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Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@miamiherald.com LINKEDIN Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways, a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as the people’s political vanguard, […] Continue reading

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estrangedsister vows not to attend funeral

Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana rejoice as Castro’s estranged sister vows not to attend funeral Ruth Sherlock, miami 27 NOVEMBER 2016 • 1:28AM Fidel Castro’s estranged sister has said she will not return to Cuba to attend the late leader’s funeral and has promised to continue her fight against the Communist regime he brought […] Continue reading

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s

Miami’s exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s BY ANA VECIANA SUAREZ Miami’s tightly knit and often contentious exile community is full of people whose paths crossed Fidel Castro’s. They knew him when he was a college student struggling for attention, when he was holed up in the Sierra Maestra mountains […] Continue reading

CONSISTENT KILLING BY THE CASTRO REGIME FOR ALMOST SIX DECADES

CONSISTENT KILLING BY THE CASTRO REGIME FOR ALMOST SIX DECADES The Cuban regime has killed systematically since the start of its 57-year dictatorship. 345 documented disappearances and fatalities occurring in the month November, as in any other month, illustrate the widespread atrocities occurring over decades, continuing to date, and taking thousands of lives. This is […] Continue reading

Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana

Trump in Miami, Clinton in Havana / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 November 2016 – With the presidential election this Tuesday, not only is the fate of the United States in play. Its results will also affect the future of the island. In Miami, the South Florida […] Continue reading

Former Cuban Political Prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique Dies

Former Cuban Political Prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique Dies / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 3 November 2016 — On Thursday morning former political prisoner Arnaldo Ramos Lauzurique died in Havana at age 74 after a long battle with cancer. The funeral of the regime opponent, sentenced to 18 years in prison during the Black Spring of 2003, […] Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Cuba’s Mass-Murdering Castro Brothers

Hillary Clinton Endorsed By Cuba’s Mass-Murdering Castro Brothers HUMBERTO FONTOVA 4:18 PM 10/21/2016 “It’s Hillary’s hour!… The only hope of defeating Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton…the difference between the two candidates is vast. Barack Obama did not exaggerate when he claimed that she was better prepared to be a U.S. President than even he was—or […] 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

Gorki Águila “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny”

Gorki Águila: “The Castro Regime Wants To Mutate Into A Perfect Tyranny” / EFE – 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), 29 September 2016 — The dissident and leader of the Cuban punk-rock band Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Águila, said in Miami on Thursday that the “plan” of the Cuban regime is “to mutate into a perfect […] 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

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 24 August 2016 – Five years can be a long time in Cuba, when we’re talking about an opposition organization. In the complex kaleidoscope of dissident groups and parties that make up civil society on the […] Continue reading

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers By Elizabeth Llorente Published August 16, 2016Fox News Latino Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is on the fourth week of a hunger strike, and his health continues to deteriorate, his mother told Fox News Latino in a telephone interview from Cuba. Fariñas started his hunger […] 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

Chronology – Ten Years Without Fidel Castro

Chronology: Ten Years Without Fidel Castro / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2016 – Since the proclamation in which Fidel Castro temporarily delegated power on 31 July 2006, the former president has met with two popes, has received visits several European, Asian and Latin American leaders and has written hundreds of articles under the title […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] Continue reading

Cuban Poets – Exile, Prison and Oblivion

Cuban Poets: Exile, Prison and Oblivion / Luis Felipe Rojas Luis Felipe Rojas, 9 July 2016 — José Abreu Felippe has become a goldsmith. He’s a guy who’s creating a city that will be lost, and he wants to change it into a jewel that we all will carry with us. Poesía exiliada y pateada […] Continue reading

Cuban human rights leader – Obama policy undermines American values

Cuban human rights leader: Obama policy undermines American values Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet won Presidential Medal of Freedom for his dedication to advancing human rights, democracy in Cuba Biscet spent more than 9 years as a political prisoner for speaking out against the communist government White House argues that after 50 years a new approach […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union of Cuba Withdraws From MUAD

Patriotic Union of Cuba Withdraws From MUAD / 14ymedio, Havana 14ymedio, Havana, 29 June 2016 — The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) announced Tuesday its intention to withdraw from the Democratic Action Roundtable (MUAD), a political association involving at least 42 groups and social projects. A statement signed by UNPACU’s board of coordinators also explains […] Continue reading

Berta Soler – ‘Let them take the equipment, but broken’

Berta Soler: ‘Let them take the equipment, but broken’ DDC | La Habana | 28 de Junio de 2016 – 15:13 CEST. The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, and her husband, the former political prisoner from the “Group of 75,” Ángel Moya, were arrested early Monday morning, for the second time in […] Continue reading

Obama vs. the dissidents

Obama vs. the dissidents By Jackson Diehl Deputy Editorial Page Editor June 12 There are two ways dictatorships can end, says Óscar Elías Biscet. “One is a revolution of the superstructure, where the top changes itself. The other is a change from the bottom up,” like those that introduced democracy to Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe […] Continue reading

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros”

Oscar Biscet Fights For “The Disintegration of the Dictatorship of the Castros” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 4 June 2016 — On his first trip to the United States, former political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet has shown once again that he doesn’t mince words: he has criticized President Barack Obama’s visit to […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States – ‘We’re not afraid’

Cuban dissident leader takes his message to the United States: ‘We’re not afraid’ By Karen DeYoung May 31 at 6:01 PM For most of his career as a Cuban dissident leader, through his 2003 arrest and seven years as a political prisoner, José Daniel Ferrer was repeatedly pressed by the Cuban government to leave the […] Continue reading

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group Former political prisoner heads the Cuban Patriotic Union, an organization in eastern Cuba that has launched a campaign urging the island’s people to let go of their fear. NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Irreverent youth, activist in the Christian Liberation Movement’s early days, political prisoner and […] Continue reading

How a Castro-less Cuba Could Be America’s Friend

How a Castro-less Cuba Could Be America’s Friend Even after Obama’s visit, Raul Castro is telling his fellow communists to watch out for Washington. But he’s 84, and the revolutionary generation is dying off. By JOHN CULHANE April 18, 2016 Speaking in front of a huge portrait of his brother, Fidel Castro, at the Cuban […] Continue reading

Cuban-born tourists are left at the dock when ships lift anchor for homeland

Cuban-born tourists are left at the dock when ships lift anchor for homeland Hugo Martin When the Carnival Corp. ship Adonia leaves port on May 1, becoming the first U.S.-based cruise ship to sail to Cuba in more than 50 years, it will carry no Cuban-born passengers. Based on an arrangement with the Cuban government, […] 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 exiles face a transitional stage

Cuba’s exiles face a transitional stage MICHAEL H. MIRANDA | Arkansas | 14 Abr 2016 – 6:02 pm. President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba last March prompts the pondering of some questions about the present and future of Cuba’s community of exiles. Is it on its way to becoming a historical fiction, or is it […] Continue reading

Protesters, proponents of Cuban consulate in Miami Beach spar outside City Hall

Protesters, proponents of Cuban consulate in Miami Beach spar outside City Hall Cuban exiles, many from Southwest Miami-Dade, said idea of consulate in the Beach was “disrespectful” to exile community A few dozen Cuban supporters of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine came out to defend him Two groups shouted at each other around noon Thursday […] Continue reading

Vargas Llosa “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a democracy”

Vargas Llosa: “Cuba will become a capitalist dictatorship and then a democracy” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on March 29, 2016 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Madrid, 29 March 2016 — Literature, politics and love were the three main protagonists on Monday evening for the 80th birthday of Mario Vargas Llosa. The winner of the Nobel Prize […] Continue reading

Miami Beach leaders tell Cuban government they’d welcome consulate

Miami Beach leaders tell Cuban government they’d welcome consulate The mayor and a commissioner met with a foreign-ministry deputy They said the first U.S. Cuban consulate should be in Miami-Dade County Preferably on Miami Beach BY PATRICIA MAZZEI pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com Miami refuses to welcome a Cuban consulate into its city because its mayor calls it a […] Continue reading

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners

Dissidents Call Meeting With Obama Positive And Give Him A List Of Political Prisoners / EFE, 14ymedio Posted on March 23, 2016 EFE (14ymedio), Havana, 22 March 2016 – Several dissidents who met with President Barack Obama in Havana this Tuesday, assessed the meeting as “positive” and “frank,” and one of them delivered a list […] Continue reading

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List

Cuba Dissident Says He Gave Obama Political Prisoner List Alberto Pimienta March 22, 2016 6:00 PM In a small, white room of the newly opened United States embassy in Havana, the simple exchange of a document summed up the significance of a meeting between President Barack Obama and 13 Cuban dissidents. “Do you have a […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents meet Obama to air grievances about Castro — and about new U.S. policy

Cuban dissidents meet Obama to air grievances about Castro — and about new U.S. policy The president sat down privately with 13 political activists All appreciated the recognition But some wanted more from him BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES pmazzei@miamiherald.com HAVANA President Barack Obama granted outspoken political dissidents of the Cuban government the […] Continue reading

‘Historic’ game in Cuba ignores the pain so many people endured

‘Historic’ game in Cuba ignores the pain so many people endured play 9:54 PM ET Dan Le Batard comment Another loss. That’s what this already feels like to so much of Miami — before the “historic” baseball game has even been played. As if the Cubans who fled to this country haven’t already felt enough […] Continue reading

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip

In Cuba and U.S., Expectations Are Mixed on Obama’s Historic Trip by SANDRA LILLEY , JOHN BRECHER and CARMEN SESIN The 90 miles separating the island of Cuba from the United States seem just a little closer as Havana prepares to host an American president for the first time in almost ninety years. “No American […] Continue reading

Four Cuban Political Prisoners Will Be Released To The United States

Four Cuban Political Prisoners Will Be Released To The United States / 14ymedio Posted on March 16, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 15 March 2016 – Four Cuban political prisoners will leave this week for the United States, a decision that the Cuban government has taken a few days before President Barack Obama’s arrival on the island. […] Continue reading

Six facts about censorship in Cuba

Six facts about censorship in Cuba By Josefina Salomon, 11 March 2016, 00:00 UTC To mark the World Day against Cyber Censorship on 12 March, here are six things you should know about free speech, the internet and online censorship in Cuba. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba in December 2014 […] Continue reading

Cuba says Obama ‘welcome’ but shouldn’t expect much

Cuba says Obama ‘welcome’ but shouldn’t expect much Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s state newspaper said Wednesday US President Barack Obama will be warmly welcomed when he makes a historic visit this month, but warned him not to expect political concessions. “The US leader will be welcomed by the government of Cuba and its people with […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents to receive human rights award

Cuban dissidents to receive human rights award ČTK | 8 FEBRUARY 2016 Prague, Feb 5 (CTK) – Eleven Cuban dissidents and former political prisoners will receive the Homo Homini award for human rights promotion from the Czech People in Need organisation at the beginning of the One World film festival on March 7, Adela Pospichalova, […] Continue reading