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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

The War of the Blacks

The War of the Blacks / Somos+

Somos+, Jose Manuel Presol, 17 May 2016 — If there is something shameful
in our republican history, it is the events of 1912. Nothing much is
being said about it, not even in the government’s current propaganda. It
is mentioned, articles and books are published about it, although it is
not widely exposed.… Continue reading

Racist graffiti and swastikas in Havana

Racist graffiti and swastikas in Havana
DDC | La Habana | 16 Mayo 2016 – 8:49 am.

On Wednesday the graffiti between Línea and 11 was still there, in El
Vedado. If it did not spark more controversy, this was due to its
location difficult to see by most passersby. It read “Muerte a los
negros (Death to blacks), noted… Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio,
Manuel Cuesta Morua

14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty
in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of
power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a
country faces an economic challenge, or a cultural,… Continue reading

Communist Militancy Expresses Its Disenchantment On The Web

Communist Militancy Expresses Its Disenchantment On The Web / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 19 April 2016 — The 7th Congress of the Communist
Party of Cuba has confirmed the suspicions of the opposition. Despite
the changes in the socio-political context of the island, the Party is
not open to the possibility a multi-party political system, nor will
there be new “forms… Continue reading

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in

Renowned Cuban pro-reform economist fired as chill sets in
4:25 PM Thursday Apr 21, 2016

HAVANA (AP) ” One of Cuba’s most renowned advocates of economic reform
has been fired from his University of Havana think tank for sharing
information with Americans without authorization, among other alleged
violations.

The dismissal of Omar Everleny Perez adds to a chillier mood that… Continue reading

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?
April 15, 2016
By Yusimi Rodriguez

HAVANA TIMES — The United Nations designated March 21 as the
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This
year, Cuba’s official media, tasked with covering (and criticizing) US
President Barack Obama’s address in Cuba, made absolutely no mention of
the day.

Civil society organizations,… Continue reading

Obama and Cuban myths debunked

Obama and Cuban myths debunked
YESENIA FERNÁNDEZ SELIER | Nueva York | 5 Abr 2016 – 12:30 pm.

Without any shots, threats or military invasions, the US’s 44th
president, Barack Hussein Obama, arrived in and departed from Cuba.
Cubans all over were glued to their screens, engaging in the inevitable
debate about his visit’s motivations and, more recently, its effects.… Continue reading

N-word published in official Cuban press in reference to Obama causes backlash

N-word published in official Cuban press in reference to Obama causes
backlash
BY NANCY SAN MARTIN
staff@InCubaToday.com

President Barack Obama’s trip to the island, which was dubbed as “an
historic opportunity to engage with the Cuban people,” resulted in a
high-profile insult from the place he sought to embrace, reported the
Western Journalism.

“An article in the Havana Tribune, a… Continue reading

The Offended Swede

The Offended Swede / 14ymedio Reinaldo Escobar
Posted on March 31, 2016

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 31 March 2016 — The poet and literary critic
Victor Fowler Calzada published in Sandra Abd’Allah-Alvarez Ramírez’s
blog, “I had be to a Black Cuban Woman,” a protest and at the same time
a call to solidarity in response to the publication of an opinion… Continue reading

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