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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

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba May 21, 2016 By Alberto N Jones HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants suddenly became black and brown. Surprised, the mass […] Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an […] 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

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure.

Cuba Says It Has Solved Racism. Obama Isn’t So Sure. By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 23, 2016 HAVANA — President Obama spoke of his Kenyan heritage. He talked about how both the United States and Cuba were built on the backs of slaves from Africa. He mentioned that not very long ago, his parents’ marriage would have […] Continue reading

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race

What Obama’s visit means for Cuba’s national conversation about race Kate LinthicumContact Reporter In recent years, Afro-Cuban intellectuals have started gathering in a cramped Havana apartment to discuss a topic long considered off-limits in Cuba: race. Fidel Castro’s communist revolution 60 years ago promised to wipe out racial divisions and level the playing field for […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Tourism Boom Still Fails to Benefit Some Black Cubans

Cuba’s Tourism Boom Still Fails to Benefit Some Black Cubans By Mel Abad (staff@latinpost.com)First Posted: Feb 12, 2016 06:00 AM EST After Havana and Washington recently patched its long estranged diplomatic ties, the city of Havana in Cuba is reaping the fruit of having economic ties with powerful countries like the U.S. However, according to […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Complex Ethnic Mix

Cuba’s Complex Ethnic Mix 02/09/2016 04:24 pm ET | Updated 14 hours ago Rick Steves Author of European travel guidebooks and host of travel shows on public television and public radio One of the joys of visiting Cuba is meeting the people in this still remarkably closed society. It’s so easy and fun to connect […] 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

Will American tourists change Cuba for better or worse

Will American tourists change Cuba for better or worse December 26, 2015 5:40 PM MST In Cuba, everybody’s equal—politically, economically and socially speaking. Unlike the U.S., Cuba prides itself on being an egalitarian society. Since Fidel Castro’s Revolucion in 1958, Cuba has embraced a socialist ideology in which the government owns virtually everything and the […] Continue reading

The Bad Luck of Being Black in Cuba

The Bad Luck of Being Black in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 September 2015 — It was already duck on an extremely hot day without a hint of a breeze, when a white Mercedes Benz van with the blue top of the national police pulled up alongside Red […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality

Cuba’s Reforms Fail to Reduce Growing Inequality By Patricia Grogg HAVANA, Dec 16 2014 (IPS) – One of the major challenges assumed by President Raúl Castro when he launched a series of reforms in Cuba is improving living standards in a country still suffering from a recession that began over 20 years ago and has […] Continue reading

The Shades of Racism

Cuba: The Shades of Racism October 15, 2014 Veronica Vega HAVANA TIMES — I thank Yasser Farres Delgado for having taken the trouble to read and reply to my post Where’s our common sense? The simple fact of debating about this regrettable reality is a way of pulling ourselves out of the apathy we suffer. […] 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

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

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

Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality

Posted on Wednesday, 05.15.13 Crackdown on Afro-Cubans destroys myth of racial equality BY JON B. PERDUE Twitter@jonperdue OSLO, Norway At the time of Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba in 1959, “separate but equal” was the norm in much of the Western world. Castro won plaudits from early supporters for banning the practice of separate facilities […] Continue reading

Dissident calls for reform in Cuba

Agencia EFE May 15, 2013 19:00 Dissident calls for reform in Cuba Miami, May 15 (EFE).- Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, the leader of the Arco Progresista group, called in Miami on Wednesday for a “new national project” that undertakes the structural reforms needed on the communist-run island and integrates all political positions and ideas. […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban author who complained of racism demoted

Posted on Friday, 04.05.13 Afro-Cuban author who complained of racism demoted By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com A black Cuban author, Roberto Zurbano, whose scathing criticism of racism on the island was published in The New York Times last month, has been demoted from his top job at the government-controlled Casa de las Americas book publishers. […] Continue reading