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Rosario Murillo, Daniel Ortega and Nicolas Maduro at the July 19th celebration in Managua.  Photo: Carlos Herrera/confidencial
Rosario Murillo Has Two Options to Follow Ortega in Nicaragua as President

July 27, 2016 | No Comments »

According to the electoral calendar established by the Supreme Electoral Court (CSE), the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) must register their list of candidates for president, vice president and legislators between July 28th and August 2nd and in doing so they’ll reveal what the line of succession that Commander Daniel Ortega has in mind.

El General de Ejército Raúl Castro Ruz, Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba (CC PCC) y Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, y José Ramón Machado Ventura, Segundo Secretario del CC PCC y Vicepresidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros, hacen entrada en la Plaza de la Revolución Mayor General Serafín Sánchez, en Sancti Spíritus,  el 26 de julio de 2016, para asistir al acto central nacional por el aniversario 63 del asalto a los cuarteles Moncada  y Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.   ACN   FOTO/Oscar ALFONSO SOSA/sdl
Communist Leader Says Cuba Will Not Accept “External Pressures”

July 26, 2016 | 15 comments

Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, the number two man in the Communist Party behind Raul Castro, said today that Cuba “will not accept external pressure”, at a time when the country is experiencing an economic downturn. He noted that any changes in Cuba are only “to strengthen socialism.”

The Most Celebrated Day on Cuba’s Calendar

July 26, 2016 | 2 comments

Today we celebrate or suffer, according to how you want to look at it, the 63rd anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks of July 26, 1953.

American airlines Cuba
Cuba OKs US Security Officers on Flights to the Island

July 25, 2016 | 10 comments

Cuban and US aviation authorities have reached an agreement about deploying US security agents on regular flights between the two countries, which clears up one of Washington’s demands for reestablishing commercial routes to Cuba as of September.

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra in Havana
In Cuba, Art is not a Sidedish or an Appetizer

July 20, 2016 | No Comments »

Interview with Oakland Symphonic Youth Orchestra’s principal conductor Omid Zoufonoun, at the close of a ten-day tour in Cuba with performances in Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Havana.

At the barber shop.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Cuba and the Blind Spot Theory

July 20, 2016 | 8 comments

This oddity urges me to make a comparison with modern Cuban society. It just so happens that “this blind spot” protects us from things that we shouldn’t be ignoring and lets us live, maybe, distanced from reality, immersed in our own affairs, which we do see, however, because we have no other choice.

Map of Nicaragua showing the Indio Maiz Reserve.
Urgent plea to Save Nicaragua’s Indio Maiz Reserve

July 19, 2016 | No Comments »

Rama-Kriol tribes point a finger at the government’s lack of action in the face of destruction Wilfredo Miranda Aburto  (Confidencial) HAVANA TIMES – The sound of chainsaws echoes through the Indio Maíz Biological reserve in south eastern Nicaragua.  Despite denunciations from the Rama-Kriol indigenous people and their documentation of the advance of illegal colonists into […]

oakland symphony in  Cienfuegos
The Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra Bids Farewell to Cuba

July 19, 2016 | 1 Comment »

With a beautiful, applauded … and little promoted concert at the Covarrubias Hall of the National Theater of Cuba, the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra performed their finale on July 16th.

Cuban First VP, Miguel Diaz Canel, in Nicaragua with Telemaco Talavera the súper adviser who doubles as the spokesperson for the Grand Canal of Nicaragua project.
Cuban VP Diaz Canel in Nicaragua for Anniversary Celebration

July 19, 2016 | 2 comments

Cuba’s First Vice President, Miguel Diaz Canel, is in Managua today to accompany Daniel Ortega at the 37th anniversary celebration of the Nicaraguan revolution.

The El Brujo Mendez hill.
Maria de los Angeles Still Has Hope

July 17, 2016 | 3 comments

The hilltop community of El Brujo Mendez finally has electricity. Maria de los Angeles Dominguez, 54 years old, was born in this beautiful place in the Rosario Sierra, Artemisa, and has never given up. (9 photos)