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NO EMBARGO, NO CRY

NO EMBARGO, NO CRY ORLANDO LUIS PARDO LAZO MARCH 18, 2015 This article is part of The Mantle’s series Against Censorship. The U.S. embargo against the Cuban government is like those recurrent childhood nightmares, for both Cubans living on the Island and abroad. Oh, the Embargo Embargo: limit of our life, fire of our leaders… […] Continue reading

CollateralFreedom, la censura a prueba en 11 países Enemigos del Internet

CollateralFreedom, la censura a prueba en 11 países Enemigos del Internet Para luchar contra la censura en internet, RSF lanzó une operación de desbloqueo de 9 sitios de informaciones censurados en once países, volviendolos accesibles desde los territorios donde hoy en día estan prohibidos. Collateral Freedom : como RSF desbarata la censura Para esquivar la […] Continue reading

Collateral Freedom – how we thwart censorship

Collateral Freedom: how we thwart censorship In an original initiative designed to circumvent website blocking by governments that violate human rights, Reporters Without Borders is using the technique known as mirroring to duplicate the censored sites and place the copies on the servers of Internet giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google. In these 11 […] Continue reading

Cuba – Leader of Dissident Group Retains Her Post After Challenge

Cuba: Leader of Dissident Group Retains Her Post After Challenge By VICTORIA BURNETTMARCH 11, 2015 Cuba’s most high-profile opposition group, the Ladies in White, voted Wednesday to keep their leader, Berta Soler, in a referendum prompted by complaints that she was autocratic and should resign. The challenge to Ms. Soler’s leadership exposed divisions within the […] Continue reading

OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?”

OLPL in “A New U.S.-Cuba Policy: Did Cuba Win?” Posted on March 1, 2015 Video: Fifty-plus years of US diplomatic stalemate and economic sanctions have failed to bring freedom to the Cuban people because they were not designed to bring freedom to the Cuban people, but to penalize a regime that started by sequestering Cuban […] Continue reading

Jose Varela, the Cuban Charlie Hebdo

Jose Varela, the Cuban Charlie Hebdo / Ivan Garcia Posted on February 19, 2015 Ivan Garcia, Havana, 8 February 2015 — No one wants to know him except the readers of his blogs. Jose Varela is out there on his own. He is the type of humorist that public figures from both sides of the […] Continue reading

My State of Conflict

Cuba: My State of Conflict Posted: 02/17/2015 10:30 am EST Elinor Robin Tomorrow I leave for six days in Cuba. Some months ago, before the recent diplomatic adjustment, Cuba seemed to be calling me. I’ve lived in South Florida for most of my adult life. And, Cuba’s culture and people have profoundly influenced Florida, despite […] Continue reading

Activist Blames Cuban Government for Her Father’s Death. Now, She Wants to Make the Island Free in His Memory.

Activist Blames Cuban Government for Her Father’s Death. Now, She Wants to Make the Island Free in His Memory. Josh Siegel / @SiegelScribe / February 02, 2015 Living out the legacy of her late father, Rosa María Payá pushes for democracy in Cuba. Photo: Ivan Franco/Newscom More than two years after her father died in […] Continue reading

Buddy-bear diplomacy falls short in Cuba

Fabiola Santiago: Buddy-bear diplomacy falls short in Cuba BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO FSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/27/2015 7:53 PM 01/27/2015 8:58 PM You could say that Lady Liberty — less statuesque, literally and metaphorically — nevertheless has made an appearance in Havana. Sort of… Its re-interpreted image in the form of a cuddly, green chubby bear, arms extended in […] Continue reading

Dissidents struggle to regroup as US, Cuba move closer

Dissidents struggle to regroup as US, Cuba move closer Havana (AFP) – Dissidents in Cuba keen to get off the sidelines are reeling after the United States and the communist government said they will seek to end decades of Cold War bad blood. Following news of the historic shift, announced December 17, many members of […] Continue reading

Artist’s censored effort in Havana offered Cubans a voice

Fabiola Santiago: Artist’s censored effort in Havana offered Cubans a voice BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO FSANTIAGO@MIAMIHERALD.COM 01/02/2015 7:50 PM 01/02/2015 9:22 PM If the silence in the Cuban art world (in Miami as well as Havana) seems too maddening for the times, it’s because internationally acclaimed artist Tania Bruguera has shaken — with a powerful, albeit […] Continue reading

Sudden U.S. Thaw Worries Cuban Dissidents

Sudden U.S. Thaw Worries Cuban Dissidents By VICTORIA BURNETT and WILLIAM NEUMANDEC. 26, 2014 HAVANA — Sitting in her brother’s spare apartment, near a blinking plastic Christmas tree, Sonia Garro was relishing her newfound freedom, happily trading her prison garb for a purple dress and flip-flops with bright pink plastic bows over the toes. Ms. […] Continue reading

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record

US-Cuba deal to restore ties puts spotlight on island’s human rights record Published December 19, 2014 Associated Press HAVANA – To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba’s supporters see the […] Continue reading

President Obama’s ‘betrayal’ of Cuban democrats

President Obama’s ‘betrayal’ of Cuban democrats By Editorial Board December 19 at 7:46 PM PRESIDENT OBAMA said he decided to normalize relations with Cuba because “we can do more to support the Cuban people and promote our values through engagement.” So it’s important to know the reaction of those Cubans who have put their lives […] Continue reading

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship

The US embargo is disappearing; so, too, must Cuba’s dictatorship Supporters of the Castros have long argued that a transition to democracy is made impossible by US hostility. That excuse may no longer hold Owen Jones theguardian.com, Thursday 18 December 2014 11.23 GMT ‘If Cuba establishes democracy – while maintaining the grand achievements of the […] Continue reading

How She Did It – Yoani Sánchez, TIME 100 Most Influential Person, Launches Cuban News Outlet 14ymedio

How She Did It: Yoani Sánchez, TIME 100 Most Influential Person, Launches Cuban News Outlet 14ymedio A groundbreaking Cuban journalist and entrepreneur, Yoani María Sánchez Cordero gained international recognition for her depiction of Cuban life under its present government — observed with a critical eye. Listed as one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in […] Continue reading

New York Times wrong to lobby for lifting Cuba embargo

New York Times wrong to lobby for lifting Cuba embargo CubaEconomic SanctionsElectionsNewspapersLobbyingHuman RightsJoe Garcia Guillermo I. Martinez SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL guimar123​@gmail.com New York Times editorial on Cuba misses the point Ernesto Londoño is the newest member of The New York Times editorial board. He was hired in September and since then he has written six […] Continue reading

A look at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s call to end the US/Cuba trade embargo

A look at Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s call to end the US/Cuba trade embargo Posted: July 5, 2014 – 12:41pm | Updated: July 5, 2014 – 12:46pm By The Associated Press MIAMI | When Charlie Crist went to Miami’s Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what […] Continue reading

Democrats’ Florida push calls for US shift on Cuba

Posted on Saturday, 07.05.14 Democrats’ Florida push calls for US shift on Cuba BY MICHAEL J. MISHAK ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — When Charlie Crist went to Miami’s Little Havana recently, the Democratic candidate for governor stood before a crowd and said what few politicians have in decades of scrounging for votes in the Cuban-American neighborhood: […] Continue reading

JOURNALIST THREATENED AND ATTACKED – ROBERTO DE JESÚS GUERRA – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

DOCUMENT – CUBA: JOURNALIST THREATENED AND ATTACKED: ROBERTO DE JESÚS GUERRA UA: 159/14 Index: AMR 25/001/2014 Cuba Date: 20 June 2014 URGENT ACTION journalist threatened and attacked Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez, director of the independent news agency Hablemos Press has been receiving threatening telephone calls and was assaulted on the streets of Havana, the […] Continue reading

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked

New Independent Digital Newspaper in Cuba Is Quickly Hacked By Karla Zabludovsky Filed: 5/22/14 at 3:35 PM | Updated: 5/22/14 at 5:12 PM After years of blogging and tweeting about the hardships of daily life in Cuba to a rapidly expanding international audience, writer Yoani Sanchez launched a digital newspaper Wednesday, testing the limits of […] Continue reading

Cuba hardliners suppress free exchange of ideas

Posted on Monday, 05.19.14 Cuba hardliners suppress free exchange of ideas BY RIC HERRERO WWW.CUBANOW.US It’s not hard to see why most Americans quickly tire of national politics. Personal attacks and distortions have become the norm, and that’s especially true in the debate over U.S.-Cuba policy. At first glance there aren’t any good choices. In […] Continue reading

Cuban-American leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’

Posted on Tuesday, 04.22.14 Cuban-American leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’ BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO AND LAURA WIDES MUNOZ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated […] Continue reading

The old fossil hate begins to change

The old fossil hate begins to change By Gabriela Esquivada NEW YORK — Granma, the official voice of the Cuban Communist Party, printed several pictures of the moment when last Friday, February 28, Fernando González stepped onto the tarmac of José Martí International Airport in Havana. He had been handcuffed during the flight; his expression […] Continue reading

Let the Cuban regime change first

Posted on Saturday, 02.15.14 EMBARGO Let the Cuban regime change first BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ HAGUIRREFERRE@GMAIL.COM I do not have any radical friends, although I do have friends with radically different ideas as to how to deal with Cuba. Much of the debate focuses on the embargo and how it affects making positive change in […] Continue reading

Being a Journalist in Cuba – Success Is Measured By Your Ability To Make Things Up

Yoani Sanchez Award-winning Cuban blogger Being a Journalist in Cuba: Success Is Measured By Your Ability To Make Things Up Posted: 02/06/2014 4:05 pm EST Updated: 02/06/2014 4:59 pm EST ARTICLE 53. Citizens have freedom of speech and of the press in keeping with the objectives of socialist society. Material conditions for the exercise of […] 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

Cuba and the Problem of Marginality

Cuba and the Problem of Marginality November 25, 2013 Janis Hernandez HAVANA TIMES — A great many Cubans express concerns over the rise in misdemeanors, public vulgarity, vandalism and other phenomena associated with people or groups whose conduct suggests social exclusion. The media have also been showing much interest in delving into the causes of […] Continue reading

Key West should not fete Castro regime

Posted on Saturday, 10.19.13 Key West should not fete Castro regime BY RAFAEL PEÑALVER AND SAN CARLOS INSTITUTE BOARD MEMBERS Key West officials dropped plans last week to invite Cuban officials to the Conch Republic and hold events at the historic San Carlos Institute after a controversy erupted about the political implications of such an […] Continue reading

Freedom House ranks Cuba’s Internet as ‘not free’

Posted on Thursday, 10.03.13 Freedom House ranks Cuba’s Internet as ‘not free’ BY JUAN O. TAMAYO JTAMAYO@ELNUEVOHERALD.COM Cuba’s Internet remains one of the least free in the world, suffering under “prodigious government regulation” that have left it with little access to almost anything except for e-mail, the rights group Freedom House reported Thursday. The number […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident’s family to sue in Spain over his death

Cuban dissident’s family to sue in Spain over his death Published August 06, 2013 AFP MADRID (AFP) – The family of late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya will launch a lawsuit in Spain after a Spanish politician said he did not die in a car crash but was “assassinated” by Cuba’s secret services, Paya’s brother said […] Continue reading

Freedom of Speech Continues to be Outlawed in Cuba for Cubans… Not for Others

Yoani Sanchez Award-winning Cuban blogger Freedom of Speech Continues to be Outlawed in Cuba for Cubans… Not for Others Posted: 07/25/2013 8:41 pm Socialism or Death The language of diplomacy, although distant and calculated, gives us a glimpse of changing times. I remember that for years I could predict every word foreign presidents would utter [...] Continue reading

Cuban dissident Repression forced family to flee

Posted on Tuesday, 06.18.13 Cuban dissident: Repression forced family to flee BY CHRISTINE ARMARIO ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — One of several Cuban dissidents recently allowed to visit Europe and the U.S. after Cuba changed its travel laws said Tuesday she decided to seek refuge in Miami after facing continued repression on the island. Rosa Maria [...] Continue reading

Payá family to settle in South Florida like other Cubans, not seeking asylum

Posted on Monday, 06.10.13 Payá family to settle in South Florida like other Cubans, not seeking asylum By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Seven relatives of the late Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá who fled to Miami out of fear of government persecution will settle in South Florida like other Cuba arrivals and will not seek political [...] Continue reading

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention

Cuban journalists exposing injustice merit more attention Sujatha Fernandes 12:38 PM on 05/06/2013 Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez recently completed a multi-city tour of the United States, speaking at major universities and even visiting the White House. Sánchez, who became internationally celebrated through her Generación Y blog, which won her a place on the Time [...] Continue reading

Forbidden Voices Female bloggers fight for freedom of speech

Forbidden Voices’: Female bloggers fight for freedom of speech By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN May 3, 2013 — Updated 1303 GMT (2103 HKT) Video link: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2013/05/03/pkg-shubert-forbidden-voices.cnn.html – “Forbidden Voices” follows lives of female dissident bloggers around world – Female dissident bloggers often suffer violence, detainment by repressive regimes – Film follows Iran’s Farnaz Seifi, Cuba’s Yoani [...] Continue reading

No freedom of speech in Cuba despite easier foreign travel-activist

No freedom of speech in Cuba despite easier foreign travel-activist Source: Reuters – Wed, 1 May 2013 04:59 PM * Dissident among 19 Cubans allowed to leave so far * Says Havana controls media * Britain, Spain and U.S. call for freedom of association By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 1 (Reuters) – The Castro government’s [...] Continue reading

The Cuban Spring

Vanessa Garcia – Multimedia Writer The Cuban Spring Posted: 04/23/2013 4:14 pm As someone who writes about ABCs (American Born Cubans), Cuba, and Cuban-Americans, people often ask me the following question: “If it’s so bad in Cuba, why don’t Cubans revolt?” Why don’t the people inside the island pour out into the street and lift [...] Continue reading

U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels

Posted on Friday, 04.19.13 U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels By Juan O. Tamayo jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com Cuba saw a record number of “politically motivated and at times violent short-term detentions” during 2012, according to the U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” which was released Friday. The report noted serious violations in [...] Continue reading

Jay-Z Blasted by ’21 Jump Street’ Director Over Cuba Trip

Jay-Z Blasted by '21 Jump Street' Director Over Cuba Trip By Greg Gilman | Reuters – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Jay-Z responded to critics of his Cuba trip with a song called "Open Letter" and now "21 Jump Street" director Phil Lord has responded to the song with an open letter [...] Continue reading