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Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams / Cubalex Translator’s note: The references here to the empty offices and the inability to work relate to a police raid that occurred in September of last year, during which much of the organization’s equipment was confiscated. Cubalex, 20 February 2017 – It is an ordinary November day. Cubalex members are visiting the […] Continue reading

The energy that Castroism is stifling

The energy that Castroism is stifling ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 21 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:05 CET. In recent weeks the regime of General Raúl Castro has “spooked,” and is now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history. The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that dissident organization. Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by […] Continue reading

Rosa María Payá denuncia boicot de policía política a entrega de premio a Almagro

Rosa María Payá denuncia boicot de policía política a entrega de premio a Almagro La activista pidió apoyo en las redes sociales para que las autoridades cubanas dejen de coaccionar a los invitados de honor a la entrega del premio que lleva el nombre de su fallecido padre. La disidente cubana Rosa María Payá denunció […] Continue reading

Policía política amenaza entrega del Premio Oswaldo Payá

Policía política amenaza entrega del Premio Oswaldo Payá Rosa María Payá denunció acoso y arrestos a miembros de la sociedad civil Lunes, febrero 20, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La policía política del régimen cubano ha amenazado a representantes de la sociedad civil en la isla para que no asistan el próximo miércoles a […] Continue reading

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships Worcester Democrat is part of bipartisan delegation By Anthony Fay Published: February 20, 2017, 9:48 am WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is in Cuba with a group of other members of Congress, to discuss increasing cooperation between the two nations. McGovern (D-Worcester), who has long advocated for […] Continue reading

Cuba Decide y Juventud LAC anuncian los últimos detalles de la entrega del Premio Oswaldo Payá

Cuba Decide y Juventud LAC anuncian los últimos detalles de la entrega del Premio Oswaldo Payá DDC | La Habana | 19 de Febrero de 2017 – 20:31 CET. La iniciativa ciudadana Cuba Decide y la Red Latinoamericana Jóvenes por la Democracia (Juventud LAC) entregarán el Premio Oswaldo Payá Libertad y Vida este miércoles 22 […] Continue reading

The Catholic Church takes a good step

Editorial: The Catholic Church takes a good step DDC | Madrid | 20 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:41 CET. Ever since the trip to Cuba taken by Pope John Paul II, the Cuban Catholic Church’s dedication to the defense of human rights has clearly been insufficient. Understandably, some have come to describe this failure […] Continue reading

Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy Heading to Cuba, Colombia

Vermont US Sen. Patrick Leahy Heading to Cuba, Colombia Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is headed to Cuba and Colombia during the President’s Day congressional recess. Feb. 19, 2017, at 8:18 a.m. MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is headed to Cuba and Colombia during the President’s Day congressional recess. Leahy, a […] Continue reading

HRF aplaude la valentía de Almagro al viajar a Cuba a recibir el Premio Oswaldo Payá

HRF aplaude la valentía de Almagro al viajar a Cuba a recibir el Premio Oswaldo Payá DDC | Washington | 17 de Febrero de 2017 – 19:39 CET. Human Rights Foundation (HRF) aplaudió este viernes la valentía del secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), Luis Almagro, al anunciar que viajará a Cuba […] Continue reading

The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’

The Student Who Did Not Want To ‘Ride With Fidel’ / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Excobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 16 February 2017 — David Mauri Cardoso, a 24-year-old from Cienfuegos, dreamt of being lawyer but could not successfully pass a test of dishonesty. In appearance it was a test of Spanish, but what was being evaluated […] Continue reading

Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler

Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 16 February 2017 — Berta Soler, after meeting this Wednesday with Archbishop of Havana Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez, said that he has offered his full support to the Ladies in White and that […] Continue reading

Trump – Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’

Trump: Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com President Donald Trump said during a press conference Thursday that he shares Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s views on Cuba. “We had dinner with Senator Rubio and his wife, who was by the way, lovely, and we had a very […] Continue reading

El Sexto pide ante el senado de EEUU ‘solidaridad con la causa de la democracia en Cuba’

El Sexto pide ante el senado de EEUU ‘solidaridad con la causa de la democracia en Cuba’ DDC | Washington | 17 de Febrero de 2017 – 00:32 CET. Danilo Maldonado Machado, El Sexto, ofreció el jueves testimonio ante el Subcomité del Senado de Estados Unidos sobre el Hemisferio Occidental para los asuntos de Crimen […] Continue reading

The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White

The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White DDC | La Habana | 17 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:54 CET. The leader of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), Berta Soler, and María Cristina Labrada Varona, representing the women’s movement, met on Wednesday morning with the Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la […] Continue reading

The Two Marielas

The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon February 15, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban system is well thought out, that doesn’t mean to say that it is flawless though. It works; it holds itself up and manages to keep afloat in spite of shortages and its lack of success. How […] Continue reading

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition / Juan Orlando Perez Juan Orlando Pérez, 1 February 2017, (re-published in Ivan Garcia’s blog on 7 February 2017) — Antonio Rodiles, one of the Cuban government’s most tireless enemies, or at least one of its most eloquent, has said that the arrival of Donald Trump at the White […] Continue reading

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba By LUIS ALONSO LUGO AND ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Feb 15, 2017, 2:07 PM ET A prominent diplomat is planning a politically sensitive trip to Cuba to accept an award from a pro-democracy group on the island. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the […] Continue reading

Official Journalism in Cuba – Empty Nutshells

Official Journalism in Cuba: Empty Nutshells February 14, 2017 By Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — On February 7th, the Cuban Communist Party’s (PCC) press published several articles about the reporting behavior of young people belonging to the government’s journalism sector. Before that, on January 20th, a comment made by Yeilen Delgado Calvo in Juventud […] Continue reading

El Sexto dará su testimonio en la próxima Cumbre de Ginebra para los Derechos Humanos y la Democracia

El Sexto dará su testimonio en la próxima Cumbre de Ginebra para los Derechos Humanos y la Democracia DDC | Madrid | 14 de Febrero de 2017 – 18:03 CET. El grafitero cubano Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto) estará entre los activistas que darán su testimonio durante la Novena Cumbre de Ginebra para los Derechos Humanos […] Continue reading

Voto popular y partido único

Voto popular y partido único La imposibilidad de oposición parlamentaria está predeterminada porque si bien la Constitución socialista refrenda que el voto es libre, este deja de serlo al disponer la Ley Electoral que unos votos son válidos y otros no Arnaldo M. Fernández, Broward | 14/02/2017 10:26 am Para escapar del bumerang de los […] Continue reading

“Those Who Do Not Help the Victims of Castro-ism Are Complicit in the Oppression,” says Rocio Monasterio

“Those Who Do Not Help the Victims of Castro-ism Are Complicit in the Oppression,” says Rocio Monasterio / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 11 February 2017 – Rocio Monasterio, a Cuban living in Spain who became popular after starring in a televised debate at the end of November in which she confronted […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 February 2017 — Seven years ago, when the roar of the winds of a hurricane devastated Havana and the water filtered through the unglazed living room door of Lisvan, a private worker living in an apartment of blackened walls which urgently needed comprehensive […] Continue reading

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option / Ivan garcia Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2017 — There are few things that spontaneously bring Cubans on the island together. For example, if the provincial team is crowned champion in the national baseball series, where, in between the infamous beer and a noisy […] Continue reading

Police Search Home of Cuban ‘YouTuber’

Police Search Home of Cuban ‘YouTuber’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio Havana, 8 February 2017 – Officers from Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police searched the home of ‘YouTuber’ and activist Alexei Gamez, in Jagüey Grande in the province of Matanzas. According to Eliecer Avila, leader of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement, the agents entered the house in […] Continue reading

Another Democrat visits Cuba

Another Democrat visits Cuba By Silvio Canto, Jr. Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado spent a few days in Cuba. He spoke about doing business with Cuba but not about human rights. This is a summary of his visit: The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government wants to further improve […] Continue reading

The MUAD and Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’

The MUAD and #Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’ DDC | La Habana | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 00:09 CET. The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) and the Civic Platform #Otro18 expressed their regret Wednesday that the electoral process initiated on the […] Continue reading

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament BY LUIS DE LA PAZ More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels thanks to the support of three parliament members from Spain and the Czech Republic. The three […] Continue reading

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The […] Continue reading

One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton

One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […] Continue reading

Continuity guaranteed

Continuity guaranteed VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. Last Sunday during the plenary session of the National Council of the University Students Federation (FEU), Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated that “Cuban youth is responsible for the historical continuity of the Island’s social project.” Since we are immersed in […] Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […] Continue reading

The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices

The Internet In Cuba: Strict Control And Excessive Prices / Iván García Iván García, 30 January 2017 — Five or six abstract oil paintings are tastelessly jumbled together in the living room of a house in the west of Havana, next to a collection of laptops and ancient computers waiting to be repaired. We can […] Continue reading

Postulada abogada cubana para dos premios de derechos humanos

Postulada abogada cubana para dos premios de derechos humanos febrero 04, 2017 Jorge P. Martínez La abogada cubana independiente Laritza Diversent, ha sido postulada para el Premio Front Line Defenders 2017 y Gwanju Prize for Human Rights 2017 por defender los derechos civiles y humanos de los cubanos en la isla. La abogada cubana independiente […] Continue reading

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump Trump threatened to remove embassy in Havana By: PATRICK OPPMANN Updated: Feb 04, 2017 12:22 AM CST HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) – As US President Donald Trump lashes out at US enemies and allies alike, many Cubans wonder which Trump they will face. Will it be the […] Continue reading

Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House

Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House Possible hardening of stance towards communist island follows improving relations under Barack Obama Tom Batchelor White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on 3 February AP Donald Trump is to conduct a “full review” of America’s […] Continue reading

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Danilo Maldonado, the Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist known as El Sexto, is the very antithesis of the communist “new man” the Castro revolution was supposed to create. Maldonado spent 55 days in prison after […] Continue reading

El Sexto ‘Quiero que los demás sepan que es posible ser libre y romper con el gobierno’

El Sexto: ‘Quiero que los demás sepan que es posible ser libre y romper con el gobierno’ MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Danilo Maldonado Machado, grafitero y activista por los derechos humanos en Cuba, encarna la antítesis del hombre nuevo forjado por la revolución. Tras estar 55 días encarcelado por pintar un grafiti en una pared […] Continue reading