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Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass

Violent Weekend in Cuba: 30 Ladies in White Arrested Again Trying to Attend Mass by FRANCES MARTEL26 Jun 2017 Over thirty members of the Ladies in White, a peaceful Catholic dissident group in Cuba, were violently arrested over the weekend for attempting to attend Sunday Mass, including leader Berta Soler. The Cuban government recently banned […] Continue reading

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy

Consensus and Dissent in the Face of Trump’s Cuba Policy 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 19 June 2017 – Over the weekend the official media have repeated ad nauseam the declaration of the government in response to Donald Trump’s speech about his policy toward Cuba. The declaration’s rhetoric recalls the years before the diplomatic thaw, when […] Continue reading

Cuba continues to support terrorism

Cuba continues to support terrorism BY FRANK CALZON frank.calzon@cubacenter.org President Donald Trump’s strong opposition to terrorism, during his successful campaign, his recent speech to Arab leaders in Riyadh, and comments following the Manchester bombing, are welcome. Now, media reports indicate the administration is reevaluating U.S.-Cuba policy. It can be hoped that as Trump will look […] Continue reading

The surveilled university

The surveilled university MICHAEL H. MIRANDA | Fayetteville | 8 de Junio de 2017 – 09:33 CEST. Last week several photos of American students with their professors appeared on the social networks in Havana. The images would not have drawn too much attention if it were not due to the fact that the situation demands […] Continue reading

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals

Cubans Want More Severe Laws for Criminals / Iván García Iván García, 6 May 2017 — Some people in Cuba, not just a minority, want blood. And more severe laws for criminals. While the Catholic Church and different international institutions are advocating a crusade to eliminate the death penalty on the Island, there are people […] Continue reading

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path”

Martha Beatriz Roque: “The Cuban Opposition Has Not Found The Right Path” 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miamia, 25 May 2017 — On the verge of being operated on in Miami for a traumatic cataract caused by a punch from a Cuban State Security agent during one of the many acts of repudiation against her, the dissident […] 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 […] 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

Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro – Amnesty International

Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro 21 March 2017, 16:58 UTC A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet […] Continue reading

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy

A Year After Obama’s Visit, Cubans Feel Disillusioned With His Legacy / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 19 March 2017 – It rained when the presidential plane touched down on the tarmac at Havana’s Airport. On 20 March 2016, Barack Obama began a historic visit to the island that awakened hopes and sparked questions. […] Continue reading

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail

‘From now on you have no name. You are prisoner 217’: life in a Cuban jail A brutal high-security prison was the last place Stephen Purvis expected to end up when he moved to Havana. Stephen Gibbs tells his story Stephen Gibbs Sunday 19 March 2017 09.00 GMT If you happened to go to a […] Continue reading

13 March 1957 – The Assault on the Presidential Palace

13 March 1957: The Assault on the Presidential Palace / Somos+ We trust in the purity of our intention, May God favor us, To achieve the Empire of Justice in our country. José Antonio Echeverría Bianchi Somos+, Jose Presol, 13 March 2017 — Today, March 13, we celebrate a date that, fifty years ago, could […] 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

Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams / Cubalex Translator’s note: The references here to the empty offices and the inability to work relate to a police raid that occurred in September of last year, during which much of the organization’s equipment was confiscated. Cubalex, 20 February 2017 – It is an ordinary November day. Cubalex members are visiting the […] 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

Trump – Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’

Trump: Rubio and I have ‘very similar views on Cuba’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com President Donald Trump said during a press conference Thursday that he shares Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio’s views on Cuba. “We had dinner with Senator Rubio and his wife, who was by the way, lovely, and we had a very […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon

Cuba’s Social Control, A Highly Effective Weapon February 15, 2017 By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban system is well thought out, that doesn’t mean to say that it is flawless though. It works; it holds itself up and manages to keep afloat in spite of shortages and its lack of success. How […] Continue reading

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament

Portraits of Cubans executed by Castro regime on display in the European Parliament BY LUIS DE LA PAZ More than 100 portraits of Cubans executed by the Castro regime are on display at the European Parliament offices in Brussels thanks to the support of three parliament members from Spain and the Czech Republic. The three […] 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

Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet

Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet / EFE, 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 1 Februday 2017 — The global organization Amnesty International on Tuesday called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Cuban dissident Eduardo Cardet, who has been detained for two months accused of the crime of assault. Amnesty International […] Continue reading

DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER EDUARDO CARDET – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

URGENT ACTION DEMAND RELEASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER Five days after Fidel Castro’s death, human rights defender Eduardo Cardet was detained and has since been held in provisional detention in Holguín, south-east Cuba. He is a prisoner of conscience who must be released immediately and unconditionally. Dr. Eduardo Cardet Concepción, leader of the Christian Liberation […] Continue reading

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies

Former Political Prisoner Arturo Pérez De Alejo Dies / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 25 January 2017 — The former political prisoner Arturo Perez de Alejo, who was part of the Group of 75, died Wednesday in Miami at 66, as reported by MartíNoticias . Pérez Alejo was born in Manicaragua, in the then province of Las […] Continue reading

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel

The Punk Who Didn’t Cry For Fidel / 14ymedio, Pablo De LLano 14ymedio, Pablo de Llano, Miami, 22 January 2017 — Minutes after the announcement of the death of Fidel Castro, last November 25, Danilo Maldonado Machado passed by his mother’s house and knocked on the window of her room. Maria Victoria Machado opened and […] 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

PolitiFact – Were there five times the number of political arrests in Cuba in 2015 as there were in 2010?

PolitiFact: Were there five times the number of political arrests in Cuba in 2015 as there were in 2010? PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter rates a claim about political arrests in Cuba, and whether or not there have been five times as many in 2015 as there were in 2010. Last Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 10:57 AM […] Continue reading

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 20 de Enero de 2017 – 06:05 CET. Cuban misery really stands out when it is cold. In a country without much of a winter it is not worth spending much on jackets, which are passed down for decades. On January 15th, […] Continue reading

Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may be released Jan. 28

Artist jailed in Cuba since November for anti-Fidel Castro graffiti may be released Jan. 28 By Elizabeth Llorente Published January 18, 2017 FoxNews.com A prominent graffiti artist in Cuba who was jailed the day after Fidel Castro died for actions that appeared to celebrate the late Cuban leader’s passing, reportedly will be released on Jan. […] 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

Police Raid the House of Activist Belkis Cantillo in Palmarito Del Cauto

Police Raid the House of Activist Belkis Cantillo in Palmarito Del Cauto / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 14 January 2017 — At six on Saturday morning the police raided the house of Belkis Cantillo, leader of the Citizens for Democracy movement in Palmarito del Cauto, Santiago de Cuba. The officers showed up a few hours after […] 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

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

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

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

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

Harsh Police Operation Against the Patriotic Union of Cuba

Harsh Police Operation Against the Patriotic Union of Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2016 – Beginning at 6:00 AM on Sunday morning, Cuban State Security forces attacked nine homes of members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU); six in Santiago de Cuba, two in Palma Soriano, and one in Palmarito de Cauto. […] 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

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

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

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food,family says

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food, family says By Elizabeth Llorente Published December 05, 2016 One of Cuba’s most prominent anti-Castro artists is refusing to eat food served by his jailers, alleging that they have laced it with pills that induce drowsiness, those close to him say. Danilo Maldonado, known as […] Continue reading

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