News and Facts about Cuba

Culture

Festivities, Vandalism and Sarcasm in Santiago de Cuba

Festivities, Vandalism and Sarcasm in Santiago de Cuba
July 10, 2014
Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — When I got back home, after nearly two weeks in Havana
and having recovered from the tortuous journey from the Cuban capital to
my neck of the woods, I decided to find out what had been going on here
in my absence.

At around… Continue reading

Alienation

Alienation / Fernando Damaso
Posted on July 7, 2014

The subject of lost values, poor education, a lack of respect, coarse
and vulgar language, violence in the street and a lack of social
discipline remains a popular topic in our impoverished society.

Though late in coming, calls by the authorities to reverse this
situation continue to be made through official… Continue reading

Greater Richmond Chamber headed to Cuba

Greater Richmond Chamber headed to Cuba
Aim of the excursion is to learn about the island nation’s culture
Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 10:48 pm
BY RANDY HALLMAN Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Greater Richmond Chamber has its eyes on Cuba.
The business organization is planning a trip to the island nation in
early 2015 — a night in Miami and five… Continue reading

Is It Time to Turn Enemies Into Frenemies

Cuba: Is It Time to Turn Enemies Into Frenemies?
After that unexpected Obama-Castro handshake last year, there are more
signs of a thawing in relations.
BY: CHARLES ELLISON
Posted: July 8 2014 3:00 AM

You can’t ignore a rogue Caribbean communist island a jump from the
Florida coast, especially when it’s run by guys named Castro. But
President Obama didn’t… Continue reading

Renowned Cuban Poet Resigns from Cuba’s Artists & Writers Association

Renowned Cuban Poet Resigns from Cuba’s Artists & Writers Association
July 4, 2014
By Cafe Fuerte

HAVANA TIMES — Poet Rafael Alcides Perez, one of the most prestigious of
contemporary Cuban intellectuals, publicly announced he has resigned
from the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) in protest
against the government restrictions he is being subjected to.

“In view of… Continue reading

Should American Taxpayers Help Fund Cuba’s Media?

Should American Taxpayers Help Fund Cuba’s Media?
July 3, 2014 by Humberto Fontova

“Everything within the Revolution, nothing outside of it.” (Fidel Castro
speech, June, 1961.)

“Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against
the state.” (Benito Mussolini, Doctrine of Fascism, 1932.)

In his famous speech on June 16, 1961 Fidel Castro, whose KGB-designed
jails and torture chambers… Continue reading

NH Hotel Group adds a new destination – Cuba.

NH Hotel Group adds a new destination: Cuba.
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014
Source : NH Hotel Group

NH Hotel Group brings back the emblematic Hotel Capri in collaboration
with the Gran Caribe Hotel Group; With this addition, NH Hotel Group is
reinforcing its presence in Latin America, a core target market, and
delivering on its pledge to offer quality properties… Continue reading

Cuban editors, pressured to leave magazine, announce new venture

Cuban editors, pressured to leave magazine, announce new venture
By Daniel Trotta and Rosa Tania Valdés

HAVANA (Reuters) – Two editors who helped turn a Roman Catholic magazine
into a rare forum for open debate in Communist-ruled Cuba, then resigned
under pressure this spring, announced on Tuesday that they will launch a
new forum to air a broad range of… Continue reading

Google exec says Cuban internet is old and censored

Posted on Tuesday, 07.01.14

Google exec says Cuban internet is old and censored
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Fresh from a visit to Havana, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has
described the Internet in Cuba as “trapped in the 1990s,” heavily
censored and with a weak infrastructure dominated by Chinese equipment
because of the U.S. trade embargo.

The embargo “makes… Continue reading

On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today

On Being Gay, And Socialist, In Cuba Today
by JASMINE GARSD
June 26, 2014 3:46 PM ET

It was very late at night the last time Isbel Diaz Torres and his
boyfriend were stopped by Cuban police.

“They asked for our IDs, which is a rare procedure,” Diaz recalls.

The policeman then dropped the men’s IDs on the floor.

”… Continue reading

With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba’s Growing Free Market

With Cash And Fat Fryers, Americans Feed Cuba’s Growing Free Market
More Sharing ServicesShare|Share on twitterShare on emailShare on print|
By Greg Allen
With more people traveling between Cuba and the U.S., money and goods
are moving, too. The influx has allowed Cuban-Americans to become
investors in the island’s emerging private sector.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Every day, you can… Continue reading

Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community

Gay Fiestas Highlight Divisions in Cuba’s LGBTI Community
By Ivet González

HAVANA, Jun 21 2014 (IPS) – Two men kiss each other while two women
dance together without making other clients feel uncomfortable at the
prívate club Humboldt 67, one of the venues seeking to cash in on an
untapped market by fulfilling the unmet demand for bas, restaurants and… Continue reading

I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated

“I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar
Espinosa Chepe
Posted on June 21, 2014

One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in
the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced
to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar
Espinosa Chepe, who died in Madrid. He recounts… Continue reading

For Cuban dancers who defected, the delicate dance for freedom

Posted on Friday, 06.20.14

For Cuban dancers who defected, the delicate dance for freedom
BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH

Almost a dozen dancers from the Cuban National Ballet who, until a few
days ago, could share only an unsatisfactory plate of food without the
sauce of freedom or the spice of opportunity, now dance in Miami to the
beat of… Continue reading

They Taught Us to Lie, Rob and Pretend

They Taught Us to Lie, Rob and Pretend / Gladys Linares
Posted on June 19, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba – Very often we hear the officials of the Ministry of
Education stress our country´s successes in this field from 1959
onwards, and we ask ourselves how can they possibly talk about this
without the slightest shame, ignoring the profound loss of… Continue reading

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting
June 14, 2014 8:03 AM ET

Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a
performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells
NPR’s Scott Simon why Cuba can’t hold on to its ballerinas.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I’m Scott Simon. The much… Continue reading

The Fading Splendor of Havana’s Chinatown

The Fading Splendor of Havana’s Chinatown
June 13, 2014
Daisy Valera

HAVANA TIMES — I had my first contact with Chinese culture thanks to a
childhood friend, Javier. He was a Chinese kid who would invite kids
around the neighborhood to his house and make his grandfather read old
newspapers. What he read was in Chinese, of course, which is… Continue reading

Cuba’s Rising Art Scene Not Frozen in Time

Cuba’s Rising Art Scene Not Frozen in Time
Jun 13, 2014 6:45 PM GMT+0200

In a country sealed against time, Patrick Symmes discovers the
irrepressible cultural vibrancy of an island with storied works from the
past, rising art stars of today, and an eye on the future.

“That’s a Picasso behind you,” the poet said. He climbed up the
stairwell… Continue reading

The Plight of Cuba’s Elderly

The Plight of Cuba’s Elderly
June 12, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — During the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States
(CELAC) held in Old Havana earlier this year, I heard a police officer
be informed over the radio that the foreign delegations would be passing
through his area. He was ordered to “ensure that no individuals fitting
the… Continue reading

Who is Writing History?

Who is Writing History? / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya
Posted on June 11, 2014
Miriam Celaya, La Habana | Junio 02, 2014

No one could have anticipated a short time ago that the formulas to
define the Cuban reality would be so radically transformed. In the last
five years, we have been witnessing the gradual extinction of phrases
and words that… Continue reading

Cuban ballet defectors expected to dance at Miami gala

Posted on Monday, 06.09.14

Cuban ballet defectors expected to dance at Miami gala
BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES

At least six dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba who abandoned the company during their recent performance in Puerto Rico plan to dance in a Miami gala later this month.

Mónica Gómez, Ignacio Galíndez and Raisel Cruz arrived in Miami Saturday,… Continue reading

Cuba’s Fallen Idols

Cuba’s Fallen Idols
June 10, 2014
Armando Chaguaceda

HAVANA TIMES — Some years ago, the death of an old professor who taught
at the University of Havana unleashed a torrent of tears and praises
among his former students, who remembered him as an exemplary educator,
father and friend. Some even claimed he had taken a number of subversive
stances within… Continue reading

Follow Us
Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google PlusCheck Our Feed
Calender
September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30  
Donate for Servers
We run various sites in defense of human rights and need support to pay for more powerful servers. Thank you.
Translate
EnglishFrenchGermanItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Cubaverdad on Twitter
Tweets by @Cubaverdad
Archives
Meta