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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

Official Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

Official Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro / Somos+ Somos+, 26 November 2016 — Consistent with its tradition of objectivity and respect, the political movement Somos+ acknowledges the death of former president Fidel Castro as an historical event of great significance. We understand that his followers will pay him the tribute they deem appropriate. […] Continue reading

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba

Donald Trump has a choice to make on Cuba Ted A. Henken, author of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | 9:17 AM ET CNBC.com One example of freer markets in Cuba is the Paladar La Cocina de Lilliam (Lilliam’s Kitchen), a home-based restaurant garden where President Jimmy Carter ate on […] Continue reading

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda

Another Point For The Cuban Human Rights Agenda / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 20 October 2016 — An article I wrote was published on this site in March 2015, on the subject of the announcement in the official Cuban press that a new electoral law was to be enacted in Cuba in March […] Continue reading

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA November 4, 2016 Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES — “Napoleon was to them, an Italian man, who organized the fight without the US; and people are more than sure, that he wouldn’t have lost Waterloo with the US’ help” (1), says an upbeat song from Rio de la […] Continue reading

Building Socialism in Cuba

Building Socialism in Cuba As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy? by Samuel Farber In July 2016, thanks to a 20 percent reduction in oil shipments from Venezuela, Cuba’s economy minister Marino Murillo announced a 6 percent cut in electricity and a 28 percent cut […] Continue reading

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms

UNPACU Reaches 5th Anniversary Amid Achievements And Criticisms / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Luz Escobar/Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 24 August 2016 – Five years can be a long time in Cuba, when we’re talking about an opposition organization. In the complex kaleidoscope of dissident groups and parties that make up civil society on the […] Continue reading

Injustices of a Debate

Injustices of a Debate / 14ymedio Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana 10 August 2016 – The recent broadcast of a television program from Miami with Maria Elvira Salazar as moderator, where there was a heated debate between the well-known Cuban opposition leader, Jose Daniel Ferrer, and the also well-known Castro regime panderer, Edmundo Garcia […] Continue reading

Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities” – Simply “Citizens”

Neither “Humble” Nor “Young” Nor “Majorities”: Simply “Citizens” / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 1 August 2016 – We are nearing 60 years since that ominous January 1959, and after decades of ideological fraud and demagogic discourse, we might expect that at least the political pillars on which the current aspirations of Cuban […] Continue reading

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret

Military and family remittances, a well-kept secret OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 28 de Julio de 2016 – 21:21 CEST. On July 8, the then Minister of Economy and Planning Marino Murillo Jorge reported in the National Assembly of the People’s Power on the state of the Cuban economy during the first half […] Continue reading

Guilty!

Guilty! / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 20 July 2106 – At the beginning of the year evil was incarnated in the intermediaries, who were blamed for the high food prices in the produce markets. At the end of 2013, the boogeymen were those who worked for themselves selling imported clothes and other […] Continue reading

Obama, Castro and the perfect storm. Why is this crisis different from previous ones?

Obama, Castro and the perfect storm. Why is this crisis different from previous ones? JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | La Habana | 6 de Julio de 2016 – 08:35 CEST. This time the “doomsayers” are not the Cubanologists, Cuban-American radio stations in Miami, US officials, or dissidents on the Island. This time the somber portents are […] Continue reading

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’ – One Cuban’s Message to Obama

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’: One Cuban’s Message to Obama The U.S. is pressing ahead with its opening to Cuba. What does that mean for democracy on the island? URI FRIEDMAN JUN 22, 2016 GLOBAL Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, the architect of Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, characterized the full restoration of U.S.-Cuban […] 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

Liberal Republic – Socialist Revolution

Liberal Republic / Socialist Revolution MIGUEL SALES | Málaga | 1 Jun 2016 – 9:43 am. May 20 will mark 114 years since the founding of the Republic of Cuba. The date, which went unnoticed by almost everyone, is important in itself, because it marks the moment when Spain’s last holding in the Americas broke […] Continue reading

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group

José Daniel Ferrer, the man behind Cuba’s largest opposition group Former political prisoner heads the Cuban Patriotic Union, an organization in eastern Cuba that has launched a campaign urging the island’s people to let go of their fear. NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Irreverent youth, activist in the Christian Liberation Movement’s early days, political prisoner and […] Continue reading

State Security Tactics in Cuba

State Security Tactics in Cuba / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 11 May 2016 — Daniel Llorente Miranda, 52, is a spontaneous dissident. He doesn’t belong to any opposition party, nor is he an un-gagged journalist. He is on his own. Last 22 March, with the stars and stripes on his shoulders, Llorente found himself in […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program

Patriotic Union Of Cuba Launches A Political Program / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 5 May 2016 — Since early this month, members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) have begun to disseminate the document Minimum Program and Projections, which outlines guidelines for the actions of the opposition organization, forms of struggle, […] Continue reading

The Expendable Revolution

The Expendable Revolution / Néstor Díaz de Villegas Néstor Díaz de Villegas, 17 April 2016 – Once upon a time I made the mistake of thinking that the Revolution – I’m speaking about the Cuban Revolution – was indispensable, that its advent had forever altered the course of History. Today I am reflecting on what […] Continue reading

The dual dilemmas of normalization – Obama’s and Castro’s

The dual dilemmas of normalization: Obama’s and Castro’s JORGE A. SANGUINETTY | Miami | 11 Abr 2016 – 2:16 pm. Regardless of the reasons that spurred President Obama to undertake the process to normalize relations with Raúl Castro’s Government, it is important to note that his first duty as President is to defend the interests […] Continue reading

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba

Somos+ Activist Applies to be Repatriated to Cuba / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar Posted on March 15, 2016 14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 14 March 2016 – The activist Iliana Hernandez has taken one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to resettle in Cuba after almost two decades living abroad. Nationalized with Spanish citizenship, the dissident […] Continue reading

Cuba, through rose-colored lenses

Cuba, through rose-colored lenses Official media fail to show the reality of today’s Cuba No dissenting voices or complaints allowed Not worthy of calling itself ‘the press’ BY YOANI SÁNCHEZ 14ymedio.com Sometimes I wish I lived in the country they show on television. This hopeful nation of rose-colored dreams presented by the official press. A […] Continue reading

Leap Year, Creepy Year

Leap Year, Creepy Year / Miriam Celaya Posted on January 18, 2016 Miriam Celeya, Cubanet, Havana 15 January 2016 – The year 2016 has begun under a bad omen. If it weren’t enough with the general gloominess after one year of uneasy peace between the governments of Cuba and the US without any perceived improvement […] Continue reading

Human Rights in Cuba – Nothing Has Changed

Human Rights in Cuba: Nothing Has Changed / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on January 17, 2016 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 11 December 2015 — Seven years have passed since the signing of two United Nations’ covenants on civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and exactly one week from the first anniversary of the announcement of […] Continue reading

Higher education in Cuba: A Vision (Part 1)

Higher education in Cuba: A Vision (Part 1) / Somos+ Posted on January 10, 2016 Somos+, Rolby Milian, 5 January 2016 — Education has always been one of the propaganda bulwarks that the Havana regime has used to sell the image of Cuba as a perfect, paradise society. Like so many others, this has resulted […] Continue reading

The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press

The One-sided Paralysis of the Cuban Press Yoani Sanchez Publisher of 14ymedio, independent newspaper in Cuba Updated: 01/06/2016 2:59 pm EST Sometimes I wish I lived in the country they show on television. This hopeful nation of rose-colored dreams presented by the official press. A place of props and slogans, where factory production exceeds goals […] Continue reading

Number Of Political Arrests In Cuba Doubles From Dec. 2014

Number Of Political Arrests In Cuba Doubles From Dec. 2014 / 14ymedio Posted on January 4, 2016 14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2015 — The number of political arrests in the month of December in Cuba was almost twice that of December 2014, from 489 increasing to 930, according to the monthly report issued by the […] Continue reading

17 December – First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage

17 December: First Anniversary of a Sterile Marriage / Miriam Celaya Posted on December 29, 2015 Miriam Celaya, Havana, 17 December 2015 – At the end of the first year of the restoration of relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba, the expectations that the historical event awakened in Cuba remain unfulfilled. […] Continue reading

A warning to America from a Cuban dissident

A warning to America from a Cuban dissident By Editorial Board December 18 at 6:47 PM WHEN PRESIDENT Obama began the opening to Cuba a year ago, one of the arguments the White House advanced was that a full-fledged embassy in Havana would give U.S. diplomats more freedom to roam the island than was the […] 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

The Cuban Exodus – Causes and Effects

The Cuban Exodus: Causes and Effects DIMAS CASTELLANOS | La Habana | 30 Nov 2015 – 11:51 pm. The inexorable exodus of Cubans has become a crisis once again. While thousands of countrymen are stuck at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border, the Government of Cuba chooses to deny the main cause. In recent months thousands of […] Continue reading

What Happens the Day After Pope Francis Leaves Cuba?

What Happens the Day After Pope Francis Leaves Cuba? The paradise many Cubans dream of is not in the infinity of the heavens, but a mere 90 miles across the sea. MIRIAM CELAYA SEP 19, 2019 The pope is arriving in Cuba, and with him runaway speculation in the media about the impact his visit […] Continue reading

Cuba Will Change To the Degree That We Cubans Change

Cuba Will Change To the Degree That We Cubans Change / Dimas Castellanos Posted on August 21, 2015 Dimas Castellanos, 3 July 2015 — The leaders of Cuba and the United States have just announced the first and most important result of the process of normalizing relations between the two countries: the reopening of their […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Legacy for Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Legacy for Cuba / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea Posted on August 18, 2015 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenchea, Holguin, 15 August 2015 — For many, Fidel Castro has been “a light in the street and darkness at home.”* Although I don’t believe that either outside or inside Cuba’s borders this gentleman has illuminated a […] Continue reading

In Cuba, Overseas Travel Brings Out the Worst in People

In Cuba, Overseas Travel Brings Out the Worst in People / Ivan Garcia Posted on August 12, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 6 August 2015 — Engineers Odalys and Anayanci were friends until Autumn 2012 when a training seminar in China unleashed a conflict marked by intrigue, damaging reports and even witchcraft. “It was huge,” says Sara, […] Continue reading

Redefining the Cuban Opposition After 17 December

Redefining the Cuban Opposition After 17 December / Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon Posted on August 12, 2015 Cubanet, Alexis Jardines Chacon, Miami, 7 August 2015 – The First National Cuban Conference will be held August 13-15 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is an event that Cubans United of Puerto Rico have been preparing for […] Continue reading

Some new immigrants from Cuba need a second look

Fabiola Santiago: Some new immigrants from Cuba need a second look BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@MiamiHerald.com Cuban immigration is stirring up a hornet’s nest of concern, with good reason. Are some of the Cuban newcomers victims fleeing oppression and economic hardship — or two-faced opportunists seeking to cash in on generous U.S. government benefits available only […] Continue reading

Kerry Should Welcome Cuban Dissidents to the Embassy

Kerry Should Welcome Cuban Dissidents to the Embassy BY ELLIOTT ABRAMS 8/8/15 AT 1:58 PM Secretary of State Kerry will visit Cuba soon—on August 14. Since the opening of diplomatic relations and of the Cuban embassy in Washington, what’s been going on in Cuba? More repression. There were 630 political arrests in June, according to […] Continue reading

New Embassy for an Old Dictatorship

New Embassy for an Old Dictatorship / Miriam Celaya Posted on July 28, 2015 Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 22 July 2015 — The reopening of the Cuban embassy in Washington finally took place amid extravagant fanfare, and, judging by the profuse media coverage, with catchy headlines and photos on the front pages of almost all […] Continue reading

Cuba-USA Embassies and Average Cubans

Cuba-USA: Embassies and Average Cubans / Ivan Garcia Posted on July 28, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 19 July 2015 — Norge imagines himself sipping Cuban coffee at the Versailles restaurant in Miami on July 20 as officials of the Castro regime in white guayaberas and Americans in jackets and ties listen to their national anthems being […] Continue reading