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The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the authorities accuse her of […] Continue reading

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017 GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights […] Continue reading

The future of Cuba is capitalism

The future of Cuba is capitalism By Nicolas Briscoe | 03/20/2017 7:42pm The greatest blessing of my life has been my Cuban heritage. The warmth, love and fun that accompany every aspect of Cuban family and culture are incomparable forces for good in my life. In my hometown of Miami, there is a neighborhood referred […] Continue reading

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba?

How Can You Fight Injustice in Cuba? March 20, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — A political system which doesn’t have feedback, nor is founded on democratic elections, will never be able to truly fight injustice, anywhere! If those who rule the country and decide for the rest of us what will happen […] Continue reading

José Daniel Ferrer “This Type Of Assault Does Not Discourage Us”

José Daniel Ferrer: “This Type Of Assault Does Not Discourage Us” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 9 March 2017 — The leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, José Daniel Ferrer, was released Thursday after being detained for more than 24 hours. The opponent denounced an “increase in the repression” against the activists of his movement, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo By KATARINA HALL • 3/8/17 8:00 PM At the end of January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act aimed at removing restrictions on United States agricultural exports to Cuba. Following the steps of 16 other states, Virginia also launched its […] Continue reading

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com She was a Connecticut-born American ballerina and the wife of the notorious chief of Cuba’s intelligence and subversive operations — Manuel Piñeiro Losada, better known as Barbarroja, or “Red Beard.” And now a trove of […] Continue reading

Cuba Kills Another Dissident

Cuba Kills Another Dissident After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression. By Mary Anastasia O’Grady March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons. The remarkable […] Continue reading

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba

Luxury and Excess in Socialist Cuba / 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro 14ymedio, Marta Requeiro, Miami, 26 February 2017 – I don’t know how my mother managed always to know a little more about my friends and their customs, and even those of the neighbors, because her limited time did not allow her to gossip; but she […] Continue reading

The Two Marielas

The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to […] 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

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Danilo Maldonado, the Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist known as El Sexto, is the very antithesis of the communist “new man” the Castro revolution was supposed to create. Maldonado spent 55 days in prison after […] Continue reading

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel / 14ymedio, Pablo De LLano 14ymedio, Pablo de Llano, Miami, 22 January 2017 — Minutes after the announcement of the death of Fidel Castro, last November 25, Danilo Maldonado Machado passed by his mother’s house and knocked on the window of her room. Maria Victoria Machado opened and […] Continue reading

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans

Trump team doesn’t seem to oppose Obama’s shift in immigration policy for Cubans BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Obama administration has worked until its final days to try to ensure the continuity of its Cuba policy, but Ben Rhodes, one of the chief architects of the rapprochement with the island, says he’s still not sure […] 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

Karina Gálvez “I Knew a Lot of People Were Watching Over Me”

Karina Gálvez: “I Knew a Lot of People Were Watching Over Me” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 18 January 2017 — When she got home, she kissed her mother and took a long, intense shower, like the one she dreamed during the six days she was detained. Karina Galvez let the water […] 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

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

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

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […] Continue reading

UNPACU suffers at least 13 raids on homes in 48 hours, in addition tothefts and arrests

UNPACU suffers at least 13 raids on homes in 48 hours, in addition to thefts and arrests DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 23 de Diciembre de 2016 – 09:06 CET. In the last 48 hours regime forces have carried out raids on the homes of at least 13 human rights activists, reported the Coordinator […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 2) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 December 2016 — According to Luisa, 76, a former prostitute, the first time she collected money for sex, she bathed herself three times trying to remove the smell of an old man who sweated over her body. “I was once young and […] Continue reading

Looking at Cuba Right Now

Looking at Cuba Right Now PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 22 de Diciembre de 2016 – 12:27 CET. In Cuba, in the name of socialism, the revolution and the workers, “Fidelism” placed the economy under state control, along with all large, medium and small properties, whether Cuban or foreign-owned, on which it organized wage-based […] Continue reading

Gov. Scott to Raul Castro – Bring Freedom and Democracy to Cuba

Gov. Scott to Raul Castro: Bring Freedom and Democracy to Cuba By: FOX 13 News staff POSTED:DEC 21 2016 11:09AM EST UPDATED:DEC 21 2016 11:09AM EST TALAHASSEE (FOX 13) – Governor Rick Scott sent a strongly-worded letter Tuesday to Raul Castro urging him to bring absolute freedom and democracy to Cuba. In the correspondence, Governor […] Continue reading

POST-CASTRO CUBA CONTINUES TO LOCK UP DISSENTING ARTISTS

POST-CASTRO CUBA CONTINUES TO LOCK UP DISSENTING ARTISTS Street artist “El Sexto” was jailed for writing “Se fue” (He’s gone) on a wall. BY ANTHONY L. FISHER ON 12/19/16 AT 11:30 AM Cuba’s nine days of official mourning for its deceased former dictator Fidel Castro has mercifully concluded, but his penchant for locking up artists […] Continue reading

The EU lies and bites its tongue

The EU lies and bites its tongue ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 17 de Diciembre de 2016 – 22:23 CET. The Council of the Union European (EU) is lying when it says that the agreement signed with the dictatorship of Raúl Castro in Brussels on 12 December, which put an end to the […] Continue reading

Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba

Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 15 December 2016 –The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, was arrested Thursday in the morning when she was about to leave the headquarters of the organization in the neighborhood of Lawton, Havana, in order to connect to the Internet. Angel […] Continue reading

‘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