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Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners

Oswaldo Payá Award Ceremony Is Absent The Winners / 14ymedio, EFE 14ymedio/EFE, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The presentation of the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” Prize has led to a diplomatic conflict, after the Cuban government vetoed the entry into the country of three of the guests: OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Former Mexican […] Continue reading

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

Arbitrary Arrests Rose And Repression Spread To Civil Society In 2016

Arbitrary Arrests Rose And Repression Spread To Civil Society In 2016 / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Madrid, 4 January 2016 – Last year closed with a balance of almost 1,000 more arbitrary arrests than in 2015, according to data from the Cuban Observatory of Human Rights, based in Madrid, which on Wednesday issued its annual report on […] Continue reading

End of Year Declaration

End of Year Declaration / Rafael León Rodríguez Rafael Leon Rodriguez, 30 December 2016 — One more year of the young third millennium is about to conclude and give way to the next, 2017, the fifty-eighth of the totalitarian and one-party regime that, under the omnipotent power of the Castros, has controlled the Cuban archipelago […] Continue reading

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba

2016 was a truly historic year for Cuba BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com The death of Fidel Castro marked the end of a truly historic year for Cuba. After years of false rumors that he had died, the former Cuban ruler finally passed away at 10:29 p.m. Nov. 25, according to a statement read by […] Continue reading

The One Who Left Ashes

The One Who Left Ashes / Miriam Leiva Cubanet, Miriam Leiva, Havana, November 29, 2016 – Fidel Castro died on November 25 at 10:29 p.m. and, according to his own will, his remains will be cremated, according to the brief statement read by Raúl Castro on Cuban television. at midnight. As a deceased person, 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

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

EU UNFREEZES CUBA RELATIONS AFTER FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH

EU UNFREEZES CUBA RELATIONS AFTER FIDEL CASTRO’S DEATH The country had been the only Latin American state not to have a ‘dialogue and co-operation’ deal with the bloc. BY JOSH LOWE ON 12/13/16 AT 1:08 PM The European Union has ended a 20-year block on diplomatic relations with Cuba following the death of Fidel Castro. […] Continue reading

Exiles – Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba

Exiles: Putin Could Offer Trump a Deal on Cuba Putin seeking to take pressure off deteriorating Russian economy BY: Reuben F. Johnson December 6, 2016 11:12 am Post-Fidel Castro Havana may lose its long-time protector and guarantor of security, Russia, according to Cuba-watchers in Miami’s community of exiles and dissidents. They predict Russian President Vladimir […] Continue reading

Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises

Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises President-elect could face pushback from some companies regarding his Cuba policies By FELICIA SCHWARTZ and CAROL E. LEE Updated Nov. 27, 2016 11:14 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — The death of Fidel Castro is putting unexpected pressure on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through 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

Cuba, European Union to sign new agreement for improved ties

Cuba, European Union to sign new agreement for improved ties IANS Updated: Nov 3, 2016 13:04 IST Havana: A new agreement that will open a new phase in the European Union’s (EU) relations with Cuba is tentatively scheduled to be signed on 12 December, a senior diplomatic official has announced. File image of Cuba’s President […] Continue reading

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins

The Thaw Is Upsetting The Penguins / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 October 2016 — The thaw between the US and Cuba, which has not yet risen to the level of normalized relations, has been greeted with mixed reactions by the Cuban opposition and independent civil society. We cannot speak of an […] 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

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence

Even tougher times loom ahead for the opposition, warn activists, predicting more violence DDC | La Habana | 29 de Septiembre de 2016 – 12:54 CEST. There are trying times up ahead for the opposition, as the regime continues to act with impunity, reported members of civil society consulted by DIARIO DE CUBA after a […] Continue reading

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report

The European Union Includes The Detention Of Cuban Dissidents In Its Annual Report / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 September 2016 — A report from the European Union details that in 2015 Cuba continued “arbitrary and short-term arrests of opposition members, activists and human rights defenders.” This situation that has led the bloc to communicate “on […] Continue reading

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike

Guillermo Fariñas abandons his hunger strike DDC | La Habana | 14 de Septiembre de 2016 – 06:49 CEST. On Monday dissenter Guillermo Fariñas decided to abandon a hunger strike he had been on for 54 days to demand that Raúl Castro desist from his persecution of protestors on the Island. His spokesman, Jorge Luis […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident Coco Farinas ends hunger strike

Cuban dissident Coco Farinas ends hunger strike Published September 12, 2016 Associated Press HAVANA – A Cuban dissident says fellow activist Guillermo Farinas has ended a nearly two-month hunger strike in response to an apparently false report about the European Parliament taking up his case. Dissident Jorge Luis Artiles told The Associated Press on Monday […] Continue reading

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike

Prominent Cuban opposition leader abandons long hunger strike Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas abandons 54-day hunger strike. BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuban opposition leader Guillermo Fariñas ended his 54-day-old hunger strike Monday, following unconfirmed reports that the European Parliament approved a measure that links aid to the island to Cuban government compliance with his […] Continue reading

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear

The Cuban Regime Brings Back the Weapon of Fear / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 7 September 2016 — In the autumn of 2002 at an event in a Havana theater, the dictator Fidel Castro sent a clear message to independent journalists and regime opponents in an effort to downplay their importance. Referring to dissidents, he […] Continue reading

President Of The European Parliament Asks Fariñas Not To Endanger His Life

President Of The European Parliament Asks Fariñas Not To Endanger His Life / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Madrid, 9 September 2016 – The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has shown his support of peaceful protests by the Cuban opposition to defend human rights, but is asking Guillermo Fariñas to give up his hunger and thirst […] Continue reading

1,400 Assemblies of God Churches Demolished, Confiscated by Cuba, Report Says

1,400 Assemblies of God Churches Demolished, Confiscated by Cuba, Report Says BY ANUGRAH KUMAR , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR August 18, 2016|5:35 p The U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide has recorded more than 1,600 religious freedom violations in Cuba in the first six months of this year, highlighting the communist government’s crackdown of churches, especially the beginning […] Continue reading

Cuba – Church demolitions increase, 1,400 AOG churches seized

Cuba: Church demolitions increase, 1,400 AOG churches seized Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:51 pm. The first half of 2016 has seen church demolitions in Cuba gather pace as the government crackdown on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) on the island continues. The authorities have also begun to confiscate 1,400 Assemblies of God (AOG) churches […] Continue reading

What Everyone Should Avoid

What Everyone Should Avoid / 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer 14ymedio, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Miami, 6 August 2016 — We live in complex times. The world is full of problems, some more serious than others. We live in the twenty-first century of the Christian Era, with some surrounded by comfort and wonderful technologies and others living […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident briefly hospitalized, hunger strike in third week

Cuban dissident briefly hospitalized, hunger strike in third week Posted 06 Aug 2016 07:00 HAVANA: Veteran Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas was briefly hospitalized in Santa Clara on Friday after losing consciousness in his home on the 16th day of a hunger strike to protest government repression, his opposition organisation said. This was the second time […] Continue reading

Chronology – Ten Years Without Fidel Castro

Chronology: Ten Years Without Fidel Castro / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2016 – Since the proclamation in which Fidel Castro temporarily delegated power on 31 July 2006, the former president has met with two popes, has received visits several European, Asian and Latin American leaders and has written hundreds of articles under the title […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Raul Castro marks decade in power

Cuba’s Raul Castro marks decade in power 2016-07-29 11:37 By Carlos BATISTA Havana (AFP) — Cuban President Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel 10 years ago Sunday, a decade marked by once-unthinkable reforms on the communist island and a historic rapprochement with the United States. Castro emerged from the towering shadow of his big brother […] Continue reading

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents

Revenue for the regime, a crackdown on society, and the repression of dissidents DDC | La Habana | 21 de Julio de 2016 – 14:10 CEST. Antonio Rodiles, Coordinator of the Forum for Rights and Freedoms (ForoDyL): A year ago relations were restored but, if one counts the 18 months of the confidential political process […] Continue reading

Patriotic Union of Cuba Withdraws From MUAD

Patriotic Union of Cuba Withdraws From MUAD / 14ymedio, Havana 14ymedio, Havana, 29 June 2016 — The Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) announced Tuesday its intention to withdraw from the Democratic Action Roundtable (MUAD), a political association involving at least 42 groups and social projects. A statement signed by UNPACU’s board of coordinators also explains […] Continue reading

Cuban Opposition Deplores Secrecy of Cuba-EU Negotiations

Cuban Opposition Deplores Secrecy of Cuba-EU Negotiations / 14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart 14ymedio, Mario Felix Lleonart, Brussels, 1 June 2016 – Cuban representatives who participated in the conference in the European Parliament held last Tuesday in Brussels about relations between the European Union and Cuba were skeptical about the cooperation agreement that will be signed […] Continue reading

EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana

EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana 08/06/2016 On 6th June, the EU and Cuba held their second high-level discussion on human rights in Havana. This was the first such meeting to take place on the island. The EU delegation was headed by EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis and included the EU Ambassador […] Continue reading

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime

The EU opposes publishing its agreement with Havana because it could ‘undermine’ its process of dialogue with the regime DDC | Madrid | 23 Mayo 2016 – 11:48 am. The European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic division, has refused to disclose to the “general public” the contents of the bilateral treaty signed on […] Continue reading

Garcia-Margallo calls for Spain to play leadership role in EU-Cuba dialogue

Garcia-Margallo calls for Spain to play leadership role in EU-Cuba dialogue Published May 14, 2016 EFE Spain’s acting foreign minister said here Saturday that Spain “needs to play a leadership role” in negotiations between the European Union and Cuba stemming from an agreement to normalize relations. “Spain is looking to accompany the rapprochement process between […] Continue reading

Raul Castro rejects privatization, ‘shock therapy’ for Cuba

Raul Castro rejects privatization, ‘shock therapy’ for Cuba Join our daily free Newsletter MENAFN – AFP – 17/04/2016 (MENAFN – AFP) Cuban President Raul Castro rejected rapid privatization and vowed never to pursue “shock therapy,” setting the tone for a Communist Party congress reviewing progress in revamping the island’s moribund Soviet-style economy. “Cuba will never […] Continue reading

Despite Obama, no revolution expected at Cuba party congress

Despite Obama, no revolution expected at Cuba party congress Carlos Batista April 16, 2016 Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s communist party gathers Saturday for a rare party congress less than a month after US President Barack Obama’s historic visit, but Cubans eager for change are likely to be disappointed. Held every five years, party congresses normally […] Continue reading

“Otro18” Elections Project Presented in Madrid

“Otro18” Elections Project Presented in Madrid / 14ymedio Posted on April 2, 2016 14ymedio, Madrid, 31 Mach 2016 – Like “a small crack in the Cuban political system” from which an opening coming. Thus did the attorney and activist Rolando Ferrer define the Otro18 (Another 2018) project during a meeting with journalists this Thursday at […] Continue reading

From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert

Cuba: From the Black Spring to a Rolling Stones Concert / Iván García Posted on March 18, 2016 Iván García, 16 March 2106 — Around 12 midnight on Tuesday, 18 March 2003, I was en route to my apartment in the La Víbora neighborhood when, from the balcony, some incomprehensible signs coming from my mother […] Continue reading

Days Before Obama’s Visit, Cuba’s Allies Try to Block Dissident From Speaking at UN Human Rights Council

Days Before Obama’s Visit, Cuba’s Allies Try to Block Dissident From Speaking at UN Human Rights Council By Patrick Goodenough | March 16, 2016 | 4:32 AM EDT (CNSNews.com) – The Castro regime, backed by representatives of some of the world’s most repressive regimes, tried on Tuesday to prevent a prominent Cuban dissident from speaking […] Continue reading