In the same building that housed the US Interests Section

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HAVANA TIMES — On Monday morning several news media and US and Cuban citizens gathered in front of the newly reopened US embassy in Havana. On August 14, US Secretary of State John Kerry is awaited here to hoist the flag.

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54 thoughts on “US Embassy in Havana Now Open for Business

  • 50+ years is rapid?

  • So, you don’t drive a car, but you still look like a foreigner in shorts and sandals, less for the color of your skin, many Cubans are “White”, than the way you walk and posture and gesture. In fact the instructions to the security staff at the Havana Libre and the Koli hotels were to intercept and question anybody who was well dressed and groomed. If they were wearing sandals with no socks, dirty runners, shorts, stained or torn or wrinkled t-shirts/shirts, not shaved or combed, they were not to bother them for they were foreigners and/or guests. The point here is that your survey is pretty meaningless when you consider how long we have been trading genes in Cuba.
    “Black” in the USA is anybody that has any obvious African genes expressed in their appearance.
    “Blacks” in Cuba are only those that are considered to come from pure or mostly pure African stock, expressed in their features, and have very dark skin.
    Most “African Americans” would be considered “Mulatos” in Cuba.
    You did not reveal the % of Cubans who were identified as “Mulatos”.
    Many Cubans who were classified as “White” are only so in appearance, and rather loosely at that, being carriers for African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Native Cuban genes.

    “El que no tiene de Lucumí, tiene de Carabalí” or “He who does not have (blood) from the Yoruba, has from the Calabari” (two enslaved West-African nations). This is the most popular saying in Cuba to define who we are as a people. Extensive DNA studies in Puerto Rico finds 89% of the population at large have recent (400 years or less) West African genetic markers, 72% had Sephardi Jewish markers, and another big number was the North African contribution, besides the European genes. These did not have to be expressed in the appearance of the individual, to be present in her/him and viable for expression in the next generation. These results are considered to be generally in line with those for Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean coasts of Colombia, Panamá and Costa Rica where similar patterns of colonial occupation and development occurred. I sure do know a hell of a lot more about Cuba than you could know with your eyes closed as they are.

  • Stick to the topic.
    The opening of Embassies and re-forging of diplomatic and economic relations marks the end of our long battle with the USA without having to change anything or comply with any demands from Uncle Sam! Hum, guess who blinked?

  • I spent a lot less time thinking about my 30,000 year old heritage of being clean and washing than you do looking for toilet paper! The Gomezz Method is all inclusive about personal cleanliness and hygiene, head to toe, and it’s very simple: if it’s dirty, wash it, if it smells, wash it, if you have doubts, wash it. You, on your other stinky hand, have demonstrated your contempt for such ideas as many, many other Europeans/North Americans have throughout History, so is no surprise to me; I’ve already written my observations on European and North American lack of general cleanliness and personal hygiene but is also not the point of the article you are supposed to be commenting on. The USA is ceasing hostilities against us and are opening an embassy to re-establish diplomatic and re-organize economic relations between our countries without Cuba having to bow to any demands for regime change or any other intrusion into our National Sovereignty.
    I smell Victory, and it’s definitely not coming from you, Carlyle, and it’s not “the smell of napalm in the morning”, you’d all wish for in our Country.

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