On the Alleged Resignation of Cubans

    Some Havana Times commentators and regular contributors have made a habit of inciting Cubans living on the island to express their true feelings about the country’s situation with more sincerity. They don’t understand why a vast majority of people are passive.

featuredimage Cuba and its New Investment Law: From Sustainable Development to Neo-Liberalism

Sustainable development” has been Cuba’s guiding tenet since the publication of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines of the Party and Revolution in 2011.The concept, assumed as an axiom, does not require any kind of verification – it is an absolute truth.

featuredimage Conrado Marrero Departs Two Days Short of 103rd Birthday & Baseball Loses its Oldest Survivor

On Wednesday morning (April 23, 2014) Conrado Marrero, 102, passed away quietly in his native Havana, Cuba, marking the end to one of the most celebrated and tenacious baseball lives on record.

featuredimage A Train Trip in Cuba from Santiago to Havana

There once was a time when it was possible to step aboard a Pullman car at New York City’s Penn Station at 4:00 p.m. and disembark in Habana at 6:30 p.m., two days later!

featuredimage Cuba’s Top Star Cepeda Shuns MLB for Japanese League Sojourn

In easily the most significant revelation yet spawned by the recently revised policy regarding Cuban ballplayer exchanges, the Cuban Baseball Federation revealed this past weekend that long-time national team star Frederich Cepeda will be performing this summer with the famed Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League.

rightcolimage Rights in Cuba are Already Male Rights

Fellow Havana Times blogger and friend Yenisel Rodriguez has just published a provocative piece criticizing the ways in which feminism, gender studies and research on masculinity issues have been developing in Cuba and the world. I would like to share my points of agreement and disagreement with his thesis here.

rightcolimage Cuba: Memories of Endless Underdevelopment

Watching Cuban filmmaker Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s legendary Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) with my son, I somewhat cynically mused that the author of the novella on which the film was based, Edmundo Desnoes, could have said much more on the subject – hell, he could have written a whole saga and even a soap opera.

rightcolimage Relationships in Cuba that Hang by a Thread

Slanting eyes, swarthy complexion, large breasts, wide hips, long hair down to her shapely behind – this is a more or less accurate description of the woman from Santiago de Cuba who has been living in my building for some months now. She didn’t move in by herself – the whole affair smells of a relationship with a foreigner.

rightcolimage Cuba’s Public Transportation, or Discos on Wheels

It’s true: nearly all of us Cubans are music lovers. It’s as though we carried a sense of harmony in our blood. We unconsciously tap our feet if we hear a drum and clap, snap our fingers or tap any nearby object rhythmically to follow the beat of any music we hear.

rightcolimage The Urgent Need to Defend Male Rights in Cuba

Vengefulness and a craving for power are increasingly common among the champions of feminism, such that the struggle for female emancipation begins to engender its own demons: the establishment of reverse prejudices about the masculine and men.

rightcolimage Cuba: Love in Times of Indifference

Something very personal – a breakup – is what moves me to write this post. Who has not once been in love? Sometimes, we don’t realize what we feel for someone until our relationship unexpectedly comes to an end.

rightcolimage The Daily Life of the Elderly in Cuba (Part II)

“I’ve given more to the State than the State is giving me at the moment. I’ve worked all of my life. I’m now 83,” another interviewee says. The documentary draws our attention to a social reality we co-exist with but do not know in depth.

rightcolimage Climbing Western Cuba’s Tallest Peak

During a recent excursion to The Pan de Guajaibón, western Cuba’s highest peak (701 meters), I learned how to get to one of Cuba’s most spectacular views, how pig thieves destroy rural livelihood, and which type of tree rat you keep as a pet and which you eat. (8 photos)