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Detained Cuban artist who mocked Castro’s death ‘was badly beaten,’ family says

Detained Cuban artist who mocked Castro’s death ‘was badly beaten,’ family says BY ABEL FERNÁNDEZ abfernandez@elnuevoherald.com Cuban dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, who was detained by authorities on Saturday after mocking Fidel Castro’s death, was severely beaten, according to relatives who saw him at the detention center in Guanabacoa. “Danilo’s mom saw him,” the […] Continue reading

Trump win prompts fear, uncertainty in Cuba

Trump win prompts fear, uncertainty in Cuba Carlos BATISTA AFP November 10, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Just when Cuba was starting to warm up to the United States, Americans elected Donald Trump president, throwing the countries’ rapprochement into doubt and causing stunned reactions in Havana. The brash Republican billionaire’s shock victory cast uncertainty over two […] Continue reading

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 October 2016 — The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, summoned to a meeting with State Security on Thursday, received “an official warning” which anticipates “the possibility of committing crimes against State Security […] Continue reading

“God bless you!” The Unusual ‘Goodbye’ from a Cuban Official to Dagoberto Valdes

“God bless you!”: The Unusual ‘Goodbye’ from a Cuban Official to Dagoberto Valdes 14ymedio, Havana, 19 October 2016 – The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, presented himself at ten o’clock on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the State Security at Kilometer 4.5 of the highway to San Juan in […] Continue reading

If you want to start a revolution in Cuba, don’t do it via text

If you want to start a revolution in Cuba, don’t do it via text WRITTEN BY Ana Campoy September 07, 2016 Cuba has been relying on Chinese technology to build up its telecommunications network. Now it appears to have also adopted the Asian giant’s censorship techniques, according to dissident reports. An analysis by 14 y […] Continue reading

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike”

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez/Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 3 September 2016 — If you are considering sending a text message to a friend to wish him a “happy coexistence” with his family or to suggest that he not give in to “the […] Continue reading

Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA issues ban on “blacklisted” cell phones

Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA issues ban on “blacklisted” cell phones ETECSA announced new regulations that will forbid connecting cell lines on “blacklisted” devices. Users in Cuba who already have cell phones with invalid codes should replace their phones before May 18, 2018. ABEL FERNÁNDEZ staff@InCubaToday.com ETECSA, Cuba’s only telecom company, has issued new regulations prohibiting […] Continue reading

Obama and human rights – Is ‘soft power’ working?

USA FOREIGN POLICY Obama and human rights: Is ‘soft power’ working? By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer APRIL 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — A new and downbeat assessment of human rights trends worldwide is raising questions about whether the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy is making the situation worse. The State Department’s annual human rights report […] Continue reading

Open Letter to ETECSA Against Its Continuous Privacy Violations

Open Letter to ETECSA Against Its Continuous Privacy Violations / Somos+ Posted on February 25, 2016 SOMOS+, 20 February 2016 — We’ve got a special post today, an Open Letter written for us by Lizet González Rodríguez, a mother from Cienfuegos who recounts her battle against the ETECSA monopoly, in addition to giving us important […] Continue reading

The Counterrevolution That Has Paralyzed Cuba

The Counterrevolution That Has Paralyzed Cuba December 21, 2015 By Pedro Campos HAVANA TIMES — In the most classic sense of the word, the counterrevolution is that which prevents the advance of revolutionary measures in Cuba’s political and economic spheres and keeps the country from making progress. What is the counterrevolution, specifically? Where is it […] Continue reading

They Want To Frighten Me and Other Independent Journalists

“They Want To Frighten Me and Other Independent Journalists” / 14ymedio Posted on October 9, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 7 October 2015 – The Cuban political police intend to prosecute lawyer and journalist Roberto de Jesus Quinones for a crime called “spreading false news about international peace,” according to what the independent journalist told this daily […] Continue reading

The Abuse of My Rights and The Repression Reaffirmed My Opinions

The Abuse of My Rights and The Repression Reaffirmed My Opinions / Cubanet, Miriam Leiva Posted on September 25, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, 24 September, 2015 – I received the pleasant surprise of a brief visit to my little apartment by Msgr. Veceslav Tumir, secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Havana, around 11:30am on […] Continue reading

Cuba Arrests Dissidents Before Pope’s Havana Mass

Cuba Arrests Dissidents Before Pope’s Havana Mass “Unfortunately, this morning’s actions by Cuba’s state security apparatus are only a glimpse into the constant and ongoing repression by the Cuban regime.” Lydia O’Connor Associate News Editor, The Huffington Post Posted: 09/20/2015 04:20 PM EDT Four dissidents opposed to Cuba’s communist regime were arrested when they tried […] Continue reading

Official Writers – The Good Life is Over

Official Writers: The Good Life is Over / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Posted on July 23, 2015 Now that the slogan is economic profitability, what will happen to all the mediocre but loyal intellectuals? Cubanet.org, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 20 July 2015 – In that “without haste but without pause”* race to impose a new […] Continue reading

The Forgotten, Mysterious Death of Cuba’s Top Dissident

The Forgotten, Mysterious Death of Cuba’s Top Dissident BY ELIAS GROLLJULY 22, 2015 – 5:25 PMELIAS.GROLL@ELIASGROLL Exactly three years ago, prominent Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá was traveling in a Hyundai sedan from Havana to Santiago de Cuba along with three other people when the car struck a patch of gravel and veered off the road, […] Continue reading

Will better relations with U.S. mean an easing of censorship in Cuba?

Will better relations with U.S. mean an easing of censorship in Cuba? June 17, 2015 at 8:10 PM EDT Cuba has one of the lowest rates of Internet connectivity in the Western Hemisphere. In this installment of our continuing series “Cuban Evolution,” Jeffrey Brown looks at Cuban access to the Internet, the effect it has […] Continue reading

Reporting from Cuba, a place frozen in time yet full of potential

Reporting from Cuba, a place frozen in time yet full of potential BY JEFFREY BROWN June 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM EDT Deciding to go was the easy part. I’d been looking for an opportunity to get to Cuba for a long time, for all the obvious reasons: the history, the politics, the culture, the […] Continue reading

Ladies in White on My Street Corner

Ladies in White on My Street Corner May 27, 2015 Vicente Morin Aguado HAVANA TIMES — I took the photo from a prudent distance, as the incident took me by complete surprise. A reporter armed with equipment more powerful than my modest cell phone was also covering all developments. Absorbed by her work, much like […] Continue reading

Buying freedom on plastic

Fabiola Santiago: Buying freedom on plastic BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO FSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/30/2014 6:46 PM 12/30/2014 7:17 PM The vision of Americans running around Havana wielding their credit cards has been with me since President Barack Obama announced his historic change in U.S.-Cuba policy two weeks ago. Let me tell you about the time I bought freedom […] Continue reading

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity

Obama’s Cuba Opportunity After 50 years of perfect policy failure, the U.S. has a political opening to help a reforming Cuba prosper. By PHILIP PETERS • December 16, 2014 George Washington’s farewell address did more than warn against permanent alliances that could “entangle” our young Republic in the “ambition” and “rivalship” of others in ways […] Continue reading

Are Cuba’s Economic Reforms For Real?

Are Cuba’s Economic Reforms For Real? Cuba has started making concessions to capitalism, but not out of necessity. Rob Montz | December 9, 2014 Over the summer, the proletariat paradise dispatched a fleet of state-trained doctors to West Africa to care for Ebola patients as part of its long-standing “global medical diplomacy” division. Regime officials […] Continue reading

Lifting Cuba’s embargo – ‘More food, no freedom’

Lifting Cuba’s embargo: ‘More food, no freedom’ Should America’s 50-year embargo of Cuba be lifted? The New York Times has called on the president to do so, but there is much resistance. Gero Schliess reports from Miami. “I don’t trust those guys,” says Rafael Hernandez, referring to Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. Like many […] 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

Let’s Join “The Death of The Cat” in Denouncing the Castro Dictatorship at FIBABC

Let’s Join “The Death of The Cat” in Denouncing the Castro Dictatorship at FIBABC Posted on September 26, 2014 For my soul brother Angel Santiesteban, prisoner of Cuba for thinking differently. For my second father, Raul Guerra, who died intoxicated with disappointment. The Death of the Cat Writer: Lilo Vilaplana Genre: Fiction Category: Fiction The […] Continue reading

Summer Vacations in Cuba

Summer Vacations in Cuba / Ivan Garcia Posted on September 3, 2014 Raudel and his family have already packed their bags for a six-night stay at a campsite in Mayabeque province near Havana. They saved some of the money their relatives in Miami send them every month and rented an air-conditioned cabin in Los Cocos […] Continue reading

Cuba Customs Returns my Confiscated Belongings

Cuba Customs Returns my Confiscated Belongings July 3, 2014 Isbel Diaz Torres HAVANA TIMES – This past Tuesday, well before the established waiting time of one month had elapsed, I went to Terminal 2 of Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport to demand the return of my belongings, arbitrarily confiscated days before following my arrival from […] Continue reading

Google exec says Cuban internet is old and censored

Posted on Tuesday, 07.01.14 Google exec says Cuban internet is old and censored BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Fresh from a visit to Havana, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has described the Internet in Cuba as “trapped in the 1990s,” heavily censored and with a weak infrastructure dominated by Chinese equipment because of the U.S. […] Continue reading

How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana

How Cuba’s State Security Welcomed Me on Returning to Havana June 25, 2014 Isbel Diaz HAVANA TIMES – After participating in the congress of the Association of Latin American Studies in Chicago, I returned home to Cuba this past June 20th, following a one-month stay in the United States. I arrived at terminal 2 of […] Continue reading

Top dissidents detained in Cuba

Posted on Wednesday, 06.11.14 Top dissidents detained in Cuba Most were freed later in the day but one alleges he was severely beaten BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuban police detained four top pro-democracy activists and at least 40 other dissidents Wednesday in a crackdown in which an independent journalist alleges he was severely beaten […] Continue reading

The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

Cuba Brief: The Last Communist City, A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see [02-06-2014 14:08:24] Cuba Transition Project (www.miscelaneasdecuba.net).- Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, takes place in Los Angeles, circa 2154. The wealthy have moved into an orbiting luxury satellite—the Elysium of the title—while the […] Continue reading

Biden to Cuban media – Alan Gross detention a key obstacle in diplomatic relations

Biden to Cuban media: Alan Gross detention a key obstacle in diplomatic relations CNN’s Dana Davidsen (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden sat down with a Cuban media outlet – a significant move given the decades-long tension between the United States and Cuba since the countries ended diplomatic relations more than 50 years ago. In […] Continue reading

Cuba – U.S. using new weapon against us — spam

Cuba: U.S. using new weapon against us — spam By Patrick Oppmann, CNN April 10, 2014 — Updated 0128 GMT (0928 HKT) Havana (CNN) — Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using […] Continue reading

Cuba – U.S. using new weapon against us — spam

Cuba: U.S. using new weapon against us — spam
By Patrick Oppmann, CNN
April 10, 2014 — Updated 0128 GMT (0928 HKT)

Havana (CNN) — Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of
bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with
exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using a new
weapon against the… Continue reading

Was ZunZuneo To Promote Free Speech Or Destabilize Cuba?

Was ZunZuneo To Promote Free Speech Or Destabilize Cuba? April 08, 2014 5:00 AM ET David Greene to Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about revelations the USAID created and ran a now-defunct Cuban Twitter communications network from 2010 to 2012. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Dumb, dumb, dumb. That’s a quote. […] Continue reading

Radio/TV Marti defends funding for Cuba program

Posted on Monday, 04.07.14 Radio/TV Marti defends funding for Cuba program BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The U.S. government’s Radio/TV Martí stations said Monday there is nothing “subversive,” as the Cuban government alleges, about a platform for cheap group text messages among Cubans run by the broadcasters. “The Piramideo system provides for a free flow […] Continue reading

Why The U.S. Government’s Fake ‘Cuban Twitter’ Service Failed

Why The U.S. Government’s Fake ‘Cuban Twitter’ Service Failed 4/03/2014 @ 5:46PM Updated below with statements from USAID and one of its contractors It’s almost common these days for state-run parties to subvert grassroots movements. During the heyday of Anonymous, a hacktivist community born on 4chan and organized by hackers in chat rooms, federal authorities […] Continue reading

Why The U.S. Government’s Fake ‘Cuban Twitter’ Service Failed

Why The U.S. Government’s Fake ‘Cuban Twitter’ Service Failed
4/03/2014 @ 5:46PM

Updated below with statements from USAID and one of its contractors

It’s almost common these days for state-run parties to subvert
grassroots movements. During the heyday of Anonymous, a hacktivist
community born on 4chan and organized by hackers in chat rooms, federal
authorities tried to usurp the collective… Continue reading

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects BY MARC FRANK HAVANA Sun Apr 6, 2014 5:03pm EDT (Reuters) – Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island’s government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several […] Continue reading

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects

Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects
BY MARC FRANK
HAVANA Sun Apr 6, 2014 5:03pm EDT

(Reuters) – Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use
social media to “subvert” the island’s government and that the
revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba
was just one of several examples.

The U.S. government has… Continue reading

U.S. denies trying to overthrow Castro with Twitter clone

U.S. denies trying to overthrow Castro with Twitter clone By Jose Pagliery and Elwyn Lopez @CNNTech April 3, 2014: 3:58 PM ET Cuba’s own Twitter service, ZunZuneo, was actually designed by the United States. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) The U.S. government acknowledged Thursday it created a Twitter-like social media service for Cubans, but denied the effort […] Continue reading