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‘El Sexto’ Moved to a Criminal Prosecution Center

‘El Sexto’ Moved to a Criminal Prosecution Center / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 December 2016 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), was transferred Sunday from the police station at Zapata and C in Vedado to the Bivouac Calabazar criminal prosecution center in Havana. The graffiti artist’s mother, Maria Victoria Machado, […] Continue reading

Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’

Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’ / Cubalex Cubalex, Havana, 6 December 2016 – On Monday, María Victoria Machado González, mother of Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto,’ petitioned the Provincial Court of Havana for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in favor of her son. In the petition, she asked the court to order the detaining […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba?

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba? Harriet Alexander, santiago de cuba 6 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:55PM In the hallway of his apartment building, with a statue of a Greek goddess looking down, Josue Carmona Ramos was leading his people in a particularly Cuban prayer. World leaders were gathering at […] Continue reading

Exiles – Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba

Exiles: Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba Putin seeking to take pressure off deteriorating Russian economy BY: Reuben F. Johnson December 6, 2016 11:12 am Post-Fidel Castro Havana may lose its long-time protector and guarantor of security, Russia, according to Cuba-watchers in Miami’s community of exiles and dissidents. They predict Russian President Vladimir […] Continue reading

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food,family says

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food, family says By Elizabeth Llorente Published December 05, 2016 One of Cuba’s most prominent anti-Castro artists is refusing to eat food served by his jailers, alleging that they have laced it with pills that induce drowsiness, those close to him say. Danilo Maldonado, known as […] Continue reading

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police

Graffiti Artist ‘El Sexto’ Eats But Rejects Food from Police / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 2 December 2016 — Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), began to eat the food, his mother, Maria Victoria Machado, told this newspaper. A week after his arrest for painting graffiti on a central Havana street corner and posting […] Continue reading

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba Two offerings coincide with strongman’s death. Glenn Garvin | December 3, 2016 HBO should get a little trophy from the television industry for giving executives something to talk about at holiday parties besides falling ratings and the specific level of Hell that should be reserved for whoever invented this […] Continue reading

Cuba was and is no utopia

Local View: Cuba was and is no utopia BY PAT CLARE 11 hrs ago (18) With the death of Fidel Castro it is noteworthy how many people and news sources express admiration of the dictator. I have a different impression having traveled to Cuba in 2003 with a group of American Orthopedic Surgeons with the […] Continue reading

Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap

Castro’s Death Reminds Aging Cuba of Generation Gap December 02, 2016 10:45 PM Reuters SANTA CLARA/HAVANA — Fidel Castro’s death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving them behind. […] Continue reading

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now?

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now? / Iván García Iván García, 28 November 2016 — It was half past ten at night in the privately-owned Perla Negra bar in Havana’s populous La Viñora neighborhood and thirty minutes by car from the center of the city, where the locals were drinking mojitos, caipirinhas […] 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

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

Key dates in Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba

Key dates in Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba Associated Press November 27, 2016 Key events in Cuba under Fidel Castro: Jan. 1, 1959 — Castro’s rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba. June 1960 — Cuba nationalizes U.S.-owned oil refineries after they refuse to process Soviet oil. Nearly all other U.S. businesses expropriated […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead – He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy

Fidel Castro is dead: He leaves behind a dysfunctional legacy BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@MiamiHerald.com During the almost five decades that Fidel Castro ruled Cuba, he steadily boasted of his revolution’s achievements in health, education and welfare. Yet Castro’s critics insist that the pillars of those achievements were hollow from the start, and crumbling by the […] Continue reading

President Obama Continues To Loosen Cuba Sanctions

President Obama Continues To Loosen Cuba Sanctions Last Updated: November 21 2016 Article by Andrea Fraser-Reid Torres Law, PLLC In December 2014, President Obama announced a shift in U.S. policy to Cuba and initiated a process leading towards normalizing relations. In the latest step in that process, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls (“OFAC”) announced […] 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

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

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

It’s Congress’s Turn to Act on Cuba

It’s Congress’s Turn to Act on Cuba OCT 17, 2016 8:00 AM EDT The latest U.S. easing of regulations on commerce with Cuba is good news, not least for fans of rum and cigars. But it’s also a sign that President Barack Obama’s drive to normalize relations is approaching the limits of his authority. With […] Continue reading

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 October 2016 — The Hanna Arendt Artivism Institute (Instar), led by the artist Tania Bruguera, began operations in Cuba with a call to “encourage solidarity, always latent in the Cuban people, with those affected by Hurricane Matthew,” according to a note […] 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

A new sponsor for Castro?

A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] Continue reading

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] 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

The Sorry Tale Of Cuban Communism

The Sorry Tale Of Cuban Communism Daniel J. Mitchell – September 06, 2016, 11:25 am Before communism arrived in Cuba, it was one of the most prosperous societies of the Americas. Now, its economy and society are both severely crippled by it. Communism should be remembered first and foremost for the death, brutality, and repression […] Continue reading

Thinking With Our Stomachs

Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble on a magic lamp in the corner. “I want a plate […] Continue reading

How many Cubans read?

How many Cubans read? JOSÉ PRATS SARIOL | Miami | 2 de Septiembre de 2016 – 15:11 CEST. An article by Juan Cruz in the Spanish daily El País features frightening figures about reading habits in Spain: 39.4% of Spanish adults have not read a book in the last 12 months. It adds that 57.5% […] 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

Fidel Castro – Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment

Fidel Castro: Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, La Voz del Morro, August 15, 2006 — Humans eat meat; cattle feed on forage and in their own way find the nutrients in the soil populated by worms, which probably eat other bugs that I don’t know about; but […] Continue reading

Do Hunger Strikes Work as a Strategy to Pressure the Cuban Government?

Do Hunger Strikes Work as a Strategy to Pressure the Cuban Government? / 14ymedio Guillermo Fariñas, UNPACU Activist: “With this [hunger strike] I am giving the Castro regime leaders to decide if they want to assassinate me publicly.” Eliécer Ávila, President of Somos+ (We Are More): “I don’t see how the death of leaders who […] Continue reading

What Everyone Should Avoid

What Everyone Should Avoid / 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Miami, 6 August 2016 — We live in complex times. The world is full of problems, some more serious than others. We live in the twenty-first century of the Christian Era, with some surrounded by comfort and wonderful technologies and others living […] Continue reading

Amel Carlos Oliva – A Handful Of Guts Against A System

Amel Carlos Oliva: A Handful Of Guts Against A System / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 4 August 2016 — On August 13, the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro, there will not be only official festivities. If the young activist Carlos Oliva Amel holds to his decision not to eat, that day will mark […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident becomes weak from hunger strike; church may step in

Cuban dissident becomes weak from hunger strike; church may step in BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Internationally-known Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is growing gravely weak from a two-week-old hunger strike to protest human rights abuses while the Catholic Church has emerged as a possible mediator between the opposition leader and the government of Raúl Castro. […] 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

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama

Three Months Later, The Residents Of Havana Still Remember Obama / Iván García Iván García , 22 June 2016 — The park at Galiano and San Rafael is a beehive of activity. At one end, several teenagers play soccer, using a school desk as the goal, while 50 men and women are connecting to the […] Continue reading