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May 2018
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Havana Times – En

Ezequiel, a Cuban poet

I met Ezequiel Rodriguez outside the literary cafe on 23rd and 12th streets. He seemed to be going through a tough time. Months later, I saw him again at the presentation of the second edition of the digital magazine Confluencias, promoted by members of Regla municipality’s literary workshop. Continue reading

Maduro and Abstention Win in Venezuela

The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela declared on Sunday evening Nicolas Maduro the winner of the controversial presidential elections, with almost 68% of the votes, more than triple his weak opponent Henri Falcon (21%), who did not recogni... Continue reading

The Roar of the Lion: “Ortega Must Go!”

The blocks of Leon became a blue and white tide on Saturday that celebrated the new liberation of what is known as Nicaragua’s university city. There was also a caravan in Managua and protests in other cities. Continue reading

Venezuela Elects President Today amid Crisis and International Rejection

Venezuelans will vote or abstain Sunday in a controversial election in which President Nicolas Maduro seeks re-election against three rivals of little weight, after the leading opposition candidates were disqualified. The opposition coalition calls on... Continue reading

Attack on University in Nicaragua Breaks Truce and Darkens Dialogue

An armed attack on a university in the capital of Nicaragua on Saturday night, left at least four students injured and broke the truce promised by the government in the now uncertain national dialogue, coincided student and religious sources. Continue reading

Passenger List Released of Fatal Plane Crash in Havana

Cuban authorities today found one of the black boxes in "good condition" of the Boeing 737-200 plane that crashed Friday in Havana, leaving 110 dead and three survivors. They also released the full passenger list of the tragedy. Continue reading

Nicaragua in Rebellion 1978-2018 (Photos from both periods)

The current upheaval in Nicaragua has been a flashback for many people of the events that took place 40 years ago in the Central American country. At that time much of the population had rebelled against the Somoza dictatorship. Today the Ortega family... Continue reading

Face-off for Cuba in Geneva over Human Rights

Cuba is fighting a fierce diplomatic battle in Geneva. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and his “Elite Squad” have been charged with the mission of highlighting the positive side of the Cuban government, maximizing and sugarcoating its social achievements and reducing and distorting those which represent human rights violations. Continue reading

A Brief History of the Cuban Revolution

This coming October, the Cuban Revolution will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its birth, when Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, the Father of our Homeland, an educated, wealthy lawyer and owner of a sugar mill and slaves, put all of his fortune and life on the line for Cuba’s freedom, which had been colonized by Spain since the beginning of the 16th century. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Agrees Not to Attack Protesters for 48 Hours

The Government of Nicaragua today pledged to remove the police, paramilitary forces and Sandinista activists from the streets as part of a 48-hour truce agreed with protesters who began demonstrations a month ago. Continue reading

“I Want to be Part of the Movement that Changed History”

On the morning of April 19th, he packed his bag with small handkerchiefs, gauze bandages, face masks and medical instruments, without imagining that by the next day he’d be cleaning the blood off the teenager whose death would move the entire nation. Continue reading

Airliner with 104 Passengers Crashes in Cuba, 3 Survivors

A commercial plane with 104 passengers on board crashed today shortly after taking off from Havana's international airport. The official newspaper, Granma, informed that three persons survived the accident, although they are in critical condition. Continue reading

The Alternative Havana Biennial Concludes

The #00 Havana Biennial took place, and I can now finally say that out loud, without any hesitation or doubt. In spite of seizures, threats, suspicions, arbitrary arrests, we managed to put on the event we wanted to, or better yet, the event we needed.... Continue reading

Venezuela will have a New President in a Few Days

The chances of Venezuela having a new president are very scarce, bearing in mind the fact that it’s very likely that Nicolas Maduro will continue at the head of this country. And in the case Nicolas doesn’t remain in power, the new president will be Henry Falcon... who wouldn’t be “new” either. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Day 2 of Dialogue as Nationwide Protests Continue

Today, on the second day of the national dialogue, the university movement and civil society will reiterate to the Government that the central agenda is ending the repression of protests and the restoration of democracy in Nicaragua. Continue reading

Seeing Cuba Through Basketball

The spring of 2017 I got the chance to study abroad at the University of Havana at an exchange program managed by Butler University. It was my junior year at Gettysburg College and, as a Political Science major I jumped at the chance to study in a coun... Continue reading

Ortega Continues the Repression: Three Dead in Matagalpa

Confrontations pitting the riot squads and government-sponsored mobs against citizens and students who had gathered spontaneously to protest left at least three fatalities and around 60 injured in the city of Matagalpa this past Tuesday. Continue reading

As Nicaragua Grinds to a Halt, Students call “Peaceful Rebellion”

The university students leading the protests in Nicaragua called today for a "giant peaceful rebellion" in the country to press for the departure of Daniel Ortega's government, one month after the start of the conflict, Continue reading

Cuban Youth Losing Their Fear

While high-ranking officials were driving their cars and locking themselves into air-conditioned offices, a group of artists realized a project (perhaps the most ambitious to date), the recently concluded #00 Havana Biennial. Outside of Cuba’s institutional establishment, it took place between May 5-15. Continue reading

Taking part in the Alternative #00 Havana Biennial

My contribution took place in my own home/studio and involved an exhibition of videos and art, an art installation, a vast exhibition of my photography, a performance piece which didn’t take place because there were problems in coordinating it, but I did an improvisation. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Zoilamerica Praises Students who Rebuked her Presidential Parents

Zoilamerica Ortega Murillo, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega’s step-daughter, who she accused of sexual abuse and rape in 1998, thanked students who came together today and rebuked the leader during the first session of the national dialogue process in Managua. Continue reading

Havana Weather for May 17-23

Cloudy skies will predominate from the morning on, with rain and some thunderstorms in the capital. The maximum temperatures will range between 29 and 30° C (84 and 86 F), while the lows between 23 and 24° C (73 and 75 F). The sea surface temperature will be 27° C (81 F). Continue reading

Human Rights Mission (IACHR) Arrives Thursday in Nicaragua

A delegation of 11 members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will arrive in Nicaragua on Thursday to examine the country's situation in the midst of the crisis shaking the Ortega-Murillo government. Continue reading

Nicaragua Dialogue Round One: Students Tell Ortega to Resign

Protesting students demanded today the resignation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and the cessation of police and paramilitary repression at the start of a national dialogue between the Government, civil society and the private sector that seeks... Continue reading

Healthcare is Free in Cuba, but it Still Has a Price!

The title of this article chimes in with a campaign which has been repeated time and time again at Cuban health centers for many years now. Of course, I didn’t add the question mark at the end with the clear intention of changing its meaning. Continue reading

Sending Money to Cuba via the Internet Isn’t Easy

“What an odyssey to send money to people in Cuba. And the companies don’t even say anything.” This is how someone who regularly sends remittances to Cuba summarizes the situation. Continue reading