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57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an […] 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

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom By Chris Arsenault HAVANA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As warming relations with the United States bring new money and tourists to Havana, some black Cubans like Miguel Campuzano Perez say racial inequalities are widening and they are being left out of a potential capitalist boom. Cuba’s economy […] Continue reading

Gangs in Havana, Crime Gains Ground

Gangs in Havana, Crime Gains Ground / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on August 23, 2015 The landscape could become very similar to those found in Central American countries where the issue is out of control Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana 20 August 2015 – Hector arrived in Havana at the end of 2005. He […] Continue reading

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba

Blacks and Mixed-Race Still Marginalized in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on May 5, 2014 Every summer since 2009, in line with the economic openings of General Castro, Gerald, the owner of a photography business, has rented a room in a hotel in Varadero for 5 nights. Gerald, a white man married to a mixed-race […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban author who complained of racism demoted

Posted on Friday, 04.05.13 Afro-Cuban author who complained of racism demoted By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A black Cuban author, Roberto Zurbano, whose scathing criticism of racism on the island was published in The New York Times last month, has been demoted from his top job at the government-controlled Casa de las Americas book publishers. […] Continue reading

Change in Cuba: Less Costly Than Clinging to the Past

Change in Cuba: Less Costly Than Clinging to the Past December 6, 2012 Esteban Morales interviewed by Dmiti Prieto HAVANA TIMES — Esteban Morales is one of Cuba's most outstanding academics. An economist and a specialist on hemispheric policy, he is a grey-haired, tall, bearded black man with an air of being a taita, or […] 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

Racist Practices and Behaviors Make a Comeback

Racist Practices and Behaviors Make a Comeback / Mackandal – Manuel Aguirre Lavarrere Mackandal – Manuel Aguirre Lavarrere, Translator: Chabeli Social and racial equality in Cuba was grossly embezzled and supplanted by the greed of political power. To understand the achievements and chimeras of this equality that is nothing but virtual, it is essential to […] Continue reading

The Trial is Today, April 13. Solidarity with Zuraima, Wife of the Rastifarian Priest Imprisoned in Cuba

The Trial is Today, April 13. Solidarity with Zuraima, Wife of the Rastifarian Priest Imprisoned in Cuba: +53-52519247 / Orlando Luis Pardo LazoOrlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Translator: Unstated To whom it may concern: I, Hector Riscart Mustelier, declare in writing what really happened on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. We left the "National Cabaret" where we […] Continue reading

Public Declaration in Self-Defense of Rastafarian Artist Hector Riscar (El Nano) / El Sexto – Danilo Maldonado Machado

Public Declaration in Self-Defense of Rastafarian Artist Hector Riscar (El Nano) / El Sexto – Danilo Maldonado MachadoEl Sexto – Danilo Maldonado Machado, Translator: Unstated Share I, Hector Riscar Mustelier, declare in writing what really happened on Wednesday 16 November 2011. We left the National Cabaret, where we were working the Heritage Group, a reggae […] Continue reading

Cuban blacks and mulattos the main victims of Raul Castro’s reforms

Thursday, May 12th 2011 – 06:28 UTC Cuban blacks and mulattos the main victims of Raul Castro's reforms Cuban blacks and mulattos will suffer the most with the elimination of a million government jobs, which could easily become a racial problem, consequence of the radical reforms imposed, and 'must be addressed as a priority', points […] Continue reading

Race in Cuba: The Eternal ‘Black Problem’

Race in Cuba: The Eternal 'Black Problem'By: Leonardo PaduraPosted: July 27, 2010 at 6:20 AM When it comes to race, Cuba is far from the utopia that black intellectuals like to think it is. As part of The Root's series exploring the island's color complex, Cuba's best-known novelist weighs in. After almost five decades of […] Continue reading

Race in Cuba: The Politics of Power and Hypocrisy

Race in Cuba: The Politics of Power and HypocrisyBy: Inéz Maria Martiatu TerryPosted: July 28, 2010 at 6:08 AM When it comes to race, Cuba is far from a utopia. As part of The Root's series exploring the island's color complex, one of Cuba's esteemed social scientists writes about the aftermath of an open letter […] Continue reading

Blacks bear the brunt of Cuba’s brutality

Posted on Sunday, 02.28.10POLITICAL PRISONERSBlacks bear the brunt of Cuba's brutalityBY CARLOS MOOREcarlosmoore2000@gmail.com Orlando Zapata Tamayo — a young, poor, black Cuban worker imprisonedsince 2003 — died after an almost three-months-long hunger strike toprotest racial oppression, the denial of civil and human rights and thebrutality he had endured in prison. He became the first black […] Continue reading

Cuba faced worst economic crisis in ’09

Posted on Friday, 01.01.10 Cuba faced worst economic crisis in '09 Deepening economic troubles, rising crime and corruption, and a burgeoning blogger movement vexed Cuba in 2009.BY JUAN O. TAMAYOjtamayo@elnuevoherald.com Raúl Castro was right, when he predicted on Jan. 1 that 2009 would be a tough year for Cuba. Havana faced its worst economic crisis […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro defends Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked judge in the face at Olympics

Fidel Castro defends Cuban taekwondo athlete who kicked judge in theface at OlympicsBy Associated Press1:53 PM EDT, August 25, 2008Angel Valodia Matos Cuba's Angel Valodia Matos, left, kicks match referee Sweden's ChakirChelbat in the face during a bronze medal match against Kazakhstan'sArman Chilmanov in the men's taekwondo +80 kilogram class in Beijing,Saturday. Matos attacked the […] Continue reading

For Cuban youths, revolution means more free expression

For Cuban youths, revolution means more free expressionMany believe Fidel Castro's resignation will allow more space for debate.By Sara Miller Llana | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor from the April 15, 2008 edition Havana – The artist stands outside the National Capitol building, the most visible landmark on Havana's crumbling skyline, puts three […] Continue reading

The illusion of Cuba’s caudillo

COMMENT & ANALYSIS:The illusion of Cuba's caudilloBy Christopher Caldwell, Financial TimesPublished: Feb 23, 2008 When Ernest Hemingway survived a plane crash in Uganda in 1954, he wasable to read his own obituaries. A similar diversion may await FidelCastro, the ailing Cuban leader, who has not been seen in public sincemid-2006. This week the state organ, […] Continue reading