jesuit who grew up attending public schools. They took vastly divergent paths, but both […] Continue reading

    State Department watered down human trafficking report

    Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report By Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and […] Continue reading

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

    The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] 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

    The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation

    The Cuban Economy is Still a Matter of Improvisation December 2, 2014 Dariela Aquique* HAVANA TIMES — In its efforts to “refashion” economic and political concepts and practices on the basis of the Party’s Economic Guidelines, the Cuban State has declared that these weren’t valid at other points in history because of the impact the […] 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

    Women in Battle Dress

    Women in Battle Dress / Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna Posted on June 10, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba – Lolita, Alejandra, Samantha, Paloma, and África María are drag queens who stamp their feet on every Havana street corner during the night, while the city sleeps. Some with warrior faces and others as shy princesses patrol the streets […] Continue reading

    An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness

    Michael J. Totten: An eyewitness account of Cuba’s shocking wretchedness Michael J. Totten, National Post | June 6, 2014 12:01 AM ET Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite — the Elysium of the […] Continue reading

    The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

    Cuba Brief: The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see [02-06-2014 14:08:24] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the […] 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

    Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not?

    Does Human Trafficking Exist in Cuba or Not? / Victor Ariel Gonzalez, CID Posted on November 17, 2013 “Cuba is not the place of origin, transit or destination of human trafficking”. This was declared by Isabel Moya Richard, the director of ’Editorial de la Mujer’ (A Cuban Women’s Federation publisher) on November 1. However, later […] 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