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A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say

Changes to immigration policy will not stem the Cuban exodus, those on the island say BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com When Washington put an end to a preferential immigration policy for Cuban migrants nearly two weeks ago, the official reasoning behind the move was to stem the flow of an increasing exodus and prompt democratic […] Continue reading

An end to wet foot, dry foot

An end to wet foot, dry foot The outgoing American president makes it harder for Donald Trump to undo the rapprochement with Cuba Jan 21st 2017 | HAVANA AND MEXICO CITY Floating to Florida is now futile AMONG a group of young men gathered in a tin-roofed telephone-repair shop in Havana, the topic of conversation […] Continue reading

And Now What?

And Now What? / Somos+, Jose Presol Somos+, Jose Presol, 18 January 2017 — We expected it for a long time and it happened, but when we weren’t in the line for the ration book. I am referring to the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy. We all knew that it would end, […] Continue reading

Obama and the Cuban opposition

Obama and the Cuban opposition DDC | Madrid | 19 de Enero de 2017 – 11:47 CET. Both Barack Obama and the main dissidents in Cuba consulted by this publication believe that the elimination of the dry foot/wet foot policy will give rise to a momentous situation on the Island. At the end of his […] Continue reading

The regime’s impudence

The regime’s impudence DDC | Madrid | 18 de Enero de 2017 – 09:42 CET. A regime like Cuba’s – which has never tired of discriminating between nationals and foreigners, treating its own people like second-class citizens, and imposing nationality-based policies of apartheid – now considers it a victory to have undone the only preferential […] 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

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

What Will Become of Cuba?

What Will Become of Cuba? / Paulina Alfonso Cubanet, Paulina Alfonso, 26 December 2016 — What will become of Cuba in the new year now that Fidel Castro is gone? This is a question only foreigners ask. It is of no interest to most Cubans. They have other concerns: how to get out, how to […] Continue reading

Is Raul Castro Preparing for a Handover to Diaz-Canel or Something Else?

Is Raul Castro Preparing for a Handover to Diaz-Canel or Something Else? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 15 December 2016 — Thirteen months before his anticipated retirement, General Raúl Castro is setting the agenda for an individual who, even within the ranks of the Communist Party, provokes a rare mix of opposing opinions […] Continue reading

Cuban State Security Interrogates And Threatens Young LGBTI Leader

Cuban State Security Interrogates And Threatens Young LGBTI Leader / Cubanet, Alejandro Tur Valladares Cubanet, Alejandro Tur Valladares, Havana, 12 December 2016 – Dr. Nelson Gandulla Diaz, a national delegate to the Cuban Foundation for LGBTI Rights, headquartered in Cienfuegos, was interrogated by Cuban State Security officials after being cited to appear at the offices […] Continue reading

Losing Fear To Get Freedom

Losing Fear To Get Freedom / 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo 14ymedio, Rolando Gallardo, Quito, 10 December 2016 — On the 58th anniversary of the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista, the seizure of power by Fidel Castro and the disappearance of the national hope of a return to the constitutional values ​​of 1940, the people of Cuba, their […] Continue reading

The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago

The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The official media have just announced the last and definitive death of Fidel Castro, and I think I have perceived more relief than bereavement in the mournful message. If I were a religious person, I would feel […] Continue reading

Official Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

Official Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro / Somos+ Somos+, 26 November 2016 — Consistent with its tradition of objectivity and respect, the political movement Somos+ acknowledges the death of former president Fidel Castro as an historical event of great significance. We understand that his followers will pay him the tribute they deem appropriate. […] Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 20 October 2016 — An article I wrote was published on this site in March 2015, on the subject of the announcement in the official Cuban press that a new electoral law was to be enacted in Cuba in March […] Continue reading

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA November 4, 2016 Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — “Napoleon was to them, an Italian man, who organized the fight without the US; and people are more than sure, that he wouldn’t have lost Waterloo with the US’ help” (1), says an upbeat song from Rio de la […] 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

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

Two Miami men charged with organizing deadly 2008 voyage from Cuba

Two Miami men charged with organizing deadly 2008 voyage from Cuba BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com In June 2008, an overloaded boat with Cuban migrants capsized and two people lost their lives — an 11-year-old boy and a young woman. The official Cuban version of the event was that migrant smugglers deliberately sank the migrant boat […] Continue reading

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 24 August 2016 – Five years can be a long time in Cuba, when we’re talking about an opposition organization. In the complex kaleidoscope of dissident groups and parties that make up civil society on the […] Continue reading

Injustices of a Debate

Injustices of a Debate / 14ymedio Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana 10 August 2016 – The recent broadcast of a television program from Miami with Maria Elvira Salazar as moderator, where there was a heated debate between the well-known Cuban opposition leader, Jose Daniel Ferrer, and the also well-known Castro regime panderer, Edmundo Garcia […] Continue reading

Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities” – Simply “Citizens”

Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities”: Simply “Citizens” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 August 2016 – We are nearing 60 years since that ominous January 1959, and after decades of ideological fraud and demagogic discourse, we might expect that at least the political pillars on which the current aspirations of Cuban […] Continue reading

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 28 de Julio de 2016 – 21:21 CEST. On July 8, the then Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge reported in the National Assembly of the People’s Power on the state of the Cuban economy during the first half […] Continue reading

Guilty!

Guilty! / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 20 July 2106 – At the beginning of the year evil was incarnated in the intermediaries, who were blamed for the high food prices in the produce markets. At the end of 2013, the boogeymen were those who worked for themselves selling imported clothes and other […] Continue reading

The Tentacles of Castroism Are Long

“The Tentacles of Castroism Are Long” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 July 2016 — Desolate, but firm and willing to continue fighting for Cubans, whom he calls “my brothers.” Thus, Efrain Sanchez Mateo defines himself after serving a sentence of five days in jail for allegedly assaulting a police officer during […] Continue reading

Obama, Castro and the perfect storm. Why is this crisis different from previous ones?

Obama, Castro and the perfect storm. Why is this crisis different from previous ones? JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | La Habana | 6 de Julio de 2016 – 08:35 CEST. This time the “doomsayers” are not the Cubanologists, Cuban-American radio stations in Miami, US officials, or dissidents on the Island. This time the somber portents are […] Continue reading

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’ – One Cuban’s Message to Obama

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’: One Cuban’s Message to Obama The U.S. is pressing ahead with its opening to Cuba. What does that mean for democracy on the island? URI FRIEDMAN JUN 22, 2016 GLOBAL Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, the architect of Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, characterized the full restoration of U.S.-Cuban […] Continue reading

Cuba – Communism, Contradiction and Monumental Change

Cuba: Communism, Contradiction and Monumental Change Analysis JUNE 5, 2016 | 13:01 GMT By Lynn Wise Cuba is embarking on a new era, and the excitement is palpable in the thick Caribbean air. Last year, the United States — Cuba’s longtime political nemesis — restored full diplomatic relations with the island nation. Soon, Washington could […] 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

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group Former political prisoner heads the Cuban Patriotic Union, an organization in eastern Cuba that has launched a campaign urging the island’s people to let go of their fear. NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Irreverent youth, activist in the Christian Liberation Movement’s early days, political prisoner and […] Continue reading

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

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

The Expendable Revolution

The Expendable Revolution / Néstor Díaz de Villegas Néstor Díaz de Villegas, 17 April 2016 – Once upon a time I made the mistake of thinking that the Revolution – I’m speaking about the Cuban Revolution – was indispensable, that its advent had forever altered the course of History. Today I am reflecting on what […] Continue reading

The dual dilemmas of normalization – Obama’s and Castro’s

The dual dilemmas of normalization: Obama’s and Castro’s JORGE A. SANGUINETTY | Miami | 11 Abr 2016 – 2:16 pm. Regardless of the reasons that spurred President Obama to undertake the process to normalize relations with Raúl Castro’s Government, it is important to note that his first duty as President is to defend the interests […] Continue reading

Four Cuban Political Prisoners Will Be Released To The United States

Four Cuban Political Prisoners Will Be Released To The United States / 14ymedio Posted on March 16, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 15 March 2016 – Four Cuban political prisoners will leave this week for the United States, a decision that the Cuban government has taken a few days before President Barack Obama’s arrival on the island. […] Continue reading

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on March 15, 2016 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 14 March 2016 – The activist Iliana Hernandez has taken one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to resettle in Cuba after almost two decades living abroad. Nationalized with Spanish citizenship, the dissident […] Continue reading

Cuba, through rose-colored lenses

Cuba, through rose-colored lenses Official media fail to show the reality of today’s Cuba No dissenting voices or complaints allowed Not worthy of calling itself ‘the press’ BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ 14ymedio.com Sometimes I wish I lived in the country they show on television. This hopeful nation of rose-colored dreams presented by the official press. A […] Continue reading