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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

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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

‘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

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

Detentions in Cuba after Fidel Castro’s Death

Detentions in Cuba after Fidel Castro’s Death December 6, 2016 HAVANA TIMES – More than 20 Cuban opponents of the Castro government were arrested, harassed or threatened in Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro, including graffiti artist “El Sexto”, who is still under arrest, a Cuban human rights group denounced on Monday. According to […] Continue reading

Police Free ‘14ymedio’ Journalist Reinaldo Escobar

Police Free ‘14ymedio’ Journalist Reinaldo Escobar / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 December 2016 — The journalist Reinaldo Escobar, editor in chief of 14ymedio, was detained for more than four hours on Thursday, in the midst of the control measures that the Government deployed after the death of Fidel Castro. The reporter gave an interview to […] Continue reading

After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change

After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change BY CHABELI HERRERA Is a Cuba without one Castro a more open place for artists? Before anyone could get the question out this weekend, Cuba was already answering. Cuban street artist Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as El Sexto, was […] 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

Tania Bruguera – Cuban artist fights for free expression

Tania Bruguera: Cuban artist fights for free expression How the internationally renowned dissident artist turned a performance piece into a fight for freedom of expression. by Carlos Manuel Alvarez Carlos Manuel Alvarez is a Cuban journalist. Havana, Cuba – It is December 17, 2014 and the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is at Pope Francis’ weekly […] Continue reading

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a year he goes to Miami where […] Continue reading

I do not want to put on a ‘media show’

“I do not want to put on a ‘media show’ “ / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, 4 November 2016 — How many times have we heard the phrase “I do not want to put on a media show,” especially from people who have been victims of institutional abuse in Cuba? It would seem […] Continue reading

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 11 November 2016 — A new wave of repression erupted on 9 November against journalists and contributors to the fortnightly newsletter Pinareño Panorama. This media, belonging to the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) […] 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

Cuban Film Director Juan Carlos Cremata Relocates to Miami

Cuban Film Director Juan Carlos Cremata Relocates to Miami / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 November 2016 — The Cuban filmmaker and theater director Juan Carlos Cremata decided to stay in Miami and become “one more exile,” according to the newspaper El Nuevo Herald. Cremata had been censured for his production of El Rey Se Muere (in […] Continue reading

14ymedio Reporter Sol Basulto García Arrested In Camagüey

14ymedio Reporter Sol Basulto García Arrested In Camagüey / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 4 November 2016 – The reporter Sol García Basulto was arrested by Cuban State Security Thursday night when she was traveling to Havana. The correspondent for 14ymedio in Camagüey was intercepted on the way to the capital by officers who handcuffed her and […] Continue reading

Robbed, Arrested And Beaten By Cuban State Security

Robbed, Arrested And Beaten By Cuban State Security / 14ymedio, Juannier Matos Rodriguez 14ymedio, Juannier Rodriguez Matos, Baracoa, 30 October 2016 — On Wednesday, October 12 at 5:40 pm, when I was on my way to the phone company in downtown Baracoa, the voice of Capitan Alfredo Oliveros ruined my afternoon, “Juannier, let’s go to […] Continue reading

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 October 2016 — The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, summoned to a meeting with State Security on Thursday, received “an official warning” which anticipates “the possibility of committing crimes against State Security […] Continue reading

“It Is Not Because You Write In ‘OnCuba’, It Is What You Write,” University Professor Told

“It Is Not Because You Write In ‘OnCuba’, It Is What You Write,” University Professor Told / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 October 2016 — “It’s not because you write in OnCuba, it is what you write,” were the words used by the authorities of the Faculty of Law of the University […] Continue reading

Tom Malinowski Speaks with the Independent Cuban Press

Tom Malinowski Speaks with the Independent Cuban Press / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 October 2016 — The second round of talks on Human Rights took place this past Friday between the governments of Cuba and the United States, as part of the ongoing dialogue initiated when relations were restored. In line […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading