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Havana Times Undergoes Changes

Dear Readers, it’s time to upgrade our website and how it operates. While the final migration takes place starting early on Wednesday we will be offline for a day or two but will be posting our articles on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/havanatimes?fref=ts Continue reading

Big Turnout for Cuba’s Local Elections

If the results from the neighborhood elections held on Sunday are a good indicator, they showed considerable support for the Castro government. According to the Electoral Council the turnout was 85.94% and of those, 91.79% cast valid ballots. Continue reading

This Is What Happened in Nicaragua to the 2017 March to End Violence Against Women

Hundreds of people marched in Managua on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, outraged by the wave of crimes that has left 48 women murdered In Nicaragua during the first 10 months of 2017. Continue reading

Final Results for Cuba’s Local Elections on Monday Afternoon

The lead story today in Granma, the Communist Party newspaper that circulates throughout the island, is that President/General Raul Castro voted on Sunday. In reality nobody thought that he wouldn’t. Final voter turnout figures are expected at 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Continue reading

Cuban VP Bets on Continuity of the Socialist System

The Cuban first vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, said today that continuity of the island’s socialist system will take place in 2018 when a new president is chosen. Continue reading

Nicaraguan Police Block March against Violence

Nicaraguan police prevented groups of women on Saturday from moving from different provinces to the capital to participate in a national march for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Continue reading

Cuba Holds No-News Elections

Cuba holds neighborhood elections today to elect local delegates some of whom will make it to the city councils or even become national legislators. At most polling places voters will choose between two or more candidates all swearing to support the national government’s policies. Continue reading

Who Needs a Visa to Enter Nicaragua?

Entering Nicaragua as a tourist is a simple process for citizens from 92 countries who don’t need a visa or special documents to enter. For 30 countries including Haiti and Cuba its quite an ordeal to enter the country. Continue reading

Spanish Co. Denies Reports of Sonic Attacks at Capri Hotel in Havana

The Spanish chain NH, owner of the Capri Hotel, has stated that it didn’t receive any complaints from clients with regard to the alleged sonic attacks that US diplomats based on the island suffered. Continue reading

The 9th HT Cuba Photo Contest Winners

Its time to bring you the winners and special mentions of our 9th Havana Times Cuba Photo Contest. The competition was very close this year with many excellent photos in each category. The 19-member jury worked hard to come up with their final selecti... Continue reading

Havana Weather for November 23-29

Mornings with little clouds, which will increase in the afternoon and bring some isolated showers. Humidity will be high. The winds will be variable and weak, with speeds between 10 and 20 km/h. Continue reading

Havana Film Festival Preview

Cuba will be one of the countries with the greatest number of movies at this 39th edition of the Havana Film Festival and it will compete with two fiction feature films this year. Los buenos demonios by Gerardo Chijona and Sergio y Serguei by Ernesto D... Continue reading

Cuba and North Korea Strengthen Close Ties

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho met in Havana with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodríguez on Wednesday as the two countries reiterated their mutual support and rejection of foreign interference in their internal affairs. Continue reading

Nicaragua Ready to Receive Central American Games

Nicaragua is ironing out the final details before receiving around 3500 athletes from 28 different sports disciplines next month for the XI Central American Games, government authorities in Managua reported on Tuesday. Continue reading

Moreno Challenges Correa to Hold Rallies in Ecuador

Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, challenged his predecessor Rafael Correa to travel to the country and hold mass rallies so that people could tell him what they thought about the last years of his leadership. Continue reading

CITGO-Venezuela Oil Executives Arrested for Corruption

Venezuela’s acting attorney general, Tarek William Saab, today informed of the arrest of the president and five executives of Citgo, a subsidiary in the United States of state oil company PDVSA, accused of signing financial contracts with conditions harmful to the industry. Continue reading

Cuba Hosts Visit from North Korean FM

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Young-ho arrives Monday in Havana for an official visit to the allied nation. He will meet with the Cuban FM Bruno Rodriguez, reported Telesurtv. Continue reading

Havana Weather for November 16-22

The days will be mostly clear, with some clouds in the afternoons and isolated showers. The winds will be from the north and the northeast, with speeds between 15 and 25 km/h, with higher gusts. The maximum temperatures will be between 26 and 28° C (79 and 82 F), while the lows will average 22° C (72 F). The sea surface temperature will be 27° C (81 F). Continue reading

Amnesty International Says that Cuba Uses Labor as a “Tool of Repression”

The government of Cuba uses its control over the labor market and the threat of dismissals as a "tool of repression" to silence criticism, the human rights organization Amnesty International reported today in a report. Continue reading

Venezuelan Government and Creditors Meeting Ended without Agreement

The meeting between the Venezuelan government and bondholders of Venezuela’s foreign debt ended Monday without an agreement, even though the government stated that the process of renegotiating to find better payment conditions has had a “postive” start. Continue reading

Cuba State Security Frees HT Writer Osmel Ramirez

Osmel Ramirez Alvarez, a Havana Times contributing writer, arrested last Friday at his home in Mayarí and later taken to a State Security facility in the city of Holguin, in northeastern Cuba, was released late Monday afternoon. Continue reading

HT Writer Osmel Ramírez Moved to State Security Center in Holguin

We learned that on Saturday morning HT contributing writer Osmel Ramirez was transferred to the city of Holguín, about 90 kilometers away, and is currently being held in the State Security Police Training Center, better known as Pedernales. Continue reading

HT 2017 Cuba Photo Contest – Second Cut

Here are the 135 pictures from 52 photographers that have made it past the second cut of the 2017 HT Cuba Photo Contest. The 19-member jury has begun making their picks in Round Three. We hope to post the finalists on or before Saturday November 18. ... Continue reading

Havana Times Contributing Writer Arrested

Today, our contributing writer from Mayari, Holguín, Osmel Ramirez Alvarez, was arrested, reported a family member. The agents also took with them Osmel’s laptop, hard drive and other belongings. His whereabouts are unknown at this moment. Continue reading

Havana Alternative Biennial Promoter Luis Manuel Otero Released on Bail

Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara was released on bail from Police custody on Thursday at 4 in the afternoon. His legal situation is still complicated because he is awaiting trial, without a precise date. Continue reading

Granma Newspaper Director Gets the Boot

The director of Granma, the official Cuban Communist Party newspaper, is dismissed and the explanation given does not complete 4 lines. The lack of transparency of those who control the Cuban press is proverbial, their sanctions are always exemplary an... Continue reading