Fidel Castro Receives Farewell in Santiago de Cuba

    Hundreds of thousands of people with little Cuban flags and photos of Fidel Castro gathered on Saturday evening in Santiago de Cuba for the final farewell to the former president, whose ashes were buried in a private ceremony on Sunday morning.

featuredimage Fidel’s Death, Another Dilemma among Cubans

Fidel passed away on a day that was, by chance, very close to the day that I had already planned to travel to Havana. Before leaving, I could sense the impact of such an important event in Mayari (in Cuba’s East) and now, almost instinctively, I can sense the same feeling in the capital city.

featuredimage Should We Sign the “Oath” to Castro’s Revolution?

Fidel Castro’s funeral rites are being used as an opportunity to call for a new oath: to sign the “concept of the Revolution”, which was declared by the Comandante 16 years ago, and which has been circulated to death, and can even be found in the country’s nightclubs.

featuredimage How Should We Grieve Fidel Castro?

My husband’s phone rang at 2am. A quick glance at the country dialing code, +53, jolted him out of his haze; an unexpected call in the early hours of the morning has more often than not proved to be the bearer of bad news.

featuredimage No Castro, New Problem!

Fidel Castro has passed away, and after the initial moment of crying and celebrations – temporary phenomena which are still necessary – there is one fact that we have to assimilate. His figure has marked the fate of too many lives for decades, which means that something so defining like his death can’t be overlooked.

rightcolimage Needs and the Guilt of Consumerism

A psychological state has been created in poor people in Cuba so that they can do without so many things and hate consumerism like they would an infernal machine.

rightcolimage 48 Minutes at the Entrance to the Havana Bay Tunnel

Some ago, I was returning from Havana on a city bus. When we had already the passed the Spanish embassy, the bus began to slow down to a stop. There was a queue of cars in front of us and another queue began to form behind us.

rightcolimage The King is Dead – The Day After

“The king has died without a crown,” Alejando commented, highlighting how Fidel was able to govern in all of Latin America from Cuba, as well as lead a war in Angola from Havana. “A man like him will never be forgotten,” he concluded regretfully.

rightcolimage The Cuba that Never Changes?

Having decided to return to Cuba, Cuban emigres (as well as emigrants from any other country, of course), find that they have to resolve a series of fundamental matters so they can adapt to their new place of residence.

rightcolimage Machismo Doesn’t Fit into a Photo

Of course, it’s impossible to reflect such a complex issue like machismo is which could even be considered a kind of ideology that has its historic roots in the world’s system, in an image. This presented quite a challenge to the contest participants.

rightcolimage Stories from My Neighborhood in Guantanamo, Cuba

I want to tell Havana Times readers about these people who give life to this place and tell you the anecdotes relating to them, so that you can get to know one of my city’s poorest neighborhoods, albeit the liveliest.

rightcolimage Dear Nauta, Cuba’s Public Internet and E-mail Service

Whose great idea was it to create Nauta email accounts? Nauta internet cards? I’m trying to figure out who it was that gave birth to these monsters, clearly created by the government owned ETECSA telecommunications empire.

rightcolimage Cuba with Money

With the harmlessness that indirect references give us (films, comments made by emigre friends or relatives), Cubans make a god out of US citizens, even though they have great geographical, cultural and political differences.