Aldo Menendez is a Cuban artist who left Cuba in 1991 and currently lives in Spain. There, he has organized a campaign “Raul Castro: Unrestricted Internet Access for all Cubans.” In Cuba, he was a member of the ArteCalle group and, in Miami, he created the visual arts space La Clinica del Arte (“The Art Clinic”). He is also the author of the book La Obra Entornada (“Half-Open Works”) and the blog Castor Jabao.
After discussing the evolution of today’s China, Isidro Estrada expresses his hope for Cuba: “What I want for Cuba is the positive part of the Chinese changes: more prosperity and development, more freedom and options in general, so that the citizens can once again become protagonists.”
A clarinetist and great improviser, Alejandro Calzadilla is a talented musician who can take on anything from the conventional to the most artistically free expressions. “Creating music in a spontaneous fashion is something marvelous for me,” he said during his interview for Havana Times.
We bring you part two of our interview with Isidro Estrada, a Cuban who has spent the last 15 years living in China. He gives us insight on the country often looked on as a model by the Cuban government, trying to kick-start a stagnated economy while at the same time maintain power.
Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura does not believe his country could witness the kind of protests now taking place in the Ukraine and Venezuela, a close ally of the Cuban government. He tells us why in this interview.
Isidro Estrada traveled in 1995 to China for the first time, courtesy of a contract with the Xinhua news agency to proofread the Spanish news. Following six years of work there, he returned to Cuba, but in 2005 he went back to China on his own. He currently resides in Beijing with his Chinese wife. We interviewed him on a visit to Havana at the end of 2013.
Thelvia Marin Mederos is a Cuban painter, sculptor and writer. Now over ninety years old, she is still artistically active. She talks about her life as an artist with HT.
Cuban contralto Yaima Saez’ voice transports to the golden age of Cuban music. “It is a privilege to be placed alongside such renowned figures,” she told us during her interview for Havana Times.
Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald join us for their first interview upon launching The Intercept, their new digital magazine published by First Look Media, the newly formed media venture started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald is the journalist who first broke the story about Edward Snowden’s disclosures on the National Security Agency.