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Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents

Obama Betrayed Cuba’s Dissidents Civil liberties have deteriorated since the U.S. said that it would normalize ties. By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY Aug. 14, 2016 5:43 p.m. ET Fidel Castro turned 90 years old on Saturday, adding plausibility to the popular Cuban theory that even hell doesn’t want him. Meanwhile Cuba’s military dictatorship, now headed by […] Continue reading

5 myths about Cuba

5 myths about Cuba Christopher Sabatini President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba this past week returned U.S. and world attention to the small Caribbean island of 11 million people and the long, curious history between it and the United States. It’s hard to think of a similarly sized country that has had such a […] Continue reading

Naming the Wounds

Naming the Wounds / Wendy Guerra Posted on January 15, 2016 Wendy Guerra, Havana, 9 January 2016 (from El Nuevo Herald) – It wasn’t hard to know the number of my friends who, during their childhoods, remained with their parents in special situations, parents who needed to hide who they were to survive in a […] Continue reading

National News in Cuba – 6 Bloggers Who Cover Nation

National News in Cuba: 6 Bloggers Who Cover Nation By Brigitte Yuille | Sunday, 13 Dec 2015 01:11 AM Cuba’s state-run media has been one source for national news in Cuba, but a community of bloggers is providing a new and powerful alternative. Their blogs share the realities of life in Cuba and advocate for […] Continue reading

Black Woman – Double or Triple Discrimination?

Black Woman: Double or Triple Discrimination? / Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent Posted on October 7, 2015 Diario de Cuba, Laritza Diversent, Havana, 31 July 2015 —In Cuba there is a myth that says that there is no racism here because “all the races and cultures melded together forever in a happy synthesis.” Nonetheless, in […] Continue reading

The Castros’ New Friend

The Castros’ New Friend [14-05-2015 22:57:34] James Kirchick (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Obama’s change of policy helps Cuba’s oppressive regime, not its democratic dissidents I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector uponentering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately […] Continue reading

No winners in unwise change toward Cuba

Commentary: No winners in unwise change toward Cuba Posted: Sunday, January 4, 2015 12:00 am BY JAMES JAY CARAFANO/THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION WASHINGTON—President Obama’s decision to make nice with Cuba’s repressive, anti-American regime creates a great number of losers. Topping the list, of course, are the people of Cuba. They are starting from a bad place, […] Continue reading

How Obama’s Cuba Deal Hurts Cubans

How Obama’s Cuba Deal Hurts Cubans James Carafano / @JJCarafano / January 04, 2015 James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. […] Continue reading

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans BY JIM WYSS JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/16/2014 5:30 PM  12/16/2014 9:16 PM MIAMI HERALD QUITO, ECUADOR On “Calle Ocho” in the La Florida neighborhood, a few dozen Cubans mill around, downing tar-thick cortadito coffee and explaining to curious locals how to cook malanga. But the snow-capped volcano peeking […] Continue reading

Angel Santiesteban’s New Dossier

Angel Santiesteban’s New Dossier Posted on September 26, 2014 The mechanism of annulment is cleanly bureaucratic: You can’t hire an attorney without having completed the dossier. The prosecution prepares its case in the dungeons. Lilianne Ruiz Havana, Cuba. In the doorways of Avenue Acosta, in the neighborhood of La Vibora, some faded beings sell aluminum […] Continue reading

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights? BY EMMA MOORE JULY 23, 2014 8:58 PM ) A pioneer in the region, Cuba has begun to add to its list of internal advancements LGBTI rights; the 1990s saw the abolishment of many oppressive laws and practices towards gays while the National Center for Sex Education […] Continue reading

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not.

Cuba Wants You To Think It’s a Gay Paradise. It’s Not. Cuba has come a long way on LGBT rights since putting gays in labor camps. But don’t believe the Castro family’s gay-friendly PR. BY JUSTIN ROHRLICH JULY 3, 2014 TRINIDAD, Cuba — I’m surprised to see a rainbow flag outside a tiny bar called […] Continue reading

Letter from Cuba – To Embargo or Not

Letter from Cuba: To Embargo or Not Is the United States’ decades-old embargo against Cuba an anachronism? Not exactly, says Michael Totten. The sanctions not only prompted Havana to admit that its decades-long experiment with communism was a failure, they have also opened the door for meaningful change on the island. By Michael J. Totten […] Continue reading

SILVIA CORBELLE BATISTA

SILVIA CORBELLE BATISTA / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on April 27, 2014 Silvia and State Security They arrested her twice, both times violently. All for walking at my side in the streets of a Havana almost at the point of the Cadaver-in-Chief of Fidel Castro. She’s called Silvia. My Silvia. They threw her out […] Continue reading

A Cuba Crime Report

A Cuba Crime Report April 18, 2014 Irina Echarry HAVANA TIMES — On the last Saturday of March, an official government announcement took the habitual listeners of Havana’s Radio Reloj radio program by surprise. It was a petition by authorities asking the public the help clear up a crime that had taken place in Old […] Continue reading

Demystifying las UMAP – The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba

Demystifying las UMAP: The Politics of Sugar, Gender, and Religion in 1960s Cuba Joseph Tahbaz ’15 History major Dartmouth College Joseph.A.A.Tahbaz.15@dartmouth.edu Abstract: The UMAP, las Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción, were forced-work agricultural labor camps operated by the Cuban government during the mid-1960s in the east-central province of Camagüey. The current academic literature […] Continue reading

Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C.

Cuban LGBT rights advocates arrive in D.C. July 29, 2013 By Michael K. Lavers on July 29, 2013 Two Cuban LGBT rights advocates who are visiting the United States for three months on Monday arrived in D.C. Ignacio Estrada Cepero and Wendy Iriepa Díaz on Monday met with staffers of Us Helping Us, an HIV/AIDS [...] Continue reading

They Are Prosecuting an Activist Against Evictions in Old Havana

They Are Prosecuting an Activist Against Evictions in Old Havana / Luis Felipe Rojas Posted on July 13, 2013 The opponent Madelín Lázara Caraballo, detained for nine months in a prison for HIV-AIDS sufferers, in San Jose de las Lajas, will be tried Wednesday at the Old Havana municipal court. She is accused of the [...] Continue reading

Forbidden Voices Female bloggers fight for freedom of speech

Forbidden Voices’: Female bloggers fight for freedom of speech By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN May 3, 2013 — Updated 1303 GMT (2103 HKT) Video link: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2013/05/03/pkg-shubert-forbidden-voices.cnn.html – “Forbidden Voices” follows lives of female dissident bloggers around world – Female dissident bloggers often suffer violence, detainment by repressive regimes – Film follows Iran’s Farnaz Seifi, Cuba’s Yoani [...] Continue reading

The Prison System the Cuban and Foreign Press Did Not Report On

The Prison System the Cuban and Foreign Press Did Not Report On Posted on April 27, 2013 By Ignacio Estrada Havana, Cuba – In recent days, correspondents from Cuban television and newspaper correspondents from accredited foreign media in the capital undertook an unusual journey through different prisons. The reporting reflects only what the Cuban government [...] Continue reading

Yoani Sanchez and Cuba’s black-market politics

Posted on Saturday, 04.20.13 Yoani Sanchez and Cuba’s black-market politics Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/20/v-fullstory/3353834/yoani-sanchez-and-cubas-black.html#storylink=cpy BY PAUL WEBSTER HARE paulhare@bu.edu Change and Cuba. After 54 years the world is holding its breath. Fidel Castro said in 1959, “This time the revolution is for real.” In 2013 is change for real? Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez’s message, delivered [...] Continue reading

How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors

Posted on Saturday, 03.16.13 Sex Tourism in Cuba: Second of three parts How Cuba became the newest hotbed for tourists craving sex with minors HAVANA — These stories are the result of a joint investigation by Toronto Star reporters Robert Cribb, Jennifer Quinn and Julian Sher, and El Nuevo Herald reporter Juan O. Tamayo. The [...] Continue reading

Canadians are major customers in Cuba’s child sex market

Canadians are major customers in Cuba's child sex market Canada is lax when it comes to stopping its sex offenders from going to Cuba and preying on underage prostitutes. Most tourists are drawn to Cuba by the sand, the sunshine, and the culture. But a few tourists – including some Canadians – are drawn by [...] Continue reading

Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS

Briefing Note No. 3 Cuban League against AIDS / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: Unstated, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada During the month of June and the first days of of July The Cuban League Against AIDS has monitored the rise of protests in Cuban jails for inmates with HIV / AIDS. The protests [...] Continue reading

Forbidden Voices / Yoani Sánchez

Forbidden Voices / Yoani Sánchez Translator: Unstated, Yoani Sánchez She asked only to have the same rights enjoyed by a man in her country. She took the loudspeaker to expose laws that in Iran left her defenseless and at a disadvantage against men. Blogger and feminist, Farnaz Seifi went into exile in Germany after having [...] Continue reading

La verdadera agenda de Mariela

Publicado el lunes, 05.28.12 En mi opinión La verdadera agenda de Mariela Fabiola Santiago FSantiago@miamiherald.com Mariela Castro no pudo abandonar el seguro remanso de Estados Unidos esta semana sin revelar su verdadera agenda. Sintiéndose cómoda e invencible en compañía de liberales aduladores de piscina en California y siguiendo un manual anticuado, la hija de Raúl [...] Continue reading

Until When … / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada

Until When … / Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Translator: AnonyGY, Wendy Iriepa and Ignacio Estrada Havana, Cuba: Once again human rights activists denounce the repression in the Eastern provinces, against a group of women who belong to the organization Ladies in White. Such an embarrassing event was characterized by a group of elderly and [...] Continue reading

Gay Cuban man, transsexual to wed on Fidel’s birthday

Gay Cuban man, transsexual to wed on Fidel's birthdayBy Rosa Tania ValdesHAVANA | Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:26pm EDT (Reuters) – A Cuban gay rights activist and his transsexual bride plan to marry on former President Fidel Castro's birthday next month in a move aimed at advancing homosexual rights on the communist-ruled Caribbean island. Wendy [...] Continue reading

Home is sweet – compared to Cuba

Home is sweet – compared to CubaBy Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now June 10, 2011 There's nothing like a trip abroad to make you appreciate home. And after a recent sojourn in Cuba, I've come to appreciate things formerly taken for granted in Canada: things like fully stocked grocery shelves, freedom of the press and toilet [...] Continue reading