Oscar Casanella
The Trial of a Cuban Biochemist

October 24, 2016 | No Comments »

As a result of having been fired from my job at the Revolucion y Cultura magazine last July, I met, through a journalist who was interested in my case, Oscar Casanella, a biochemist who had also been irregularly sanctioned at his workplace.

Can Cuba’s Young People Be Counted On?

October 21, 2016 | No Comments »

The lack of seriousness, the scarce worry and especially the level of superficiality that young people in Cuba have is quite sad. Unfortunately, this doesn’t only exist in the digital realm.

Illustration: Yasser Castellanos
We Choose Our Own Truth

October 21, 2016 | No Comments »

To my surprise, the post “A Cuban without a Smart Phone”, unleashed a wave of solidarity from a reader who wanted to help the anonymous student at the Enrique Jose Varona Advanced Learning Institute…

Scene from Baracoa after hurricane Matthew.
How Are We Going to Pay?

October 17, 2016 | 3 comments

Although the majority of the country is committed to helping put the four municipalities which were most affected by the hurricane back on their feet, over these last few days, there have been many surprising stories to tell.

The entrance to Havana's Marti Theater, one of the stages for the recent Countertenor Festival.
Castrato Voices and Cuba’s Countertenor Festival

October 17, 2016 | 1 Comment »

When they premiered the movie Farinelli, a friend told me, telling me that it was about a gay singer who didn’t have any balls… and that made me burst out in laughter. However, I soon became interested and went to see it.

Tasty fritters.  Illustration by Carlos
Over Fried Foods in Cuba: Slow Death or No Big Deal?

October 15, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Dawn breaks. The odor of refried oil seeps into my apartment, Mayra is refrying the croquettes that were left over from yesterday. Children line up around her cart with fried goodies, bread with croquettes and fried “crabs” filled with guava, to satisfy their morning cravings, before they go to school.

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What if Fidel’s Death Was True?

October 14, 2016 | 3 comments

There are a lot of people who fantasize saying that Fidel Castro is dead, however, we all know that this isn’t true because, from time to time, the media shows us images of this man alive and kicking.

Will I Ever Travel Abroad from Cuba?

October 14, 2016 | No Comments »

Will I ever travel outside of my country? I’ve asked myself this question a lot of times, which originated, like a lot of my questions, in my childhood. Back then my dreams were just to go beyond the limits of my street…

Havana Isn’t Feeling So Good

October 12, 2016 | 7 comments

As we’ve already verified in several posts published here on Havana Times, nothing changes in Havana with regard to its already dirty tradition. At times, I’ve thought that this problem is inherent to Cuba’s capital…

Typical scene in Baracoa after Hurricane Matthew struck.  Photo: cubadebate.cu
Does the Calm Return After the Storm?

October 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Hurricane Matthew is finally long away from Cuba, but it destroyed the city of Baracoa beforehand, not only by destroying 90% of the municipality’s housing partially or completely, but also by leaving a deep mark on the hearts of those who live in Baracoa.