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My name is Ángel Martínez and my dream was to become a cameraman. I always thought about photography. Just like you, my friends made fun of me, but I was stubborn and I started to work as a television assistant in 1954. I got to know the best of the culture of that time. At … Continue reading "“My Dream Was to Become a Cameraman” / Cubanet" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 March 2017 — Putting aside the passions of supporters and detractors of the policies drawn up by President Barack Obama for Cuba, there is no doubt that, for better or worse, it set indelible before and after benchmarks in the lives of the Cuban people. The first benchmark was the … Continue reading "Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro, 13 March 2017 – This 13 March is the 49th anniversary of the Great Revolutionary Offensive, that economic project that emerged from the little brain of the “Enlightened Undefeated One,” to ruin the Cuban economy even further. Although each year the so-called Castro Revolution was a real disgrace for all Cubans, … Continue reading "The Day Castro Buried Capitalism / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro" Continue reading
Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last decade, when Fidel Castro would call a “march of the fighting people” for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little paper flags, prominent for his impetuous verbiage was a … Continue reading "The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez" Continue reading
Cubanet, Ana Leon, Havana, 3 March 2017 – Jose Vargas is 85 years old and a retired musician. He lives alone in a room in a tenement in Old Havana, depending on a monthly check of 240 Cuban pesos (eight dollars U.S.) and whatever help his neighbors can offer. For two years this old man … Continue reading "Growing Old in Cuba: Luck or Misfortune? / Cubanet, Ana Leon" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak. Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical Party Guidelines has been demonstrated in overcoming the general crisis of the “model” … Continue reading "Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 23 February 2017 — An editorial piece published February 14th on the Havana Times website under the title “Official Journalism in Cuba: Empty Nutshells,” revisits a recurring issue that has been going around in the Castro media and is threatening to become fashionable: to be or not to be a dissident. In … Continue reading "The Subtle Dissent of Revolutionaries / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Tania Diaz castro, 14 February 2017 — Nelson Rodríguez Leiva, 26, was shot in La Fortaleza de la Cabaña in 1971, along with his dearest friend, Angelito de Jesús Rabí, 17. Also in the same place, but a century earlier, the poet Juan Clemente Zenea was shot. It did not help Nelson that, in … Continue reading "The Spirit Of The Executions Still Haunts La Cabaña / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro" Continue reading
Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to buy yogurt, one of the products in shortest supply in … Continue reading "The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello" Continue reading
Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 9 February 2017 — Try as I might—to avoid being a bore and accused of holding a grudge against the boy—I cannot leave Harold Cárdenas, the ineffable blogger at La Joven Cuba, in peace, I just can’t. And the fault is his own, because the narrative he makes out of … Continue reading "Too Young for the Party and Too Old for the Communist Youth / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez" Continue reading
Cubanet, Roberto Jesus Quinones Haces, Guantanamo, 10 February 2017 – The Havana International Book fair and its provincial offshoots would be more important events if there were debates where all Cuban intellectuals could participate without exclusions. But they are walled prosceniums where there is only room for writers who never raise their voices against any … Continue reading "Books Banned at Cuba’s Book Fair / Cubanet, Roberto Quinones" Continue reading
Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin and Rudy Cabrera, Havana, 23 January 2017 – In 2014, Cuban doctor Nelson Cabrera Quinta, his wife and two teenage children were declared illegal occupants of his home located at No. 1705 – 200th Street in the Havana neighborhood of Siboney. The house has been part of the family patrimony for … Continue reading "We are very afraid / Cubanet, Augusto Cesar San Martin and Rudy Cabrera" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 10 January 2017 — – I have often heard or read about the supposed Cuban “culture and education,” a fabulous academic record based on official Cuban statistics and, of course, the Cuban Revolution and its (literally) ashen leader. A few weeks ago, during the prolonged funerals of the Deceased in Chief, … Continue reading "The Learned Illiterates of the Revolution / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The announcement of the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, which gave Cuban immigrants the special privilege of remaining in the US without being deported, just by touching American soil, ended Thursday, 12 January 2017, like a cold drizzle on the citizens of this island … Continue reading "Dry or Wet? Thinking with our Feet / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 5 January 2017 – It is well known that for almost six decades we Cubans have not had a real government program, unless the old “five-year plans” are defined as such. These were programs Castro I copied from the USSR in order to plan and control Cuba’s socialist economic development, and … Continue reading "Castro II’s Island is Adrift / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro, Havana, 3 January 2017 — In the Cuban national press there are many stories of the Castro dictatorship that are very rarely told. Unfortunately the official journalists do not investigate before they write and repeat like parrots the official script. One of these stories is about the armored train of Santa Clara … Continue reading "One More Lie About Che Guevara / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro" Continue reading
Cubanet, Paulina Alfonso, 26 December 2016 — What will become of Cuba in the new year now that Fidel Castro is gone? This is a question only foreigners ask. It is of no interest to most Cubans. They have other concerns: how to get out, how to survive and what number to bet on in … Continue reading "What Will Become of Cuba? / Paulina Alfonso" Continue reading
Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro, Havana, December 12, 2016 – When in 2006 Raul Castro took power, one of the first things he said was that he would give a glass of milk a day to every Cuban. He knew very well the importance that the people gave to the strong tradition of having breakfast with coffee … Continue reading "No Right to Breakfast / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, November 29, 2016 – Fidel Castro died on November 25 at 10:29 p.m. and, according to his own will, his remains will be cremated, according to the brief statement read by Raúl Castro on Cuban television. at midnight. As a deceased person, the former president deserves respect. Surely he expired on … Continue reading "The One Who Left Ashes / Miriam Leiva" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, 6 December 2016 — Raul Castro wants Cubans to commit their support to major economic restrictions in 2017, during the complex period of the transfer of power from the so-called historic generation, through the signing of an oath to the definition of the Revolution and Socialism promulgated by the deceased leader, … Continue reading "The Ubiquitous Dictator / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva / HemosOido" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 12 December 2016 — In a curious coincidence with the fifth meeting, held last week in Havana, of the Bilateral Commission in charge of the dialogue process between the United States and Cuba, about one hundred Cuban “entrepreneurs” have just addressed a letter to Donald Trump, the newly elected President of that … Continue reading "Why didn’t they write to the General-President? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet,  Alejandro Tur Valladares, Havana, 12 December 2016 – Dr. Nelson Gandulla Diaz, a national delegate to the Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights, headquartered in Cienfuegos, was interrogated by Cuban State Security officials after being cited to appear at the offices of Emigration and Aliens on 10 December. Gandulla said that the interrogation began at … Continue reading "Cuban State Security Interrogates And Threatens Young LGBTI Leader / Cubanet, Alejandro Tur Valladares" Continue reading
Cubanet, Jorge Ángel Pérez, Havana, 1 December 2016 — A cable from the Cuban press agency Prensa Latina, written by Waldo Mendiluza, warned me that the sexologist, parliamentarian, and daughter of Raul Castro, was in New York. According to the cable, the director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) spoke to the United nations … Continue reading "Mariela Castro’s Disrespect in New York / Cubanet, Jorge Angel Perez" Continue reading
Cubanet, Gladys Linares, Havana, 5 December 2016 — I don’t remember exactly how much time had passed since I’d seen Cristina, but it must have been more than three years, because today, when I saw her at the home of a mutual friend and asked about her daughter, who had caused her so many headaches, she … Continue reading "The Golden Dream of A Prostitute / Cubanet, Gladys Linares" Continue reading
Cubanet, Vladimir Turró Páez, Havana, 3 December 2016 — The independent journalists Manuel Guerra Pérez and Lisbey Lora, arrested this last Monday by the United Territorial Investigations of the San Jose Police in the province of Mayabeque, have been threatened with going to trial, according to information from their families. The two reporters were arrested by … Continue reading "Independent Reporters Arrested Are Threatened With Trial / Cubanet" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 November 2016 — Just hours after the finish of the November 8th US elections, the Palace of the Revolution in Havana sounded its trumpets of war, summoning another of its ridiculous bombastically named strategic-militaristic exercises: 2016 Bastion Exercise and Defense Days, that will take place from November 16th to the … Continue reading "The Castros’ Late Halloween / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, Santiago do Cuba, 29 October 1916 — The top headline in the nightly news on the Castro family’s private television — the only television permitted in our country – on October 28th this year, was: “Cubans are paying tribute to Camilo Cienfuegos on the 57th anniversary of his physical disappearance.” … Continue reading "Did He Disappear, Or Was He Gotten Rid Of? / Cubanet, Jose Daniel Ferrer" Continue reading
Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces, Guantanamo, Cuba, 3 November 2016 — In talking to fellow countrymen and foreigners, the question comes up: Why do we Cubans have put up with so much abuse from the Castros? The question is raised because of the discrimination to which we have been, and are still subject, to the … Continue reading "Why Do We Cubans Put Up With All This? / Cubanet, Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces" Continue reading
Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 November 2016 – The elections in the United States, with the victory of the Republican Donald Trump and the defeat of the Democrat Hillary Clinton, contrary to the predictions of most polls, has captured the attention of the world’s public opinion in recent hours due to the decisive nature … Continue reading "Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 20 October 2016 — An article I wrote was published on this site in March 2015, on the subject of the announcement in the official Cuban press that a new electoral law was to be enacted in Cuba in March 2018. The article raised more than a few stings because – among … Continue reading "Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 27 October 2016 — “Ruperto ‘In Reverse’“ is the nickname the popular Cuban sense of humor has bestowed on General-President Raúl Castro, referring to a character in the popular sit-com “Living on Tall Tales” broadcast on Cuban television Monday, just after the National News’ prime time broadcast. We could not dream of … Continue reading "Ruperto “In Reverse” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Pablo Gonzalez, Havana, 31 October 2016 — “I work as a network administrator in a company in Havana, but everyone knows that in this country the salary is not enough to live on, you always have to have something under the table. So the bakers steal the flour and oil to sell it on … Continue reading "“Wi-fi is Killing My Business” / Cubanet, Pablo Gonzalez" Continue reading
Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 31 October 2016 — My friend Marquito who has lived in Miami for fifteen years, has decided, as soon as he retires, to return to Cuba to live. When he told me his plans, on the next to last day of my stay in Miami, after several whiskies and beers as … Continue reading "My Friend Marquito Will Repatriate to Cuba / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez" Continue reading
Cubanet.org, Luis Cino Alvarez, Havana, 13 October 2016 – Several reporters from international press agencies, in particular the AFP, have recently highlighted the fact that in Cuba, in contrast with neighboring countries like Haiti, Hurricane Matthew caused no loss of life in spite of its extensive property damage. The journalists credit the preventive work, mainly … Continue reading "Zero Victims in Cuba, at What Price? / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez" Continue reading
Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 30 September 2016 — The most recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on the state of journalism in Cuba is, more than disappointing, worrisome. It is not that its authors are uninformed about the Cuban reality. Rather, they have manipulated the information at their disposal so as to … Continue reading "A Disappointing And Unfair Report / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez" Continue reading
Miriam Celaya, Havana, 4 October 2016 — CUBALEX, an independent organization dedicated to providing free legal aid to Cubans — an essential service in a society where the abuse of rights is a permanent part of daily life — in recent days suffered a sudden and brutal attack at its headquarters in Havana, by the … Continue reading "Reflections Against a “Black Winter” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 30 September 2016 — This Friday, 30 September 2016, the fourth session of the Cuba-US Bilateral Commission is meeting in Washington, an occasion which the Cuban regime has selected to present their rejection of “endorsing programs that Washington is promoting without the consent or consultation by the official channels established for … Continue reading "Youth Leadership, a Dangerous Sequel to the US-Cuba Rapprochement / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
En respuesta a la nota de Cubadebate: "Revelan proyectos financiados por la NED en el 2015 para la subversión en Cuba" Continue reading
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Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 26 August 2016, Havana — It’s been said that radically opposite ends end up looking alike. That truism has become irrefutable for those of us who are dedicated to independent journalism in Cuba, especially those who practice the basic right of free expression through opinion columns and end up subjected to relentless … Continue reading "For an Uncomfortable Journalism / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 16 August 2016 — Recently, during my brief stay in Miami to participate in an academic meeting on legal issues, I was surprised to hear from a Cuban emigrant – fairly old in age – about his wish that, in a future democratic Cuba, a law of compulsory military service would … Continue reading "The Best Way to “Become a Man”? / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
It is a crime to manipulate a child’s conscience for the adulation of a dictator. Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 15 August 2016, Havana – This Saturday, August 13, 2016, was the culmination of true torture after months of putting up with the fanfare in the official media on the occasion of the ninetieth birthday of the … Continue reading "A Deplorable Spectacle / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 August 2016 – We are nearing 60 years since that ominous January 1959, and after decades of ideological fraud and demagogic discourse, we might expect that at least the political pillars on which the current aspirations of Cuban society rest would have radically changed. However, this is not the case. … Continue reading "Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities”: Simply “Citizens” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 July 2016 — Some claim that “nothing ever happens in Cuba.” However, the signals we have been receiving of late indicate otherwise. The price increases at the produce markets since the last quarter of 2015, accompanied by periodic (and frequent) cycles of shortages of food and other basic items in … Continue reading "Cuba in Crisis: the Pressure is Building / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading
Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 7 June 2016 — I recently read an internet article published by Martí News (Bogus Taíno1 Dance in Cuba Shocks an Intellectual Canadian Native), which — as the title indicates — is about a Canadian tourist’s experience during his stay in Cuba. He witnessed an imaginary Taíno show, choreographed in the … Continue reading "About False Taínos and Alleged “New Trends” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya" Continue reading