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Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism? Javier Garcia-Bengochea Guest Columnist Privacy Policy It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige paraphrasing Mark Twain. It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative regarding […] Continue reading

In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say

In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs, mostly of African descent, gathered at Harvard University for an unprecedented meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban movement on the island and set the course for future work. […] Continue reading

Free market Cubans make their case

Free market Cubans make their case YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 3 de Abril de 2017 – 19:01 CEST. Until 2003 Fernando Palacio oversaw the Intensive System for Medical Emergencies (SIUM), a very prominent position in one of the sectors most tightly controlled by the Government. Today he is the National Coordinator of […] Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017 Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a place […] Continue reading

Between Analogue and Ideologue. Internet Access in Cuba

Between Analogue and Ideologue. Internet Access in Cuba / Regina Coyula Ideas shared at the Internet Governance Forum events of the Internet Society of Latin America and the Caribbean, which recently took place in Costa Rica. Regina Coyula, 5 August 2016 — Now recognised as a human right by most people and most governments, internet […] Continue reading

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] 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

Human Rights – Are There False Ones?

Human Rights: Are There False Ones? YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 28 Oct 2015 – 3:32 pm. Our official journalists are so busy reporting human rights violations in the US that they have forgotten to cover those violated in Cuba. Before Friday October 23 I thought that human rights were a source of […] 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

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

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted

McCaskill says Cuban officials worried after embargo lifted BY LINDSAY WISE MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU 02/23/2015 7:17 PM 02/23/2015 7:17 PM WASHINGTON The Castro regime is busy trying to tamp down sky-high expectations among Cubans eager for a closer relationship with the U.S., Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told reporters after a trip to the communist-run Caribbean […] Continue reading

Cuarta edición del foro Raza y Cubania

Cuarta edición del foro Raza y Cubania Sergio Girat Estrada 16 de diciembre de 2014 La Habana, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – El pasado fin de semana sesionó en la sede del Comité Ciudadano por la Integración Racial (CIR), ubicada en calle 23 entre C y D en el Vedado, la 4ta edición del Foro Cubania, […] 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

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

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

The Professor Who Lynched ‘Negroes’

Neill Macaulay: The Professor Who Lynched ‘Negroes’ September 30, 2013 By Humberto Fontova Any professor in the U.S. who utters the “N-word” even offhandedly gets cashiered instantly. Examples abound. Nowadays even using the perfectly proper term “Negro” can get an educator fired, as in the case of a Bronx teacher. The trick to—not only keeping […] 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

Orlando Luis Pardo: “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.”

Orlando Luis Pardo : “I was afraid when I had no voice, when I started talking, I lost the fear.” Posted on September 9, 2013 Interview by Emilio Sanchez Cartas – from Los Andes Internacionales The restless, multifaceted Pardo Lazo graduated in biochemistry from the University of Havana, but left the field after 10 years. […] 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

On Racism There is Still Much to Discuss

On Racism There is Still Much to Discuss / Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 8, 2013 This past March 23, the prize-winning essayist, critic and literary investigator Roberto Zurbano, who up until this moment functioned as the director of the Editorial Fund of Casa de las Americas, was dismissed from the position. This measure was […] Continue reading