Deep Inside Havana

Photo Feature by Juan Suarez



HAVANA TIMES – I took another look into the depths of Havana, its people and customs, their problems, the reality of their environment, the city that is dying among its inhabitants.

As a famous Havana architect once said, “Havana could end up in a Dantesque vision, as a large ring of garbage or as an empty crater where once upon a time there had been a city.



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14 thoughts on “Deep Inside Havana

  • September 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    These people deserve so much better, once gorgeous buildings are being left to decay. The people do deserve so much better , they have got a great resilience and are a very proud people. Get behind your people Mr Castro and please restore these beautiful buildings that your people are so proud of!

  • September 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    “…My point is that poor countries are not necessarily “third world”, their poverty can be a consequence of political decisions – which I personally believe to be the case in Cuba…”

    I don’t differentiate whether their status is due to politics or physical circumstances. If it’s a poor country then I refer it as “developing.” Period.

    I don’t use “third world” any more after being corrected too many times by people who think they know better. In any case I don’t care to argue semantics or definitions, it’s immaterial to the discussion. Call it what you wish.

    To me “developing” or “third world” means the same: It’s a really poor country. (That’s just me though. Maybe I’m wrong. Nomenclature has never been a strong suit.)

  • September 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    The actual reason for my asking, is that a few years ago, my wife as a Cuban described Cuba as ” a third world country.” I remonstrated with her having visited some third world countries – although not as many as you evidently from you various contributions have.
    My point is that poor countries are not necessarily “third world”, their poverty can be a consequence of political decisions – which I personally believe to be the case in Cuba.
    My believe in the potential of Cuba to make dramatic improvements in its economy started when visiting Cuba quite a lot of years ago as one of a particularly well qualified group from both North America and Europe of practising agriculturalists. Watching in subsequent years the ever increasing numbers of acres of good agricultural land reverting to bush is more than frustrating as it could so easily be stopped and reversed. It is the dogmatism of the system of “socialismo” that prevents it.
    I like you, find the conditions common in developing or third world countries deplorable, improving them ought to be a world priority.

  • September 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I use the “developing world” as a catch-all phrase to lump poor countries together.

    Sorry if I’m using the phrase incorrectly.

  • September 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Upon what basis Eden do you include Cuba as part of the developing world?

  • September 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    My only point was that the so-called “poverty” in Cuba as represented by this photo essay does not engage me after I’ve spent so much time dealing with actual poverty right next door in Haiti, and in dozens and dozens of places throughout Latin America, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

    It’s remarkable that Cuba is far, FAR removed from the real poverty that’s rampant throughout much of the developing world.

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