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Publisher of ‘Coexistence’ is Incommunicado in State Security Headquarters

Publisher of ‘Coexistence’ is Incommunicado in State Security Headquarters / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 21 January 2017 — The editor of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence), the economist Karina Galvez, is still being held incommunicado 24 hours after a spectacular police raid on her home in Pinar del Río. Gálvez is accused of […] 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

Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba again

Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba again Artist and activist was in her home country to deliver aid by LAURIE ROJAS | 13 January 2017 The Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera was detained and interrogated in Cuba yesterday (12 January). Bruguera was travelling by car from Havana to the Cuban city of Baracoa to deliver […] Continue reading

We Have to Take Responsibility for Our Own Land

We Have to Take Responsibility for Our Own Land… / Somos+ Somos+, 14 January 2017 — Forty-eight hours have passed since we have officially declared ourselves, as a movement, with regards to the elimination of the “Wet foot/Dry foot” policy. There is a reason for that: We do not want to say anything without, at […] Continue reading

Police Raid the House of Activist Belkis Cantillo in Palmarito Del Cauto

Police Raid the House of Activist Belkis Cantillo in Palmarito Del Cauto / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2017 — At six on Saturday morning the police raided the house of Belkis Cantillo, leader of the Citizens for Democracy movement in Palmarito del Cauto, Santiago de Cuba. The officers showed up a few hours after […] Continue reading

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com WPLG Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the ABC affiliate’s men in Havana. The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in […] Continue reading

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province

Activist Abandons Hunger Strike After Promise Of Not Being Deported To His Home Province / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 10 January 2017 — Vladimir Martín Castellanos, a member of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), abandoned his hunger strike this Monday after the authorities promised that he would not be deported from Las Tunas to Santiago […] Continue reading

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day

Cuban Police Detain Activists For Second Consecutive Day / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 January 2017 — Police maintained a strong operation Thursday around the headquarters of the 1010 Academy in the neighborhood of Cerro, in Havana. Activists Joanna Columbié and Georlis Olazabal were arrested while trying to access the site to participate in a conference […] Continue reading

Repression Spiking in Cuba

Repression Spiking in Cuba / Somos+, Eliecer Avila Somos+, Eliecer Avila, 123 January 2017 — Two days ago, our eastern coordinator in Las Tunas, Wiliam Espinosa, spent 24 hours in jail when he tried to leave to attend our meeting in Havana. Last night there was a great witch hunt and persecution all over the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s New Minister of the Interior Inaugurates His Tenure With a Repressive Wave Across the Country

Cuba’s New Minister of the Interior Inaugurates His Tenure With a Repressive Wave Across the Country / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 11 January 2017 — While in the United States Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, made it clear that human rights will be an important part of Washington’s […] Continue reading

Cuban Economist and Activist Karina Galvez Arrested And Taken To State Security Headquarters

Cuban Economist and Activist Karina Galvez Arrested And Taken To State Security Headquarters / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 11 January 2017 — The economist Karina Galvez, a member of the editorial board of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) has been arrested and taken to the headquarters of State Security on the Pinar del Rio highway. Her home […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera Detained in Cuba While Delivering Supplies to Hurricane Victims

Tania Bruguera Detained in Cuba While Delivering Supplies to Hurricane Victims No explanation was given for the artist’s detention, but she was allegedly interrogated for six hours. Benjamin Sutton The artist Tania Bruguera and the biochemist Oscar Casanella were stopped and detained by Cuban authorities yesterday as they were driving out of Havana to deliver […] Continue reading

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and FRANCES ROBLES JAN. 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he was terminating the 22-year-old policy that has allowed Cubans who arrived on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, an unexpected […] Continue reading

The ashes of a dissident and of a minister

Editorial: The ashes of a dissident and of a minister DDC | Madrid | 13 de Enero de 2017 – 11:31 CET. Félix Bonne Carcassés and Carlos Fernández Gondín died at the end of last week, just a few hours apart, in Havana. The former was a professor at the University of Havana for 20 […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign Marcy Kreiter International Business Times January 12, 2017 Biscet and four other dissidents were arrested by Cuban security agents as they prepared to hand out leaflets promoting the Emilia Project. More A U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom winner was arrested and held briefly Wednesday by Cuban security agents who […] Continue reading

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba By DANIEL ALLOTT (@DANIELALLOTT) • 1/11/17 6:39 PM “If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people…you might have said our sights were set a little too high.” So said President Obama in his farewell address to the country […] Continue reading

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, was taken into custody by police and state security agents Wednesday morning in Havana and briefly detained. Miami-based Inspire America Foundation, a super PAC that supports pro-democracy leaders and […] Continue reading

Arbitrary Arrests Rose And Repression Spread To Civil Society In 2016

Arbitrary Arrests Rose And Repression Spread To Civil Society In 2016 / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Madrid, 4 January 2016 – Last year closed with a balance of almost 1,000 more arbitrary arrests than in 2015, according to data from the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights, based in Madrid, which on Wednesday issued its annual report on […] Continue reading

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba By Editorial Board January 10 at 7:46 PM THE LASTING foreign policy legacy of a president often doesn’t become clear until years after he leaves office. That may be particularly true of President Obama, because some of his most distinctive initiatives were, in large part, bets on […] Continue reading

A phony ‘civil society’

A phony ‘civil society’ JOSÉ HUGO FERNÁNDEZ | Miami | 10 de Enero de 2017 – 10:48 CET. We know that in totalitarian regimes history does not unfold gradually, but rather suddenly, in fits and starts. And as totalitarian efforts spawn more losses than gains, not much more can be expected of the sham civil […] 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

Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics

Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 January 2017 — Faithful, hard-line and knowledgeable of the ultimate secrets of dissidents and ministers, Carlos Fernandez Gondín made his mark on the Ministry of Interior (MININT), the most feared Cuban institution. But shortly after taking over the portfolio in 2015, life played […] Continue reading

Leadership and Dissidence

Leadership and Dissidence / Rebeca Monzo Rebeca Monzo, 6 January 2017 — The leadership and the dissidence seem more and more the same to me. Is it coincidence or lack of experience? At this very moment, if suddenly there were free elections on my planet Cuba, supervised by the United Nations or other countries, I […] Continue reading

‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo

‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo MANUEL ALEJANDRO LEÓN VELÁZQUEZ | Guantánamo | 7 de Enero de 2017 – 01:18 CET. Three months after Hurricane Matthew hit, the inhabitants of Baracoa and Maisí are complaining about the Government’s sluggish response to aid those who lost everything, and criticizing the […] Continue reading

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In2016

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In 2016 / EFE,14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 5 January 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a dissident group, denounced today that it had documented at least 9,940 arbitrary arrests for “political reasons” in 2016, the highest figure of […] Continue reading

The Regime’s Unalterable Faith In Its Own Continuity

The Regime’s Unalterable Faith In Its Own Continuity / 14ymedio, Jose Azel 14ymedio, Jose Azel, Miami, 3 January 2017 — Raul Castro, in his one-minute announcement on Cuban television reporting the death of his brother, referred to Fidel Castro as “the founder of the Cuban Revolution.” The label of “founder” shows the unalterable faith of […] Continue reading

Menendez ‘alarmed’ after meeting State Department nominee

Menendez ‘alarmed’ after meeting State Department nominee Herb Jackson , Washington Correspondent, @HerbNJDC Published 2:24 p.m. ET Jan. 5, 2017 Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday that a discussion about Cuba with Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, left him “a little alarmed,” and that the proposed nominee’s overall foreign policy stances […] Continue reading

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say Cuban opposition activists have said the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents rocketed to nearly 10,000 last year. The government on the one-party communist island denies holding any political prisoners. In a report published on Thursday, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) found […] Continue reading

Former diplomats urge Trump to undo ‘unlawful’ Obama Cuba policy

Former diplomats urge Trump to undo ‘unlawful’ Obama Cuba policy BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com Five former U.S. diplomats with extensive experience in Latin America sent President-elect Donald Trump a letter this week urging him to rescind the executive actions signed by President Barack Obama relaxing sanctions against Cuba and to stop […] Continue reading

Cuban troops’ bizarre chant – We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’

Cuban troops’ bizarre chant: We’ll make Obama ‘a hat out of bullets to the head’ BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com In a particularly absurd display of military might and tropical folklore, Raúl Castro presided over a military parade in Havana on Monday to honor his dead brother and mark the 58th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. […] Continue reading

Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump

Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States needed to deepen its ties with Cuba if it truly wanted to help the Cuban people and advance U.S. interests. In an exit memo […] Continue reading

Now It Is Colombia’s Turn To Help Us Win Democracy

Now It Is Colombia’s Turn To Help Us Win Democracy / 14ymedio, Sergio Segura 14ymedio, Sergio Segura, 2 January 2017 – Cuba is no longer subordinate to the dictates of the man who imposed his will for more than half a century. The time has come to talk to the people, to recognize and give […] 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

Donald Trump crackdown looms for Cuba as repression continues after Obama outreach

Donald Trump crackdown looms for Cuba as repression continues after Obama outreach By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Monday, January 2, 2017 President Obama’s historic move to normalize relations with Cuba hasn’t slowed repression by the Castro regime, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to take a tougher stand on restricting tourism, […] Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – Elaine Díaz, Director of ‘Neighborhood Journalism

Cuban Faces of 2016: Elaine Díaz, Director of ‘Neighborhood Journalism’ / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 27 December 2016 — Cuban Faces of 2016: Elaine Díaz graduated with a degree in Journalism from the Faculty of Communication of the University of Havana in 2008, she has worked as an assistant professor and maintains the blog La Polémica […] Continue reading

Cuban Faces of 2016 – Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974)

Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Ruiz Urquiola, Scientist (b. 1974) / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 26 December 2016 – Cuban Faces of 2016: Ariel Urquiola, a biologist and doctor of science, has participated in several research projects on Cuban biodiversity, especially related to marine and terrestrial species. He directed an international research project carried out between […] Continue reading

What is Cuba like? It’s complicated

What is Cuba like? It’s complicated By Daniel Dauplaise Published 5:22 pm, Sunday, January 1, 2017 STAMFORD — The first question that I get from everyone when I tell them I went to Cuba is always a broad one — “How was it?” It’s asked in a way that indicates general curiosity. After all, it’s […] Continue reading

End of Year Declaration

End of Year Declaration / Rafael León Rodríguez Rafael Leon Rodriguez, 30 December 2016 — One more year of the young third millennium is about to conclude and give way to the next, 2017, the fifty-eighth of the totalitarian and one-party regime that, under the omnipotent power of the Castros, has controlled the Cuban archipelago […] Continue reading

Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin VicePresident for Cuba

Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin Vice President for Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 30 December 2016 — The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) has named independent journalist Henry Constantín Ferreiro as regional vice president for Cuba. Director of the magazine La Hora de Cuba and a resident of the city of Camagüey, the reporter told 14ymedio […] Continue reading