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The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2016 — A report from the European Union details that in 2015 Cuba continued “arbitrary and short-term arrests of opposition members, activists and human rights defenders.” This situation that has led the bloc to communicate “on […] Continue reading

The Alternative To Socialism – A Solidarity Market Economy

The Alternative To Socialism: A Solidarity Market Economy / 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas Chile uneasy with success 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas, Santiago de Chile, 9 September 2016 — Since 2011 the Chilean left has launched a search for “another model,” an alternative to the social market economy that has led the country to remarkable economic and social […] Continue reading

57 Years Later – Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2)

57 Years Later: Towards a New Contract for Cuba (Pt. 2) / 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua 14ymedio, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Havana, 8 May 2016 — The only certainty in Cuba in political terms is that the government accumulates a lot of power but lacks leadership. The kind of leadership required when a country faces an […] 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

Cuba’s Constitution of 1976 – An Historic Setback

Cuba’s Constitution of 1976: An Historic Setback / Dimas Castellano Posted on April 11, 2016 Dimas Castellano, 1 March 2016 — “Two Benchmarks of the Cuban Republic” — an article by Pedro Antonio Garcia which appeared in the journal Granma on February 24 — makes a comparison between the 1901 and 1976 constitutions that merits […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight Published October 31, 2015 TRACEY EATON The graffiti artist jailed for 10 months after he painted the names “Fidel” and “Raúl” on two pigs said today he isn’t backing down. “Art is my life and I can’t breathe without a life,” said Danilo Maldonado, also known as “El Sexto.” “Of […] Continue reading

Distribute and Act on to Save the Live of El Sexto

Distribute and Act on to Save the Live of El Sexto / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on September 26, 2015 Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as “El Sexto” (The Sixth) is a graffiti artist in Cuba, imprisoned since December 25, 2014 for attempting to perform an artistic action in a public space. Danilo has […] Continue reading

Cuba – Transforming a Revolution

Cuba: Transforming a Revolution Castro and Obama balance gradual normalization with showing benefits for both US and Cuba Patricia Alejandro YaleGlobal, 23 July 2015 CAMBRIDGE, MA: During the 1990s, the popular assumption was that most Cubans, if they had a choice, would leave their country for the United States in a heartbeat. Today, while many […] Continue reading

The Embassy Wall Fell

The Embassy Wall Fell YOANI SÁNCHEZ, Madrid | Julio 02, 2015 In a few days they will change the letterhead, replace the name plaque, and hoist the flag. This building with its green-tinted windows by the sea will cease to be called the Untied States Interests Section and become the United States Embassy in Havana. […] Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled today

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled today TODAY AT 3:58 AM IN NATIONAL, WORLD By Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be […] Continue reading

U.S. and Cuba reach a deal to open embassies, renew diplomatic ties

U.S. and Cuba reach a deal to open embassies, renew diplomatic ties – President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to make formal announcement Wednesday – Embassies would open in Washington, D.C. and Havana – For U.S., sticking point has been freedom for diplomats to travel around island BY LESLEY CLARK lclark@mcclatchydc.com The Obama […] Continue reading

The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition

“The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Rosa Maria Paya Posted on May 17, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 17 May 2012 — In the summer of 2012, Rosa María Payá had just started out in the political arena. She moved among the young people who […] Continue reading

Obama, Castro vow to pursue new future for US and Cuba

Obama, Castro vow to pursue new future for US and Cuba BY JOSH LEDERMAN AND JIM KUHNHENN ASSOCIATED PRESS 04/11/2015 2:15 PM 04/11/2015 2:15 PM PANAMA CITY President Barack Obama on Saturday declared his refusal to refight the Cold War battles while Cuban President Raul Castro rallied to his defense, absolving Obama of fault for […] Continue reading

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties

Obama, Castro speak by phone amid bid to restore Cuba ties BY JOSH LEDERMAN 04/10/2015 9:25 AM 04/10/2015 9:25 AM PANAMA CITY (AP) – The presidents of the United States and Cuba have spoken by phone for only the second time in more than 50 years, setting the stage for a historic encounter between the […] Continue reading

Obama, Castro to come face to face amid bid to restore ties

Obama, Castro to come face to face amid bid to restore ties BY JOSH LEDERMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS 04/10/2015 3:54 AM 04/10/2015 3:55 AM PANAMA CITY As leaders from across the Western Hemisphere gather Friday in Panama, all eyes will be on two presidents: Barack Obama and Raul Castro, whose expected encounter at the Summit of […] Continue reading

Cuba-US warming, hopes of opening embassy, held up by fight over Cuba on terror list

Cuba-US warming, hopes of opening embassy, held up by fight over Cuba on terror list Published April 06, 2015Associated Press HAVANA – American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba’s presence on the U.S. […] Continue reading

Cuba-US warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor

Cuba-US warming held up by listing of Cuba as terror sponsor BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN AND BRADLEY KLAPPER ASSOCIATED PRESS 04/06/2015 7:19 PM 04/06/2015 7:19 PM HAVANA American hopes of opening an embassy in Havana before presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet at a regional summit this week have been snarled in disputes about Cuba’s […] Continue reading

Raul Castro, you fear being unmasked

Raul Castro, you fear being unmasked / Antonio Rodiles Posted on March 20, 2015 Your speech at the extraordinary ALBA summit reconfirms that you and your group are going to try to hold onto power at all costs. It doesn’t matter if the Cuban people are sunk in misery and desperation, it doesn’t matter if […] Continue reading

Recognizing changes does not mean we go along

“Recognizing changes does not mean we go along” REINALDO ESCOBAR, La Habana | Marzo 19, 2015 Twelve years after the Black Spring, 14ymedio chats with some of the former political prisoners currently living on the Island. Two questions have been posed to those activists condemned in March 2003: one about their decision to stay in […] Continue reading

Cuba Urges Washington to Halt Support for Dissidents Before Talks Resume

Cuba Urges Washington to Halt Support for Dissidents Before Talks Resume Rishi Iyengar @iyengarrishi The island nation wants U.S. diplomats to stop supporting Cuban opposition parties Cuba warned the U.S. this week against aiding opponents of Havana’s communist government, as the two countries move toward re-establishing diplomatic ties after over 50 years of adversarial relations. […] Continue reading

Cuba sounds warning ahead of next round of U.S. talks

Cuba sounds warning ahead of next round of U.S. talks BY DANIEL TROTTA HAVANA Tue Feb 3, 2015 12:07am EST (Reuters) – Cuba warned the United States on Monday that it wants American diplomats to scale back aid for Cuban dissidents before the two countries can reopen embassies in each other’s capitals. The long-time adversaries […] Continue reading

The Unknown of the Diaspora

The Unknown of the Diaspora / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila Posted on January 22, 2015 14ymedio, Elicer Avila, 13 January 2015 – Cuban civil society is often questioned, as are opposition groups, due to their apparent inability to join the masses and pressure the government for necessary changes. All of these questions are not without some […] Continue reading

Marco Rubio – Congress won’t fund ‘a fake embassy’ in Cuba

Marco Rubio: Congress won’t fund ‘a fake embassy’ in Cuba (+video) At a Monitor breakfast on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, the lead Republican critic to opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba, said there is a ‘huge threshold’ that needs to be crossed before funding can go forward or an ambassador appointed. By Francine Kiefer, Staff […] Continue reading

Cheap oil – when bad things happen to bad people

Cheap oil: when bad things happen to bad people Date: December 28, 2014 – 3:20PM Paul Sheehan Sydney Morning Herald columnist Oil is, disproportionately, the fuel of evil. It may be the fuel of freedom of movement but it is also the greatest root source of more pollution and dirty politics than anything else. The […] Continue reading

I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated

“I Always Did What My Conscience Dictated” / Dimas Castellano, Oscar Espinosa Chepe Posted on June 21, 2014 One of the central figures of the Cuban opposition, who participated in the revolution before its ultimate victory but ended up being sentenced to 20 years in Castro’s prisons, was the independent economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe, who […] Continue reading

Notes for the Transition

Notes for the Transition / Antonio Rodiles, Alexis Jardines Posted on July 29, 2013 HAVANA, Cuba, July 29, 2013: The political landscape of the island has been energized recently. In the international arena the event with the greatest impact is undoubtedly the death of Hugo Chavez and his succession embodied in Nicolas Maduro, a man [...] Continue reading

U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels

Posted on Friday, 04.19.13 U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday. The report noted serious violations in [...] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent: The Pending Emigration Law Should Make No Distinctions Because of Citizens’ Political Views

Laritza Diversent: The Pending Emigration Law Should Make No Distinctions Because of Citizens' Political Views #Cuba Laritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated Readers' interview from Diaro de Cuba The attorney and independent blogger, Laritza Diversent, responds to questions by readers of Diaro de Cuba regarding emigration reform. Ricardo E. Trelles: In your professional life you have to [...] Continue reading

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge

Independent journalists hounded and arrested, while Granma reporter get 14 years on spying charge Published on Wednesday 14 November 2012. Updated on Friday 16 November 2012. Reporters Without Borders condemns a worrying increase in harassment of dissidents in recent months, which has yet again contradicted the intentions manifested by the Cuban government when signing two [...] Continue reading

Greater Flexibility Yes, Free Movement of Citizens No

Greater Flexibility Yes, Free Movement of Citizens No October 22, 2012 By Samuel Farber* HAVANA TIMES — The absence of the right to travel abroad since the sixties has been a major source of discontent among the Cuban people. With the measures recently adopted by his government, Raúl Castro is now trying to lower the [...] Continue reading

Human rights activists detained in Cuba

Cuba: Human rights activists detained in Cuba UA: 276/12 Index: AMR 25/022/2012 Cuba Date: 25 September 2012 URGENT ACTION dozens of cuban opposition activists detained Members of the Ladies in White have been detained in Havana and several other places in Cuba. Some remain in detention and the authorities have failed to provide reasons for [...] Continue reading

Political activist released without charge: José Daniel Ferrer García

Document – Cuba: Further information: Political activist released without charge: José Daniel Ferrer García Further information on UA: 229/12 Index: AMR 25/020/2012 Cuba Date: 2 August 2012 URGENT ACTION political activist released without charge Political activist José Daniel Ferrer García was released without charge in the early afternoon of 1 August following an arrest by [...] Continue reading

No Way Out

No Way Out / Miguel Iturría Savón Miguel Iturria Savón, Translator: Maria Montoto To: Office of Immigration and Alien Affairs, Ministry of the Interior Re: Reply request Miguel Iturria Savón, Cuban citizen, legal adult, married, university graduate, unemployed, permanent identity number 53092900308, residing at 222 Street, #9529, between 101 and 1st, Cruz Verde, Cotorro, Havana, [...] Continue reading

Human Rights Still Suffer In Cuba

06-04-2012 Human Rights Still Suffer In Cuba Citizens are harassed and intimidated to keep them from speaking out on the island nation's political conditions. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent Congress the Department's assessment of human rights around the world during 2011. The reports, required by law, evaluate the human rights performance of [...] Continue reading

UN panel blasts Cuba on human rights abuses

Posted on Saturday, 06.02.12 UN panel blasts Cuba on human rights abuses THE U.N. called Friday for an independent body to gather, investigate and report on complaints of human rights abuses in Cuba. By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com The U.N.'s Committee Against Torture hammered Cuba on Friday for a lengthy string of human rights abuses [...] Continue reading

The Government Guidelines for the Economy and the new Cuban Economic and Social Structure / Estado de Sats / State of Sats

http://translatingcuba.com/?p=18483 The Government Guidelines for the Economy and the new Cuban Economic and Social Structure / Estado de Sats / State of Sats Estado de Sats / State of Sats, Translator: Unstated By Antonio Rodiles The government document regarding guidelines for economic and social policy seeks to outline a new design for Cuban society. This [...] Continue reading

Travel may free up for Cubans

Travel may free up for Cubans Change only weeks away, official insists By Paul Haven Associated Press Monday, May 7, 2012 HAVANA — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical [...] Continue reading

After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely

Posted on Tuesday, 05.01.12 After 50 years, Cubans hope to travel freely By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press HAVANA — After controlling the comings and goings of its people for five decades, communist Cuba appears on the verge of a momentous decision to lift many travel restrictions. One senior official says a "radical and profound" change [...] Continue reading

Press Freedom Matters

Press Freedom Matters 04-30-2012 Press freedom matters because without a free press, few other human rights are attainable. Press freedom matters because without a free press, few other human rights are attainable. A strong press freedom environment encourages the growth of civil society, which leads to stable democracies and political and economic development. That's why [...] Continue reading