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HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba Two offerings coincide with strongman’s death. Glenn Garvin | December 3, 2016 HBO should get a little trophy from the television industry for giving executives something to talk about at holiday parties besides falling ratings and the specific level of Hell that should be reserved for whoever invented this […] Continue reading

Cuba Survives Fidel Castro

Cuba Survives Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana 27 November 2016 – Few people were watching official television at that hour. The news of Fidel Castro’s death began to spread through the night on Friday by phone, as information that was vague and imprecise. “Again?” my mother asked when I called […] Continue reading

Patria o muerte – Alejandro Rios

Patria o muerte ALEJANDRO RÍOS No deja de ser un riesgo para los realizadores de un documental titularlo con el lema que ha taladrado el cerebro a los fatigados cubanos de la isla durante más de medio siglo. A los pocos minutos de haber comenzado, sin embargo, el espectador entiende que aquel desastre ostenta cierto […] Continue reading

End of the Obama Era – Valuable Time Lost

End of the Obama Era: Valuable Time Lost / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 November 2016 – On Tuesday a new era opens for the United States and for the rest of the nations on the planet, while for Cuba a period of great opportunities will end, one that the Plaza of […] Continue reading

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news

In Cuba, online media pry open state grip on news October 27, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Abraham, Elaine and Jose are under 30, and they’ve pulled off the unthinkable in Cuba — they are producing online news, prying open the state’s half-century grip on the media. The Castro government created a crack in the Cuban […] Continue reading

Obama to the Castro regime – Do whatever you want

Obama to the Castro regime: Do whatever you want By Editorial Board October 18 at 8:07 PM ON FRIDAY, President Obama unveiled a Presidential Decision Directive trumpeting further overtures to the Cuban government designed to make the thaw he announced on Dec. 17, 2014, “irreversible.” That would imply “regardless of results” — which so far […] Continue reading

Information as Treason

Information as Treason / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 14 October 2016 – Authoritarians aren’t very given to calm. They need the citizens to feel widespread discomfort to be able to govern them with ease. This scenario of fears has sharpened recently in Cuba, where the government has strengthened or opened new […] Continue reading

Cuban Independent Press Grows Despite Censorship

Cuban Independent Press Grows Despite Censorship / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 October 2016 – The Cuban independent press has been marked by two opposing phenomena: censorship and growth, according to the report on Cuba published by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday. The document prepared for the association made up of representatives from […] Continue reading

Millennials lead private media opening in Communist-run Cuba

Millennials lead private media opening in Communist-run Cuba By Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – A handful of independent, web-based news outlets in Cuba are chipping away at the Communist-run island’s half-century state media monopoly, challenging the official version of reality. While low levels of internet access across the Caribbean island limits the outlets’ domestic reach […] Continue reading

Cuba government filtering mobile text messages, dissidents say

Cuba government filtering mobile text messages, dissidents say September 5, 2016 By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba’s Communist government is filtering mobile phone text messages for key words such as “democracy” and “human rights” and then blocking them, dissidents said on Monday. An investigative report by blogger Yoani Sanchez and journalist Reinaldo Escobar concluded […] Continue reading

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike”

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez/Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 3 September 2016 — If you are considering sending a text message to a friend to wish him a “happy coexistence” with his family or to suggest that he not give in to “the […] Continue reading

Thinking With Our Stomachs

Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble on a magic lamp in the corner. “I want a plate […] Continue reading

Lista de frases y términos bloqueados por Cubacel

Lista de frases y términos bloqueados por Cubacel La Habana | Septiembre 03, 2016 14 y medio 14ymedio Antunez Antúnez Berta Soler Biscet Carlos Amel Coco Farinas Coco Fariñas Convivencia Cuba Posible Cubanet Damas de Blanco Democracia Democrac1a DDHH Derechos humanos Dictadura Disidente Elecciones libres Generacion Y Generación Y Guillermo Farinas Guillermo Fariñas Hablemos Press […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Landscape After the Thaw

Cuba’s Landscape After the Thaw / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 August 2016 – The baby cries in her cradle while her mother sings to console her. Barely three months old, her name is Michelle, like Barack Obama’s wife. This little Havanan who still nurses and sleeps most of the day, came […] Continue reading

Guilty!

Guilty! / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 20 July 2106 – At the beginning of the year evil was incarnated in the intermediaries, who were blamed for the high food prices in the produce markets. At the end of 2013, the boogeymen were those who worked for themselves selling imported clothes and other […] Continue reading

We Were All At Pulse

We Were All At Pulse / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 15 June 2016 – The news mourned on Sunday, a week that ripped apart and will forever mark the lives of the victims’ families. The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, became a death trap for dozens of people at the mercy […] Continue reading

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 June 2016 – Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution shows its loyalty to its friends in many ways. One of them is complicit silence. When the Tlateloico Massacre happened in 1968, Fidel Castro did not condemn it because his ally, the Institutional Revolutionary […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Shameful Friends

Cuba’s Shameful Friends / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 05/25/2016 04:49 pm ET | Updated 10 hours ago Yoani Sanchez Publisher of 14ymedio, independent newspaper in Cuba 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 May 2016 – People with whom we share sorrows and joys are a reflection of ourselves, however different they may appear. As friends […] Continue reading

Interview with Mary Jo Porter

Interview with Mary Jo Porter If paradise ends where choice begins, as Arthur Miller observed, then our digital age fantasy of paradise as a tropical island with no Internet collapses with our choice to travel to one. The permanent inhabitants of such an island, who live without Internet access or the luxury of travel, would […] Continue reading

Jose Antonio Torres: “Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of Jail”

Jose Antonio Torres: “Only International Pressure Will Get Me Out Of Jail” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez For background on this interview read: The Spy Who Never Wanted to Be One 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, 3 May 2016 — Last week the United States Department of State chose Cuban journalist Jose Antonio Torres to lead off the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Communists dig in despite Obama’s outreach

Cuba’s Communists dig in despite Obama’s outreach Castros ensure communist grip By Guy Taylor – The Washington Times – Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Critics of President Obama’s diplomatic outreach to Cuba are claiming vindication this week as the island nation’s Communist Party hard-liners — cheered on by an 89-year-old Fidel Castro — moved to cement […] Continue reading

The Voice Of Your Rights

The Voice Of Your Rights / 14ymedio, Generation Y Posted on April 4, 2016 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Generation Y, 4 April 2016 — What to do when you have a loudspeaker in your hand? Since 2007 when I started my blog Generation Y, this question has haunted me. Often the visibility does not benefit those […] Continue reading

Castro Inc. – Cuba as Family Business

Castro Inc.: Cuba as Family Business 04/04/2016 10:28 am ET | Updated 22 hours ago Daniel Williams Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today’s Middle East,” available from O/R Books. Everyone is all aflutter about the coming changes for Cuba now that US President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have attended a […] Continue reading

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment

Yoani Sanchez on Castro and Obama’s Key Moment April 1, 2016 By Carlos F. Chamorro HAVANA TIMES – In defining the key moment of President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez, who directs the site known as 14yMedio, doesn’t hesitate in naming the live press conference when – to the general […] Continue reading

Vargas Llosa “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a democracy”

Vargas Llosa: “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a democracy” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on March 29, 2016 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Madrid, 29 March 2016 — Literature, politics and love were the three main protagonists on Monday evening for the 80th birthday of Mario Vargas Llosa. The winner of the Nobel Prize […] Continue reading

“I Am Optimistic About Obama’s Policy Towards Cuba” – Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes: “I Am Optimistic About Obama’s Policy Towards Cuba” / Iván García Posted on March 26, 2016 Ivan Garcia, Havana, 24 March 2016 — On any given day, getting to the residence of the press attaché for the United States public affairs office in Cuba, located at 7th Avenue and 24th Street in the […] Continue reading

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip by SANDRA LILLEY , JOHN BRECHER and CARMEN SESIN The 90 miles separating the island of Cuba from the United States seem just a little closer as Havana prepares to host an American president for the first time in almost ninety years. “No American […] Continue reading

Six facts about censorship in Cuba

Six facts about censorship in Cuba By Josefina Salomon, 11 March 2016, 00:00 UTC To mark the World Day against Cyber Censorship on 12 March, here are six things you should know about free speech, the internet and online censorship in Cuba. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba in December 2014 […] Continue reading

Surviving Persecution in Cuba

Surviving Persecution in Cuba 02/22/2016 04:45 pm ET Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 22 February 2016 — He was an acknowledged homosexual and she a convinced Jehovah’s Witness. One lived in the same tenement where I was born and the other in the dreaded “218,” where violence and sewage competed for a starring […] Continue reading

A Visit More Symbolic Than Political

A Visit More Symbolic Than Political / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 18, 2016 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 18 February 2016 — The last time a United States president visited Cuba Havana’s Capitol Building had not yet opened, baseball’s star pitcher The Black Diamond died, and my grandmother was a little girl with […] Continue reading

Cuba open, not free

LOPEZ: Cuba open, not free President Obama is not doing enough to secure basic human rights for the Cuban people by Carlos Lopez | Feb 05 2016 On Nov. 22, 1963 French journalist Jean Daniel ate lunch with Fidel Castro in Varadero Beach, Cuba. He was delivering a message of potential reconciliation from President John […] Continue reading

Twenty Independent Communicators to Consult in Cuba

Twenty Independent Communicators to Consult in Cuba / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on February 1, 2016 Luis Felipe Rojas, 1 February 2016 — This list is not intended to be a “Top Ten,” as is so common on internet publications. The list of names that follows carries the history of the men and women who […] Continue reading

Hollande And Castro – Plenty of Wine But No Democracy

Hollande And Castro: Plenty of Wine But No Democracy / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 1, 2016 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 1 February 2015 — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled his lunch with François Hollande because the latter didn’t want to take the wine off the table. Tonight, however, the French leader will not […] Continue reading

The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press

The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press Yoani Sanchez Publisher of 14ymedio, independent newspaper in Cuba Updated: 01/06/2016 2:59 pm EST Sometimes I wish I lived in the country they show on television. This hopeful nation of rose-colored dreams presented by the official press. A place of props and slogans, where factory production exceeds goals […] Continue reading

Who Will Speak for Black Cubans on the Lack of Economic Opportunity?

Who Will Speak for Black Cubans on the Lack of Economic Opportunity? Renewing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will open up financial prospects on the island, but racial disparities have long kept black Cubans on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. BY: DEWAYNE WICKHAM Posted: Dec. 23 2015 3:00 AM Havana: If […] Continue reading

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens

After Obama’s thaw, bad year for Cuban citizens By Charles Lane The Washington Post Published: December 17, 2015 Much has changed in Cuba since President Barack Obama and the island’s dictator, Raul Castro, announced their rapprochement a year ago. Hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed into Cuban government coffers, due to more U.S. tourism […] Continue reading

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on December 15, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba […] Continue reading

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw

One year on, embargo still overshadows US-Cuba thaw By Alexandre Grosbois Havana (AFP) – Thursday marks one year since the United States and Cuba surprised the world by announcing they would end decades of Cold War hostility, but the budding rapprochement is still overshadowed by the US embargo. After months of secret negotiations, Presidents Barack […] Continue reading

From Information to Action

From Information to Action / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on November 12, 2015 Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 12 November 2015 — My grandmother only knew how to write the first letter of her name. She would sign documents with an almost childish looking capitalized “A.” In spite of being illiterate, Ana always advised me to […] Continue reading

The Lilliput Rebellion

The Lilliput Rebellion / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on November 5, 2015 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 5 November 2015 – Calling for austerity while living in opulence has been common practice for Cuban leaders for more than half a century. Demands to “tighten one’s belt” are brandished about by officials with fat necks and […] Continue reading