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In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements

In a first, Cuba loses patience with Trump’s “ridiculous” statements US president criticizes regime on Independence Day; Havana chides “millionaire-tycoon-turned-president” Miami 22 MAY 2017 – 17:36 CEST For the first time, the Cuban government has responded to US President Donald Trump in an exasperated tone. On Saturday, when the island nation was observing the anniversary […] Continue reading

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence. Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of self-governance, dignity, and freedom. […] Continue reading

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people

Havana lashes out against Trump’s May 20 message to the Cuban people BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Havana has reacted strongly to a statement issued by President Donald Trump to the Cuban people over the weekend to mark the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba. A statement read on Cuban state […] Continue reading

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban Independence Day

As Cubans await policy changes, Trump sends a message on Cuban
Independence Day
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

On the 115th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Cuba, President
Donald Trump on Saturday extended his “warmest wishes” to Cuban
Americans and promised that he will work for Cubans on the island to
have a government that respects democracy… Continue reading

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba

Activists on both sides still await President Trump’s reset with Cuba Ledyard King and Alan Gomez, USA TODAY Published 5:41 p.m. ET May 18, 2017 WASHINGTON — Four months after he was sworn in, President Trump has yet to make good on his vow to undo his predecessor’s Cuba policies. There were reports the president […] Continue reading

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba

El Sexto’ Will Stay In The US But Will Continue To Fight Against Arbitrary Detentions In Cuba 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 15 May 2017 — The artist Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto’ (The Sixth), announced his desire to reside in the United States, although he will remain attentive to what happens in Cuba to […] Continue reading

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden

State Security Prevents Yoandy Izquierdo From Boarding A Flight For Sweden 14ymedio, Havana, 14 May 2017 – This Sunday Cuban State Security prevented Yoandy Izquierdo, a member of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), from boarding a flight to Sweden to participate in the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF). The car in which the activist was […] Continue reading

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression

Cuban activists denounce new methods of repression BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com While the new U.S. president’s policies on Cuba remain uncertain, the government in Havana appears to be more nervous about its domestic opposition than usual, as the island heads into a complicated political transition. Authorities have expelled students from universities, arrested dissidents who […] Continue reading

It's Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin
WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST.

It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will
never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year
2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a Journalism student, who
wished to… Continue reading

It’s Wearing Thin

It’s Wearing Thin WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 15 de Mayo de 2017 – 11:51 CEST. It was one of the few functions at the University of Havana that I will never forget. The event for “Young Communists” took place in the year 2010. It was held to assess the insistence of a […] Continue reading

Here's why Cuba should be on Francis' agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump
William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017

President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome
May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda
has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped by the
Vatican to see… Continue reading

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump

Here’s why Cuba should be on Francis’ agenda when he meets Trump William M. LeoGrande | May. 11, 2017 President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis in Rome May 24, as part of the president’s first trip abroad. No specific agenda has been announced, but the last time a U.S. president stopped […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to the Freedom of Expression

The Cuban Regime is an Enemy to theFreedom of Expression / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 May 2017 — When he is particularly bored, after flicking through the eight channels that there are on the island, 56 year old civil engineer Josuan watches the national news some nights with a smirk only to later write […] Continue reading

US to press Cuba on human rights

US to press Cuba on human rights AFP May 10, 2017 Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump’s administration will press Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday. The White House is carrying out a “comprehensive policy review,” said Francisco Palmieri, a senior regional official in the State Department. “I suspect that […] Continue reading

Can Libertarians End the Communist Monopoly in Cuba?

Can Libertarians End the Communist Monopoly in Cuba? Quornsum May 8, 2017 By Dries Van Thielen Ever since some guy on a motorcycle and another guy in the Sierra Maestra hunted President Fulgencio Batista away, the government in Cuba consisted solely of members from the Cuban Communist Party. Thusly, all 612 seats in parliament are […] Continue reading

Cuba: Another perspective

Cuba: Another perspective U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall wants to sell Kansas wheat to Cuba (“Congressman reflects on a recent Cuba trip,” High Plains Journal, April 10), and has filled a bill that “allows” American banks and to finance the Cuban government’s purchase. Really? Cuba has one of the worst credit records in the world. Americans […] Continue reading

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington

Cuban student arrested after trip to Washington by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) — Religious liberty leaders are interceding on behalf of a college student interrogated, threatened and charged with public disorder by the Cuban government because of his work to expose Christian persecution there. Felix Yuniel Llerena López, […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile

Laritza Diversent and Cubalex Begin Their Life In Exile 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami/Havana, 4 May 2017 — The team at the Cubalex Legal Information Center and its director, attorney Laritza Diversent, have obtained political refuge in the United States following the intensification of repression against the nonprofit organization dedicated to legally advising Cubans. Diversent, […] Continue reading

Lia Villares Finally Makes it to the United States

Lia Villares Finally Makes it to the United States Lia Villares is considered a “persecuted political” who is “under paramilitary harassment”. (Facebook) 14ymedio, Havana, 3 May 2017 – The independent activist Lia Villares finally traveled to the United States on Wednesday, as confirmed to 14ymedio by the dissident musician Gorki Aguila. On Tuesday, Villares was […] Continue reading

Police Block Activist Lia Villares From Traveling to the United States

Police Block Activist Lia Villares From Traveling to the United States / Cubanet Cubanet, 2 May 2017 — Independent activist Lía Villares missed a flight that would have taken her to the New Orleans Jazz Festival after being “abducted” by police on Monday morning. Speaking to CubaNet, Villares describes that two patrol cars under the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Official Press Attempts To Discredit Protester Wrapped In American Flag

Cuba’s Official Press Attempts To Discredit Protester Wrapped In American Flag 14ymedio, Havana, 2 May 2017 – On Tuesday, the official press railed against a citizen who raised an American flag during the May Day parade, and accused him of “building a counterrevolutionary file to emigrate to the United States” (i.e. to be qualify for […] Continue reading

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership

The alliance between Spanish colonialism and the Castroist leadership PEDRO CAMPOS | La Habana | 28 de Abril de 2017 – 11:54 CEST. An article appearing in the Spanish newspaper El País, entitled “España no puede perder Cuba dos veces” (“Spain cannot lose Cuba twice”), analyzes the machinations of the latest Spanish Governments’ policies towards […] Continue reading

Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald's Cuba Connections Went Deep

Former CIA Operative Argues Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cuba Connections Went Deep
Olivia B. Waxman
Apr 25, 2017

After Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy shortly after
noon on Nov. 22, 1963, things moved quickly. About an hour later, Oswald
fatally shot Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit. Thirty minutes after
that, police found Oswald and arrested him. Two days… Continue reading

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with the U.S.

Cuba’s foreign minister reiterates the island’s desire for dialogue with
the U.S.
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

In another apparent attempt to get a high-profile message to Washington,
Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs during a swing through Europe
repeated the island’s desire to maintain the level of dialogue and
cooperation that started under former President Barack Obama.

“The current government… Continue reading

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?

Should U.S. Companies Hit ‘Pause’ on Doing Business in Cuba?
Apr 20, 2017

President Trump’s government has yet to reveal its hand on the issue of
reconciliation with Cuba. There had been a lot of progress towards
greater ties following President’s Obama’s overtures in December 2014:
Some cooperation agreements were signed – particularly in aviation and
communications — and Google… Continue reading

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Sixteen retired senior military officers are asking the Trump administration to continue the process of normalization with Cuba for the sake of U.S. national security and stability in the region. “The location of Cuba in the Caribbean and proximity […] Continue reading

Tumbe de lesa humanidad

Tumbe de lesa humanidad Al jugar politiqueramente con los asesinados por el Gobierno cubano, no se hace más que copiar del castrismo, que hacia 1999 proclamó desatinadamente el embargo/bloqueo como genocidio Arnaldo M. Fernández, Broward | 19/04/2017 9:53 am El anticastrismo banal principió este mes con una conferencia de prensa, en la sede del Directorio […] Continue reading

In the twilight of the Castros

In the twilight of the Castros
By Stephen Kinzer APRIL 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Cuba

THIS PROVINCIAL CAPITAL in central Cuba throbbed with life on a recent
Saturday night. In one plaza, a Beatles cover band sang “Ticket to Ride”
for an enthusiastic crowd. Exuberant groups of gay men made their way
toward a club that stages drag shows and… Continue reading

You Know Why Cubans Flee Cuba En Masse…

You Know Why Cubans Flee Cuba En Masse… / Cubalex Cubalex, 30 March 2017 — Because there is no democracy or rule of law. Nor do the conditions exist to exercise civil, political, economic, social and cultural freedoms. The elite of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), maintains power through the structures of the State […] Continue reading

Cuba Denies the Work of Informal Civil Society in Defending Human Rights

Cuba Denies the Work of Informal Civil Society in Defending Human Rights
/ Cubalex

Cubalex, 3 April 2017 — The defense and promotion of human rights in the
world depens on the work done on the ground by civil society
organzations, documenting human rights violations.

It does not matter whether the internal context of a country is more or
less… Continue reading

Cuban-American Relations in 2017

Cuban-American Relations in 2017
BY SAMANTHA MENDIGUREN AND JORGE DUANY • APRIL 12, 2017

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Jorge Duany,
director of the Cuban Research Institute.

Upon Fidel Castro’s arrival to power in 1959, the United States and Cuba
built up an oppositional animosity toward one another. The US responded
to Cuba’s communist ideology… Continue reading

Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated

Lysandra Does Not Want To Be Reeducated 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 12 April 2107 — Confined for more than 80 days in a punishment cell, without a single contact with the outside, the activist Lisandra Rivera Rodríguez of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) received her first family visit this Tuesday, in the Mar Verde […] Continue reading

Cuba opposition candidates say targeted for reprisals

Cuba opposition candidates say targeted for reprisals AFP April 12, 2017 Havana (AFP) – Cuban dissidents planning to run in the communist country’s local elections in November have been arrested, threatened and otherwise harassed by the authorities, one of their leaders said Tuesday. At least five would-be candidates have been charged with crimes such as […] 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 totaling 16 years. He is… 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

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

Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called 'El Sexto,' on art and liberty in Cuba

Danilo Maldonado Machado, the dissident artist called ‘El Sexto,’ on art
and liberty in Cuba
Carolina A. Miranda

At the tail end of 2014, Danilo Maldonado Machado, the graffiti artist
known as “El Sexto,” was detained by the authorities as he made his way
to a public park in Havana to stage a work of protest art. In his
vehicle,… Continue reading

Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade

Cuba will open up to a U.N. human rights expert for first time in a decade
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

The first independent United Nations human rights expert to visit Cuba
in a decade will travel to the island next week.

U.N. Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, a member of the
United Nation’s Human Rights Council and special rapporteur on… Continue reading

Marco Rubio ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is’

Marco Rubio: ‘Trump will treat Cuba like the dictatorship it is’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Two months after the Trump administration announced a total review of U.S. policy toward Cuba, several controversial proposals are being circulated at the White House with no clear front-runner on the issue. But Sen. Marco Rubio says he has […] Continue reading

Marco Rubio – I've spoken to Trump three times about Cuba

Marco Rubio: I’ve spoken to Trump three times about Cuba
Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald
Friday, March 31, 2017 1:55pm

Sen. Marco Rubio has kept mostly tight-lipped about what he’s discussed
with President Donald Trump on the occasions the two Republicans have
met — including over dinner with their wives at the White House.

But Rubio disclosed in a Spanish-language interview… Continue reading