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?Me Too? May Hit UN, LA Times CEO under Fire

As the ?Me Too? movement emboldens women to tell their stories of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace, the United Nations may be one of the next venues of multiple public complaints.

The New Rule of Three in Cuban Cooperatives

Until December 31st 2017, I was a member of the SCENIUS accounting and finances cooperative?s board of directors. The experience I gained in this position allows me to put in my two cents about some of the government?s new policies that will change key aspects of the so-called ?experiment?.

Cuba Baseball Finals Open Saturday Jan 20th

The grand finale of Cuban baseball will begin this Saturday in Las Tunas; After game two on Sunday, there will be a rest day before heading to Bayamo, home of the Granma team for games 3, 4 and 5. If needed, games 6 and 7 will be in Las Tunas.

?Macundo? in the Havana Countryside

There are some memories which Time makes appear less real. One of these memories was in the early morning one day, on the wall of a bridge that crossed a river. Back then, I was doing my military service, I had escaped the afternoon before and was returning to my unit.

In Cuba, Freedom Is Important but Dangerous

From a very young age, I felt like we were missing a bit of freedom in my country, even though I was a Fidelista like everyone around me.

Uruguay Investigates Possible illegal Trafficking of Cubans

Uruguay has two investigations underway into the alleged trafficking of Cuban citizens who have entered the country by land, informed the country's attorney general, Jorge Diaz.

Havana Weather for January 18-24

The days will remain cool with abundant cloudiness and some occasional and scattered showers. The maximum temperatures will be between 19 and 25C (66 and 77 F), while in the early morning the lows will be between 16 and 20 C (61 and 68 F). The sea surface temperature will be 25 C (77 F).

Teen Who Slapped Israeli Soldier to Remain in Jail

The 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped an Israeli soldier after her cousin was shot in the head at close range by another soldier will remain in jail without bail said a military judge, reports Democracy Now on Thursday.

Nicaragua?s Rural Anti-Canal Movement Reorganizes Amid Tensions

The resignation of Monica Lopez as legal advisor for the National Council in Defense of the Land, Lake and Sovereignty was a strong warning blow for the inner circle of the Rural Movement. The lawyer expressed that she couldn?t continue working under the current conditions imposed during the term of Medardo Mairena as director.

The EU sanctions Venezuela?s ?#2? Diosdado Cabello

The European Union agreed today to sanction the "number two" figure of the government of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, and six other senior officials in response to president's Nicolas Maduro?s repression against the opposition in the South American country.

The Millions that Fly Out of Cuba

Tens of thousands of Cubans are traveling to Guyana every year to ?import? products worth 145 million USD. The same thing happens in Russia, where the influx of Cuban buyers is such that some markets have signs in Spanish which are specifically directed at Cubans.

The Trials and Tribulations of a Cuban Couple

She is 29 years old, He is 38. They share their marriage, their three children and their frustration. This is their story.

When We Were All Together

I remember when I was little girl and all of my neighborhood friends would get together so we could play. We were about 10 kids, maybe there were more of us. It was a nuisance for our neighbors who had to deal with the racket a big group of kids running about used to make.

Trumps Stops Detente with Cuba, without it becoming a Cold War

Donald Trump entering the White House meant a return to the times when hostile language was used against the Cuban government, but, this time, without becoming a confrontation similar to the Cold War years.

Jazz Plaza Underway in Havana and Santiago de Cuba

Jazz Plaza 2018 kicked off Tuesday in Havana and some fifty artists from various nations are attending the festival. The 33rd edition of the event began with a concert by Bobby Carcasses, along with his new orchestra Afroswing, at the Sala Avellaneda of the National Theater of Cuba.

I don?t get mixed up in politics

Not getting mixed up in politics is a premise of the majority of citizens in any society. Because ordinary citizens only aspire to live within a social framework that works the best it can, not relying on their active participation. Cuba isn?t an exception to this rule, in fact, it takes it to the extreme instead.

Havana University?s 290th Anniversary

Havana University currently has over 30,000 (undergraduate and postgraduate) students studying there with a staff of 2000 professors, of which nearly half have a Doctorate in Sciences and a considerable number have a Masters. It has 16 faculties, four institutes and 18 research and study centers.

Mayte under the Flamboyant Tree

Mayte hung herself from a flamboyant tree, some years after she left her position as the leader of the Young Communist League at secondary school, where she fulfilled the role of a Torquemada of Stalinism, pointing out, informing on and destroying the lives of her classmates, marked by the urgency of rising up the ranks...

Cuba Was Never Different

Cuba exported a sugar-coated image of its youth for many years. Young people who lived as equals (in poverty), brimming with maturity, political convictions, willingness and other upstanding values. Very different to those consumer teenagers, Capitalism?s children, whose only goal was to have something and flaunt it.

Rebel ex-Police Officer Among the Dead in Venezuela

Former Venezuelan police pilot Oscar Perez, leader of the rebel group calling themselves "Warriors of God", is among the nine casualties of an assault operation by military commandos near Caracas, confirmed Interior Minister Nestor Reverol on Tuesday after a day of silence on his whereabouts.

Is the Movement of Money between Banks in Nicaragua to Avoid Sanctions?

In Nicaragua, deposits grew substantially in the Albanisa bank (Banco Corporativo) following the closing of accounts in three other banks for fear of being affected by US sanctions against PDVSA, the Venezuelan State-owned petroleum company.

Illegality Proves that things Need to Change

Not too long ago, I was speaking to a historian who told me she was up-to-date with the news relating to acts of censorship that have taken place over recent months. With a gesture of political indifference she said: ?This isn?t going to change.?

A New Cuban Movie for Parents

A new Cuban movie, ?La Hoja de la Caleta?, premiered in the capital?s movie theaters over the past few days. Directed by the pair Jorge Campaneria and Mirta Gonzalez; they bring us the story of a boy who lives in a fishing village in Santa Cruz del Sur. His mother has left him and his father is one step away from becoming an alcoholic again.

Invitation: Three New Art Expositions in Old Havana

On January 9th in the city?s same historic center, three personal exhibitions by Cuban artists opened all at the same time, at the Provincial Center of Visual Arts and Design, better known as the ?Luz y Oficios? gallery. The exhibitions can be seen until February 2nd. (18 photos)

Colombian Embassy in Cuba Working to the Max

In the face of protests by Cubans, who depend on getting a US visa so as to join their families on a permanent basis, Washington, in agreement with the Colombian government, decided on the expensive solution to move this paperwork to its embassy in Bogota in mid-October.

Migration and Politics: a Necessary Debate for Cuba?s Future

The year 2018 will be a decisive one for Cuba?s future. The island is not only a geographical space but also a social space which transcends physical borders. In this regard, the future government will have to face the challenge of building a prosperous, transnational and inclusive country.

The Gift

The Gift is an animation by Jasser Barbier about the meeting of two characters from the works of the plastic artist Nur Diez, a graduate from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana. You can find her pieces in galleries in Old Havana or by contacting her directly.

Arce Defends Roberto Rivas over Corruption Charges

Bayardo Arce, the economic and financial adviser of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, criticized the United States on Friday for sanctioning the president of the country's Electoral Council, Roberto Rivas, for acts of "significant corruption",

A Clear Example of Cuba?s Cooperative Movement

I have been farming the land and been a member of a credit and service cooperative (CCS), for over five years now, based in my community, of Mayari, Holguin. This mode of production is the closest thing there is to a real cooperative here in Cuba.

New Day of Looting in Venezuela

A new day of protests and looting took place on Friday in Venezuela with shortages and the high cost of food being the catalyst, reported dpa. Meanwhile the Government continues to insist there is no crisis, just foreign aggression.

Ecuador Grants Julian Assange Citizenship

After over five years held up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, British authorities rejected Thursday a bid to allow Julian Assange safe passage in London, after Ecuador?s foreign minister said she?d granted Assange citizenship.

Real Cuban Rodeo is a Horror. Don?t Take Part!

This mare is the apple of my eye, I look after her as if she were me myself. This is how Miguel speaks about cuquita, the mare who his daughter takes to competitions. For several years now she takes part in the Rodeo with cuquita, an event which some people define as an extreme sport while others call it tradition. (12 photos)

Nicaragua: Exit of Electoral Council Chief Demanded

Magistrate Roberto Rivas should resign the post that he?s occupied for over twenty years as head of an electoral system that has collapsed, even though his exit alone won?t reestablish its credibility. This is the unanimous opinion of analysts and figures from the Nicaraguan opposition.

?This Revolution Is Really Great?

I met Lazaro when he approached me to please talk to my wife as he knows that she is a doctor at an important hospital. He had an echocardiogram prescribed, but there weren?t any appointments for the next four months and that?s if the machine didn?t break. He was worried, he?s 78 years old. That?s when we began to talk.

Architectural Treasure in Havana?s Vedado Neighborhood

There is a very special house in Havana?s Vedado neighborhood. According to what renowned historian and visual arts researcher Lillian Llanes says, it is the first mansion in Havana which we have bibliographical evidence about that has an indoor pool.

The Glass Castle

"The Glass Castle" left me thinking for a few days. It made me remember the joy of dreaming, those childhood dreams which still aren?t tainted by the official standards of success. Pure dreams which don?t seek to impress or please anyone.

US State Department without Evidence against Cuba

Washington is changing its tune as Diplomatic Security Assistant Director, Todd Brown, accepts that a sonic weapon might not exist but he does say that US diplomats in Havana could have been targets of a ?viral? attack. Of course, he didn?t offer a hint of evidence to back up his statement.

Costa Rica Investigates Nicaragua?s Roberto Rivas for Money Laundering

The Costa Rican Attorney General's Office informed on Tuesday that it opened an investigation against the president of the Supreme Electoral Council of Nicaragua, Roberto Rivas, for what it considers the possible crime of money laundering.

Havana Weather for January 11-17

The days will continue to be relatively cool, with some isolated showers during the day. The maximum temperatures will be between 21 and 27 C (70 and 81 F) while the lows will be between 16 and 19 C (61 and 66 F).

Canada Considers Diplomats? Ailments a Mystery

The Canadian Police investigating the possible causes of the ailments that eight Canadian embassy personnel in Cuba suffered in 2017 and have been qualified as "sonic attacks" by some media, are still considered a mystery.

The Three Kings Visit Havana?s Children

When I asked a 6-year-old boy if his grandmother had bought him the tanker truck he was pulling along on a string through the entire house as a present, he stared at me, thinking about his response, standing still and not pulling his truck along anymore. The old lady, who was observing the conversation, decided to intervene: ?The Three Kings brought this toy, as well as the bowling set.?

Uruguay Receives Wave of Cubans

A total of 4,577 Cuban citizens entered Uruguay in 2017, the majority between October and December. Channel 10 of Uruguayan television reported that some 200 Cubans decided to settle in the small rural town of Santa Rosa, in the department of Canelones, near Montevideo.

Another Cuban Struggle against the Blockade

We always end up talking about the same old thing: politics, the economy, ?the situation?. Names and faces change in different groups, but the subject remains the same. Inevitably, we end up analyzing ?how things are?, like a moth to a flame.

Cuba: The Old Clock Needs More than a Few Repairs

On January 4th, Fernando Ravsberg published an article entitled ?Challenges for Cuba?s New President?. The key issue revolves around the dual currency system, linking in with the tricky answer of how to refloat Cuba?s battered economy. The issue deserves to have all of its sensitive points poked at.

Trump Hits Salvadorans in Latest Attack on Immigrants

The Trump administration continues to issue measures that hurt the immigrant communities in the United States. The latest blow was felt this week by 250,000 Salvadorans in the US under the now rescinded Temporary Protection Status (TPS).

Real Changes in 2018 or Just a Hoax?

By Victor Manuel HAVANA TIMES ? A few weeks ago, on Holy Innocents Day (December 28th) to be exact, a

Fifty years after the Prague Spring, Cuba and Fidel Castro

On January 5th 1968, Havana woke up with a cold breeze infiltrating the city which chased people away from the Malecon. Throughout the entire month of January the sea charged at the city. In Cuba, spring is linked to summer. But, in Europe, it?s different.

Cuba Criticizes US Senate Hearing on Attacks on Diplomats

The Cuban government questioned today the validity of the hearing held in the United States Senate on Tuesday over the alleged acoustic attacks on US diplomats in Havana, and restated its denial of having any responsibility in the events.

Details of My Arrest and My Captors

More than ten people took part in the operation last November when I was arrested in my home, between agents from State Security, MININT?s Technical Investigations Department, police, crime investigators, an ambulance driver, intensive care doctor and inspector. They interrupted that peaceful afternoon in my home like vultures.

US Studies Possible Viral Attacks on its Diplomats in Cuba

The Trump Administration is studying whether a virus could be the source of the health problems suffered by 24 of its diplomats in Cuba, said a senior official of the State Department in the US Senate. Previous accusations have centered around "acoustic attacks".