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How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants

How Cuban State Security Intimidates Potential Informants / Iván García Iván García,9 April 2017 — They did not put a Makarov pistol to his head or torture him with electric prods. Let’s call him Josué. (The names in his article have been changed). He is a guy who wears American-made jeans, listens to jazz by […] Continue reading

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire

When Your Ally’s Beards are on Fire*… / Miriam Celaya

Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 April 2017 — According to an old
adage, when you see you neighbor’s beard on fire, go soak your own*. The
maxim should be applied to the elderly Cuban dictator, especially if we
take into account that the erratic performance of Venezuelan President
Nicolás Maduro… Continue reading

UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba

UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba
Associated Press 3:59 p.m. ET April 10, 2017

Havana — An independent expert from the United Nations was in Cuba on
Monday for a four-day visit to evaluate the human trafficking situation
on the island for the first time in a decade.

Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is expected to visit a
school… Continue reading

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

‘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

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

The Two Marielas

The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to […] 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

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas

Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and FRANCES ROBLES JAN. 12, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he was terminating the 22-year-old policy that has allowed Cubans who arrived on United States soil without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency, an unexpected […] 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

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

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 6 December 2016 — Some large scale political events, the ones where people are weeping over the death of a “venerated leader” or yelling slogans like ventriloquists, are really smoke and mirrors. A dishonest trick. On April 7, 1957, a […] Continue reading

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba

HBO Documentaries Illuminate Castro’s Brutal Cuba Two offerings coincide with strongman’s death. Glenn Garvin | December 3, 2016 HBO should get a little trophy from the television industry for giving executives something to talk about at holiday parties besides falling ratings and the specific level of Hell that should be reserved for whoever invented this […] Continue reading

Cuba viola la Convención contra la tortura

Cuba viola la Convención contra la tortura El Comité de la ONU, encargado de verificar el cumplimiento de la Convención contra la tortura, resaltó una serie de incumplimientos por parte de Cuba en 2012, que siguen sin resolverse Marlene Azor Hernández, Ciudad de México | 28/10/2016 9:53 am El 28 del presente, Cuba aspira a […] 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

Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana?

Who Violates the Rights of Whom in Cuba … Washington or Havana? / Somos+ Carlos Raúl Macías López, 15 September 2016 — Starting in the second half of the twentieth century, the world has witnessed a phenomenon without parallel in the history of mankind, one which has been strengthened by the fall of the Berlin […] Continue reading

Jose Marti, Tell the Tyrant…

Jose Marti, Tell the Tyrant… / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Commentary by Carmen Zampallo in the forum of the article “Martí and his Myth,” by José Gabriel Barrenechea, published at 14:30m on the 17 May 2015. Thanks, Carmen, wherever you may be! Where are you Martí? What have you become? In your name have been created […] Continue reading

Freedom remains in short supply in Cuba

Freedom remains in short supply in Cuba By ROBIN BERES 12 hrs ago In January 1961, the American embassy in Cuba was abruptly closed as the U.S. State Department recalled all of its personnel and President Eisenhower formally severed relations with the island nation. Within a few weeks of that decision, the only Americans remaining […] Continue reading

Opinion – U.S. must stand with the opponents of Castros’ tyranny

Opinion: U.S. must stand with the opponents of Castros’ tyranny BY TED CRUZ I had the honor recently to meet with Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet, who was visiting the United States to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President George W. Bush had awarded him in 2007. Then serving a 25-year prison sentence for […] Continue reading

Castro still Israel’s enemy, prominent Cuban dissident warns on rare visit

‘It’s a regime that has always been anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian’ Castro still Israel’s enemy, prominent Cuban dissident warns on rare visit Undeterred by torture and prison, Oscar Biscet draws attention to the totalitarian nature of the regime in Havana. I may get killed when I return but I must continue my fight, he saysBY RAPHAEL […] Continue reading

What Everyone Should Avoid

What Everyone Should Avoid / 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Miami, 6 August 2016 — We live in complex times. The world is full of problems, some more serious than others. We live in the twenty-first century of the Christian Era, with some surrounded by comfort and wonderful technologies and others living […] Continue reading

Ha cambiado algo en Cuba?

¿Ha cambiado algo en Cuba? 31/07/2016@11:24:24 GMT+1 El 17 diciembre de 2014 el presidente norteamericano, Barack Obama, y el cubano, Raúl Castro, anunciaron la reanudación de las relaciones diplomáticas. En ese momento, la liberación del contratista Alan Gross y su intercambio por tres cubanos encarcelados por espionaje, hizo finalmente posible algo en lo que los […] Continue reading

U.S. worried about hunger-striking Cuban dissidents – State Department

U.S. worried about hunger-striking Cuban dissidents: State Department July 29, 2016 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is concerned about the physical well-being of hunger-striking activists in Cuba and is closely watching their situation, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. “We stand in solidarity with those who advocate for human rights and fundamental freedoms, […] Continue reading

Premios Sajarov cubanos agradecen solidaridad contra la represión

Premios Sajarov cubanos agradecen solidaridad contra la represión julio 24, 2016 Idolidia Darias / martinoticias.com Sobre la carta de Arias, Fariñas dijo que es “muy bueno” que un premio Nobel se interese por lo que está ocurriendo en Cuba”, mientras Berta Soler agradeció la petición del exilio a la candidata demócrata Hillary Clinton. Dos premios […] Continue reading

Fariñas – Lo que exijo al gobierno es que cumpla sus propias leyes

Fariñas: Lo que exijo al gobierno es que cumpla sus propias leyes julio 21, 2016 Martinoticias.com El Premio Sajarov a la Libertad de Conciencia dijo que la decisión que ha tomado es “la última esperanza” para que no se desate una ola de violencia dentro de Cuba”. A dos días de su huelga de hambre, […] Continue reading

Cuba Post-‘Normalization’ – Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest

Cuba Post-‘Normalization’: Tortured Dissident Begins 24th Hunger Strike to Protest by FRANCES MARTEL21 Jul 20167 Guillermo Fariñas, a Cuban human rights activist who has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama’s concessions to dictator Raúl Castro, has declared himself on a hunger strike following a severe beating in which communist agents tortured him for […] Continue reading

Fariñas Begins Hunger And Thirst Strike To Demand Dialogue With The Government /

Fariñas Begins Hunger And Thirst Strike To Demand Dialogue With The Government / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 20 July 2016 — Guillermo Fariñas, winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2010, has declared a hunger and thirst strike and as of dawn Wednesday to demand an end to the beatings of […] Continue reading

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana

Radio and Television Marti: Notes from Havana / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 May 2016 — Thirty-one years after its founding, the government annoyingly continues to jam broadcasts by Radio Marti and its television signal still cannot be picked up in Cuba. Its website is censored and this media empire was a point of contention […] Continue reading

Cuban–American says Obama’s visit to Cuba ‘invalidates all the suffering’ she and others have experienced

Cuban–American says Obama’s visit to Cuba ‘invalidates all the suffering’ she and others have experienced Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 9:30 pm By CATHY DYSON Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star FREDERICKSBURG — While some cheered President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Cuba — and what may be a new chapter in relations between the two countries — […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border

Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border by Julián Aguilar March 22, 2016 The same week President Obama makes the first trip to Cuba by an American president in almost 90 years, The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Havana — the first open-air show there by a British rock band. But changing times […] Continue reading

LETTER TO OBAMA – MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA – RSF

LETTER TO OBAMA: MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016. Next week, President Barack Obama will visit Cuba, the first sitting President of the United States to do so since 1928. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written an open letter to President Obama asking […] Continue reading

Obama, Bergoglio y los Castro

“Obama, Bergoglio y los Castro” marzo 2, 2016 11:35 am· Lo curioso es que no vemos que ese peregrinaje repetido a Cuba no se extiende también a Pekín, Hanói o Piongyang Miami, Florida, Julio M. Shiling, (PD) Si incluimos su jefatura de jure del Partido Comunista Cubano, Fidel Castro es el dictador con más duración […] Continue reading

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba

Academies To Produce Macho-Men In Cuba / Abel Sierra Madero Posted on February 19, 2016 In the 1960s, close to 30,000 young men were detained in forced-labor camps. The mistreatments that took place in these camps, known as Military Units to Aid Production UMAP, in the name of “social hygiene,” testify to the homophobic component […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Prison in Guantanamo

Cuba’s Prison in Guantanamo / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on February 4, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 4 February 2016 – To the shame of the United States justice system, the prison at the Guantanamo Naval Base is 14 years old today. Since 2003, 680 detainees have arrived there, though today there are fewer than […] Continue reading

Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spells out Cuba’s new revolution

Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla spells out Cuba’s new revolution 04/02 14:48 CET The commercial embargoes have been falling one after the other. The official visit of Raul Castro to France talked about a new reality between Cuba and Europe. Between Cuba and the World. Symbols were in evidence. In August 2015 there was another […] Continue reading

Cuba May Use Middlemen for Flights to U.S.

Cuba May Use Middlemen for Flights to U.S. By Lenore T. Adkins Jan. 4 — The Cuban government is considering different ways to bypass the potential expropriation of its aircraft, which the U.S. could impound on American soil as payment for billions of dollars in unpaid U.S. terrorism judgments against Cuba, a State Department official […] Continue reading

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag

Cuban Man Says He Relied on God to Survive 22 Years of Torture in Castro’s Gulag BY SAMUEL SMITH , CP REPORTER November 21, 2015|11:20 am A former Cuban prisoner of conscience who was imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime of Fidel Castro and used his own blood to write poetry throughout his 22-year detention […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight Published October 31, 2015 TRACEY EATON The graffiti artist jailed for 10 months after he painted the names “Fidel” and “Raúl” on two pigs said today he isn’t backing down. “Art is my life and I can’t breathe without a life,” said Danilo Maldonado, also known as “El Sexto.” “Of […] Continue reading