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    Super Luxury Hotel Opens in Havana, Cuba

    The Gran Hotel Manzana, the first five-star plus hotel in Cuba, opened its doors Monday in Havana operated by the Swiss company Kempinski, which considers the facility its “point” of entry to the Americas. The hotel is owned by the Cuban Armed Forces.

featuredimage Why I Left Cuba, My Life in Costa Rica

I received a message on Facebook, it was from a Cuban in exile in San Jose, Costa Rica, who was asking me to give him an interview so that the world could know a little bit about his life and what he claims was his life in Cuba. We meet Lester Sosa Gattorno, a 37 year old Cuban who is now living in Costa Rica.


featuredimage Cuban Documentary “Between Changes”

“Entre cambios” (Between changes) is a documentary dedicated to a specific generation of Cubans: the one who had to live through the fragile limbo when the Soviet Union collapsed. We concentrated particularly on speaking to those who experienced these changes there, in the places where the events took place.


featuredimage Who’s Responsible for the Violence in Today’s Venezuela

We can’t deny the fact that Chavez’s Fifth Republic Movement was conceived as a progressive, democratic, inclusive and encouraging project despite all of the negative forecasts from detractors of any attempts aimed at making the world a little fairer. Likewise, we can’t deny the adverse result of being in power for almost two decades and the tyrannical offspring that this beautiful project evolved into.


featuredimage Exchange between Two Cuban Poets

In the same way that news traveled in old times, from hand to hand, Rafael Alcides received the criticism that writer Nestor Diaz de Villegas, another Cuban poet but in exile in the United States, leveled against him in a review of the documentary Nadie (Nobody) directed by Miguel Coyula, where Alcides plays the lead character.


rightcolimage My Trip to Prague, Writing from Cuba

Writing a regular diary in Prague was difficult for me. The peculiarities of the video journalism course, my encounter with the city, with the Internet and with the Czech people filled my 24 hours to the full.


rightcolimage One More Step Towards an Animal Protection Law in Cuba

Just a week ago, the Cuban Association for the Defense of Animals called for a collection of signatures rejecting the crime that took place in Manzanillo. Almost 2,000 signatures were collected in just six days and there are still people who are interested in signing the petition so that animal abuse becomes a punishable crime.


rightcolimage Faggots and Homophobes

They are called faggots, pussies, chickens, crazies… but these are all derogatory names. Calling a man a “faggot” is the worst insult you can give him. And that’s because homophobia is as deeply-rooted and entrenched as machismo itself.


rightcolimage My Second Trip to the Czech Republic

On May 4th, I traveled to the Czech Republic for the second time. This time, I had been chosen to take part in a workshop, along with five women, about the issue of women’s rights today, their social empowerment, where another vulnerable group was also introduced, the LGTBI community.


rightcolimage Where I’ve Been of Late…

It’s been a while now since I’ve written something for Havana Times; and I wouldn’t write anything if its editor, a personal friend of mine, hadn’t kept on asking me to. The first thing that comes to mind to tell you is, well, precisely why I stopped writing.


rightcolimage Friendship and Trust in an Old Song

When we said goodbye, she left a crayon mark on the side of my face. An hour or so before all I did was go up to the bar, where she was already standing in front of me. Surprised, I explained that I was only running away from the rain.


rightcolimage Mainstream Media Silence about Cuba

The so-called Great Western Press, that is to say, the most influential in the United States and in other developed and not so developed capitalist countries, regularly echo news and articles that offer an absolutely distorted and lying image of Cuban reality.


rightcolimage Havana Residents Protest Cruelty against Puppy

In response to the brutal video that has become viral, where two Cubans – in Manzanillo to the east of the country – set a puppy on fire, signatures have been collected that will accompany a letter to President Raul Castro.