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31st August 2016 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Hasta la vista, Cuba!

That’s it. I’m off. It’s been four years. Four fascinating, complicated, frustrating, perplexing, wonderful years. Is Cuba the only country in the world where it’s simultaneously fast and furious and time stands still? There’s been change. Obama came and went. In El Vedado, a Maserati now parks alongside a Moscvich. People now IMO their Miami […]

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4th May 2016 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Building the right buildings

On Thursday this week Londoners vote to elect the next Mayor. London is a vibrant, global city with a huge population and a massive economy so the Mayor’s job is an important one with responsibilities ranging from transport to construction. In the last decade or so, the skyline of London has been transformed by some […]

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28th January 2016 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Flooding in Havana – a sign of things to come?

Havana is a beautiful, evocative, charming, intriguing city. Yes, many buildings are in desperate need of repair and the holes in the roads need filling in but the city has a faded, pastel-coloured splendour that provides a stunning backdrop to many a photo snapped by a tourist or a Saturday night party on the Malecón. […]

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26th January 2016 Havana, Cuba

Dr Judith Harvey

Director, Cuba Medical Link

What Britain’s future doctors are learning in Cuba

Health services everywhere are under pressure, so perhaps there are lessons to be learned from Cuba, where, to quote Cubans, “We are a poor people but we die of rich people’s diseases.” British medical students have an opportunity to see for themselves during their ‘elective period’ – a few weeks when they can study where […]

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15th January 2016 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Health and Education in Capitalist Countries

There’s one misconception that I hear time and time again in Cuba that needs correcting. Barely a week goes by without someone telling me that in capitalist countries people have to pay for all health and education services. That’s simply not true. In many, many countries with capitalist economic systems, health and education are provided […]

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2nd November 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Cuba & FIHAV; Trade and Investment in a Tough Neighbourhood

This week sees FIHAV take place. As in previous years, hundreds of companies from all around the world will converge on Havana, brandishing their wares and exhibiting their widgets. This year though FIHAV will be even bigger and even better. The rapprochement between the US and Cuba, the new investment law and the launch of […]

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31st July 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Cuban summer reading

A lot of people ask me which are the best books written about Cuba. This year, more than ever it seems, people are interested. The rapprochement between Cuba and the United States, the two countries re-opening embassies after 54 years, the Cuban government’s steady economic reforms; all of this, and the thought that it will […]

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16th June 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

What would Karl Marx have thought about the internet?

I’ve written before about how more internet access for more Cubans is likely to spur economic growth so the rollout of the internet to more parts of the country is welcome. New internet cafes have been opened – although they are still relatively expensive – and wifi is being provided in a few parks in Trinidad, […]

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12th June 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

#BritTalks

Last week, we held the first #BritTalk in my house. In a fascinating presentation, Lord David Triesman, in Havana on business, shared his experiences of working with FIFA and Sepp Blatter when he was Chair of the Football Association. The audience was gripped by Lord Triesman’s tales of sleaze and abuse of power, by his […]

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17th May 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Homophobia and transphobia – a battle we share

The Conga Cubana against Homophobia and Transphobia held in Havana on 9 May was a riot of colour and noise. With whistles, banners, flags and hand-written signs, about 1500 people marched up 23rd Street calling for their rights to be respected. I was honoured to be invited and to attend and was impressed by what […]

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