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Commentary on the Big Salary Increase Coming for Cubans

As we have previously reported the Cuban government has announced a significant salary increase for State employees, the first one in many years.  It is scheduled to take effect in August.  What at first glance sould bring joy, faces skepticism among many of those to benefit from the wage hike.

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Inside the Chevy, Havana, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Inside the Chevy, Havana, Cuba. By Vincent Wong (Vancouver, Canada). Camera: Canon M5

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Impunity Won?t Work This Time for Nicaragua

Don Alvaro has the dark skin of people from Masaya, a thin beard of several days, graying, and a sad look, desolate look, like the one that have those who have lost the most precious thing in their lives. He survives in exile; he is a casualty of impunity.

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International Timba Forever Festival in Havana Aug. 2-4

The details were recently announced on the International Timba Forever Festival, which takes place in various locations in the Cuban capital from August 2 to 4.

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Spirituality vs. Religion

A few days ago, I read online that the World Health Organization (WHO) was on the verge of adding religious fanaticism to its list of mental illnesses. I stand by this decision 100%...

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Ortega Says No to Dialogue, Clings to Power through 2021

Commander Daniel Ortega closed the doors Friday to the national dialogue with the Civic Alliance, while reiterating that he is not willing to hold early elections. Instead, the Sandinista strongman emphasized that he will be stay in power at least until after the November 2021 elections, in defiance of the sanctions and the international community.

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Hidden Rabbit, Machu Picchu, Peru ? Photo of the Day

Hidden Rabbit, Machu Picchu, Peru. By Nora Scutte, (California, USA). Camera: Samsung

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Cartoonist Px Molina: ?The Best Humor Puts the Powerful in Their Place?

Cartoonist Pedro Molina: ?The humor that makes the most sense is that which puts the powerful in their place. I?m not speaking only of politicians, because many times the real power doesn?t lie only with them? I?m not interested in humor that mocks the poor or the disgraced, I?m interested in humor that can bring the powerful down to earth.?

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Jugolandia: Natural Fruit Juice Bar in Havana

It isn?t luxurious nor comfortable. It?s not even a large space where lots of customers can come. Jugolandia is the entrance and hallway to a house located in the Playa municipality. It is the fruit of a desire to set up a profitable business, as well as to contribute to improving and strengthening customers? health...

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A Surprise at the Opera in Leon, Nicaragua

As a foreigner spending a few relaxing days in León this month, I had the opportunity to see an opera at the Municipal Theater. They were performing Luisa Fernanda, a romantic Spanish Zarzuela from the 1930s. It was a very enjoyable production, but there was one confusing aspect. Something that was very strange!

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua Bishop Rolando Alvarez Saved from Possible Ambush

Bishop Rolando Alvarez told reporters from Matagalpa that when he was preparing to leave the community of La Joya, some peasants came to tell him there was a group of armed people hiding on both sides of the road to Terrabona.

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Smoking Bus Drivers in Havana

On day I was seated next to a smoker who, without hesitation, released a puff of smoke on me, which bothered me a lot. Without thinking I made a simple comparison, but very effective.

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Family Denounces Politically Motivated Crime in Leon, Nicaragua

The last thing that the young opposition activist Bryan Murillo did on Tuesday night, just hours before police officers shot and killed him in his mother?s home in the Barrio Guadalupe of León, was to squeeze himself into a photo taken of his niece, Aylin Del Carmen...

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The Poems of My Colleague Irina Pino

There are books that always stay in the same place when you bring them home. However, there are other books which are always in different spots, as if they move by themselves. De los escalones para abajo, Irina Pino?s book of poems, is one of these books.

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Ortega and his FSLN Can Count on Cuba, says VP

Cuba?s First Vice President Salvador Valdes and Venezuelan VP Delcy Rodriguez were the highest-ranking guests at the celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution in Managua on Friday.

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Sunset in Nusa Lembongan Island, Bali, Indonesia ? Photo of the Day

Sunset in Nusa Lembongan Island, Bali, Indonesia. By Gerdje Schurmans (Spain). Camera: Huawei Pro 20

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Forty Years Since the Sandinista Revolution: Could it Have Been Different?

I?ll do my best to evaluate the revolution, though I?m hesitant to do so for several reasons. First because I was there as a protagonist, so I share responsibilities for the good and bad parts of that period, some of which are still topical today even though they date back 40 years.  Secondly, I speak from my memories, and memory is always fallible and selective.

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Living on the Street: Only Option for Some of Cuba?s Elderly

The number of homeless people is growing in Havana, as well as in the rest of the country. This situation has caught everyone?s attention. Some people are worried, others are unaffected, and unfortunately, a large percentage of the population attempt to justify the inexcusable.

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Mexico Freezes 19 Bank Accounts Over Food Scam with Venezuela  

Mexican authorities froze the bank accounts of 19 people and companies related to the sale of low quality and over-priced food to the Venezuelan government. The products are aimed at the poorest population, said an official of the Mexican Ministry of Finance.

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Colombian Court Maintains Ban on Aerial Spraying of Powerful Herbicide

Colombia's Constitutional Court on Thursday maintained a judicial ban on the aerial spraying of illicit coca crops with glyphosate, saying the government would first have to prove that the weed killer is not harmful to human health and the environment. President Ivan Duque's government had asked the court to lift the ban.

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Militancy, Militant, Military in the Context of Nicaragua

Militancy is the attitude, the activity and the ideology which determines the presence of a citizen in a political party, union or church in a conscious and willing way, always after the materialization of an objective, be it political, economic, social or religious. 

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Happy Cubans with Their New Laws

In the latest session of National Assembly truly revolutionary measures were approved, which will lead substantially to the wellbeing of the Cuban people. Cartoonist Carlos gives his interpretation.

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Reflections, Havana, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Reflections, Havana, Cuba. By Amy M. Gardner (Chicago, USA). Camera: iPhone X

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Puerto Rico Protest Demanding Gov. Rossello Resign over Lewd Texts & Corruption

Close to 100,000 Puerto Ricans took to the streets Wednesday chanting ?Ricky Renuncia!? as they called for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, following the leak by Puerto Rico?s Center for Investigative Journalism of hundreds of misogynistic, homophobic and violent text messages between Rosselló and members of his Cabinet.

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Being a Woman and Mother in Cuba Means Sacrifice

In Cuba, the first game girls play is ?happy homes? which involves filling toy pots and pans with rice and beans so we can play at cooking them while we look after dolls as if they were our own children. If we have brothers, then we protect and pamper them, as if they were our own children, washing their clothes and even making their meals.

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Nicaragua Urged to End Harassment of Attorneys Defending Political Prisoners

This Tuesday, July 17, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights posted on Twitter that they ?urge an end to the harassment? of human rights defenders in Nicaragua.  The post referred to a recent episode where some six police patrol cars surrounded the building where the Defensores del Pueblo [People?s Defenders] have their office.

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Havana Weather for July 18-24

From the end of the mornings the cloud cover will increase and in the afternoons there will be rain including showers which may be intense in some areas. Isolated electrical storms are possible. The high temperatures will be at 32 and 33° C (90 and 91 F), while the lows will be around the 25° C (77 F).

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Value of Properties in Nicaragua Decrease Drastically

The value of properties in Nicaragua has fallen between 20% and 30%, as a result of the crisis that has plagued the country for fifteen months, three experts from the legal, stock and financial sector told Confidencial.

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The Cuban Revolution and Time

I recently read a headline in which General Ulises Rosales del Toro complained: ?When we owned the news.? While many people were laughing, this phrase scared me out of my wits. Saying this meant he was publicly accepting his guilt. Confessing, but without this leading to anything either.

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Desperation and Fear on the Mexican Border

When the siblings turned themselves in to US Border Patrol near El Paso, Texas, in mid-April, agents separated them. "Where are you taking him?" she asked. "He's going to a better place than you," she said an agent replied. But as we have found, Gloria's brother, like other children in Border Patrol detention, certainly was not going to a good place.

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Sunset in Cayo Maria, Villa Clara, Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Sunset in Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara, Cuba.  By Wanisa Khemai (Suriname).  Camera: Iphone Xs

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Meet the Disney Heiress Speaking Out Against Disneyland?s Abuse of Workers

Abigail Disney, the heiress of the Disney fortune, is once again speaking out against the company?s unfair labor and wage practices. She recently spoke to Disneyland employees in California, where they shared their experiences with the theme park?s work environment.

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The New Chinese Train from Havana Arrives in Guantanamo  

A new train, with twelve modern cars, of Chinese origin, will cover the Havana-Guantanamo route, every three days, completing a journey of more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) in approximately 18 hours. As in the rest of the provinces, Guantanamo residents came out to welcome the new train. (16 photos)

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Top Colombian Court Debates Use of Glyphosate in Battling Drug Crops

Colombia's Constitutional Court was on Wednesday debating whether to lift a judicial ban on the aerial spraying of illicit coca crops with glyphosate, a weedkiller that is suspected of causing cancer.

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Continued Religious Persecution in Nicaragua Denounced

According to reports from international organizations, Nicaragua continues to be a country in which human rights are violated daily, in contrast to the peaceful and happy country projected by the government of Daniel Ortega.

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Nicaraguan Student Dilon Zeledon Describes His Ticket to Hell 

This is the testimony of Dilon Zeledón Ramos, 21, and a fourth year accounting student, who was locked up for ten months because he took part in the civic protests against the government of Daniel Ortega. 

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Fascism: Castrismo, Chavismo, Madurismo

Some Cubans have been aware of the similarities between Italian fascism and the Cuban government, for decades already. They aren?t just pure coincidence. Venezuelans have also been under the same yoke for years, and have said so. A disaster that doesn?t recognize language or borders, is spreading without a solution in sight.

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Prison Scrubs and a Blue-and-White Nicaragua Wedding Cake

It could have been just one more civil wedding, but instead the couple decided to call it ?the vandal?s wedding? and to have a ceremony that reflected the struggle for a free Nicaragua.

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Argentine Journalist Daniel Santoro Summoned, Phone Records Seized

The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over an Argentine court's summons of journalist Daniel Santoro and urged authorities to respect the confidentiality of journalistic sources.

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University of Havana ? Photo of the Day

University of Havana. By Joel Fernandez (Florida, USA). Camera Phone Ine 6T plus

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El Salvador Rape Survivor Being Retried for Homicide

In El Salvador, Evelyn Hernandez, a rape survivor who was jailed and later freed after she had a stillbirth is being retried for aggravated homicide.

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The Price of Self-Determination in Cuba

On May 10th 2002, the late Oswaldo Jose Paya Sardinas, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, presented 11,020 signatures to the National Assembly of People?s Power, for reforms so that democratic change could be brought about in Cuba, through Socialism?s legal channels. This became known as the Varela Project.

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Another Dianelis Breaks Free in Cuba

Several days ago Irina Echarry wrote a post related to gender violence, specifically about the denunciation made by Dianelis Alfonso -known as La Diosa de Cuba-, and the way in which that case had impacted on Cuban society, which, as Irina rightly says, is a country accustomed to defending and justifying the abuser and offending the victim.

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Nicaragua: What?s Left of the Venezuelan Oil Money?

Throughout the peak period, Venezuelan oil cooperation played a key role. It was its strongest lever. It can be stated correctly that Ortega never could have built his regime without the considerable resources provided [by Hugo Chavez] from Venezuela.

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Cuba?s Abundant Land and Food Shortages

Cuba is an underdeveloped or developing country, whatever one wants to call it. It is not a country that has large industries, it depends on revenue from tourism, tobacco, rum and sugar. And that it is not enough to cover our needs and resolve our problems.

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Nicaraguan Human Rights Organization to accuse Ortega in the International Courts

Alvaro Leiva Sanchez, executive secretary for the Nicaraguan Association for the Protection of Human Rights, left for the US this past weekend to begin contacts needed to formally accuse Nicaraguan rulers Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the Nicaraguan peoples? human rights before the international criminal courts. 

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Dog on Enramada St., Santiago de Cuba ? Photo of the Day

Dog on Enramada Street in Santiago de Cuba. By Ariel Fuentes (Cuba). Camera Samsung Note 8

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Two Conflicting Ways of Looking at Cuban Reality

I have just read a Facebook comment by a young woman who says she is Cuban and left Cuba for Ecuador, before finally arriving in the US. She dedicated the rest of her comment to criticizing Cuba?s political system.

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Brazilian Singer Bia Ferreira on Havana Times Music

Bia Ferreira is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and activist hailing from Minas Gerais, Brazil. She was born into an evangelical family and followed her mother?s footsteps (her mother was a singer, choir conductor and pianist), entering the world of music at the tender age of 3 when she began studying piano.

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The Massacre to Sabotage Nicaraguan University Students? Demands, One Year On

There were 17 hours of continuous gunfire, as witnessed by neighbors who recorded the sounds of the attack on their cell phones. That Friday, July 13, 2018, the Ortega Murillo regime sent their paramilitaries to mount a merciless attack on the students who were peacefully occupying the Nicaraguan National Autonomous University (UNAN).

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