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As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban
Independence Day
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

On the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba, President
Donald Trump on Saturday extended his “warmest wishes” to Cuban
Americans and promised that he will work for Cubans on the island to
have a government that respects democracy… Continue reading

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor’s Cuba policies. There were reports the president […] Continue reading

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom

Independent Journalism Seeks to Revive Press Freedom / Iván García Iván García, 3 May 2017 — Let’s step back in time. One morning in 1985, Yndamiro Restano Díaz, a thirty-seven-year-old journalist with Radio Rebelde, took out an old Underwood and wrote a clandestine broadsheet entitled “Nueva Cuba.” After distributing the single-page, handmade newspaper up and […] Continue reading

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden 14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was […] Continue reading

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts

Cuban activist prevented from meeting U.S. counterparts HAVANA — An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate claims authorities prevented him from traveling to Havana late last week to meet with a delegation of U.S. advocates. Nelson Gandulla, president of the Cuban Federation for LGBTI Rights, told the Washington Blade he received a summons that ordered him […] Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political transition. Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested dissidents who […] Continue reading

Here's why Cuba should be on Francis' agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group

Number of Political Prisoners Doubles In Last Year, According To Human Rights Group 14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – The number of political prisoners has doubled this year, according to the most recent report from the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), which counts 140 people charged for these reasons in April, […] Continue reading

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco

Interview with El Sexto (Danilo Maldonado) in San Francisco Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado is in San Francisco, planning for the opening of his art exhibit, “Angels and Demons,” at the Immersive ART LAB, 3255A Third Street, May 11, 6-10pm. His exhibit is sponsored by the Human Rights Foundation as part of its Art in Protest […] Continue reading

US to press Cuba on human rights

US to press Cuba on human rights AFP May 10, 2017 Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s administration will press Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday. The White House is carrying out a “comprehensive policy review,” said Francisco Palmieri, a senior regional official in the State Department. “I suspect that […] Continue reading

Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos

Dozens Of Ladies In White Arrested On The 100th Day Of TodosMarchamos 14ymedio, Havana, 8 May 2017 – At least 38 Ladies in White were arrested this Sunday in Havana, Matanzas, Guantanamo, Ciego de Avila and Santa Clara, during the 100th day of the #TodosMarchamos (We All March) campaign for the release of Cuba’s political […] Continue reading

Cuba: Another perspective

Cuba: Another perspective U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba (“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal, April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the worst credit records in the world. Americans […] Continue reading

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) — Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there. Felix Yuniel Llerena López, […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami/Havana, 4 May 2017 — The team at the Cubalex Legal Information Center and its director, attorney Laritza Diversent, have obtained political refuge in the United States following the intensification of repression against the nonprofit organization dedicated to legally advising Cubans. Diversent, […] Continue reading

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba's progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress
Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed
by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying
investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of
independent reporters who are critical of, yet still… Continue reading

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST. An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”), analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies towards […] Continue reading

How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants

How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants / Iván García Iván García,9 April 2017 — They did not put a Makarov pistol to his head or torture him with electric prods. Let’s call him Josué. (The names in his article have been changed). He is a guy who wears American-made jeans, listens to jazz by […] Continue reading

Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists

Cuban Counterintelligence Plays Hardball with Journalists / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2017 — Money is no object. When it comes to thwarting, harassing and repressing intellectuals or journalists, there are always enough funds in military’s coffers to write a blank check. Solid numbers are hard to come by but, according to conservative estimates, […] Continue reading

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with the U.S.

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with
the U.S.
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

In another apparent attempt to get a high-profile message to Washington,
Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a swing through Europe
repeated the island’s desire to maintain the level of dialogue and
cooperation that started under former President Barack Obama.

“The current government… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN
rights expert

21 April 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to
consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls
victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the
authorities can take action against offenders.

“Although cases of trafficking… Continue reading

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority

For Ordinary Cubans, Democracy Isn’t a Priority / Iván García Iván García, 19 April 2017 — When evening falls, Yainier and a group of friends who live in El Canal, a neighborhood in the Cerro municipality, 20 minutes by car from the center of Havana, grab a table by the door of an old bodega, […] Continue reading

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old
adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The
maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we
take into account that the erratic performance of Venezuelan President
Nicolás Maduro… Continue reading

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba / Cubalex

Cubalex, 4 April 2017 — In the cycles of the United Nations Universal
Periodic Review (UPR), held in 2009 and 2013, the Cuban State rejected
32 recommendations calling for an end to repression against human rights
defenders and lifting restrictions that impede freedom of speech,
opinion, association, assembly and peaceful… Continue reading

Spain’s King Felipe and PM Rajoy to visit Cuba “as soon as possible”

Spain’s King Felipe and PM Rajoy to visit Cuba “as soon as possible”
Cuban foreign minister describes ongoing talks between Havana and Madrid
“beneficial”
JAVIER CASQUEIRO
Madrid 18 ABR 2017 – 12:11 CEST

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have accepted an
official invitation to make an official visit to Cuba, which the Foreign
Ministry says will… Continue reading

Emulating exclusion

Emulating exclusion ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 18 de Abril de 2017 – 16:03 CEST. Years back what they call “civil society” became part of my life through my early engagement in a combination of community activism and links to the few NGOs working in Cuba, followed by participation in Latin American social […] Continue reading

Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons”

Journalism Student Expelled from University For “Political Reasons” 14ymedio, Havana, 13 April 2017 — Karla Pérez González was not summoned to the meeting where her future was decided. The first-year Journalism student received a telephone call on Wednesday to notify her of her expulsion from Marta Abreu University in Santa Clara. Her crime? Having contacts […] Continue reading

Cuba Denies the Work of Informal Civil Society in Defending Human Rights

Cuba Denies the Work of Informal Civil Society in Defending Human Rights
/ Cubalex

Cubalex, 3 April 2017 — The defense and promotion of human rights in the
world depens on the work done on the ground by civil society
organzations, documenting human rights violations.

It does not matter whether the internal context of a country is more or
less… Continue reading

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

Cuban-American Relations in 2017
BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany,
director of the Cuban Research Institute.

Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba
built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded
to Cuba’s communist ideology… Continue reading

Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated

Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 12 April 2107 — Confined for more than 80 days in a punishment cell, without a single contact with the outside, the activist Lisandra Rivera Rodríguez of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) received her first family visit this Tuesday, in the Mar Verde […] Continue reading

'We have an advantage. We're not scared.' A former political prisoner to run in the 'elections'

‘We have an advantage. We’re not scared.’ A former political prisoner to
run in the ‘elections’
YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 12 de Abril de 2017 – 12:10 CEST.

‘We will take the voter’s voice wherever necessary’, says José Díaz Silva.

For his anti-Government activism José Díaz Silva has received four jail
sentences totaling 16 years. He is… Continue reading

UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba

UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba
Associated Press 3:59 p.m. ET April 10, 2017

Havana — An independent expert from the United Nations was in Cuba on
Monday for a four-day visit to evaluate the human trafficking situation
on the island for the first time in a decade.

Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is expected to visit a
school… Continue reading

Police Arrest Activist Eliécer Ávila and Raid His Home

Police Arrest Activist Eliécer Ávila and Raid His Home The video shows Eliecer Avila and other human rights activists at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, protesting the confiscation of Avila’s laptop when he returned to the country from abroad. https://youtu.be/0d9qfL6qOmg 14ymedio, Havana, 8 April 2017 – Some fifty uniformed members of the National […] Continue reading

Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called 'El Sexto,' on art and liberty in Cuba

Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called ‘El Sexto,’ on art
and liberty in Cuba
Carolina A. Miranda

At the tail end of 2014, Danilo Maldonado Machado, the graffiti artist
known as “El Sexto,” was detained by the authorities as he made his way
to a public park in Havana to stage a work of protest art. In his
vehicle,… Continue reading

Cuba invites first U.N. rights investigator in a decade

Cuba invites first U.N. rights investigator in a decade
Reuters April 6, 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) – Cuba has agreed to a visit by a United Nations human
rights investigator for the first time in decade, inviting an expert on
human trafficking this month, a U.N. statement said on Thursday.

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in
persons, especially… Continue reading

Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade

Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The first independent United Nations human rights expert to visit Cuba
in a decade will travel to the island next week.

U.N. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, a member of the
United Nation’s Human Rights Council and special rapporteur on… Continue reading

Marco Rubio ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is’

Marco Rubio: ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Two months after the Trump administration announced a total review of U.S. policy toward Cuba, several controversial proposals are being circulated at the White House with no clear front-runner on the issue. But Sen. Marco Rubio says he has […] Continue reading

Cuban Opponents Who Bet On The Ballot Box

Cuban Opponents Who Bet On The Ballot Box 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 3 April 2017 – In any part of the world, the first option a politician has to participate in power is usually through elections, but in Cuba this path seems the most Utopian. However, on the eve of the start of the electoral […] Continue reading

The regime paroles the three siblings from Holguín who went on a hunger strike

The regime paroles the three siblings from Holguín who went on a hunger strike DDC | Madrid | 4 de Abril de 2017 – 11:01 CEST. On Sunday the regime released on parole the three siblings from Holguín who had been on a hunger strike since March 7, when they were sentenced to a year […] Continue reading

European Diplomats Visit The Center For Coexistence Studies In Pinar Del Río

European Diplomats Visit The Center For Coexistence Studies In Pinar Del Río 14ymedio, Havana, 31 March 2017 — A delegation from the European Union in Cuba visited the Coexistence Study Center (CEC) in the city of Pinar del Río on Thursday. The group was headed by EU political attaché in Havana, Carlos Perez Padilla, and […] Continue reading