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Fidel and Cuba’s Fate

October 24, 2016 | 4 comments

A couple months ago, in a brief encounter with an intellectual friend of mine that took place in the middle of the street, we exchanged opinions, ideas and discussed all kinds of things. It was in the time leading up to Fidel’s birthday and we were swamped with celebrations and compliment everywhere. It was an inevitable topic.

Havana Pollution Goes Unchecked

October 24, 2016 | 2 comments

Afternoons in the city turn dark, the cloud of smoke thrown into the air by the thermal power station’s chimney, clouding the atmosphere, pollutants are expelled out, ignoring the effects this has on the environment. (12 photos)

Love.  Photo: Caridad
Cuba Photo Contest 2016 1st Cut

October 24, 2016 | 4 comments

After much deliberation the 20-member jury has made its selections for the first cut in the 8th Havana Times Cuba Photo Contest. In all 182 readers took part in the contest submitting a total of 1,503 photographs in the six different categories. After the first cut, 118 of the participants have at least one picture in the second round. (467 photos)

The Cuba Jazz Festival Is Coming Soon

October 21, 2016 | 8 comments

Invited artists include Terence Blanchard´s E-Collective, from the US, who will perform alongside Cuba’s Chucho Valdés; and the long-awaited Ivory Coast singer and French resident, Fatoumata Diawara, who will share the stage with our young pianist and composer Roberto Fonseca.

One of Cuba's expensive pay-for Wifi hotspots.  Photo: Caridad
Cracks in Cuba’s Official Media Monopoly

October 21, 2016 | 2 comments

The media reality I live in, this mix of government media, Internet, street scoop and a load of garbage news, makes me feel like I’m licensed to voice my opinion, even when I can’t prove the veracity of what is being discussed.

How Cuba Could Turn Socialist

October 19, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Mainstream critics have for some time been arguing for the establishment of a free-market economy, which they present as the only “rational” alternative to the bureaucratic economic management of Communist Party rule.

Cuba Halts Issuing Restaurant Licenses

October 19, 2016 | 5 comments

The Cuban government has temporarily suspended new licenses for private restaurants, popularly known as “paladares”, and have intensified the scrutiny of those that are already functioning in Havana, warning owners that they should comply with established laws.

Indian construction workers in Old Havana.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Cuba Justifies Hiring Construction Workers from India

October 18, 2016 | 9 comments

After an extended silence, the Cuban government has finally come out to explain the controversial contracting of hundreds of workers from India to build a modern hotel in Havana.

Havana Times Reaches 8th Birthday

October 17, 2016 | 25 comments

Dear readers, today we’ve reached eight years of bringing you our open-minded writing from and about Cuba. Most of the founders are still with us, and several new writers have also joined us in the last year.

Medicine Shortages in Cuba Worsen

October 17, 2016 | 3 comments

A serious problem that has begun to worry the Cuban people: the absence of many medicines in its pharmacies has made the news. The shortages that are beginning to be felt will most likely get worse before better.