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July 2016
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Havana Times – En

Coming Out on Cuban TV

Recently, we were all witness to a transcendental event in Cuba’s cultural reality. A Cuban artist, who isn’t an activist for LGBTIQ rights, recognized his sexual orientation as being gay in front of Cuban TV’s rolling cameras. Continue reading

Foolish Dreaming of Capitalism’s Return to Cuba

Men come and go, but the Revolution is immortal. Although it might seem like a political slogan, it’s a crushing reality for Imperialism’s wage earners, who don’t shy away from claiming that Cuba’s political system will last as long as those who currently govern the country live. Continue reading

“Cafecito de Cuba” Isn’t for Locals

Today, I woke up really early in the morning and I stood outside my house. I could make out a lot of my neighbors among the pedestrians on the street already with a small jar in their hands, on their way to buy a little coffee. Continue reading

Cuba: Efficiency

Efficiency in being demanding when committing deeply to work hard slowly but surely to further accelerate progress towards the optimization of efficiency improvement. Continue reading

Is Cuba Suffering Paralysis?

We Cubans have to face a countless number of difficulties everyday. Some better others worse, however, we’ve always known how to... deal with them, so to speak. Continue reading

Havana, Architecture and Urbanism (Part 2)

By the 1930s and 40s, Havana had become one of the main tourist destinations for thousands of US holidaymakers. Miami was just a bridge to get to Cuba's tropical paradisaical landscapes. (30 photos) Continue reading

Prague Awaits Me

Ever since I found out that I’d been selected to study an intensive video course in the Czech Republic, my life has turned around 180 degrees, in terms of thinking... Continue reading

Cuba Must Decide Between Journalism & Propaganda

The problem facing Cuban journalism goes far beyond censorship, it delves into a concept that makes the press a tool for politics and the journalists into ideological soldiers affiliated with one side or the other. Continue reading

Havana Weather for July 28 – August 3

High temperatures will be between 32 and 34° C (90 and 93 F) and lows ranging between 23 and 26° C (73 and 79 F). The sea surface temperature is 29° C (84 F). Continue reading

Rosario Murillo Has Two Options to Follow Ortega in Nicaragua as President

According to the electoral calendar established by the Supreme Electoral Court (CSE), the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) must register their list of candidates for president, vice president and legislators between July 28th and August 2nd and in doing so they’ll reveal what the line of succession that Commander Daniel Ortega has in mind. Continue reading

Energy Crisis in Cuba?

If the hypothetical rule of three is used to answer this question, shall we say, to the Venezuelan government’s financial difficulties and Cuba’s own insufficient energy resources, the economic crisis will hit Cuba suddenly and it could mean the end of its revolutionary era. Continue reading

What do Cubans think about the death penalty?

Havana Times has put forward a new initiative: to find out what Cubans think about different national and/or global issues. As far as we know, only the government and government institutions carry out surveys; the results of these are not normally very... Continue reading

A Look at La Lisa, Havana

One of the main arteries of Marianao, Havana is 51st Ave. On its route west we come to the La Lisa bridge which marks the entrance to the municipality with the same name. Here's our photo essay of La Lisa. (27 photos) Continue reading

Is July 26 the Happiest Day in our History?

“The 26th is the happiest day in our History”; this is what the repetitive chorus of an old song says, which was aired on the Cuban TV new’s programs, in the days leading up to the 26th July celebrations, the day of National Rebellion. Continue reading

Sex in Rooms by the Hour

I can still remember the place on 11 and 24th Streets, right next to the Iron Bridge, which now serves as a “transitional housing unit” for families who, for one reason or another, have ended up without their own homes. Continue reading

Communist Leader Says Cuba Will Not Accept “External Pressures”

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, the number two man in the Communist Party behind Raul Castro, said today that Cuba "will not accept external pressure", at a time when the country is experiencing an economic downturn. He noted that any changes in Cuba are o... Continue reading

The Most Celebrated Day on Cuba’s Calendar

Today we celebrate or suffer, according to how you want to look at it, the 63rd anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks of July 26, 1953. Continue reading

Cuba OKs US Security Officers on Flights to the Island

Cuban and US aviation authorities have reached an agreement about deploying US security agents on regular flights between the two countries, which clears up one of Washington’s demands for reestablishing commercial routes to Cuba as of September. Continue reading

Cuba’s “New Man” Utopia

A few days ago, my next door neighbor knocked on my door and asked me if I didn't mind having a flask of rum with him, “or I’m going to explode”, he said. It was 3pm in the afternoon. Continue reading

Cuba’s Best Chances in the Rio Olympics

It’s less than two weeks now until the 2016 Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) begin in Rio de Janeiro, and Cuba has before it the challenge of being among the top 20 countries in the medal standings. Continue reading

Cuba’s Old Chevy Needs Urgent Repairs

The revolution is like a faulty car that has a lot of flaws which moves forward slowly, starting and stopping and is too much of a burden for all of us unlucky passengers. Getting off is a risky dream... Continue reading

Addictions, an Audiovisual Project

It’s a project which is based on gender freedom and freedom from discrimination which includes performance art, short movies, video art and photo manipulations. Continue reading

Cuba’s Man-made Water Crisis Persists

A friend of mine lives in Central Havana where the conditions are more unsanitary than they are in any other neighborhood on the outskirts. Most of the homes suffer a serious irregularity in the drinking water supply. Continue reading

Mail Merge problem solved…

Thanks to two of our readers suggestions the problems we were having with Main Merge were solved. Continue reading

BBC Report on Cuba’s Energy Crisis Flawed

Sobre la actual situación energética y económica en Cuba se ha escrito un montón. Abundan los textos alarmistas que gozan de pintar un caos inexistente; otros -como el que tenemos en mirilla-transmiten un infundado optimismo. Continue reading