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Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race

Cuban economic reforms spur talk of race
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
12/20/2014 8:39 AM 12/20/2014 4:43 PM

As Cuba prepares to enter its fifth year of sweeping economic reforms to
jump-start its lumbering economy, many say the changes have had an
unintended effect: drawing attention to the thorny subject of race.

A recent rally on racial discrimination in Cuba,… 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 undermined the aim of achieving… 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
neighbourhood of San Leopoldo, the… Continue reading

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba

Speaking About Discrimination in Cuba
November 6, 2014
Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — My colleague’s post, Cuba: Reasoable Doubt or Blatant
Racism?, reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend some time
ago. At the end of our debate, she, a black woman who had suffered
various forms of segregation from childhood, agreed with me about how
relative… 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 Cuban
journalists, artists and intellectuals,… 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.

However, I would like to… Continue reading

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about race in Cuba)

‘Afro-Cubans’ don’t exist (and other things you might not know about
race in Cuba)
Oct 1, 2014 By Teresa Sanchez

In the US the legacy of the “one-drop” rule continues to shape our
language of racial categories—i.e., people with varying degrees of
notable African ancestry are indiscriminately referred to as African
American. In Cuba, however, race operates on a spectrum,… 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 in 2008, Cuba has expanded… 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 at the tourism entertainment school,… Continue reading

Solicitan información sobre exiliados en Miami

Publicado el viernes, 05.30.14

Solicitan información sobre exiliados en Miami
JUAN O. TAMAYO

Dos grupos partidarios de La Habana han hecho un llamado al
enjuiciamiento de exiliados de Miami que según el gobierno cubano están
detrás de un plan de otros cuatro hombres, arrestados en Cuba el mes
pasado, para atacar instalaciones militares en la isla.

El Comité Nacional… Continue reading

Groups call for arrests in alleged Cuba plot

Posted on Thursday, 05.29.14

Groups call for arrests in alleged Cuba plot
BY JUAN O. TAMAYO

Two pro-Havana groups have called for the prosecution of Miami exiles
who the Cuban government has alleged were behind a plot by four other
men, arrested in Cuba last month, to attack military installations on
the island.

The National Committee to Free the… Continue reading

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked
By Karla Zabludovsky
Filed: 5/22/14 at 3:35 PM | Updated: 5/22/14 at 5:12 PM

After years of blogging and tweeting about the hardships of daily life
in Cuba to a rapidly expanding international audience, writer Yoani
Sanchez launched a digital newspaper Wednesday, testing the limits of
freedom of speech on the… 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 woman, authoritatively calls
attention to… Continue reading

China And Cuba – Skip the Ideology, Let’s Talk About Money

China And Cuba: Skip the Ideology, Let’s Talk About Money
By Patricia Rey Mallén
on April 24 2014 3:28 PM

MEXICO CITY — China’s foreign minister arrived in Cuba on April 22, on
an official visit to an island where Beijing is increasing its
investment, including in oil exploration. China has been a constant
asset to the Castro regime through… 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 Case No. 5, 2014, against… Continue reading

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Just Cubans

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Just Cubans / Fernando Damaso
Posted on April 18, 2014

Neither black nor white, Cuba is mixed, some of the country’s investigators and intellectuals have asserted for some time now. The declaration seems to respond to an eminently political intention: incorporation into the current Latin American mixed ethnicity, so fashionable among our populists.

This tendency, promoted… Continue reading

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Cubans

Neither Blacks Nor Whites, Cubans / Fernando Damaso
Posted on April 16, 2014

Neither black nor white, Cuba is mixed, some of the country’s
investigators and intellectuals have asserted for some time now. The
declaration seems to respond to an eminently political intention:
incorporation into the current Latin American mixed ethnicity, so
fashionable among our populists.

This tendency, promoted by… 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 and innovate. Alexis,
however, hasn’t… Continue reading

Race and Identity

Race and Identity / Yoani Sanchez
Posted on February 17, 2014

It’s just been born and in a few hours they will register the baby with
its brand new name. A few days will pass before the parents get the
birth certificate and then the so-called “minor card.” Without an
identification card you can’t receive products from the ration market,… Continue reading

All Rights for All Families

All Rights for All Families / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada
Posted on November 5, 2013

The “National Meeting of LGBT Families with Sons and Daughters” will
take place 16-17 November, 2013 at the National Secondary of Buenos
Aires, located at Bolivar 263 in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

The meeting will bring together LGBT families with children from… 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 the repression exercised by the… Continue reading

Cuba is White, Black and Mixed Race Because it is Diverse

Cuba is White, Black and Mixed Race Because it is Diverse
October 22, 2013
Dmitri Prieto

HAVANA TIMES — Recently, on the eve of October 10, a Cuban national
holiday commemorating the date (in 1868) in which Cuban landowner Carlos
Manuel de Cespedes and his retinue of (former) slaves took up arms
against Spanish colonial domination, a Round Table program… Continue reading

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