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A Cuba for All Colors

A Cuba for All Colors March 6, 2014 Ernesto Perez Chang HAVANA TIMES — Alexis graduated from a Cuban tourism school. He studied to become a chef for years and graduated with honors. In a number of competitions, his teachers praised his dexterity and good taste, as well as his cleanliness and ability to improvise […] 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

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

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

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

Inequality still haunts Latin America

Posted on Thursday, 06.07.12 'SOCIAL INCLUSION' Inequality still haunts Latin America BY CHRISTOPHER SABATINI csabatini@as-coa.org To talk of Latin America as if it were a meaningful unit has always been forced, if not artificial. But now, as a recently released social inclusion index reveals, the region is becoming even more divided between countries — while […] 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

Civic and Economic Robbery / Mackandal – Manuel Aguirre Lavarrere

Civic and Economic Robbery / Mackandal – Manuel Aguirre LavarrereMackandal – Manuel Aguirre Lavarrere, Translator: Unstated From slavery heroes emerge, but from infertile freedom only the useless emerge.José Martí The economy has always been the soft underbelly of the Cuban government. However, before 1959 Cuba was among the countries with highest economic solvency of the […] Continue reading

Cuban Secret Services: Sticks and White Glove / Iván García

Cuban Secret Services: Sticks and White Glove / Iván GarcíaIván García, Translator: lapizcero The problem is the street. General Raúl Castro will not permit an Arab Spring in Cuba. He will do whatever needs doing to detain irate opponents. He wants to isolate the potential short-circuit that could turn into a street protest. The island […] Continue reading

RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBA

RACE AND COLOR IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAGayle McGarrity When I first returned to the United States in 1982, after living for a year and a half in Cuba, I was eager to share with my colleagues the extent to which racism and class divisions were still a glaring reality in ´Revolutionary Cuba´. However, no one wanted […] Continue reading

Race still an issue in Cuba

'Race still an issue in Cuba' By Patricia Grogg The elimination of racism remains unfinished business in Cuba today. "We have to admit that the problem exists, determine its impact on the social model that we defend, and tackle it in depth," says Esteban Morales, an Afro-Cuban economist, political scientist and author of numerous articles […] Continue reading

Being Poor and White Is Not the Same as Being Poor and Black in Cuba

Q&A:"Being Poor and White Is Not the Same as Being Poor and Black" in CubaPatricia Grogg interviews University of Havana researcher ESTEBAN MORALESCredit:Patricia Grogg/IPS HAVANA, Jan 29, 2010 (IPS) – The elimination of racism remains unfinished business in Cuba today. "We have to admit that the problem exists, determine its impact on the social model […] Continue reading

Black activists launch rare attack on Cuba about racism

Black activists launch rare attack on Cuba about racism Onetime supporters of the Castro revolution now question the regime's civil and human rights record.By Richard Fausset January 3, 2010 Reporting from Atlanta – President Obama has loosened travel restrictions to Cuba. His critics accuse him of harboring socialist sentiments. And he is, of course, a […] Continue reading

Cuba-US migration talks pushed back until February

Posted on Friday, 12.04.09Cuba-US migration talks pushed back until FebruaryBy PAUL HAVENAssociated Press Writer HAVANA — Highly anticipated immigration talks between Cuba and the United States have been pushed back because of scheduling concerns that each side blames on the other, another hint that reconciliation may be more difficult than it once appeared. A U.S. […] 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

Raising Awareness about Racial Discrimination

CUBA: Raising Awareness about Racial DiscriminationBy Patricia Grogg HAVANA, Sep 7 (IPS) – Intellectuals and artists concerned about continued racial discrimination in Cuba are attempting to revive the Cofradía de la Negritud (CONEG), a "brotherhood" or association of black people aimed at raising awareness of the problem. The email message announcing the revival of CONEG […] Continue reading