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Giving Up Revolutionary Pleasures

Cuba: Giving Up Revolutionary Pleasures
July 31, 2015
By Martin Guevara

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba has entered a new and encouraging stage in the
building of a new kind of socialism, a system notably different from
that “real socialism” it once tried to force into the relaxed and
festive Caribbean spirit of Cubans.

What will the Party’s Central Committee do… Continue reading

We Know Why Obama Changed U.S. Policy Toward Cuba. But Why Did Cuba Change Its Policy Toward the U.S.?

We Know Why Obama Changed U.S. Policy Toward Cuba. But Why Did Cuba
Change Its Policy Toward the U.S.?
Matt Jacobs / History News Network @myHNN July 25, 2015

To understand the change we need to acknowledge that Castro has always
followed a policy of “revolutionary pragmatism”

History News Network

This post is in partnership with the History News Network,… Continue reading

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair

Transportation in Cuba, or the Hours of National Despair
June 22, 2015
Naty Gabriela Gonzalez

HAVANA TIMES — I get on a bus and see people run and cling to the open
door, trying to keep their heels from being mangled. I see a mother
hoist her kid onto her shoulder and grab hold of another passenger’s
waist, struggling to… Continue reading

For Sucelys, to Be Reborn Tomorrow

For Sucelys*, to Be Reborn Tomorrow / Jeovany Jimenez Vega
Posted on June 4, 2015

And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, because they know not what they do.

Luke 23:34

I write without knowing if she will get to read these words, or if she
would understand them, because there are matters in life that take us a
minute or… Continue reading

In an online world, Cuba remains a standline society

In an online world, Cuba remains a stand-in-line society
By Nick Miroff May 31 at 8:20 PM

HAVANA — As one of Havana’s largest state-run retail hubs, the
Supermercado 3ra y 70 is the communist government equivalent of a Target
or Wal-Mart, created as a one-stop shopping center. It was designed,
quite possibly, by sadists.

Customers with long shopping lists… Continue reading

Deportees in Their Own Country

Deportees in Their Own Country / Cubanet, Reinaldo Cosano
Posted on May 18, 2015

Cuban Apartheid, suffered by families who abandoned their homes and went
to Havana in search of a new life

Cubanet.org, Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen, Havana, 15 May 2015 – Rodolfo
Castro, from Santiago de Cuba, met with three other young men detained
at the Guanabo police… Continue reading

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia
Posted on March 20, 2015

Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember
Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing
letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo
in Argentina and… Continue reading

Corruption, the Cancer of Cuban Public Transportation

Corruption, the Cancer of Cuban Public Transportation / 14ymedio,
Ernesto Perez Chang
Posted on February 10, 2015

Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 7 February 2015 — More than a
decade has passed since the first big purchase of busses from China and
Russia was made in order to ameliorate the transportation problem in
Cuba, and no improvement is in sight.… Continue reading

Nicaragua Was Freed From a Regime Modeled On That Of the Castros

Nicaragua Was Freed From a Regime Modeled On That Of the Castros /
14ymedio, Julio Blanco C.
Posted on October 11, 2014

14ymedio, Julio Blanco C., Managua, 27 September 2014 — I follow with
eagerness – almost bordering on addiction – the news out of Cuba. I
suppose that my nationality has a lot to do with that because probably… Continue reading

Looking at Cuba’s Social Spending Cutbacks

Looking at Cuba’s Social Spending Cutbacks
October 9, 2014
with our own spyglass

HAVANA TIMES — Cuban economist Jose Luis Rodriguez has brought a
shocking fact to light. In an article by the former Minister of the
Economy, originally published by Cubacontemporanea and re-printed by
Cubadebate, Rodriguez lays bare several statistical reports on Cuba´s
current economic panorama.

One of the… Continue reading

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation

Bicycles and the Future of Cuban Transportation
September 7, 2014
Jorge Milanes Despaigne

HAVANA TIMES — “I’ve always had a bicycle, but I’m in love with this
particular one because it was tailor-made,” my brother Luis said to me,
polishing the bike he brought from Ecuador.

When he saw I was interested in the subject, he began to tell me… Continue reading

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation” – Looking after the Sick and Elderly

Cuba’s “Sandwich Generation”: Looking after the Sick and Elderly
August 21, 2014
Irina Echarry

HAVANA TIMES — For six years, I lived with two elderly women (my
grandmother and her sister). It was the saddest time in my life that I
can recall.

The Special Period crisis had hit us hard and we didn’t have the
conditions needed to care… Continue reading

The End of the Cuban Rafters

The End of the Cuban Rafters
August 14, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Twenty years ago, a massive exodus of Cuban rafters –
some 35 thousand left the country – marked the beginning of the end for
this type of illegal emigration. Washington and Havana reached an
agreement whereby all Cubans captured at sea would be returned to the… Continue reading

Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law

Posted on Monday, 06.30.14

Cuba: Just 50 cars sold in 6 months under new law
BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HAVANA — Just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles have been sold in
Cuba in the nearly six months since a new law took effect that let
islanders buy vehicles from state-run dealerships without a special
permit for the first time… Continue reading

Drawing the Line in Cuba

Drawing the Line in Cuba
June 11, 2014
Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — The timely intervention of a reader in my post “The
advantages of being poor (I)“, has triggered a seizure of thoughts in my
head. The reader, who signed Octavio Lopez, says:

“The behavior described in the article on the difficulties with rice, is
widespread in the population… Continue reading

Cuba: Not, in fact, a socialist paradise

Published: May 21, 2014

Cuba: Not, in fact, a socialist paradise
By Peter Franklin
Last updated: May 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

North Korea exerts such a horrifying grip on our attention that we forget about Cuba – another hereditary Communist state that somehow survived the end of the Cold War.

Compared to the Kims, the Castros get a pretty… Continue reading

Cubans rally for “sustainable socialism” on May Day

Cubans rally for “sustainable socialism” on May Day

HAVANA — An estimated 600,000 residents of Cuba’s capital marched
through Revolution Square on May Day morning in an “expression of
support for our revolution and our historic leaders,” according to top
trade unionist Ulises Guilarte De Nacimiento.

Millions more paraded in other cities across the island.

A cheerful-looking President Raul Castro,… Continue reading

UA in Cuba offers cultural experience to students

UA in Cuba offers cultural experience to students
IN NEWS / BY HEATHER BUCHANAN / ON APRIL 14, 2014 AT 12:00 AM /

Five University of Alabama students are spending their spring semester
in Havana, Cuba, as part of the Alabama in Cuba study abroad program.

Michael Schnepf, a professor in the department of modern languages and
classics, has led… Continue reading

Public Transportation in Cuba – Moving Backwards

Public Transportation in Cuba: Moving Backwards
April 4, 2014
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — As far as its public transportation system is concerned,
Cuba has two choices: to continue doing the same thing for another 50
years or to study the experiences of other countries and apply those
that best suit the situation at home, without the need of reinventing… Continue reading

Don’t Bite the Hand that Educates You – On Cuba’s Teachers

Don’t Bite the Hand that Educates You: On Cuba’s Teachers
October 17, 2013
Fernando Ravsberg*

HAVANA TIMES — Granma, the Cuban Communist Party’s official daily
newspaper, has published a note attacking the island’s educators who
take on jobs on the side in order to make ends meet. According to the
long article, teachers who offer private lessons reveal “a lack… Continue reading

“It’s Being Studied” – The Cuban Art of Making Excuses

“It’s Being Studied”: The Cuban Art of Making Excuses
October 15, 2013
Dariela Aquique

HAVANA TIMES — With its abundance of synonyms and antonyms, Spanish is
one of the richest and most complex of currently existing languages.

According to the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, the word
“justify” has the following (most common) meanings:

– Something presented as the… Continue reading

Housing in Cuba: An Unresolved Nightmare

Housing in Cuba: An Unresolved Nightmare
October 7, 2013
By FERNANDO RAVSBERG

HAVANA TIMES — “No-one from the Ministry of Housing has come around to see the finished house,” “this is the first time in 10 years that journalists have paid any attention to people living in shelters,” “the housing project was completed 3 months ago and we still don’t… Continue reading

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