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    Cuba in the Trump Era

    The Theater, set design, script, soundtrack and even the audience chosen by Trump to announce the end of the rapprochement process with Cuba couldn’t have been worse. In political communication terms, the new US president is just a caricature of Obama.

featuredimage Cuba: Only 5.7% of the Population Have Water 24/7

Having running water 24 hours a day in Cuba is a luxury reserved for just 5.7% of the population in a country with over 11 million inhabitants. The situation could get worse before it gets better.


featuredimage A Familiar Face at Cuba’s Film School

Friendly, affectionate, but also direct and straight to the point, we found Ybis Caises along the main corridor of the International School of Film and Television. Her job since 1986 consists of connecting students and employees at this center with the outside world.


featuredimage Postcards of the Havana Malecon Seawall

In September of 2014 we published my first feature on Havana’s malecon seawall. Now, almost three years later, we return to show some postcards of this beautiful and emblematic avenue. (16 photos)


featuredimage Understanding the New US Policy on Cuba

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump this Friday in Miami to change US policy towards Cuba contains, in essence, new restrictions on travel and commercial activities, but does not affect family visits or remittances from the Cuban-American community.


rightcolimage Making Money Off Ignorance, Using Innocence

The photo is of a so-called “hot dog” label (a kind of sausage which is widely consumed in Cuba), sold in hard currency among other meat products. They are quite popular and are used to put together a quick meal and even the bread with “something” snack.


rightcolimage I’m Writing Again, Thanks to Cuban Filmmaker Fernando Perez

I haven’t written an article since May 2015. In fact, the last thing I wrote and was published on Havana Times was inspired by the movie Regreso a Itaca (Return to Ithaca). Today, I am leaving my refuge and it’s a Cuban film that has brought me to the arena of letters again…


rightcolimage The Undesirable Backpack

We all know how important and practical a backpack is. As well as lightening the load, it helps us to transport personal objects which we are interested in carrying with us. But, how can something so useful become an undesirable object that gets in the way at a certain time?


rightcolimage Trump’s New Policy, Who Really Benefits?

Last Friday, I was hanging onto every word the new US president said. Personally-speaking, I believe his speech was a well-orchestrated political show to win over the extreme Right of this country which is mainly concentrated in Miami.


rightcolimage Back to the Cold War

The US president gave a speech in Miami on Friday June 16, in which he spoke about Cuba, without knowing Cuba, just to please this select audience and to get votes in Congress from the reactionary congressmen with Cuban roots, who don’t know Cuba either.


rightcolimage Vodou Project Exposition at the Cuban Institute of Anthropology

A temporary art exhibition was put on display at the ICAN (Cuban Institute of Anthropology), as part of the IX International Colloquium on Research of African-Derived Religions. (9 photos)


rightcolimage It Isn’t Cowardice, Its Alienation

For two months now, Venezuela has been proving that Human Dignity, in the Western and modern understanding of the term, continues to hold its mobilizing potential in the degraded Caribbean region.


rightcolimage Mother’s Day vs. Father’s Day

It will be Father’s Day on Sunday here in Cuba, but, of course, it doesn’t have as much impact or coverage by the media as Mother’s Day. Here’s a few comments on the subject.