From Italy to Centro Habana: The Story of SalchiPizza

    Months ago, a foreign acquaintance of mine who had plans of settling in Cuba and opening a business there, was telling me there was no good bread on the island. It is no secret that our daily bread is getting worse on a daily basis. (31 photos)

featuredimage A Voice for Young Art in Cuba

Gustavo Gonzalez (alias G-Rhymes) is one of the organizers of Mision Calle (Street Mission) and one of the young artists behind the album Pedazo de Cielo (“A Slice of Heaven”). “We are a kind of independent production company that aims to promote certain values through the arts.”

featuredimage A Perspective from Cuba on Pirating and Access to Culture

This is a very controversial issue, particularly in Cuba. Because of the embargo imposed by the US government, Cuba has had restricted access to information – to books, music, films, software, operating systems and other products. The government’s response has been that of the so-called “cracking” of all types of software.

featuredimage Cuban Civil Society and Debate (Part II)

Fernando Ravsberg’s last article Cuban Civil Society and Debate (I) was the subject of much debate both on his personal website and in Havana Times. Today Fernando brings us a part 2, detailing some of the arguments made.

featuredimage The Special US Immigration Policy for Cubans

The US and Cuba have finally resumed diplomatic relations. The rapprochement has also refocused attention on the fifty-year-old American policy that allows Cubans to immigrate to the United States in unlimited numbers, a “privilege” not conferred upon citizens of any other country.

rightcolimage Things I Would Prefer Not to See and Hear in the News

When I arrived in the United States for the first time last summer, it had only been nine days since Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man, had been tragically killed in New York, after a police officer had put him in a chokehold following his detention.

rightcolimage Cuba in the Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation

A new anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian organization has been created in Latin America: the Central American and Caribbean Anarchist Federation. The federation’s inaugural congress was held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

rightcolimage Everyone’s a Builder in Cuba

Just about anyone will tell you here that they’re an experienced builder. You only need to have some construction materials lying around the house for someone to show up and offer you their services. “If you need a builder, just call me,” a new neighbor tells me.

rightcolimage Raul Castro’s Decrepit Speech at the Panama Summit

Ten days after leaders from the region met at the Summit of the Americas held in Panama, Cuban television is still airing fragments of Raul Castro’s address between different programs. In recent days, the news announced that “all of the people of Cuba support Raul’s remarks at the Summit of the Americas.”

rightcolimage The Contrasting News in the Cuban Press

Those of us who follow the Cuban press closely often complain about the scant variety of news that characterizes it. A more incisive look at this press, however, reveals a number of unintentional contrasts. Let us focus on two different dates.

rightcolimage On Charles Chaplin’s Birthday

I haven’t met anyone who is immune to his charms, who isn’t drawn into his stories, peopled by simple, flesh-and-blood characters, who doesn’t laugh and reflect at the same time. It is a unique experience, stepping into the skin of Charlot or any other character Chaplin played.

rightcolimage Critical Analysis regarding Sunday’s Cuban Elections

This Sunday another election will take place on the island, and once again the people will decide who will be their representative at the neighborhood level (Precinct delegates). At least that’s what the official discourse maintains. How far removed is this from reality?

rightcolimage My Entry into Video Journalism in Cuba

When a friend of mine, journalist Ignacio Gonzalez, approached me and invited me to host a press channel he planned on launching, the first thing I thought was that the job was not for me.