Cuba: A Pact with Loneliness

July 27, 2015 | 2 comments

My friend Ines is going through a life crisis. She feels there’s no sense in carrying on. Nothing works out for her, she’s not happy at work or home and a recent breakup has shown her she has no real friends. She says she only has me.

“She Likes Gasoline”: On Latin America and the Coming Energy Crisis

July 25, 2015 | No Comments »

Over the past ten years, reggaeton singers have changed the idea we’d long had about Latin American music. Their music videos are full of adrenaline, aggressiveness, sexual arousal, speed, fast motorcycles, sport cars, luxurious yachts and lascivious young men. One of Daddy Yankee’s popular pieces (where the title of this post comes from) offers us a clue as to the underpinnings of all this.

Cuba’s Young Communists League Comes Out in Favor of the Use of Transgenic Crops

July 23, 2015 | 6 comments

The recent Young Communists League (UJC) Congress held in Cuba has served to promote the use of transgenic crops in the island’s agriculture. It was acknowledged that Cubans have been consuming genetically modified foods for some time.

Searching for a Boyfriend

July 22, 2015 | 2 comments

The idea of using Havana Times to find my friend a boyfriend isn’t an experiment but an attempt at finding an alternative for her. My friend needs a partner. Her loneliness and depression could harm her psychologically in the long run.

On Cuba’s Class Antagonisms

July 21, 2015 | 3 comments

Finding out you’ve run out of rice at around noon on a Sunday is a serious problem in Cuba, particularly when it’s a scorching hot day, the only place they sell the product has no awning to shield you from the sun and people cut in line and throng in the small locale so not to burn up.

Cuba’s Young Communists League Holds Its 10th Congress

July 21, 2015 | 18 comments

The Congress ratified the continued relevance of essential principles, such as the defense of socialism, understood as the only socio-economic, political and cultural system capable of successfully confronting the complex challenges that lie ahead of humanity.

Summer Without Bitterness

July 17, 2015 | 1 Comment »

My neighbor has told me about a man who died here right at the outset of summer. He drowned at a beach on the south coast of Guantanamo province. It happened when summer had barely begun.

Havana’s Miss Biennial

July 17, 2015 | No Comments »

“It’s pink, and it’s heading your way.” That is how a friend described the experience of seeing Miss Biennial, a voluptuous “Tropicana dancer” that visited many of the exhibition spaces of the recently concluded 12th Havana Biennial, for the first time.

Cuban Film Venecia Sinks Miserably

July 15, 2015 | No Comments »

Venecia (“Venice”), the latest film by Cuban director Enrique Alvarez, tells the stories of three young women in the span of 24 hours. The street settings – a restaurant, a bar, a disco – are a pretext to comment on different attitudes and ways of regarding life.

The Other Enemies of the Revolution

July 14, 2015 | 28 comments

I’m an anarchist and I don’t feel any desire to save the Cuban Revolution as I’ve known it. But I’m not a counterrevolutionary either. People should be free to express their ideas without facing consequences for their lives.