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Yanelys Nuñez’s Diary

Vandalizing Cuban State Property

Something is about to happen in the Colon neighborhood, there’s a certain smell of recently mixed paint. You can hear discreet footsteps at night. People don’t understand why they are gathering here in this area, but there they are... Continue reading

After Hurricane Irma Swept through Havana

After Hurricane Irma whipped through the city, I went out onto the street. It’s 4 PM on Sunday. It’s still a bit windy, but the sun is out as if nothing had happened. There isn’t any electricity and all businesses are shut, but people have still started coming out onto the street. Continue reading

Cuban Artist Yulier P Defies Order to Erase His Murals

Yanelys Nunez Leyva HAVANA TIMES — The seven-day limit that Cuban police gave artist Yulier P to erase his graffitis are up and even though he refused to do this, he still hasn’t been arrested. Since 2014, Yulier has been one of the graffiti artists who has been taking over Havana with his paintings with […] Continue reading

Raffle to Stay at Havana’s Super Lux Hotel

Organizing a raffle in Cuba or, better yet, in Havana, presumes a high level of enthusiasm. It’s not easy to convince a diverse public who aren’t openly familiar with gambling or with the adrenaline of a bettor. Continue reading

Turning Fifteen in Cuba

When a new baby girl comes into a family, the forthcoming arrival of her 15th birthday is reason for conversation and concerns. Some parents - those who can - open up a savings account when the baby girl still can’t even say her own name. Continue reading

Havana Bars: Not so much mine, Not so much yours

A part of the emerging private business sector in Havana are the bars that have been rapidly spreading like a rash for some time now. These are spaces which have operated as places where the most privileged young people go to unwind and have fun. Continue reading

My Trip to Prague, Writing from Cuba

Writing a regular diary in Prague was difficult for me. The peculiarities of the video journalism course, my encounter with the city, with the Internet and with the Czech people filled my 24 hours to the full. Continue reading

In Search of Prague

This isn’t my first time in Terminal 3 at Jose Marti International Airport in the capital, but it is the first time that I’m not here to say goodbye to somebody, because this time it’s me who’s traveling. There’s a long line at the check-in desk for the Czech Republic, but we don’t feel it. Continue reading

OMNI-Zona Franca and Notes for a Text in the Making…

In order to accurately assess OMNI’s impact, you have to look at its different stages, learn about government institutions and their censorship, about misunderstandings, bureaucracy, the urgency for a necessary art - a trinity which includes society, poetry and needs. Continue reading

A New Consumer in the Family Ration Book

As is required when a new Cuban citizen is born, I went to register my nephew at Oficoda, the office which will regulate the rationed items that he will receive in the future. My sister has had a baby and I can’t stop thinking about his future. Continue reading

Independent Cuban Cultural Project Offers Residency

Colon Cultural, a Cuban non-governmental project, just launched its call for artist, curator and research residency applications as well as for people interested in working with and in outlying communities. Continue reading

New Cuban Museum of Dissent Proposals

The Cuban Museum of Dissent has been showing off its renewed website over the last few days, where it begins the programming of its transitory exhibition and its blog. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day at Boarding School

I don’t know why, but every time February 14th rolls around, I think about my preuniversity years. It might be because every time an important date like this one came about, the boarding school took on a new energy and broke away from our routine. Continue reading

My Verdict Finally Came

When I read the “as a results” and the “considerings” of the ruling issued by the Old Havana Municipal Popular Court, with relation to my case - I was kicked out of my job at the Revolucion y Cultura magazine in July 2016 - I can’t help but feel a little sad, annoyed. Continue reading

Fired Biochemist Loses Court Appeal

His complaint was based upon a number of incongruencies in the legal process carried out by MEDICuba’s Labor Board, as well as repeated abuses of power by several INOR managers, and was not met with a happy response. Continue reading

The Right Path for Cuba’s Youth

For some parents, the path their children should take is that of education, studying “so they become somebody in life,” to have a good job which will make them proud of what they were unable to achieve. The same old cliche. Continue reading

Recognition for my Teachers

One of my teachers, Estrellita, developed my love for painting, although outside of her Labor Education classes, I couldn’t give paint anything decent, but her encouraging comments made me interested in the world of Arts. Continue reading

Peaceful Protest in Cuba Demanding a Cancer Medicine

It's 9 pm and he is sitting on the ground, his head in his arms, curled up in a red blanket. I walk slowly, trying to identify him. ¡Ariel! I call out to him. He raises his head, I give him a kiss on the cheek, and I realize that is wet with tears. Continue reading

The Trial of a Cuban Biochemist

As a result of having been fired from my job at the Revolucion y Cultura magazine last July, I met, through a journalist who was interested in my case, Oscar Casanella, a biochemist who had also been irregularly sanctioned at his workplace. Continue reading

The Journey of a Young Cuban Singer

Running into an old friend from your teenage years is always a pleasurable experience and more so when we discover that, as well as the years that have passed us by, his way of seeing things, his generosity and his enthusiasm for what he loves haven’t changed. Continue reading

Consuelo Castaneda’s Art Returns to Cuba

Castaneda forms part of this broken up, idealized and controversial group that was the ‘80s generation, subjects of the Renaissance of Cuban Art, those who challenged government institutions and received the heavy price of censorship in exchange. (7 photos) Continue reading

Cuban Labor Board Declares My Appeal “Unfounded”

Even though I was almost sure that the Labor Board would rule against me - a certainty based on the good vibes I got from the Oral hearing - I wasn’t sure I wanted to drag out the appeals process... Continue reading

The Labor Board Hearing over My Firing

Before going to my oral hearing, also known as a public hearing, I thought that it would consider the suspension I received from my workplace just over a month ago; I thought I would be able to finally understand the legal and institutional arguments t... Continue reading

The Cuban Museum of Dissent Presented in El Cerro, Havana

Without promoting the event too much on digital platforms, we were able to present the Cuban Museum of Dissent on July 25th, on the eve of National Rebellion day without Police intervention. Continue reading

My New Work Situation

I was informed that my employment at the cultural institution had been permanently terminated because “I had damaged the system’s, institution’s or country’s image by communicating malicious or misleading information. Continue reading

Getting Used to Havana’s WI-FI

Ever since my problems began because of my involvement with the Cuban Museum of Dissent, I haven’t been able to connect to the internet again at my old workplace, the Revolution and Culture magazine. Continue reading