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October 2018
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Elio Delgado-Legon’s Diary

Harm by US Blockade on Cuba is Real, Not an Excuse

During his visit to Cuba, Barack Obama publicly stated that the US embargo (blockade) was a failed policy that hadn’t managed to achieve its objectives and only caused suffering and shortages for the Cuban people. “I’m sure that Congress will inevitably lift an embargo which should no longer be there,” the then US president said. Continue reading

Sanctions: Today’s Diplomacy

Diplomacy is a word that invokes the idea of good relations between countries, and even between people, in contrast to violence, threats and blackmail in order to get the other side to act in a certain way. In the old days, diplomacy didn’t exist. Everything was subject to the law of the jungle... Continue reading

Sanctions: Today’s Diplomacy

Diplomacy is a word that invokes the idea of good relations between countries, and even between people, in contrast to violence, threats and blackmail in order to get the other side to act in a certain way. In the old days, diplomacy didn’t exist. Everything was subject to the law of the jungle... Continue reading

Cuba Has What Millions in the World Long For

Critics of the Cuban Revolution ignore or want to ignore the fact that Cuba (in spite of the blockade for nearly 60 years) has what millions of people in the world want and can’t have because they live in a system where meeting the needs of its people isn’t the most important thing on its agenda. Continue reading

Media War against Venezuela

People who declare themselves to be defenders of democracy (read here: the US imperialist government and the international Right, pillars of neoliberal capitalism) have constantly proven that they care very little about real democracy. Continue reading

Young People and Unemployment

A few days ago, a news report that was taken from Telesur TV and published in the Cuban newspaper Granma got me thinking about a subject that we don’t generally worry about too much: youth unemployment. The article, which was only a few short lines long, reflects a reality that we should all be worried about. Continue reading

Cuba’s Reformed Constitution, a Democratic and Participatory Process

The process of approving reforms to Cuba’s Constitution has sparked different expectations and comments, especially from people who hope that Cuba makes a move backwards towards capitalism, playing into US Imperialism’s game, which has been trying to destroy the Cuban Revolution for 60 years already. Continue reading

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

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

Cuban Youth Will Never Be Fooled

US imperialism has always pinned its hopes on young people in countries with governments they don’t like, because they have progressive governments who are determined to make their people as happy as they can be and not to hand their countries over to multinational corporations which will only bleed them dry and impoverish them with neoliberal policies. Continue reading

Progress in Cuban agriculture

Cuba is an eminently agricultural country, which is on its way to becoming a developed nation, the main obstacle being the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the US for nearly 60 years. Modernizing agriculture and livestock producti... Continue reading

Cuban Youth Reject Pompeo’s Advice

Before US Secretary of State gives Cuban youth his own opinions about Cuba and some words of wisdom, he should first inform himself about our country’s reality properly so as not to come across a fool with a speech which only invited our youth’s laughter. 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

The Meaning and Sense of Words

In the past, after World War 2, during the so-called Cold War, US imperialist propaganda against the Soviet Union and other socialist countries in Eastern Europe coined a series of terms which had previously had a derogatory meaning. Continue reading

International Workers Day 2018 in Cuba

Unlike other countries in which workers take advantage of this date to make a host of demands, including wage increases and respect for their rights, Cuban workers celebrate it as a party. Continue reading

Cuba is an Example for the World Regarding Healthcare

UN officials who make an effort to improve people’s health around the globe (albeit unsuccessfully sometimes), have told the press what they think about Cuba’s health system. Continue reading

Bruno Rodriguez Speaks the Truth after Mike Pence’s Lies

US Vice-President Mike Pence read a speech full of lies about Cuba and Venezuela and Cuban Ambassador Bruno Rodriguez gave him a forceful response, proving I was right in what I recently wrote here on Havana Times. Continue reading

I Can’t Understand this World

I must confess that in spite of there only being three months left until my 81st birthday and having spent the second half of my life tied to the news, I am still worried about the world’s current situation and vehemently wish inequality ends and that I don’t have to see any more images of useless wars. Continue reading

Cuban Farmers, an Important Group in Civil Society

I was really shocked when I read the news that the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) here in Cuba was excluded, along with the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDRs), from taking part in the Civil Society Forum that will be held... Continue reading

Is Cuba the only Country with Problems?

Critics of the Cuban Revolution, of its political system and government keep on mentioning “Cuba’s problems” in articles and comments that they publish on different platforms, which, in the abstract, would lead readers to believe that Cuba is a country full of problems... Continue reading

Socialism: the People’s System

Since many years ago, there is a battle of ideas of colossal dimensions in this world. On the Left are those who defend the most just ideas. On the Right, you find those who defend Capitalism’s ideas, with different nuances. Continue reading

General Elections in Cuba Sunday March 11th

On Sunday, March 11, the second stage of the general elections will be held in Cuba, which, as every five years, calls citizens to vote to elect all the deputies to the National Assembly of People's Power (parliament), as well as well as the delegates ... Continue reading

The Cuban Revolution’s Undeniable Progress

I find it despicable to question the Cuban Revolution’s achievements, from any angle, even more so when lies are used to take advantage of the ignorance many readers have about the subject. Continue reading

Scientific Breakthroughs in Cuba

The quality of Cuba’s higher education has a lot to do with the country’s scientific breakthroughs, as Cuba does not import scientists like other countries do... Continue reading

Havana Book Fair Concludes, another Big Success

The San Carlos de La Cabana fortress was the main venue for the fair but not the only one as there were 22 smaller venues in the capital selling books and presenting them. Continue reading

Unity in the Cuban Revolution

Some people criticize the fact that there aren’t disagreements and debates in the Cuban Parliament because someone is against some law or article being approved. But far from being reprehensible, this unanimity communicates the unity that exists in the Cuban Revolution. Continue reading