Should We Sign the “Oath” to Castro’s Revolution?

    Fidel Castro’s funeral rites are being used as an opportunity to call for a new oath: to sign the “concept of the Revolution”, which was declared by the Comandante 16 years ago, and which has been circulated to death, and can even be found in the country’s nightclubs.

featuredimage Cuba after Fidel: Saving Everything that Can Be Saved

Fidel Castro’s death hasn’t changed anything or rather, to not be black and white, it has changed very little in the island´s situation. The Commander-in-Chief wanted to spend the last decade of his life as a “soldier of ideas”, who didn’t intervene – at least publicly – in national matters.

featuredimage No Castro, New Problem!

Fidel Castro has passed away, and after the initial moment of crying and celebrations – temporary phenomena which are still necessary – there is one fact that we have to assimilate. His figure has marked the fate of too many lives for decades, which means that something so defining like his death can’t be overlooked.

featuredimage How Should We Grieve Fidel Castro?

My husband’s phone rang at 2am. A quick glance at the country dialing code, +53, jolted him out of his haze; an unexpected call in the early hours of the morning has more often than not proved to be the bearer of bad news.

featuredimage Havana Bid Farewell to Fidel Castro (Photos)

With a long succession of speeches, leaders of different countries paid tribute to Fidel Castro before hundreds of thousands of Cubans in the Plaza de la Revolution in Havana. On Wednesday morning his ashes began a four-day journey east to be buried in Santiago de Cuba. (38 photos)

rightcolimage Needs and the Guilt of Consumerism

A psychological state has been created in poor people in Cuba so that they can do without so many things and hate consumerism like they would an infernal machine.

rightcolimage 48 Minutes at the Entrance to the Havana Bay Tunnel

Some ago, I was returning from Havana on a city bus. When we had already the passed the Spanish embassy, the bus began to slow down to a stop. There was a queue of cars in front of us and another queue began to form behind us.

rightcolimage The King is Dead – The Day After

“The king has died without a crown,” Alejando commented, highlighting how Fidel was able to govern in all of Latin America from Cuba, as well as lead a war in Angola from Havana. “A man like him will never be forgotten,” he concluded regretfully.

rightcolimage The Cuba that Never Changes?

Having decided to return to Cuba, Cuban emigres (as well as emigrants from any other country, of course), find that they have to resolve a series of fundamental matters so they can adapt to their new place of residence.

rightcolimage Machismo Doesn’t Fit into a Photo

Of course, it’s impossible to reflect such a complex issue like machismo is which could even be considered a kind of ideology that has its historic roots in the world’s system, in an image. This presented quite a challenge to the contest participants.

rightcolimage Stories from My Neighborhood in Guantanamo, Cuba

I want to tell Havana Times readers about these people who give life to this place and tell you the anecdotes relating to them, so that you can get to know one of my city’s poorest neighborhoods, albeit the liveliest.

rightcolimage Dear Nauta, Cuba’s Public Internet and E-mail Service

Whose great idea was it to create Nauta email accounts? Nauta internet cards? I’m trying to figure out who it was that gave birth to these monsters, clearly created by the government owned ETECSA telecommunications empire.

rightcolimage Cuba with Money

With the harmlessness that indirect references give us (films, comments made by emigre friends or relatives), Cubans make a god out of US citizens, even though they have great geographical, cultural and political differences.