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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

Fidel Castro – Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment

Fidel Castro: Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, La Voz del Morro, August 15, 2006 — Humans eat meat; cattle feed on forage and in their own way find the nutrients in the soil populated by worms, which probably eat other bugs that I don’t know about; but […] Continue reading

A look at Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega

A look at Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega Cuba’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega, right, stands behind Pope Francis in the popemobile as they arrive for Mass at Revolution Plaza in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. During Mass Sunday, Ortega thanked the pope for his work promoting detente between Havana and Washington and called for reconciliation between […] Continue reading

Cuba’s controversial cardinal takes center stage with pope’s visit

Cuba’s controversial cardinal takes center stage with pope’s visit HAVANA | BY DANIEL TROTTA Cardinal Jaime Ortega rose from labor camp inmate in the 1960s to become one of Cuba’s leading political figures, leveraging a non-confrontational style into a rare position of influence for someone outside the Communist Party. With Pope Francis visiting Cuba next […] 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

Maria Castro’s Eloquent Silence

Maria Castro’s Eloquent Silence / Cubanet, Tania Diaz Castro Posted on February 22, 2015 Cubanet, Tania Díaz Castro, Havana, February 19, 2015 — Homosexuality has been around longer than humans have been walking upright. But Fidel Casto — working through State Security, an organization he founded and of which he has always been in charge […] Continue reading

No, No and No Raul Castro

No, No and No Raul Castro / Jose Luis Garcia Antunez Posted on August 31, 2014 This I believe is the second or third occasion that I write to you, and as always without the least mood or desire that you answer me, because given the absolute contempt and disgust that emanates from your person […] Continue reading

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights? BY EMMA MOORE JULY 23, 2014 8:58 PM ) A pioneer in the region, Cuba has begun to add to its list of internal advancements LGBTI rights; the 1990s saw the abolishment of many oppressive laws and practices towards gays while the National Center for Sex Education […] Continue reading

The myth of Cuba has been cut to shreds for the most part

“The myth of Cuba has been cut to shreds for the most part” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Mario Varga Llosa Posted on July 15, 2014 The writer and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, talks about Cuba in the first part of an interview with 14ymedio Yoani Sánchez, Madrid, 14 July 2014 — […] 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

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

Che Guevara’s image doesn’t fit ghastly reality

Posted on Wednesday, 10.16.13 Che Guevara’s image doesn’t fit ghastly reality BY HUMBERTO FONTOVA HFONTOVA.COM Good thing the college “hipsters” who wear Che T-shirts didn’t live in Stalinist Cuba under their idol. “Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates!” snarled the KGB-mentored Che Guevara in 1961. “Instead they must dedicate themselves to study, […] Continue reading

Petition To the National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic of Cuba

Petition To the National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic of Cuba / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Posted on September 1, 2013 Havana, 26 June 2013 To the National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic of Cuba: The Constitution of the Republic of Cuba in its Article 63, reads verbatim: All citizens […] Continue reading