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May 2018
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Havana Times – En

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

Granada, Nicaragua Businesses Demand Security following Looting

On Monday, business owners from Granada affiliated with the National Chamber of Tourism, sustained a heated meeting with Mayor Julia Mena and Departmental Chief of Police Alejandro Ruiz in which they demanded that the officials “fulfill their Constitutional mandate”... Continue reading

Rebellion in Nicaragua on the Eve of a Dialogue

Police riot squads in conjunction with paramilitary forces today tried to put down civic protests with bullets in four cities of Nicaragua, on the eve of a national dialogue that begins Wednesday with the participation of President Daniel Ortega. Continue reading

Environmentally Sound Solutions for Cuba can be Profitable

Even though he defines himself as a businessman and not an eco-warrior, and he doesn’t act like a philanthropist, the reality is that water is much more for Roberto Fusaroli than his business. “It’s an environmental and also a financial issue..." Continue reading

My Take on LGBTIQ Rights in Cuba

The “Agenda for Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, Intersexuals and Queers in Cuba” which was published recently, is a first class civil act. Cuban society is trying to breathe under the suffocating totalitarianism of a regime which has manipulated and altered civilian matters in an attempt to neutralize it. Continue reading

Help for Two Female Dogs

There’s been a scandal on my block for days now, Mochita and Nina, two female dogs who live at the chocolate factory are all worked up; it’s May, you know the drill. Male dogs come to blows, bark, chase after the new one who comes along following the females’ scent. Continue reading

Nicaragua’s Anti-Canal Farmers Demand Participation and Announce Protests

Leaders of the farm population who oppose an interoceanic canal in Nicaragua announced today that they will block the country's roads until they are included in the national dialogue that will begin Wednesday with the government, almost a month after t... Continue reading

Venezuela: Henri Falcon, Maduro’s Opponent in the May 20 Elections

Henri Falcón divided the adversaries of Chavismo by agreeing to be a candidate against President Nicolas Maduro in the Venezuelan elections on Sunday, May 20, a vote not recognized by more than a dozen countries and qualified as fraudulent in advance. Continue reading

Talks Called for Wednesday in Nicaragua Amid Continued Protests

The Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference (CEN) announced today that the dialogue called to resolve the crisis in the country will begin on Wednesday, while the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) confirmed that it received an invitation from t... Continue reading

Carlos Mejia Godoy: “These Kids have Given Me Back My Youth”

Carlos Mejia Godoy never stops writing songs. He says that the students leading the current protests in Nicaragua have given him back his youth and that dedicating music to them is his way of contributing to the struggle. Continue reading

Suicidal Tendencies were a Smash at Havana’s La Tropical

Rockers, metalheads and anyone who wanted to see and hear the band “Suicidal Tendencies” in Havana were in for a great night on May 11th at La Tropical, in the Benny More room. I believe Benny would have risen from his grave listening to these musicians and told them to be quiet because of all the noise they were making. Continue reading

Nicaragua: Ortega Finally Accepts Human Rights Investigation

The Government of Nicaragua announced today that it will allow a mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit the country to "observe the human rights situation", informed the secretary general of the Organization of Americ... Continue reading

Another Parade in Cuba against Homophobia

Cenesex (National Center for Sex Education) celebrates its annual May campaign against homophobia and transphobia in Cuba. As part of the program, the traditional conga parade was held on this occasion from the intersection of Linea and Paseo Avenues ... Continue reading

Nicaragua: Demanding Justice Through Art

The University Coalition is a group that brings together the different student movements that have formed as a result of the April demonstrations. "We’re here from different universities. The people wanted our unity: here it is,” affirmed Lesther Aleman, member of the Nicaraguan University Alliance. Continue reading

Opening a Historic Window in Nicaragua

Recent events in Nicaragua have surprised many with the intensity and the massiveness of the revolt against the regime of Daniel Ortega, a regime that has been increasingly following the path of authoritarianism and corruption. Continue reading