Interviews


Alejandro Castro Espín: “Cuba Will Never Return to Capitalism”

February 24, 2015 | 32 comments

Alejandro Castro Espín, 49, son of Cuban president Raul Castro and the late Vilma Espin, is a colonel in the Interior Ministry and social researcher. He is considered the possible power behind the throne of any new president when his father steps down in 2018.




Susana Pous & Cuba’s Danza Abierta Co.

February 18, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Susana Pous is a Spanish artist who has been involved with the Cuban stage for many years. “I’ve never felt out of place in Cuba. There are of course cultural differences that I’ve run into, but I have always tried to approach differences with respect.”




Russian Defense Official Says No Bases Planned in Cuba

February 16, 2015 | 5 comments

Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov said “We are talking about helping our ships when they are on long-range missions, providing them with water, food, recreation and, of course, ship maintenance if necessary.”




Interview with Young Cuban Painter Luis Alberto Saldaña

February 6, 2015 | No Comments »

Luis Alberto Saldaña’s paintings have a profound visual impact, capturing us with thought-provoking realism. (8 photos)




Cuba: 20 Years of Services for People in Crisis

January 26, 2015 | 1 Comment »

The year was 1995. The Cuban economy was in shambles, and so were people. Suicide figures skyrocketed, until we were seeing more than 2 thousand cases every year and the phenomenon became a statistically significant cause of death.




Is the Cuban Adjustment Act on the Way Out?

January 15, 2015 | 3 comments

After the accords announced on December 17, one issue being discussed is whether to retain the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows citizens from the island, whether they have another citizenship or not, to normalize their status as permanent residents after spending 1 year and one day on US soil.




A Young Cuban Pianist and His Folk Music Arrangements

January 14, 2015 | No Comments »

Though coming from an academic background, Jose Gavilondo has become an arranger for renowned folk musicians in Cuba. “Every piece is a completely new challenge,” he tells us in his interview for Havana Times.




Manane: A Young Cuban Band

January 9, 2015 | No Comments »

Today we interview Mariela Flores and Miguel Angel Wong, the directors of the band Manane, people whom music and life has brought together. “Independent productions have proven to be the quickest and most effective way of making music,” they tell us.




US-Cuba Relations the Day After (Video Interviews)

December 18, 2014 | 5 comments

Today we bring you a one hour special program analyzing the announcements on Wednesday by US President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro on the results of secret talks held for months by the two administrations with assistance from Pope Francis.




Sixty-five Years With Cuba’s Hermanos Bravo

December 12, 2014 | No Comments »

Today, we approach the new generation keeping the music legacy of a legendary Cuban band alive – a band currently directed by Esteban Bravo. “With those instruments alone, they made the entire world dance.”