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1024 “Gigs” of Racism in Cuba

1024 “Gigs” of Racism in Cuba /Hablemos Press, Francisco Herodes Diaz Posted on September 16, 2015 Hablemos Press, Francisco Herodes Díaz Echemendía, Santiago de Cuba, 11 September 2015 –Let it be known that in Cuba there is no law about or against racism. According to those who concur with Fidel and Raúl Castro, racism is […] Continue reading

Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood

Cuba: Racial Prejudice Begins in Childhood / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 28, 2015 Iván García, 29 April 2015 — The first time that Yumilka, a teacher, felt discriminated against because of the color of her skin she was only four years old. “It was in the daycare center. I remember coming home crying. A […] 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

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO MARCH 18, 2015 This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship. The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad. Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders… […] Continue reading

El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] 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

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba

Market-style reforms widen racial divide in Cuba Tue Sep 2, 2014 5:00am EDT (Reuters) – Cuba’s experiment with free-market reforms has unintentionally widened the communist-led island’s racial divide and allowed white Cubans to regain some of the economic advantages built up over centuries. Under President Raul Castro, who took over from his brother Fidel Castro […] Continue reading

All Rights for All Families

All Rights for All Families / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Posted on November 5, 2013 The “National Meeting of LGBT Families with Sons and Daughters” will take place 16-17 November, 2013 at the National Secondary of Buenos Aires, located at Bolivar 263 in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. The meeting will bring together […] Continue reading

Race as a Challenge to Cuba’s Educational System

Race as a Challenge to Cuba’s Educational System October 3, 2013 By Esteban Morales* HAVANA TIMES — Before the start of Cuba’s 2013-14 school year, ministers and officials from the country’s education ministries met to evaluate the situation of the country’s learning institutions. If you asked me, I would say that the Cuban revolution’s two […] Continue reading

Interview with Dimas Castellanos

Interview with Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 11, 2013 Interview with Dimas Castellanos Marti, historian and journalist. From Havana, Felix Sautie Mederos Por Esto! asks: “Unravel the causes of the crisis our society finds itself in (…) The concept of race as a group of hereditary characteristics seems to lack foundation, as a social construction […] Continue reading

Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination and Restoring Freedoms

Cuba: Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination and Restoring Freedoms May 20, 2013 Yusimí Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — Reading Granma’s cultural pages recently, I came across two things that would not have caught my attention had they been published separately. Seeing them in the same news piece, however, made me think my eyes were deceiving me: […] Continue reading

Dissident calls for reform in Cuba

Agencia EFE May 15, 2013 19:00 Dissident calls for reform in Cuba Miami, May 15 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, the leader of the Arco Progresista group, called in Miami on Wednesday for a “new national project” that undertakes the structural reforms needed on the communist-run island and integrates all political positions and ideas. […] Continue reading

The Persistence of Institutional Racism

Cuba: The Persistence of Institutional Racism May 16, 2013 Esteban Morales Who is responsible for the fact our national statistics do not offer the information needed to conduct a thorough study of the racial issue in Cuba? Who is responsible for the fact our national statistics do not offer the information needed to conduct a […] Continue reading

Six-day event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Cuba

Six-day event in Pittsburgh targets discrimination in Cuba Fidel Castro declared it nonexistent, but racism is still pervasive in a country known more for its rich culture May 11, 2013 12:13 am By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Think Cuba, and images of music, dance, cuisine and the 1959 revolution come to mind. But […] Continue reading

Point-blank

Point-blank / Manuel Aguirre Posted on May 7, 2013 … Any solution that may result somehow in violence or discord is neither a sensible solution nor can it bring us any good. Juan René Betancourt If there is something the communities of African descendants in America can’t forgive, and especially in the United States, particularly […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Pending Racial Debate

Cuba’s Pending Racial Debate April 23, 2013 Fernando Ravsberg* HAVANA TIMES — In 1925, Las Margaritas, the birthplace of Cuban singer Celia Cruz, was one of Havana’s poor black neighborhoods. Today, the children who live in this shantytown have free access to education and healthcare, but little of the deplorable living conditions that prevailed back […] Continue reading

Editor Who Wrote of Racism in Cuba Loses His Post, Colleagues Say

Editor Who Wrote of Racism in Cuba Loses His Post, Colleagues Say By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD Published: April 5, 2013 MEXICO CITY — The editor of a publishing house in Cuba who wrote a critical article in The New York Times opinion section about persistent racial inequality on the island, something revolutionaries proudly say has […] Continue reading

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun

For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn't Begun By ROBERTO ZURBANO Published: March 23, 2013 CHANGE is the latest news to come out of Cuba, though for Afro-Cubans like myself, this is more dream than reality. Over the last decade, scores of ridiculous prohibitions for Cubans living on the island have been eliminated, among them […] 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

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

The Race Issue that Never Seems to End

The Race Issue that Never Seems to End September 26, 2012 Maria Matienzo Puerto HAVANA TIMES — Adela's in-laws are a typical Cuban couple of their generation…an elderly pair with shared hatreds. The mother-in-law still hasn't forgiven the father-in-law for his infidelity committed with a black woman way back during their first years of marriage. […] Continue reading