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Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba

Eleven Minutes of Horror: Stray Animals in Cuba
April 29, 2017
Veronica Vega

HAVANA TIMES — “Natural Selection” is a documentary which shows, in only
eleven minutes and a succession of visual cuts, the current landscape
for stray animals in Cuba.

Filmed in May 2016, it was officially shown on April 7th this year at
the Cine Chaplin, during Havana’s… Continue reading

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma

Corruption Versus Liberty: A Cuban Dilemma / Dimas Castellano

Dimas Castellanos, 18 November 2016 — The evil of corruption–the act of
corruption and its effects–has accompanied the human species since its
emergence. It has been present in all societies and in all ages. Its
diverse causes range from personal conduct to the political-economic
system of each country. In Cuba it… Continue reading

El Templete Has A New Ceiba, The Second In A Year

El Templete Has A New Ceiba, The Second In A Year

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 24 April 2017 — The place where the
town of San Cristóbal was founded in Havana has a new ceiba tree, the
second planted there in a little more than a year. The specimen comes
from the road between Managua and Boyeros, south of the… Continue reading

Anywhere, anytime: reggaeton

Anywhere, anytime: reggaeton
MANUEL GUERRA PÉREZ | La Habana | 26 de Abril de 2017 – 14:03 CEST.

“You’re crazy, sick, reckless,” goes the chorus of one of the tunes by
the singer El Chacal, along with the group Los Cuatro, among the most
popular on the Island.

Reggaeton is one of the musical genres most listened to by Cubans.… Continue reading

Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children

Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children
By Sarah Marsh
Reuters April 21, 2017

HAVANA (Reuters) – The gigantic black and white portraits of children
started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two
years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez.

The sober, finely painted portraits contrast with Cuba’s dilapidated
buildings and pot-holed… Continue reading

Cuban State Security and Police Prevent Screening of Independent Film in Havana

Cuban State Security and Police Prevent Screening of Independent Film in
Havana

Statement from Miguel Coyula and Lynn Cruz

15 April 2017, 8:00 PM, Havana: Cuban State Security and Police blocked
the street leading to the Gallery El Circulo in Havana in order to
prevent the audience from attending the screening of Miguel Coyula’s
independent film Nadie, which depicts the… Continue reading

A Cuban Rapper Rebels against a Corrupt Bureaucracy and Wins

A Cuban Rapper Rebels against a Corrupt Bureaucracy and Wins / Juan Juan
Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 17February 2017 — After two years and eight months of
prolonged struggle, the inconclastic Santiago de Cuba rapper Henry Laso
Martinez, known as “El Encuyé,” won the first round in a battle against
corrupt officials in charge of the country’s most powerful musical… Continue reading

State Security Prevents Screening Of Miguel Coyula’s Documentary ‘Nadie’

State Security Prevents Screening Of Miguel Coyula’s Documentary ‘Nadie’

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 April 2017 – Cuba’s State Security and
the National Revolutionary Police surrounded the independent gallery El
Círculo to prevent this Saturday’s screening of the documentary Nadie
(Nobody), directed by Miguel Coyula and featuring the censored poet and
writer Rafael Alcides.

The filmmaker and his wife, actress… Continue reading

Watch: Cuba’s ‘Reggaeton Revolución’ Prospers In The Face Of Censorship

Watch: Cuba’s ‘Reggaeton Revolución’ Prospers In The Face Of Censorship
Vibe April 14, 2017
By Shanice Davis

Though eminent among Cuban youth, reggaeton was forced underground after
the government censored the “explicit” genre on television and radio
back in 2012. That hasn’t stopped creative forces behind the sound from
pushing it forward, however, as seen in Reggaeton Revolución: Cuba in… Continue reading

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

It Is Forbidden To Sell Cheese In The Cuban Countryside

14ymedio, Bertha Guillen, Candelaria, 11 April 2017 — The milk boils on
the rustic stove while on the table the cream is churned to make
butter. The whole family revolves around the modest production of
artisan cheese, a product targeted by the police and appealing to customers.

Roberto leaves the… Continue reading

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba

5 Things Cruise Lines Won’t Tell You About Cuba
April 13, 2017

Of all the ports I’ve sailed into as a crew member, Havana is my
favorite. I fell in love with the city while working as a guide on the
first round of Cuba cruises. We were the only ship from the United
States, with just 700 passengers every… Continue reading

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

Cuban-American Relations in 2017
BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany,
director of the Cuban Research Institute.

Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba
built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded
to Cuba’s communist ideology… Continue reading

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations

What the Future Holds for U.S.-Cuba Relations
Apr 11, 2017 Latin America North America

When the Obama administration reestablished U.S. diplomatic relations
with Cuba in December 2014, many experts predicted that it would bring a
flood of new money to the island, transforming its economy and political
culture for the better. Almost two-and-a-half years later, U.S. trade
with Cuba continues… Continue reading

Young Cuban Filmmakers Challenge Official History

Young Cuban Filmmakers Challenge Official History

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 8 April 2017 – Were the events like the books
tell us? Is the official story a report of what really happened? The
attempt to answer these questions inspires the documentary and two
fictional shorts that were presented Wednesday in the ‘Moving Ideas’
section of the 16th edition of the Young… Continue reading

Discover The Incredible Cars Of Cuba And The People Who Keep Them Running

Discover The Incredible Cars Of Cuba And The People Who Keep Them Running
Justin T. Westbrook

Recent political changes in Cuba, including expanded accessibility to
personal transportation and loosening restrictions of trade and tourism
with the U.S., have put a fresh light on the country’s car scene.
Popular YouTube channel Mighty Car Mods just released a beautiful
documentary on the… Continue reading

How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour

How to plan a Cuba trip without an organized tour
By KAREN SCHWARTZ | karenlschwartz@yahoo.com |
April 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

I’ve always been one to abide by the important rules. I carry car
insurance. I don’t cheat on my taxes, and when I decided to visit Cuba,
I wanted to comply with the U.S. government regulations for travel… Continue reading

Cuba sí, racism no!

Cuba sí, racism no!
By Cate McQuaid GLOBE CORRESPONDENT APRIL 06, 2017

CAMBRIDGE — The Afro-Cuban painter Juan Roberto Diago came of age in the
1990s in the midst of a firestorm. The collapse of the Soviet Union
devastated Cuban trade and the island’s economy suffered a teeth-jarring
blow. Famine followed. Social unrest was inevitable.

Hardship wrenched open racial divides.… Continue reading

European Diplomats Visit The Center For Coexistence Studies In Pinar Del Río

European Diplomats Visit The Center For Coexistence Studies In Pinar Del Río

14ymedio, Havana, 31 March 2017 — A delegation from the European Union
in Cuba visited the Coexistence Study Center (CEC) in the city of Pinar
del Río on Thursday. The group was headed by EU political attaché in
Havana, Carlos Perez Padilla, and also included representatives from the… Continue reading

The Cuban Music You Haven’t Heard – ‘Forbidden Shore’ at Havana Film Festival New York

The Cuban Music You Haven’t Heard: ‘Forbidden Shore’ at Havana Film
Festival New York
by SANDRA GUZMAN

If there is one film that can serve as a metaphor for how little the
world knows about Cuba, Latin America, and the rest of the region, it’s
“The Forbidden Shore,” a marvelous documentary that introduces the world
to forty Cuban artists.

It’s… Continue reading

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba

Luxury Cruise Line Makes Inaugural Visit to Cuba
March 31, 2017 by Ben Souza

Luxury cruise line Azamara Club Cruises made their inaugural visit to
Cuba this week when Azamara Quest arrived in Havana, Cuba.

The ship sailed down the Bahía de la Habana alongside Havana’s famous El
Malecón providing guests magnificent views of the local shoreline before
turning alongside… Continue reading

HOW REGGAETÓN EXPLODED ALL OVER CUBA WITHOUT THE INTERNET

HOW REGGAETÓN EXPLODED ALL OVER CUBA WITHOUT THE INTERNET

YOU CAN’T VISIT Cuba and not hear reggaetón. The eclectic mix of salsa,
hip-hop and electronica blasts from shops, cars and bike taxis. And
despite government censorship and limited internet access, the genre
exploded in popularity thanks to “el paquete,” a grassroots distribution
system that relies on nothing more than hard… Continue reading

Cuba starving for children – and here’s why

Cuba starving for children – and here’s why
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

If Cuba is to emerge into a vital and productive nation, it must first
begin to encourage families. That’s the advice of one of the leading
experts on the international pro-life movement.

Dr. Joseph Meaney, a spokesman for Human Life International, is well
versed… Continue reading

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