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Havana Times

open-minded writing from Cuba
  1. Everything came about as a result of the exodus of Cubans to Ecuador which took place in 2008, when the Ecuadorian government allowed Cubans to enter the country without the need for a visa. Cubans came in droves, some to continue on their journey to the United States and others to stay and build a life protected by the Andes.
  2. Old chronicles tell us that Havana used to be covered in timber-yielding trees before it was a city, where Manilkara trees, cedars, mahogany and the reddish rosewood trees would keep the earth cool and damp. (27 photos)
  3. Nicaraguan rural leader Francisca “Chica” Ramirez criticizes Ortega’s government for abusing the human rights of those who oppose them. Ramirez was invited by the Front Line Defenders foundation to take part in a discussion alongside another hundred human rights defenders. The event took place in Dublin, Ireland, starting on October 17th and came to an end on the 19th this month.
  4. The United States and Soviet Union were never so close to a nuclear face-off as they were in October 1962, when the US discovered Soviet missiles on the island. “The decision to install missiles was the Soviets’ initiative to deter a US invasion,” Tomas Diez Acosta, a retired military man and the best expert on the “October Crisis” in Cuba, told dpa news.
  5. After a 36 million USD investment and nearly two years of building work, Nicaragua unveiled on Thursday its new national baseball stadium in one of the capital’s central neighborhoods.
  6. Kids of any age are often referred to as “chamacos”. In Guantanamo province it is a popularized slang that extends beyond adolescents, even between adults. (12 photos)
  7. By now we’re all aware of the charges flying around the world that United States diplomats— and lately even casual tourists— may have been victims of scurrilous “sonic attacks” which left them near-deaf and near-daft.
  8. There are people who reached the reforms process at the same time as the rest of us but they came with certain advantages: former high-ranking officials from important state-owned companies, with important connections, expertise and know-how.
  9. I recently had the privilege of visiting Cardenas, a few weeks after Hurricane Irma swept through to the north of this city in the Matanzas province. I walked down some of its streets and talked to locals... (10 photos)
  10. How much does Cuba lose each year because of the inefficiency of its agricultural bureaucracy? Let’s take a look at some of the hard figures. The answer is as shocking as it is inexplainable for a country with limited resources.

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