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Cuba 2016 – The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro

Cuba 2016: The Visit of Barack Obama and Death of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 2 January 2017 — A spring rainstorm with light gusts of wind fell over metropolitan Havana on Sunday, March 20th, when at 4:30 PM Air Force One landed at the first terminal of the José Martí International Airport […] Continue reading

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team

WPLG debuts a Havana-based reporting team BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com WPLG Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely have become the ABC affiliate’s men in Havana. The pair arrived last Wednesday to become the South Florida station’s full-time Havana-based crew. That gives WPLG the distinction of being the first local station in […] Continue reading

The ashes of a dissident and of a minister

Editorial: The ashes of a dissident and of a minister DDC | Madrid | 13 de Enero de 2017 – 11:31 CET. Félix Bonne Carcassés and Carlos Fernández Gondín died at the end of last week, just a few hours apart, in Havana. The former was a professor at the University of Havana for 20 […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign

Cuban Dissident Arrested For Democracy Campaign Marcy Kreiter International Business Times January 12, 2017 Biscet and four other dissidents were arrested by Cuban security agents as they prepared to hand out leaflets promoting the Emilia Project. More A U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom winner was arrested and held briefly Wednesday by Cuban security agents who […] Continue reading

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba

So much for Obama’s ‘new chapter’ with Cuba By DANIEL ALLOTT (@DANIELALLOTT) • 1/11/17 6:39 PM “If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people…you might have said our sights were set a little too high.” So said President Obama in his farewell address to the country […] Continue reading

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents

Prominent Cuban dissidents detained by state security agents BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, was taken into custody by police and state security agents Wednesday morning in Havana and briefly detained. Miami-based Inspire America Foundation, a super PAC that supports pro-democracy leaders and […] Continue reading

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba

How Trump could bring real change to Cuba By Editorial Board January 10 at 7:46 PM THE LASTING foreign policy legacy of a president often doesn’t become clear until years after he leaves office. That may be particularly true of President Obama, because some of his most distinctive initiatives were, in large part, bets on […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro – The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains

Fidel Castro: The Tyrant Exits but the Damage Remains / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 29 November 2016 — The dictator Fidel Castro died last Friday at the age of 90. The extensive news coverage was to be expected. After all, he was both the object of the most romantic, idealized love and the […] Continue reading

‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo

‘Special Troops, batons, guns and dogs’ to control the people in Guantánamo MANUEL ALEJANDRO LEÓN VELÁZQUEZ | Guantánamo | 7 de Enero de 2017 – 01:18 CET. Three months after Hurricane Matthew hit, the inhabitants of Baracoa and Maisí are complaining about the Government’s sluggish response to aid those who lost everything, and criticizing the […] Continue reading

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In2016

Dissident Group Denounces At Least 9,940 Arbitrary Arrests In Cuba In 2016 / EFE,14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 5 January 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a dissident group, denounced today that it had documented at least 9,940 arbitrary arrests for “political reasons” in 2016, the highest figure of […] Continue reading

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say Cuban opposition activists have said the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents rocketed to nearly 10,000 last year. The government on the one-party communist island denies holding any political prisoners. In a report published on Thursday, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) found […] Continue reading

Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin VicePresident for Cuba

Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin Vice President for Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 30 December 2016 — The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) has named independent journalist Henry Constantín Ferreiro as regional vice president for Cuba. Director of the magazine La Hora de Cuba and a resident of the city of Camagüey, the reporter told 14ymedio […] Continue reading

UNPACU suffers at least 13 raids on homes in 48 hours, in addition tothefts and arrests

UNPACU suffers at least 13 raids on homes in 48 hours, in addition to thefts and arrests DDC | Santiago de Cuba | 23 de Diciembre de 2016 – 09:06 CET. In the last 48 hours regime forces have carried out raids on the homes of at least 13 human rights activists, reported the Coordinator […] Continue reading

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first

In Castro’s Cuba, freedom of humor went first BY KRISTINA ARRIAGA – 12/21/16 07:00 PM EST 19 The olive green military jeep that carried Fidel Castro’s ashes broke down. It is fitting. In a country where everything is a façade, it took the death of a tyrant to pull the curtain back. For a moment, […] Continue reading

Is Raul Castro Preparing for a Handover to Diaz-Canel or Something Else?

Is Raul Castro Preparing for a Handover to Diaz-Canel or Something Else? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 15 December 2016 — Thirteen months before his anticipated retirement, General Raúl Castro is setting the agenda for an individual who, even within the ranks of the Communist Party, provokes a rare mix of opposing opinions […] Continue reading

POST-CASTRO CUBA CONTINUES TO LOCK UP DISSENTING ARTISTS

POST-CASTRO CUBA CONTINUES TO LOCK UP DISSENTING ARTISTS Street artist “El Sexto” was jailed for writing “Se fue” (He’s gone) on a wall. BY ANTHONY L. FISHER ON 12/19/16 AT 11:30 AM Cuba’s nine days of official mourning for its deceased former dictator Fidel Castro has mercifully concluded, but his penchant for locking up artists […] Continue reading

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Fidel Castro’s death

Cuba cracks down on dissidents after Fidel Castro’s death A roundup in the country’s east snared dozens and derailed street protests planned to demand that political prisoners be freed. By: AFP | Havana | Published:December 19, 2016 7:06 am Authorities across Cuba have cracked down on dissidents, arresting dozens, keeping others from marching in Havana, […] Continue reading

Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba

Threats and Arrests if Dissidents Continue in Cuba / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 15 December 2016 –The leader of the Ladies in White, Berta Soler, was arrested Thursday in the morning when she was about to leave the headquarters of the organization in the neighborhood of Lawton, Havana, in order to connect to the Internet. Angel […] Continue reading

Amnesty International – Where to Write for Release of El Sexto

Amnesty International: Where to Write for Release of El Sexto UA: 273/16 Index: AMR 25/5244/2016 Cuba Date: 29 November 2016 URGENT ACTION CUBAN GRAFFITI ARTIST ARRESTED AGAIN Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado Machado (‘El Sexto’) – named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International in 2015 – was re-arrested on 26 November, shortly after the […] Continue reading

Agreement between Cuba and EU criticized as soft on human rights

Agreement between Cuba and EU criticized as soft on human rights BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com A new agreement of cooperation and political dialogue between the Cuban government and the European Union has come under intense attack by European parliament members, Cuban dissidents and human rights organizations. “The EU should have asked for an end […] Continue reading

American attorney defending Cuban dissident artist arrested,foundation says

American attorney defending Cuban dissident artist arrested, foundation says BY ALEX HARRIS aharris@miamiherald.com An American human rights lawyer representing an imprisoned Cuban artist was arrested in Havana on Friday, according to the Human Rights Foundation. Kimberley Motley was in the country to advocate for 33-year-old Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, a dissident artist jailed for posting […] Continue reading

Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva

Cuban Authorities Block Travel Of Dissident Amel Carlos Oliva / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 14 December 2016 – Yesterday, Tuesday afternoon, Carlos Amel Oliva checked in well in advance with his ticket to take Air Europe Flight 052 that was leaving for Madrid just after 10:00 PM, intending to connect from the Spanish capital to travel […] Continue reading

The Seven Phases of Fidel Castro

The Seven Phases of Fidel Castro / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 December 2016 — In a country sculpted by slogans, intolerance and symbols, the departure of Fidel Castro — absolute ruler and founding father of the Cuban Revolution — changes the rules of the game. Nothing will ever be the same again. No future […] Continue reading

Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day

Cuban Government Launches Ideological Offensive On Human Rights Day / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 10 December 2016 — For several years on International Human Rights Day, the Cuban government has strengthed its ideological battle on the internet with police operations around the country. The volume of epithets posted on social networks and […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement Leader Gets a Lawyer

Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement Leader Gets a Lawyer / 14ymedio Eduardo Cardet, national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) who has been under arrest since the night of 30 November, as of Thursday has found a lawyer to represent him. His relatives have denounced in several media that no lawyer wanted to take on […] Continue reading

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba

The Legacy of Fidel Castro and the Future of Cuba / Iván García Iván García, 6 December 2016 — Some large scale political events, the ones where people are weeping over the death of a “venerated leader” or yelling slogans like ventriloquists, are really smoke and mirrors. A dishonest trick. On April 7, 1957, a […] Continue reading

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

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food,family says

Dissident artist jailed in Cuba beaten and fed sedative-laced food, family says By Elizabeth Llorente Published December 05, 2016 One of Cuba’s most prominent anti-Castro artists is refusing to eat food served by his jailers, alleging that they have laced it with pills that induce drowsiness, those close to him say. Danilo Maldonado, known as […] Continue reading

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now?

The Death of Fidel Castro: What Awaits Us Now? / Iván García Iván García, 28 November 2016 — It was half past ten at night in the privately-owned Perla Negra bar in Havana’s populous La Viñora neighborhood and thirty minutes by car from the center of the city, where the locals were drinking mojitos, caipirinhas […] Continue reading

Red ink – The high human cost of the Cuban revolution

Red ink: The high human cost of the Cuban revolution BY GLENN GARVIN ggarvin@miamiherald.com LINKEDIN Danilo Maldonado’s collision with the Cuban revolution is, in some ways, a silly asterisk to history. And in others, it practically defines the country’s dilemma of the past 57 years, a state that defines itself as the people’s political vanguard, […] Continue reading

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

Cuba detains dissident artist for celebrating Castro’s death

Cuba detains dissident artist for celebrating Castro’s death By Nicole Martinez Reuters November 29, 2016 MIAMI (Reuters) – Cuban police have detained dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado, once declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, after he made a video celebrating the death of Fidel Castro, a dissident human rights group and the […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Death Elicits Mixed Reactions in Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Death Elicits Mixed Reactions in Cuba Some expect little real change, others see a new chapter opening in island nation’s history Juan Forero Nov. 27, 2016 7:50 p.m. ET HAVANA—Cubans have stumbled through a collective haze since Fidel Castro died Friday night at age 90. Many have known him only as a grandfatherly […] Continue reading

The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago

The Ancient Dictator Died Long Ago / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 26 November 2016 — The official media have just announced the last and definitive death of Fidel Castro, and I think I have perceived more relief than bereavement in the mournful message. If I were a religious person, I would feel […] Continue reading

Even dissidents hold back as Castro’s death casts a pall over Cuba

Even dissidents hold back as Castro’s death casts a pall over Cuba By Nelson Acosta and Ana Isabel Martinez | HAVANA Cuba’s most prominent dissident group called off its weekly protest march for the first time in 13 years on Sunday following the death of its nemesis Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader whose passing has […] Continue reading

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba

Two former Castro prisoners hopeful for change in Cuba By Anthony Hall Posted: Nov 27, 2016 12:54 AM Updated: Nov 27, 2016 5:57 AM LUBBOCK, Texas – Two Cuban-Americans were political prisoners for nearly four years each after they were caught discussing change in Cuba during perestroika and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s leadership in the […] Continue reading

A subdued Cuba comes to grips with news of Fidel Castro’s death

A subdued Cuba comes to grips with news of Fidel Castro’s death BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com He was a master of stagecraft until the end. Fidel Castro’s death, announced Friday night, came on the same day in 1956 — Nov. 25 — when he, his brother Raúl, Che Guevara and 79 other revolutionaries boarded a […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Cuban artist fights for free expression

Tania Bruguera: Cuban artist fights for free expression How the internationally renowned dissident artist turned a performance piece into a fight for freedom of expression. by Carlos Manuel Alvarez Carlos Manuel Alvarez is a Cuban journalist. Havana, Cuba – It is December 17, 2014 and the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is at Pope Francis’ weekly […] 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

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading