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Posted December 16, 2008 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Updated May 19, 2011 with bold comments below

You will see that once live pages used as examples of Circles Robinson’s employment in the Cuban government have been removed by the Cuban government so all my proof that Circles Robinson used to work for the Cuban government is now gone. Hmmm, why would all these pages with Circles Robinson’s name just disappear?

You don’t think the Cuban government is trying to hide the Circles Robinson/Cuban government connection do you?

I believe that the Cuban government is promoting the Havana Times in order to counter the international popularity of Yoani Sanchez’s blog, Generacion Y (here in English) and put their own positive propaganda spin on blogging from Cuba. Let me say that Generation Y is the real truth about Cuba but has been warned by the Cuban government as being counter-revolutionary. Don’t let the Cuban government trick you into thinking that the Havana Times is some sort of an independent media source. The odd thing is that Yoani is not hateful or vindictive. She simply reports about everyday life in Cuba but apparently the Cuban government can’t handle it because they recently detained her for blogging.

Here is article in Granma praising the launch of Havana Times in Spanish (I have posted the Google translated version below in English.) page removed by the Cuban government

There was also this press release announcing the launch of Havana Times in Periodico26.cu. When two Cuban government publications promote a new Cuban website with “open minded thinking from Cuba”, you can be sure it is anything but open minded thinking from Cuba. page removed by the Cuban government

Havana Times management works for the Cuban government

Ihosvanny Cordoves, who is the English language translator for Periodico26.cu and writer for Radio Habana Cuba. He lives in Las Tunas Cuba and is the registrant in the whois information for the domain name HavanaTimes.org. Even though he lives in Las Tunas, he is using an address in Madrid Spain. Both pages removed by the Cuban government

Circles Robinson who has his own propagandist blog at Circles Robinson Online offers a “fresh angle” on Cuba and casually “suggests” that you try HavanaTimes.org in his profile. Nowhere does he mention that he lives in Cuba nor does he mention that he works as a writer for many Cuban government publications.

Funny how Circles doesn’t want to have his name too much on HavanaTimes.org. It’s only here as an email address in the About Us page. Furthermore, I am not even sure how Circles Robinson can have a gmail address since he is living in Cuba. I would think Google would be in violation of the OFAC sanctions on some level. Then again, they probably don’t know that he is an agent of the Cuban government.

If you need proof, here are just a few of the articles that Circles Robinson has written for the Cuban government:

MINREX the Ministry of Foreign Affairs article by Circles Robinson this page is the only remaining page not taken down by the Cuban government

Radio Habana Cuba article by Circles Robinson page removed by the Cuban government

Adelante.cu Online article by Circles Robinson page removed by the Cuban government

ACN Cuban News Agency article by Circles Robinson page removed by the Cuban government

Cubarte The Portal of Cuban Culture article by Circles Robinson page removed by the Cuban government

Ahora.cu news agency article by Circles Robinson page changed by the Cuban government to remove Circles’ name

Prensa Latina Cuba news article by Circles Robinson link now redirected by the Cuban government

(You may have to wait for some to load. If the pages are not there, check Google’s cache)

These many articles and sources are proof that Circles Robinson is a senior agent who is very active at high levels in the Cuban government. Here’s my little argument with Circles Robinson we had on GlobalVoices which is a recommended site at HavanaTimes.org.

HavanaTimes.org vs. HavanaTimes.com

The Cuban government should have been a little more thoughtful when they registered the .org version of Havana Times. HavanaTimes.com is owned by Havana Journal Inc..

First, they registered the .org which will “bleed” traffic to the .com unless the website is a pure non-profit organization. The HavanaTimes.org might be non-profit but surely not in the sense we Americans understand it to be. Second, they should have checked to see who owns the .com version and what they might think would happen when they try to fool the international public… and here’s why: HavanaTimes.com now points to this article you’re reading right now. wink So, not only do I have the Havana Journal to make my case against HavanaTimes.org, I have the HavanaTimes.com to use against them in order to show the international public the truth about the propaganda that the Cuban government tries to pass off as “open minded thinking from Cuba”.

The HavanaTimes.org domain name was registered in May 2008, more than four years after I registered my domain, HavanaTimes.com

There are other agents working for the Cuban government on travel sites who give positive reviews of Cuban hotels and offer travel advice yet they refuse to admit that they too are agents of the Cuban government. I wouldn’t mind the HavanaTimes.org and VoyHavana so much if they actually admitted that they are paid by the Cuban government to promote Cuba to an international audience.

English translation of Granma article “New website in English presents reality of Cuba”

ELIZABETH REYES TASÉ

The Havana Times website, designed to facilitate knowledge of the reality of the English-speaking country, was presented today at the headquarters of the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC), in the Cuban capital.

Available since last October in the e-mail http://www.havanatimes.org, the project responds to one of the objectives of the Eighth Congress of the UPEC, aim to increase the informational proposals that reflect, in English, currently in Cuba on the Internet.

With an attractive, lightweight design, the initiative shows journalistic work and views of non-professionals about life in the largest of the Antilles, through cultural notes, pictures, interviews, feature stories, news and other sections.

Circles Robinson, editor of the site, said the idea offers a clear and truthful about Cuba and from Cuba, with an open mind, to encourage an intelligent and respectful debate.

Open to partners within and outside the country, the digital portal on the premise that the diversity of approaches is not a weakness but a strength, and has reported increased number of visits in nations like the United States and Canada, he said.

Tubal Paez, president of the UPEC, pointed out that the site fosters a closer dialogue with American society, implementing a kind of communication base for understanding the social reality of Cuba.

Havana Times is a tool to defend the revolution in the fight media, the principal means currently used by the enemies of the island to distort reality, he concluded Páez. (AIN)

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on December 16, 2008 by Cubana with 282 total posts

    I must admit the only use I make of Cuban government websites is for weather reports - surely they are accurate and truthful? Aren’t they…?


  2. Follow up post #2 added on December 18, 2008 by Curt

    , Publisher, Havana Times.org is much more objective and truthful than your right wing views. You are just like those right wing fascists in Miami when it comes to criticizing the Cuban government. Have you actually traveled to Cuba? For your information Cuba is neither the tropical gulag depicted in the US nor the socialist paradise claimed by some advocates. Get your facts straight before you talk shit.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on December 18, 2008 by gframe

    Cuba has problems with supply of foodstuffs and building materials for its people but as Colin Powell said"Fidel has done a lot for his people” The gains of the revolution in education, health and job security have been significant.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on December 18, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    He has also stolen their freedom.

    Job security. That’s funny. I’ll give you job security too if you want to work for $20 per month.



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  5. Follow up post #5 added on December 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Seems as though the Cuban government doesn’t like this article much so of course they attack with lies rather than anything truthful. They attack me with words like “slander” and “scam” and “ranting” while the Havana Times management hides the truth about their ties to the Cuban government.

    “Cuba Expert” Slurs Havana Times

    I am happy to address the points brought up in their article:

    1. “HAVANA, Dec. 17.- Somehow our two-month-old Havana Times website from and about Cuba is causing lost sleep for a Massachusetts businessman who claims to be the world’s leading expert on Cuba.”

    Nope. I sleep even better knowing that I have “outed” HavanaTimes.org as a Cuban government operation so its readers are not tricked by its propaganda.

    2. “Sequin appears fixated on convincing the world that HT is unworthy of reading…”

    Propaganda is a lie and should always be exposed. I never said that the Havana Times is unworthy of reading and I actually like many of the stories posted there. My problem is that the management refuses to admit that they are agents of the Cuban government while claiming “open minded writing from Cuba”.

    If the management would state the fact that all media in Cuba is regulated, controlled, reviewed, sanctioned (or in the case of Yoani Sanchez, discredited), so Havana Times readers know the bias of the website, then, I have no problem with Havana Times… other than of course the fact that it is one sided information.

    3. “Guys like Sequin have a win-win situation. Their attacks on the Cuban government often allow them to tap into US congressional funds allocated to try and bring it down.”

    I actually agree with this. I do not like USAID. I have never applied for USAID grants and I have never taken any public or private funding (other than advertising revenue).

    4. “One of Mr. Sequin’s many scams is to purchase every Internet domain he can think of and to try and turn a big profit if the Revolution cries uncle, enabling guys like him to move in for the kill.”

    I wouldn’t call it a scam. I call it an entrepreneurial business model in preparation for a post-Embargo post-Castro Cuba. BOTH need to go away before our business model can reach maximum valuation. (I have always been anti-Embargo for new readers.)

    5. “the fact that several of my commentaries on Cuba and US-Cuba relations have been published in the Cuban online media”

    At least Circles Robinson finally admits to this. NEVER has he acknowledged this fact. Why is he not proud enough of this fact to post in his About Us section?

    So, I welcome the challenge of truth vs propaganda. Freedom and honesty will always trump Communism and deceit.

    I stand by everything I have said in this article and see no reason to change my position based on Mr. Robinson attack against me and our business model.



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  6. Follow up post #6 added on December 19, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The Cuban propaganda machine at Havana Times is working full time to put a positive spin on the stupid comments Raul Castro made about gesture for gesture swap for his political prisoners for our convicted Cuban Five felons.

    Cuban agent Circles Robinson of the Havana Times writes Cuba Makes Overture to Obama which is so bullshit it’s funny.

    His article quotes the BBC as saying the “Cuban leader makes an attractive offer that would please his compatriots on both sides of the Florida Straights”.  Well, if you read the BBC link above, there is no such wording of an “attractive offer”.

    More lies from Circles Robinson who refuses to admit that he works for and is edited by the Cuban government.

    Of course his article is once again printed in the state controlled Ahora.cu propaganda rag .

    Apparently Raul Castro and Circles Robinson don’t mind making stupid statements to the international press.

    Just type in HavanaTimes.COM and you will come back to this page where will will continually keep you updated on the lies from the Cuban government.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on December 22, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Now Mr. Robinson is resorting to leaving comment spam for the only purpose of marketing HavanaTimes.org.

    In case the comment is removed by the owners of the site, here is Mr. Robinson lame comment with a link out to HavanaTimes.org:

    “Very refreshing to read how a call for change in Washington’s Cuba policy unites so many US religious leaders along with 33 Latin American and Caribbean presidents and prime ministers, and 185 of the 192 United Nations member states. To read more about this issue and other aspects about Cuba check out: http://www.havanatimes.org.”

    That is pure comment spam. Now it appears that the Cuban government is being proactive in it’s efforts to drop links in other sites in order to try to gain page rank and credibility.



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on December 23, 2008 by paul

    That website is yet a new low from the Cuban government. Making a cutesy-esque site with a “hey guys we’re just a little .org” feel. Even worse is when that guy attacks your opinion on the site, and he responds with a “hey i’m just a little random nobody” front.

    I bet that most of those “comments” are all done by him or other government approved individuals.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on December 23, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks for that.

    One comment says I am anti-Cuba. I respond by saying that Raul Castro is anti-Cuba.

    How about that?



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  10. Follow up post #10 added on December 24, 2008 by Asoka

    What a foolish comment by Publisher @ #9 !


  11. Follow up post #11 added on December 24, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Fair enough.

    What I mean by that is that Raul Castro wants to keep the Cuban people poor and dependent on the state so he can keep them oppressed.

    Raul Castro’s worst enemy is freedom and prosperity for Cuba.

    To me that means he is anti-Cuba.



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  12. Follow up post #12 added on December 26, 2008 by gframe

    I have read it and I see no propaganda in the stories. Just human interest man on the street stories.


  13. Follow up post #13 added on December 26, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    There are good stories there but so long as the management refuses that they work for the Cuban government and that ALL articles are filtered, reviewed, edited and/or written by the Cuban government, it is propaganda.

    Just be clear that there are no independent journalists working for HavanaTimes.org.



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  14. Follow up post #14 added on December 28, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    In pure Cuban propaganda fashion, the Cuban media controlled Havana Times is reporting Fidel to Lead Cuba’s Golden Anniversary.

    Of course as you read the article you find the caveat “whether or not his health allows him to be there personally.”

    I love this “open minded writing from Cuba”.

    What a farce.

    I’m happy to report that our HavanaTimes.COM (which points to this page) has enjoyed steady traffic from people typing in the .com instead of the .org.

    I guess they are in for a surprise when they read the truth about the deceptive nature of HavanaTimes.org and the fact that they intentionally hide any ties to the Cuban government.



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  15. Follow up post #15 added on January 01, 2009 by gframe

    I read all I can on Cuba including the Havana Journal and I see no falsehoods in the Havanatimes.org. More like human interests stuff.


  16. Follow up post #16 added on January 01, 2009 by gframe

    Periodistas independientes en Cuba? No but Sun Sentinel etc. have their reporters in Cuba. Where does the publisher obtain his news?


  17. Follow up post #17 added on April 01, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    HavanaTimes.org is not so “open minded” when it comes to accepting comments.

    A 21 year old rich girl from Boston studying in Havana for three months has clearly been hypnotized by the Cuban propaganda machine so much so that she feels compelled to write for the Cuban propaganda rag that is the HavanaTimes.org.

    “In Boston, where I attend Northeastern University, I study journalism and international affairs.”

    In her defense, her childish naivete (and most likely socialist upbringing in Boston and Vermont) is simply being exploited by the Cuban propaganda machine.

    She ends her When Culture is Affordable article with “To me, this is one of the greatest triumphs of the Revolution.” which is the sign of a good young Communist therefore she is welcome to write for the HavanaTimes.org.

    However, if you look around the site, most articles have ZERO comments. I am not surprised since the Cuban government does not like comments. So, I wanted to prove it for myself.

    I posted this comment to the article above:

    Sounds like you are learning to be a good Communist while you are there.

    “To me, this is one of the greatest triumphs of the Revolution.”

    To have everyone educated but equally poor?

    END - START SECOND ARTICLE

    In this article Close to Vedado by Francisco Castro, the young man talks about housing in Havana. A rather sad look inside the mind and situation of a good young Communist but that’s not my issue here.

    I posted a simple question: “Are you related to Fidel Castro?”.

    Well, I guess that was inappropriate since that comment was not allowed either.

    Since neither comment made it to the site, I sent in this request:

    “I left two comments on two different stories. I’m wondering if they are still awaiting moderation or if they were not accepted.”

    I received this reply back:

    “Rob, what makes you think you deserve an answer?”

    So much for “open mindedness” at HavanaTimes.org.

    Note to the HavanaTimes.org: Thanks for developing the .org. This page (which is the landing page for our domain name HavanaTimes.com) has enjoyed an increase in traffic. I would imagine some good Communists are surprised when they type in HavanaTimes.COM instead of HavanaTimes.ORG.

    I don’t know why the Cuban government decided to support this project using HavanaTimes.org. The .org domain was registered in May 2008 while we registered our HavanaTimes.com in January 2004.

    Anyway, we’re happy to do our duty and keep the Cuban propaganda machine in check.

    By the way, Circles Robinson and anyone else, you are free to leave any comment you like here (so long as it is on topic and without obscenities) and it will not await moderation, be screened or edited because THIS site is truly “open minded”.

    As a professional courtesy, I have sent this comment post to Circles. We have nothing to hide here.



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  18. Follow up post #18 added on April 02, 2009 by grant

    Several of the bloggers in Havanatimes are not pro government at all. In fact they are more radical than Yoani in their comments.


  19. Follow up post #19 added on April 02, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Please paste in one URL that you think is the most “radical” and we’ll see if we agree with your comments.



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  20. Follow up post #20 added on April 02, 2009 by Malo

    Havana Times best feature is their “fun” link, where you are supposed to look for eight things that are different in the two pictures they have posted.  Actually, the differences were pretty easy to spot.  In the first picture there is a group of disgruntled Cubans hanging out in front of a government store where there is never anything to buy.  In the second picture eight of the Cubans are missing having fled to Miami for a better life.

    Next week Havana Times will post two pictures of the Cuban Central Committee so readers can have “fun” trying to spot which eight Central Committee members have been purged.


  21. Follow up post #21 added on April 30, 2009 by doblevay

    the publication is headed by an American andhas Americans writing for it who are not in any way associated with the Cuban governement


  22. Follow up post #22 added on May 01, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    You mean Circles Robinson is an American?

    When is the last time he was in the United States?



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  23. Follow up post #23 added on May 01, 2009 by doblevay

    i dont know that, and maybe he has views that coincide with the cuban governement, but my friend wrote for them and she is a college student from the U.S. who is a democrat and in no way associated with the cuban government. if they are going to let people like her write openly about their experiences and views of cuba it cannot be too closely associated to the government can it


  24. Follow up post #24 added on May 01, 2009 by paul

    If it praises the island and looks like open minded writing, it’s allowed on that site.

    Havanatimes.org= Giving Communism a kewl and laid back gloss. It’s only open minded if you criticize anything but the Cuban government.


  25. Follow up post #25 added on June 10, 2009 by Milagros

    WoW Rob, is there anyone who does not support your agenda or way of thinking that escapes your hitmen? Reminds me of dejavu Meyer Lansk,y Bugsy Siegel crap..LOL
    It seems real silly for you to be sitting here in the US espousing accusations that you cannot prove, trying to incite the people with fear mongering etc..Rob you are a hater… So my propostition to u is.

    1 Bring your proof that Circles is an agent working got Pres Castro

    2. Prove that there is jealousy coming from the Havana times and directed towards Yoani and the Y generation.

    3. Tell us how that couple in Havana, arrested as spies? came under the radar..who outed them or is this a crock of miertha as well? hmmmm

    Last,  this is from my from my own knowledge i went to cuba May 4th and stayed until June 1st.. legally for the first time in 44 yrs.
    I had previously traveled back and forth over 50 times without problems for that many yrs.. why?? Because i love my country and my people..all of them and i had to help.

    This time, i was all over the island and no matter where i went people were not always impressed with Yoani. Many believe, and perhaps wrongly so that she is an egotistical frustrated and lonely nut who just wants some attn.
    People in Cuba, are far from stupid, and when anyone.. that means anyone.. puts themselves ahead of the real prob in Cuba which is “NOT FIdel” but the embargo they have problems with that.

    Now from my own perspective, i have no problem with Yoanis, efforts other than i believe that she is being used just like that Afro Cuban Jorge Garcia Antunez? a petty criminal who has been turned into a freedom fighter and whose wife was used to pen a searing letter to the CBC depicting Black americans as being unable to sit down on a bus had it not been for Rosa Parks?

    I quickly responded to that letter and gently informed the mislead couple about the real story..i have lived in the US since i was 16 and i have fought that battle as well and proud to do so..Moving right along..

    Some right wing scalawags or carpetbaggers from MIAMI??? duh! used an ignorant black couple to site the CR movement in amerikkka, not realizing that even though the CBC gets no respect from the people who are hungry and poor..African americans a strong defenders of those who they believe have done a good job.
    However,for Antunez, and his wife, who are not freedom fighters, but rather he is a petty criminal (Yes he did go to prison but it was not for what he claims and i can prove this as well!!) and to allow themselves to be used by the Miami mafia is beyond me. To have the nerve and cajones to piggy back on the afro american experience is certainly a slap.. he failed to do his homework! Rosa was not the first..just the one who got the creidt.

    What were the miami mafia hoping? To create a division or a race riot in cuba..NOT! The struggle of Afro Cubans is my struggle as well but i am shaming, naming and and exposing them for what they are…Guess why??? LOL
    For me the only member of the CBC that most people respect are Maxine waters and Bobby Rush the rest are a bunch of Culo licking uncle toms..

    Sorry Rob, just apeaking my piece and just so you know i will copy and paste this entire article to my blog..because from what i have been told about you is that you probably will remove this..shame on you..

    Bring your proof or shut your lips!! And by the way i You can find me all over the web..bring on the truth! Rob bring it on! and stop your jealousy.

    Milagros Villamil
    native born Cuban


  26. Follow up post #26 added on June 10, 2009 by paul

    Your post should be deleted, just to give you the Cuban government censorship experience. I got the douche shivers from everything you wrote.

    What a waste of an exit Visa, shows that Communists also wash up on our shores.

    blablablamiamimafiamccarthyismrighwingpredictablereplycomingupzzzzblabla


  27. Follow up post #27 added on June 10, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Milagros,

    1. There is plenty of proof in the original article.

    2. Why do you have to bring Yoani and the Miami Mafia into this? Time to deflect the truth again I suppose.

    3. “i have been told about you is that you probably will remove this..shame on you..” I don’t know who told you this but I have NEVER deleted a post that was on topic. NEVER.

    4. Why are Communists always so long winded? I suppose the more time people invest in reading the lies and propaganda, the more they are inclined to believe it. Well, long winded crappy propaganda doesn’t work here.

    5. “i will copy and paste this entire article to my blog” Great. Feel free to link to your blog. I have no problem with that. Let’s see what you have to say.

    I stand by my assertion that Circles Robinson is an agent of the Cuban government publishing the HavanaTimes.org with their approval even if CNN publishes a puff piece about Circles Robinson.



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  28. Follow up post #28 added on June 10, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    With regards to that article in CNN… how does Circles get paid from the Cuban government while he claims to be an American?

    Also, why does he tell CNN that he is an American working for the Cuban government but he won’t post that in the About Us section at the HavanaTimes.org? I would think that Circles would want to link to his CNN page so his readers could know more about his operation.

    Thanks to Circles for building on the .org so people will come to our .com by mistake and learn the truth about his Cuban propaganda site. (We have had HavanaTimes.com since January 2004 while HavanaTimes.org was registered in May of 2008.)



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  29. Follow up post #29 added on June 10, 2009 by paul

    Funny how the friend of left wing dictatorships is always a seeming peacenik. There is indeed a relationship going on there. The peacenik gets privileges, and in return they use their soft front to wage a soft power public relations campaign.

    It’s a carefully planned strategy, I would even call it a form of Psyops. I think it definitely deflects criticism, when you have someone dressed kewl and relaxed, talking warmly about things which take your mind away from the military dictatorship, and big brother CDR’s on every street.

    It’s like the other peacenik that pipefitter mentioned on here. She lived in Cuba for twenty years, defends it in her writing, uses her position of influence to get people thinking a certain way, and looks like warm little arts & crafts teacher.


  30. Follow up post #30 added on June 11, 2009 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Hey Milagros, if Cuba is so good why did you emigrate from it? You probably still have a chance to go back before Castro pass away. The only reason why you can go back and forth to Cuba is because you no longer live in Cuba right?
    If you have a blog, you should choose your wording better, not for saying bad words (that by the way everybody knows them) your points become stronger.

    Regarding Yoani, I also happen to know lot of people in Cuba that favour and support her. Every day more Cubans hear from her and in no way she is been used by anybody. She is very clever and the only problem is that she was initially dismissed by the Castro Regime and became a big problem when suddenly was selected among the most influential personalities in the world.

    Regarding Circles, he may not be a G2 agent but he is certainly working for the Cuban Government, the reason is very simple, as you clearly know in Cuba everybody works for the government and to have access to internet and the freedom to write a blog as he does, you have to be approved by the Government. Otherwise why he can and Yoani doesn’t.


  31. Follow up post #31 added on September 07, 2009 by rogdix with 30 total posts

    Quoted from Milagros…..... “This time, i was all over the island and no matter where i went people were not always impressed with Yoani. Many believe, and perhaps wrongly so that she is an egotistical frustrated and lonely nut who just wants some attn.”

    Is that so? And where - do tell - are the folks across the island that you were “all over” supposed to have learned about Yoani’s very existence? From Granma perchance? La Mesa Ronda, or from the Internet they don’t have access to? Or did YOU explain it all to them?


  32. Follow up post #32 added on September 07, 2009 by john

    Also to quote Milagros (#25)....
    “People in Cuba, are far from stupid, and when anyone.. that means anyone.. puts themselves ahead of the real prob in Cuba which is “NOT FIdel” but the embargo they have problems with that”
    People in Cuba who speak openly against Fidel are jailed.
    People in Cuba who speak openly agaist the embargo are praised.
    People in Cuba must be careful when speaking openly, freedom and life depend on it.

    One thing is for sure, people in Cuba really are far from stupid.


  33. Follow up post #33 added on October 30, 2009 by John Richmond

    I suppose the real question is how to engage in a meaningful and respectful debate over these issues.  I am a member of the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association so you know my politics (no hidden agendas here).  I really enjoy HavanaTimes.org - even though I find it painful to read (as a supporter of the Revolution).  I don’t think one builds bridges with the kind of attack you attempt here - you only turn off the the many people inside and outside Cuba who more or less support the objectives of the Revolution even though they may or more not support the government.  The same is true of course for people who viciosuly attack opponents of the Revolution.  I’ve sent these kinds of comments to other Cuban Americans been threatened as a consequence.  Let’s try to reach out - no more polemics and hatred….


  34. Follow up post #34 added on October 30, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    To engage you in debate means that I have to believe in Communist propaganda like the content from Havana Times.

    Since Circles Robinson refuses to be honest with his readers about his background, I cannot believe that there is much truth at Havana Times.

    Why does he refuse to say that he used to work for the Cuban government.

    Do you know that he was kicked out of Cuba for publishing the Havana Times?

    Why doesn’t he post that in his About Us section?

    John,

    You are a good Communist. Good for you. At least you are honest about it and don’t try to hide it like Circles and so many others that come to post here at the Havana Journal.

    You want to reach out? Ask Raul to do SOMETHING… ANYTHING in response to the many efforts put out by President Obama.



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  35. Follow up post #35 added on October 30, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I stand corrected.

    Mr. Robinson has posted his article in his About Us section.

    These are his words:

    “Having worked for the Cuban media for seven years…”

    AND

    “As Havana Times celebrates its first anniversary, we continue an unabated rise in readership and I am editing the materials from Nicaragua, where I have lived since my Cuban residency ran out in June.”

    END

    So, basically after living in Cuba for seven years, Mr. Robinson was kicked out of Cuba six months after launching HavanaTimes.org.

    Anybody else want to debate free speech in Cuba?

    I wonder what Mr. Robinson thinks about his Communist utopia now and if he still believes in the Revolution.



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  36. Follow up post #36 added on October 31, 2009 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Hi John we agree with you, the real issue is to engage in meaningful and respectful debate over those issues.

    However we the people that have lived and endure the oppression of the “Revolution” have not only the right but also the duty to offer our side of the history, to confront the opinions posted by people like you that travel to Cuba and enjoy the Mojitos and dance at the rhythms of the music played by the Castro regime while millions of my people are being oppressed daily. 

    If you are truthful to yourself, you probably remember been in several places where Cubans were not allowed for the only reason of being Cubans. Is that your idea of building bridges?

    For me bridges are build with democracy, plain and simple. I recognize that it is better doing something than nothing but it is also clear that Castro and his cronies have used the Revolution word to perpetuate themselves in power at any cost, even when that means the continuous oppression and exploitation of the people.

    Many well intentioned people like you were and still are brought to Cuba and sold the beautiful ideas on which the Revolution was build. However it is clear now that firstly there is no Revolution because Revolution means change and Cuba is an example of anything but change. Secondly those beautiful ideas were used by Castro from the beginning to infuse enthusiasm on his followers but the fact is that they were only ideas; very few of them are today a reality, and many of his first followers realized his lies and are now like me telling our side of story. 

    John I believe your good intentions but recommend you to check the facts.


  37. Follow up post #37 added on October 31, 2009 by rogdix

    Yeyo:

    Extremely well stated - I admire your constraint. I (Canadian male) do spend a lot of time in Cuba behind the facade so to speak, and I see clearly the cognitive trap that occasional visitors fall into. My long-time novia and I have been peremptorally detained more than once by the Castro esclavos in uniform - for no other reason than that of being together. It’s a gross insult to her dignity; and it’s sickening. I’ve even been photographed by under-cover Castro retards just giving my novia a peck on the cheek on the beach! Then they went to her and “warned” her. For what?

    And the brain-dead aduana al aeropuerto? For goodness sake, - we are trying to help. Don’t confiscate the food I bring.

    I’ve seen (and helped) Cubans steal food from the tourist hotels in order to feed their under-nourished families. I’ve seen good neighbours in Santiago hump water up 4 flights of pisos in deteriorating apartment blocks,  because the municipal water is all over the streets instead of in the taps. But never fear, the police are on patrol.

    I have to take hygienic supplies to the family - and vitamins, - and shoes so that her son can go to school.

    [Yoani Sanchez must be supported at all costs. I’d like to meet her some day.]


  38. Follow up post #38 added on November 01, 2009 by John Richmond

    Let me just say:
    (1) I am not a “Communist” or a “communist” or a member of the Communist Party - but I hope if I was a “communist” you would still be respectful.
    (2) I am a “socialist” in a loose sense - and I belong to a social democratic party here in Canada (the NDP).
    (3) I also belong to Amnesty International and work for human rights everywhere.
    (4) I have many friends in Cuba - my family and I stay with them when we visit and so I know first hand the reality of Cuba.  Most of my Cuban friends are what you would call “poor” by any definition of the term, inside or outside Cuba.  I never go anywhere they are not welcome.
    (5) I have visited several other Latin countries such as Mexico and Chile - both countries have many of the same economic and social problems (amongst the poor, not the middle and upper classes or course) and these countries also have serious problems Cuba does not.
    (6) Building a better Cuba, a better Canada, a better USA and better Latin America depends on all of us who believe in human rights and democracy being respectful - whether we believe in socialism, capitalism or neither….
    Cheers


  39. Follow up post #39 added on November 02, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    “(5) I have visited several other Latin countries such as Mexico and Chile - both countries have many of the same economic and social problems (amongst the poor, not the middle and upper classes or course) and these countries also have serious problems Cuba does not.”

    You can’t compare these countries to Cuba.

    Citizens of Mexico and Chile and can vote for their leaders in a democracy and if they don’t like it, they can leave.

    They also have the opportunity to work in a free market.

    Cuba is not a democracy.

    Cuban citizens cannot leave Cuba.

    Cuban citizens cannot work in a free market.



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  40. Follow up post #40 added on November 04, 2009 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Hi John,
    Nothing wrong with your way of thinking, in fact I respect Communists, Socialist, Capitalists and any way of thinking in general, but what I do not support is Totalitarian Dictatorships that throw people in jail and prosecute his own people for simple things like thinking differently.
    I have one single question: If you really belong to Amnesty International and work for human rights everywhere, have you try to do work for human rights in Cuba openly?


  41. Follow up post #41 added on November 05, 2009 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Well Pub, you did’nt tell the truth completely did you. I know there are lots of people in Cuba that do not work for the government, work for private companies and others that work for themselves.Lots of Cubans have left Cuba to visit relatives and gone back.  Cuba may not fit into the U.S. dog eat dog democratic mould that you envision, but it is better than a lot of countries. I read everything I can about Cuba and evaluate it for what it is. Factual information is hard to find about Latin America in the North American spin press. I notice that you, being the unbiased person that you are, don’t like to post much positive info about Cuba so we have to look elswhere.


  42. Follow up post #42 added on November 05, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    What do you refer to where I didn’t tell the truth?

    Factual information is pretty hard to find inside Cuba too. No?



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  43. Follow up post #43 added on November 05, 2009 by paul

    Pipefitter is anything but unbiased, and if it was up to him, he’d prefer that we get Cuban news from the spin press Granma.

    Typical argumentative communist.


  44. Follow up post #44 added on November 05, 2009 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Pub, post #39 Items 1- 3&4.


  45. Follow up post #45 added on November 05, 2009 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Factual information on Latin America is hard to find in North America because the press here just doesn’t report it. There is lots of information in Latin American press you just have to look for it. I.E. KIA autos is going to put an assembly plant in Cuba next year, Japan is helping Cuba with rice production, a private farmer in Camague is producing super big vegetables Cubans just opened a 22 variety frozen bread plant that will produce 250 tons/mo. etc. This is how you could fill in the gaps Pub, report the good stuff too.


  46. Follow up post #46 added on November 05, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    ???

    You mean these statements of fact:?

    Cuba is not a democracy.

    Cuban citizens cannot leave Cuba.

    Cuban citizens cannot work in a free market.

    Okay, how about this:?

    Cuba is not a democracy. truth.

    Cuban citizens cannot leave Cuba. without permission

    Cuban citizens cannot work in a free market. truth.

    So, pipefitter, enough from you. Go read the Havana Times to get the truth on Cuba.



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  47. Follow up post #47 added on November 07, 2009 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Hi Pipefitter,
    The problem is not about if the press report or not that stuff, but because that stuff is kind of irrelevant independent journalists may have chosen to report something else. And that’s why people like you read Granma, while most people in Cuba buy it because there is no toilet paper.

    I know that is hard for you to understand that, but in a FREE society journalists choose to report wherever they want and obviously they would write about stuff they feel is more important or that would attract more readership. Obviously there is no such thing with GRANMA. They have to publish all that bullshit about a private farmer producing gigantic vegetables. Come on man, what kind of relevance has that considering the devastation of the whole food production in Cuba.

    Relevant news is that Cuba for many, many, many years was the first world exporter of sugar and is now importing sugar from the US, sugar that is being produced by the same Cubans, which farms and sugar mills were confiscated by Castro in the 60’s.
    By the way for your information Japan has been helping Cuba with the rice production since the 70’s and maybe before. I guess for the results after so many years we can conclude that those Japanese technicians have no idea about rice.  But obviously the problem is not the land, the rice or the water.

    The problem is clearly ...well I’m sure you know what the problem is, right?


  48. Follow up post #48 added on February 27, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Havana Times .org barely even mentions the death of Orlando Zapata Tamaya with two articles that are each just one paragraph long.

    here and here.

    Great “open minded writing” from the Communist Havana Times.

    Havana Journal Inc is proud to expose this Communist propaganda as the filtered news and information that it is.



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  49. Follow up post #49 added on March 01, 2010 by pipefitter with 275 total posts

    Quite a long article in Granma Feb 27/2010 about Orlando Zapata Tomayo Pub, have a look.


  50. Follow up post #50 added on March 02, 2010 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Piece of sh…. article. Is that what you spend your nights? reading than kind of bulls….???
    What do you want them to tell you that he was a human right activist?
    Amnesty International recognized him as a prisoner of conscience.


  51. Follow up post #51 added on March 02, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Yeyo,

    Don’t bother to engage with pipefitter. You know it leads to frustration.

    It’s his job to be a tool of the Cuban government just like the Havana Times.

    There is no reason or truth in propaganda and you only make them stronger when you engage with them.

    So long as they are having dialog with you, they are happy to waste your time.

    I’ve seen them here for many years. The propaganda and the “arguments” never change but there is always more where they came from.

    You cannot reason with propagandists so don’t even try.



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  52. Follow up post #52 added on March 02, 2010 by rogdix with 30 total posts

    Pub:

    Absolutely. And these wonder-persons clearly have no idea about what is going on in Cuba right now, - for the Cubans on the street. Absolutely no idea. I’m in Cuba regularly, and I’m getting tired of reading pontificating bull-shit from no-knowledge experts.


  53. Follow up post #53 added on March 02, 2010 by rogdix with 30 total posts

    I’m looking back over some of John Richmond’s offerings - he’s a member of the Canadian - Cuba Friendship Association. I’ve vaguely heard of it somewhere. As a Canadian also, - spending a lot, a lot, of time in Cuba, I have changed my plans to become a member of this ineffectual wind-bag Canadian organization.

    John, you don’t understand Cuba. You don’t understand that the “Revolution” is a 50 year-old fiasco on its death-bed. Yes indeed, it could have worked, but it didn’t because Fidel couldn’t work out what to do AFTER his Revolution. He was a lawyer and a rebel, not a manager: so he kept the Revolution idea going. It was all he had to work with. And in recent years the Revolution has been forcibly maintained as a necessary concept to support the remaining years in power of the Castro family.

    I can assure you that all that the Cubans are"revolting” against right now is the lack of food, running potable water, medical supplies, affordable clothing, the inability to access the Internet and the inability to travel overseas. I mean, come on man, - this is North Korea and Cuba alone in the world, - absurd.

    All of the Castros, - brothers, offsprings (illegitimate - of which there are many - or otherwise, ) divorcees, nephews, nieces, cousins, the whole fam damily run the country right now. You think it’s just Raoul? Think again.  Cuba is in the clutches of the Castro FAMILY. And the Castro family is looking out for itself, - not for Cubans.

    Cuba remains a Police State. Period.

    Remember this: No Revolution - and of course its mandatory phoney add-on “Embargo,” - then no more Castros. It’s that simple. I repeat - forgive me - but without concepts of “Revolution” and the myth of “Embargo,” - then no more Castros.

    As “Deep-Throat” said during Watergate, follow the money friend - it never fails. Like the Castro asset deposits in Panamanian banks and real-estate in southern Europe. They’re not stupid, - they know what’s coming.

    So unless these realities are taken into consideration, Cuba is so unstable at this moment it’s not worth analyzing in idealistic or political terms.


  54. Follow up post #54 added on October 24, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The Havana Times is announcing that it is proud to have now been publishing for two years.

    I say the Cuban government has ALLOWED them to publish for two years.

    Here are some excerpts from their announcement: I have added my comments in CAPS

    Without any publicity effort, relying on word of mouth and the search engines, AND SUPPORT FROM THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT the site now occupies an important space in the digital press on Cuba, providing a voice to numerous individuals who care about the island and its future AND WORK FOR THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT.

    Despite the publication now being edited from abroad BECAUSE THE EDITOR WAS KICKED OUT OF CUBA, plus the communication problems faced by most of the Cuban writers BECAUSE THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER, we have been able to keep pace and actually expand the amount of articles and photos presented.

    Havana Times remains visible for the relatively small segment of the population in Cuba that has Internet, as the censors have not classified us as part of the dissident blogger world SINCE WE ARE AUTHORIZED AND EDITED BY THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT that gets their sites blocked. E-mail has also proven a good way for readers on the island without Internet to receive our articles and even the posted comments.

    END

    The editor has the audacity to make this claim too “We do moderate the posts, but only to cull out personal attacks or serious unsubstantiated accusations.”

    This is a lie as I know from personal experience and on word from others who have posted challenging comments there that the management regularly deletes all comments that are critical of the Havana Times or the Cuban government.

    Read through the articles posted there and see if you can find anything negative about the Havana Times, the author or the Cuban government.

    So, ask yourself who is paying for the hosting, design, updates, authors etc since there are no advertisers on the site. Everyone is working for free? Maybe. Are costs low? Maybe. However, somebody is paying expenses. Who and why? Fair questions? Answers? Not from Circles Robinson that’s for sure.

    Havana Journal Inc is proud to have registered HavanaTimes.com more than four years before HavanaTimes.org was registered and we are proud to continually expose their site for the Cuban propaganda machine that it has been since inception.

    So, visit HavanaTimes.org for Cuban government propaganda and HavanaTimes.com for the truth.



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  55. Follow up post #55 added on October 25, 2010 by Marek with 49 total posts

    Oh, Rob…. sigh.  One man’s truth is another man’s propaganda.

    As for the HT and comment moderation… they seem to be less stringent these days. There’s one guy on there who is totally drinking the Miami Kool-Aid…


  56. Follow up post #56 added on October 25, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Really? I didn’t find a single one.

    Please post the link to one article with one negative comment on the .org site.



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  57. Follow up post #57 added on October 25, 2010 by Marek with 49 total posts

    User “Julio de la Yncera” is a frequent commenter.  He’d fit right in on Havana Journal… former Cuban, now resident of the USA, and boy, does he love his freedom…

    From a very quick search, here are a few Links:
    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=27150
    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=27804
    http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=22982 (also a guy names “Raul”)


  58. Follow up post #58 added on October 25, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    VERY lame.

    The only thing close to a negative comment is by Julio de la Yncera and no one else.

    I wouldn’t even call those negative remarks. He is making suggestions and asking questions. Hardly negative comments.

    You Communists have been so brainwashed that you think you know the truth and insist that anyone who does not agree is the enemy.

    In comment #33 of that last link, Julio de la Yncera even has to question the editor with ” Editor I see a few comments of mine still have not being published on this post. Any reason why not?”

    ALL comments are screened and approved by a tool of the Cuban government on the .org site.

    HavanaTimes.com will always be here to call out the propagandists.



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  59. Follow up post #59 added on November 14, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I just read through the About Us at the Havana Times. Not a single word about where anyone lives or works?

    Do they all live in Cuba? What are their jobs?

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to know if they are all employed for Communist publications and other propaganda marketing agencies?

    If they are all just “wo/man on the street”, why not be proud of their every day jobs? Let’s see them post at least the type of jobs they have. Since most people in Cuba work for the Cuban government, I wonder if ANY of them work for themselves.

    ANY?



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  60. Follow up post #60 added on November 14, 2010 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    <a >Havana Times Invites Peter Pans to Visit</a>

    Fifty years ago an airlift began that sent more than 14,000 Cuban children to the United States without their parents.

    Now mostly in the 60-65 age group, many are either rediscovering their country of birth or still maintain ties with other relatives.

    Organized by the Catholic Church and fed by fear of the Cuban government’s educational system, desperate parents sent their kids to Florida where they were distributed into foster homes and orphanages around the USA.

    Havana Times would like to extend a special invitation to the Peter Pan generation of Cuban emigrants to visit our website and keep up with events and currents of thought on the island, without the usual prejudices existing in pro or contra websites with an axe to grind.

    END

    I find this article particularly insulting on several levels.

    1. Does Circles really expect the Pedro Pans to visit a website that hides its relationship with the Cuban government?

    2. What’s worse, having an axe to grind with open and honest dialog or a propaganda website where we know little about the management and nothing about the contributors?

    3. Contra I can see but what exactly is a “pro” axe to grind?

    Be sure to check in with HavanaTimes.com for updates on the Cuban propaganda machine at HavanaTimes.org.



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  61. Follow up post #61 added on January 11, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and if you still had any doubts that HavanaTimes.org is a Communist propaganda tool with ALL articles approved by the Cuban government, here is Circles Robinson view of the Alan Gross situation:

    By Circles Robinson

    HAVANA TIMES, Jan. 11 — Alan Gross has been in prison in Cuba for 13 months for allegedly distributing illegal electronic equipment as an employee of Development Alternatives a company that works under contract for the US government in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The imprisonment of Gross on his “mission” in Cuba has given the Obama administration a much used excuse to justify its failure to move the ball on improving US-Cuba relations.  Likewise, the US travel ban that prohibits ordinary US citizens from visiting Cuba remains intact as does the half-century economic blockade on the neighboring island nation.

    “Gross’s arrest cast a spotlight on a program that has been criticized by Democrats as wasteful and overly politicized. USAID said in a statement that it continued to carry out democracy programs in Cuba “to empower Cuban civil society to advocate for greater democratic freedoms and respect for human dignity,” stated the Washington Post in an article published on Tuesday.

    To date, Gross has not been formally charged or given a trial. The possibility that he be exchanged for the Cuban Five, who have been in US jails for over 12 years for conspiracy to commit espionage and other charges, remains a behind the scene topic, although the US State Dept. has repeatedly said such a swap is out of the question.

    Gross’s wife and family, including a daughter battling breast cancer, like the relatives of the Cuban Five, continue to hope a diplomatic breakthrough could send their loved ones home.



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  62. Follow up post #62 added on January 15, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    One Communist interviews another and you get a long, boring, carefully worded dialog that is simply a waste of time to readers.

    Don’t fool yourself. There is no free press in Cuba. Havana Times is edited or approved or at the very least reviewed by senior officials in the Cuban government before anything is published online.

    We would like to know who Circles Robinson reports to in Cuba for article approval.



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  63. Follow up post #63 added on January 30, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Recently Havana Journal Inc did a comprehensive review of well known Cuba related websites and judged them on a number of criteria then ranked them based on that criteria individually and then collectively in order to get a top down ranking of the best Cuba related websites.

    No site was disqualified for any reason. The only requirement was that the site had to be predominately Cuba related. So, newspapers, university pages and the like did not qualify.

    We then sent out congratulatory emails to the owners of all the websites that were ranked.

    HavanaTimes.org placed #9 in overall rank order.

    We sent Circles Robinson the same email we sent to all other owners then he and I engaged in the email conversation below.

    As you will read, he suggested that I “update my remarks” so I am posting our email exchange, unedited for your information.

    We continue to press Mr. Robinson to admit his ties to the Cuban government to his readers but he continues to hide his association with the Cuban government.

    Circles—Rob, this seems a little strange coming from you.  Are there other “senior Cuban government agent” websites listed as well?  Circles


    Rob—go to http://CubaSelect.com and you’ll see plenty of other Cuban government approved websites.

    We did not disqualify any site for any reason.

    This ranking was purely based on traffic and other objective criteria.

    Political view point, physical location or sites tied to the Cuban government or US government were not disqualified.


    Circles—Not interested in your ad initiative.  A public apology for your insults, false suppositions and outright lies would be more appropriate.  Circles

    Rob—When you admit on your About Us page that you were working for the Cuban government (along with the ministry you were working for) when you started HavanaTimes.org, then I will consider my opinion of your site.

    Also, you should make it clear that Ishovany works for the Cuban government and his position. Why are you hiding that fact?

    Furthermore, I’m curious to read how a US citizen can work for the Cuban government without penalty.

    Are you banned from entering the US AND Cuba?

    A man without a country?

    So, when you are truthful with your audience, I may reconsider my opinion but until then you are lying about HavanaTimes.org being a Cuban government propaganda machine.

    Good luck and keep developing the .org. I enjoy exposing you at HavanaTimes.com and there is nothing you can do about it. Rob

    Circles—Great investigative work Rob.  And please don’t forget to update your revelations on me and HT.  Circles


    Rob—Right. So you refuse to admit your lies and continue to hide these facts from your audience?

    You are the worst sort of liar.

    You hide your history (and current job of Isohvany) in order to mis-lead your readers into thinking that you are some objective blog and news source.

    Am I wrong?

    I stand by my statement that HavanaTimes.org is a Cuban government approved (or at least reviewed) website. Rob


    Circles—Yes, but please update your remarks on your sites, it will let new readers know all about us.  Circles

    END OF EMAIL CONVERSATION

    We own and maintain HavanaTimes.com in order to expose the owners and webmaster of HavanaTimes.org to be agents of the Cuban government. Facts we have proven above but facts that both parties refuse to acknowledge in email conversations or to their readers.

    Therefore, HavanaTimes.org and its management are agents of the Cuban government. Their readers should know that so we continue to tell the truth on their behalf here at HavanaTimes.COM



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  64. Follow up post #64 added on February 05, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The Toronto Sun writes about this video http://vimeo.com/19402730 that talks about how the United States is promoting use of Facebook and Twitter to foment dissent in Cuba.

    In the video, the expert said Cuba should try to neutralize the dissident bloggers by countering with its own.

    “Being a blogger is not bad. They have their bloggers and we have ours. We’re going to fight to see which of the two turns out stronger,” he said.

    END

    Hmmm. I wonder what he means by that?

    Answer: Havana Times is a Cuban government sanctioned operation wink



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  65. Follow up post #65 added on February 11, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    If you ever had any doubt that HavanaTimes.org is a Cuban propaganda tool, this article about Alan Gross could have been written by Fidel Castro himself.

    No way that an American could have written that biased Commie piece of crap article.



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  66. Follow up post #66 added on March 01, 2011 by Circles

    More proof on Havana Times.org

    Rob, I have more proof for your allegation that Havana Times.org is run by a Cuban government agent.  My blog that was a forerunner of HT is still listed on the Blog directory of the Cuban Journalist’s Association, UPEC.  Here’s the link for you and your readers.  http://www.upec.cu/blogueros/directorio_blogs.html
    Look under R for Robinson and you will discover the old blog.


  67. Follow up post #67 added on March 01, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks but not an allegation since I have proof.

    Right, your old blog http://www.circlesonline.blogspot.com/ is listed on the Cuban government’s approved blog list.

    Yet you deny that HavanaTimes.org is government approved?

    Really not sure what you are trying to prove here expect that you are proving me right and you are a Communist working for the Cuban government while you are a US citizen?

    Been back in the US lately?



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  68. Follow up post #68 added on March 26, 2011 by Penelope

    >>>and, whose government are you working for? Obama’s? The cubanos in Miami? Because if you believe that everyone is working for someone else, then you’re admitting you are one of those.
    And if it’s the case, as I firmly believe, why do you think your ‘gang’ is better than theirs. Admittededly or not, this is a mediatic war, and in wars everything is accepted. Do your job cleanly and forget about others, because they are doing their own.<<<<


  69. Follow up post #69 added on March 26, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Where do I say that everyone is working for someone else?

    I have never been employed by any government agency whereas Circles hides the fact that he used to work for the Cuban government.

    Circles is a propagandist for the Cuban government.

    I am self employed and have nothing to hide.



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  70. Follow up post #70 added on April 06, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    For those of you reading this comment by email because you subscribed to get follow up comments, come back to the page to see how the Cuban government is now hiding Circles’ past work for the Cuban government.

    I’ve had this nagging curiosity to come back to this page to check all the links I posted PROVING that Circles Robinson was an active employee of the Cuban government. Guess what, all but one page was taken down by the Cuban government therefore removing most proof of his past employment.

    The MINREX link is the only remaining page featuring Circles’ name on the page. I wonder how long before that page is taken down too?

    Circles, some day the truth will matter and it will bite you in the ass.

    The Trading with the Enemy Act makes it illegal for for an American citizen (which you are) to spend money in Cuba let alone live and work in Cuba for the Cuban government. So, what kind of crime is it to actually literally be on the payroll from the Cuban government. I think it’s reasonable to consider it an act of treason.

    So, how do you come to NYC last week to promote your Communist rag HavanaTimes.org and not be arrested at the US border on your way in or out of the US?

    Is that a fair question Circles or just none of my business?

    Just another unjustified attack on an innocent man, right?



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  71. Follow up post #71 added on April 06, 2011 by Marek with 49 total posts

    Rob, first - could you do something about those nested comments? It’s impossible to read anything in this thread (good think I have email notification active).

    Second: Always interesting to see how a paranoid mind works.  Seriously, dude. IF the Cuban government is deliberately wiping Robinson’s material from the various Cuban sites, I suspect it has more to do with the fact that the Havana Times website has in recent months begun to host some very critical material, and they may have come to realize that it no longer serves any positive purpose to promote the HT site.

    Anyway. Keep posting the conspiracy theories… I needed a good laugh this evening….


  72. Follow up post #72 added on April 06, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Not sure what you mean by nested comments, might be a setting on your computer but not designed that way here. Use the email in the footer to describe the problem if you want.

    “very critical material” please post any link from havana times that you think is the most critical of the Cuban government. I can’t wait to read it.

    If you choose to ignore the proof above and the fact that Circle’s refuses to admit that he used to (and probably continues to) work for the Cuban government then you are the one out of touch with reality.



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  73. Follow up post #73 added on April 09, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I stand corrected.

    Circles does admit to not only working for the Cuban government but to being a member of the Cuban Journalists Association (UPEC).

    Here is unedited text from a January 14, 2011 article at Havana Times.


    “Circles Robinson: Havana Times began in Cuba when I, a US citizen, was still working at ESTI, the Cuban government’s official translation and interpretation agency. My job was to translate and revise materials for the official Cuban online media into English. As a member of the Cuban Journalists Association (UPEC), I took part in numerous meetings and workshops to discuss the status of Cuban journalism and ways to improve its credibility at home and abroad, as well as its visibility.

    After taking part in the July 2008 UPEC Congress as a voting delegate and studying my notes of what had been discussed, plus certain recommendations the Communist Party had not long before given the Cuban media, I decided to start Havana Times (HT).”

    So, in his own words he was working for the Cuban government. How is this not treason or at the very least a violation of the Trading with the Enemy Act?

    He was in NYC last week.

    He’s got a lot of balls coming back into the US being a former (and in my opinion, current) employee of the Cuban government.

    Once again, I’ll ask “How does he pay to operate HavanaTimes.org?” There is no advertising. Is he getting any pay or compensation from the Cuban government? Is he using his own money to fund operations? Does he have a silent partner who is funding the operation? If yes to any of these questions, I would love to have the answer to the simple question “Why?”.

    How are all the writers and web designers being paid? Who’s paying for the server etc?

    Me paranoid? or just good questions without answers?



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  74. Follow up post #74 added on April 09, 2011 by pipefitter

    Hey Pub, probably lots of reporters in the US get paid and directed by the US gov. but we don’t hold that against them.


  75. Follow up post #75 added on April 10, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Again, your hatred for the US and ignorance shows in every comment you post.



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  76. Follow up post #76 added on July 26, 2011 by miguel

    I am one of those who think that Havana Times is better than Havana Journal.

    I do not think it disqualifying that the editor of Havana Times has lived and worked in Cuba, quite on the contrary. Neither is it disqualifying that Havana Times has other views of Cuba than the publisher of Havana Journal.

    I notice that the publisher at the start of this thread states as a FACT that Mr. Robinson is an AGENT of the Cuban government, and towards the end (comment 73) states as a SUPPOSITION that Mr. Robinson is an EMPLOYEE of the Cuban government.

    But let us suppose that Havana Times is government-sponsored. It would only show a government-sponsored publication of higher quality than an “independent” publication as Havana Journal. The risk of biased information is exactly the same in both cases. You can only judge on basis of the contents, and here I think that Havana Times till now compares favourably.


  77. Follow up post #77 added on August 05, 2011 by miguel

    A main weakness of Havana Journal seems to be that its stories apparently are selected at random, without any criteria concerning what is essential, and too often without follow-up.

    See above, the publisher’s comment (# 6) with much indignation concerning the proposal of exchanging the imprisoned Cuban opposition activists “for our convicted Cuban Five felons.”

    1) The publisher seems not to care very much about the Cuban prisoners, whom he gives so much publicity. They are mere supernumeraries in a political game to discredit the Cuban government. How else can you understand his indignation?

    2) The publisher must have evidence at his disposal, concerning the felonies of the “Cuban Five”. Evidence which necessarily must disavow the many critical comments concerning the case. For instance this summary of the whole Cuban Five story by Peter Kornbluh (who has contributed to this journal, although rather sporadically) - http://www.freethefive.org/usTerrorism/USTerrKornbluh42707.htm.
    Why does he keep his evidence for himself?


  78. Follow up post #78 added on August 14, 2011 by Circles

    Hey Rob, you’ve been quite silent since I congratualted you on your sex tourism websites. Don’t forget to attack us from time to time, you have been one of Havana Times best advertisers!


  79. Follow up post #79 added on August 14, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    If you insist…

    CirclesRobinson.com

    HabanaTimes.org

    Now that these two domain names point to this page, maybe I can help better “advertise” your secret Communist agenda.



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  80. Follow up post #80 added on October 21, 2012 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    From http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=52208

    “On the US side, on the right, the best example is a businessman from Massachusetts who owns more than 2,000 Internet domains with Cuba, Havana or other related keywords in their names.  These were secured with the idea of promoting his present and future business activities, including sexual tourism.  Since the very beginning he has maintained that I’m a “high-level agent of Cuban State Security” and that we’re “the Cuban government’s response to the famous dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez.”

    END

    Really Circles?

    1. Sexual tourism? That is a libelous statement and you should be ashamed of yourself for lie to your readers. You owe me a public apology at HavanaTimes.org.

    2. A high level agent? No. I think you are a tool of the Cuban government.

    3. Are you the Cuban government’s response to Yoani Sanchez?

    4. Why didn’t the reporter ask you if you the Cuban government reviews, edits or comments privately on your Havana Times? Or, did he ask you and you changed or evaded the question.

    You are a good Communist and after reading your background, is there any question that you have ALWAYS been a good Communist?

    You may fool a lot of people into thinking that you are offering “open minded writing” from Havana but I’ll always be at HavanaTimes.com to encourage your readers to be skeptical of your “open mindedness” and your true motivation… the promotion of Communism and your hatred for America.



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