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Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint

Obama’s Unquestionable Imprint / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 20 March 2017 — Putting aside the passions of supporters and detractors of the policies drawn up by President Barack Obama for Cuba, there is no doubt that, for better or worse, it set indelible before and after benchmarks in the lives of the […] Continue reading

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba

The Government Prohibits Berta Soler From Leaving Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 21 March 2017 – This Tuesday, the Cuban government prevented Berta Soler, leader of the Ladies in White movement, from traveling outside the country because of an unpaid fine for for an alleged infraction “against public adornment.” Meanwhile, the authorities accuse her of […] Continue reading

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba

‘When I’m 64’: Beatlemania blooms belatedly in Cuba Carlos BATISTA AFP March 22, 2017 More Havana (AFP) – While their American and European peers twisted and shouted to The Beatles in the 1960s, in Cuba childhood sweethearts Gisela and Hector kept their Beatlemania a naughty secret. Now, still Beatles-crazy after all these years, but with […] Continue reading

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC Jackson Ventrella / Ana Quintana / @Ana_R_Quintana / March 20, 2017 COMMENTARY BY Jackson Ventrella Jackson Ventrella is a member of the Young Leader’s Program at The Heritage Foundation. Ana Quintana @Ana_R_Quintana Ana Quintana is a policy analyst for Latin America and the […] Continue reading

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017 GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights […] Continue reading

The future of Cuba is capitalism

The future of Cuba is capitalism By Nicolas Briscoe | 03/20/2017 7:42pm The greatest blessing of my life has been my Cuban heritage. The warmth, love and fun that accompany every aspect of Cuban family and culture are incomparable forces for good in my life. In my hometown of Miami, there is a neighborhood referred […] 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

The Taliban Has Returned

The Taliban Has Returned / Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez Cubanet, Luis Cino Alvarez, 15 March 2017 – At the beginning of the last decade, when Fidel Castro would call a “march of the fighting people” for any reason whatsoever and the multitudes who seemed to have arrived from Pyongyang would chant slogans and wave little […] Continue reading

In Miami, politicians struggle with ethics of doing business with Cuba

In Miami, politicians struggle with ethics of doing business with Cuba BY PATRICIA MAZZEI AND MIMI WHITEFIELD pmazzei@miamiherald.com The panel of three local mayors discussing how the United States should approach doing business with Cuba was going predictably Friday until Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, a likely Democratic candidate for Florida governor, brought up a […] Continue reading

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo By KATARINA HALL • 3/8/17 8:00 PM At the end of January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act aimed at removing restrictions on United States agricultural exports to Cuba. Following the steps of 16 other states, Virginia also launched its […] Continue reading

Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How sick is that?

Raúl Castro slams Trump – and I’m forced to agree with the dictator. How sick is that? BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Cuban dictator Raúl Castro has no moral authority to condemn any democratically elected world leader. Not when the most distinguishing trait of his and his late brother’s legacy is death, prison and exile for […] 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

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief

Newly found letters offer glimpse into life of US dancer married to Cuban spy chief BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com She was a Connecticut-born American ballerina and the wife of the notorious chief of Cuba’s intelligence and subversive operations — Manuel Piñeiro Losada, better known as Barbarroja, or “Red Beard.” And now a trove of […] Continue reading

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’ Published: 16 hours ago BOB UNRUH Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights […] Continue reading

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 27 February 2017 — Luis Enrique Cepero García was an opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than continue […] Continue reading

Ten Years of Raulism – From “Reformism” to the Abyss

Ten Years of Raulism: From “Reformism” to the Abyss / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 27 February 2017 — As the second month of 2017 comes to a close, the Cuban panorama continues to be bleak. Material difficulties and the absence of a realistic economic recovery program – the ineffectiveness of the chimerical […] Continue reading

Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government

Weakness, Fear And Inability Erode The Cuban Government / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Miami, 23 February 2017 — The recent “diplomatic” action by the Cuban Government to try to prevent the presence of foreign personalities in a private event in Havana to receive a symbolic prize bearing the name of the late regime […] Continue reading

A brave act in Cuba deserves American support

A brave act in Cuba deserves American support By Editorial Board February 24 at 7:13 PM BRINGING FREEDOM and democracy to totalitarian Cuba will be no easy task. Two indispensable ingredients, though, must be courage on the part of the country’s dissidents and democrats, and international solidarity with them. Both were on display in Havana […] Continue reading

Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS

Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta | HAVANA Communist-ruled Cuba on Wednesday said it had foiled a serious plot aiming to destabilize the country by preventing the chief of the Organization of American States traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony […] Continue reading

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy told a news conference on Wednesday. Leahy, a Democrat […] Continue reading

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 21 February 2017 — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the arrest in Cuba of Henry Constantin Ferreiro, director of the magazine Hour of Cuba and regional vice president of its Committee on Freedom of […] Continue reading

Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island

Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has published a letter explaining why he can not attend the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” Award ceremony. In the letter, addressed to Rosa […] Continue reading

OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba

OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 10:38 AM WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Cuban authorities have denied a visa to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, to travel to the communist-ruled island to receive a prize from a dissident organisation, he said Wednesday. Almagro had […] Continue reading

Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry

Cuba blocks Chilean, Mexican former officials from entry Cuba stoked tensions across Latin America on Tuesday by blocking a former Chilean minister and one of Mexico’s ex-presidents from traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony hosted by political dissidents. Chile said it was recalling its ambassador to Cuba for consultation and asking the […] Continue reading

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships Worcester Democrat is part of bipartisan delegation By Anthony Fay Published: February 20, 2017, 9:48 am WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is in Cuba with a group of other members of Congress, to discuss increasing cooperation between the two nations. McGovern (D-Worcester), who has long advocated for […] Continue reading

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition

Trump, Rodiles and the Cuban Opposition / Juan Orlando Perez Juan Orlando Pérez, 1 February 2017, (re-published in Ivan Garcia’s blog on 7 February 2017) — Antonio Rodiles, one of the Cuban government’s most tireless enemies, or at least one of its most eloquent, has said that the arrival of Donald Trump at the White […] Continue reading

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba

Top diplomat to accept award from democracy group in Cuba By LUIS ALONSO LUGO AND ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Feb 15, 2017, 2:07 PM ET A prominent diplomat is planning a politically sensitive trip to Cuba to accept an award from a pro-democracy group on the island. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the […] Continue reading

Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 February 2017 — Seven years ago, when the roar of the winds of a hurricane devastated Havana and the water filtered through the unglazed living room door of Lisvan, a private worker living in an apartment of blackened walls which urgently needed comprehensive […] Continue reading

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option

Cubans Wanting To Emigrate See The United States As First Option / Ivan garcia Ivan Garcia, 19 January 2017 — There are few things that spontaneously bring Cubans on the island together. For example, if the provincial team is crowned champion in the national baseball series, where, in between the infamous beer and a noisy […] Continue reading

Another Democrat visits Cuba

Another Democrat visits Cuba By Silvio Canto, Jr. Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado spent a few days in Cuba. He spoke about doing business with Cuba but not about human rights. This is a summary of his visit: The governor of Colorado said on Sunday he believes the Cuban government wants to further improve […] 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

One of Obama’s parting acts – Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton

One of Obama’s parting acts: Suspending lawsuit provision of Helms-Burton BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In his last month in office, former President Barack Obama preempted what could have been one of President Donald Trump’s first actions on Cuba: he suspended a section of the Helms-Burton Act that allows former owners of commercial property expropriated by […] Continue reading

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba

The Struggle for Freedom Continues in Cuba by MARIO T. DE LA PENA February 5, 2017 4:00 AM Fidel Castro is dead, but Castroism still needs to be defeated Fidel Castro died on November 25, but Castroism — the one-party, neo-Stalinist system that has tyrannized Cuba for more than half a century — still needs […] Continue reading

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump Trump threatened to remove embassy in Havana By: PATRICK OPPMANN Updated: Feb 04, 2017 12:22 AM CST HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) – As US President Donald Trump lashes out at US enemies and allies alike, many Cubans wonder which Trump they will face. Will it be the […] Continue reading

Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House

Donald Trump ‘reviewing Cuba policy’, says White House Possible hardening of stance towards communist island follows improving relations under Barack Obama Tom Batchelor White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington on 3 February AP Donald Trump is to conduct a “full review” of America’s […] Continue reading

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism

Brazen Cuban street artist El Sexto talks about his work, prison and activism BY MARIO J. PENTÓN mpenton@elnuevoherald.com Danilo Maldonado, the Cuban graffiti artist and human rights activist known as El Sexto, is the very antithesis of the communist “new man” the Castro revolution was supposed to create. Maldonado spent 55 days in prison after […] Continue reading

Ports deserve state support in dealing with Cuba

Editorial: Ports deserve state support in dealing with Cuba Posted: 5:43 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Port of Palm Beach officials see an opportunity in normalizing relations with the communist island of Cuba. As well they should. The port is in an advantageous position geographically. It has a deep and rich history of trade with […] Continue reading

Waiting for change in Cuba

Waiting for change in Cuba BY JOHN CAULFIELD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 01/30/17 07:00 PM EST When I took up my assignment as chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2011, my biggest question was how had Cuba survived as one of the world’s last remaining Marxist Leninist systems? Strong and sometimes brutal internal […] Continue reading