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In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area July 2, 20178:26 AM ET CARRIE KAHN In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a small but vibrant opening afforded them since […] Continue reading

Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches

Cuba and the United States Return to the Trenches / Iván García Iván García, 19 June 2017 — For both countries it amounts to a remake of the Cold War, this time in version 2.0. It will take time to determine the scope of the contest or if the new diplomatic battle will involve only […] Continue reading

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba

Independent journalist detained in eastern Cuba June 23, 2017 5:12 PM ET New York, June 23, 2017–Cuban authorities should immediately release independent journalist Manuel Alejandro León Velázquez and return his equipment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State security forces and Interior Ministry officials detained León Velázquez around 4 p.m. yesterday in the eastern […] Continue reading

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial

Autonomy of Cuban Dissidents Will Always Be Beneficial / Iván García Iván García, 1 June 2017– The majority of the openly anti-Castro opponents I know do not live in lavish mansions nor do they possess items fashioned with the latest technology. Neither do they boast bank accounts in financial paradises and they do not own […] Continue reading

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists

State Security Offensive Against ICLEP Citizen Journalists 14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2017 — Raúl Velázquez, executive director of the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) was released last Friday after being held for 72 hours in the second unit of the People’s Revolutionary Police (PNR) in Santiago de Cuba, as confirmed […] Continue reading

We Have Survived

We Have Survived 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 21 May 2017 — Three years ago this digital daily was just a dream, a project on paper and a desire in the heads of several colleagues. On that 21 May 2014, the mirage took shape on the first cover of a site that robs us of our […] Continue reading

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

“We Are Not Leaving Cuba”, Say Members Of The Center For Coexistence Studies

14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — In the midst of a wave of pressure from
the authorities, members of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC)
have issued a declaration of commitment to their work on the island. “We
are not leaving Cuba, we are not leaving the… Continue reading

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks

Democracy in Cuba is smuggled on thumb drives, spreads on street networks Revolution in the time of the internet by Brian Crecente@crecenteb May 19, 2017, 4:30pm EDT Cuba is like the memory of somewhere you’ve never been. It’s the bilinearity of capitalism and commercialism, rum and coke, offline and on, that takes two opposing ideas […] Continue reading

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+

Cuban Government Extends Censorship To The Digital Site Somos+ 14ymedio, Havana, 16 May 2017 — The digital site of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement has now joined the list of pages censored on the servers of the Cuban Telecommunications Company (ETECSA) which supply public WiFi. The leader of the organization, Eliecer Avila, links this […] Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […] Continue reading

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism

Karla Pérez Arrives In Costa Rica To Continue Her Studies In Journalism 14ymedio, Havana, 11 May 2017 — Karla Pérez González, the student expelled from the University of Las Villas for her membership in the dissident organization Somos+, arrived in San José, Costa Rica, this morning after receiving an offer to continue her studies there. […] Continue reading

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew

The Government Unleashed a Crackdown on Journalists After Hurricane Matthew 14ymedio, Havana, 10 May 2017 –The independent Cuban press has been especially harassed after the passage of Hurricane Matthew in the eastern part of the country. Several reporters were arrested while trying to cover the situation of the victims, reports the Association for Freedom of […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk only to later write […] Continue reading

A double standard

A double standard ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 8 de Mayo de 2017 – 14:18 CEST. Within the framework of the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), a group of Cuban academics and former officials recently circulated a document protesting the LASA’S position regarding the wave of repression and political crisis […] Continue reading

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’

The ‘Little Packet’, A Clandestine Rival For The ‘Weekly Packet’ 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2017 — Uncensored, fun and with many varied themes — this defines the producers of the paketito (little packet), a new compendium of audiovisual material that aims to fill the gaps left by the popular weekly packet. Unlike its […] Continue reading

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people

Cuba a mix of corruption, impressive beauty, people By Amelia Rayno / Minneapolis Star Tribune The uniformed woman’s eyes narrowed as she looked me up and down, assessing. Seconds earlier, she had told me that the currency exchange was one floor up at the Havana airport. Now, after processing my poor Spanish, blond hair and […] Continue reading

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba's progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress
Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed
by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying
investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of
independent reporters who are critical of, yet still… Continue reading

Reporters Without Borders Rates Press Freedom In Cuba Very Low

Reporters Without Borders Rates Press Freedom In Cuba Very Low 14ymedio, Havana, 27 April 2017 — Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has placed Cuba in position 173 on its 2017 World Press Freedom Index published on Wednesday, two places lower than last year, and in the lowest category (shown in black), along with “the worst dictatorships […] Continue reading

Cuban State Security and Police Prevent Screening of Independent Film in Havana

Cuban State Security and Police Prevent Screening of Independent Film in
Havana

Statement from Miguel Coyula and Lynn Cruz

15 April 2017, 8:00 PM, Havana: Cuban State Security and Police blocked
the street leading to the Gallery El Circulo in Havana in order to
prevent the audience from attending the screening of Miguel Coyula’s
independent film Nadie, which depicts the… Continue reading

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old
adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The
maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we
take into account that the erratic performance of Venezuelan President
Nicolás Maduro… Continue reading

State Security Prevents Screening Of Miguel Coyula’s Documentary ‘Nadie’

State Security Prevents Screening Of Miguel Coyula’s Documentary ‘Nadie’

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 16 April 2017 – Cuba’s State Security and
the National Revolutionary Police surrounded the independent gallery El
Círculo to prevent this Saturday’s screening of the documentary Nadie
(Nobody), directed by Miguel Coyula and featuring the censored poet and
writer Rafael Alcides.

The filmmaker and his wife, actress… Continue reading

Ten Years, A Blog

Ten Years, A Blog

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 10 April 2017 — Dawn, the sound
of the keyboard marks the beginning of the day. I start a blog that will
make me experience the most gratifying and terrible moments of my
existence. I go out with the USB stick around my neck, climb the steps
of the Havana Capitol… Continue reading

This Is How Cuba Threatens, Intimidates, Controls and Punishes Its Own Citizens

This Is How Cuba Threatens, Intimidates, Controls and Punishes Its Own
Citizens

To citizen Ivan Garcia Quintero, resident of 12 Carmen Street, Apt 3,
between San Lazaro and Calzada 10 de Octubre. Your presence is required
at the 10 de October PNR (People’s Revolutionary Police) [station] on 2
April 2017 at 10:00 PM with the objective of an Interview.

You… Continue reading

Exercising Independent Journalism In Cuba Is A State Crime

Exercising Independent Journalism In Cuba Is A State Crime / Iván García

Iván García, 30 March 2017 — Fear has the habit of first knocking on
your door. On any night, in a work center or a house, an official of
State Security can give a citizen an official citation with an
intimidating look.

It could be your sister, a… Continue reading

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey

Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey 14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2017 – This Wednesday the gates have begun to close around independent journalist Sol Garcia Basulto, who has been charged with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity.” (In other words, “practicing journalism without a license.”) The correspondent for this newspaper in Camaguey […] Continue reading

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Raps hela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty”

Censored at the Camaguey Festival, Rapper ‘Rapshela’ Denounces “Fear of Liberty” / 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto 14ymedio, Sol Garcia Basulto, Camaguey, 22 March 2017 – Hip Hop has become that redoubt of rebellion that other musical genres, like rock and roll, used to embody. The Trakean2 Fesitval, which ended Monday in Camaguey, gave voice to […] Continue reading

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba Carlos BATISTA AFP March 22, 2017 More Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with […] Continue reading

'When I'm 64': Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba
Carlos BATISTA
AFP March 22, 2017

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Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and
shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts
Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret.

Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with the communist
island’s Cold War-era… Continue reading

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship?

A Cuban film about gay repression pulled from festival. Was it censorship? BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga has pulled an acclaimed film, based on repression against gay writers in the early years of the Revolution, from an upcoming presentation in New York after festival organizers banned it from official competition and […] Continue reading

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 21 February 2017 — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the arrest in Cuba of Henry Constantin Ferreiro, director of the magazine Hour of Cuba and regional vice president of its Committee on Freedom of […] Continue reading

Waiting for change in Cuba

Waiting for change in Cuba BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and sometimes brutal internal […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Withdraws Her Work From the Bronx Museum – ‘A Moral Decision’

Tania Bruguera Withdraws Her Work From the Bronx Museum: ‘A Moral Decision’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 27 January 2017 — The artist Tania Bruguera said Friday that her withdrawal from the exhibition Wild Noise at the Bronx Museum “is a moral decision.” During a press conference in New York’s Central Park, the director of the Hannah […] Continue reading

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick

Normalizing The Communists Who Run Cuba Makes This Survivor Sick Totalitarianism touches every aspect of every person’s life, and Cuban communism has been traumatic for adults and children not drunk with fanaticism. By Armando Simón JANUARY 16, 2017 Ever since the death of that psychotic dictator Fidel Castro, I have been experiencing déjà vu. At […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – José Ramírez Pantoja, Journalist (b. Holguín)

Cuban Faces of 2016: José Ramírez Pantoja, Journalist (b. Holguín) / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 December 2016 – Cuban faces of 2016: The journalist José Ramírez Pantoja starred this year in one of the most publicized cases of censorship within the official press. The reporter was fired from his job at Radio Holguin after being […] Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – Carlos Lechuga, Filmmaker

Cuban Faces of 2016: Carlos Lechuga, Filmmaker (b. Havana, 1983) / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: The film Molasses (2013), director Carlos Lechuga’s debut, garnered much applause, but it was his second feature which placed him at the center of public attention. The film Santa and Andrés was excluded […] Continue reading

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people José R. Cárdenas As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In […] Continue reading

Cuba No Es Fi(d)el – Impressions on the Duelo Nacional

Cuba No Es Fi(d)el: Impressions on the Duelo Nacional 14/12/2016 14:27 Stefano Piano Strategy & Public Policy Consultant, Part-time Writer Clarissa Parenti Linguist, Media Planner, Part-time writer The Duelo Nacional might imply that Cuba stopped for Fidel Castro’s death. Our conversations with Cubans suggest a rather different story. Since the death of Fidel Castro was […] Continue reading

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 6 December 2016 — Some large scale political events, the ones where people are weeping over the death of a “venerated leader” or yelling slogans like ventriloquists, are really smoke and mirrors. A dishonest trick. On April 7, 1957, a […] Continue reading

There Is Nothing Worse Than An Artist Who Collaborates With A Repressive Government

“There Is Nothing Worse Than An Artist Who Collaborates With A Repressive Government” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 December 2016 – He has a Polish last name, a first name of Hebrew origin, and Venezuelan blood running through his veins. Jonathan Jakubowicz is as complex and versatile a filmmaker as the […] Continue reading