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Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend the rights of people with disabilities. On Friday night Goberna, who is […] Continue reading

The Two Marielas

The Two Marielas / Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello Cubanet, Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, Havana, 14 February 2017 – The story I want to relate has two parts, one is true and the other is fiction. The real one is an event I was involved in at the Carlos III market while in line to […] Continue reading

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail

Visiting Julio Ferrer Tamayo in jail BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 20 de Enero de 2017 – 06:05 CET. Cuban misery really stands out when it is cold. In a country without much of a winter it is not worth spending much on jackets, which are passed down for decades. On January 15th, […] Continue reading

Antonio Rodiles, opositor cubano – “Donald Trump es buena noticia para Cuba”

Antonio Rodiles, opositor cubano: “Donald Trump es buena noticia para Cuba” El activista califica de “indolente y fantasiosa” la política de Obama hacia La Habana Miami 24 DIC 2016 – 01:29 CET Antonio Rodiles (La Habana, 1972) es un opositor destacado en Cuba. Licenciado en Matemáticas y con especial gusto por la Física teórica, encabeza […] Continue reading

Opposition Leader José Daniel Ferrer Released

Opposition Leader José Daniel Ferrer Released / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 December 2016 — José Daniel Ferrer, general coordinator of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu), was arrested on Thursday around one in the afternoon when he left the organization’s headquarters in the city of Santiago de Cuba, and released about 40 minutes later, as […] Continue reading

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1)

What Fidel Castro Left Us (Part 1) / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 December 2016 — At the exit of the Bay Tunnel, the P-11 bus is packed with passengers. While the riders enjoy the view of the sea, the odor of saltpeter fills their noses. In this stretch of Havana’s geography, where Monumental Avenue […] Continue reading

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people José R. Cárdenas As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In […] Continue reading

Joanna Columbie, Director of Academy 1010, Arrested in Cuba

Joanna Columbie, Director of Academy 1010, Arrested in Cuba / Somos+ Somos+, 3 december 2016 — State Security took Joanna Columbié off a bus on which she was traveling to her home in Cespedes. We do not know where she is right now. Source: Joanna Columbie, Director of Academy 1010, Arrested in Cuba / Somos+ […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro is dead

Fidel Castro is dead BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@MiamiHerald.com Fidel Castro, who towered over his Caribbean island for nearly five decades, a shaggy-bearded figure in combat fatigues whose long shadow spread across Latin America and the world, is dead at age 90. His brother Raul announced the death late Friday night. Millions cheered Fidel Castro on […] Continue reading

Political Arrests Increase

Political Arrests Increase / 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco 14ymedio, Pedro Armando Junco, Havana, 23 November 2016 — I learned via the internet that 14ymedio’s Camaguey correspondent, Sol Garcia Basulto, was illegally and arbitrarily arrested on the night of November 3 when she was travelling to Havana to get a visa for her passport. As she […] Continue reading

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 11 November 2016 — A new wave of repression erupted on 9 November against journalists and contributors to the fortnightly newsletter Pinareño Panorama. This media, belonging to the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) […] Continue reading

14ymedio Reporter Sol Basulto García Arrested In Camagüey

14ymedio Reporter Sol Basulto García Arrested In Camagüey / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 4 November 2016 – The reporter Sol García Basulto was arrested by Cuban State Security Thursday night when she was traveling to Havana. The correspondent for 14ymedio in Camagüey was intercepted on the way to the capital by officers who handcuffed her and […] Continue reading

Detenida la corresponsal de ’14ymedio’ en Camagüey, Sol García Basulto

Detenida la corresponsal de ’14ymedio’ en Camagüey, Sol García Basulto 14YMEDIO, La Habana | Noviembre 04, 2016 La reportera Sol García Basulto fue detenida en la noche de este jueves por la Seguridad del Estado cuando viajaba hacia La Habana. La corresponsal de 14ymedio en Camagüey fue interceptada durante el trayecto hacia la capital por […] 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

Maykel González Vivero “You cannot imagine what a cell is like”

Maykel González Vivero: “You cannot imagine what a cell is like” DDC | Madrid | 14 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:16 CEST. Journalist Maykel González Vivero, a DIARIO DE CUBA collaborator, was released Wednesday after spending three days in a cell in Baracoa, where he had been travelled to report on the ravages of […] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex

Laritza Diversent, Devastated by the Police Operation Against Cubalex / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 28 September 2016 — After passing the crossing of La Palma, two kilometers from the old bus stop of Mantilla, El Calvario is found nestled, a district of one-story houses, roads without asphalt and a multitude of dogs without owners. At […] Continue reading

Cuban State Security Prevents a Meeting of Pinar del Rio’s Coexistence Studies Center

Cuban State Security Prevents a Meeting of Pinar del Rio’s Coexistence Studies Center / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 23 September 2016 — Tania de la Caridad Reyes and her husbandYosvany Alfonso were intercepted by police in Pinar del Río when they tried to reach the Coexistence Studies Center (CEC) to attend the […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading

Lo que ha hecho EEUU con Cuba es un tanto desatinado

“Lo que ha hecho EEUU con Cuba es un tanto desatinado” Eduardo Cardet, dirigente opositor cubano: “Si se aísla mucho al régimen le sirve para decir ‘los malos son ellos'”/ “No hay nada más falso que la tesis de que los cambios económicos traen democracia”. PABLO MAYO CERQUEIRO @pmayocer 15.09.2016 01:15 h. Desde 2014, Eduardo […] Continue reading

Voices of Change in Cuba Could Emerge from the Private Sector

Voices of Change in Cuba Could Emerge from the Private Sector / Iván García Iván García, 30 July 2016 — One a hot afternoon in May, a Havana bicycle taxi driver became upset over a fine of 700 pesos and managed to overturn a government regulation which he considered arbitrary. This triggered a flawlessly prepared […] Continue reading

State Security seeks to bribe a “Lady in White” with special care for her sick daughter

State Security seeks to bribe a “Lady in White” with special care for her sick daughter BORIS GONZÁLEZ ARENAS | La Habana | 21 de Junio de 2016 – 9:17 am. Ada María López Canino is Lady in White (Dama de Blanco), the national coordinator of the Network of Independent Libraries, author of the blog […] Continue reading

59 razones para irse de Cuba

59 razones para irse de Cuba, por Orlando Luis Pardo Laz Por Redacción de CiberCuba 1. Me fui de Cuba porque en Cuba era imposible decir te quiero. 2. Me fui de Cuba porque por ninguna parte encontraba un destornillador de estrías. 3. Me fui de Cuba porque Fidel era eterno como la muerte. 4. […] Continue reading

The regime again prevents the Ladies in White from attending mass at Santa Rita

The regime again prevents the Ladies in White from attending mass at Santa Rita DDC | La Habana | 17 Mayo 2016 – 10:47 am. This Sunday the regime again prevented the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) from making their way from their headquarters in Lawton to Miramar to attend mass at Havana’s Santa […] Continue reading

The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana

The Repression Obama Did Not See in Havana / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 22 March 2016 — Just when Air Force One landed at 2 pm at the Andrew military base on the way to Havana, forty-six Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) walked in file along the central promenade of 5th Avenue, with photos, […] Continue reading

Raul Castro: More Boring and Conservative Than Ever

Raul Castro: More Boring and Conservative Than Ever / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 17 April 2016 — A little bent and dressed in civilian clothes, with a dark blue suit, light blue shirt, no tie, gold metallic glasses, and a star on his bag, Raul Castro Ruz, 84, president hand-picked by his brother Fidel in […] Continue reading

Policia arresta a periodista independiente en La Habana

Policia arresta a periodista independiente en La Habana Ignacio González, de En Caliente Prensa Libre, explicó que su detención se produjo cuando se dirigía a una reunión informativa convocada por la Embajada de Estados Unidos en La Habana. marzo 21, 2016 Agentes de la policía cubana impidieron al periodista Ignacio González Vidal de la agencia […] Continue reading

Despite Obama visit, global spotlight, Havana cracks down on dissidents

Despite Obama visit, global spotlight, Havana cracks down on dissidents Dozens of protestors were detained in Cuba Critics accuse Obama of ignoring the island’s human-rights record Short-term arrests and detentions are common tactics BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com As they have for 46 straight Sundays, the dissident Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) marched quietly along […] Continue reading

Havanans Await Obama with Anticipation or Indifference

Havanans Await Obama with Anticipation or Indifference / Iván García Posted on March 15, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 15 March 2016 — Sipping every now and then from a plastic bottle with murky spirits that brings tears to his eyes, Arsenio is trying to sell a collection of outdated junk and a handful of old magazines […] Continue reading

He is Obama, Not God

He is Obama, Not God / Iván García Posted on February 28, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 24 February 2016 — Neither American economic power nor Barack Obama’s oratorical skills seem to be enough to satisfy exaggerated, unreasonable or personal demands from the diverse group of Obama fans who make up Cuban society. The national psyche is […] Continue reading

A primer on Cuba; many Minnesotans welcome a changing policy toward Cuba

A primer on Cuba; many Minnesotans welcome a changing policy toward Cuba By Chuck Slocum FEBRUARY 7, 2016 — 2:00PM RAMON ESPINOSA • ASSOCIATED PRESS Located less than 100 miles from Florida, Cuba and its relations with the United States are changing rapidly. With a population about the size of Ohio — 11.2 million — […] Continue reading

Communists Burn Copies of U.N. Human Rights Declaration Before Dissident HQ

Cuba: Communists Burn Copies of U.N. Human Rights Declaration Before Dissident HQ by FRANCES MARTEL24 Jan 2016 Cuban anti-communist dissidents have denounced communist agents – many, they say, Cuban soldiers disguised as civilians – for attacking the headquarters of the Ladies in White group, setting a fire in front of the building, and burning copies […] Continue reading

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy

Opposition Marchers Should Change Their Strategy / Ivan Garcia Posted on January 17, 2016 Ivan Garcia, 13 January 2016 — There were more than seven thousand arrests of dissidents in 2015, with most detentions lasting several hours. Beatings, harassment, acts of repudiation and degrading treatment by police are common in Cuba. Political reforms are not […] Continue reading

Ladies in White Headquarters Surrounded by State Security

Ladies in White Headquarters Surrounded by State Security / 14ymedio, Orlando Palma Posted on December 18, 2015 14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 18 December 2015 — On Friday morning, the political police surrounded the headquarters of the Ladies in White in the Havana’s Lawton district, blocking entrance to several activists who arrived for the traditional literary […] Continue reading

The Price of Change in the Castros’ Cuba

The Price of Change in the Castros’ Cuba Anthony DePalma – Reporter, writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University Posted: 12/01/2015 5:50 pm EST Updated: 12/01/2015 5:59 pm EST I went to Cuba last month wearing a rubber bracelet like the ones distributed by the Livestrong Foundation. But mine is white, not yellow, and instead of spelling […] Continue reading

Revolution 2.0 – What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba

Revolution 2.0: What 40 American Entrepreneurs Learned In Cuba Loren Feldman FORBES STAFF Not long after we arrived in Cuba last month, we heard our first jokes about the country. In one, Presidents Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Fidel Castro have all died and gone to Hell. There, they meet the devil who tells […] Continue reading

U.S. Obama 3, Castro 0

U.S.-Cuba: Obama 3, Castro 0 / Ivan Garcia Posted on October 27, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 7 October 2015 — According to Francisco Valido González, 47, a dissident who works in a transit bus cooperative, his association, in theory, can ask for credit from a U.S. bank in order to acquire new buses. His cooperative’s buses […] Continue reading

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba 19 October 2015, 13:08 UTC Nearly a month since Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Cuba, any hope that authorities would loosen control on free expression in the country is fading as fast as the chants that welcomed him. At the start of […] Continue reading

Rewarding Cuba leads to escalation in repression of Cuban dissidents

NAT HENTOFF: Rewarding Cuba leads to escalation in repression of Cuban dissidents POSTED: 10/14/15, 2:00 AM EDT On Dec. 10, 2014, the Cuban government marked the 64th anniversary of international Human Rights Day with sweeping nationwide arrests of pro-democracy dissidents. One week later, on Dec. 17, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba […] Continue reading

El Sexto – He Who Laughs First, Laughs Twice

El Sexto: He Who Laughs First, Laughs Twice / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on October 3, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 3 October 2015 — There was no mistaking it. It was the same face that smiles defiantly from some paintings in which it resembles an unrepentant Christ. I had seen the signature of El […] Continue reading

Activists Are Preparing To Protest In Front Of The United Nations During Raul Castro’s Speech

Activists Are Preparing To Protest In Front Of The United Nations During Raul Castro’s Speech / Diario de Cuba Posted on September 27, 2015 DDC, 27 September 2015 — Groups of Cuban activists will travel to New York on Saturday for a protest in front of the United Nations on Monday, when Raul Castro will […] Continue reading