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Cuba recalls retired professors to cover university deficit

Cuba recalls retired professors to cover university deficit
Published August 15, 2014 EFE

The Cuban government has authorized universities to hire professors
already retired in the same positions they had before retiring, in order
to cover the existing deficit of educators.

The Council of Ministers’ decision, published in the official gazette,
will allow retired university professors to return “by age”… Continue reading

INSIDE CUBA’S EXHILARATED AND SAVAGE ARTS SCENE

INSIDE CUBA’S EXHILARATED AND SAVAGE ARTS SCENE
BY JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH – AUG 13, 2014

In Cuba, a country where criticism of the government is whispered and no
citizen is allowed in any boat for fear they’ll flee to Florida only 90
miles away, it is somewhat surprising to come across a wild warehouse
party in the beachside suburb of Vedado… Continue reading

The New Gold Rush

The New Gold Rush / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on August 14, 2014

14YMEDIO, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 13 August 2014 – Evening falls and the
sound of the sieves in the rolling hills trails off. The three men
collect their belongings. They’ve finished the first day in their
arduous search for gold. Tomorrow they will wake up early and with… Continue reading

1, 055 Zambian students currently on govt. scholarships abroad

1, 055 Zambian students currently on govt. scholarships abroad
Time Posted: August 12, 2014 7:58 pm

Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education spokesperson
Hilary Chipango says a total of 1,055 Zambian students are currently
being supported at various universities abroad.

Mr. Chipango said government remains indebted to the generosity and
hopitality of the people and governments of those respective… Continue reading

Despicable Manipulation

Despicable Manipulation / Rebeca Monzo
Posted on August 12, 2014

Yesterday, July 28, I read in the Trabajadores ["Workers"] newspaper about the speech given by 6th grade pioneer Wendy Ferrer during the main event of a celebration in Artemisa marking the 61st anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes Barracks. I could not help feeling… Continue reading

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well

Posted on Friday, 08.08.14

Cuban women say their businesses are doing well
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

One of the Cuban women makes fancy soaps. Another is a party planner and
a third owns a combination beauty parlor-gym. One owns a restaurant;
another dreams of expanding her pizza parlor “to the rest of Cuba and more.”

Each used her own… Continue reading

Overstatement

Overstatement / Fernando Damaso
Posted on August 4, 2014

Typically, we Cubans are short on economic issues and pass on politics.
At least that has been the case for the last fifty-six years. We veer
between shortcomings and excesses, never finding a happy medium, as so
many of the world’s nations and peoples do. We now seem to be in… Continue reading

What the Soviet Union Left Cubans

What the Soviet Union Left Cubans / Ivan Garcia
Posted on July 31, 2014

To this day, in the universal history books in junior high or high
schools in Cuba, the Soviet theme is handled with kid gloves.

They recall its founding father Vladimir Illych Lenin, the epic of the
Second World War with its 20 million dead (old data,… Continue reading

How to view a changing Cuba

How to view a changing Cuba
By Kevin O’Donnell

GPS intern Kevin O’Donnell speaks with Jorge Dominguez, professor of
Mexico studies at Harvard University, faculty associate of the David
Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the author of numerous
books on Cuba, about relations with the United States. The views
expressed here are his own.
It seems discussion about… Continue reading

HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist

Cuba: HRF asks U.N. to inquire into attack on journalist
[30-07-2014 11:13:48]
The Human Rights Foundation,

(www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- NEW YORK. —The Human Rights Foundation
(HRF) has submitted a petition to the United Nations Special Rapporteur
on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and
expression (U.N. Special Rapporteur), requesting that he send an urgent
appeal to the… Continue reading

Cuban ballet master gives classes in US

Posted on Sunday, 07.27.14

Cuban ballet master gives classes in US
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SARASOTA, Fla. — A teacher with the National Ballet School of Cuba
credited with launching the careers of some of the island’s most famous
dancers is giving classes in Florida.

Ramona de Saa is teaching for the first time in the United States at the
Sarasota… Continue reading

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?
BY EMMA MOORE
JULY 23, 2014 8:58 PM )

A pioneer in the region, Cuba has begun to add to its list of internal advancements LGBTI rights; the 1990s saw the abolishment of many oppressive laws and practices towards gays while the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX, Centro Nacional de Educación… Continue reading

Confessions of a Cuban Plumber

Confessions of a Cuban Plumber
July 22, 2014
Yusimi Rodríguez

HAVANA TIMES — Last Sunday, I washed some rotten lentils down the drain
and ended up clogging the pipe. I had no choice but to look for a
plumber and pay to have it fixed. I called a plumber who had fixed a
number of other things around the house,… Continue reading

Being a Teenager in Cuba

Being a Teenager in Cuba
July 23, 2014
Mercedes Gonzalez Aguade

HAVANA TIMES — At the pharmacy, I ran into some of the mothers of my
son’s friends. We had a long conversation and, like always, almost every
topic had to do with the central issue in our lives: children.

We spoke about education, clothing, teenagers and their changes, in… Continue reading

Chinese president concludes visit to Cuba

Chinese president concludes visit to Cuba
Published July 24, 2014 EFE

Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba
on Wednesday accompanied by his Cuban counterpart and host, Raul Castro,
on the last day of his official visit to the communist island.

“It’s a pleasure to come to this beautiful land,” said Xi upon his… Continue reading

Havana’s Siberia

Havana’s Siberia
July 19, 2014
Martin Guevara

HAVANA TIMES — They gave us the keys to our new apartment in Alamar. The
year was 1987. Even though the property title was the same as that of
the other apartment in that sprawling neighborhood, even though it was
located in a five-story tenement (without elevator) like the other
place, the area… Continue reading

Synecdoche of the LGTB Community

Cuba: Synecdoche of the LGTB Community
July 14, 2014
Haroldo Dilla Alfonso

HAVANA TIMES — Activists of Cuba’s LGTB community organized around the
National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) headed by Mariela Castro
– the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro – welcomed the New Year
brimming with optimism.

In December of 2013, Cuba’s National Assembly of the People’s Power… Continue reading

Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba might soften its political side

Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba might soften its political side
Franklin Reyes/Associated Press
Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:28 am
Associated Press |

HAVANA — Launched as a bulletin for Catholic lay people, Espacio Laical
magazine became an unusually open and critical forum for debate in Cuba,
a rarity in a country where the state has controlled all media for… Continue reading

Why Is Another Cuba Necessary?

Why Is Another Cuba Necessary? / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
Posted on July 10, 2014
By Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Among the series of international instruments related to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights are the International Convention on Civil
and Political Rights and the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights. Implementing them requires two basic steps. First, they must be… Continue reading

School Violence and Social and Legal Indiscipline in Cuba

School Violence and Social and Legal Indiscipline in Cuba / Dayanara
Vega, Cuban Law Association
Posted on July 10, 2014
By Dayanara Vega

School violence is considered an intentional act or omission that is
hurtful and practiced among members of the educational community
(students, professors, parents, entry-level employees) and that is done
within the physical space of school facilities and… Continue reading

Ghanaian students in Cuba sell belongings to make a living

Ghanaian students in Cuba sell belongings to make a living
General News of Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stranded Ghanaian medical students in Cuba have resorted to selling their belongings to raise money to feed themselves.

The students say this is the only option left for them now since government has failed to pay them their allowances for over nine months.… Continue reading

Somos+ Launches a Project to Save History

Somos+ Launches a Project to Save History / Eliecer Avila
Posted on July 9, 2014

Among the first victims of January ’59 was the history of Cuba,
especially the phase of the Republic. A radical rupture caused the
immediate divorce of the new generations with a past that was reduced to
four lines in scholarly books. (From Somos+)

La Havana,… Continue reading

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