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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

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba)

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba) Oct 1, 2014 By Teresa Sanchez In the US the legacy of the “one-drop” rule continues to shape our language of racial categories—i.e., people with varying degrees of notable African ancestry are indiscriminately referred to as African American. In Cuba, however, […] 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

Cuba – The Experiences of Someone My Color

Cuba: The Experiences of Someone My Color August 5, 2014 Jorge Milanes Despaigne HAVANA TIMES — When I was a teenager, I used to hear people repeat that there was no racism in Cuba. At school, teachers would insist we all had the rights, duties and opportunities. This is what I believed when I studied […] 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

At Repression’s Ground Zero

At Repression’s Ground Zero / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on April 23, 2014 The first time I set foot in that scary place called Villa Marista, similar to Lubyanka Prison in the now fortunately disappeared Soviet Union, it was by my own will. I accompanied Manuel Cuesta Morúa to see Investigator Yurisan Almenares, in charge of […] Continue reading

Chesimard’s designation on terror list has no legal impact

Posted on Saturday, 05.04.13 Analysts: Chesimard’s designation on terror list has no legal impact By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The FBI’s decision to put U.S. fugitive Joanne Chesimard, who lives in Havana, on its list of “Most Wanted Terrorists” shines a light on her case but has no legal impact on her or Cuba, according […] Continue reading

North Korea, Cuba and Iran Criticize Canada’s Lack of Human Rights at UN

North Korea, Cuba and Iran Criticize Canada’s Lack of Human Rights at UN April 27, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield The moral authority of the United Nations and its supporters and defenders has as much value as the moral authority of the North Korean, Chinese, Cuban, Russian, Saudi and other totalitarian regimes that actually dominate it. […] 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

Two South African Visitors to Cuba

Two South African Visitors to Cuba September 3, 2012 Tourist Tales from Cuba Vincente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — Having found these two South Africans was true luck, one of those unforgettable moments in life. This was during one of the worst times to live in Havana – at least when it came to interacting […] 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

Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García

Not All in Cuba Are Proud of Being Black / Iván García Iván García, Translator: mlk A drunk, off duty, enforcement agent, white, justified the racist Cuban police archetype that turns a black or mestizo into a presumed delinquent with an old refrain learned from his mother: "Not all blacks are thieves, but all thieves […] Continue reading

Being Black in Cuba / Iván García

Being Black in Cuba / Iván García Iván García, Translator: Unstated A white-skinned off-duty law enforcement officer, having a drink, justifies the Cuban police force's racist archetype that turns a black or mixed-raced person into a presumed criminal with the old refrain he learned from his mother, "All blacks are not thieves but all thieves […] 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

No Law, No Resolution, No Racism in Cuba

No Law, No Resolution, No Racism in CubaJanuary 4, 2012Maria Matienzo Puerto HAVANA TIMES, Jan 4 — I have a picture of my niece on the desktop of my computer. She's only a year old and a mulata, like me. What it means to be black in Cuba is summarized by her mother, a light-brown-skinned […] Continue reading

Police detain dissidents headed for Havana forum on racism

Posted on Friday, 11.25.11 Police detain dissidents headed for Havana forum on racism Dozens of Cuban dissidents were detained to break up 'Day of Resistance.'By Juan O. Tamayojtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuban police detained more a dozen dissidents to force the cancellation of Friday's session of a forum on racial discrimination on the island, according to forum organizers. […] Continue reading

Hezbollah Opens Base in Cuba

Hezbollah Opens Base in CubaPosted by Humberto Fontova on Sep 6th, 2011 A year ago many prominent Israelis seemed smitten with Fidel Castro​. "I thank you from the bottom of my heart," wrote Israeli President Shimon Peres to Fidel Castro on Sept. 24, 2010: "I must confess that your remarks were, in my opinion, unexpected […] Continue reading

Revolutionary Racism in Cuba

Revolutionary Racism in Cuba
June 21, 2011

This analysis was prepared by COHA Research Associate Naomi Glassman

Revolutionary Racism: Afro?Cubans in an Era of Economic Change

's regime enacted anti-discrimination legislation and
redistributive reforms benefiting Afro-Cubans
Afro-Cubans are… 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

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