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Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

Taxi Driver Arrested In Havana After Being Accused Of Racism

14ymedio, Havana, 10 July 2017 – The driver of a private taxi was
arrested after being accused of racial discrimination by Yanay Aguirre
Calderín, according to a report Monday in the weekly paper Trabajadores
(Workers). The event has generated numerous articles in the official
press which is making an example… Continue reading

Under Trump’s revised policy, black Cubans will get left behind, again

Under Trump’s revised policy, black Cubans will get left behind, again
BY ALEJANDRO DE LA FUENTE
delafuente@fas.harvard.edu

As President Trump announced the administration’s new policies on Cuba,
I worried that Afro-Cubans would be the main losers. They have been
losing for some time. The timid economic reforms implemented by the
Cuban government in the past two decades have resulted in… Continue reading

Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments?

Do we Cubans still need permission to enter state establishments?
JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 31 de Mayo de 2017 – 07:34 CEST.

I recently went to buy cigarrettes at the Ruinas del Parque
bar-restaurant, located on the corner of Obispo and Aguacate, in Old
Havana. I said “good afternoon” to the doorman, and headed towards the
bar,… Continue reading

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of
African descent
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The first Cuban chef with a Michelin star, and the chef — and owner — of
the private paladar where former President Barack Obama dined during
his trip to Cuba, have something more in common than love of cooking:
Both represent snippets… Continue reading

Cuban activists fighting racism weigh their fragile relationship with the government

Cuban activists fighting racism weigh their fragile relationship with
the government
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Almost apologizing because he “doesn’t want to make things worse,”
Afro-Cuban activist Norberto Mesa Carbonell recalled how Cuban police
arrested him for trying to celebrate the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination last month.

“I was jailed for eight days,” the retired… Continue reading

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

Commentary: Social justice in Cuba? No racism?
Javier Garcia-Bengochea
Guest Columnist

Privacy Policy
It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you. It’s what you think you
know that just ain’t so … Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige
paraphrasing Mark Twain.

It’s called fake news. For decades, Cuba has promoted a false narrative
regarding its revolution. A receptive media… Continue reading

In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say

In Cuba, a battle against racism persists, activists say
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
More than 30 Cuban activists, writers, academics and entrepreneurs,
mostly of African descent, gathered at Harvard University for an
unprecedented meeting to celebrate the achievements of the Afro-Cuban
movement on the island and set the course for future work.

“We have to be aware… 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

Free market Cubans make their case

Free market Cubans make their case
YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 3 de Abril de 2017 – 19:01 CEST.

Until 2003 Fernando Palacio oversaw the Intensive System for Medical
Emergencies (SIUM), a very prominent position in one of the sectors most
tightly controlled by the Government. Today he is the National
Coordinator of the opposition group Partido Solidaridad… Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba
OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017

Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching
experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer
than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a
place he was familiar with, I… Continue reading

And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba

“And Then You Hear People Say That Racism Doesn’t Exist In Cuba” / Cubanet

I literally just saw a police officer ask a couple of kids for their
identification and I’m pretty sure he did it because they were black.
That’s just the life they were dealt. I have almost never seen the same
happen to white kids. It’s as… Continue reading

Legacy and End Point

Legacy and End Point / Somos+, Pedro Acosta

Somos+, Pedro Acosta, 6 December 2016 — After your departure the Cuban
people should be eternally grateful for:

The fall of the dictatorship. Fulfilling your political promises,
especially the respect for the 1940 Constitution, the quick holding of
free elections, and not placing yourself permanently in power.

For making us economically independent… Continue reading

Cuban rapper dedicates new song with biting lyrics to those fleeing

Cuban rapper dedicates new song with biting lyrics to those fleeing
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

The immigration experience served as the inspiring force behind a new
album by Bian Oscar Rodríguez, better known in the Cuban hip-hop scene
as El B.

He co-founded Los Aldeanos along with Aldo Rodríguez Baquero (no
relation). The duo rose to become one of… Continue reading

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?

Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?
August 23, 2016
By Yusimi Rodriguez

HAVANA TIMES — I regularly read the articles written by my fellow
writer, Elio Delgado Legon, who adds a touch of humor to this website
for many of its readers. Personally, his greatest virtue, without him
intending to do this, is to show the plurality of Havana Times, an… Continue reading

Between Analogue and Ideologue. Internet Access in Cuba

Between Analogue and Ideologue. Internet Access in Cuba / Regina Coyula

Ideas shared at the Internet Governance Forum events of the Internet
Society of Latin America and the Caribbean, which recently took place in
Costa Rica.

Regina Coyula, 5 August 2016 — Now recognised as a human right by most
people and most governments, internet access in Cuba has been… Continue reading

As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba

As the future closes in, there’s still time to travel to authentic Cuba
THE WASHINGTON POST
PUBLISHED: August 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm | UPDATED: August 5, 2016 at 2:19
By Moriah Balingit
The Washington Post

For many travelers, the goal is to physically move – to be flung through
airspace and to cross borders — but to remain in… Continue reading

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba

Discovering the African Heartbeat in Cuba
Johnica Reed Hawkins

This story originally appeared in the August issue of ESSENCE.
Cuba is a land of contradictions. It’s a nation that is largely defined
by the descendants of enslaved Africans, yet also a place where those
influences are often denied and racism is rarely confronted. Writer
Johnica Reed Hawkins traveled to the… Continue reading

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum
The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in
the classroom through rap.
Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters

I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her
modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history
scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con leche. Her tiny
living room… Continue reading

In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in time

In Cuba, as an uncertain future inches closer, it’s still a step back in
time
By Moriah Balingit July 28 at 4:30 PM

For many travelers, the goal is to physically move — to be flung through
airspace and to cross borders — but to remain in spaces that are
comfortably familiar. They would prefer to speak English and to… Continue reading

EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana

EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana
08/06/2016

On 6th June, the EU and Cuba held their second high-level discussion on
human rights in Havana. This was the first such meeting to take place on
the island.

The EU delegation was headed by EU Special Representative for Human
Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis and included the EU Ambassador to Cuba,
Herman Portocarero, and… Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires
They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism
and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness.
By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM

A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get
remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more
heavily Afro-Cuban than the west, migrate… Continue reading

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba

The Persistence of Racism in Cuba
May 21, 2016
By Alberto N Jones

HAVANA TIMES — The 1994 rafter crisis, changed the face of the Cuban
emigration and the strategy of the United States government to puncture
and weaken the Cuban government, when the predominantly white emigrants
suddenly became black and brown.

Surprised, the mass media in the US was… Continue reading

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