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    The Cost of Cuba’s Spending on Sports

    From the very beginning, sports have been a fundamental building block in the Revolution’s politics. We can say that it’s an inseparable part of the Revolution and that it is definitely politicized. Fidel personally contributed his ideas on how to develop what he himself called “revolutionary sports”; overseeing its progress until it worked and then sharing its achievements.

featuredimage The Story of Two Cuban Survivors

Marilin de Pedro (37) and Javier Casanova (30) met at the Julio Diaz Orthopedic Hospital. Both of them were victims of traffic accidents, at different times. She graduated in Civil Engineering and he works in construction as a floor polisher at the Havana Convention Center.


featuredimage The Persistent Racial Crisis in Cuba

Recent controversies about the heated issue of racism in Cuba sadly confirm that the unfounded fear of the Cuban government to recognize and confront the increased racism in the country and its intent to pretend this tragedy does not exist, would serve only for this malady to metastasize.


featuredimage Journalists in Cuba, Bad News and Firings

The campaign is becoming a bit too extreme. The vice-president of the Cuban Journalists Association, Aixa Hevia, proposes, in not a very subtle way, that the Cuban government throw me out of the country because my journalism makes “decent” Cuban citizens feel uncomfortable.


featuredimage A Cuban’s Ultimate Battle to Win the Streets

Before entering his first bout of unconsciousness, Guillermo Farinas reiterated the magnitude of the problem: “It’s time to unite, to take to the streets and protest against all of the atrocities committed by this government.” Foto: Adalberto Roque/Getty Images


rightcolimage Alamar, Havana Streets Turned into a Great Dump

A tour through the streets of Alamar by the environmental project El Guardabosques, revealed dozens of garbage pick up points that were overflowing with garbage throughout the sprawling housing projects, located on the east side of Havana. (29 photos)


rightcolimage Capitalism’s True Face

Recently, after one of my articles had been published on Havana Times, a person commented that Cubans leave Cuba because they like capitalism more than they like socialism. (12 photos)


rightcolimage Cuba’s Strange Machismo

Maura almost crosses herself whenever she hears her neighbor shout at her boyfriend in the middle of the street. If I do that to Jose- she exclaims -, nobody will be able to save me from the beating he’ll give me; we have to respect our men.


rightcolimage Is This a Good Time for Cubans to Invest?

Juan Triana is an intelligent analyst, bold and well educated in his field: the Cuban economy. Moreover, he is a very charismatic communicator; you enjoy reading his work. However…


rightcolimage New Times in Venezuela

The last bit of soap falls from my hands into the sink hole and I say a few curses under my breath, without being in too much of a bad mood, because I’d used the last bit of my annual quota of grief the day before.


rightcolimage Street Children: a Disgrace for Humanity Nonexistent in Cuba

During a cold winter in the Southern hemisphere, in 1973, I was in Santiago de Chile and I would watch, from the window of the hotel I was staying at, a group of children huddle around a bonfire.


rightcolimage Cuban Labor Board Declares My Appeal “Unfounded”

Even though I was almost sure that the Labor Board would rule against me – a certainty based on the good vibes I got from the Oral hearing – I wasn’t sure I wanted to drag out the appeals process…


rightcolimage A Birthday Not to Remember

In Cuba, the service of having your birthday cake made when the special date arrives, which I remember from when I was a little girl, continues to endure even today.