Havana: A Portrait of Paralysis

July 26, 2017 | No Comments »

I believe that the moment of showing the capital’s aesthetic decadence has already passed in Cuban film. The setting in ruins is no longer a call for attention; it’s simply the everyday setting where the lives of the film’s characters, and ordinary Cubans, unfold.

Shortcomings of the Cuban Revolution

July 25, 2017 | No Comments »

I was surprised to discover that an official media platform such as that of Trabajadores weekly newspaper, had denounced an act of racial discrimination which is being investigated by the Attorney General of Cuba.

Military Service in Cuba: Not for Women or Men

July 21, 2017 | 3 comments

Naomi can never sit still for a second: she crosses the street from one side to the next, she makes up adventures with her friends, she wriggles around to the beat of her neighbor’s music, she has been wearing make-up for two years now, she is a natural born leader who brings other kids from around the block together.

Will Venezuelans Die of Hunger to Keep Maduro in Power?

July 20, 2017 | 4 comments

I’m at the Barquisimeto bus terminal in Lara State. Next to me, there’s a dog. She drags along a paw and she has myiasis on some parts of her body. I suddenly think about what I can give her to eat…

We Are All Wolves

July 19, 2017 | No Comments »

I interviewed the young actress and filmmaker Camila Carballo. Her last short movie “Lobos” (wolves), tells the story of two men who break into an old man’s apartment after he has just passed away, and they do this for the simple reason that they want to extend their homes.

Speculation about Cuba’s Future

July 19, 2017 | 10 comments

Pro-capitalist speculation and instructions from “saviors” of the Revolution are appearing in the pro-capitalist media on a regular basis. These “saviors” are proposing on changing, very gently, the current system of government in a transition period where capitalism will slowly be reinstated…

Cuban Children and Their Toys

July 18, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Today in Cuba, like in the rest of the world, children’s toys have nothing to do with what they once were in past eras. Likewise, obtaining them is something that has become an extremely difficult task here on the island.

A Game of Love and Cruelty

July 17, 2017 | 4 comments

I am aware that there might not be very many gamers among Havana Times readers, however, I’m going out on a limb today and will talk a little bit about a game that deserves a review.

The Good and the Bad When it Comes to Cuba

July 15, 2017 | 9 comments

A French friend used to tell me that listening to criticism from foreigners about her country was a healthy experience for her. The general opinions of a visitor tend to be based on the splendor of a first impression, and aren’t objective at all.

Of Course it’s Possible to be a Millionaire in Cuba

July 12, 2017 | 5 comments

Being a millionaire is the dream of many, I can’t say that it hasn’t been my own too. Some children fantasize about having a lot of money to take water and food to starving children in exploited Africa; others thought about helping those most in need on the planet…