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July 2018
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Havana Times – En

Sao Paulo Forum Opens in Cuba

The 24th edition of the Sao Paulo Forum is being held in Havana from July 15-17. It brings together leaders, former presidents and social leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, with the aim of uniting ideas and efforts. The goal is to put an end to the International Right’s counter-revolutionary offensive within the region today... Continue reading

Former Swedish Ambassadors to Nicaragua Concerned about the Crisis

The three diplomats hope the Swedish government will act in the UN, where it currently chairs the Security Council, and use the international tools at its disposal. Continue reading

A Democratic Socialist’s Opinion about Cuba’s New Constitution in the Works

A new Cuban Constitution is being written by the “Revolution’s” own system as I myself type this article. However, there’s no reason to believe that it will include any of the real changes we Cubans need. Most of the Cuban people don’t understand the importance of this moment for the country Continue reading

Another House Collapses in Havana, What’s Next for the Survivors?

Marina Castro and her son managed to save their lives by chance. Marina, 57, was the owner of the house that collapsed in the Cerro neighborhood due to heavy rains that lashed the Cuban capital on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading

Brutal Paramilitary Attack against Students in Nicaragua

Two students dead and another 16 wounded resulted from a government ordered paramilitary attack on Managua’s UNAN university and a nearby Catholic Church where many took refuge, reported dpa news on Saturday. Continue reading

Rural Leader Medardo Mairena Detained in Nicaragua

Medardo Mairena, coordinator of the National Council in Defense of the Land, the Lake and Sovereignty, was arrested at noon on Friday, July 13, at Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino Airport and taken to a jail cell in El Chipote. Continue reading

Successful National Strike in Nicaragua

At least 90% of Managua's businesses closed on Friday following the call for a national strike by the Civic Alliance with support from the main business chambers, to continue demanding that Daniel Ortega negotiate his peaceful exit from power after unl... Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Forces Lay Siege to a Church with Hundreds of Students Inside

About 200 university students, priests and journalists remained Saturday morning under siege today in a church in the capital of Nicaragua, surrounded by armed government paramilitaries, protected by the National Police, threatening to burn the temple. Continue reading

“Together We’re a Volcano!” Managua protesters Return to the Streets

On day #87 since the protests began in Nicaragua, thousands of Nicaraguans went out onto the streets of Managua and several departments in the country, to demonstrate once again their repudiation of Daniel Ortega’s government. Continue reading

Fernando Ravsberg Closes his Blog about Cuba

We were surprised on Thursday by the decision of journalist Fernando Ravsberg to close his blog, Cartas desde Cuba, founded in 2007. Ravsberg had been harassed by the authorities for including articles in his blog that questioned government policies, a... Continue reading

Cuba’s 1940 Constitution

Uva de Aragon is a renowned intellectual who lives in the US. She is the adopted daughter of Carlos Marquez Sterling, the President of the 1940 Constituent Assembly and leader of the non-violent opposition movement against Batista’s dictatorship. Continue reading

Cuba’s Self-Employed and their “Struggle”

Ever since they emerged in Cuba, “self-employed workers” have had to put up with a host of obstacles in a country where the vast majority of people still work for the State. Their contribution to society is undervalued and worst yet, they are made to be victims of a manipulative thought. Continue reading

Two Proposals on Nicaragua at the OAS

Two resolutions have been proposed in the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) regarding the crisis that Nicaragua is suffering, a calamity that on Thursday reached 86 days with a toll of 264 deaths, and rising by the day. Continue reading

The Cuban Government and its Fight against Prosperity

It’s taken us almost a year to discover what the Government was doing when it suddenly stopped issuing self-employment licenses, without any warning. New regulations have just been published and the government has also announced that it will take another six months before licenses are granted again Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Drama and International Political Opportunism

I am deeply saddened by the views of some politicians from the International Left when, in the name of anti-imperialism, they express their solidarity with Daniel Ortega’s corrupt and repressive government. I think they are suffering an ideological paralysis... Continue reading

“Upping the Ante for Ortega in the Civic Struggle”

The brutal repression of Daniel Ortega’s government against the Nicaraguans demanding his exit from power after more than eleven years as president, now counts over 250 dead and has succeeded in dismantling the roadblocks and barricades in the majority of the country. Continue reading

Can Religious Fundamentalism Block Same Sex Marriage in Cuba?

In Cuba, nobody would think to demand (at least in public spaces) that women earn less money than men for doing the same jobs or for bars to reserve their admission rights depending on the color of their clients’ skin, in spite of there still being daily expressions of machismo and racism on the island. Continue reading

OAS Hears Report of Worsening Violence in Nicaragua

On the eve of three months of the largest crisis in four decades in Nicaragua, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged its parent organization, the Organization of American States and the rest of the international community to demand that ... Continue reading

Time to Kick a Bad Habit

For 20 years now, we have seen a food product here in Cuba called PELLY, which is also known as Chicotico because of the smell its cheesy flavor emits. Children have been the ones who consume this product the most, thanks to their parents who buy it f... Continue reading

Havana Weather for July 12-18

The hot days will continue during this 7-day forecast period with partly cloudy skies by the end of the morning and some scattered rains in the afternoons, especially towards the south of the capital. The high temperatures will be 31 and 32° C (88 and 90 F), while the lows will be 24 and 25° C (75 and 77 F). Continue reading

There’s Nothing Like Cycling around Havana

Ever since the Bicicletear La Habana project began, Yasser Gonzalez, the event’s main organizer, has advocated for more alternative and sustainable projects in a city where vehicle traffic, and all of its derivatives, are truly harmful to our health. (13 photos) Continue reading

Cuban Families Have the Future in Their Hands

On Monday, from the freedom of his own bed and recovering from the hunger and thirst strike that led to his release after being unfairly imprisoned, scientist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola gave a conference to a group of artists and ecologists. Continue reading

Not Even God Could Stop Them

Over this past horrific weekend, first the God of Wrath that our disoriented leaders pray to had them proclaim peace while causing nine deaths in Carazo alone. Then, to top things off, on Monday July 9th, we witnessed... Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Government Condemed Internationally over Violence

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Government of Germany and Human Rights Watch on Tuesday all condemned the latest episodes of violence in Nicaragua, including the attacks by pro-Ortega mobs a... Continue reading

A US-Supported Coup in the Making in Nicaragua

Jacinto Suarez is one of the most influential men in Daniel Ortega's FSLN party. He presides over the Foreign Relations Commission of the Nicaraguan Congress and he’s also the man in charge of the party’s international relations. Continue reading

Differences Between Protests in Latin American Countries

It’s really symptomatic that street protests are peaceful in countries with neoliberal governments, in spite of the gravity of the situation (as we will go on to see with this article), while protests take on a more warlike character in countries with progressive governments. Continue reading