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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

Nominated for Reporters Without Borders Prize

Nominated for Reporters Without Borders Prize / Iván García, Tania Quintera Tania Quintero and Iván García, Lucerne and Havana, 25 October 2016 — To all our friends: Thank you for the congratulatory emails to Ivan and me (Tania Quintera) for having been nominated by Reporters Without Borders for their Press Freedom Prize in the category […] Continue reading

Trump praises Cuban dissident group the Ladies in White

Trump praises Cuban dissident group the Ladies in White Published October 26, 2016 EFE MIAMI – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday at a Miami meeting with anti-Castro Cuban-Americans praised the Ladies in White dissident group and accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of “closing her eyes” to human rights violations on the communist island. […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas – ‘I am hopeful as I bid Europe farewell’

Guillermo Fariñas: ‘I am hopeful as I bid Europe farewell’ DDC | Madrid | 24 de Octubre de 2016 – 11:20 CEST. Guillermo Fariñas, a winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, has just completed a tour visiting various European institutions, accompanied by a delegation that included members of the Cuban Human Rights […] Continue reading

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 October 2016 — The thaw between the US and Cuba, which has not yet risen to the level of normalized relations, has been greeted with mixed reactions by the Cuban opposition and independent civil society. We cannot speak of an […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group – 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September

Cuban Human Rights Group: 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 October 2016 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Wednesday that, during the month of September, there were at least 570 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, more than the 517 similar arrests of the previous month. The […] Continue reading

CCDHRN – At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September

CCDHRN: At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September DDC | Madrid | 7 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:54 CEST. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has reported that in September the organization documented at least 570 arbitrary political arrests of Cuban dissidents, peacefully expressing their […] Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO – REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE? – THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has been supreme leader of Cuba […] Continue reading

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence DDC | La Habana | 29 de Septiembre de 2016 – 12:54 CEST. There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a […] Continue reading

The regime unleashes repression all over the island

The regime unleashes repression all over the island DDC | La Habana | 26 de Septiembre de 2016 – 20:39 CEST. The Cuban regime launched a massive crackdown on the offices of the Legal Information Center (Cubalex), headed up by attorney Laritza Diversent, according to information received by DIARIO DE CUBA, just hours after the […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] Continue reading

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same Thursday, September 8, 2016 | Bill Bumpas, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com) Christian human rights organizations are alarmed at the wave of repression against Christians in Cuba – despite the normalization of relations between the United States and the communist island. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports a government crackdown on freedom […] Continue reading

Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation – August 2016 Report

Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation: August 2016 Report In August of 2016, our Commission registered at least 517 arbitrary detentions, for political reasons, of peaceful Cuban opponents, which represents an increase from the previous month. The figures associated with political repression in Cuba continue to be unacceptably high for a country with […] Continue reading

Journalism on Demand

Cuba: Journalism on Demand / Iván García Iván García, 27 August 2016 — I still remember that two-day trip to Pinar del Río. I stayed in a Communist Party hotel at the side of the old central highway. I visited the province’s outstanding factories, cooperatives and work centers. Then in Havana, I wrote three or […] Continue reading

1,400 Assemblies of God Churches Demolished, Confiscated by Cuba, Report Says

1,400 Assemblies of God Churches Demolished, Confiscated by Cuba, Report Says BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR August 18, 2016|5:35 p The U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide has recorded more than 1,600 religious freedom violations in Cuba in the first six months of this year, highlighting the communist government’s crackdown of churches, especially the beginning […] Continue reading

One Year Later – Assessing President Obama’s Failed Cuba Strategy

One Year Later: Assessing President Obama’s Failed Cuba Strategy by JEB BUSH & ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN August 18, 2016 4:00 AM The president’s diplomatic rapprochement has not helped the struggling Cuban people. One year ago this month, Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Havana to celebrate the reopening of the U.S. embassy, 54 years after […] Continue reading

Cuba – Church demolitions increase, 1,400 AOG churches seized

Cuba: Church demolitions increase, 1,400 AOG churches seized Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:51 pm. The first half of 2016 has seen church demolitions in Cuba gather pace as the government crackdown on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) on the island continues. The authorities have also begun to confiscate 1,400 Assemblies of God (AOG) churches […] Continue reading

The Peace the Castros are Looking For

The Peace the Castros are Looking For / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 13 August 2016 — Now, in the second week of August, dozens of members of the Cuban opposition have been trapped in their houses. The Cuban political police have been instructed to close off the streets and mount patrols to prevent […] Continue reading