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Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba? August 23, 2016 By Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — I regularly read the articles written by my fellow writer, Elio Delgado Legon, who adds a touch of humor to this website for many of its readers. Personally, his greatest virtue, without him intending to do this, is to show the […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

The War of the Blacks

The War of the Blacks / Somos+ Somos+, Jose Manuel Presol, 17 May 2016 — If there is something shameful in our republican history, it is the events of 1912. Nothing much is being said about it, not even in the government’s current propaganda. It is mentioned, articles and books are published about it, although […] Continue reading

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba? April 15, 2016 By Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — The United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, Cuba’s official media, tasked with covering (and criticizing) US President Barack Obama’s address in Cuba, made absolutely no mention of […] 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

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission

Politicians by Decree and Illiterate by Submission / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on June 28, 2015 Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 24 June 2015 – Abel Prieto rides again. Not as the author of two little novels whose names I cannot remember. Nor as the ex-president of a union of writers and authors more […] Continue reading

The slow thaw of US-Cuba relations

The slow thaw of US-Cuba relations By Judy Robbins, Special to the BDN Posted May 24, 2015, at 6:48 a.m. One might perceive change is happening apace in this new era in U.S.-Cuba relations. But in the five months since the declarations of presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro that diplomatic relations between the two […] Continue reading

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains BY RICARDO GONZALEZ REGONZALEZ49@YAHOO.COM 03/07/2015 2:00 PM 03/07/2015 7:00 PM For the first time in more than a century, black Cubans might have a real opportunity to gain the enfranchisement and equality for which our ancestors fought so hard — and were on the verge of winning […] Continue reading

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents

State Department negotiator meets with Cuban cardinal, dissidents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/23/2015 7:00 AM 01/23/2015 9:57 PM U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson hosted a group of seven dissidents for breakfast Friday as part of an American commitment to keep human rights front and center in its evolving relationship […] Continue reading

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba November 6, 2014 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — My colleague’s post, Cuba: Reasoable Doubt or Blatant Racism?, reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend some time ago. At the end of our debate, she, a black woman who had suffered various forms of segregation from childhood, agreed […] Continue reading

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Just Cubans

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Just Cubans / Fernando Damaso Posted on April 18, 2014 Neither black nor white, Cuba is mixed, some of the country’s investigators and intellectuals have asserted for some time now. The declaration seems to respond to an eminently political intention: incorporation into the current Latin American mixed ethnicity, so fashionable among […] Continue reading

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Cubans

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Cubans / Fernando Damaso Posted on April 16, 2014 Neither black nor white, Cuba is mixed, some of the country’s investigators and intellectuals have asserted for some time now. The declaration seems to respond to an eminently political intention: incorporation into the current Latin American mixed ethnicity, so fashionable among our […] Continue reading

Communism Didn’t End Racism in Cuba

Communism Didn’t End Racism in Cuba By: Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele | Posted: June 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM Afro-Cuban activists Calvo Cárdenas and Manuel Cuesta Morúa created the Citizens Committee for Racial Integration (CIR) to advocate for Cuba’s underrepresented Afro-Cuban population. CIR champions policies to fight discrimination that Afro-Cubans experience in the workforce. The group’s […] Continue reading

Afro-Cubans fight for equality under Castro regime

Afro-Cubans fight for equality under Castro regime By Harold Meyerson, Wednesday, June 19, 1:39 “More than half a century ago, Fidel decreed the elimination of racism,” said Leonardo Calvo Cárdenas. But “this just made the problem deeper and more complex.” Calvo Cárdenas is an Afro-Cuban — a group that makes up roughly half of Cuba’s […] 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

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

Another Dark Chapter

Another Dark Chapter April 8, 2013 Francisco Castro HAVANA TIMES — After 54 years of Cuba's revolutionary government being in power — during which time the most radical changes in all of the nation's history took place, both positive and negative — we've begun to take a critical and constructive look at the mistakes made […] 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

Really? Cubans Never Joke About the Revolution?

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Really? Cubans Never Joke About the Revolution? Posted: 09/30/2012 10:01 pm The year: 2050. The regime: still in power. The Coppelia ice cream stand, the most famous in Cuba, is in ruins, and tree roots have played havoc with the granite floor. Amid the rusty iron columns a couple […] Continue reading