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Holding the Repressors Accountable

Editorial: Holding the Repressors Accountable DDC | Madrid | 31 de Marzo de 2017 – 04:08 CEST. Both off and on the Island, in recent weeks several successful actions have been taken against State-perpetrated violence. Composed of lawyers, professors, human rights activists and political and student leaders of several Latin American countries, a new organization […] Continue reading

Ladies in White Report the Repression They Suffer to Attorney General

Ladies in White Report the Repression They Suffer to Attorney General 14ymedio, Havana, 2017 — The Ladies of White Yamile Garro Alfonso, Lázara Barbara Sendilla and Maria Cristina Labrada delivered on Monday, as representatives of the whole movement, a summary report to the Attorney General’s Office on the repression they have suffered over the last […] Continue reading

Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital

Cuba: Thugs Beat Pregnant Pro-Democracy Dissident ‘in the Belly,’ Put Father in the Hospital by FRANCES MARTEL29 Mar 2017110 SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER An unidentified mob attacked two members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) – a pregnant teen and her activist father – on Sunday night, hurling bottles at them and reportedly […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, KEVIN G. HALL AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ Miami Herald Archives SANTIAGO, CUBA From the Miami Herald archives: Five years ago, Pope Benedict visited Cuba, greeting tens of thousands of Cubans on March 26, 2012 on the first […] Continue reading

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

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality George Diaz Orlando Sentinel “So when are you going to Cuba?” I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left […] Continue reading

CCDHRN – 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison

CCDHRN: 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison DDC | La Habana | 8 de Marzo de 2017 – 20:48 CET. In its monthly report the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced the “482 arbitrary arrests” of peaceful opponents and dissidents that took […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este […] Continue reading

50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ Kyodo via AP Images by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017 The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to […] Continue reading

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 27 February 2017 — Luis Enrique Cepero García was an opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than continue […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that dissident organization. Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by […] Continue reading

The Catholic Church takes a good step

Editorial: The Catholic Church takes a good step DDC | Madrid | 20 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:41 CET. Ever since the trip to Cuba taken by Pope John Paul II, the Cuban Catholic Church’s dedication to the defense of human rights has clearly been insufficient. Understandably, some have come to describe this failure […] Continue reading

Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler

Havana’s Archbishop Asked Cuban Government “To Sit Down And Talk To The Opposition,” Says Berta Soler / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 16 February 2017 — Berta Soler, after meeting this Wednesday with Archbishop of Havana Juan de la Caridad Garcia Rodriguez, said that he has offered his full support to the Ladies in White and that […] Continue reading

The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White

The Archbishop of Havana Receives the Ladies in White DDC | La Habana | 17 de Febrero de 2017 – 10:54 CET. The leader of the Ladies in White (Damas de Blanco), Berta Soler, and María Cristina Labrada Varona, representing the women’s movement, met on Wednesday morning with the Archbishop of Havana, Juan de la […] Continue reading

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group

More Than 50% Of Cuba’s Political Prisoners Belong To UNPACU, According To Human Rights Group / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 February 2017 – A report released this Monday by the National Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) counts 478 arbitrary arrests against dissidents throughout the island during the month of January. The […] Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […] 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

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues

Obama Left, Trump Arrived, the Repression Continues / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 23 January 2017 — Within 48 hours of Donald Trump being declared President of the United States, the political police maintained their repression against opponents unchanged. The hard hand of State Security begins to contradict the claim that “Barack Obama’s […] Continue reading

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba

Belkis Cantillo Launches A New Fight From Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 January 2017 — Talking with Belkis Cantillo these days can be an impossible mission. With her home raided on several occasions, a daughter about to give her her first granddaughter and the foundation of the new […] Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics

Time Takes Another Life In Cuban Politics / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 January 2017 — Faithful, hard-line and knowledgeable of the ultimate secrets of dissidents and ministers, Carlos Fernandez Gondín made his mark on the Ministry of Interior (MININT), the most feared Cuban institution. But shortly after taking over the portfolio in 2015, life played […] Continue reading

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In2016

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In 2016 / EFE,14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 5 January 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a dissident group, denounced today that it had documented at least 9,940 arbitrary arrests for “political reasons” in 2016, the highest figure of […] Continue reading

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say Cuban opposition activists have said the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents rocketed to nearly 10,000 last year. The government on the one-party communist island denies holding any political prisoners. In a report published on Thursday, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) found […] 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

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

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Fidel Castro’s death

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Fidel Castro’s death A roundup in the country’s east snared dozens and derailed street protests planned to demand that political prisoners be freed. By: AFP | Havana | Published:December 19, 2016 7:06 am Authorities across Cuba have cracked down on dissidents, arresting dozens, keeping others from marching in Havana, […] 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

Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day

Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 10 December 2016 — For several years on International Human Rights Day, the Cuban government has strengthed its ideological battle on the internet with police operations around the country. The volume of epithets posted on social networks and […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Death Elicits Mixed Reactions in Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Death Elicits Mixed Reactions in Cuba Some expect little real change, others see a new chapter opening in island nation’s history Juan Forero Nov. 27, 2016 7:50 p.m. ET HAVANA—Cubans have stumbled through a collective haze since Fidel Castro died Friday night at age 90. Many have known him only as a grandfatherly […] Continue reading

Even dissidents hold back as Castro’s death casts a pall over Cuba

Even dissidents hold back as Castro’s death casts a pall over Cuba By Nelson Acosta and Ana Isabel Martinez | HAVANA Cuba’s most prominent dissident group called off its weekly protest march for the first time in 13 years on Sunday following the death of its nemesis Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader whose passing has […] Continue reading

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt By Judith Miller, Douglas E. Schoen Published November 26, 2016 FoxNews.com With the death of the man who for so long embodied Cuba’s communist revolution, many Cubans and Americans are hoping for a change in Cuban-American relations and more freedom on the island. Not so […] Continue reading

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump

Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 November 2016 – The elections in the United States, with the victory of the Republican Donald Trump and the defeat of the Democrat Hillary Clinton, contrary to the predictions of most polls, has […] Continue reading

Dissidents accuse the EU’s representative in Cuba of “collusion” withthe regime

Dissidents accuse the EU’s representative in Cuba of “collusion” with the regime DDC | La Habana | 6 de Noviembre de 2016 – 12:37 CET. On Thursday Guillermo Fariñas and the Ladies in White, winners of the Sakharov Prize, lamented the announcement by the EU’s representative on the island, Herman Portocarero, of the signing of […] Continue reading

Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II)

Assassins, Accomplices, and Victims (II) / Ángel Santiesteban Ángel Santiesteban, 2 September 2016 — After writing what will now be considered the first part of this post, and publishing it under this same title, I was arrested by State Security; however it was not the writing, and much less the visibility that it would attain […] Continue reading