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Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

Internet, una asignatura pendiente en Cuba

Internet, una asignatura pendiente en Cuba enero 18, 2017 Rosa Tania Valdés Los reclamos por el libre acceso a Internet traspasan la isla. Organismos y personalidades internacionales se han unido a las exigencias locales a favor del derecho de todos a consultar libremente los contenidos disponibles en la red de redes. El acceso pleno a […] Continue reading

A Park, A Dream

A Park, A Dream / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta, Havana, 17 January 2017 — The neighbors of Martin Luther King Jr. Park have long cherished the dream of seeing a renewal for this piece of calm located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of 23rd Street in Havana’s Vedado district. After […] Continue reading

Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held – Amnesty Internationa

Cuba: Authorities miserably fail on their promise to release graffiti artist unfairly held 16 October 2015, 09:33 UTC The Cuban authorities’ failure to keep to their commitment to release a graffiti artist unfairly imprisoned nearly a year ago is a painful illustration of their disregard for freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. “Committing to release […] 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

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign Marcy Kreiter International Business Times January 12, 2017 Biscet and four other dissidents were arrested by Cuban security agents as they prepared to hand out leaflets promoting the Emilia Project. More A U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom winner was arrested and held briefly Wednesday by Cuban security agents who […] Continue reading

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba By DANIEL ALLOTT (@DANIELALLOTT) • 1/11/17 6:39 PM “If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people…you might have said our sights were set a little too high.” So said President Obama in his farewell address to the country […] Continue reading

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, was taken into custody by police and state security agents Wednesday morning in Havana and briefly detained. Miami-based Inspire America Foundation, a super PAC that supports pro-democracy leaders and […] Continue reading

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba By Editorial Board January 10 at 7:46 PM THE LASTING foreign policy legacy of a president often doesn’t become clear until years after he leaves office. That may be particularly true of President Obama, because some of his most distinctive initiatives were, in large part, bets on […] Continue reading

El Sexto cumple 45 días en prisión

El Sexto cumple 45 días en prisión DDC | La Habana | 10 de Enero de 2017 – 22:18 CET. Danilo Maldonado Machado, El Sexto, cumplió este martes en el Combinado del Este 45 días en prisión, donde recibió la visita de la familia y durante la cual estuvo acompañado de gran “cantidad de guardias”, […] Continue reading

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

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

El Sexto organiza una fiesta de Reyes para los niños del barrio

El Sexto organiza una fiesta de Reyes para los niños del barrio DDC | La Habana | 8 de Enero de 2017 – 00:10 CET. Danilo Maldonado Machado, El Sexto, tenía prevista una actividad para los niños del barrio para el día de Reyes que se celebró este sábado en su casa, según dijo María […] Continue reading

The Regime’s Unalterable Faith In Its Own Continuity

The Regime’s Unalterable Faith In Its Own Continuity / 14ymedio, Jose Azel 14ymedio, Jose Azel, Miami, 3 January 2017 — Raul Castro, in his one-minute announcement on Cuban television reporting the death of his brother, referred to Fidel Castro as “the founder of the Cuban Revolution.” The label of “founder” shows the unalterable faith of […] Continue reading

Former diplomats urge Trump to undo ‘unlawful’ Obama Cuba policy

Former diplomats urge Trump to undo ‘unlawful’ Obama Cuba policy BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GÁMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com Five former U.S. diplomats with extensive experience in Latin America sent President-elect Donald Trump a letter this week urging him to rescind the executive actions signed by President Barack Obama relaxing sanctions against Cuba and to stop […] 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

El régimen cita a la hermana de El Sexto bajo ‘falsos cargos’

El régimen cita a la hermana de El Sexto bajo ‘falsos cargos’ DDC | La Habana | 2 de Enero de 2017 – 21:21 CET. Indira Maldonado, la hermana del grafitero Danilo Maldonado (El Sexto), fue citada por el régimen y acusada de “poner carteles que decían ‘Libertad para El Sexto'” este viernes 30 de […] Continue reading

What is Cuba like? It’s complicated

What is Cuba like? It’s complicated By Daniel Dauplaise Published 5:22 pm, Sunday, January 1, 2017 STAMFORD — The first question that I get from everyone when I tell them I went to Cuba is always a broad one — “How was it?” It’s asked in a way that indicates general curiosity. After all, it’s […] Continue reading

Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin VicePresident for Cuba

Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin Vice President for Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 30 December 2016 — The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) has named independent journalist Henry Constantín Ferreiro as regional vice president for Cuba. Director of the magazine La Hora de Cuba and a resident of the city of Camagüey, the reporter told 14ymedio […] 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

El Sexto, ‘repuesto, animado y con buen humor’

El Sexto, ‘repuesto, animado y con buen humor’ DDC | La Habana | 28 de Diciembre de 2016 – 20:29 CET. Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, quien cumplió el pasado lunes un mes en prisión, permanece en el centro penitenciario de alta seguridad del Combinado del Este, en las afueras de La Habana, “animado” y “bien […] Continue reading

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba

Trump Could Ice Thawing U.S. Relations with Cuba By Marissa Piazzola Published December 27, 2016 Cuba FOX Business The United States’ relationship with Cuba has thawed over the last two years, thanks in part to a December 2014 agreement between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to end a decades-long period of policy […] Continue reading

Pagan, A Very Bad Man With a Cuban Ministry of the Interior ID

Pagan, A Very Bad Man With a Cuban Ministry of the Interior ID / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 20 December 2016 — Today I am going to tell you something you absolutely are not going to believe. But I don’t care, the military dictatorship violates human rights in cold blood and many don’t […] Continue reading

Gente del Año 2016

Gente del Año DDC | Madrid | 26 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:18 CET. Camila Cabello, cantante Nacida en Cojímar en 1997, ha sido incluida este año en la lista de los 25 adolescentes más influyentes de la revista Time. Una elección que destaca su trabajo artístico en la agrupación de pop Fifth Harmony, […] Continue reading

El Sexto – Muchos cubanos ‘padecen el síndrome de Estocolmo’

El Sexto: Muchos cubanos ‘padecen el síndrome de Estocolmo’ DDC | La Habana | 23 de Diciembre de 2016 – 19:43 CET. Muchos cubanos e, incluso, la propia oposición “padecen el síndrome de Estocolmo”, escribe Danilo Maldonado, El Sexto, en una carta enviada desde prisión y publicada en su cuenta de Facebook. Dice que es […] 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

In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits

In realist foreign policy, Obama found limits By Bradley Klapper | AP December 23 at 3:18 AM WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s foreign policy legacy may be defined as much by what he didn’t do as by what he did. Over eight years, Obama ushered in a new era of diplomacy, re-establishing the United States as the […] 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

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first BY KRISTINA ARRIAGA – 12/21/16 07:00 PM EST 19 The olive green military jeep that carried Fidel Castro’s ashes broke down. It is fitting. In a country where everything is a façade, it took the death of a tyrant to pull the curtain back. For a moment, […] 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

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people José R. Cárdenas As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In […] 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

Berta Soler Released, But UNPACU Activists Still Detained

Berta Soler Released, But UNPACU Activists Still Detained / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Miami, 19 December 2016 — The leader of the Ladies in White movement was released on Monday after being detained for 24 hours. Berta Soler was arrested the previous day in one of the largest raids against the opposition in recent months. […] Continue reading

El Sexto ‘Solo hay un camino para el comunismo y para el castrismo – su fin’

El Sexto: ‘Solo hay un camino para el comunismo y para el castrismo: su fin’ DDC | La Habana | 20 de Diciembre de 2016 – 15:03 CET. “Solo hay un camino para el comunismo y para el castrismo: su fin”, escribió El Sexto desde el Combinado del Este, según una carta publicada este lunes […] Continue reading

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homesof several activists

Regime forces ‘assault’ the headquarters of the UNPACU and the homes of several activists DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 20 de Diciembre de 2016 – 10:08 CET. Early Sunday regime forces simultaneously “assaulted” the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) in Santiago of Cuba and another eight houses of activists in that […] Continue reading

“Get on that plane or go to jail,” Cuban Authorities Tell American Lawyer

“Get on that plane or go to jail,” Cuban Authorities Tell American Lawyer / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2016 – The American lawyer Kimberley Motley, arrested Friday in Havana, returned to the United States after being subjected to three interrogations, the last of which, held at the Havana airport, made her miss her flight. […] Continue reading

“Móntate en ese avión o vas a la cárcel”, dijeron las autoridades a la abogada norteamericana

“Móntate en ese avión o vas a la cárcel”, dijeron las autoridades a la abogada norteamericana 14YMEDIO, Miami | Diciembre 18, 2016 La abogada norteamericana Kimberley Motley, arrestada este viernes en La Habana, viajó a Estados Unidos tras sufrir tres interrogatorios, el último de los cuales, realizado en el aeropuerto de La Habana, le hizo […] Continue reading

Amnesty International – Where to Write for Release of El Sexto

Amnesty International: Where to Write for Release of El Sexto UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Cuba Date: 29 November 2016 URGENT ACTION CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) – named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2015 – was re-arrested on 26 November, shortly after 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

Miles de firmas demandan la liberación de artista encarcelado en Cuba por celebrar muerte de Castro

Miles de firmas demandan la liberación de artista encarcelado en Cuba por celebrar muerte de Castro diciembre 17, 2016 Martinoticias.com La petición en change.org: www.change.org/p/urgent-action-immediate-release-of-artist-and-human-rights-activist-danilo-maldonado-machado-el-sexto-prisoner-of-conscience-in-cuba Una petición iniciada esta semana desde la plataforma Change.org, en favor que el artista sea puesto en libertad, está cerca de cumplir el número de firmas para ser enviada a […] Continue reading