In the many years I lived in today’s Isla de la Juventud (formerly Isla de Pinos), I travelled from Havana to the town of Nueva Gerona (passing through Batabano on the mainland) hundreds of times. It had been some time since I’d last paid a visit to Batabano, where ferries bound for the second largest isle of the Cuban archipelago depart.
About to turn 20, Elian Gonzalez declares himself an atheist, but tacitly confesses that his admiration for his mentor Fidel Castro borders on a kind of religious faith. In this article and interview he talks about his life after returning to Cuba from Miami back in 2000 and the people that have influenced him most.
Recent explanations by two renowned Cuban economists about the acute problem of monetary duality have disclosed some facts not usually understood by the general public that allow a clearer view of what to expect in the process of currency unification. Both economists agree in one way or another that the expectations people have about monetary duality tend to be higher than what really can be expected.
This is the official announcement for the HT Cuba Photo Contest 2014. It is our sixth contest, one for each year of the online publication. The fifth contest saw a record number of photographers (90) entering their pictures. All finalists and semifinalists’ photos will be published by HT.
The wife of USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba, held a rally outside the White House after delivering a letter to the President from her husband. She called on Obama to do “whatever it takes” to secure Alan’s release. Mrs. Gross rejected the State Department statement yesterday calling on the Cuban Government to “release Alan Gross immediately and unconditionally” saying that this tact has gotten them nowhere for the past four years and if the U.S. government does not drop the, “unconditionally, this will be a death sentence for Alan… Please Mr. President don’t leave Alan to die in Cuba.”
Some time ago, I found out there’s an Internet site about Cuba where people upload photos of things we Cubans are very familiar with. I thought that, without being downright imitative, Havana Times could create a space where people can upload these types of pictures.(16 photos)
If you are reading any other book on Cuba right now, close it. If you were thinking about giving another title as a Christmas gift to a beloved Cubaphile, don’t. Make better use of your time and money with Marc Frank’s Cuba Revelations. You won’t find ideology or an agenda in here, but rather a comprehensive composition covering the multilayered, and often quite complex, reform process that has been underway in Cuba since at least 2006.
During talks with Cuba earlier this year, the United States reiterated its call for the release of Alan Gross, insisting yet again that the American development worker was jailed solely for trying to help Cubans communicate with the outside world. At the same time, the U.S. Agency for International Development was busy fielding questions from contractors interested in the latest Cuba-related opportunity.
Germany will be participating in this year’s awaited Havana Film Festival (December 5-15) with six feature films (five dramatic and one documentary film). One of the films we will have the opportunity to see is the highly acclaimed “Oh Boy”, written and directed by Jan Ole Gerster.
“The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Cuba on a black list, but the reason for this was strictly formal. It had to do with the fact that Cuba wasn’t part of any international institution that combats these crimes. Now, it’s no longer on the black list. It’s on a gray list, an intermediate state before the white list,” Alejandro Montes de Oca explains.