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Matanzas after Irma, a Three-Act Play

Elaine Diaz takes us to Matanzas province where she gathers the stories of a fisherman, a farmer and a survivor of Hurricane Irma. Continue reading

Cuba-Saudi Arabia: The Threads of a Relationship of Convenience

The relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the Cuban regime continues to grow. Curiously, many pro-Cuban government detractors of US foreign policy on human rights often use Washington’s lucrative dealings with Saudi Arabia as a sign of hypocrisy. Continue reading

Rugby & US Football in Cuba, Past and Present

Rugby, in its different forms, has been played in Cuba for many years, although it still continues to suffer a kind of curse because it doesn’t receive the institutional support it should. Continue reading

What the “Nica Act” has Already Brought Us

Three sketches regarding the threat of economic sanctions, following a 72-hour visit to Washington D.C. Carlos Fernando Chamorro discusses the "Nica Act" and its prospects for passage in the United States Senate. Continue reading

Hurricanes: Eastern Cuba Getting Hit the Hardest of Late

People outside of the capital half-jokingly say that when a hurricane sweeps through Havana or the country’s western provinces, soap opera episodes are rebroadcast. In 2000 and 2004, hurricanes Michelle and Charly, respectively, cut the national energy system into two and TV viewers in Cuba’s Oriente, spent days thinking about the severe damage that both hurricanes caused for their compatriots further to the west. Now things have changed. Continue reading

Matagalpa, Nicaragua’s “Elder Mayor” Sadrach Zeledon

Every morning for weeks now, the speakers on the outside of the Matagalpa mayor’s office blast at nearly full volume, alternating songs of the Sandinista Front with Reggaeton music. Although his name is never mentioned in the repertoire, passers-by and neighbors know that the strident music celebrates the third consecutive candidacy of Sadrach Zeledon Rocha as Matagalpa’s mayor. Continue reading

Starts and Stops in Cuba’s Tourism Industry

In the face of Cuba’s financial deficit and after the economy opened itself up to self-employment in 2016 and several non-agricultural cooperatives being approved in 2012, tourism has been one of the sectors that has promoted Cuba’s economic expansion the most and it has remained one of the top sources of fresh hard currency. Continue reading

US Diplomats Hold Yard Sales Before Leaving Cuba

There was a huge commotion. “The Yanks are leaving!” This is what many people were saying who, God knows how, found out when the Mister who isn’t needed at the embassy anymore is going to return to the USA. And with his quick return home comes the diplomat’s concern for his excess baggage, or the things that he doesn’t need around the house, or that getting health documents are going to be too much of a pain to take the dog. Continue reading

Remittances to Cuba via the Internet on the Rise

Without the chance to give a formal interview given the fact that the kind of journalism we practice lies outside the Communist Party-State lines, if you take a look at reality, you could say, without any fear of being wrong, that remittances to Cubans... Continue reading

Che in Cuba, from Olive Green to the Guerrillas of White Coats

Tamara Juvier studied at the Lenin senior high school and at age 16 it occurred to her to do a research work on Commander Ernesto Che Guevara. "It was difficult for us to be like a God. Being like a person who has no defects is impossible.” Continue reading

Cuba, Pressure Valves and Fueling the Flame

Relations between Cuba and the US are quickly returning to what they were during the Cold War. All of the progress made thanks to the dialogue between presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro is beginning to come crashing down like a tower of cards. Continue reading

Garifuna Dance: Flavor, Culture and History

I spent a morning doing Garifuna dancing, and this is what I learned   Por Franklin Villavicencio  (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES – I had never before danced any of the Caribbean dances with the discipline and awareness they deserve. Maybe I’ve improvised a crazy, spontaneous version of the Palo de Mayo (Caribbean Maypole Dance) at some […] Continue reading

Hamletmachine (A soldier’s cry)

In Cuba, those who were born during this tumultuous period in our History, called “Special”, were known as the “Transition Generation”, and maybe the tragedy of these young people lies in the fact that this change, which began to take root in Cuba after the Berlin Wall came down and the Socialist Bloc collapsed as a result, still hasn’t ended. Continue reading

Havana Residents Day-to-Day Lives after Irma

When uncertainty takes over people, it creates chaos. Global peace, on the whole, is hanging off of a thread right now. In Cuba, peace is hanging off such a fine thread that it could break at any time. After Hurricane Irma, the island has been left wit... Continue reading

Education in Today’s Cuba: Where Normal and Right Don’t Coincide

Diana and Alejandro don’t know each other. She is already in university and he is starting 9th grade. Even though they have studied at different schools, in different towns, they share a common experience. Continue reading

Central Havana’s Slow Death

People don’t always evacuate because they were afraid of losing the little they have. In a country where even spare parts are hard to come by, it’s difficult to persuade a human being that the little they have is so little that they can leave it behind. Continue reading

As Cuba Recovers from Irma: Needs & Opportunism

It’s probably the same everywhere, but I don’t want it to happen here. That every crisis situation promotes opportunism, speculation and an ugly list of human misery that is like an indispensable condition. I hold off of accepting that this might happen in Cuba. Continue reading

The Sea, Hell and a Song

There are two places in hell: one for the sons of bitches and another one for the really big sons of bitches - Nelson tells me, because of Hurricane Irma, when 48 hours still hadn’t passed by after it swept through Cuba. Continue reading

Symbol of Cuban Medical Brigade Wants to Stay in Brazil

Cuban doctor Juan Merquiades Duvergel Delgado, who was made the face of the “Mas Medicos” (More doctors) Program and a symbol of “solidarity in the health field” after he arrived in Brazil in 2013, now represents another side of reality: that of professionals who don’t want to return to Cuba. Continue reading

Palm Oil Company Violates Environmental Norms in Nicaragua

The African palm production company, Agrodesarrollo S.A. has violated environmental norms intended to protect Nicaragua’s natural resources according to an investigation carried out by the online environmental magazine “Mongabay Latam”*. The company, which maintains plantations of African Palm over a vast extension of land in the North Caribbean Autonomous Region, has been linked to Jorge Granera Sacasa, brother of Aminta Granera, chief of the National Police. The probe yielding this information included examination of official documents, a visit to the affected zone, and interviews with functionaries of the regional governments. Continue reading

Irma, Cuba, the Paris Club and Cuban Customs

Cuba has been badly wounded by Hurricane Irma, which swept across the island’s entire northern coast, destroying homes, laying waste to harvests and tourism infrastructure, severely damaging the national energy system and killing 10 Cubans. Continue reading

Damage Report on Varadero, Cuba Hotels

A travel agent put together an exhaustive report today on the situation of the hotel facilities on the Varadero peninsula. Here we publish our translation of his unofficial report that appeared in Spanish on Trip Advisor. Continue reading

Mexico Earthquake: “At 93 years old, I have never felt one as strong as this one”

Dawn broke in the Mexican state of Chiapas on Friday, September 8th and its 5 million inhabitants hadn’t fully taken in the fright they had experienced at nearly midnight, when they were surprised by the most powerful earthquake to strike in the last 100 years. Continue reading

A People’s Faith in their Patron Saint

It was 8:30 PM on Thursday September 7th and official evening mass in honor of Cuba’s Patron Saint, Our Lady of Charity, began when bells rang at the Nuestra Senora de los Dolores church, in Santo Domingo, Villa Clara. (10 photos) Continue reading

Castro Sees Cuba’s Tourism Infrastructure Restored Quickly

Faced with the worst disaster in decades Cuban President Raul Castro made a call Sunday for Cubans to maintain the faith in another victory after the powerful Hurricane Irma swept over a large portion of the country from east to west. Continue reading

Hurricane Irma Assaulted Caibarien, an Example of the Damage

“The wind ripped off our zinc roof so fast that it looked like it was opening a can of food,” said Rosa Martinez, while looking up at the grey rain clouds still in the sky, standing in her living room. What she lived was felt by thousands of Cubans over the last few days as Hurricane Irma pummeled a large portion of the island. Continue reading