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Angel Santiesteban: “I write to justify the space I take up on this Earth”

April 22, 2016 | 2 comments

My life seems meaningless if I don’t write every day. I write in order to express the feelings of those who want to be heard.” The father of two children, he doesn’t read what others write about him or his books. He only fears being unable to speak his mind.

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Cuban Architecture and Heritage in the Eyes of Foreign Experts

April 19, 2016 | No Comments »

Havana’s architectural heritage grabs hold of one, captures one, draws one’s attention. Currently, 165 US architects and experts in the field of preserving and restoring historical architecture are on the island, to take part in the Design Committee Conference of the American Architects Institute. (9 photos)

A Conversation in Cuba with a US University Student

April 18, 2016 | 3 comments

Henry Wesley Burt is 21 years old and studies psychology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He speaks to us of his experiences as a student and his recent visit to Cuba.

Did the Revolution End Racial Discrimination in Cuba?

April 15, 2016 | 7 comments

The United Nations designated March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, Cuba’s official media, tasked with covering (and criticizing) US President Barack Obama’s address in Cuba, made absolutely no mention of the day.

A Contemporary Cuban Silvermisth

April 7, 2016 | 5 comments

The creator of an original brand of products, Roxana Vargas is making her mark as a precious metal craftswoman, taking the market by storm with beautiful silver pieces made in Cuba.

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Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment

April 1, 2016 | 27 comments

In defining the key moment of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez, who directs the site known as 14yMedio, doesn’t hesitate in naming the live press conference when – to the general astonishment of Cubans – President Raul Castro found himself obliged to respond to the question of a CNN reporter regarding the Cuban political prisoners.

Cuban Trombonist Eudardo Sandoval’s New Album

April 1, 2016 | No Comments »

Young Cuban trombone player Eduardo Sandoval is launching a new album, produced by Cuba’s EGREM label. “I am more of a performer than an accompanying instrumentalist,” he told HT in his interview.

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Cuba’s Number One Arranger

March 30, 2016 | No Comments »

Demetrio Muñiz is a Cuban musician with an extensive career behind him. He has worked as an arranger in many of Cuba’s most renowned music projects and albums. “Everything can be Cubanized,” he tells Havana Times.

Alberto Gonzalez (r) was one the Cuban small business owners invited to a meeting with Barack Obama on Monday March 21, 2016.  File Photo/ Juan Suarez
Comparing Cuba and the USA through Obama

March 23, 2016 | 5 comments

Alberto Gonzalez isn’t certain whether he was chosen to take part in this meeting with Obama because of the wide coverage he’s enjoyed on the Internet or because the wife of the US ambassador is one of his customers and an admirer of his homemade breads.

Hakeli Nakao is of Cuban and Japaneese decent and currently has Turkish citizenship.
The Wave 269: A Work of Love

March 18, 2016 | No Comments »

A Cuban singer and musician arrives in the Arab Emirates to discover her true home. Hakely Nakao launches her first album in another distant land, Turkey, where she now resides.