HT Cuba Photo Contest News

    There is less than two months left to send us your entries to the 6th Havana Times Photo Contest. The deadline is September 15, 2014. So far 25 amateur and professional photographers have sent in pictures in the five categories selected for this year’s contest. Last year a total of 90 persons competed.

featuredimage A Wedding and a Funeral in Cuba

Most weddings in Cuba used to be celebrated by throwing a big party at the house of one of the newly-weds, with enough food and drink to keep anyone from going home hungry, thirsty or critical of the spread. That’s what Maria and Oscar’s wedding was like…

featuredimage A Well-Known Havana Park

Located in the Havana municipality of Cerro is a large park bordered by schools, one of which used to be an important teacher training school (The Normal) where many educators graduated before 1959. In a corner of the park on a hill is a statue of the Vietnamese martyr Nguyen Van Troi. (23 photos)

featuredimage Cuba Regains Dominance Over USA

It didn’t take long for the Cuban baseball forces to regain the momentum and fully atone for last summer’s embarrassing whitewashing on North American soil versus the USA Collegiate All-Stars. In a renewal five-game set the youth-studded Cuban squad swept to five straight wins.

featuredimage The Forgotten Story of a Local Havana Newspaper

When the newspaper industry was still flourishing and about twenty different papers with large readerships were being published in Havana, a local periodical printed in the neighborhood of Los Pinos (named “Proyector”) was also in its heyday.

rightcolimage Beyond the Bridges of Madison County

In a remote town lives a 40-year-old woman, beautiful still. She is a simple housewife who looks after her husband and teenage kids. Her work in the house and the farm is all she knows. By chance, she meets a National Geographic photographer…

rightcolimage Cuba: Hunting for Offerings

In the distance, I make out the shadow of someone holding a sack over his shoulder, walking slowly between the sea and river. Is it a tired man? From time to time, he places the load on the ground and crouches. He seems to be looking for something, but what?

rightcolimage Gay and Anti-Capitalist?

That a person or group should defend gay rights and also assume an anti-capitalist posture is something that makes many commentators at digital fora, journalists, some sociologists and even LGBTI activists uncomfortable.

rightcolimage The “Blues” at the Bus Stop

The Azul (“Blue Uniform”) at the bus stop near my house earns a salary for doing nothing. Or, better said, he doesn’t earn a salary, he merely collects it. Every morning, I see him standing alone under a tree, wearing his familiar indigo uniform.

rightcolimage A Return Visit to the Dentist

I had two chipped teeth. I’d let time pass to see if I could live like that, at least for a few years, but it proved impossible. Soon, eating any kind of food became bothersome. I had to bite the bullet and go to a dentist at the Finlay polyclinic, in my Havana municipality of Marianao.

rightcolimage Cuban Ravings against the Cold War and the Execution of the Rosenbergs

What happened to the Rosenbergs pisses me off. I’ve known their story since the time I was in high school (they made us read a number of documents about their trial, carefully selected for the 10th grade history textbook).

rightcolimage Cuba: The Road to Prosperity

I want to begin this post sharing with you my joy over some recent news: Cuba’s National Assembly (Parliament) convened recently and one of their conclusions is that the island’s economy continues to slow down.

rightcolimage Chekhov’s Uncle Vania Staged by Cuba’s Argos Teatro Co.

For some time now, I have been attending only those plays about which I have heard something positive. I’ve had some bad experiences and try not to make chance decisions anymore. However when a theater company of some prestige stages a new play, I try not to miss it.