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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

Francis, the Man Who Came With the Rain

Francis, the Man Who Came With the Rain / 14ymedio, Rolando Garcia Posted on September 24, 2015 14ymedio, Rolando M. García, Santiago de Cuba, 22 September 2015 – Jorge Mario Bergolgio’s trip through Santiago de Cuba has left many of the faithful frustrated as they were not able to hear his homily in a public […] Continue reading

On third pope visit, Cuba and dissidents fight same battle

On third pope visit, Cuba and dissidents fight same battle By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) – The popes change, but the images are similar: plain-clothed Cuban security agents wrestling with dissidents to prevent them delivering messages to the pontiff. Cuba’s small but vocal dissident groups have become a focal point of Pope Francis’ visit to […] Continue reading

Dozens Of Activists Detained To Prevent Them From Attending Pope’s Mass

Dozens Of Activists Detained To Prevent Them From Attending Pope’s Mass / 14ymedio Posted on September 20, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 20 September 2015 — Opposition groups have reported dozens of arrests during the late night and morning hours of Sunday, to prevent many activists from attending Pope Francis’s Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution. […] Continue reading

Bishops Agree to Cuban Communist Party Interference in Pope’s Religious Activities

Bishops Agree to Cuban Communist Party Interference in Pope’s Religious Activities / 14ymedio, Jorge Guillen Garcia Posted on September 20, 2015 14ymedio, Jorge Guillen Garcia*, Candelaria, Artemis, 19 September 2015 — Once again Cuban Catholics suffer humiliation by the Government, without the bishops doing much to stop it. After months of official silence about the […] Continue reading

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of Pope Francis visit

Cuba detains dissidents ahead of Pope Francis visit HAVANA | BY MARC FRANK Cuban police detained about 50 people when a predominantly Roman Catholic dissident group led a march in Havana on Sunday, less than a week before Pope Francis visits the communist-ruled country. Such detentions have become common following regular Sunday marches by the […] Continue reading

Chilean Congressman Among Those Arrested In The March Of The Ladies In White

Chilean Congressman Among Those Arrested In The March Of The Ladies In White / 14ymedio Posted on September 6, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 6 September 2015 – This Sunday 49 Ladies in White and 15 activists marched along Fifth Avenue in Havana’s Miramar neighborhood, surrounded by a strong police operation. At the end of the pilgrimage […] Continue reading

Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba will focus on families, the young and strengthening the church

Pope Francis’ trip to Cuba will focus on families, the young and strengthening the church BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com HAVANA In the shadow of a giant image of Argentine Che Guevara, workmen are in the final stages of building the altar where Argentina-born Pope Francis will celebrate mass in the Plaza de la Revolución during […] Continue reading

The Future Begins on August 14

The Future Begins on August 14 / Cubanet, Rafael Alcides Posted on August 9, 2015 Cubanet, Rafael Alcides, Havana, 3 August 2015 – For some, it began on 17 December of last year, when – as surprisingly as a goal scored at the last minute deciding a world championship – the leaders Barack Obama and […] Continue reading