Goodbye Pepe / Rebeca Monzo

Don’t say you didn’t hear me! Don’t say you didn’t see me! Here I am! Tamal-ize yourself! The sight of this sexagenarian pushing his cart through this lovely neighborhood so full of hills — from Calzada de Boyeros to 23rd Street, his head covered with a big balsa hat to protect himself from the harshness of … Continue reading “Goodbye Pepe / Rebeca Monzo”

Delegates to Cuba’s National Assembly Blame the “Weekly Packet” for Drug Use in Schools / 14ymedio, Rosa Lopez

14ymedio, Rosa Lopez, Havana, 13 July 2015 — Ten official caucuses of Cuba’s National Assembly of the People’s Power* convened last weekend to discuss –among other things – the state of the country’s senior citizenry, and the use of drugs in schools. This gathering at Havana’s Convention Center was a working prelude to the July … Continue reading “Delegates to Cuba’s National Assembly Blame the “Weekly Packet” for Drug Use in Schools / 14ymedio, Rosa Lopez”

Cult of Personality in Cuban Parliament / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 15 July 2015 — The cult of personality has a thousand ways of showing itself. From the face that stares out from every schoolroom wall, to the flattery with which the government journalists refer to certain officials. It would seem, however, that the times of greatest excess in the veneration of … Continue reading “Cult of Personality in Cuban Parliament / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez”

Latest News: At Least Five Dead in Building Collapse in Havana Vieja / Cubanet, Ernesto Garcia Diaz

Cubanet, Ernesto Garcia Diaz, Havana (developing news), 15 July 2015 – At least five people died, according to preliminary reports, in a building collapse early this morning, at an apartment house at 413 Habana Street between Obrapia and Obispo, in Havana Vieja (Old Havana). Neighbors confirmed this to Cubanet, but other sources mentioned 11 deaths. … Continue reading “Latest News: At Least Five Dead in Building Collapse in Havana Vieja / Cubanet, Ernesto Garcia Diaz”

Opponents Tried for Common Crimes / Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin

The preference of trying political opponents for common crimes is not new. Thus is prevented the sullying of the regime’s image while giving cover to those who assert that in Cuba there are no political prisoners. Cubanet.org, Augusto Cesar San Martin, Havana, 10 July 2015 – The preference of trying the Cuban government’s political opponents … Continue reading “Opponents Tried for Common Crimes / Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin”

Juan Carlos Cremata: A Real Man / Reinaldo Escobar

Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 July 2015 — It is very likely that the youngest among us don’t know the reference to the 1951 novel “The Story of a Real Man” by the Soviet writer Boris Polevoy, which tells the story of Alexey Petrovich Maresyev, a fighter pilot who lost both his legs and through a heroic … Continue reading “Juan Carlos Cremata: A Real Man / Reinaldo Escobar”

Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 11 July 2015 — The Cuban government finally returned her passport to the artist Tania Bruguera, who can now travel outside the island, she reported this Saturday in a statement on her Facebook site #YoTambiénExijo. The document had been seized last December when she was arrested before staging a performance of political art in Havana. According to the … Continue reading “Tania Bruguera Now Has Her Passport / 14ymedio”

Holguin Hospitals Throw Away Biological Wastes in the Cemetery / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma and Fernando Donate

14ymedio, Orlando Palma and Fernando Donate, Holguin, 11 July 2015 – Broken tombstones, open graves, dilapidated tombs, and, here and there, scavengers that devour shallowly buried remains. This is no scene from a horror movie but images from a video that exposes the serious situation in the Mayabe Cemetery in Holguin. Released by the Patriotic … Continue reading “Holguin Hospitals Throw Away Biological Wastes in the Cemetery / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma and Fernando Donate”

Committee on the Rights of the Child Queries the Government of Cuba Regarding the Sale of Children and Child Pornography

  Committee on the Rights of the Child, 70th Session – 2015, Draft Program Review of States Parties’ Reports List of questions relative to the briefing presented by Cuba by virtue of Article 8, Paragraph 1, of the Optional Protocol of the Convention for the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and … Continue reading “Committee on the Rights of the Child Queries the Government of Cuba Regarding the Sale of Children and Child Pornography”

Killing for a Dwelling / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang

Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 1 July 2015 – A daughter killed her mother, dismembered her with the help of her boyfriend and then reported her missing in order to be able to inherit her humble apartment in a slum where they both lived. It may seem the plot of a horror movie but it … Continue reading “Killing for a Dwelling / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang”

Technology Rationed in a Technophobic Country / Somos+, Javier Cabrera

Somos+, 2 July 2015 — The coming of WiFi to Cuba is very good news. Better still is the reduction in prices from 4.25 CUC to 2.00 CUC, although that is still a very high barrier for connection to the Internet. [Roughly 2 days wages for one hour. -ed.] From here I want to congratulate … Continue reading “Technology Rationed in a Technophobic Country / Somos+, Javier Cabrera”

Domestic Tourism, the Faces of Deceit / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang

Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 16 June 2015 — To judge by the avalanche of television programs that in recent weeks have been dedicated to so-called “domestic tourism,” in Cuba all families have adequate income to become a major market for the island’s hotel groups and resorts. Several Round Tables with the participation of ministers, … Continue reading “Domestic Tourism, the Faces of Deceit / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang”

WiFi is Extended Throughout Cuba / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 19 June 2015 — “It’s never too late if the WiFi is good,” the officials of the Cuban Telecommuniations Company (Etecsa) might say, announcing the opening in the coming weeks of 35 Internet browsing rooms with WiFi technology in public spaces throughout the country. The information was published this Thursday in the newspaper … Continue reading “WiFi is Extended Throughout Cuba / 14ymedio”

Rene Vazquez Diaz: Cuban Forgettings / Intellectual Debate

See here for background information on this series of posts. René Vázquez Díaz, Sweden, 2007 — Last year, during a period of several months, personalities committed to the politics of cultural repression during the 1970s were interviewed on various Cuban television programs. The reappearance on the small screen of odious characters who call to mind … Continue reading “Rene Vazquez Diaz: Cuban Forgettings / Intellectual Debate”