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As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba

As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba THE WASHINGTON POST PUBLISHED: August 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm | UPDATED: August 5, 2016 at 2:19 By Moriah Balingit The Washington Post For many travelers, the goal is to physically move – to be flung through airspace and to cross borders […] Continue reading

In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time

In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time By Moriah Balingit July 28 at 4:30 PM For many travelers, the goal is to physically move — to be flung through airspace and to cross borders — but to remain in spaces that are comfortably familiar. They would prefer […] Continue reading

Obama and Cuban myths debunked

Obama and Cuban myths debunked YESENIA FERNÁNDEZ SELIER | Nueva York | 5 Abr 2016 – 12:30 pm. Without any shots, threats or military invasions, the US’s 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, arrived in and departed from Cuba. Cubans all over were glued to their screens, engaging in the inevitable debate about his visit’s motivations […] Continue reading

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom

In Cuba, racial inequality deepens with tourism boom By Chris Arsenault HAVANA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As warming relations with the United States bring new money and tourists to Havana, some black Cubans like Miguel Campuzano Perez say racial inequalities are widening and they are being left out of a potential capitalist boom. Cuba’s economy […] Continue reading

El ‘derecho de admisión’, nuevo instrumento para distinguir ‘clases’

El ‘derecho de admisión’, nuevo instrumento para distinguir ‘clases’ ANA PAULA DÍAZ | La Habana | 29 Ene 2016 – 9:31 am. El KingBar Restaurant, un local privado que cerró repentinamente el pasado 9 de enero luego de que un cliente denunciara supuestas prácticas discriminatorias hacia gays y personas de raza negra, ha vuelto a […] Continue reading

N.J. cop killer Chesimard living as a ‘ghost’ in Havana

Kelly: N.J. cop killer Chesimard living as a ‘ghost’ in Havana LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015, 7:22 AM BY MIKE KELLY HAVANA — More than three decades after she broke out of a New Jersey prison and fled to Cuba with a promise of political asylum from Fidel Castro, Joanne Chesimard finds herself ensnared […] 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

Not many negro or mestizo businessmen in Havana

Not many negro or mestizo businessmen in Havana / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 24, 2014 Just as with most successful businesses in Cuba, the owners of Leyenda Habana, an elegant restaurant in El Cerro, surrounded by ranch houses, are white. Two miles to the east of Leyenda Habana, in the poor and mostly black […] 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

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

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

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

Bisagras racistas

Bisagras racistas Martes, Octubre 2, 2012 | Por Juan Antonio Madrazo Luna LA HABANA, Cuba, octubre, www.cubanet.org -En el encuentro mensual que desarrolla la plataforma cívica Cofradía de la Negritud (CONEG), en su habitual espacio de la casa comunitaria La Ceiba, en la barriada de Puentes Grandes, en el municipio habanero de Marianao, se efectuó, […] 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

Havana bling

Havana blingRory Carroll 12 April 2008 06:00 From the ample girths and gold jewellery you could tell the Fuentesfamily was doing well, and from the determined way in which its fivemembers strode into the shop you could tell they were about to do evenbetter. They had come for a Wanjiu pressure cooker and Daewoo washing […] Continue reading

To save communism, Raúl experiments with consumerism

To save communism, Raúl experiments with consumerism This article appeared in the Guardian on Monday April 07 2008 on p21 ofthe International section. It was last updated at 00:15 on April 07 2008. From the ample girths and gold jewellery you could tell the Fuentesfamily was doing well, and from the determined way in which […] Continue reading

In Cuba, evolution is slow

Posted on Sun, May. 13, 2007 In Cuba, evolution is slowBY RUI FERREIRA, FRANCES ROBLES AND LUISA YANEZ Decades of angst and longing turned to jubilation on Miami's streets last summer as the startling news spread that Cuban leader Fidel Castro had undergone emergency surgery for a secret ailment and handed over power to his […] Continue reading

Racism lingers in Cuba

Racism lingers in CubaDEWAYNE WICKHAM HAVANA – Leonides Terrero Silot wanted to take me to the Lincoln Hotel. This slender black man with the silver-gray hair and a bushy mustache insisted it's a place that all blacks from the United States should see. The 134-room hotel in the Galiano section of Central Havana, Terrero said, […] Continue reading