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Laura Pollan

They Wanted to be Like Che… and They Are

They Wanted to be Like Che… and They Are / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 31 August 2016 — Abusers, they beat women in the street, participate in acts of repudiation, and monitor those who think differently. They are the kids of the feared Rapid Response Brigade. Now they are thirty-somethings. They graduated from […] Continue reading

I Have Not Been Able to Overcome Laura’s Death

“I Have Not Been Able to Overcome Laura’s Death”/ Cubanet, Hector Maseda Cubanet.org, Julio Cesar Alvarez and Augusto Cesar San Martin, 29 July 2016, Havana – Hector Maseda dreamed of designing big ships and hanging his naval engineering degree where everyone could see it, but “since they only built boats here,” he graduated with a […] Continue reading

Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement

Cuba: Remembering founder of Ladies in White movement Tim MacGabhann Al Jazeera 9 April 2016 La Havana, Cuba – The ashes of Laura Pollan, the talismanic leader of Cuba’s Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) human rights movement, were recently laid to rest under a pine tree on Havana’s Quinta Avenida. The former English and […] Continue reading

Ladies In White Pay Tribute To Laura Pollan

Ladies In White Pay Tribute To Laura Pollan / 14ymedio Posted on February 15, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 14 February 2016 — Several groups of Cuban activists paid tribute on Sunday to Laura Pollan, the late leader of the Ladies in White. The weekly pilgrimage of the human rights movement along 5th Avenue in Havana honored […] Continue reading

Another Sunday of Repression of Activists Throughout the Country

Another Sunday of Repression of Activists Throughout the Country / 14ymedio Posted on October 13, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 12 October 2015 – A new round of repression against activists was experienced in Cuba this Sunday. The arrests began in the early morning hours in order to prevent dissidents from participating in the march on Fifth […] Continue reading

Farewell Letter from El Sexto

Farewell Letter from El Sexto / Danilo Maldonado Posted on September 24, 2015 Valle Grande Prison From the “cell” (of punishment) September 16, 2015… Where I am there is little light and I am in my underwear because I do not want to wear the prison uniform. They give me a mattress for 5 or […] Continue reading

Con profunda preocupación nos dirigimos al Congreso

“Con profunda preocupación nos dirigimos al Congreso” El Foro por los Derechos y Libertades dirige una carta al Congreso de Estados Unidos jueves, septiembre 24, 2015 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos – La organización opositora cubana conocida como Foro por los Derechos y Libertades ha dirigido una carta al Congreso de los Estados Unidos, debido […] Continue reading

Declaración de Boyeros

Declaración de Boyeros [06-07-2015 20:37:26] Jorge Luis Pérez García Antúnez (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Un grupo de opositores y activistas de derechos humanos miembros de distintas organizaciones que conforman el Frente Nacional de Resistencia Cívica Orlando Zapata nos hemos dado hoy cita en la sede del histórico Movimiento Opositores por una Nueva República cito en Calle 5ta, Numero […] Continue reading

The Lives Of Opposition Leaders Have Their Names On The Government’s Blacklist

The Lives Of Opposition Leaders Have Their Names On The Government’s Blacklist / Angel Santiesteban Posted on July 1, 2015 Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 3 June 2015If the Cuban dictatorship has an enemy, it is themselves, as an institution of evil. After committing their outrages, the injustices and atrocities carried out by their henchmen who commit the […] Continue reading

Ladies in White on My Street Corner

Ladies in White on My Street Corner May 27, 2015 Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — I took the photo from a prudent distance, as the incident took me by complete surprise. A reporter armed with equipment more powerful than my modest cell phone was also covering all developments. Absorbed by her work, much like […] Continue reading

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart – Obama’s Cuba Policy Is Enabling a Dictator

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: Obama’s Cuba Policy Is Enabling a Dictator Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart 12:57 PM ET Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart represents Florida’s 25th Congressional District and is Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. President Barack Obama continues to appease brutal dictatorships while gaining precious little in return. […] Continue reading

Late dissident’s daughter breaks with head of ‘Ladies’

Cuba: Late dissident’s daughter breaks with head of ‘Ladies’ BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS 03/19/2015 9:53 PM 03/19/2015 9:53 PM HAVANA The daughter of a founding member of Cuba’s Ladies in White publicly split with their current leader Thursday in the latest sign of division within the dissident group, which a decade ago was awarded […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader survives challenge, says group stronger

Cuban dissident leader survives challenge, says group stronger BY ROSA TANIA VALDÉS AND NELSON ACOSTA HAVANA Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:35pm EDT (Reuters) – The leader of Cuba’s Ladies in White declared the prominent dissident group stronger on Wednesday after she survived a leadership challenge from disgruntled followers who accused her of abusing her authority. […] Continue reading

Ladies in White support Soler in referendum

Ladies in White support Soler in referendum BY NORA GAMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 03/10/2015 8:39 PM 03/10/2015 9:44 PM Ladies in White leader Berta Soler obtained more than half the votes in a referendum to remain at the helm of the feminine opposition movement in Cuba. A total of 108 members of the Ladies in White […] Continue reading

Conmemoración del natalicio de Laura Pollán

Conmemoración del natalicio de Laura Pollán [13-02-2015 15:50:31] Steve Maikel Pardo Valdes (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- En actividad realizada este jueves 12 de febrero en la sede de la Biblioteca Independiente Reinaldo Arenas, del municipio Boyeros, se dieron cita los miembros de distintas organizaciones de la sociedad civil cubana, entre ellos Katherine Pardo, coordinadora de la biblioteca independiente […] Continue reading

Abierta y descarada provocación

Abierta y descarada provocación [05-11-2014 04:29:25] Enrique Díaz Rodríguez (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- En Cuba, Departamento de la Seguridad del Estado (DSE), organiza provocación contra el Movimiento Damas de Blanco (MDB), ejecutada por sicario a sus servicios. Este domingo 2 de noviembre, la Seguridad cubana (DSE) intentó sabotear la habitual reunión que realizan las Damas (MDB) en el […] Continue reading

Conmemoran el aniversario de la muerte de Laura Pollán, líder de las Damas de Blanco

Conmemoran el aniversario de la muerte de Laura Pollán, líder de las Damas de Blanco [13-10-2014 17:45:15] Angélica Mora New York (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net). Ochenta y ocho Damas de Blanco de la Habana dedicaron su desfile dominical a la memoria de Laura Pollán, quien cumple 3 años de haber fallecido. “Toda la vida de Laura Pollan fue […] Continue reading

No, No and No Raul Castro

No, No and No Raul Castro / Jose Luis Garcia Antunez Posted on August 31, 2014 This I believe is the second or third occasion that I write to you, and as always without the least mood or desire that you answer me, because given the absolute contempt and disgust that emanates from your person […] Continue reading

Investment in Cuba? What for?

Investment in Cuba? What for? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo ASCE XXIV / 2014 Annual Conference, Miami Hilton Downtown Hotel, Florida, USA Panel 12. Concerto Ballrom B – Friday, August 1st, 2:45-4:15pm 1. In Cuba during the 1970s, historian Manuel Moreno Fraginals challenged poet Jose Lezama Lima with his trendy scientific notions about the laws […] Continue reading

How would you feel if you were innocent but still thrown in jail each Sunday?

How would you feel if you were innocent but still thrown in jail each Sunday? As a result of the Ladies in White movement continuing to be a target of Cuban state authorities, the Czech NGO People in Need would like to bring greater public attention to two cases of Ladies in White members who […] Continue reading

OLPL Speaks at Johns Hopkins

OLPL Speaks at Johns Hopkins / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on May 17, 2014 Speech by OLPL in Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, 16 May 2014. Dear friends: As a Cuban from the Island —and all Cubans are, no matter how far and how much time has […] Continue reading

Miembros del CID homenajean a Laura Pollán en su cumpleaños

Miembros del CID homenajean a Laura Pollán en su cumpleaños Yesmy Elena Mena Zurbano 15 de febrero de 2014 Santa Clara, Cuba – www.PayoLibre.com – Miembros del Partido Cuba Independiente y Democrática (CID), rindieron tributo a Laura Inés Pollán Toledo en su cumpleaños número 66, este 13 de febrero en una de sus sedes en […] Continue reading

Key West should not fete Castro regime

Posted on Saturday, 10.19.13 Key West should not fete Castro regime BY RAFAEL PEÑALVER AND SAN CARLOS INSTITUTE BOARD MEMBERS Key West officials dropped plans last week to invite Cuban officials to the Conch Republic and hold events at the historic San Carlos Institute after a controversy erupted about the political implications of such an […] Continue reading

More Than 80 Ladies in White Arrested to Prevent Their Honoring Laura Pollan

More Than 80 Ladies in White Arrested to Prevent Their Honoring Laura Pollan Posted on October 15, 2013 This weekend the Police and State Security temporarily detained at least 81 Ladies in White to prevent them from honoring their founder, Laura Pollán, who died two years ago, Berta Soler. Leader of the organization, informed Diario […] Continue reading

Espinosa Chepe, Cuban dissident economist, dies

Posted on Monday, 09.23.13 Espinosa Chepe, Cuban dissident economist, dies BY ANDREA RODRIGUEZ ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Oscar Espinosa Chepe, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro’s government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died in Spain Monday. He was 72 and had been hospitalized for a liver […] Continue reading

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White

An Interview with Berta Soler, Leader of the Ladies in White / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2013 (Exclusive, Iván García in Havana) If you want confirmation that socialism does not work, do yourself a favor and visit Alamar. This community, twenty minutes east of Havana, is an example of real urban chaos. A [...] Continue reading

Berta Soler takes Cuba’s truth to Puerto Rico

Berta Soler takes Cuba’s truth to Puerto Rico Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on May 7, 2013 After Berta Soler’s emotional trip to Miami- the heart of the Cuban exile- she has continued to take the Cuban reality to other places with many exiles, such as New Jersey and now, Puerto Rico. The following [...] Continue reading

Visiting activists share Cuba’s human rights plight

Visiting activists share Cuba’s human rights plight April 20, 2013 By Jasmine Rogers (jrogers@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times Cuba is only 90 miles from the shores of the U.S., but many more miles away in terms of human rights, a group of visiting activists shared with more than 100 area college students during a visit [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s ‘Ladies’ to pick up EU prize 8 years later

Posted on Wednesday, 04.17.13 Cuba's 'Ladies' to pick up EU prize 8 years later The Associated Press HAVANA — Members of Cuba's Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe's top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group's former leader [...] Continue reading

Dos periodistas de oposición golpeadas en Holguín y 6 activistas del CID detenidos

Dos periodistas de oposición golpeadas en Holguín y 6 activistas del CID detenidos [21-03-2013] Cuba Independiente y Democrática . (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Ayer 20 de marzo dos miembros de la Red Cubana de Comunicadores Comunitarios, Rosa Mario Naranjo y Danay Mendiola Duquesne, quienes protestaban en la calle Frexe de Holguín por acciones de la dictadura contra su [...] Continue reading

Arrestan y amenazan a defensores de derechos humanos

Arrestan y amenazan a defensores de derechos humanos [16-10-2012] Máximo José García González (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Refirió María de los Ángeles Rojas Pereira que el pasado día 12-10-2012 desde horas tempranas en la mañana su domicilio le fue sitiado recibiendo en tres ocasiones la visita del oficial del Departamento de la Seguridad del Estado (D S E) [...] Continue reading

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan

First Anniversary of the Death of Laura Pollan Translating Cuba Of short stature, with blue eyes and a firm voice, Laura Pollan was for years one of the most visible faces in Cuba of the Ladies in White. A teacher by profession and a civic activist by choice, she participated in the creation and strengthening [...] Continue reading

Cuba arrests 22 Ladies in White

Cuba arrests 22 Ladies in White October 15 2012 at 09:28am AP Havana - Cuban authorities have arrested at least 22 members of Cuba's dissident Ladies in White as they planned to mark one year since the death of their former leader, the group's new chief said on Sunday. Berta Soler said the women have [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies in White mourn leader 1 year later

Posted on Sunday, 10.14.12 Cuba's Ladies in White mourn leader 1 year later By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA Associated Press HAVANA — Cuba's Ladies in White dissident group on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of their co-founder's death with cries of "Laura Pollan lives!" outside a Havana church. Several dozen women dressed in white and carrying gladiolas [...] Continue reading

Ladies in White backers ‘deported’

Ladies in White backers 'deported' AFP/Havana Police sent dozens of Cuban women dissidents back to their home provinces at the weekend even as a pro-government mob tried to corral the group in a home so they could not attend a mass, a dissident alleged on Monday. Police "detained more than 60 women, deported them (to [...] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies in White say celebration blocked

Cuba's Ladies in White say celebration blocked Published September 24, 2012 EFE The dissident Ladies in White group denounced repressive action by the Cuban government to keep its members from taking part in activities they organized to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, patroness of prisoners. "The purpose of the repression is to [...] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Have Demands Met, End Hunger Strike

Cuban Dissidents Have Demands Met, End Hunger Strike Published September 19, 2012 Fox News Latino A longtime Cuban dissident and her followers have abandoned a hunger strike on its eighth day after receiving word the government will meet their main demand. Martha Beatriz Roque called off the strike when told the government would free little [...] Continue reading

Cuban dissident passes 1 week on hunger strike

Posted on Monday, 09.17.12 Cuban dissident passes 1 week on hunger strike By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press HAVANA — A prominent Cuban dissident completed her first week on a hunger strike with supporters saying her condition is worsening each day and they fear she might die. Pro-government bloggers, meanwhile, denounced the strike as a sham. [...] Continue reading