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Enterprising Cubans are training replacements  ( pictured above) to serve on the nation’s local chapters of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution.  Government complaints that the new comrades are overly conscientious have been greeted with national hilarity.   President Raul Castro recently announced that he is sending the one hundred top new Defenders to the U.S in a historic gesture of goodwill to Cuba’s thousands of Miami Relatives. Miami has reportedly asked the CIA how many small planes and automatic weapons it will trade in exchange for 100 highly trained communists.

The Cuban public was not impressed.

“Big deal,” said  several of the  23 doctors who happened to stroll by during Electrica’s fifteen minute  man-in-the-street interview in downtown Havana. “Cuba is full of highly trained communists. ”

The remaining 20 physicians either snorted or laughed, as did the 47 world class musicians,  32 internationally famous dancers, 12 poets, 83 artists, seven engineers, 15 craftsmen, six cigar makers,  several rum experts, ten winning Olympic athletes and a small crowd of laughing Rastafarians.

Also, an old man selling bananas illegally from a wheelbarrow

“We know there will be changes in Cuba’s future “, pronounced a popular and handsome orchestra leader, who sat on the front steps of a crumbling old mansion divided into fourteen tiny apartments.  He laughed loudly and added, ” But anyone who shows up from Miami whining about getting his grandfather’s land  back will be immediately shipped to North Korea.”

Leonardo Oña / Havana Times


Havana Times photo

Meanwhile,  Raul has strictly prohibited all canine members of the Committee  for the Defense of the Revolution from sniffing any Party member in public.

“It’s times like this that the president  misses his brother most,” confided Venezuelan leader Nicholas Madura, as he arrived in Havana to lend his support to Raul. The Cuban president greeted  the former bus driver abrubtly, as Madero  stumbled over several of the CIA agents who had been underfoot throughout Venezuela for at least six or seven years.  Castro aimed a swift, well-placed kick at a senior agent as he stamped out of Jose Marti airport, followed by his presidential comrade, who had faced down  American intelligence to be democratically elected.   Castro had just snubbed Vladimir Putin’s offer to poison six rude Cuban bloggers and was in no mood for Russian or American mobsters, frivolous dissent, or ambitious dogs , regardless of breed.  Well, as Fidel had famously said, a revolution is no bed of roses.

Castro stopped, turned to face a crowd of Granma reporters and addressed the nation.

“Be  like  Che!”   he ordered, “Now, sit!”

Hundreds of good dogs immediately sat.

No further word from Havana at press time.




Thank-you to Paul Siemering for sending me the great photo of the Committee in Defense of the Revolution that appears at the top of this post.









After two years in the mountains, the rebels joyfully enter Havana.

Che  Guevara  liked to tell this  little story about himself and the early months of the  Cuban Rev olution.  He told  it, if not often,  well –   often enough.  It always made  Che laugh at himself and it always makes me  laugh too, although it’s not funny in any kind  of hilarious sense.  It’s the kind of small joke  you tell when you miss someone you never knew, because it can feel like a memory.

“A better world’s in birth –  Let each stand in his place – The International Working Class Shall be the human race!”


Fidel Castro scheduled a meeting with his new Cabinet.  He had recently fired the president of the  National Bank  and needed a replacement.  Fidel had several people in mind, but he was in no rush. In fact, some of Cuba’s major bankers  had been  invited to stick around for a while at their customary capitalist wages, and a few of them had.


“Can I wear your hat tonight?  Oh,  come on!”










“I need a good economist”, said Fidel.
Che immediately raised his hand.
“I didn’t know you were an economist,” said Fidel.
“Oh!” said Che, “I thought you said you need a good communist.”
He got stuck with the job anyway.
Che started his studies off  with calculus. (He already had an M.D. degree, having passed himself off as a doctor throughout his famous motorcycle trip around South America a full year before he actually graduated from medical school )
Although Che studied alone with his tutor,  periodically a government official or educator  joined the class for the duration of a specified topic.  At first, Che asked these people to volunteer, but no one showed up.  He had to order them to class to get them there:
Every day at 3:00 am.

Havana Times Photo Contest, 2016


GANADORA: “Bendecidos por la lluvia” / Eduardo Garcia, Cuba



Un momento emocionante e íntimo de una abuela y nieta. / Felix Lupa


                                         Ernesto Gonzales Diaz



Esposos con 100 años / Felix Lupa


Mención  Especial /  Alfonso Aguilar, México



Mención Especial – A un paso de la gloria.  Rafael Velázquez Mora, México



Mención  Especial: Dame platanos.  Ghyslaine Peigné, Francia



Havana Times Photo Contest

Eduardo Javier Garcia

Leonardo Oña

Carolyn Looby

 Mariska Verbeij.

                                      Bill Klipp