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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

Independent Journalist Arrested For Investigating The Case Of Karla Pérez González

Independent Journalist Arrested For Investigating The Case Of Karla
Pérez González

14ymedio, Havana, 25 Havana, 25 April 2017 — The independent magazine El
Estornudo (The Sneeze) has denounced Monday’s detention of its
collaborator Maykel González Vivero. The young journalist was detained
at Marta Abreu de las Villas Central University, while reporting on the
expulsion of journalism student Karla Pérez González.… 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

Social justice in Cuba? No racism?

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

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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

An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba

An inside look at Cockfighting in Cuba
SARAH MARSH AND ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI
Apr 23rd 2017 6:01PM

CIEGO DE AVILA, April 20 (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says
his favorite fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it
died of illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays
it on his mantelpiece beside a television.… Continue reading

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN
rights expert

21 April 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to
consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls
victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the
authorities can take action against offenders.

“Although cases of trafficking… Continue reading

Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas

Cockfighting in Cuba: clandestine venues, state arenas
By Sarah Marsh and Alexandre Meneghini
Reuters April 20, 2017

CIEGO DE AVILA (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Pascual Ferrel says his favorite
fighting cock’s prowess was “off the charts,” so after it died of
illness he had the black and red rooster preserved and displays it on
his mantelpiece beside a television.

“He… Continue reading

Ex-Minister: Cuba Earns $11.5 Billion From Export of Professional Services

Ex-Minister: Cuba Earns $11.5 Billion From Export of Professional Services

14ymedio, Miami, 17 April 2017 — Cuban professional services abroad are
the main source of foreign exchange for the government and represent an
estimated 11.543 billion dollars annually, according to an article
published in the official press by the island’s former Minister of the
Economy, José Luis Rodríguez.

Most of… Continue reading

Emulating exclusion

Emulating exclusion
ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 18 de Abril de 2017 – 16:03 CEST.

Years back what they call “civil society” became part of my life through
my early engagement in a combination of community activism and links to
the few NGOs working in Cuba, followed by participation in Latin
American social movements and organizations that defend… Continue reading

Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love

“Being A Teacher Is Not Profitable In Cuba But It Teaches You To Love”

The damages to educational quality caused by the lack of preparation of
the “emerging teachers” remain to be measured. (Telesur)
14ymedio, Caridad Cruz/Mario Penton, Cienfuegos/Miami, 17 April 2017 –
teaching children cursive writing and educating them is much more than a
job for Adrian, an elementary… Continue reading

Cuba Frozen in Time

Cuba Frozen in Time
Paul R. Pillar
April 16, 2017

A week-long visit to Cuba reveals a tropical country of 11 million
people that is stuck in a kind of time capsule. The anachronistic
aspects of the country are symbolized by the 1950s-era U.S.-made
automobiles that cruise city streets—and the resourcefulness of Cubans
is symbolized by whatever they do to… Continue reading

The Student Body Will Never Accept The Counterrevolution

“The Student Body Will Never Accept The Counterrevolution”

14ymedio, Havana, 15 April 2017 — A statement signed by the Council of
the University Student Federation (FEU) of ‘Marta Abreu’ Central
University of Las Villas ratified the expulsion of student Karla Pérez
González from the journalism department. “The university students will
never accept the counterrevolution within our universities,” says the
text… Continue reading

SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA

SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: THE JEWS OF CUBA
BYDANIELLE ZIRI APRIL 16, 2017 07:20
Cuban Jews face challenges with hope.

HAVANA, CUBA – On a quiet, tree-lined street of Havana’s Vedado, a
residential neighborhood just steps away from the sea, one may come
across a simple yet striking construction.

A dozen yellow-brownish marble steps lead to a large… 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

Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons”

Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons”

14ymedio, Havana, 13 April 2017 — Karla Pérez González was not summoned
to the meeting where her future was decided. The first-year Journalism
student received a telephone call on Wednesday to notify her of her
expulsion from Marta Abreu University in Santa Clara. Her crime? Having
contacts with the Somos+ (We Are… Continue reading

Separating baseball from politics

Separating baseball from politics
DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 13 de Abril de 2017 – 13:13 CEST.

The decline of Cuban baseball and the formation of a unified team with
athletes from the Island and the Big Leagues have sparked much
discussion since the fiasco at the 4th World Baseball Classic. These
issues are difficult to understand without looking… 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

Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called ‘El Sexto,’ on art and liberty in Cuba

Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called ‘El Sexto,’ on art
and liberty in Cuba
Carolina A. Miranda

At the tail end of 2014, Danilo Maldonado Machado, the graffiti artist
known as “El Sexto,” was detained by the authorities as he made his way
to a public park in Havana to stage a work of protest art. In his
vehicle,… Continue reading

A diver with a stack of degrees under his mattress

A diver with a stack of degrees under his mattress
FRANK CORREA | La Habana | 7 de Abril de 2017 – 23:20 CEST.

Joaquín Vázquez is one of the many parents whose best-laid plans for the
future fell apart. Under the mattress of his room he stores several
diplomas from studies he undertook to achieve a broad education. He… Continue reading

Depression, the “Silent Epidemic” Also Attacks in Cuba

Depression, the “Silent Epidemic” Also Attacks in Cuba
April 3, 2017
By Pilar Montes

HAVANA TIMES — A recent medical event in Havana and particular
indicators I picked up on in TV programs and social projects, stirred my
curiosity about the impact of depression in Cuba.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO),
depression affects 322 million people… 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

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