Cuba Photo Contest 2014 Semifinalists

    It’s time to present the pictures from the 6th HT Cuba Photo Contest that made it to the second round of selection. We received a total of 555 pictures from 72 participants competing in the five categories: Cuba y Night, Achievements, Failures, Housing and Billboards/Posters. (163 photos)

featuredimage Cuba: The Country of the “No”

I invite you to take trip with me to the Kingdom of the No. An attentive gaze, some notes and several photos are enough to confirm the persistent obstacles that people run into when dealing with service providers supposedly created to make their lives easier.

featuredimage Cuba in Individual Sports for the Veracruz-2014 Games

About a decade ago, the Central American and Caribbean Games were a cake walk, for Cuba. The dominance of Cuban sports was such that it used to breeze at regional trials, where they even enjoyed the privilege of leaving their star athletes at home and still win the competition with ease.

featuredimage Cuba: reasonable doubt or blatant racism?

On Saturday, October 18, I waved down a collective taxi to head home from the upscale Vedado neighborhood. I got in next to the driver, since three other people already occupied the back seat. In the neighborhood known as Sports City, a woman got in next to me.

featuredimage Who Wants Him to Shut Up Cuban Singer Orman Cala

Though Orman Cala (Granma, 1980) hasn’t enjoyed the same publicity some of his contemporaries have, his songs are charged with a rebellious spirit and a provocative youthful impetus that leave those fortunate enough to listen to them wanting more.

rightcolimage Cuba as the End Times Approach

In my previous post, I mentioned in passing that this and all other countries would face a devastating crisis of civilization sooner rather than later. In view of the pronounced interest the issue seems to have among Havana Times’ commentators, I have decided to return to it in this post.

rightcolimage My Neighbor’s Death

“Did you hear about the accident that happened on the Monumental roadway half an hour ago? Two elderly mulattos driving a beige Moskovich at high speed ran into an electrical post. They say they’re from your neighborhood.”

rightcolimage On the “Physical Disappearance” of Cuba’s Historical Figures

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was taken prisoner and assassinated on October 9, 1967 under orders from the CIA. We know this thanks to testimonies offered by the person who executed him. Why falsify the historical record?

rightcolimage My Experience on a Cuban Bus

It is not my intention to debate whether the irregularities of local, inter-municipal or inter-provincial transportation are to be blamed on the blockade imposed on the island. What I want to share with you today is what happened to me yesterday…

rightcolimage Opinion Pieces and Harsh Comments

Though I’ve been busy with the defense of my Masters’ thesis, I’ve had some time to read some of the comments on the posts written by my colleague, compatriot and friend Dariela Aquique. I want to point out at the outset that I have no intention of becoming her defense attorney.

rightcolimage Cuba Between Post-Totalitarianism and the Dictatorship of the Right

I often say that the Cuban regime is a totalitarian dictatorship and, in saying this, I vent the frustration it produces me in one fell swoop. It’s a shame Spanish does not have as expressive and accurate a term as Totalherrschaft.

rightcolimage Cuba Earning from Education

When the history of how Cuba entered the globalized marketplace is written healthcare will be the principal protagonist. Entering the international medical education marketplace and the dynamic use of human resources in healthcare has become the most globalized feature of the Cuban economy.

rightcolimage Being Beautiful in Cuba

As women age, they begin to require a certain dignity that experience alone cannot afford them. What is experience, after all? It is the succession of the mistakes we make in life. And one never learns – there is simply not enough time to do so.