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A Second Day Of Police Harassment For Somos+ Academy

A Second Day Of Police Harassment For Somos+ Academy / 14ymedio Academy 1010, an initiative of the Somos+ (We Are More) Movement, experienced a second day of police harassment with a strong Sttae Security operation around the homes of several activists, including arrests and deportations to home provinces. Today, no participants were able to reach […] Continue reading

Journalist Elaine Diaz Arrested In Baracoa While Reporting On Hurricane Matthew

Journalist Elaine Diaz Arrested In Baracoa While Reporting On Hurricane Matthew / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 October 2016 — The journalist Elaine Diaz, director of the independent media Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism), was arrested Wednesday morning in Baracoa, Guantanamo province, while covering the damage left by Hurricane Matthew. The reporter was accompanied by several […] Continue reading

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same

Despite Obama’s claims, Cuba’s the same Thursday, September 8, 2016 | Bill Bumpas, Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com) Christian human rights organizations are alarmed at the wave of repression against Christians in Cuba – despite the normalization of relations between the United States and the communist island. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports a government crackdown on freedom […] Continue reading

The growth and challenges of the Church in Cuba

The growth and challenges of the Church in Cuba ON: 8/19/2016, BY DONIS TRACY PILOT CORRESPONDENT To understand the Church’s current situation in Cuba, one needs to look at the early days of the revolution. “I remember that time,” recalls Laura Perez. Speaking in her native Spanish from her apartment in West New York, N.J., […] Continue reading

The Tentacles of Castroism Are Long

“The Tentacles of Castroism Are Long” / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 13 July 2016 — Desolate, but firm and willing to continue fighting for Cubans, whom he calls “my brothers.” Thus, Efrain Sanchez Mateo defines himself after serving a sentence of five days in jail for allegedly assaulting a police officer during […] 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

LETTER TO OBAMA – MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA – RSF

LETTER TO OBAMA: MAKE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND ACCESS TO INFORMATION PRIORITIES IN CUBA PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2016. Next week, President Barack Obama will visit Cuba, the first sitting President of the United States to do so since 1928. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written an open letter to President Obama asking […] Continue reading

Cuba is still a dictatorship

Cuba is still a dictatorship by Jorge Ramos January 13, 2016 2:47 p.m. Sometimes those of us who live outside Cuba forget that the country remains a dictatorship. But for the 11 million people living on the island, forgetting is impossible—they live the consequences every day. But the thaw between Washington and Havana that began […] Continue reading

Jose Daniel Ferrer Barred from Havana and Warned He Could Return to Prison

Jose Daniel Ferrer Barred from Havana and Warned He Could Return to Prison / 14ymedio Posted on December 18, 2015 14ymedio, Havana, 18 December 2015 — The leader of the National Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Jose Daniel Ferrer, was deported to Santiago de Cuba by order of a Havana judge who warned him that […] 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 Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation

Cuba: The Tyrannosaurus Rex Generation August 31, 2015 By Martin Guevara HAVANA TIMES — The experience of Syrian refugees – a drama much talked about around Europe today, which is cause enough for concern in and of itself – led me to make a rather disheartening observation. The tragedies these exiles bring with them from […] Continue reading

LETTER TO JOHN KERRY – “MAKE SURE ALL OF CUBA’S MANY VOICES ARE HEARD”

LETTER TO JOHN KERRY: “MAKE SURE ALL OF CUBA’S MANY VOICES ARE HEARD” PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2015. On August 14, Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Cuba in order to celebrate the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It is the first time since 1959 that the head of […] Continue reading

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba

Left-Wing Magazine Plans Posh Trip To Castro’s Cuba BLAKE NEFF Reporter 11:24 AM 07/11/2015 The Nation, one of America’s premier left-wing magazines, is advertising a trip to Communist Cuba where it touts that visitors will be able to meet spies who helped kill Americans. An email sent out Friday invites loyal friends of The Nation […] Continue reading

Deportees in Their Own Country

Deportees in Their Own Country / Cubanet, Reinaldo Cosano Posted on May 18, 2015 Cuban Apartheid, suffered by families who abandoned their homes and went to Havana in search of a new life Cubanet.org, Reinaldo Emilio Cosano Alen, Havana, 15 May 2015 – Rodolfo Castro, from Santiago de Cuba, met with three other young men […] 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

Activist daughter of late dissident Payá detained in Panama at Summit of the Americas

Activist daughter of late dissident Payá detained in Panama at Summit of the Americas BY ANTONIO MARÍA DELGADO ADELGADO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM 04/05/2015 4:06 PM 04/05/2015 10:52 PM Rosa María Payá, the daughter of the late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, was briefly detained on Sunday at Panama’s airport and threatened with deportation to Cuba if she caused any […] Continue reading

US, Cuba hail ‘productive, constructive’ first day of talks

US, Cuba hail ‘productive, constructive’ first day of talks Havana (AFP) – US and Cuban officials welcomed the first day of their historic diplomatic talks in Havana on Wednesday as “productive” and “constructive” despite lingering differences over migration issus. The first of two days of talks aimed at ending decades of Cold War enmity focused […] Continue reading

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans

High in the Andes, a tenuous haven for Cubans BY JIM WYSS JWYSS@MIAMIHERALD.COM 12/16/2014 5:30 PM  12/16/2014 9:16 PM MIAMI HERALD QUITO, ECUADOR On “Calle Ocho” in the La Florida neighborhood, a few dozen Cubans mill around, downing tar-thick cortadito coffee and explaining to curious locals how to cook malanga. But the snow-capped volcano peeking […] Continue reading

Cuban Military Officer ‘Held At Detention Centre’

Cuban Military Officer ‘Held At Detention Centre’ By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Chief Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell has refused to confirm or deny reports that a Cuban military officer is being held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. According to reports, Mayor (Major) Ortelio Abrahantes was taken to the Bahamas […] Continue reading

Investment in Cuba? What for?

Investment in Cuba? What for? / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo ASCE XXIV / 2014 Annual Conference, Miami Hilton Downtown Hotel, Florida, USA Panel 12. Concerto Ballrom B – Friday, August 1st, 2:45-4:15pm 1. In Cuba during the 1970s, historian Manuel Moreno Fraginals challenged poet Jose Lezama Lima with his trendy scientific notions about the laws […] Continue reading

Swap to free Alan Gross depends on Obama, “Cuban Five” spy says

Swap to free Alan Gross depends on Obama, “Cuban Five” spy says Published June 02, 2014 EFE The release of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison depends solely on the “political will” of President Barack Obama, a Havana spy who spent more than 15 years behind bars in the United States said […] Continue reading

Who Said All Is Not Lost? Anyway, I Come to Offer My Heart

Who Said All Is Not Lost? Anyway, I Come to Offer My Heart / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on May 18, 2014 My people are exhausted. My people are skeptical. My people are free and happy. Over half a century of forced one-party rule in Cuba, call it a dictatorship or a Revolution, has […] Continue reading

City may join effort to free man in Cuban jail

City may join effort to free man in Cuban jail BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff gfilosa@keysnews.com At a time when the White House has softened American travel restrictions to Cuba, a former contractor says he is trapped in a Cold War-era prison sentence that is killing him slowly. Alan Gross, 65, is serving a 15-year […] Continue reading

The Castro Regime Kills and Doesn’t Lie

The Castro Regime Kills and Doesn’t Lie / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on April 2, 2014 The Castro regime is, above all, biopolitical. Power over the life and death of each one of the individuals, within and beyond the national frontiers of the wicked little island in the Caribbean Sea. The Castro regime is […] Continue reading

The First Book of the End of Castroism

The First Book of the End of Castroism / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on April 2, 2014 The Madrid publisher Anaya has just released the first book of the end of Castroism—that is, of Castroism understood as a myth perpetuated by the intellectual left. From now on, one cannot sympathize with the Castro dynasty […] Continue reading

Sacristan Arrested for Protecting Ladies in White

Sacristan Arrested for Protecting Ladies in White / Calixto R. Martinez Arias Posted on March 3, 2014 HAVANA, Cuba. — Roberto Pupo Tejeda, sacristan of the Catholic Church, was arrested and mistreated by officials of the State Security Department (DSE). “I was in the Church participating in the Sunday Mass, and I went out to […] Continue reading

US, rights groups condemn Cuban dissident detentions

Posted on Tuesday, 01.28.14 US, rights groups condemn Cuban dissident detentions BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch joined Tuesday in condemning the Cuban government’s detentions of dozens of dissidents to keep them away from a Havana summit of hemispheric leaders. Human rights activists in Havana said […] Continue reading

I am the Woman Who was Raped by an Immigration Officer in the Bahamas

I am the Woman Who was Raped by an Immigration Officer in the Bahamas / CID Posted on September 27, 2013 My name is Maireni Saborio Gonzales, I am 23 years old and I live in city of Caibarien, Villa Clara. I left as a boat person or rafter on September 25, 2012 and I […] Continue reading

Carromero’s Courage

Carromero’s Courage / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo Posted on August 19, 2013 Translated by Alex Higson. From Sampsonia Way Magazine. You must have nearly suicidal courage to accuse Cuban State Security, an offshoot of the Soviet KGB which has thousands of officials and millions of collaborators on and off the island, of a double murder. […] Continue reading

Light and Liberty

Light and Liberty / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo from Sampsonia Way Posted on April 15, 2013 Rosa María Payá is visiting the United States from April 3 to 16. She lives in Havana and is the daughter of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, the Cuban dissident who won the Andrei Sakharov Prize in 2002 and founded the [...] Continue reading

Haunted by cancer after Cuba’s Black Spring

Haunted by cancer after Cuba's Black Spring By Alfredo Felipe Fuentes/ CPJ Guest Blogger As the world welcomes celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez on her first international tour in a decade, we must also remember journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, who continues to be confined not only to the island nation, but to a prison [...] Continue reading

Prison Diary VII. My Life in a Story

Prison Diary VII. My Life in a Story / Angel Santiesteban Posted on March 31, 2013 Recently I’ve been reading the book “Mandatory Happiness” by the Romanian writer Norman Manea, deported as a child with his family to a Ukrainian concentration camp, and the way the author masterfully describes an everyday story under a totalitarian [...] Continue reading

Laritza Diversent: The Pending Emigration Law Should Make No Distinctions Because of Citizens’ Political Views

Laritza Diversent: The Pending Emigration Law Should Make No Distinctions Because of Citizens' Political Views #Cuba Laritza Diversent, Translator: Unstated Readers' interview from Diaro de Cuba The attorney and independent blogger, Laritza Diversent, responds to questions by readers of Diaro de Cuba regarding emigration reform. Ricardo E. Trelles: In your professional life you have to [...] Continue reading

Angel Carromero Trial Highlights Tensions between Cuba and Spain

Angel Carromero Trial Highlights Tensions between Cuba and Spain October 10, 2012 by Alejandro Erquicia A Cuban jury will release this week the verdict from the trial against the young Spanish politician Ángel Carromero, which took place last Friday in Bayamo, in the southeastern province of Granma. Carromero is accused of vehicular manslaughter, after the [...] Continue reading

Hablemos Press Correspondent Calixto R. Martnez Will Be Charged for “Contempt for Authority”

Hablemos Press Correspondent Calixto R. Martnez Will Be Charged for "Contempt for Authority" / Yaremes Flores, Cuban Legal Advisor Cuban Legal Advisor, Translator: Eduardo Alemán, Yaremis Flores By Yaremis Flores Independent journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias continues to be jailed in the Santiago de las Vegas police station, and "will be charged with the crime [...] Continue reading

Human rights activists detained in Cuba

Cuba: Human rights activists detained in Cuba UA: 276/12 Index: AMR 25/022/2012 Cuba Date: 25 September 2012 URGENT ACTION dozens of cuban opposition activists detained Members of the Ladies in White have been detained in Havana and several other places in Cuba. Some remain in detention and the authorities have failed to provide reasons for [...] Continue reading

Ladies in White backers ‘deported’

Ladies in White backers 'deported' AFP/Havana Police sent dozens of Cuban women dissidents back to their home provinces at the weekend even as a pro-government mob tried to corral the group in a home so they could not attend a mass, a dissident alleged on Monday. Police "detained more than 60 women, deported them (to [...] Continue reading

Cuba charges Spaniard in dissident Paya’s death

Posted on Tuesday, 07.31.12 Cuba charges Spaniard in dissident Paya's death By PETER ORSI Associated Press HAVANA — Cuba has charged a Spanish citizen with the equivalent of vehicular manslaughter in a car accident that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and another government opponent, official media said Tuesday. Angel Carromero, who was driving the car [...] Continue reading