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Act of repudiation

State Security Tactics in Cuba

State Security Tactics in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 May 2016 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, 52, is a spontaneous dissident. He doesn’t belong to any opposition party, nor is he an un-gagged journalist. He is on his own. Last 22 March, with the stars and stripes on his shoulders, Llorente found himself in […] Continue reading

A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro

A Glossary Against the Deafness of Raul Castro / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on April 10, 2016 Luis Felipe Rojas, 28 March 2016 — With mouths agape and arms extended to the heavens, Cubans of goodwill are still awaiting the night on which Raúl Castro will liberate all political prisoners and fling into the garbage […] Continue reading

The Ladies In White Denounce A New Act Of Repudiation Against The Headquarters Of The Movement

The Ladies In White Denounce A New Act Of Repudiation Against The Headquarters Of The Movement / 14ymedio Posted on January 21, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 21 January 2016 — A new act of repudiation against the Ladies in White is developing right now outside the headquarters of the movement in the Havana neighborhood of Lawton. […] Continue reading

Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike

Vladimir Morera Bacallao Ends Hunger Strike / 14ymedio Posted on January 4, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2016 – Government opponent Vladimir Bacallao Morera has ended his hunger strike, having begun to eat on 30 December, according to information received by 14ymedio from Librado Linares. The prisoner spent more than 80 days without eating to […] Continue reading

UNPACU Reports More Than A Hundred Activists Arrested

UNPACU Reports More Than A Hundred Activists Arrested / 14ymedio Posted on August 16, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 16 August 2015 — From the early hours of Sunday the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) denounced the arrest of more than 130 of its activists. Several sources within the organization told this newspaper that the detainees were […] Continue reading

Some new immigrants from Cuba need a second look

Fabiola Santiago: Some new immigrants from Cuba need a second look BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@MiamiHerald.com Cuban immigration is stirring up a hornet’s nest of concern, with good reason. Are some of the Cuban newcomers victims fleeing oppression and economic hardship — or two-faced opportunists seeking to cash in on generous U.S. government benefits available only […] Continue reading

The Government We Need

The Government We Need / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula Posted on August 9, 2015 14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana. 2 August 2015 — In light of the government’s refusal to dialog with the nonviolent opposition, the latter should start a discussion within itself, an exercise unfamiliar to Cubans. Instead, we are accustomed to extremes ranging from the […] Continue reading

More Than 50 Activists Arrested Sunday In The March Of The Ladies In White

More Than 50 Activists Arrested Sunday In The March Of The Ladies In White / 14ymedio Posted on August 2, 2015 The writer Angel Santiesteban with the Ladies in White at the Gandhi Park at the exit of the church of Santa Rita (Photo Luis Lazaro Guanche) 14ymedio, Havana, 2 August 2015 – This afternoon, […] Continue reading

Ladies in White March Ends With 120 Arrests

Ladies in White March Ends With 120 Arrests / 14ymedio Posted on July 13, 2015 14ymedio, 13 July 2015 – A group of 120 activists and Ladies in White was arrested on Sunday during the traditional weekly march. Among those arrested were the opposition leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez (known as Antunez), who in the […] Continue reading

A Bill to Penalize Acts of Repudiation

Cuba: A Bill to Penalize Acts of Repudiation / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on May 1, 2015 To guarantee the prevalence of solidarity and respect, a bill is urgently needed that would penalize acts of repudiation, and hold their perpetrators and accomplices criminally responsible. Help me to promote this bill. A Bill to Penalize Acts […] Continue reading

Is Cuba ready to come in from the cold?

Is Cuba ready to come in from the cold? 14 April 2015, 17:44 UTC By Robin Guittard, Caribbean Campaigner at Amnesty International The Cuban government marked a historic first in Panama over the weekend, as the Caribbean island’s President, Raúl Castro, joined leaders from around the region at the Summit of the Americas. Despite all […] Continue reading

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile

The Ladies in White Should Change Their Political Profile / Ivan Garcia Posted on March 20, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 11 March 2015 — During the hot summer of 2013 I remember Blanca Reyes, wife of the poet and journalist Raul Rivero, writing letters to the pope in the Vatican, to the Mothers of the Plaza […] Continue reading

Berta Soler announces recall referendum on her tenure as head of the Ladies in White

Berta Soler announces recall referendum on her tenure as head of the Ladies in White / 14ymedio Posted on February 23, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2015 — During a press conference this afternoon, Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White, announced that a recall referendum would be held within the organization to define […] Continue reading

Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video

Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/18/2015 7:38 PM 02/18/2015 11:07 PM After appearing before two recent U.S. congressional hearings seeking freedom for political prisoners and respect for human rights in Cuba, the leader of Ladies in White now faces calls for her resignation from exiled […] Continue reading

In Havana, a wicked, unexpected act

Fabiola Santiago: In Havana, a wicked, unexpected act BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO FSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 02/17/2015 7:08 PM 02/17/2015 7:27 PM In Cuban Miami, the past is never too far away. One of the most poignant stories my mother tells about our lives in 1960s Cuba begins with her standing at the bread line in the neighborhood bodega […] Continue reading

El Crítico – Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba

El Crítico: Music as a subversive instrument in Cuba 02/06/2015 2:38 PM 02/06/2015 10:08 PM HAVANA During his years behind bars, Angel Yunier Remón Arzuaga staged a 27-day hunger strike and refused to wear the prison uniform. Now, as the rapper known as “El Critico” returns to his music, he plans to do so with […] Continue reading

Are You One of Those Human Rights People?

Are You One of Those Human Rights People? / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on December 15, 2014 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 9 December 2014 — Victims of political illiteracy — as so aptly described by Dagoberto Valdés — many people do not know the difference between being a member of an opposition party, a civil […] Continue reading

Activists Denounce Act of Repudiation Held During Child’s Birthday Party

Activists Denounce Act of Repudiation Held During Child’s Birthday Party / 14ymedio Posted on November 30, 2014 This morning several activists reported an act of repudiation against members of the Network of Community Journalists and Communicators in the eastern city of Manzanillo. According to reports by those to whom this newspaper had access, Leonardo Cancio […] Continue reading

Activists denounce acts of repudiation during a child’s birthday party

Activists denounce acts of repudiation during a child’s birthday party / 14ymedio Posted on November 25, 2014 14ymedio, Manzanillo, 22 November 2014 – This morning several activists reported an act of repudiation against the members of the Community Network of Journalists and Communicators in the eastern city of Manzanillo. According to the testimony of those […] Continue reading

Cuban trial postponed again

Cuban trial postponed again BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 11/07/2014 7:00 AM 11/07/2014 8:05 PM The trial of two Cuban dissidents and their neighbor, who have been in pre-trial detention in Cuba since March 2012, was postponed for the fourth time Friday without explanation. The human rights group Amnesty International said the postponement left the three […] Continue reading

Crisis Among Cuban Dissidents?

Crisis Among Cuban Dissidents? / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 19, 2014 The egos and grandstanding are projecting an uncertain outlook within the peaceful opposition in Cuba. It’s like a symphony orchestra without a conductor, where musicians play their own tunes. It’s not for lack of political programs that Cuban activists cede space. They are […] Continue reading

SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED – Amnesty International

DOCUMENT – FURTHER INFORMATION: CUBA: SENTENCING OF THREE BROTHERS POSTPONED Further information on UA: 201/13 Index: AMR 25/003/2014 Cuba Date: 15 July 2014 URGENT ACTION sentencing of three brothers postponed The sentencing of three prisoners of conscience originally scheduled for 1 July has been postponed with no further information. They are prisoners of conscience and […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Culture of Violence – A Dangerous Spiral

Yoani Sanchez – Award-winning Cuban blogger Cuba’s Culture of Violence: A Dangerous Spiral Posted: 04/20/2014 12:44 am EDT Updated: 04/20/2014 12:59 am EDT A woman hits a child, who appears to be her son, on one corner. The passersby who see it don’t get involved. A hundred yards further on, two men get in a […] Continue reading

The Documentary “Worm” Goes Undercover on the Island

The Documentary “Worm” Goes Undercover on the Island / Manuel Guerra Perez Posted on March 14, 2014 In digital format and DVD media, it is alarming part of the population that says it is unaware of the siege of the dissidents. HAVANA, Cuba – The documentary “Gusano” (Worm), produced by Estado de Sats, is being […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Man who shouted “Down with communism!” during pope’s visit to Cuba is now in Chattanooga

Posted on Thursday, 12.26.13 Man who shouted “Down with communism!” during pope’s visit to Cuba is now in Chattanooga BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Andrés Carrión Alvarez says he knew it would be up to him to shatter the image of peace and order clamped on Cuba by government security agents when then Pope Benedict […] Continue reading

Cuba Without Rights on Human Rights Day

Cuba Without Rights on Human Rights Day / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on December 11, 2013 The Cuban government has cracked down hard on dissidents who dared to go out on December 10th, the day when the world celebrated Human Rights Day, according to sources from the island who have posted on the social networks. […] Continue reading

Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga

Justice and Prayers for Angel Yunier Remon Arzuga #FreeElCritico / Angel Santiesteban Posted on November 6, 2013 Ángel Yunier Remon Arzuaga ’El Critico.’ Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper and an opponent of the Cuban dictatorship. In July he contracted cholera in prison. Jailed since March 2013 for being a non-conformist rapper […] Continue reading

Sonia Garro, Optimistic in Prison Remains a Lady in White

Sonia Garro, Optimistic in Prison Remains a Lady in White / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on November 2, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, November 1, 2013, www.cubanet.org.- The trial of the White Lady Sonia Garro, which had been scheduled for today, was suspended yesterday without explanation by the authorities. Her lawyer, Amelia Rodriguez Cala, appeared before the People’s […] Continue reading

Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial

Posted on Friday, 11.01.13 Cuba suspends dissidents’ trial BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuba suspended the trial scheduled for Friday of three democracy activists arrested during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit last year, and a jailed dissident rapper was reported to be maintaining his two-week-old hunger strike in a hospital. No explanation was given why the […] Continue reading

The Pathology of Ethics

The Pathology of Ethics / Lilianne Ruiz Posted on October 18, 2013 Heartbreaking, repulsive, are adjectives that describe the act of repudiation of Monday outside the headquarters of the Ladies in White on Neptune Street between Aramburu and Hospital. Many who were mobilized there to shout insults and threats were young university students, members of […] 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

Officers Invade Home to Remove Protest Sign

Officers Invade Home to Remove Protest Sign / Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Posted on October 9, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, October 8, 2013, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello / www.cubanet.org.- On Thursday September 26, Barbara Fernandez Barrera was the victim of an act of repudiation in her home, located at Avenida 47, #7403, between 74th and 76th, […] Continue reading

THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

DOCUMENT – CUBA: THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT UA: 201/13 Index: AMR 25/005/2013 Cuba Date: 2 August 2013 URGENT ACTION THREE BROTHERS DETAINED FOR DISSENT Three brothers who are members of a dissident organization are being detained on trumped-up charges. Amnesty International believes them to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully exercising their […] Continue reading

Relatives of jailed dissident rapper call on artists and activists to demand his freedom (Video)

Relatives of jailed dissident rapper call on artists and activists to demand his freedom (Video) Posted by Pedazos de la Isla on June 25, 2013 Yudisbel Roseyo Mojena, wife of dissident rapper and political prisoner Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga “El Critico”, has been passing through some very difficult moments during these three months in which [...] Continue reading

Fear and Loathing in LASA

Fear and Loathing in LASA / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on June 19, 2013 After three months moving from coast to coast of the United States like an off-balance electron, finally I receive a little from dirty faces, the smell of croquette and military comemierduría (“crap eating”). I deserved it: I already missed my [...] Continue reading

Disruption of Yoani speech in New York carries echoes of Cuba

Posted on Tuesday, 03.19.13 Fabiola Santiago: Disruption of Yoani speech in New York carries echoes of Cuba By Fabiola Santiago fsantiago@MiamiHerald.com NEW YORK — What do you know? I came to the hip "capital of the world" to attend an unprecedented conference on digital media in Cuba — and ended up witnessing an American-style version [...] Continue reading

Cuba Organizes Acts of Repudiation Against Me in Brazil

Cuba Organizes Acts of Repudiation Against Me in Brazil Posted: 02/19/2013 1:12 pm Perhaps you don't know — because not everything is related in a blog — but the first act of repudiation that I saw in my life was when I was only five. The commotion in the tenement caught the attention of the [...] Continue reading

Human rights activists detained in Cuba

Cuba: Human rights activists detained in Cuba UA: 276/12 Index: AMR 25/022/2012 Cuba Date: 25 September 2012 URGENT ACTION dozens of cuban opposition activists detained Members of the Ladies in White have been detained in Havana and several other places in Cuba. Some remain in detention and the authorities have failed to provide reasons for [...] Continue reading

The Preponderance of the Small

The Preponderance of the Small / Lilianne Ruiz Lilianne Ruiz, Translator: Unstated Yesterday I decided to go to Neptune Street between Aramburu and Hospital Streets to see about and receive impressions of the site where from 7:35 in the morning on Friday until today, Tuesday, September 25, the repressive organs have established themselves in front [...] Continue reading