One of Cuba's expensive pay-for Wifi hotspots.  Photo: Caridad
Cracks in Cuba’s Official Media Monopoly

October 21, 2016 | No Comments »

The media reality I live in, this mix of government media, Internet, street scoop and a load of garbage news, makes me feel like I’m licensed to voice my opinion, even when I can’t prove the veracity of what is being discussed.

The Working-Class Lady with the Chinese Dog

October 20, 2016 | No Comments »

Under the “socialist” or “communist” euphemism, the only thing that has grown is weeds. There aren’t any countries more violent, more materialistic, less caring, where Utopia has less of a place than in these medieval lands with poetic virtue.

The Cuban Government’s Communication “Strategies”

October 20, 2016 | 2 comments

The detention in Guantanamo of several journalists is the latest of government slip-ups, pushing into the background the Civil Defense troops’ huge success to prevent Cuban deaths during the time that Hurricane Matthew struck.

How Cuba Could Turn Socialist

October 19, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Mainstream critics have for some time been arguing for the establishment of a free-market economy, which they present as the only “rational” alternative to the bureaucratic economic management of Communist Party rule.

Those Affected by Matthew Try to Get Back on Their Feet

October 19, 2016 | No Comments »

By Rosa Martinez HAVANA TIMES — Several readers, especially the English speaking ones, have asked me about how municipalities in Guatanamo, which were severely affected by the terrible hurricane Matthew, are recovering. I can tell your that, as everybody well knows here, this will be a slow and very difficult process, mainly for the families […]

Redeeming the Cuban people

October 18, 2016 | No Comments »

In Rogelio Manuel Diaz Moreno’s article, “Is there a crisis of values in Cuba?” published on Havana Times on October 11th, he deals with a very complex and inevitable issue. Our respected colleague surely didn’t mean to be derogatory in his analysis; however, without wanting to, he could be contributing to negatively stigmatizing a people like our own, as brave and virtuoso as any other.

One More Cheer for Neighborhood Journalism

October 18, 2016 | No Comments »

For such beautiful work, we already know that they will end up receiving an awful quota of whiplashes. They commit the sin of living out all of their fancies, without anyone putting restrictions on their liberty or the service they provide us with their work.

Waiting out in front of the Etecsa phone company office on Obispo Street in Old Havana.
Cubans Mistreating Cubans

October 15, 2016 | 2 comments

I was waiting in line at an office of ETECSA (the only telecommunications company in my country) to pay my telephone bill. There were a lot of people there waiting to do different things. It was extremely hot as it was midday and, to be punished, we have to wait outside of the office, on the street.

Photo from eastern Cuba.
Opportunism or Cheap Extremism

October 14, 2016 | 6 comments

On September 26, Elio Delgado Legon published a corrosive article with the instructive title of “The Journalism of Terror regarding Cuba.” This is the same person who unleashed a vicious, treacherous, blitzkrieg attack against my article “The persistence of racism in Cuba” a subject he knows nothing about, does not care and for which he is selectively blind and deaf.

The First Act of Censorship in Cuba

October 13, 2016 | 1 Comment »

On June 12, 1494, Admiral Cristobal Colon ended his trip along the Cuban coastline. When he’d confirmed the fact that it was indeed an island, he forced all of his men to sign a certificate where they claimed that Cuba was in fact a continent, “mainland, the beginning of the Indias.”