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Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba Johnica Reed Hawkins This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE. Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer Johnica […] Continue reading

Communist Militancy Expresses Its Disenchantment On The Web

Communist Militancy Expresses Its Disenchantment On The Web / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 19 April 2016 — The 7th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba has confirmed the suspicions of the opposition. Despite the changes in the socio-political context of the island, the Party is not open to the possibility a multi-party political system, nor […] 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

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

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] 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

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

FIU conference focuses on race in Cuba

FIU conference focuses on race in Cuba BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/27/2015 11:20 PM 02/27/2015 11:20 PM Cuba’s political future, the impact of renewed relations between the United States and Cuba and its new policies towards the island, were the focus of some of the discussions held on the first day of the 10th […] Continue reading

Interview with Diario de Cuba Editor Pablo Diaz

Interview with Diario de Cuba Editor Pablo Diaz October 14, 2014 “You can’t do good journalism if you’re thinking in terms of Left or Right.” By Yusimi Rodríguez HAVANA TIMES — Diario de Cuba (DDC) was born at a Starbucks in Madrid in 2009. Its creators, Pablo Diaz (editor in chief) and a group of […] 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

Manuel Cuesta Commits to a “Common Strategy” for Change in Cuba

Manuel Cuesta Commits to a “Common Strategy” for Change in Cuba / Manuel Cuesta Posted on November 5, 2013 On Monday, Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morúa, spokesman for Progressive Arc of Cuba, and a Cubanet journalist, committed to a “common strategy” of the opposition to bring about political change in the island, and he denounced […] Continue reading

Cuban singer says sanctioned for bold lyrics

Posted on Monday, 09.16.13 Cuban singer says sanctioned for bold lyrics BY PETER ORSI ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — A well-known Cuban singer said Monday he has been punished for going off message at a nationally televised concert last week, when he called for direct presidential elections and more freedom of information. In a note published […] 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

Leading Dissident Group ‘Ladies In White’ Want A Cuba Without Castro

Leading Dissident Group 'Ladies In White' Want A Cuba Without Castro Published April 28, 2013 Fox News Latino CORAL GABLES, FL – APRIL 27: Berta Soler, co-founder of the Ladies in White, and current leader of the Cuban opposition group leads a cheer as she visits with Cuban exiles during an event at Merrick Park […] 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

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

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

Raul Castro’s Racist Grandson

Raul Castro's Racist Grandson / Juan Juan Almeida #Cuba Juan Juan Almeida, Translator: Unstated RaulitoI do not mean to criticize children for being children, nor grandchildren for being grandchildren, I will just talk about a sector that just because we haven't heard of them, that doesn't mean they are not full of it. Today I'm […] 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

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