Campaign publicity of the Ortega-Murillo ticket under the FSLN.  Photo: Carlos Herrera/confidencial
What Election Campaign in Nicaragua?

October 20, 2016 | No Comments »

On the highway to Masaya, some banners present the candidates from political parties that are competing for the presidency and for seats in the National Assembly. On some of the city’s streets, you can count (on your fingers) the posters of these same candidates, which are falling apart due to the heavy rains we had last week.

Havana Weather for October 20-26

October 19, 2016 | No Comments »

This forecast week will bring somewhat warm days with little cloudiness and a chance of isolated showers. The high temperatures will range between 28 and 30° C (82 and 86 F), with the lows temperatures at 22 and 23° C (72 and 73 F). The sea surface temperature is 29° C (84 F).

Nicaraguans Protest in Support of Migrants

October 19, 2016 | No Comments »

Many Nicaraguans refuse to accept the Ortega government’s abuse of migrants trying to cross the country. “It’s unbelievable that a country of migrants would inflict so much harm on other migrants,” the demonstrators said.

Cuba Halts Issuing Restaurant Licenses

October 19, 2016 | 3 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 | 7 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.

Dakota Access Pipeline protest.  Photo: thenation.com
From the Front Lines in Standing Rock, North Dakota

October 17, 2016 | No Comments »

On Saturday, hundreds of people temporarily stopped work at multiple construction sites at the site of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Here’s more on the ongoing protest.

Havana Times Reaches 8th Birthday

October 17, 2016 | 17 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.

Josefina Vidal of the Cuban Foreign Ministry:  "The document does not hide the purpose of promoting changes in the political, economic and social order [of Cuba], or hide the intention to further develop interventionist programs."  Photo: Jose M. Correa/granma.cu
Cuban Gov. Doesn’t See Much Benefit in Obama’s New Actions to Weaken the Embargo

October 15, 2016 | 13 comments

The Cuban government said the new measures approved by President Obama, to make irreversible the new US policy towards Cuba, benefit the US more than the Cuban people.

Obama and Raul Castro at their press conference in Havana on March 21, 2016.
Key Cuba Embargo Provision Lifted by Obama

October 14, 2016 | 8 comments

One of the most significant actions taken today was to rescind the ban on receiving cargo ships in US ports for six months after having docked in Cuba. This provision could make much more viable the deep water port that the Castro government built with Brazilian funding at Mariel west of Havana.

Fidel Castro with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.  Photo: Alex Castro
Fidel Castro Hosts Visit by Algeria PM

October 14, 2016 | No Comments »

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro received Algerian prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal at his home in Havana on Thursday, in another opportunity to show he is still active while behind the scenes in Cuban politics.