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Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba?

Fidel Castro is laid to rest – so what next for Cuba? Harriet Alexander, santiago de cuba 6 DECEMBER 2016 • 4:55PM In the hallway of his apartment building, with a statue of a Greek goddess looking down, Josue Carmona Ramos was leading his people in a particularly Cuban prayer. World leaders were gathering at […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – Unwitting father of modern Miami

Fidel Castro: Unwitting father of modern Miami BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI The Gateway to the Americas: That’s how Miami’s business and civic leaders would grandly if sporadically label the city in the middle of the last century. In reality, the slogan was wishful thinking, little more than the stuff of promotional brochures. Contrary to the historic […] Continue reading

The Myth Died, Cuba Must Change

The Myth Died, Cuba Must Change / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos 14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 27 November 2016 — Fidel Castro has died. The mythic figure has died. The event will be discussed for a long time and from many points of view. Nine days of mourning has been decreed in Havana, the flag is at […] Continue reading

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution.

One Family. Six Decades. Myriad Views of Fidel Castro’s Revolution. By DAMIEN CAVE NOV. 27, 2016 HAVANA — When Fidel Castro rode victoriously into Havana on Jan. 8, 1959, Juan Montes Torre rushed into the streets to cheer. A poor, uneducated laborer from the eastern countryside of Cuba, he had arrived in the capital a […] 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

A new sponsor for Castro?

A new sponsor for Castro? ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 3 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:51 CEST. The Castro regime is immersed in an intense propaganda and diplomatic offensive preparing its usual draft resolution in the UN General Assembly to condemn the US trade embargo against Cuba. This time, however, Havana harbors […] 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

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 Forum is a body for all young Cubans

‘The Forum is a body for all young Cubans’ WALDO FERNÁNDEZ CUENCA | La Habana | 18 de Julio de 2016 – 15:53 CEST. ) The fact that Cuban civil society is now struggling to throw off shackles of totalitarianism is something that Kirenia Yalit Núñez Pérez boasts the credentials to attest to. This Psychology […] Continue reading

Gagged Words

Gagged Words / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenchea, Santa Clara, 27 June 2016 – The Eva Tas Foundation, located in Amsterdam, publishes and promotes texts that have been and are censored, regardless of where or how. Indeed, as a part of this laudable and necessary work, this institution just published two books […] Continue reading

Cuba – Communism, Contradiction and Monumental Change

Cuba: Communism, Contradiction and Monumental Change Analysis JUNE 5, 2016 | 13:01 GMT By Lynn Wise Cuba is embarking on a new era, and the excitement is palpable in the thick Caribbean air. Last year, the United States — Cuba’s longtime political nemesis — restored full diplomatic relations with the island nation. Soon, Washington could […] 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

Cuba’s exiles face a transitional stage

Cuba’s exiles face a transitional stage MICHAEL H. MIRANDA | Arkansas | 14 Abr 2016 – 6:02 pm. President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba last March prompts the pondering of some questions about the present and future of Cuba’s community of exiles. Is it on its way to becoming a historical fiction, or is it […] Continue reading

Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border

Cuban Refugees Flocking to Texas Border by Julián Aguilar March 22, 2016 The same week President Obama makes the first trip to Cuba by an American president in almost 90 years, The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Havana — the first open-air show there by a British rock band. But changing times […] Continue reading

Gorki Aguila Detained and Interrogated Returning To Cuba From US

Gorki Aguila Detained and Interrogated Returning To Cuba From US / 14ymedio Posted on March 12, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 11 March 2016 — Gorki Águila, a musician with the band Porno Para Ricardo, has denounced that he was detained and questioned Thursday at Jose Marti airport in Havana, on his arrival from the United States. […] Continue reading

Deal paves way for thousands of Cuban immigrants heading to U.S.

Deal paves way for thousands of Cuban immigrants heading to U.S. By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN Updated 2343 GMT (0743 HKT) January 5, 2016 | Video Source: CNN Story highlights Five Central American countries and Mexico ink a deal to help Cuban immigrants Thousands of them have been stranded in Costa Rica for weeks Soon, […] Continue reading

Why Do Cubans Emigrate?

Why Do Cubans Emigrate? / Ivan Garcia Posted on December 22, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 16 December 2015 — Laying the blame on “Yankee imperialism” or the “perverse and criminal” Cuban Adjustment Act will not stem the flow of people escaping poverty and bleak futures. The national debate should be of a different nature. A responsible […] 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

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on December 15, 2015 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba […] Continue reading

Henry Constantin Arrested at the Airport on His Return From Lima

Henry Constantin Arrested at the Airport on His Return From Lima / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on November 27, 2015 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 26 November 2015 — Journalist and activist Henry Constantin, director of the magazine La hora de Cuba (Cuba’s Hour), a member of the editorial board of the magazine Convivencia (Coexistence) and […] Continue reading

Laughing at the Castros, a Mortal Sin

Laughing at the Castros, a Mortal Sin / Cubanet, Victor Manuel Dominguez Posted on October 18, 2015 For the Cuban government, when satire is against the “enemy,” it is useful and refreshing. Otherwise it is subversive Cubanet.org, Victor Manuel Dominguez, Havana, 15 October 2015 – In a country where joking, sarcasm, satire, mockery, in sum, […] Continue reading

Incident at the Airport Yesterday

Incident at the Airport Yesterday / Somos+, Eliecer Avila / Somos+ Posted on October 5, 2015 Somos+, Eliecer Avila, 5 October 2015 — Everything appeared normal until I got to the immigration desk. There the official meeting me had a sign on his screen with the word “CONTROLLED” flashing in red. With more or less […] Continue reading

‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’

‘The only thing they can´t take from me is my body’ ERNESTO SANTANA | La Habana | 5 Oct 2015 – 12:05 pm. A look of the career and meaning of the artist Danilo Maldonado (‘El Sexto’). Danilo Maldonado, aka “El Sexto” and Tania Bruguera were the protagonists, albeit absent, behind the last Bienal de […] Continue reading

The Cuba conundrum – where to now for Cuba-US relations?

The Cuba conundrum: where to now for Cuba-US relations? Relations with the United States have thawed, and Cuba’s youth hunger for change. But other Cubans fear that ‘normalising’ of relations with the US will make life on the Caribbean island worse, rather than better Rozana loves Rihanna. “I like her songs, the way she dresses, […] Continue reading

The State of Cuba

The State of Cuba Text by Azam Ahmed and Victoria Burnett. SEPT. 18, 2015 Battered Chevys still course up and down the broad avenues, and photos of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara still paper the city like campaign posters. But you can also try the sumptuous seafood risotto at a high-end paladar, or watch a […] Continue reading

Demagoguery – A Cardinal Sign of the Cuban “Revolution”

Demagoguery: A Cardinal Sign of the Cuban “Revolution” / Jeovany Vega Posted on August 24, 2015 I want you POOR, fanatic, worshipful and grateful Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 20 August 2015 — A few weeks ago we were amusing ourselves with news reports about the vacation tour of Prince Tony Castro. Apparently, tired of playing golf […] Continue reading

Marti and His Myth

Marti and His Myth / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea Posted on July 24, 2015 14ymedio, José Gabriel Barrenechea, Santa Clara, 17 May 2015 – From the interpretation of a significant event in the history of a nation, the interpreters’ political orientation can be very well surmised. Here we have this date, 24 February 1895 – […] Continue reading

Who do you do business with in Cuba, the military or civilians?

Who do you do business with in Cuba, the military or civilians? / Juan Juan Almeida Posted on June 22, 2015 Juan Juan Almeida,8 June 2015 — In an admirable surge of ratification in the most pure tradition of sovereignty, out of an infinite commitment of respect for human rights and in support of the […] Continue reading

Door Opens Slightly to Cuba, but Businesses Face Difficulty Getting In

Door Opens Slightly to Cuba, but Businesses Face Difficulty Getting In By LIZETTE ALVAREZJUNE 19, 2015 MIAMI — Six months after President Obama cracked open a more than five-decade Cold War stalemate with Cuba, American money, travelers and business executives are streaming onto the island and a United States flag is poised to fly over […] 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

Cuba’s removal from terrorism list may prove more symbolic than business-friendly

Cuba’s removal from terrorism list may prove more symbolic than business-friendly BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MWHITEFIELD@MIAMIHERALD.COM 04/26/2015 11:12 AM 04/26/2015 11:12 AM Regulations governing the United States’ new commercial opening toward Cuba were announced in January, but so far there have been few takers. Most businesses are still kicking the tires when it comes to Cuba […] Continue reading

Elections in Cuba – The Never-Ending Farce

Elections in Cuba: The Never-Ending Farce / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on April 23, 2015 Jeovany J. Vega, 19 APril 2015 — When on this day, Sunday, 19 April 2015, the last poll closes, nothing transcendent will occur. Despite the statistics manipulated by the newspaper Granma and its libels about an electorate that presumably will […] Continue reading

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit

Cuban rappers criticize government in rhyme at Summit Rick Jervis, USA TODAY 12:06 a.m. EDT April 11, 2015 PANAMA CITY – Cuban rapper Skuadron Patriota paced the stage and dedicated his next song to his mom – and moms everywhere who have lost sons to street fights or perilous raft trips from his island country […] Continue reading

The Cuban Money Crisis

The Cuban Money Crisis The biggest change to the island’s economy isn’t the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations April 1, 2015 by Patrick Symmes The currency crisis starts about 75 feet into Cuba. I land in the late afternoon and, after clearing customs, step into the busy arrivals hall of Havana’s airport looking for help. I […] Continue reading

Reentry to Cuba Includes a Conversation with State Security

Reentry to Cuba Includes a Conversation with State Security / Eliecer Avila Posted on March 4, 2015 Eliecer Avila, 26 February 2015 — After having “conversations” like these, I always ask myself is it is worth the trouble to publish an account of them or not. I do not like even giving these people the […] Continue reading

Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video

Exiled Ladies in White members demand leader’s resignation after YouTube video NORA GÁMEZ TORRES NGAMEZTORRES@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 02/18/2015 7:38 PM 02/18/2015 11:07 PM After appearing before two recent U.S. congressional hearings seeking freedom for political prisoners and respect for human rights in Cuba, the leader of Ladies in White now faces calls for her resignation from exiled […] Continue reading

Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change

Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change BY ANITA SNOW ASSOCIATED PRESS 02/18/2015 12:11 AM 02/18/2015 12:12 AM HAVANA Rolling toward customs with a 60-pound suitcase filled with clothing and electronics for friends, my stomach clenched when a female agent in a light green uniform approached. As a former longtime Cuba correspondent […] Continue reading

Cuba – The Other Embargo 02-2015

Cuba: The Other Embargo / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 7, 2015 Last summer, 48-year-old Lisván, owner of a small photographic studio in a neighbourhood in the east of Havana, personally suffered the consequences of the absurd prohibitions that the Castro regime imposes on its citizens. With the profits made from his business and after […] Continue reading

What Will We Do With the Hope?

What Will We Do With the Hope? / Yoani Sanchez Posted on February 3, 2015 “Any frustration is the daughter of excessive expectations,” I shared my concern with the U.S. members of Congress who visited Cuba in January. The phrase was designed to stress the flow of illusions that has been let loose in the […] Continue reading