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June 2017
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Havana Times – En

Nicaragua: Life After the La Chureca Garbage Dump

Twenty-seven frames decorate the walls of the room. Every one of them depicts a different story: his daughter’s birthday, the promenade to Managua’s old pier, the photo of his daughter when she was in 3rd grade, all symbols of joy. Freddy Mercado doesn’t want to bring his past to the present. “There’s no need, I’m going to remember it, but I don’t want photos of it,” he says bluntly. Continue reading

Maduro Calls on Venezuela’s Military to Stop Protests

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday that the Armed Forces must increase their capacity to confront violent civilian groups in the protests against his government, which in more than two months have left 76 dead Continue reading

Trump Won’t Hear Them, but Raul Isn’t Listening Either

On June 20th, the national board of the Pre-University Students Federation gave its opinion about Mr. Donald Trump’s announcement a few days earlier. This took place in each and every one of the Pre-University Institutes (senior High Schools) across the country, early in the morning before classes. Continue reading

Rising to the Stars with the Cuban Rock Band Anima Mund

On the night of Saturday June 17th, it was one of those Saturdays that I haven’t been scammed by bad movies on TV or sterile experiences. This time I won: I was at a concert of Cuban rock band, Anima Mundi, who were playing at the El ciervo encantado theater. Continue reading

WikiLeaks Julian Assange Warns about the Creation of Digital Armies

The founder of Wikileaks (an international non-profit organization that leaks secret information), Julian Assange, warned us on Thursday about the creation of digital armies in the world, which are a threat to society and don’t only come from Nations but from private enterprises too. Continue reading

Cuba Hopes Trump Keeps Cooperation Efforts against Drug Trafficking

Cuba hopes to continue cooperating with the United States in the fight against drugs, although the latter has suspended high level meetings on this issue. Continue reading

Cuban Youth Aren’t Going Back to the Land

When the vacations roll around, Yaxelis knows what’s waiting for her in advance: the same river swimming hole she’s known ever since she was a little girl, a trip or two to the city of Camaguey, maybe the trip to Havana she’s been promising her sister for the past two summers... Continue reading

Cuba Says NO to Force

Due to marijuana being decriminalized in some countries; many travelers try to enter with small amounts for their own personal consumption, which isn’t allowed in Cuba. In these cases, a warning is given and they are fined, noted an official. Continue reading

Cuba: Only 5.7% of the Population Have Water 24/7

Having running water 24 hours a day in Cuba is a luxury reserved for just 5.7% of the population in a country with over 11 million inhabitants. The situation could get worse before it gets better. Continue reading

Making Money Off Ignorance, Using Innocence

The photo is of a so-called “hot dog” label (a kind of sausage which is widely consumed in Cuba), sold in hard currency among other meat products. They are quite popular and are used to put together a quick meal and even the bread with “something” snack. Continue reading

Cuba in the Trump Era

The Theater, set design, script, soundtrack and even the audience chosen by Trump to announce the end of the rapprochement process with Cuba couldn’t have been worse. In political communication terms, the new US president is just a caricature of Obama. Continue reading

Havana Weather for June 22-28

During the night, tropical storm Cindy landed on the border area of the states of Texas and Louisiana, in the southern United States; Decreasing the intensity of its maximum sustained winds to 65 kilometers per hour. Cuba is not affected by the storm. Continue reading

Being Both a Rebel and Transgressor

Do you want to feel yourself a rebel and transgressor? Buy one of our variety of revolutionary souvenirs. Continue reading

I’m Writing Again, Thanks to Cuban Filmmaker Fernando Perez

I haven’t written an article since May 2015. In fact, the last thing I wrote and was published on Havana Times was inspired by the movie Regreso a Itaca (Return to Ithaca). Today, I am leaving my refuge and it’s a Cuban film that has brought me to the arena of letters again... Continue reading

A Familiar Face at Cuba’s Film School

Friendly, affectionate, but also direct and straight to the point, we found Ybis Caises along the main corridor of the International School of Film and Television. Her job since 1986 consists of connecting students and employees at this center with the... Continue reading

The Undesirable Backpack

We all know how important and practical a backpack is. As well as lightening the load, it helps us to transport personal objects which we are interested in carrying with us. But, how can something so useful become an undesirable object that gets in the... Continue reading

The “Promised Land” that Ortega Offered with the Canal

Four years since the canal concession was issued, no construction bids have been solicited nor has any land been expropriated or purchased along the canal route, and Chinese magnate Wang Jing has disappeared. The promise of the megaproject isn’t even mentioned in the Presidential speeches. Meanwhile, the rural protest movement continues demanding the repeal of the canal law. Continue reading

Venezuelan Supreme Court Approves Process against Attorney General

The Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ) today approved submitting the Attorney General Luisa Ortega to a process that could lead to her removal, requested by the ruling party and its President Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading

Havana-Miramar’s La Puntilla Neighborhood

The coastal neighborhood of La Puntilla, located in Miramar, Playa, has buildings such as the CIMEX Corportation, the old CUBALSE, the La Puntilla shopping center and the Riomar building, this last one, in an advanced state of decay. (23 photos) Continue reading

Postcards of the Havana Malecon Seawall

In September of 2014 we published my first feature on Havana’s malecon seawall. Now, almost three years later, we return to show some postcards of this beautiful and emblematic avenue. (16 photos) Continue reading

Cuban Medical Student Comments on Trump’s Announcement

Daniel Hernandez, a young Medicine student at the Medical Sciences University in Santa Clara and the son of emigres who are in exile in the US who he hasn’t seen in 9 years, shares some of his views to Havana Times on the subject of this new stage in US-Cuba relations. Continue reading

“Either We Lift Up the Net Together or We Live Under It”

Today we bring you an interview with Moises Leonardo Rodriguez, a founder of the Corriente Martiana human rights group. "We want people to recognize their rights and to also learn how they can communicate violations of their human rights to the UN in d... Continue reading

Trump’s New Policy, Who Really Benefits?

Last Friday, I was hanging onto every word the new US president said. Personally-speaking, I believe his speech was a well-orchestrated political show to win over the extreme Right of this country which is mainly concentrated in Miami. Continue reading

A Day of National Shame for Cuba

June 16, 2017, will be recorded in Latin America and world history as a sad, frustrating day, in which Cuba was seen vacillating, insecure, having lost the initiative, vision and ability to strike back, that characterized the Cuban Revolution since the... Continue reading

Back to the Cold War

The US president gave a speech in Miami on Friday June 16, in which he spoke about Cuba, without knowing Cuba, just to please this select audience and to get votes in Congress from the reactionary congressmen with Cuban roots, who don’t know Cuba either. Continue reading

Trump, Cuba and Miami: the Charade and the Stone

The story is old, very old; the illusion is infinite. What continues to surprise us is the Cuban exile community in Miami’s capacity to run into the same stone again and again, and when they don’t find it, they seek it out and put it in the way. Continue reading