With Sunday December 8 declared a national day of mourning for the death of Nelson Mandela, the Cuban Ministry of Culture decided to suspend activities of the Havana Film Festival until Monday and put off the opening to the public of the FIART Crafts Fair, also to Monday.
Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday to vote for mayors and city council members throughout the country. The vote is the first since Nicolas Maduro won a surprisingly close victory over Henrique Capriles for the presidency back in August of this year in a special election to replace the deceased Hugo Chavez.
Well known Spanish actor Willy Toledo is now living in Cuba. He claims to have suffered censorship and political persecution in Spain. The writer notes that he won’t have any such problems in Cuba where protests at government facilities or strikes don’t exist.
Despite the heavy and persistent rains that flogged the capital for 48 hours, the celebration of Hanukkah, or feast of the miracle, was held at the Beth Shalom Synagogue, Cuba’s most important temple.
The wife of USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, imprisoned in Cuba, held a rally outside the White House after delivering a letter to the President from her husband. She called on Obama to do “whatever it takes” to secure Alan’s release. Mrs. Gross rejected the State Department statement yesterday calling on the Cuban Government to “release Alan Gross immediately and unconditionally” saying that this tact has gotten them nowhere for the past four years and if the U.S. government does not drop the, “unconditionally, this will be a death sentence for Alan… Please Mr. President don’t leave Alan to die in Cuba.”
The rains last week sped up the persistent deterioration of poorly maintained Havana building infrastructure. The Cuban government reports today that at least 135 buildings suffered damage including 18 totally collapsed and two reported deaths.
Being a mother has been the greatest, most beautiful experience of my life. I feel proud of the sacrifices – both joyful and sad – that I’ve had to make over these past 12 years, trying to give my Carlos Adriel the best, shield him from the worst and give him a childhood happier than the one I had.
The Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court’s recent xenophobic and discriminatory decision of depriving thousands of Haitian-born immigrants of their Dominican nationality had a collateral upside to it: that of gathering the most valuable members of Dominican society – intellectuals, activists and common citizens – in a single resistance front. But what is there stance regarding Cuban policy towards its emigrants?
Some time ago, I found out there’s an Internet site about Cuba where people upload photos of things we Cubans are very familiar with. I thought that, without being downright imitative, Havana Times could create a space where people can upload these types of pictures.(16 photos)
At the corner of Morro and Colón Streets in Old Havana a commemoration was held remembering 13 young Cubans, whites and blacks, executed by the Spanish colonial government on November 27, 1871. The whites were medical students and the blacks, anonymous Abakuá brothers. (28 photos)