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Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE. Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica […] Continue reading

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in 4:25 PM Thursday Apr 21, 2016 HAVANA (AP) ” One of Cuba’s most renowned advocates of economic reform has been fired from his University of Havana think tank for sharing information with Americans without authorization, among other alleged violations. The dismissal of Omar Everleny Perez adds […] Continue reading

A Fraying Promise – Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana MARCH 26, 2015 4:02 PM ET ROBERT SIEGEL EYDER PERALTA Miguel Coyula points at an open door in the middle of Old Havana. The mahogany door looks worn, but still handsome. The concrete facade has lost most of its paint, and time has ripped parts of […] Continue reading

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted BY LINDSAY WISE MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU 02/23/2015 7:17 PM 02/23/2015 7:17 PM WASHINGTON The Castro regime is busy trying to tamp down sky-high expectations among Cubans eager for a closer relationship with the U.S., Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters after a trip to the communist-run Caribbean […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality By Patricia Grogg HAVANA, Dec 16 2014 (IPS) – One of the major challenges assumed by President Raúl Castro when he launched a series of reforms in Cuba is improving living standards in a country still suffering from a recession that began over 20 years ago and has […] Continue reading

Racism Erases Artistic & Religious Heritage in El Rincon, Cuba

Racism Erases Artistic & Religious Heritage in El Rincon, Cuba July 24, 2013 By Carlos Fragela HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s well-known Saint Lazarus sanctuary, located in the town of El Rincon, in the locality of Santiago de las Vegas, La Habana, has been undergoing restoration for several months now. The church has become known as […] Continue reading

Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality

Posted on Wednesday, 05.15.13 Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality BY JON B. PERDUE Twitter@jonperdue OSLO, Norway At the time of Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba in 1959, “separate but equal” was the norm in much of the Western world. Castro won plaudits from early supporters for banning the practice of separate facilities […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies in White leader Berta Soler praises exile support

Posted on Saturday, 04.27.13 Cuba’s Ladies in White leader Berta Soler praises exile support By Melissa Sanchez msanchez@elnuevoherald.com The leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White thanked Miami’s exile community on Saturday for its continued support for dissidents on the island and asked for more moral, spiritual and material help for those who seek to end […] Continue reading

Cuba Libre? – ISJ

Cuba Libre? Posted: 9 October 12 Dave Sewell Sam Farber, Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment (Haymarket, 2011), $24 Discussions around Cuba have an unfortunate tendency to generate more heat than light, particularly on the left. Sam Farber’s new book, in the same spirit as Jeffery Webber’s recent works on Bolivia, provides […] Continue reading

Independent Activism in Cuba

Independent Activism in Cuba August 5, 2012 June Fernandez* HAVANA TIMES — "Come wearing something red and kiss someone, because all forms of love are important." Last June 28, forty-six people who had received this message via instant messaging or e-mail met in the Havana bus terminal, near the Plaza of the Revolution, to kiss […] Continue reading

Cuban Santeros wary of Pope visit after JPII snub

osted on Monday, 03.05.12 Cuban Santeros wary of Pope visit after JPII snubBy ANDREA RODRIGUEZAssociated Press HAVANA — They cast snail shells to read their fortunes, proudly wear colorful necklaces to ward off illness, dress all in white and dance in "bata" drum ceremonies. But although their Afro-Cuban Santeria religion owes much to Roman Catholicism, […] Continue reading

LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA22-08-2010.Joaquin F. Otero (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- August 17, 2010 The PresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President, I am writing to request your personal attention and assistance, and that of the U.S. Government, on behalf of a mother in Cuba who has been suffering and continues to suffer the abuse, harassment […] Continue reading

Cuba blasts US black leaders for charges of racism

Posted on Friday, 12.04.09Cuba blasts US black leaders for charges of racismBy WILL WEISSERTAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — Cuba hit back Thursday at 60 prominent U.S. black leaders who challenged its race record, with island writers, artists and official journalists calling the criticism an attack on their country's national identity. The five-page signed statement, distributed […] Continue reading

Is black America’s honeymoon with the Castros over?

Commentary: Is black America's honeymoon with the Castros over?By Carlos Moore | Special to McClatchy Newspapers* Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 In a landmark "Statement of Conscience by African-Americans," 60 prominent black American scholars, artists and professionals have condemned the Cuban regime's apparent crackdown on the country's budding civil rights movement. "Racism in Cuba, […] Continue reading

Afro-Cubans push back

Posted on Wednesday, 12.02.09Afro-Cubans push backBY CARLOS MOOREcarlosmoore2000@gmail.com In a landmark “Statement of Conscience by African Americans,'' 60 prominent black American scholars, artists and professionals have condemned the Cuban regime's apparent crackdown on the country's budding civil-rights movement. “Racism in Cuba, and anywhere else in the world, is unacceptable and must be confronted,'' said the […] Continue reading

Prominent black Americans condemn Cuba on racism

Posted on Tuesday, 12.01.09Prominent black Americans condemn Cuba on racismBY JUAN O. TAMAYOjtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A group of prominent black Americans has for the first time publicly condemned Cuba's rights record, demanding Havana stop its "callous disregard'' for black Cubans and declaring that "racism in Cuba . . . must be confronted." "We know first-hand the experiences […] Continue reading

AFL-CIO Official Conceals Pro-Castro Views

AFL-CIO Official Conceals Pro-Castro ViewsAIM Column | By Cliff Kincaid | June 2, 2009 In discussing the Veneceremos Brigade, Nussbaum told the interviewerthat it was "a way to demonstrate solidarity with Cubans and against theU.S. policy…" A top official of the AFL-CIO is stonewalling questions about herparticipation in an illegal 1970 trip to Communist Cuba […] Continue reading