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Disasters Like Irma Demand a New Focus for Cuba

Cuba has the best Civil Defense system in the region and that makes it a model to follow. However the combination of very low wages, the poor state of housing in the country, and the lack of proper building materials and codes, has meant a constant re... Continue reading

What’s Behind the Ongoing Controversy about “Centrism” in Cuba?

The call to “unity” around the Castro government has become ever more urgent with the gradual but definitive increase of Internet access, especially among the youth, the professional and technocratic strata, and among those with a university education... 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

Falta seriedad en Cuba en su lucha contra la corrupción

El gobierno de Raúl Castro ha proclamado varias veces su batalla contra la corrupción en las diferentes capas de la burocracia de la Isla y en las gerencias de las empresas del Estado. Sin embargo, la falta de transparencia en las gestiones de los líderes y empresarios estatales, y la poca o nula posibilidad de los periodistas de participar en la batalla, hace que la efectividad del esfuerzo anti-corrupción quede muy por debajo su posibilidad. Continue reading

¿Podrían ser las energías renovables un esfuerzo de todos en Cuba?

La situación energética de Cuba es incierta. Venezuela, su principal proveedor de combustibles, está reduciendo las entregas y podría incluso llegar a cerrar totalmente el grifo, en caso de que el gobierno fuera derrocado o perdiera las próximas elecciones. Continue reading

The Ups and Downs of Cuba’s Private Sector

Ever since new restrictions on self-employment came into force on August 5th, there has been one word that has become fashionable among those who have or wanted to have a private business: uncertainty. Continue reading

Cuando un amigo se va

El pasado 30 de julio, Grady Ross Daugherty, anarquista solidario y un lector de Havana Times, nos dijo adiós. En febrero de 2013 Grady nos concedió una entrevista centrada en las cooperativas como una de las vías para salvar el maltrecho socialismo cubano. El querido amigo visitó varias veces nuestro país, la última el pasado año. Su optimismo sobre el futuro de Cuba decreció notablemente ante la realidad actual. Continue reading

Pelota cubana añora el espectáculo, arrancó la nueva temporada

Acaba de comenzar la Serie Nacional de Béisbol de Cuba en su edición 57 y un deseo ronda las cabezas de federativos y aficionados: que sea un buen espectáculo. Sin embargo, notarán que no menciono a un solo pelotero en activo, y es la dura realidad: no tenemos grandes figuras a seguir. Continue reading

Selling off Nicaraguan Sovereignty: Then and Now

No one could have anticipated the person who would pick up the torch passed on by Diaz, Emiliano Chamorro, and Somoza. How could we ever have imagined that it would be a fighter for Nicaragua’s national liberation, one of the leaders of the Sandinista Front? Continue reading

The Socialist Ideal Smeared Again

Events in Venezuela are truly a cause for concern. A political party, with a socialist name, is clinging onto power with ruses, rather than mass popular support. The desire to implement socialist policies should never undermine the principle of strict compliance to the people’s will which is expressed via democratic channels. Continue reading

Amnesty Int. Begins Global Campaign to Repeal the Nicaragua Canal Law

This past Thursday in Managua, Nicaragua, Amnesty International launched a “global campaign” to demand the repeal of Law 840, which awards a concession for the construction of an Inter-Oceanic Canal to the Chinese company HKND Group. The initiative accompanied the presentation of a report prepared by this organization for the defense of human rights. Continue reading

La epopeya para un cubano comprar un paquetico de tasajo

¡Tasajo a 75 centavos CUC el paquete de 500 gramos! La voz corrió por toda Centro Habana, la “ganga” esperaba en Carlos III, plaza mayor de las tiendas recaudadoras de divisas (TRD) de la capital cubana. Larga fila interminable durante tres días, la gente podía comprar cualquier cantidad y así lo hizo. Hasta la Policía debió mediar para mantener el orden. Continue reading

Vacaciones diferenciadas en la Cuba de hoy

En Camagüey el mar nos quedaba lejos, por eso cada verano era una aventura planificar el viaje, cocinar la noche antes o durante la madrugada, e irse a las cuatro de la mañana a esperar la guagua que recogería la euforia de aquello que se usaba siempre: Continue reading

Pelota cubana acrecienta su crisis

La palabrita provoca comezón en directivos y entrenadores, pero cada vez hay menos maneras de esquivarla: es crisis y no otra cosa lo que vive la pelota cubana. La prueba la acaban de dar los equipos envueltos en torneos internacionales por estos días. Continue reading

A Double-Edged Sword among Cubans

We commonly hear the term “neoplatista” to label different attitudes and stances between Cubans. It already appears frequently in our vocabulary, especially among the diaspora community and those of us here in Cuba who take part in political debate on alternative digital media platforms. Continue reading

The Mysterious Russian Satellite Station in Nicaragua

If you follow the rocky road through the thick brush surrounding the Nejapa lagoon southwest of Managua - once the crater of a volcano - you reach a cement wall crowned by barbed wire. Just visible is the roof of a modest-sized building, painted in blue. Continue reading

Nicaraguan Farmers Plan for the Repeal of the Canal Law

Although the promise of an Inter-oceanic Canal fades on the horizon as time goes by, Law 840, awarding an all-encompassing concession to Chinese magnate Wang Jing, still represents a threat to the country. Continue reading

Bordeando La Puntilla

El barrio costero La Puntilla, ubicado en Miramar, Playa, tiene edificaciones como el de la corporación Cimex, el antiguo Cubalse, el centro comercial de igual nombre, y el edificio Riomar, este último, en avanzado proceso de deterioro. (23 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

El comunismo vulgar en Cuba

El fidelismo, encabezado por un líder carismático, de ideas mesiánicas, encontró un caldo de cultivo propicio para desplegar el ideario populista en un país donde la democracia no había echado raíces profundas y dictaduras, caudillos y populismo plagaron la República después de la independencia. Continue reading

Elderly Cuban Woman Struggles on a Fourth Floor

Ten years ago, Alfreda Alfonso Martinez (80 years old) was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a serious disease which is defined by high concentrations of blood glucose over a prolonged period of time or is a chronic condition. She used to work at the h... Continue reading

Una trabajadora cubana y su soledad en un 4to piso

Hace 10 años a Alfreda Alfonso Martínez (80) le detectaron diabetes mellitus, una enfermedad grave que tiene la característica de presentar concentraciones elevadas de glucosa en la sangre de manera persistente o crónica. Ella trabajaba en la peluquería de Candelaria; la jubilaron por peritaje médico. Continue reading

Raul Castro Reappears, Rumors Nixed

Raul Castro reappeared Monday with Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, who makes an official visit to Cuba. The news emerges after reports circulated by dissident sources - amplified in social networks and media abroad – alleged that Castro, 86, was in dire condition. Continue reading

Cuba’s Economy and Cures for Fear

Last week, we learned about an unexpected meeting of our highest powers. Certain documents were being discussed for some time now, which didn’t seem to bring about change in the lives of us ordinary mortals very quickly. The Cuban Government has written out its Guidelines and Concepts, destined to define the path our country takes and its future development plans; but very few changes were immediately created as a result. Continue reading

Cubans with a Memory!

Government media, especially Cuban TV, doesn’t stop mentioning the attempts perpetrated by US governments against our country ever since the “Revolution” triumphed in 1959. But they conveniently forget how many Cubans were and are beaten up by government forces? Continue reading