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The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear

The Cuban Regime Survives by Fear / Iván García Iván García, 21 March 2017 — In the slum of Lawton, south of Havana, the need for housing has converted an old collective residence with narrow passageways into a bunkhouse. With dividers made from cardboard or bricks recovered from demolished buildings, “apartments” have appeared where a […] Continue reading

Never belonging – Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba

Never belonging: Random reflections on my last visit to Cuba OPINIONMIGUEL DE LA TORRE | MARCH 28, 2017 Returning to the land which witnessed my birth is always a gut-wrenching experience. Separation from my island has now been five times longer than Odysseus’ was from his. But unlike Odysseus, who was returning to a place […] Continue reading

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute

When Pope Benedict was in Cuba, he added a politically charged word at the last minute BY MIMI WHITEFIELD, KEVIN G. HALL AND FRANCO ORDOÑEZ Miami Herald Archives SANTIAGO, CUBA From the Miami Herald archives: Five years ago, Pope Benedict visited Cuba, greeting tens of thousands of Cubans on March 26, 2012 on the first […] Continue reading

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from Castro regime agent

Mother and son of 2015 machete attack victim receive death threat from Castro regime agent “I am obliged to once again denounce the dictatorial regime of the Castros, this time as a mother and human rights defender.” – Sirley Avila Leon, March 20, 2017 Las Tunas, Cuba: Yoerlis Peña Ávila on March 15, 2017 received […] Continue reading

EEUU les regala una excusa a Cuba y Venezuela

EEUU les regala una excusa a Cuba y Venezuela ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@miamiherald.com La inusual decisión del gobierno del presidente Donald Trump de boicotear varias sesiones de la respetada Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) fue un serio error que debilitará los esfuerzos de Estados Unidos por condenar a Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador y otros abusadores de […] Continue reading

El régimen acusa a la periodista Sol García Bas ulto de ‘usurpación de la capacidad legal’

El régimen acusa a la periodista Sol García Basulto de ‘usurpación de la capacidad legal’ DDC | Camagüey | 23 de Marzo de 2017 – 14:50 CET. La periodista independiente de La Hora de Cuba, Sol García Basulto, fue “acusada” este miércoles en la unidad número 3 de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR) de Camagüey, […] Continue reading

Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro – Amnesty International

Cuba: Activist sentenced to three years in jail after criticising Fidel Castro 21 March 2017, 16:58 UTC A three year sentence against the leader of a Christian pro-democracy movement after he criticized Fidel Castro is a stark illustration of ongoing restrictions to the right to free expression in Cuba, said Amnesty International. Dr. Eduardo Cardet […] Continue reading

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC

How Congress Can Send a Strong Message to Cuban Diplomats in DC Jackson Ventrella / Ana Quintana / @Ana_R_Quintana / March 20, 2017 COMMENTARY BY Jackson Ventrella Jackson Ventrella is a member of the Young Leader’s Program at The Heritage Foundation. Ana Quintana @Ana_R_Quintana Ana Quintana is a policy analyst for Latin America and the […] Continue reading

Cuban dissident leader to Trump – ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’

Cuban dissident leader to Trump: ‘Treat Cuba like a dictatorship’ BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Frustrated by what they see as “indolence” from the previous administration, some Cuban government opponents are urging President Donald Trump to backtrack current Cuba policy and speak out about increased government repression on the island. Antonio G. Rodiles and his […] Continue reading

Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba – ‘Una ola represiva con renovada brutalidad recorre la Isla’

Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba: ‘Una ola represiva con renovada brutalidad recorre la Isla’ DDC | La Habana | 22 de Marzo de 2017 – 14:15 CET. “Una ola represiva recorre Cuba con renovada brutalidad. Alcanza de diversas maneras a opositores y disidentes, así como a intelectuales, cineastas, artistas, escritores, científicos, periodistas, abogados y […] Continue reading

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh

UN Watch testimony at UNHRC interrupted by Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Bangladesh By UN Watch —— Bio and Archives March 21, 2017 GENEVA— Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, Bolivia, UAE, Iran, Bangladesh, and Venezuela today attempted to silence UN human rights council testimony by the head of UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights […] Continue reading

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality

Cuba capitalism blinds tourists from Communist reality George Diaz Orlando Sentinel “So when are you going to Cuba?” I get that a lot, maybe once a week. It’s understandable, since I am a home-grown Cubano, at least until I was almost 5 years old. That’s when my parents, in an act of ultimate sacrifice, left […] Continue reading

Washington amenaza con retirarse del Consejo de Derechos Humanos

Washington amenaza con retirarse del Consejo de Derechos Humanos AGENCIAS | Nueva York | 16 de Marzo de 2017 – 12:56 CET. El secretario de Estado estadounidense, Rex Tillerson, declaró que Washington no seguirá participando en el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas a menos que esa instancia implemente “profundas reformas”, reporta la AP. […] Continue reading

Arrestan a Dama de Blanco y la amenazan con quitarle los hijos

Arrestan a Dama de Blanco y la amenazan con quitarle los hijos marzo 14, 2017 Idolidia Darias La líder del movimiento femenino, Berta Soler, responsabilizó a los represores con lo que les pueda pasar a los dos menores, que quedaron solos en casa tras el arresto de su madre. La Dama de Blanco Lismery Quintana […] Continue reading

Human Rights Foundation denuncia represión y trato inhumano a opositores en Cuba

Human Rights Foundation denuncia represión y trato inhumano a opositores en Cuba marzo 14, 2017 Pablo Alfonso “El régimen no tolera la libertad de expresión ni opiniones disidentes, y como nunca antes los activistas prodemocracia encaran el riesgo de expresarse públicamente”, señaló Thor Halvorseen, presidente de esa organización. Human Rights Foundation (HRF) publicó este martes […] Continue reading

HRF condena la detención y abuso arbitrario contra dos activistas en Santiago de Cuba

HRF condena la detención y abuso arbitrario contra dos activistas en Santiago de Cuba DDC | La Habana | 14 de Marzo de 2017 – 22:49 CET. Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condenó este martes en un comunicado la detención y el abuso arbitrarios, por parte del régimen cubano, contra la activista de la democracia María […] Continue reading

Rosa María Payá asiste a foro en Texas para hablar sobre falta de libertades en Cuba

Rosa María Payá asiste a foro en Texas para hablar sobre falta de libertades en Cuba marzo 12, 2017 La activista participará en un panel del festival SXSW titulado “La verdadera revolución de la información”. La activista cubana Rosa María Payá hablará este lunes sobre la falta de libertades en Cuba durante un foro en […] Continue reading

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo

Cuba’s self-imposed embargo is hurting Cubans more than the US embargo By KATARINA HALL • 3/8/17 8:00 PM At the end of January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced the Agricultural Export Expansion Act aimed at removing restrictions on United States agricultural exports to Cuba. Following the steps of 16 other states, Virginia also launched its […] Continue reading

Future of democracy in Cuba

Future of democracy in Cuba Posted: Mar 08, 2017 5:48 AM Updated: Mar 08, 2017 6:09 AM Two human rights activists from the island nation spoke about what it will take to secure democracy in the country. Rosa María Payá with the Christian Liberation Movement and Cuba Decide and Oswaldo Payá were invited to the […] Continue reading

CCDHRN – 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison

CCDHRN: 482 arbitrary arrests on the Island in February and a political activist, dead in prison DDC | La Habana | 8 de Marzo de 2017 – 20:48 CET. In its monthly report the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) denounced the “482 arbitrary arrests” of peaceful opponents and dissidents that took […] Continue reading

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial

Cuban Human Rights Group Denounces The Death Of A Political Prisoner Pending Trial / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 7 March 2017 — The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) has denounced the death of political prisoner Hamel Santiago Maz Hernández, an activist from UNPACU, who died* on February 24 at Combinado del Este […] Continue reading

La revisión del caso Carromero

La revisión del caso Carromero Rosa María Payá persevera en esclarecer, más allá de toda duda razonable, la muerte de su padre y de su amigo el 22 de julio de 2012 Arnaldo M. Fernández, Broward | 08/03/2017 9:22 am El sufrimiento produce perseverancia; la perseverancia, entereza de carácter; la entereza de carácter, esperanza. Romanos […] Continue reading

Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico

Cuban Police Prevent Joanna Columbié From Boarding A Plane To Mexico / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 6 March 2017 – Cuban police prevented activist Joanna Columbié from boarding a plane this Monday heading to Mexico. The car in which she was raveling was intercepted on the way to the airport and a State Security official warned […] Continue reading

50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ

Cuba: 50 Ladies in White Arrested After Communist Mob Stones HQ Kyodo via AP Images by FRANCES MARTEL 6 Mar 2017 The Cuban anti-Communist group Ladies in White reports at least 50 of its members were arrested this weekend following a mob attack on their headquarters in Havana, in which the dissidents were forced to […] Continue reading

The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent Eduardo Cardet

The Prosecution Asks For Three Years In Prison For The Opponent Eduardo Cardet / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 3 March 2017 — This Friday, the trial against Eduardo Cardet, a doctor and the national coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), was concluded. The prosecution has maintained its original request for three years of deprivation of […] Continue reading

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS

HUMAN RIGHTS? CUBA ARRESTS, ORDERS TRIAL FOR HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’ Published: 16 hours ago BOB UNRUH Even as President Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights […] Continue reading

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity

Cuban Double Agent Fears for His Life after Revealing His True Identity / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 27 February 2017 — Luis Enrique Cepero García was an opponent of the Cuban regime serving a sentence in the Combinado del Este prison when he decided to infect himself with a disease rather than continue […] Continue reading

HRF celebra diez años promoviendo la libertad y exponiendo los crímenes autoritarios

HRF celebra diez años promoviendo la libertad y exponiendo los crímenes autoritarios DDC | Washington | 1 de Marzo de 2017 – 20:03 CET. Human Rights Foundation (HRF) emitió un extenso comunicado a propósito de sus diez años de fundada en el que expone de forma minuciosa el trabajo desempeñado durante el pasado 2016, en […] Continue reading

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested

Cuban Activist Juan Goberna Arrested / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 25 February 2017 — Human rights activist Juan Goberna Hernández was arrested around 9 am this Saturday when he left home to attend a meeting of the Inclusive Culture Network, a project to defend the rights of people with disabilities. On Friday night Goberna, who is […] Continue reading

A brave act in Cuba deserves American support

A brave act in Cuba deserves American support By Editorial Board February 24 at 7:13 PM BRINGING FREEDOM and democracy to totalitarian Cuba will be no easy task. Two indispensable ingredients, though, must be courage on the part of the country’s dissidents and democrats, and international solidarity with them. Both were on display in Havana […] Continue reading

Appeasement Never Works

Appeasement Never Works by GEORGE WEIGEL February 25, 2017 4:00 AM And it’s making matters worse in Cuba. At first blush, Luis Almagro would seem an unlikely candidate for the disfavor of the current Cuban regime. A man of the political Left, he took office as the tenth secretary general of the Organization of American […] Continue reading

Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS

Cuba says it foiled plot to destabilize country, slams dissidents and OAS By Sarah Marsh and Nelson Acosta | HAVANA Communist-ruled Cuba on Wednesday said it had foiled a serious plot aiming to destabilize the country by preventing the chief of the Organization of American States traveling to the island to attend an award ceremony […] Continue reading

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente

U.S. senators say Cuba’s Castro keen to continue detente By Sarah Marsh | HAVANA Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear to a visiting U.S. congressional delegation that his country was intent on pursuing market reform and detente with the United States, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy told a news conference on Wednesday. Leahy, a Democrat […] Continue reading

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island

The IAPA Demands The Government Of Cuba Release Its Regional Vice President On The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Miami, 21 February 2017 — The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the arrest in Cuba of Henry Constantin Ferreiro, director of the magazine Hour of Cuba and regional vice president of its Committee on Freedom of […] Continue reading

Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island

Cuba Refuses OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro Entry To The Island / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 22 February 2017 — The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has published a letter explaining why he can not attend the Oswaldo Payá “Freedom and Life” Award ceremony. In the letter, addressed to Rosa […] Continue reading

The energy that Castroism is stifling

The energy that Castroism is stifling ROBERTO ÁLVAREZ QUIÑONES | Los Ángeles | 21 de Febrero de 2017 – 09:05 CET. In recent weeks the regime of General Raúl Castro has “spooked,” and is now galloping in the wrong direction, in defiance of time and history. The economic crisis is compounded daily, and the dictator […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday

Cuba’s Ladies In White Report 50 Arrests This Sunday / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 19 February 2017 — Some fifty Ladies in White were detained this Sunday on the Island, according to members of that dissident organization. Former political prisoner and regime opponent Angel Moya told 14ymedio by phone that Berta Soler had been arrested by […] Continue reading

Rosa María Payá denuncia boicot de policía política a entrega de premio a Almagro

Rosa María Payá denuncia boicot de policía política a entrega de premio a Almagro La activista pidió apoyo en las redes sociales para que las autoridades cubanas dejen de coaccionar a los invitados de honor a la entrega del premio que lleva el nombre de su fallecido padre. La disidente cubana Rosa María Payá denunció […] Continue reading

Policía política amenaza entrega del Premio Oswaldo Payá

Policía política amenaza entrega del Premio Oswaldo Payá Rosa María Payá denunció acoso y arrestos a miembros de la sociedad civil Lunes, febrero 20, 2017 | CubaNet MIAMI, Estados Unidos.- La policía política del régimen cubano ha amenazado a representantes de la sociedad civil en la isla para que no asistan el próximo miércoles a […] Continue reading

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships

McGovern in Cuba to discuss new partnerships Worcester Democrat is part of bipartisan delegation By Anthony Fay Published: February 20, 2017, 9:48 am WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Congressman Jim McGovern is in Cuba with a group of other members of Congress, to discuss increasing cooperation between the two nations. McGovern (D-Worcester), who has long advocated for […] Continue reading