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A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution, from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers banned it from official competition and […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] Continue reading

Censorship, the Vital Artery of the Cuban Regime /

Censorship, the Vital Artery of the Cuban Regime / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on November 20, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 4 November 2015 — The recent termination of Juan Carlos Cremata as a theater director, the previous suspension of “The King is Dying,” his last work on the stage of the Theater Center, and the […] Continue reading

Cuba and the Vatican – the Miracle that Never Arrives

Cuba and the Vatican: the Miracle that Never Arrives / Miriam Celaya Posted on July 19, 2015 Cubans will continue to leave for places where they believe God has placed his hand beyond the intervention of his Holiness Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 7 July 2015 — It’s been 17 years since a head of Vatican […] Continue reading

The Censors Talk about Censorship

The Censors Talk about Censorship / 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez Posted on March 31, 2015 14ymedio, Victor Ariel Gonzalez, Havana, 30 March 2015 — The Surprised Pupil is a program whose first mistake is the name. With quite mediocre staging, presentation and content, really this television program has nothing surprising to see. But to hear, […] Continue reading

Regarding the Massive Dumbing-Down

Regarding the Massive Dumbing-Down / Fernando Damaso Posted on March 19, 2015 Fernando Damaso, 20 February 2015 — It has lately become fashionable to speak and write about the need for combatting negative cultural trends that, as is to be expected, arrive from abroad, mostly from the “empire.” This practice has increased since December 17, […] Continue reading

The Fake UNEAC Congress

The Fake UNEAC Congress / Angel Santiesteban Posted on April 26, 2014 Once again, the official intellectuals are summoned to “participate” in another Congress of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), to be used as political reaffirmation for the Regime, since they won’t do anything else, the same as on previous occasions. […] Continue reading

I Only Know That I Am Afraid

“I Only Know That I Am Afraid” / Tania Diez Castro / HemosOido Posted on April 15, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba — For almost the first three years of his regime, Fidel Castro was not interested in Cuban intellectuals. He did not forgive their passivity during the years of revolutionary insurrection. They had not put bombs […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Prison Diary LXIII It’s Not Feeding Revenge, It’s Saving Embarrassment

Prison Diary LXIII: It’s Not Feeding Revenge, It’s Saving Embarrassment / Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 1, 2013 Dictatorships, according to the analysts, mutate to make threats disappear when their totalitarian power is threatened; to manage it, they are capable of acting against themselves. Nothing is worth more than the Government and its remaining in […] Continue reading

Taken Out of the Closet, But No One Asks Forgiveness

Taken Out of the Closet, But No One Asks Forgiveness / Reinaldo Cosano Posted on July 28, 2013 By Reinaldo Cosano. Havana, Cuba Posted in the blog of Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada The veil covering violent homophobic repression is slowly being drawn back, but the gulity aren’t asking for public pardon. It is hard […] Continue reading

The Legacy of Intransigence

The Legacy of Intransigence / Miriam Celaya Posted on March 30, 2013 Let's say that for a long time the damn phrase hasn't been heard in the mainstream media (although I must admit I'm not exactly a follower of that media). In any event, it's been missing from the speeches, which slyly avoided it, like […] Continue reading

Truth and Memory Weekly Bulletin on UMAP / HÉCTOR SANTIAGO

Truth and Memory Weekly Bulletin on UMAP / HÉCTOR SANTIAGO Translator: Unstated, UMAP Truth and Memory Government paper headline: UMAP forges citizens useful to society HECTOR SANTIAGO UMAP* was more terrible than what has been said, because they tried to change homosexual orientation through so-called scientific methods which, imported from the USSR, consisted of insulin […] Continue reading

Gay Pride Day in Cuba

Gay Pride Day in Cuba July 2, 2012 Daisy Valera HAVANA TIMES — Havana didn't "enjoy" or "suffer" a conga line parade which the flag of diversity could have waved side by side with that of the July 26 Movement, the Young Communist League and even banners with the faces of the Cuban Five. There […] Continue reading

Cubans Defined by Abbreviations

Cubans Defined by Abbreviations May 7, 2012 Dariela Aquique HAVANA TIMES — Our grammatical rules are aided by a few shortcuts, both in linguistics as well as in writing. One good example of this is the use of abbreviations. Those in spelling and speech are employed as work-saving mechanisms to economize on characters. In the […] Continue reading