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Questions After Burying Fidel Castro

Questions After Burying Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 3 December 2016 — Almost no one knows how his final hours passed. Did he die suddenly of a cardiac arrest, did he agonize for several days, or did he suffocate because a throat obstruction, as rumors circulate sotto voce […] Continue reading

Fidel Has Died but Castroism Has Not

Fidel Has Died but Castroism Has Not / Somos+, Joanna Columbié Somos+, Joanna Columbié, 2 December 2016 — It has been announced on any number of occasions — much anticipated by many and feared by others — but the death of Fidel Castro is now a reality. Nothing can delay it and nothing can stop […] Continue reading

Cuba was and is no utopia

Local View: Cuba was and is no utopia BY PAT CLARE 11 hrs ago (18) With the death of Fidel Castro it is noteworthy how many people and news sources express admiration of the dictator. I have a different impression having traveled to Cuba in 2003 with a group of American Orthopedic Surgeons with the […] Continue reading

Key dates in Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba

Key dates in Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba Associated Press November 27, 2016 Key events in Cuba under Fidel Castro: Jan. 1, 1959 — Castro’s rebels take power as dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba. June 1960 — Cuba nationalizes U.S.-owned oil refineries after they refuse to process Soviet oil. Nearly all other U.S. businesses expropriated […] Continue reading

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement

Cuba Ventures on Why an Incoming Trump Administration Will be Good for U.S.-Cuba Rapprochement GlobeNewswire • November 10, 2016 VANCOUVER, British Colombia, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cuba Ventures Corp. (CUV.V) (MPSFF) (the “Company”) – Donald J. Trump, the newly elected Republican President of the United States of America confirmed victory over Democratic rival […] Continue reading

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations

Cuba must be fair in normalizing US relations EDITORIALS NOV 8, 2016 Both Americans and Cubans would benefit from normalization of relations between our two countries, President Barack Obama vowed two years ago. Then, despite concerns expressed by many Democrats and Republicans in Congress, Obama proceeded to lift many of the diplomatic, economic and social […] Continue reading

After the embargo, ‘for how long will the Government claim that weare still recovering?’

After the embargo, ‘for how long will the Government claim that we are still recovering?’ JORGE ENRIQUE RODRÍGUEZ | La Habana | 31 de Octubre de 2016 – 11:21 CET. Although politics seems to interest ordinary Cubans less and less, for many relations with the United States are an exception, and Washington’s recent abstention in […] Continue reading

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, JulioFerrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system

A judge, then an independent lawyer, and currently in prison, Julio Ferrer Tamayo talks about the corruption of the Cuban judicial system WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 25 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:00 CEST. Before becoming an independent lawyer, Julio Ferrer Tamayo had a long career as a judge and attorney within […] Continue reading

“God bless you!” The Unusual ‘Goodbye’ from a Cuban Official to Dagoberto Valdes

“God bless you!”: The Unusual ‘Goodbye’ from a Cuban Official to Dagoberto Valdes 14ymedio, Havana, 19 October 2016 – The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, presented himself at ten o’clock on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the State Security at Kilometer 4.5 of the highway to San Juan in […] Continue reading

Regional press group calls on Cuba to loosen Internet controls

Regional press group calls on Cuba to loosen Internet controls Published October 17, 2016 EFE MEXICO CITY – The Inter American Press Association, or IAPA, called on the Cuban government Monday to end its strict controls over Internet access and digital platforms. As it wrapped up its 72nd General Assembly in Mexico City, the IAPA […] Continue reading

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew

‘Artivism’ Institute Calls For Solidarity With Victims Of Matthew / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 8 October 2016 — The Hanna Arendt Artivism Institute (Instar), led by the artist Tania Bruguera, began operations in Cuba with a call to “encourage solidarity, always latent in the Cuban people, with those affected by Hurricane Matthew,” according to a note […] Continue reading

Cuban press makes strides despite controls

Group: Cuban press makes strides despite controls WORLD by MICHAEL ASTOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Sep 28, 2016 9:27 am PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 10:00 am PDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – An independent press is emerging in Cuba despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one party communist state, […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent “We Have The Right To Participate In The Social And Political Life Of The Country”

Laritza Diversent: “We Have The Right To Participate In The Social And Political Life Of The Country” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 September 2016 – The headquarters of the independent legal group Cubalex, this weekend, lacked the hectic bustle of the many users who normally flock to the site for legal […] Continue reading

Cuba – Harassment of alternative media

Cuba: Harassment of alternative media ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 22 de Septiembre de 2016 – 14:05 CEST. A new fight against the demons of censorship is being waged these days in Cuba. In a feverish damage control operation, the Cuban authorities and their organic propagandists have accused various media and journalists of […] Continue reading

The Virgin According to the Popes

The Virgin According to the Popes / Lilianne Ruíz Lilianne Ruiz, Havana, 9 September 2016 — The processions of the Virgin of Charity, Patroness of Cuba, which took place yesterday, September 8, on the island, made me recall with nostalgia the subject of this article, Pope John Paul II. Back in the ’60s of the […] Continue reading

Castroist nepotism steadily spreads

Castroist nepotism steadily spreads PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 5 de Septiembre de 2016 – 22:58 CEST. Raúl Guillermo Rodríguez Castro,alias “El Cangrejo” (“The Crab”), grandson of President/General Raúl Castro, has just been named Personal Security Chief, replacing General Humberto Omar Francis Pardo, one of the few holdovers from the old guard at the […] Continue reading

Thank You, Venezuela!

Thank You, Venezuela! / Somos+ Somos+, 2 September 2016 — Yesterday the Venezuelan people gave us another great lesson: We can go out into the streets united to demand our rights, we can peacefully challenge a Populist-Marxist government and conquer the streets. It was a great victory. We salute our Venezuelan brothers and we thank […] Continue reading

I Love You Not Despite But Precisely Because of the Tyranny

I Love You Not Despite But Precisely Because of the Tyranny / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Not a single Cuban is free in the world. If anything, the freest Cubans are the slaves who still live there, because they have nothing to lose. Thus, the Cuban passport is the biggest trap in the history of […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment

Fidel Castro: Ignoring Him is the Best Punishment / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, La Voz del Morro, August 15, 2006 — Humans eat meat; cattle feed on forage and in their own way find the nutrients in the soil populated by worms, which probably eat other bugs that I don’t know about; but […] Continue reading

Cuban Second National Conference Debates Principles of a “New Cuba”

Cuban Second National Conference Debates Principles of a “New Cuba” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12 August 2016 — The Cuban 2nd National Conference is meeting this Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, under the slogan “United we will be free,” with the presence of nearly a hundred activists […] Continue reading

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint

The Stasi’s Sad Footprint / Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández Hablemos Press, Armando Soler Hernández, 1 August, 2016 — Timothy Garton Ash is a well-known journalist, editorial writer and British researcher. His books on history are notable, above all for their distinctive focus on recent contemporary history. During the 1970s, Ash became interested in researching […] Continue reading

Between Analogue and Ideologue. Internet Access in Cuba

Between Analogue and Ideologue. Internet Access in Cuba / Regina Coyula Ideas shared at the Internet Governance Forum events of the Internet Society of Latin America and the Caribbean, which recently took place in Costa Rica. Regina Coyula, 5 August 2016 — Now recognised as a human right by most people and most governments, internet […] Continue reading

Hunger strikes against State terrorism

Hunger strikes against State terrorism JOSÉ HUGO FERNÁNDEZ | Miami | 2 de Agosto de 2016 – 22:36 CEST. It is disturbing that 20 Cubans on hunger strikes do not even constitute an event capable of affecting the course of daily life on the island. And it is outrageous that it does not produce headlines […] Continue reading

At 90, Fidel Castro is symbol of Cuban resistance to change

At 90, Fidel Castro is symbol of Cuban resistance to change By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press Friday, July 29, 2016 | 1:02 a.m. HAVANA — White-haired, thin and bent at nearly 90, Fidel Castro in person is a faint echo of the man who remade his country, defied the United States and fueled socialist uprisings […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro marks decade in power

Cuba’s Raul Castro marks decade in power 2016-07-29 11:37 By Carlos BATISTA Havana (AFP) — Cuban President Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel 10 years ago Sunday, a decade marked by once-unthinkable reforms on the communist island and a historic rapprochement with the United States. Castro emerged from the towering shadow of his big brother […] Continue reading

Cuba Must Decide Between Journalism & Propaganda

Cuba Must Decide Between Journalism & Propaganda July 28, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – A leader of the Communist Youth organization told me she was a faithful reader of Cartas desde Cuba, clarifying that she does not always agree with the articles of the site. She was very surprised when I said that […] Continue reading

When we achieve justice we can build a new society

“When we achieve justice we can build a new society” / 14ymedio, Ofelia Acevedo, Mario Penton, Luz Escobar 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Luz Escobar, Miami, 22 July 2016 – His name is tattooed on the skin of a Cuban graffiti artist (Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto) or is suggested by the letter L, standing for […] Continue reading

It Has Sparked Harsh Repression

“It Has Sparked Harsh Repression” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 21 July 2106 — The harassment against the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) intensifies. Several activists of the opposition organization have denounced the up to five raids that took place in the early morning hours this Thursday. Ovidio Martin Castellanos, a member of UNPACU’s Coordination Council in […] Continue reading

A year on, Cuba urges Obama to make thaw ‘irreversible’

A year on, Cuba urges Obama to make thaw ‘irreversible’ AFP July 20, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Cuba called Wednesday on US President Barack Obama to make the former Cold War enemies’ reconciliation “irreversible,” as they marked one year since the restoration of diplomatic ties. With the United States hurtling toward its November presidential election, […] Continue reading

Cuba – US Embargo A Key Obstacle To Full Normalisation Of Ties

Cuba: US Embargo A Key Obstacle To Full Normalisation Of Ties HAVANA, July 21 (BERNAMA-NNN-EFE) — Ending the decades-old U.S. economic embargo is a top priority for Cuba on the one-year anniversary of the resumption of full diplomatic relations, a senior official said Wednesday. In an interview with Communist Party daily Granma, the Cuban Foreign […] Continue reading

Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties

Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties One year after Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington on July 20, 2015, Cuba’s human rights situation is much worse. It’s time for Latin America and the U.S. to stop clapping, and demand that Cuba’s dictatorship start allowing fundamental freedoms. BY ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@miamiherald.com On the first […] Continue reading

United Nations declares internet access a human right; Cuba, Venezuela oppose move

United Nations declares internet access a human right; Cuba, Venezuela oppose move Published July 06, 2016Fox News Latino In a sign of the times, as well as the entrenchment of the internet in nearly every aspect of life, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring online access as nothing less than a human right. Various […] Continue reading

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches”

The Totalitarian Left and Their “Escraches” / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner 14ymedio, Carlos A. Montaner, Miami, 2 July 2016 – Cesar Nombela is the chancellor of the Menendez and Pelayo International University located in Santander, Spain. He is a renowned researcher in the world of microbiology. It occurred to Dr. Nombela and the Governing Council […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD

Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 July 2016 — In the same week, the Democratic Action Roundtable (MUAD) has lost two of its most representative organizations. On Tuesday, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) withdrew from the organization of opponents, and Thursday the United Anti-totalitarian Front (FANTU), led by Guillermo […] Continue reading

The Private Press In Cuba

The Private Press In Cuba / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Miami, 30 June 2016 — In a recent discussion among colleagues of the national press, the issue of ownership of the mass media came up. With the firmness that characterizes those convinced that something is wrong, comments were made that in Cuba the […] Continue reading

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 26 June 2016 – Religious visas for foreign pastors invited to Christian events exist in all countries, but in Cuba they serve as a mechanism of repression and blackmail by the state, with the aim of silencing the […] Continue reading

The social consequences of a Government that resorts to thugs to stay in power. The case of Doraisa Correoso Pozo

The social consequences of a Government that resorts to thugs to stay in power. The case of Doraisa Correoso Pozo BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 27 de Junio de 2016 – 2:34 pm. Doraisa Correoso Pozo was born in Santiago de Cuba on 11 April, 1969. When she was five years old she […] Continue reading

Unknowns In An Illusory Debate

Unknowns In An Illusory Debate / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 14 June 2016 — Under the signature of Dario Machado Rodriguez and with the title “An Environment of Discussion and Creativity is Essential,” the official Government-Party newspaper Granma published an article on its second page this Monday that, in some way, questions […] Continue reading

Cuba will never rejoin ‘imperialist’ OAS, says Castro

Cuba will never rejoin ‘imperialist’ OAS, says Castro The Cuban president has backed Venezuela after the OAS chief recommended sanctioning the struggling Latin American nation. Havana has been excluded from the regional bloc following the overthrow of a US-backed dictator. Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday described the Organization of American States (OAS) as an […] Continue reading

Same Cuba, same Castro regime

Same Cuba, same Castro regime By Silvio Canto, Jr. Let’s do a quick before and after President Obama normalized relations with Cuba. Before December 2014, there was a lot of repression in Cuba. Since then, there is still a lot of repression in Cuba. The only difference is the U.S. flag in an embassy in […] Continue reading