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In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area July 2, 20178:26 AM ET CARRIE KAHN In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a small but vibrant opening afforded them since […] Continue reading

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba's progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress
Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017
By Carlos Lauría

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed
by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying
investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of
independent reporters who are critical of, yet still… Continue reading

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress

Outdated laws and limited, expensive internet access slow Cuba’s progress Committee to Protect Journalists 2 May 2017 By Carlos Lauría Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of independent reporters who […] Continue reading

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba

The Risks of Defending Human Rights in Cuba / Cubalex

Cubalex, 4 April 2017 — In the cycles of the United Nations Universal
Periodic Review (UPR), held in 2009 and 2013, the Cuban State rejected
32 recommendations calling for an end to repression against human rights
defenders and lifting restrictions that impede freedom of speech,
opinion, association, assembly and peaceful… Continue reading

Rosa María Payá and Castroism’s fear

Editorial: Rosa María Payá and Castroism’s fear DDC | Madrid | 23 de Febrero de 2017 – 12:37 CET. In Havana, Rosa María Payá, President of the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy, was going to bestow the Oswaldo Payá Freedom and Life Award on Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, and to honor […] Continue reading

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people

We need a Cuba policy that truly serves the Cuban people José R. Cárdenas As the 2016 presidential campaign began heating up – and Florida appeared more and more winnable – the Donald Trump campaign began increasing its criticisms of President Barack Obama’s 2014 decision to reverse the United States’ longstanding policy towards Cuba. In […] Continue reading

Cuba After Castro – Bloomberg

Cuba After Castro NOV 27, 2016 7:57 AM EST History will absolve me, said Fidel Castro in 1953, shortly before he took the world stage. He was wrong. In power for nearly a half-century, he brought the U.S. and Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war, exported revolution and repression, and turned his island […] 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

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

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

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers

Deteriorating health of Cuban dissident on hunger strike worries international observers By Elizabeth Llorente Published August 16, 2016Fox News Latino Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas is on the fourth week of a hunger strike, and his health continues to deteriorate, his mother told Fox News Latino in a telephone interview from Cuba. Fariñas started his hunger […] Continue reading

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media

New Cuban journalism emerges on the internet, beyond official and opposition media Digital journalism has arrived in Cuba, in the Cuban way. BY DANIEL WIZENBERG Knight Center Rodolfo Romero is 27 years-old. He received money from the government to finance a news site. It was going to be called Cuba accuses (Cuba acusa) but he […] Continue reading

Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties

Cuba’s human rights abuses worse despite U.S. ties One year after Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington on July 20, 2015, Cuba’s human rights situation is much worse. It’s time for Latin America and the U.S. to stop clapping, and demand that Cuba’s dictatorship start allowing fundamental freedoms. BY ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@miamiherald.com On the first […] Continue reading

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires

Afro-Cuban Activists Fight Racism Between Two Fires They’re caught between a government that denies the existence of racism and fellow black Cubans who lack racial consciousness. By Sujatha FernandesTwitterTODAY 8:00 AM A “home for sale” sign in Santiago de Cuba. Far fewer Afro-Cubans get remittances from family overseas, and residents of eastern Cuba, more heavily […] Continue reading

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit

Cuba finds it hard to dampen afterglow of Obama visit By Michael Weissenstein | AP April 29 at 9:30 AM HAVANA — Thursday morning was looking bad for Lazaro Martinez, who makes his living playing trombone for tourists on the Malecon, the sweeping boulevard overlooking the jewel-clear Florida Straits. Police shunted everyone onto side streets as a […] Continue reading

Cuba Must End “Apartheid Against Its Citizens”

Cuba Must End “Apartheid Against Its Citizens” / Oscar Arias, Laura Chinchilla The undersigned, Latin Americans and diverse in our allegiances, professions and interests, but united by a common aspiration for freedom, democracy, equality and well-being throughout the hemisphere, address our fellow citizens and governments, especially those in Cuba, to express the following: We celebrate […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Constitution of 1976 – An Historic Setback

Cuba’s Constitution of 1976: An Historic Setback / Dimas Castellano Posted on April 11, 2016 Dimas Castellano, 1 March 2016 — “Two Benchmarks of the Cuban Republic” — an article by Pedro Antonio Garcia which appeared in the journal Granma on February 24 — makes a comparison between the 1901 and 1976 constitutions that merits […] Continue reading

US-Cuba detente shows trade is blind

US-Cuba detente shows trade is blind BUSINESS/OPINION/COLUMNISTS / 30 March 2016 at 07:30am By: Keith Bryer Among the many positive attributes of a free market economic system is that it is blind. It does not care about politics. It cares less about skin colour. Despite Marxist arguments to the contrary, it cares nothing for class. […] Continue reading

Post-Obama Cuba ask – And now what? No satisfaction in government response

Post-Obama Cuba asks: And now what? No satisfaction in government response As soon as Obama leaves, regime propaganda unleashed to quell aspirations Inspired Cubans rocking and making bold moves Americans need to keep their eyes on Cuba after the music ends BY FABIOLA SANTIAGO fsantiago@miamiherald.com “You come here wanting to hear salsa. I want to […] Continue reading

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights

Obama pushes Cuba to improve human rights By Frank Jack Daniel in Havana, Matt Spetalnick 1:19 PM Wednesday Mar 23, 2016 Castro accuses US of double standards after Obama criticises human rights record. United States President Barack Obama yesterday pushed Cuba to improve human rights during his historic visit to the Communist-led island, publicly sparring […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Human Rights Record in Spotlight Ahead of Obama Trip

Michael Bowman March 20, 2016 1:03 PM CAPITOL HILL— Supporters and critics of U.S. President Barack Obama’s history-making trip to Cuba later this month agree on one thing: there has been little, if any, progress on basic liberties and human rights on the island since Washington and Havana restored full diplomatic ties. While tourists flock […] Continue reading

Here’s What Obama and Castro Will Discuss During Their Meeting in Cuba

Here’s What Obama and Castro Will Discuss During Their Meeting in Cuba by Reuters MARCH 21, 2016, 10:50 AM EDT The two leaders have deep differences to address. U.S. President Barack Obama turns from sightseeing to state business on his historic Cuba trip on Monday, pressing President Raul Castro for economic and democratic reforms while […] Continue reading

Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions

Obama’s trip to Cuba provokes strong emotions Obama will make the first visit by a sitting president in nearly 90 years Major issues still separate the two countries But progress has been made since rapprochement announced Dec. 17, 2014 BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Symbolic, an effort to burnish his legacy and prevent his Cuba policies […] Continue reading

Cuba Warns Against US Meddling; White House Unconcerned

Cuba Warns Against US Meddling; White House Unconcerned Mary Alice Salinas March 09, 2016 6:50 PM WHITE HOUSE— The White House said it is “not particularly concerned” about an editorial published in Cuba’s state newspaper warning the United States against meddling in its internal affairs. The editorial comes as President Barack Obama prepares for a […] Continue reading

Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid frictions over human rights

Kerry cancels trip to Cuba amid frictions over human rights The cancellation comes just two weeks before President Obama is to visit Cuba Officials: Logistical challenges of two back-to-back visits also contributed to cancellation State Department: Kerry trip might be rescheduled at some point BY TRACY WILKINSON Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Secretary of State John […] Continue reading

‘Nos Vemos En La Habana’ Obama Says In Weekly Address

‘Nos Vemos En La Habana’ Obama Says In Weekly Address / 14ymedio Posted on February 20, 2016 14ymedio 20 February 2016 — The first trip by a US president to Cuba in almost ninety years was the central focus of Barack Obama’s weekly message to the American people, broadcast this Saturday. The president concluded his […] Continue reading

CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS

CUBA’S ‘BLACK SPRING’ STILL HAUNTS JOURNALISTS David Soler 8 February 2016 Years after their release, two Cuban journalists look back at lost years. In March 2003 the world’s attention was transfixed on Iraq as the United States prepared to launch a divisive military assault on Saddam Hussein’s government. Meanwhile just 90 miles from U.S. shores, […] Continue reading

My view – The U.S. should keep the Cuba embargo in place

My view: The U.S. should keep the Cuba embargo in place By Daisy Penaloza For the Deseret News Published: Friday, Jan. 29 2016 12:10 a.m. MST Summary A year has elapsed since normalization talks were divulged between the United States and Cuba, and the prophetic words of Cuba’s dissidents reverberate within the current, grim reality […] Continue reading

A Decade Of Work On Press Freedom For Cuba

A Decade Of Work On Press Freedom For Cuba / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar Posted on January 28, 2016 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 January 2016 — Journalism is a high-risk profession. Death threats and imprisonment are just around the corner for thousands of journalists throughout the world. In Cuba, as an illustrious writer said, in […] Continue reading

All sides of Cuba debate ask – What would Martí do?

All sides of Cuba debate ask: What would Martí do? By Paul Guzzo | Tribune Staff Published: January 24, 2016 TAMPA — There is no question about who stands as the symbol of freedom in Cuba. Throughout the country, buildings, streets and parks carry the name José Martí, and busts, statues and paintings honor the […] Continue reading

U.S.-Cuba relations – A year of change

U.S.-Cuba relations: A year of change First anniversary of new relationship is Dec. 17 Symbolic and tangible changes mark the year Much work remains before there is a normal relationship BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com In the year since the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement began, some things have seemed to move at warp speed, but others have smacked […] Continue reading

The Price of Change in the Castros’ Cuba

The Price of Change in the Castros’ Cuba Anthony DePalma – Reporter, writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University Posted: 12/01/2015 5:50 pm EST Updated: 12/01/2015 5:59 pm EST I went to Cuba last month wearing a rubber bracelet like the ones distributed by the Livestrong Foundation. But mine is white, not yellow, and instead of spelling […] Continue reading

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight

Cuban Dissidents Face Uphill Fight Published October 31, 2015 TRACEY EATON The graffiti artist jailed for 10 months after he painted the names “Fidel” and “Raúl” on two pigs said today he isn’t backing down. “Art is my life and I can’t breathe without a life,” said Danilo Maldonado, also known as “El Sexto.” “Of […] Continue reading

Art A Crime? Cuban Government Fails On Promise To Release Graffiti Artist #ElSexto

Art A Crime? Cuban Government Fails On Promise To Release Graffiti Artist #ElSexto Viva Tony Centeno | October 19, 2015 – 12:09 pm The Cuban Government has failed to live up to their promise to release from prison Danilo Maldonado Machado, a.k.a. “El Sexto.” Family, friends, and supporters of the out-spoken artist are outraged that […] Continue reading

Inside Marco Rubio’s Cuba — The Way He Sees It

Inside Marco Rubio’s Cuba—The Way He Sees It By Jade ScipioniPublished October 12, 2015 FOXBusiness President Obama has made historic steps towards restoring relations with Cuba after nearly a half-century of diplomatic freeze. But Republican Presidential hopeful and Cuban-American Marco Rubio says these new policies will be short-lived once he takes office. “When I’m President, […] Continue reading

Dissident artist Tania Bruguera talks leaving Cuba – ‘I would not let them make me a paranoiac’

Dissident artist Tania Bruguera talks leaving Cuba: ‘I would not let them make me a paranoiac’ Cuba Caribbean Carolina A. Miranda LOS ANGELES TIMES carolina.miranda​@latimes.com For months, the case of Tania Bruguera has been a protracted drama that has played itself out on the international stage. The artist — a Cuban national — was detained […] Continue reading

Declaration of San Juan

Declaration of San Juan / Cuban National Conference Posted on August 22, 2015 Declaration of San Juan The first Cuban National Conference met in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 13 to 15, 2015. Twenty-three organizations from the Cuban archipelago and 32 from the exile participated, duly represented by more than 100 of their leaders. […] Continue reading

Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers

Obama’s New Cuban Partners, My Old Jailers The regime was built on the blood of dissidents like those the U.S. now avoids acknowledging. By ARMANDO VALLADARES Aug. 20, 2015 7:23 p.m. ET All Rosa Maria Payá wants is a copy of her father’s autopsy report. All her father wanted before he was murdered by Castro’s […] Continue reading

What Flag Was Raised in Cuba Today?

What Flag Was Raised in Cuba Today? / Somos+ Posted on August 17, 2015 Somos+, 14 August 2105 — Today the American flag was raised in Cuba. But was it a flag of victory or defeat, and for whom? And in the coming years how will the story ultimately play out? Was this appropriate for […] Continue reading

The Bare Flagpoles of Havana

The Bare Flagpoles of Havana Before Obama restored ties to Cuba, he ended an inventive U.S. effort to promote freedom. By DAVID FEITH Aug. 17, 2015 7:05 p.m. ET There was an odd sight over John Kerry’s shoulder as he stood in the Havana sun Friday. At a flagpole in front of him, U.S. Marines […] Continue reading