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Fidel Castro – Unwitting father of modern Miami

Fidel Castro: Unwitting father of modern Miami BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI The Gateway to the Americas: That’s how Miami’s business and civic leaders would grandly if sporadically label the city in the middle of the last century. In reality, the slogan was wishful thinking, little more than the stuff of promotional brochures. Contrary to the historic […] 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

The Dream of a Free Cuba

The Dream of a Free Cuba By HENRY GODINEZ NOV. 29, 2016 Chicago — In my dreams as a young boy, I was chosen by the C.I.A. to assassinate Fidel Castro; I would be a hero and set Cuba free. Like many Cuban-Americans, I was raised to believe it was my obligation to do just […] Continue reading

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] Continue reading

Cuban State Security Prohibits Third Meeting Of Coexistence Studies Center

Cuban State Security Prohibits Third Meeting Of Coexistence Studies Center / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 25 November 2016 — The meeting of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC) scheduled for Saturday in Pinar del Rio has been prohibited by State Security, as reported two officers to the organization’s director, Dagoberto Valdes. The men visited the house […] Continue reading

Dagoberto Valdes Recounts His Conversation With Cuban State Security

Dagoberto Valdes Recounts His Conversation With Cuban State Security / 14ymedio, Dagoberto Valdes 14ymedio, Dagoberto Valdes, 25 November 2016 — At the stroke of noon today, 25 November 2016, two officials from State Security came to my house, Major Joaquin, who participated in my interrogation on 27 October, and another official. Major Joaquin said that […] 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

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement GlobeNewswire • November 10, 2016 VANCOUVER, British Colombia, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cuba Ventures Corp. (CUV.V) (MPSFF) (the “Company”) – Donald J. Trump, the newly elected Republican President of the United States of America confirmed victory over Democratic rival […] 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

Two observers from Otro18 at the referendum in Colombia

Two observers from #Otro18 at the referendum in Colombia BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 28 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:48 CEST. On October 2 the “No” vote prevailed in Colombia, where a referendum gauged the public’s support for the peace treaties signed in Havana days before between the Colombian government and the […] Continue reading

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Cuba: Mi Casa Es Su Casa ANNE HOBSON October 25, 2016, 12:10 am Technology companies, soft power, and the fight to liberalize Cuba. There is a truism, fashionable in American foreign policy circles, that the liberalization of trade will, over time, soften the contours of authoritarian regimes as the oppressed become acquainted with the wonders […] Continue reading

Speaking of Human Rights Talks Between the US and Cuban Governments

Speaking of Human Rights Talks Between the US and Cuban Governments… / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, 13 October 2016 — Cubans are a captive people. The first evidence of this is that the island’s government will not talk to dissident voices about human rights. It does it with the US government. In the island’s 43,190 […] Continue reading

Why we should back Tania Bruguera’s presidential bid for a free Cuba

Why we should back Tania Bruguera’s presidential bid for a free Cuba Jonathan Jones The Cuban artist exposes how anti-democracy feeling is still rife in the one-party state. This is valuable ‘artivism’ in a less-than-rosy nation Monday 17 October 2016 14.32 BST Last modified on Monday 17 October Art is good at pointing out simple […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Most Controversial Artist Is Running For President

Cuba’s Most Controversial Artist Is Running For President Masha (Maria) Koblykova — Oct 14 2016 Earlier today Tania Bruguera, a Cuban artist known for pushing the boundaries of free speech in her performances, announced her candidacy for the country’s 2018 presidential election. She also encouraged Cuban citizens to follow her example and submit their own […] Continue reading

Eight hours with State Security

Eight hours with State Security YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 20 de Septiembre de 2016 – 14:28 CEST. On Friday morning the Human Rights activist and member of the Citizens for Racial Integration (CIR) committee, Martha Adela Tamayo, was seized by State Security forces. Her family and friends knew nothing of her whereabouts […] Continue reading

Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana?

Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana? / Somos+ Carlos Raúl Macías López, 15 September 2016 — Starting in the second half of the twentieth century, the world has witnessed a phenomenon without parallel in the history of mankind, one which has been strengthened by the fall of the Berlin […] 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

Free Press – Knockout

Free Press: Knockout / Somos+ Somos+, Victor Manuel Camposeco, 10 September 2016 — In April of 1960, from the official newspapers Hoy (Today) and Revolución along with the leftist organization FIDEL, the demands to take by force the three independent print media still standing seemed unstoppable. For months, the newsrooms of those newspapers had also […] Continue reading

The Alternative To Socialism – A Solidarity Market Economy

The Alternative To Socialism: A Solidarity Market Economy / 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas Chile uneasy with success 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas, Santiago de Chile, 9 September 2016 — Since 2011 the Chilean left has launched a search for “another model,” an alternative to the social market economy that has led the country to remarkable economic and social […] Continue reading

A Long Commitment To The Truth

A Long Commitment To The Truth / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea, Santa Clara, 5 September 2016 – A certain letter from Aristides Vega Chapu to the weekly Vanguardia, already quite old and that I believe I came into my hands in the middle of last July, set off a media frenzy […] Continue reading

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba Editorial Observer By ERNESTO LONDOÑO SEPT. 3, 2016 “Dissident” is a loaded word in Cuba, a label used to discredit and punish. Those who have embraced the term can be shut out of public jobs and are often subjected to arbitrary detentions and beatings. This year, with […] Continue reading

Asking Questions Is A Crime

Asking Questions Is A Crime / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 29 August 2016 — A few days ago I arrived in the town of Cespedes, where my house is, and among the things that caught my attention was a sign in one of the town’s snack bars with the following announcement: “All food will increase in price […] Continue reading

Coco Farinas Lost Consciousness Again

Coco Farinas Lost Consciousness Again / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, 19 August 2106 — Guillermo “Coco” Fariñas had to be taken to the hospital again yesterday, at 4:40 in the afternoon The photo at the top of this post was taken several weeks ago but it shows how FANTU activists take him to the hospital. […] Continue reading

‘Candyman’ reggaeton star isn’t sweet on Cuban government

‘Candyman’ reggaeton star isn’t sweet on Cuban government BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The so-called “father” of Cuban reggaeton — known by his fans simply as “Candyman” — has nothing sweet to say about the Cuban government. The Santiago de Cuba artist, whose music was silenced in official government media outlets, is now an openly […] Continue reading

Cuba- 90 years of Fidel Castro

Cuba: 90 years of Fidel Castro NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Fidel Castro turns 90 Saturday among official tributes and rumors of a new economic crisis. Few would have imagined that the former Cuban leader could have survived assassination attempts, a near-fatal surgery a decade ago and even outlived his closest ally, the late Venezuelan President […] Continue reading

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum

Where Hip Hop Fits in Cuba’s Anti-Racist Curriculum The country’s education leaders confront deep-seated discrimination in the classroom through rap. Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters I was sitting with the Afrocentric rapstress Magia López Cabrera in her modest Havana walk-up in June when Cuba’s prominent black-history scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina showed up for a café con […] Continue reading

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION?

IS IT RIGHT TO VACATION IN CUBA’S OPPRESSION? No Americans should be dancing and dining their way through Cuba, enjoying the beaches, while those struggling for freedom lie in prison. BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS ON 7/31/16 AT 11:00 AM The motto of the American Bar Association (ABA) is “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice.” It should perhaps be […] Continue reading

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media Digital journalism has arrived in Cuba, in the Cuban way. BY DANIEL WIZENBERG Knight Center Rodolfo Romero is 27 years-old. He received money from the government to finance a news site. It was going to be called Cuba accuses (Cuba acusa) but he […] Continue reading

Can the armed forces act as a catalyst for a future of economic progress and political openness in Cuba?

Can the armed forces act as a catalyst for a future of economic progress and political openness in Cuba? JOSÉ HUGO FERNÁNDEZ | Miami | 24 de Junio de 2016 – 1:34 am. To believe in the possibility that the armed forces might act as a catalyst facilitating a future of economic progress and political […] Continue reading

President Obama’s Irrational Cuba Policy

President Obama’s Irrational Cuba Policy Effective US Policy Must Involve Dismantling Cuba’s Totalitarism JOSÉ AZEL JUNE 20, 2016 AT 2:16 PM The argument has been repeated ad nauseam: The 55-year-old policy of sanctioning Cuba failed to change the nature of the Cuban regime and thus a new approach was needed. In his December 17, 2014 […] Continue reading

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Normalizing relations with Cuba – not so fast

Normalizing relations with Cuba: not so fast By aronsbarron May 22, 2016 7:22 a.m. Polls make it clear that the American public is way ahead of Congress in supporting normalization of relations and reopening trade with Cuba. But positive numbers from several polls don’t mean that the normalization process will be easy or fast. That […] Continue reading

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now

Why Gloria Estefan Won’t Perform In Cuba For Now 5/20/2016 by Leila Cobo The Rolling Stones may play there. Vin Diesel May film there. The Kardashians may strut there. But beyond the giddy excitement and quaintness of Cuba’s newfound celebrity appeal lie many artists and taste makers who, out of principle, will not perform on […] Continue reading

A report reveals the MINCULT’s efforts to control provincial intellectuals, artists and entrepreneurs

A report reveals the MINCULT’s efforts to control provincial intellectuals, artists and entrepreneurs DDC | Madrid | 20 Mayo 2016 – 10:18 am. A report by the provincial Director of Culture in Ciego de Ávila, Virginio Menéndez Moro, directed at national leaders in the sector, reveals the regime’s efforts at the local level to control […] Continue reading

Cuba-Disneyland and Its Leftist Pimps

Cuba-Disneyland and Its Leftist Pimps / 14ymedio, Isaac Nahon Serfaty 14ymedio, Isaac Nahon Serfaty, 10 May 2016 — Cuba is now the Disneyland of the fashion show business. The list of celebrities who go to the island as almost archeological tourists is growing every day. The Mummy Stones, the Lagerfield effigy, and the inevitable voluptuous […] Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards A New Contract For Cuba (Pt. 1)

57 Years Later: Towards A New Contract For Cuba (Pt. 1) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 7 May 2016 — I am offering, for critical discussion, a viewpoint discussed in more than one place about what I consider the progressive and punctilious deconstruction of our national project. Cuba is no […] 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

Czech foreign minister – Thaw in relations with Cuba does not mean

Czech foreign minister: Thaw in relations with Cuba does not mean Prague will abandon human rights agenda 03-05-2016 14:08 | Daniela Lazarová A thaw in diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Cuba should soon see the two countries appointing ambassadors and reviving trade ties that go back half a century. Czech government officials stress […] Continue reading

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit By Michael Weissenstein | AP April 29 at 9:30 AM HAVANA — Thursday morning was looking bad for Lazaro Martinez, who makes his living playing trombone for tourists on the Malecon, the sweeping boulevard overlooking the jewel-clear Florida Straits. Police shunted everyone onto side streets as a […] Continue reading