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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

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

Cuba Kills Another Dissident

Cuba Kills Another Dissident After Obama’s detente: More tourists on the island and more repression. By Mary Anastasia O’Grady March 5, 2017 5:08 p.m. ET Score another kill for the Cuban military dictatorship: Last month it eliminated Afro-Cuban dissident Hamell Santiago Más Hernández, an inmate of one of its most notoriously brutal prisons. The remarkable […] Continue reading

Appeasement Never Works

Appeasement Never Works by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM And it’s making matters worse in Cuba. At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of American […] 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

Fidel Castro’s ideal of amateur sport for Cuba lies in ashes

Fidel Castro’s ideal of amateur sport for Cuba lies in ashes BY LINDA ROBERTSON lrobertson@miamiherald.com Among the items that ought to be interred with Fidel Castro’s ashes when Cuba’s “Maximum Leader” is formally laid to rest on Sunday are a baseball glove and a tracksuit. Castro was not only an avid sports fan but an […] Continue reading

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO – REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE? – THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has been supreme leader of Cuba […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] 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

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’ – One Cuban’s Message to Obama

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’: One Cuban’s Message to Obama The U.S. is pressing ahead with its opening to Cuba. What does that mean for democracy on the island? URI FRIEDMAN JUN 22, 2016 GLOBAL Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, the architect of Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, characterized the full restoration of U.S.-Cuban […] Continue reading

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence

Tiananmen Square, Shared Silence / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 4 June 2016 – Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution shows its loyalty to its friends in many ways. One of them is complicit silence. When the Tlateloico Massacre happened in 1968, Fidel Castro did not condemn it because his ally, the Institutional Revolutionary […] Continue reading

Minimicen a Obama!

“¡Minimicen a Obama!” Ayer domingo 20 de marzo ningún canal de la televisión cubana fue dispuesto para reportar in situ la llegada del presidente norteamericano lunes, marzo 21, 2016 | Roberto Jesús Quiñones Haces GUANTÁNAMO, Cuba.- A escasas 18 horas del arribo a Cuba del presidente Barack Obama, era evidente la intención del gobierno cubano […] Continue reading

Oswaldo Payá Remembered On The Anniversary Of His Birth

Oswaldo Payá Remembered On The Anniversary Of His Birth / 14ymedio Posted on February 29, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 29 February 2016 – A Mass in memory of the 64th anniversary of Oswaldo Payá’s birth was held Monday afternoon in the parish of El Salvador del Mundo in the Havana neighborhood of Cerro. Celebrating the Mass […] Continue reading

Cuban dissidents to receive human rights award

Cuban dissidents to receive human rights award ČTK | 8 FEBRUARY 2016 Prague, Feb 5 (CTK) – Eleven Cuban dissidents and former political prisoners will receive the Homo Homini award for human rights promotion from the Czech People in Need organisation at the beginning of the One World film festival on March 7, Adela Pospichalova, […] Continue reading

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France

Against Raúl Castro’s visit to France J. MACHOVER / L. MULLER / J. ZÚÑIGA | París | 21 Ene 2016 – 9:11 am. Cuban dictator Raúl Castro, invited by François Hollande, is scheduled to arrive in Paris on February 1, 2016. The President of the Council of State and of Ministers and the First Secretary […] Continue reading

January 1, 1959: The Beginning of a Betrayal? (Part 1)

January 1, 1959: The Beginning of a Betrayal? (Part 1) / Somos+, Jose Presol Posted on January 3, 2016 Somos+, Jose M. Presol, 1 January 2016 — “The Revolution declares its absolute and reverent respect for the constitution, which was given to the people in 1940, and restores it as the official legal code. It […] Continue reading

Cuba’s CDR Committees – Bringing Back the Dead

Cuba’s CDR Committees: Bringing Back the Dead December 29, 2015 Irina Echarry HAVANA TIMES — There were no excuses: it wasn’t raining, people had been notified in advance, the meeting would be held before the sacred soap opera came on and the “visitors” would arrive early. We had only to wait until the clock showed […] Continue reading

Miami archbishop says pope’s visit will help bring Cubans together

Miami archbishop says pope’s visit will help bring Cubans together BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who will be leading his third pilgrimage to Cuba for a papal visit this month, says it’s no accident that Pope Francis chose to go to Cuba before a three-city visit to the United States. With the […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident’s daughter demands autopsy results from fatal 2012 crash

Cuban dissident’s daughter demands autopsy results from fatal 2012 crash Oswaldo Paya-Sardines’ supporters don’t believe fatal car crash was accident Author: Glenna Milberg, Reporter, gmilberg@Local10.com Dawn Brooks, Online Editor, Producer Published On: Jul 21 2015 06:22:51 PM EDT Updated 2 h WASHINGTON – One day after the Cuban embassy opened in Washington, D.C., the daughter […] Continue reading

MCl Leader for the Freedom of a Cuba without Castros

MCl Leader for the Freedom of a Cuba without Castros / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on July 4, 2015 Interview with Rosa Maria Paya Leader of the Christian Liberation Movement and Cuba Decides From El Pais “The United States is negotiating with the Cuban caste.” Cuban regime opponent, daughter of Oswaldo Para, speaks of […] Continue reading

The Lives Of Opposition Leaders Have Their Names On The Government’s Blacklist

The Lives Of Opposition Leaders Have Their Names On The Government’s Blacklist / Angel Santiesteban Posted on July 1, 2015 Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, 3 June 2015If the Cuban dictatorship has an enemy, it is themselves, as an institution of evil. After committing their outrages, the injustices and atrocities carried out by their henchmen who commit the […] Continue reading

Casa de Cuba celebrates enduring resistance to Castro regime

Casa de Cuba celebrates enduring resistance to Castro regime BY GEOFF FOX Tribune staff Published: June 28, 2015 TAMPA — As Rosa Maria Paya was introduced at a function celebrating the 25th anniversary of Casa de Cuba on Sunday, a lone protester barked objections from near the bar at the La Giraldilla restaurant. Paya, an […] Continue reading

Different Methods, Same Objective: To Annihilate the Opposition

Different Methods, Same Objective: To Annihilate the Opposition / Angel Santiesteban Posted on June 25, 2015 Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, June 3, 2015 — No “disinterested” person would say that the encounter by José Alberto Botell, the aggressor, with Guillermo Fariñas and his companions was casual, of a personal nature, or even an ordinary attempted mugging. On […] Continue reading

Restoring US and Cuba ties not a done deal as Congress may still be a threat

Restoring US and Cuba ties not a done deal as Congress may still be a threat As countries move to reopen embassies, analysts warn Republicans pose potential hurdle in agreement to end more than 50 years of hostility @richlusc Saturday 13 June 2015 21.09 BST Last modified on Saturday 13 June 2015 21.48 BST President […] Continue reading

US-Cuba Deal Expected In Early July To Restore Ties, Reopen Embassies

US-Cuba Deal Expected In Early July To Restore Ties, Reopen Embassies By Reuters on June 13 2015 1:06 AM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba in early July to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. sources familiar with the […] Continue reading

The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition

“The Cuban people must get their voice back to begin the transition” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Rosa Maria Paya Posted on May 17, 2015 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 17 May 2012 — In the summer of 2012, Rosa María Payá had just started out in the political arena. She moved among the young people who […] Continue reading

2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote

2 Cuban dissidents up for election in unprecedented vote BY ANNE-MARIE GARCIA AND MICHAEL WEISSSENSTEIN ASSOCIATED PRESS 04/18/2015 12:21 PM 04/18/2015 12:22 PM HAVANA At least two dissidents made it past a first round of voting and are standing as candidates in municipal elections that will be watched on and off the island Sunday as […] Continue reading

Betting Cuba’s Future on Alejandro or Mariela Castro

Betting Cuba’s Future on Alejandro or Mariela Castro / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on April 1, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida, 27 March 2015 — With the approach of the next congress of the Cuban Communist Party, scheduled for 2016, some analysts are adhering to a prudent logic by predicting that Alejandro Castro Espin will be […] Continue reading

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO MARCH 18, 2015 This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship. The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad. Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders… […] Continue reading

Will he be a Castro leader for the next generation?

Will he be a Castro leader for the next generation? BY BRIAN LATELL BRIANSLATELL@GMAIL.COM 03/17/2015 5:17 PM 03/17/2015 5:17 PM Scores of Castros of several generations populate that enormous Cuban clan. Their wealth and influence are unrivaled and regardless of how the political system evolves after Fidel and Raúl are gone, some descendants are sure […] Continue reading

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains

Blacks in Cuba are poised to make gains BY RICARDO GONZALEZ REGONZALEZ49@YAHOO.COM 03/07/2015 2:00 PM 03/07/2015 7:00 PM For the first time in more than a century, black Cubans might have a real opportunity to gain the enfranchisement and equality for which our ancestors fought so hard — and were on the verge of winning […] Continue reading

Rosa Maria Paya meets at the White House with negotiator on Cuba

Rosa Maria Paya meets at the White House with negotiator on Cuba / 14ymedio Posted on February 1, 2015 24 January 2015 (EFE) –Rosa MariaPayá, daughter of the late Cuban activist OswaldoPayá, in a meeting today with the senior advisor for Latin America at the White House, defended the need to “stop the impunity” of […] Continue reading

Old dissidents in Cuba – Between homelessness and forgetting

Old dissidents in Cuba: Between homelessness and forgetting / Ivan Garcia Posted on November 13, 2014 The elderly are the big losers in the timid economic reforms of Cuba’s General-President. Thousands who once applauded Fidel Castro’s long speeches in the Plaza of the Revolution, or fought in the civil wars in Africa, today survive however […] Continue reading

Truth and freedom in Cuba

Other voices: Truth and freedom in Cuba Pioneer Press POSTED: 10/26/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT The other day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in The New York Times that called for an end to the U.S. trade […] Continue reading

Cuba hasn’t earned embargo’s end

Cuba hasn’t earned embargo’s end 10/25/2014 10:32 PM 10/25/2014 10:32 PM In October of 1960, the United States imposed an embargo on exports to Cuba covering all commodities except medical supplies and certain food products. That was the beginning of a trade embargo that still endures and still inspires heated debate. The anniversary of the […] Continue reading

What Will Become of Cuba After the Embargo is Lifted?

What Will Become of Cuba After the Embargo is Lifted? by EcoWatch October 21, 20149:00 am Written by David Guggenheim and reposted with permission from EcoWatch. When a foreigner sets foot in Cuba, it immediately becomes clear that this magical island is profoundly unique and has developed drastically differently than any other country in Latin […] Continue reading

Cuba should not be rewarded for denying freedom to its people

Cuba should not be rewarded for denying freedom to its people By Editorial Board October 20 at 7:56 PM THE OTHER day, Fidel Castro wrote an opinion column for Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, as he has done periodically from retirement. He lavished praise on an editorial in the New York Times that called for an […] Continue reading

Spanish man convicted in Cuba in death of activist Oswaldo Paya recounts ordeal in visit to Miami

Spanish man convicted in Cuba in death of activist Oswaldo Paya recounts ordeal in visit to Miami BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 10/11/2014 12:06 AM 10/11/2014 12:24 AM HERALD STAFF Angel Carromero was emphatic during his visit to Miami on Friday: “What happened on July 22 wasn’t an accident, it was an assault,” he said. […] Continue reading

Cuban defector says he has information about Payá’s death

Posted on Friday, 08.15.14 Cuban defector says he has information about Payá’s death BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM An officer in Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior who claims to be related to former MININT chief Jose Abrantes and to have valuable information has defected and is being held in a migrant detention center in the […] Continue reading