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Lynn Cruz’s Diary

Cuban Gov. Continues to Arbitrarily Ground Those who Oppose its Policies

Yesterday afternoon, at the ID Office located on 17th Street, between J and K streets in the Plaza de la Revolucion municipality, Oscar Casanella, a biochemist who was expelled from the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology (INOR), was informed that he was listed under the anomalous status of: “Regulated”, when he tried to extend his passport. Continue reading

Cuban Gov. Continues to Arbitrarily Ground Those who Oppose its Policies

Yesterday afternoon, at the ID Office located on 17th Street, between J and K streets in the Plaza de la Revolucion municipality, Oscar Casanella, a biochemist who was expelled from the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology (INOR), was informed that he was listed under the anomalous status of: “Regulated”, when he tried to extend his passport. Continue reading

Cuban Government Fights another Unfair Battle against Artists

Even though I have written about the possible causes that led to a decree-law being written up which criminalizes art, and even though I have resisted forming part of an entertainment policy which has made Cubans travel along the tree’s branches instead of going directly to the trunk, I must write again about Law #349. Continue reading

Cuban Government Fights another Unfair Battle against Artists

Even though I have written about the possible causes that led to a decree-law being written up which criminalizes art, and even though I have resisted forming part of an entertainment policy which has made Cubans travel along the tree’s branches instead of going directly to the trunk, I must write again about Law #349. Continue reading

Epidemics in My Old Neighborhood in Matanzas

I’ve been indebted to the December 2nd Neighborhood for a while now, which is located in Gelpi, Matanzas province. I arrived in this unfinished neighborhood when I was seven with my parents after a difficult experience which marked all of our lives forever. Continue reading

Epidemics in My Old Neighborhood in Matanzas

I’ve been indebted to the December 2nd Neighborhood for a while now, which is located in Gelpi, Matanzas province. I arrived in this unfinished neighborhood when I was seven with my parents after a difficult experience which marked all of our lives forever. Continue reading

Independent Cuban Films Continue to Make Headway Internationally

Now is a good time for Cuban film thanks to the initiatives by Cubans who have managed to pave the way for Cuban film abroad and try to continue developing and offering opportunities to the Seventh Art created on the island, with or without the protect... Continue reading

Making a Movie in Cuba with Porno para Ricardo

Last Saturday, we filmed a new scene for the movie Corazon Azul by Miguel Coyula. This time, we went to the Playa neighborhood in the capital where Paja Recol is located, a recording studio and Gorki Aguila’s home, leader of punk-rock band, Porno para Ricardo. Continue reading

A Creative, Embargo Free Crowdfunding Campaign

How can a Cuban make their dreams come true, living in Cuba? Because that’s essentially what we are campaigning for, to make a dream come true. Obviously we need to find similar people who like this dream and that’s where the challenge lies. Continue reading

Havana’s Napoleon Museum and a Female Perspective on the Vedado Neighborhood

The Napoleon museum is part of the City’s Historian Office’s network of museums program in Havana. Every summer, conferences and programs centered around diversity take place. These began on July 1st and will go on throughout the whole of summer. Continue reading

Voltes V at Havana’s Acapulco movie theater

On Sunday July 15th, a HD digital copy of Voltes V was screened at Havana’s Acapulco movie theater. This Japanese anime TV series forms part of a festival that has been organized by Havana’s Provincial Center of Film, under the name “Remembering is to go back...”. It also includes Russian and Cuban cartoons and will take place every Sunday at the same time until August 5th. Continue reading

Persecution of Cuban Artists and Intellectuals Gains Legal Framework

Everybody knows that there has been a upswing of repression and censorship of artists here in Cuba. Now, with the government’s so-called “constitutional reforms”, Decree-Law no. 349/2018 and its Chapter of Violations has appeared, with a new crime of contempt against artists. 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

Ariel Released and Cuban Police Call for Biotechnician Oscar Casanella

When I got off the phone with Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, I couldn’t hold back my tears. It has all been so painful. I can only put my thoughts into writing, I’m speechless. His “manic depressive” state was the reason given for his release. Continue reading

The Cruelty of Cuba’s Judicial System

Those who have followed the news related to scientist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola should know that; after what appeared to be a rigged trial, he was sentenced to one year in prison. His sister Omara, has all the evidence in a video recorded by Ariel at the tim... Continue reading

Environmental Hazards and Negligence in Havana’s Vedado Neighborhood

At a time when the country still hasn’t recovered from the many losses it suffered when hurricane Irma swept through last September, the national forestry authority, as well as members of Havana’s urban planning department, have decided to contribute to the environmental and urban ruin of the capital’s Vedado neighborhood. Continue reading

Cuban Poet Rafael Alcides has Left Us

Yesterday, on June 19, 2018, in the afternoon, 85-year-old Rafael Alcides passed away. The sensualist poet, friend and main character in “Nadie” managed to do what very few can: “Live in keeping with their ideals.” The end of his journey has left a deep abyss in not only the people who knew and admired him. Continue reading

Democracy, Corruption and a New Cuban Government

Miguel Diaz-Canel declared that he would fight against corruption. In this new struggle, the Cuban people are unaware of the level of freedom a Cuban president has when he is subjected to the Communist Party and the military elite. Continue reading

Prisoner of Conscience Makes Waves in Cuba’s Penitentiary System

Over the past few weeks, news of a Cuban political prisoner, scientist Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, has traveled the entire world. Ariel is serving an unfair sentence after a summary trial was held on May 8th in Pinar del Rio province. He was arrested at the f... Continue reading

No to Pressure on Cuba’s Independent Artists

I recently attended the presentation of visual and film projects to a delegation from New York’s Modern Art Museum, at the alternative base of the Hannah Arendt Institute for Artivism, Instar, led by Tania Bruguera. Continue reading

Cuban Government Withdraws My Punishment

On Friday May 18th, at the Actuar Agency, the Labor Justice Committee (OJL) informed me of its recent decisions regarding the complaint I filed because this former organization, especially its director Jorge Luis Frias Armenteros, violated my artistic ... 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

The Cuban Revolution Sentences a Revolutionary Scientist

Cuban scientist sentenced to one year in prison for 'disrespecting" government authority, was the title of an article recently published in the Miami Herald. And that is Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, a universal researcher. His work and light transcend the bord... Continue reading

Utopia in Havana at the Alternative Biennial

Gerardo Mosquera, an important art critic and Cuban intellectual, invited me to read his paper: “Utopia in Havana”, as part of a theoretical event which forms part of the Havana Alternative Biennial, which was independently organized and has received quite a lot of pressure from the Cuban government and institutions. Continue reading

Blacklisted in 21st Century Cuba

I looked over all my assessment papers as an actress, my work contracts and it didn’t say that an artist had to be a hypocrite and dishonest anywhere. It doesn’t say in writing that an artist has to stop being free to say what to think. Continue reading

Free Education with Clowns and Reggaeton

People here have been talking about reggaeton lyrics for a long time. I remember the famous video which a grandfather uploaded to YouTube, where his trendsetting grandson was grinding on top of a girl like an adult to a raucous reggaeton beat. Continue reading