A Common Story in a Multi-Family Havana Building

May 25, 2017 | No Comments »

Juan Mariscal, who the children in the neighborhood nick-named “the Bear” for having a hairy back, was a hardline Communist and a well-off spy who always criticized our education and our families’ ideological commitment…

A Dump of a Hostel and My Solution

May 25, 2017 | No Comments »

I must confess that the first night I spent in Lima city was hell for me. I felt like I had gone back in time to Cuba 16 years ago when I used to live at the students residence at the Universidad de Oriente, where I shared a room and bathroom with complete strangers.

My Trip to Prague, Writing from Cuba

May 23, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Writing a regular diary in Prague was difficult for me. The peculiarities of the video journalism course, my encounter with the city, with the Internet and with the Czech people filled my 24 hours to the full.

One More Step Towards an Animal Protection Law in Cuba

May 22, 2017 | No Comments »

Just a week ago, the Cuban Association for the Defense of Animals called for a collection of signatures rejecting the crime that took place in Manzanillo. Almost 2,000 signatures were collected in just six days and there are still people who are interested in signing the petition so that animal abuse becomes a punishable crime.

Faggots and Homophobes

May 22, 2017 | 1 Comment »

They are called faggots, pussies, chickens, crazies… but these are all derogatory names. Calling a man a “faggot” is the worst insult you can give him. And that’s because homophobia is as deeply-rooted and entrenched as machismo itself.

My Second Trip to the Czech Republic

May 22, 2017 | No Comments »

On May 4th, I traveled to the Czech Republic for the second time. This time, I had been chosen to take part in a workshop, along with five women, about the issue of women’s rights today, their social empowerment, where another vulnerable group was also introduced, the LGTBI community.

Where I’ve Been of Late…

May 18, 2017 | 15 comments

It’s been a while now since I’ve written something for Havana Times; and I wouldn’t write anything if its editor, a personal friend of mine, hadn’t kept on asking me to. The first thing that comes to mind to tell you is, well, precisely why I stopped writing.

Friendship and Trust in an Old Song

May 18, 2017 | No Comments »

When we said goodbye, she left a crayon mark on the side of my face. An hour or so before all I did was go up to the bar, where she was already standing in front of me. Surprised, I explained that I was only running away from the rain.

Mainstream Media Silence about Cuba

May 17, 2017 | 16 comments

The so-called Great Western Press, that is to say, the most influential in the United States and in other developed and not so developed capitalist countries, regularly echo news and articles that offer an absolutely distorted and lying image of Cuban reality.

Havana Residents Protest Cruelty against Puppy

May 15, 2017 | 7 comments

In response to the brutal video that has become viral, where two Cubans – in Manzanillo to the east of the country – set a puppy on fire, signatures have been collected that will accompany a letter to President Raul Castro.