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    Cuban Youth Aren’t Going Back to the Land

    When the vacations roll around, Yaxelis knows what’s waiting for her in advance: the same river swimming hole she’s known ever since she was a little girl, a trip or two to the city of Camaguey, maybe the trip to Havana she’s been promising her sister for the past two summers…

featuredimage Political Power in Cuba Is Becoming More Concentrated

It has already become a habit: Cuba’s “revolutionary government” sends out memos and statements without anyone signing them and the party itself and its political and mass organizations make announcements and issue statements about important foreign policy issues without anyone knowing who is answering for them.


featuredimage Trump Won’t Hear Them, but Raul Isn’t Listening Either

On June 20th, the national board of the Junior and Senior High School Students Federation gave its opinion about Mr. Donald Trump’s announcement a few days earlier. This took place in each and every one of these schools across the country, early in the morning before classes.


featuredimage Nicaragua: Life After the La Chureca Garbage Dump

Twenty-seven frames decorate the walls of the room. Every one of them depicts a different story: his daughter’s birthday, the promenade to Managua’s old pier, the photo of his daughter when she was in 3rd grade, all symbols of joy. Freddy Mercado doesn’t want to bring his past to the present. “There’s no need, I’m going to remember it, but I don’t want photos of it,” he says bluntly.


featuredimage Cuba in the Trump Era

The Theater, set design, script, soundtrack and even the audience chosen by Trump to announce the end of the rapprochement process with Cuba couldn’t have been worse. In political communication terms, the new US president is just a caricature of Obama.


rightcolimage Rising to the Stars with the Cuban Rock Band Anima Mund

On the night of Saturday June 17th, it was one of those Saturdays that I haven’t been scammed by bad movies on TV or sterile experiences. This time I won: I was at a concert of Cuban rock band, Anima Mundi, who were playing at the El ciervo encantado theater.


rightcolimage Cuba Says NO to Force

When I read the headlines on several media here, the first thing I thought was: of course, they don’t give a damn if we continue to fight with the yumas (USA) since at the end of the day, they (the highest in command, those who decide the country’s future) have everything they need, their families too.


rightcolimage Making Money Off Ignorance, Using Innocence

The photo is of a so-called “hot dog” label (a kind of sausage which is widely consumed in Cuba), sold in hard currency among other meat products. They are quite popular and are used to put together a quick meal and even the bread with “something” snack.


rightcolimage I’m Writing Again, Thanks to Cuban Filmmaker Fernando Perez

I haven’t written an article since May 2015. In fact, the last thing I wrote and was published on Havana Times was inspired by the movie Regreso a Itaca (Return to Ithaca). Today, I am leaving my refuge and it’s a Cuban film that has brought me to the arena of letters again…


rightcolimage The Undesirable Backpack

We all know how important and practical a backpack is. As well as lightening the load, it helps us to transport personal objects which we are interested in carrying with us. But, how can something so useful become an undesirable object that gets in the way at a certain time?


rightcolimage Trump’s New Policy, Who Really Benefits?

Last Friday, I was hanging onto every word the new US president said. Personally-speaking, I believe his speech was a well-orchestrated political show to win over the extreme Right of this country which is mainly concentrated in Miami.


rightcolimage Back to the Cold War

The US president gave a speech in Miami on Friday June 16, in which he spoke about Cuba, without knowing Cuba, just to please this select audience and to get votes in Congress from the reactionary congressmen with Cuban roots, who don’t know Cuba either.


rightcolimage Vodou Project Exposition at the Cuban Institute of Anthropology

A temporary art exhibition was put on display at the ICAN (Cuban Institute of Anthropology), as part of the IX International Colloquium on Research of African-Derived Religions. (9 photos)