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The Dream of a Free Cuba

The Dream of a Free Cuba By HENRY GODINEZ NOV. 29, 2016 Chicago — In my dreams as a young boy, I was chosen by the C.I.A. to assassinate Fidel Castro; I would be a hero and set Cuba free. Like many Cuban-Americans, I was raised to believe it was my obligation to do just […] Continue reading

A subdued Cuba comes to grips with news of Fidel Castro’s death

A subdued Cuba comes to grips with news of Fidel Castro’s death BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com He was a master of stagecraft until the end. Fidel Castro’s death, announced Friday night, came on the same day in 1956 — Nov. 25 — when he, his brother Raúl, Che Guevara and 79 other revolutionaries boarded a […] Continue reading

Police Confirm To ‘El Sexto’ He Can Not Leave The Country

Police Confirm To ‘El Sexto’ He Can Not Leave The Country / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 November 2016 — Police informed the graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado – known as ‘El Sexto’, (The Sixth) – that he can not leave the country because he is “regulated,” having been accused in a legal process due to a […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Cuban artist fights for free expression

Tania Bruguera: Cuban artist fights for free expression How the internationally renowned dissident artist turned a performance piece into a fight for freedom of expression. by Carlos Manuel Alvarez Carlos Manuel Alvarez is a Cuban journalist. Havana, Cuba – It is December 17, 2014 and the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is at Pope Francis’ weekly […] 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

Police Confiscate Activist Henry Constantín’s Phone And Computer

Police Confiscate Activist Henry Constantín’s Phone And Computer / 14ymedio On Sunday night, the activist Henry Constantín was detained at Customs at the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport of Camaguey, on his arrival from Miami. The dissident was taken to a police station where they confiscated his cellphone and laptop, according to what he told 14ymedio. […] Continue reading

Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba

Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba Published on November 21, 2016 HAVANA, Cuba — Members of Cubalex, a Havana-based organization of human rights lawyers, have been subjected to months of harassment and intimidation by the Cuban authorities for their work. Progressively since September, Cuban authorities have intimidated members of Cubalex (Legal Information Center), a […] Continue reading

Amnesty International Calls For “Urgent Action” to Support Cubalex

Amnesty International Calls For “Urgent Action” to Support Cubalex /14ymedio, Miami 14ymedio, Miami, 19 November 2016 –The non-governmental organization Amnesty International (AI) called on Friday to take “urgent action” to protect members of Cubalex, an NGO not recognized by the Cuban government against which there has been a resurgence of actions. “Since September, the Cuban […] Continue reading

Two observers from Otro18 at the referendum in Colombia

Two observers from #Otro18 at the referendum in Colombia BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 28 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:48 CEST. On October 2 the “No” vote prevailed in Colombia, where a referendum gauged the public’s support for the peace treaties signed in Havana days before between the Colombian government and the […] Continue reading

Is Obama’s Cuba policy set in stone?

Is Obama’s Cuba policy set in stone? October 14, 2016 Normalizing relations with countries like Cuba and Iran has been near the top of President Obama’s agenda since he took office in 2008. Now, he’s looking to make current relations irreversible after his term is up. On Friday, the White House announced a new round […] Continue reading

Voces de la oposición en la isla juntan fuerzas en Miami

Voces de la oposición en la isla juntan fuerzas en Miami 09 de octubre de 2016 – 18:10 – Por JESÚS HERNÁNDEZ “Es una gran manifestación pública, en la que se reunirán músicos, artistas, intelectuales, miembros de la oposición y el pueblo en general, para exponer la necesidad de llevar la democracia a Cuba, tras […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group – 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September

Cuban Human Rights Group: 570 Arbitrary Arrests in September / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 October 2016 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) reported Wednesday that, during the month of September, there were at least 570 arbitrary arrests for political reasons, more than the 517 similar arrests of the previous month. The […] Continue reading

CCDHRN – At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September

CCDHRN: At least 570 arbitrary, politically motivated arrests on the Island in September DDC | Madrid | 7 de Octubre de 2016 – 08:54 CEST. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has reported that in September the organization documented at least 570 arbitrary political arrests of Cuban dissidents, peacefully expressing their […] Continue reading

Cuba Forbids Opposition Observers from Traveling to Columbia Because President Raul Castro “Is Visiting There”

Cuba Forbids Opposition Observers from Traveling to Columbia Because President Raul Castro “Is Visiting There” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – The reason put forth by the Cuban authorities to block travel to Colombia by opposition members called to be observers in the plebiscite on the that country’s agreement with the FARC, is […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent “We Have The Right To Participate In The Social And Political Life Of The Country”

Laritza Diversent: “We Have The Right To Participate In The Social And Political Life Of The Country” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 26 September 2016 – The headquarters of the independent legal group Cubalex, this weekend, lacked the hectic bustle of the many users who normally flock to the site for legal […] Continue reading

Cuban Police Seize Legal Center’s Work Equipment

Cuban Police Seize Legal Center’s Work Equipment / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 September 2016 – Friday’s police assault against the headquarters of Cubalex, Center of Legal Information, located in the Havana municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, resulted in the seizure of six computers, several hard drives, USB drives and cell phones. The officers informed the lawyer […] Continue reading

Convocan al exilio cubano al acto “Todos por Cuba Libre”

Convocan al exilio cubano al acto “Todos por Cuba Libre” Tendrá lugar el próximo 11 de octubre Jueves, septiembre 22, 2016 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana, el Foro de Derechos y Libertades y activistas del exilio, han convocado a “diferentes generaciones decubanos junto a todo amante de la libertad”, […] Continue reading

Organizaciones del exilio y el Foro DyL convocan el encuentro ‘Todos por Cuba Libre’ en octubre

Organizaciones del exilio y el Foro DyL convocan el encuentro ‘Todos por Cuba Libre’ en octubre DDC | La Habana | 22 de Septiembre de 2016 – 16:13 CEST. La Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana, y el Foro de Derechos y Libertades (ForoDyL) entre otras organizaciones opositoras tanto del exilio como de la Isla, convocan […] Continue reading

Eight hours with State Security

Eight hours with State Security YUSIMÍ RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ | La Habana | 20 de Septiembre de 2016 – 14:28 CEST. On Friday morning the Human Rights activist and member of the Citizens for Racial Integration (CIR) committee, Martha Adela Tamayo, was seized by State Security forces. Her family and friends knew nothing of her whereabouts […] Continue reading

Free Press – Knockout

Free Press: Knockout / Somos+ Somos+, Victor Manuel Camposeco, 10 September 2016 — In April of 1960, from the official newspapers Hoy (Today) and Revolución along with the leftist organization FIDEL, the demands to take by force the three independent print media still standing seemed unstoppable. For months, the newsrooms of those newspapers had also […] Continue reading

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet letter by the Department of State Security and […] Continue reading

Al Fox, advocate for Cuba relations, faces $100,000 federal fine

Al Fox, advocate for Cuba relations, faces $100,000 federal fine Paul Guzzo, Times Staff Writer Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:57pm TAMPA — For 15 years, Al Fox has been working on his own from his native Tampa on one of the most intractable problems in U.S. foreign policy: the nation’s relations with Cuba. Since founding […] Continue reading

Exilio cubano convoca “Todos por una Cuba libre”

Exilio cubano convoca: “Todos por una Cuba libre” septiembre 05, 2016 Martinoticias.com Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana y el Foro de Derechos y Libertades convocan a celebrar el acto “Todos por Cuba Libre”. La Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana y el Foro de Derechos y Libertades convocan a diferentes generaciones de cubanos, y a todos […] Continue reading

Lessons From Myanmar

Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] Continue reading

THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA

THE AMERICAN FUGITIVES OF HAVANA By Jon Lee Anderson , AUGUST 31, 2016 When a cold war winds down, what happens to its spies and traitors? The British double agents Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, and Donald Maclean were able to see out their days in Moscow while it was still ruled by Communists, without fears […] Continue reading

Cubans are using simple hacks to get around limited and expensive internet

Cubans are using simple hacks to get around limited and expensive internet WRITTEN BY Ed Augustin OBSESSION Havana, Cuba Cuba remains one of the world’s least connected countries, but that’s slowly changing. In July last year, Etecsa, the state-owned telecoms company, launched the country’s first wifi hotspots. A year on, and over 100 hotspots have […] 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

Ivan Hernandez And Felix Navarro Prevented From Leaving Cuba “A Second Time”

Ivan Hernandez And Felix Navarro Prevented From Leaving Cuba “A Second Time” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 August 2016 – Cuba’s immigration authorities prevented activists Ivan Hernandez and Felix Navarro from traveling outside Cuba this Thursday. The former prisoners of the 2003 Black Spring were invited to participate in the 2nd […] Continue reading

The Emigrant Must Earn Brownie Points to Enter Cuba

The Emigrant Must Earn Brownie Points to Enter Cuba / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario J. Penton, Miami, 21 July 2016 — With blood-stained clothes and wounds and bruises on her arms, Ana Margarito Perdigon Brito returned to Miami from Havana’s Jose Marti Airport this past June. No one knew how to rationalize that the […] Continue reading

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

A Conversation with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo / Regina Anavy Regina Anavy, Reykjavic, June 27, 2016 — Crossing paths with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo in Reykjavic, Iceland, on June 27, 2016, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with him. Iceland And Future Plans Regina Anavy: I understand you are here on a special […] Continue reading

They are afraid of us

“They are afraid of us” / 14ymedio Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 July 2016 — Before leaving Cuba, Armando Avila was an auto mechanic specializing in brake systems in Ciego de Avila. In December 2015, he took a flight to Ecuador with the intention of reaching the border between Mexico and the United […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD

Guillermo Fariñas’ Organization Withdraws from MUAD / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 July 2016 — In the same week, the Democratic Action Roundtable (MUAD) has lost two of its most representative organizations. On Tuesday, the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) withdrew from the organization of opponents, and Thursday the United Anti-totalitarian Front (FANTU), led by Guillermo […] Continue reading

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military

U.S. chain in bed with Cuban military July 3rd, 2016by Miami Herald Mr. President, what’s wrong with this picture? Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opens the first U.S.-operated hotel in Cuba in more than five decades. But it’s not a joint enterprise between an American firm and a Cuban entrepreneur, the kind that is supposed […] Continue reading

A Cuban doctor who moves history

A Cuban doctor who moves history Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:00 am By MICHAEL GERSON WASHINGTON — When awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2007, Dr. Oscar Biscet had a scheduling conflict, being in a Cuban prison. At the White House ceremony, Bush called him a “dangerous man … […] Continue reading

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors

American hotel deal with Cuba just helps the oppressors Starwood opens first U.S.-operated hotel in in Havana in more than five decades It’s not an opportunity for Cubans to earn a living independent of government Neither is sending Shaquille O’Neal as “Sports Envoy to Cuba” to join celebrity circus BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com Mr. President, […] Continue reading

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 26 June 2016 – Religious visas for foreign pastors invited to Christian events exist in all countries, but in Cuba they serve as a mechanism of repression and blackmail by the state, with the aim of silencing the […] Continue reading

Senate panel approves lifting Cuba travel ban

Senate panel approves lifting Cuba travel ban By Melanie Zanona – 06/16/16 02:34 PM EDT A Senate panel easily approved a spending bill amendment on Thursday that would lift a travel ban preventing American tourists from flying to Cuba. Prior to advancing the fiscal 2017 spending bill for financial services and general government, the Senate […] Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016 HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney, a leafy suburb west of this city. But on April 19, the 89-year-old Cuban leader […] Continue reading

Oscar Elias Biscet Says That Cuba Can No Longer “Bring Down” The Opposition

Oscar Elias Biscet Says That Cuba Can No Longer “Bring Down” The Opposition / EFE (14ymedio) EFE (via 14ymedio), Miami, 26 May 2106 — Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet said Wednesday, on arriving at the Miami airport from Spain, that the opposition on the island is “well defined” and that the regime “can no longer […] Continue reading