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    Cuba and its Tropical Pol Pot

    The debate has revealed an overwhelming rejection of smear campaigns published in two or three Cuban blogs, where half a dozen gloomy officials self-promote themselves as the ideological guides of all Cuban revolutionaries.

featuredimage Cuba’s Private Sector Readies for Government Offensive

Raul Castro dedicated the heart of his latest speech – at the National Assemby – to the self-employed sector which is considered to be a motor for the economy, but as fishermen say, there are people who fish and then get scared of fish eyes.


featuredimage Cuba Today: One Step Forward and Three Steps Back

Several days before Raul Castro’s speech, lawmakers designated from above, were sent to “investigate the non-agricultural cooperative experiment” and they paved the way for this crafty attack on the few freedoms that non-agricultural cooperatives have.


featuredimage It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Change Money in Havana

The existence of two currencies as legal tender means that converting one for the other is a necessity, depending on the things you need to buy, while trying to save one’s meager salary at the same time. The current reality of the situation is that the much-needed conversion of these currencies has become a real challenge for the Cuban people.


featuredimage USA, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Human Rights

The international community will not be able to establish an effective policy for the defense of human rights as long as it remains influenced by the political and economic interests of one country or another.


rightcolimage Will Venezuelans Die of Hunger to Keep Maduro in Power?

I’m at the Barquisimeto bus terminal in Lara State. Next to me, there’s a dog. She drags along a paw and she has myiasis on some parts of her body. I suddenly think about what I can give her to eat…


rightcolimage We Are All Wolves

I interviewed the young actress and filmmaker Camila Carballo. Her last short movie “Lobos” (wolves), tells the story of two men who break into an old man’s apartment after he has just passed away, and they do this for the simple reason that they want to extend their homes.


rightcolimage Speculation about Cuba’s Future

Pro-capitalist speculation and instructions from “saviors” of the Revolution are appearing in the pro-capitalist media on a regular basis. These “saviors” are proposing on changing, very gently, the current system of government in a transition period where capitalism will slowly be reinstated…


rightcolimage Cuban Children and Their Toys

Today in Cuba, like in the rest of the world, children’s toys have nothing to do with what they once were in past eras. Likewise, obtaining them is something that has become an extremely difficult task here on the island.


rightcolimage A Game of Love and Cruelty

I am aware that there might not be very many gamers among Havana Times readers, however, I’m going out on a limb today and will talk a little bit about a game that deserves a review.


rightcolimage The Good and the Bad When it Comes to Cuba

A French friend used to tell me that listening to criticism from foreigners about her country was a healthy experience for her. The general opinions of a visitor tend to be based on the splendor of a first impression, and aren’t objective at all.


rightcolimage Of Course it’s Possible to be a Millionaire in Cuba

Being a millionaire is the dream of many, I can’t say that it hasn’t been my own too. Some children fantasize about having a lot of money to take water and food to starving children in exploited Africa; others thought about helping those most in need on the planet…


rightcolimage Repatriation to Cuba and its Advantages

Cuba is a tourist destination. A slogan says so. But nevertheless, it is also a long term business. Therefore, many Cubans in exile are seeking out the way to be “repatriated”. And what does that mean? Well, that there are certain facilities involved, which will then translate into benefits.