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Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba Returns to Havana

Cuban pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba has returned to Havana to play a concert this coming Saturday night, August 26th, at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana. Continue reading

China Replaces Venezuela as Cuba’s Main Trade Partner

China replaced Venezuela as Cuba’s main trading partner in 2016, with an exchange of over 2.585 billion USD, due to the South American country’s deep economic crisis, which has reduced bilateral trade with the island by 70% since 2014, according to official statistics from the Cuban government. Continue reading

Five Cubans among victims in Barcelona and Cambrils

The Barcelona attack on Thursday, which left 13 people dead and a hundred injured, and the following terrorist attack in Cambrils (Tarragona) have left people of over 20 different nationalities dead and injured, the Spanish Civil Protection Agency anno... Continue reading

Nicaraguan Opposition Group: “A Clean and Transparent Election is Impossible”

The Broad Front for Democracy (FAD) issues its second evaluation of the electoral process. With the 2017 municipal elections just 3 months away, one sector of the opposition insists that none of the conditions for a transparent process have been met. By Confidencial HAVANA TIMES – “As of this date there’ve been no changes indicating […] Continue reading

A Talk about “Transformative Technology”

Under the title “Transformative technology: Tips on how to tackle gender violence,” an online talk took place at every US embassy, summoned by the US Department of State and led by Univision TV journalist Rafael Sanchez Cruz. Continue reading

Havana Weather for August 17-23

During our 7-day forecast period, warm days will continue with variable winds in the mornings and northeasterly in the afternoons, with speeds between 6 and 15 mph and stronger gusts in the coastal areas. In the afternoons the cloudiness will increase ... Continue reading

Ecuador: Lenin Moreno, the Troubling Successor to Rafael Correa

Over recent weeks, Ecuadorian President Moreno has emphasized his standing apart from his predecessor Rafael Correa, in two areas especially: economic politics and anti-corruption strategy. Continue reading

Bianca Jagger Protests in Nicaragua with Farmers against Canal Project

Nicaraguan-US pacifist Bianca Jagger participated in a march on Tuesday with hundreds of peasants in southern Nicaragua seeking to stop construction of an inter-oceanic canal and repeal the law that endangers the country’s sovereignty. Continue reading

Maduro Pops into Cuba to Honor Fidel’s Birthday

HAVANA TIMES – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro flew into Cuba on Tuesday for a belated tribute to the late Fidel Castro on the 91st anniversary of his birth on August 13, 1926, reported the official Cuban government website Cubadebate.cu. Maduro was accompanied by Cuban president Raul Castro on a visit to the cemetery in Santiago […] Continue reading

Montreal Celebrates “Pride at Work” 7th Anniversary

The 7th anniversary of the “Pride at Work” organization was celebrated on Wednesday August 8th, at the Desjardins shopping complex located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, as part of the week’s program of activities for Gay Pride, This organization provides training to employers with the objective of encouraging their recognition of “LGBT” (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender”) employees, as an important part of society’s diverse and effective work force. Continue reading

Manzanillo and the Missing Medicines

Every Tuesday, Enrique drags his feet on his way to the pharmacy on Maso Street in Manzanillo. With 80 years on his back, a stroke and diabetes, he watches the pharmacist’s ritual of opening up the store, he says good day to her, and then the old man asks: “Has my medicine come in?” Continue reading

Does Cuba have Weapons against Diplomat Eardrums?

News that Cuba supposedly has a sonic weapon, unknown to the Pentagon, and that it had been used to make some US diplomats deaf, has become a joke on social media ever since the news became public last week. Continue reading

Venezuela Regional Elections Moved up to October

The all-powerful Venezuelan Constituent Assembly, approved on Saturday to move up the elections for governors scheduled for December 10 to October 10. The opposition coalition inscribed its candidates for the regional elections, but faces criticism fro... Continue reading

Trump Launches New Threat against Venezuela

As if the threat of a war with North Korea isn’t enough, US President Trump, said on Friday that he is not discarding the “military option” against the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. Continue reading

Canadian Diplomats in Cuba also Victims of Mystery Illness

The mysterious “incidents” that affected US diplomats in Cuba also struck the Canadian embassy, the BBC reports. Justin Trudeau’s government announced on Thursday that at least one of its diplomats has suffered “unusual symptoms” during their stay in Havana, similar to those reported by US officials. Continue reading

Air Europa Pilots Ask to Avoid Venezuela

The pilots of Air Europa asked the Spanish airline to stop flying to Venezuela, as other European companies did, or to prevent crews from having to spend the night in the country, the SEPLA pilots' union said on Friday. Continue reading

Wierd “Incident” at US Embassy in Havana

The United States announced on Wednesday that it expelled two diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington in May after some US officials from its embassy in Havana had to return home for "incidents" that caused them "physical symptoms". Continue reading

Raul Castro Elated with Events in Venezuela

Cuban President Raul Castro expressed today his "immense revolutionary jubilation" over the results of the past elections to the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, his closest political and economic ally. Continue reading

Havana Weather for August 10-16

During this 7-day forecast periods the days will be hot, with partly cloudy skies and afternoon rains. The humidity will remain high, which will slightly intensify the sensation of heat. Continue reading

US Imposes New Sanctions on Venezuelan Officials

The United States today imposed sanctions on eight more Venezuelan officials, all related to the recently installed Constituent Assembly and among whom is the older brother of the late President Hugo Chavez. Continue reading

Seventeen Countries Condemn Democratic Rupture in Venezuela

Seventeen American countries have condemned the “democratic rupture of Venezuela's democratic order” and said that they will not recognize measures that the recently-elected Constitutional Assembly adopts in this country, because of “its illegitimate nature". At the same time, the ALBA alliance gave its full support to President Maduro. Continue reading

Cuba Says New Business Licenses Will Be Issued

The Cuban government said Tuesday that the suspension of new licenses for the private sector will not be maintained for "a very long period of time," local media reported. What "not very long" means in Cuban terms is left to the interpretation of each ... Continue reading

Security Forces Hunt for Venezuelan Military Base Attackers

Venezuelan security forces were still looking for a supposed rebel group today who had attacked a military base in the center of the country and had managed to get a hold of weapons. Continue reading

Cuba Gov. Shuts Down Accounting Cooperative

Cuban authorities have ordered the Scenius cooperative, which is dedicated to providing accounting services and is the most important in the country in its field, to close down. It has been accused of unspecified “serious and repeated violations.” Continue reading

Venezuela Commanders says they Defeated a Weekend Uprising against Maduro

Venezuelan military and government officials said on Sunday they had quashed an uprising against President Nicolas Maduro by a rebel group, which took place in a fort in the center of the country and reportedly left seven detainees, including the leade... Continue reading

Venezuela: The Axe Falls on the Attorney General

The National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, a plenipotentiary body controlled by the ruling party, today in its first action dismissed Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz, a leading voice in recent months of those opposed to the policies of Presiden... Continue reading