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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

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

Reggaeton, Reality’s Soundtrack

Reggaeton, Reality’s Soundtrack / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 27 December 2016 — The car is about to come apart at the seams every time it hits a bump in Havana’s crumbling streets. The passengers in the shared taxi vibrate with the rattling of the vehicle and the reggaeton blasting from the speakers. […] Continue reading

The One Who Left Ashes

The One Who Left Ashes / Miriam Leiva Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, November 29, 2016 – Fidel Castro died on November 25 at 10:29 p.m. and, according to his own will, his remains will be cremated, according to the brief statement read by Raúl Castro on Cuban television. at midnight. As a deceased person, the […] Continue reading

Two Years After U.S.-Cuba Opening, What’s Next Under Trump?

Two Years After U.S.-Cuba Opening, What’s Next Under Trump? by CARMEN SESIN MIAMI, Fla. — After recently returning from her first trip to Cuba, Elizabeth Díaz, 24, went to her grandmother’s house to show her pictures of the home she left behind in 1962. It still had the same furniture. Her grandmother cried looking at […] Continue reading

Prayers for greater freedom, social justice in Cuba

Prayers for greater freedom, social justice in Cuba by Father Joseph D. Wallace, December 9, 2016 Years ago, when I was in the seminary, I became friends with a fellow seminarian who is now Father Manuel Rios, pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, in Elizabeth, N.J., and who remains a dear friend of […] Continue reading

Cuba Hopes Trump Maintains Dialogue

Cuba Hopes Trump Maintains Dialogue December 9, 2016 HAVANA TIMES – The Cuban government hopes that the next president of the United States, Donald Trump, maintains the policy of dialogue “on the basis of respect,” said diplomatic sources on Thursday, reported dpa news. “Cuba would expect the new US government to take into account these […] Continue reading

Opposition Alliance Calls To Open An Inclusive National Dialog

Opposition Alliance Calls To Open An Inclusive National Dialog / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 December 2016 – The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) has made a call to open a national dialog a few days after the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro. The opposition alliance believes that the country is entering a new […] Continue reading

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

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures

Fidel Castro’s 13 Most Notorious Failures / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 30 November 2016 – Cuba’s official press and, oddly, a good part of the international media, never stop repeating that Fidel Castro brought Cubans free education and healthcare for all. Cuba was already, however, one of the most developed countries on […] Continue reading

Despite Fidel Castro’s death, few expect rapid political changes inCuba

Despite Fidel Castro’s death, few expect rapid political changes in Cuba Tracy Wilkinson, Patrick J. McDonnell and Cecilia Sanche For Amalia Cortes, a loyal member of Cuba’s “revolutionary” generation, there is no question that Fidel Castro helped transform the country for the better. “Of course I will be in the Plaza de la Revolución to […] Continue reading

Amnesty International Calls For “Urgent Action” to Support Cubalex

Amnesty International Calls For “Urgent Action” to Support Cubalex /14ymedio, Miami 14ymedio, Miami, 19 November 2016 –The non-governmental organization Amnesty International (AI) called on Friday to take “urgent action” to protect members of Cubalex, an NGO not recognized by the Cuban government against which there has been a resurgence of actions. “Since September, the Cuban […] Continue reading

Rubio, others want Trump to ditch Obama efforts to improve U.S.-Cubarelations

Rubio, others want Trump to ditch Obama efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations By Doug G. Ware | Updated Nov. 17, 2016 at 7:42 AM WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) — As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House, Republicans have rattled off a list of Obama administration projects they want overturned, including scaling […] 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

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 October 2016 — The thaw between the US and Cuba, which has not yet risen to the level of normalized relations, has been greeted with mixed reactions by the Cuban opposition and independent civil society. We cannot speak of an […] Continue reading

Cuban diplomat takes to Twitter, says rapprochement with U.S. must continue

Cuban diplomat takes to Twitter, says rapprochement with U.S. must continue BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s chief negotiator in normalization talks with the United States, said Friday that Cuba has been “intensely” laying the groundwork so that the process of rapprochement that began under President Barack Obama will continue even after he leaves […] Continue reading

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines” /14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – Dismantling the legal framework for the press and eliminating all barriers to individual access to the internet are key factors to promote a more open information environment in Cuba, according to the report Connecting Cuba: […] Continue reading

Cuba rejects Trump’s call for negotiations on human rights

Cuba rejects Trump’s call for negotiations on human rights September 29, 2016 HAVANA (AP) — A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump’s threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate’s demands. Trump said in Miami this month that he would reverse President Barack Obama’s executive orders […] Continue reading

Cuban State Security Prevents a Meeting of Pinar del Rio’s Coexistence Studies Center

Cuban State Security Prevents a Meeting of Pinar del Rio’s Coexistence Studies Center / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 23 September 2016 — Tania de la Caridad Reyes and her husbandYosvany Alfonso were intercepted by police in Pinar del Río when they tried to reach the Coexistence Studies Center (CEC) to attend the […] Continue reading

Cuba launches new international campaign against U.S. embargo

Cuba launches new international campaign against U.S. embargo By Nelson Acosta | HAVANA U.S. sanctions cost Cuba $4.6 billion last financial year, the government said on Friday, and called on U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to ease the pressure in the spirit of improved relations between the two countries. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez […] Continue reading

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness

Seven signs Cuban media is moving toward openness By Jon Elliston AUGUST 9, 2016 THE MASS MEDIA IN CUBA for decades was exclusively run by a rigid state monopoly, and even now, the government controls most of the news that makes its way to citizens. But significant cracks may be opening. As I’ve learned during […] Continue reading

When we achieve justice we can build a new society

“When we achieve justice we can build a new society” / 14ymedio, Ofelia Acevedo, Mario Penton, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Luz Escobar, Miami, 22 July 2016 – His name is tattooed on the skin of a Cuban graffiti artist (Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto) or is suggested by the letter L, standing for […] Continue reading

U.S. urges Cuba to do more to improve relationship

U.S. urges Cuba to do more to improve relationship Alan Gomez, USA TODAY 6:53 p.m. EDT July 20, 2016 MIAMI — On the anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, the U.S. government prodded the island’s communist leaders Wednesday to take greater steps toward economic and political freedom. A senior State […] Continue reading

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo / Regina Anavy Regina Anavy, Reykjavic, June 27, 2016 — Crossing paths with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in Reykjavic, Iceland, on June 27, 2016, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with him. Iceland And Future Plans Regina Anavy: I understand you are here on a special […] Continue reading

Havana Impedes Progress of Obama’s Policy Toward Cuba

Havana Impedes Progress of Obama’s Policy Toward Cuba / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 18 July 2106 — Paradoxes of history: The United States and Cuba began a process of normalization of relations on 17 December 2014 and with the visit of President Barack Obama to Havana in March of 2016, aimed at […] Continue reading

A year on, US, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends

A year on, US, Cuba no longer enemies, but not exactly friends Hector Velasco July 19, 2016 Havana (AFP) – A year after restoring diplomatic ties, the United States and Cuba are far from fully normalizing their troubled relationship, which remains haunted by Cold War ghosts despite cautious ongoing talks. In a reconciliation that was […] Continue reading

Domain Names and an Internet Debate

Domain Names and an Internet Debate / Regina Coyula Regina Coyula, 30 June 2016 — For Cubans who update their home entertainment weekly with the now famous, private and anonymous Paquete (Weekly Packet), they are familiar with a subtitle in bright, greenish-yellow letters at the beginning of the movies. This inevitable “http://www.gnula.nu” which comes up […] Continue reading

Obama in Cuba – Three Months Later

Obama in Cuba: Three Months Later 06/27/2016 12:57 pm ET Miriam Leiva Havana-based independent journalist In Cuba, time goes by slowly. Raul Castro proudly declares he moves without rush. Cubans have been waiting 57 years, so in three month nothing usually happens apart from queues, boring meetings, soap operas, propaganda, spinning out the ridiculous salaries […] Continue reading

Unknowns In An Illusory Debate

Unknowns In An Illusory Debate / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 14 June 2016 — Under the signature of Dario Machado Rodriguez and with the title “An Environment of Discussion and Creativity is Essential,” the official Government-Party newspaper Granma published an article on its second page this Monday that, in some way, questions […] Continue reading

Environmental Activist Detained And Interrogated In Najasa, Camagüey

Environmental Activist Detained And Interrogated In Najasa, Camagüey / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 June 2016 — Environmental activist Inalkis Rodriguez was detained and interrogated on Friday after posting on her Facebook account criticisms of the delay in the construction of a polyclinic in Najasa, Camagüey. Rodriguez, a 14ymedio collaborator, reported that the police erased all the […] Continue reading

Neocastroism – A Tropical Dynasty

Neocastroism: A Tropical Dynasty A. SOSA / ANTONIO G. RODILES | La Habana | 18 Abr 2016 – 1:57 pm. Dictatorial systems end up exercising public power like a private company. The elite trust no one, so family and personal ties are the only guarantee. Over the course of his protracted period in power Fidel […] Continue reading

Cuba Must End “Apartheid Against Its Citizens”

Cuba Must End “Apartheid Against Its Citizens” / Oscar Arias, Laura Chinchilla The undersigned, Latin Americans and diverse in our allegiances, professions and interests, but united by a common aspiration for freedom, democracy, equality and well-being throughout the hemisphere, address our fellow citizens and governments, especially those in Cuba, to express the following: We celebrate […] Continue reading

Obama and human rights – Is ‘soft power’ working?

USA FOREIGN POLICY Obama and human rights: Is ‘soft power’ working? By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer APRIL 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — A new and downbeat assessment of human rights trends worldwide is raising questions about whether the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy is making the situation worse. The State Department’s annual human rights report […] Continue reading

Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society in Advance of Obama’s Visit to the Island

Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society in Advance of Obama’s Visit to the Island Posted on March 20, 2016 Declaration from Cuba’s Independent Civil Society 19 March 2018 The March 20 to 22 visit [to Cuba] of Mr. Barack Obama, president of the United States, in the company of his wife, Mrs. Michelle Obama, closes […] Continue reading

For A Real Battle Of Ideas in Cuba

For A Real Battle Of Ideas in Cuba / 14ymedio, Regina Coyula Posted on February 7, 2016 14ymedio, Regina Coyula, Havana, 7 February 2016 – Whether it is a Cuban government presided over by a member of the Communist party, or by someone else elected by the direct and secret vote of the citizenry, the […] Continue reading

Cuba, Burma and Obama

Cuba, Burma and Obama / Antonio Rodiles Posted on February 2, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr.: This “wait” has almost always meant “never.”* Antonio Rodiles, 1 February 2016 — More than a year after the announcement of the restoration of relations between the United States government and the Havana regime, the direction that the political […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Democrats Need U.S. Support

Cuba’s Democrats Need U.S. Support Obama has helped the dictatorship but ignored the dissidents. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Jan. 24, 2016 4:16 p.m. ET Miami Cuban dissident leader Antonio Rodiles has been harassed, beaten, imprisoned and may have been injected with a foreign substance—more on that in a minute—by Castro goons. Yet he is calm […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera, the Cuban artist who won’t be silenced

Tania Bruguera, the Cuban artist who won’t be silenced Invited to London by Frieze, the activist-artist explains why she is determined to return to Havana—if she’s allowed by LAURIE ROJAS | 13 October 2015 The Cuban artist-activist Tania Bruguera, who is due to give a talk in London tomorrow at the invitation of Frieze, tells […] Continue reading

A Year That Counts in Our Favor

A Year That Counts in Our Favor / Somos+, Eliecer Avila Posted on January 7, 2016 Eliecer Avila, 31 December 2015 — To offer a comprehensive summary of the work realized by the Somos+ movement in 2015, we would need the pages of a book. Thus, I will only try, in a strong exercise of […] Continue reading

Cuba – Downhill in 2015

Cuba: Downhill in 2015 / Miriam Leiva Posted on December 31, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, 29 December 2015 — Cubans greeted 2015 with joy and great expectations, but they are saying goodbye to it sadly and without hope. Cuban officials will not be able to blame the United States government for the current crisis […] Continue reading