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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

Independent Reporters Arrested Are Threatened With Trial

Independent Reporters Arrested Are Threatened With Trial / Cubanet Cubanet, Vladimir Turró Páez, Havana, 3 December 2016 — The independent journalists Manuel Guerra Pérez and Lisbey Lora, arrested this last Monday by the United Territorial Investigations of the San Jose Police in the province of Mayabeque, have been threatened with going to trial, according to […] Continue reading

Questions After Burying Fidel Castro

Questions After Burying Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner 14ymedio, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami, 3 December 2016 — Almost no one knows how his final hours passed. Did he die suddenly of a cardiac arrest, did he agonize for several days, or did he suffocate because a throat obstruction, as rumors circulate sotto voce […] Continue reading

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba.

How should we memorialize Castro? By freeing Cuba. He was a tyrant whose death should be welcomed by anyone who loves liberty. By Daniel Morcate December 3 at 6:00 AM Daniel Morcate is a reporter for Univision News. The death of a dictator, not his final memorial, is — and should be — a happy […] 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

After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change

After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change BY CHABELI HERRERA Is a Cuba without one Castro a more open place for artists? Before anyone could get the question out this weekend, Cuba was already answering. Cuban street artist Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as El Sexto, was […] Continue reading

The Dream of a Free Cuba

The Dream of a Free Cuba By HENRY GODINEZ NOV. 29, 2016 Chicago — In my dreams as a young boy, I was chosen by the C.I.A. to assassinate Fidel Castro; I would be a hero and set Cuba free. Like many Cuban-Americans, I was raised to believe it was my obligation to do just […] 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

Trump says Cuba has to act or he’ll end the diplomatic thaw, but it’snot that simple

Trump says Cuba has to act or he’ll end the diplomatic thaw, but it’s not that simple Tracy Wilkinson In his latest comment on Cuba since the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, President-elect Donald Trump said Monday he would end Washington’s diplomatic thaw with the island unless Cuba makes “a better deal.” “If Cuba […] 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

Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say

Cuba’s strides under Castro offset by decades of repression, reports say By Joe Sterling, CNN Updated 0626 GMT (1426 HKT) November 27, 2016 (CNN)The relentlessly brutal legacy of political repression that marked Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba offset and undermined his achievements, two major human rights groups said on Saturday. Amnesty International and Human Rights […] Continue reading

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt

Even with Fidel Castro gone, Cuba’s future is in doubt By Judith Miller, Douglas E. Schoen Published November 26, 2016 FoxNews.com With the death of the man who for so long embodied Cuba’s communist revolution, many Cubans and Americans are hoping for a change in Cuban-American relations and more freedom on the island. Not so […] 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

Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba

Human rights lawyers under threat in Cuba Published on November 21, 2016 HAVANA, Cuba — Members of Cubalex, a Havana-based organization of human rights lawyers, have been subjected to months of harassment and intimidation by the Cuban authorities for their work. Progressively since September, Cuban authorities have intimidated members of Cubalex (Legal Information Center), a […] Continue reading

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 11 November 2016 — A new wave of repression erupted on 9 November against journalists and contributors to the fortnightly newsletter Pinareño Panorama. This media, belonging to the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) […] Continue reading

Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump

Opponents of the Cuban Regime React to the Election of Trump / Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang Cubanet, Ernesto Perez Chang, Havana, 9 November 2016 – The elections in the United States, with the victory of the Republican Donald Trump and the defeat of the Democrat Hillary Clinton, contrary to the predictions of most polls, has […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights”

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces “Unstoppable Deterioration Of Civil And Political Rights” / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 2 November 2016 — The arbitrary arrests of peaceful dissidents in Cuba marked the highest figure in the last three months in October, with 620 cases, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation’s (CCDHRN) monthly […] Continue reading

Cuba – Journalists, That’s All

Cuba: Journalists, That’s All / Iván García Iván García, 25 October 2016 — Erasmo Calzadilla, a columnist for the Havana Times digital newspaper, is a controversial chap who listens to opposing arguments but but hangs on doggedly to his own opinions. In a forum on Cuban journalism, organised by the IWPR (Institute for War and […] Continue reading

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Cuba: Mi Casa Es Su Casa ANNE HOBSON October 25, 2016, 12:10 am Technology companies, soft power, and the fight to liberalize Cuba. There is a truism, fashionable in American foreign policy circles, that the liberalization of trade will, over time, soften the contours of authoritarian regimes as the oppressed become acquainted with the wonders […] Continue reading

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work

Whether covering an ice cream company or a hurricane, Government and independent journalists encounter the same obstruction of their work OSMAR LAFFITA ROJAS | La Habana | 27 de Octubre de 2016 – 10:59 CEST. The arbitrary arrest of a group of Cuban journalists on October 12 while covering the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in […] Continue reading

Cuban Institute For Freedom Of Expression And The Press Denounces Harassment Of Its Members

Cuban Institute For Freedom Of Expression And The Press Denounces Harassment Of Its Members / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 24 October 2016 – A Cuban State Security operation has been directed, so far in October, against different independent journalists who cooperate with the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP), according to Monday’s […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading

Why we should back Tania Bruguera’s presidential bid for a free Cuba

Why we should back Tania Bruguera’s presidential bid for a free Cuba Jonathan Jones The Cuban artist exposes how anti-democracy feeling is still rife in the one-party state. This is valuable ‘artivism’ in a less-than-rosy nation Monday 17 October 2016 14.32 BST Last modified on Monday 17 October Art is good at pointing out simple […] Continue reading

Tallies and Tales of the Reforms

Cuba: Tallies and Tales of the Reforms / Vicente Botín Once upon a time… A female cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to turn her into a woman. The goddess, pitying the cat’s yearning, transformed her into a beautiful maiden, and the young man, captivated by […] Continue reading

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines” /14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – Dismantling the legal framework for the press and eliminating all barriers to individual access to the internet are key factors to promote a more open information environment in Cuba, according to the report Connecting Cuba: […] Continue reading

Cuban press makes strides despite controls

Group: Cuban press makes strides despite controls WORLD by MICHAEL ASTOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Sep 28, 2016 9:27 am PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 10:00 am PDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – An independent press is emerging in Cuba despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one party communist state, […] 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

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution

Cuba’s Frozen Revolution September 27, 2016 By Tad Boniecki HAVANA TIMES — I came to write this piece because I was fascinated reading the Lonely Planet’s account of Cuban history. Wanting to share it, I summarized it. Yet I realized that something vital was missing from the Lonely Planet, namely a summing up of Cuba […] Continue reading

Police Burst into Cubalex Headquarters

Police Burst into Cubalex Headquarters / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 23 September 2016 — The headquarters of Cubalex, The Center of Legal Information, located in the Havana municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, was searched by National Revolutionary Police (PNR) officers and State Security agents on Friday, as confirmed to this newspaper by the independent journalist Osniel Carmona. […] 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

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading

Free Press – Knockout

Free Press: Knockout / Somos+ Somos+, Victor Manuel Camposeco, 10 September 2016 — In April of 1960, from the official newspapers Hoy (Today) and Revolución along with the leftist organization FIDEL, the demands to take by force the three independent print media still standing seemed unstoppable. For months, the newsrooms of those newspapers had also […] 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

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet letter by the Department of State Security and […] Continue reading

The Alternative To Socialism – A Solidarity Market Economy

The Alternative To Socialism: A Solidarity Market Economy / 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas Chile uneasy with success 14ymedio, Mauricio Rojas, Santiago de Chile, 9 September 2016 — Since 2011 the Chilean left has launched a search for “another model,” an alternative to the social market economy that has led the country to remarkable economic and social […] Continue reading

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba Editorial Observer By ERNESTO LONDOÑO SEPT. 3, 2016 “Dissident” is a loaded word in Cuba, a label used to discredit and punish. Those who have embraced the term can be shut out of public jobs and are often subjected to arbitrary detentions and beatings. This year, with […] Continue reading

Thinking With Our Stomachs

Thinking With Our Stomachs / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 2 September 2016 – At the dining room table the grandparents are playing with their two granddaughters. They ask them what they would ask the genie for if they happened to stumble on a magic lamp in the corner. “I want a plate […] Continue reading

Voices In Cuba’s Official Press Question Dismissal Of Radio Holguin Journalist

Voices In Cuba’s Official Press Question Dismissal Of Radio Holguin Journalist / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 27 August 2016 — Jose Ramirez Pantoja, the journalist recently fired from Holguin Radio, never imagined that some colleagues from the official press would come to his support. This unusual situation has arisen following the statements […] Continue reading

For an Uncomfortable Journalism

For an Uncomfortable Journalism / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 26 August 2016, Havana — It’s been said that radically opposite ends end up looking alike. That truism has become irrefutable for those of us who are dedicated to independent journalism in Cuba, especially those who practice the basic right of free expression through […] Continue reading