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Measuring Hopelessness

Measuring Hopelessness / Yoani Sanchez Yoani Sanchez, El Pais, 12 February 2017 — Statistics are deceiving. They only reflect measurable values, tangible realities. International agencies cram us with numbers that measure development, life expectancy or educational attainment, but seldom succeed in grading dissatisfaction, fear, and discouragement. Frequently in their reports they describe a Latin America […] Continue reading

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government

Informers Approved by the Cuban Government / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 10 February 2017 — Seven years ago, when the roar of the winds of a hurricane devastated Havana and the water filtered through the unglazed living room door of Lisvan, a private worker living in an apartment of blackened walls which urgently needed comprehensive […] Continue reading

The MUAD and Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’

The MUAD and #Otro18 lament that the electoral process will not be held under the ‘Law promised by the Government’ DDC | La Habana | 10 de Febrero de 2017 – 00:09 CET. The Democratic Action Unity Roundtable (MUAD) and the Civic Platform #Otro18 expressed their regret Wednesday that the electoral process initiated on the […] Continue reading

Continuity guaranteed

Continuity guaranteed VERÓNICA VEGA | La Habana | 6 de Febrero de 2017 – 11:19 CET. Last Sunday during the plenary session of the National Council of the University Students Federation (FEU), Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel stated that “Cuban youth is responsible for the historical continuity of the Island’s social project.” Since we are immersed in […] Continue reading

Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet

Amnesty International Calls For Release Of Cuban Opponent Eduardo Cardet / EFE, 14ymedio EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 1 Februday 2017 — The global organization Amnesty International on Tuesday called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Cuban dissident Eduardo Cardet, who has been detained for two months accused of the crime of assault. Amnesty International […] 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

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say

Cuba arbitrary arrests soared in 2016, dissidents say Cuban opposition activists have said the number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents rocketed to nearly 10,000 last year. The government on the one-party communist island denies holding any political prisoners. In a report published on Thursday, the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) found […] Continue reading

Kimberley Motley, The Lawyer Who Fights Against Outrages

Kimberley Motley, The Lawyer Who Fights Against Outrages / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 17December 2016 — The US lawyer arrested Friday in Havana could become a nightmare for the Cuban government. Kimberley Motley traveled to Cuba to advise on the case of the artist Danilo Maldonado, known as El Sexto (The Sixth), and was arrested and […] Continue reading

Cuba No Es Fi(d)el – Impressions on the Duelo Nacional

Cuba No Es Fi(d)el: Impressions on the Duelo Nacional 14/12/2016 14:27 Stefano Piano Strategy & Public Policy Consultant, Part-time Writer Clarissa Parenti Linguist, Media Planner, Part-time writer The Duelo Nacional might imply that Cuba stopped for Fidel Castro’s death. Our conversations with Cubans suggest a rather different story. Since the death of Fidel Castro was […] Continue reading

Prayers for greater freedom, social justice in Cuba

Prayers for greater freedom, social justice in Cuba by Father Joseph D. Wallace, December 9, 2016 Years ago, when I was in the seminary, I became friends with a fellow seminarian who is now Father Manuel Rios, pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, in Elizabeth, N.J., and who remains a dear friend of […] Continue reading

Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’

Habeas Corpus for ‘El Sexto’ / Cubalex Cubalex, Havana, 6 December 2016 – On Monday, María Victoria Machado González, mother of Danilo Maldonado, known as ‘El Sexto,’ petitioned the Provincial Court of Havana for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in favor of her son. In the petition, she asked the court to order the detaining […] Continue reading

Detentions in Cuba after Fidel Castro’s Death

Detentions in Cuba after Fidel Castro’s Death December 6, 2016 HAVANA TIMES – More than 20 Cuban opponents of the Castro government were arrested, harassed or threatened in Cuba after the death of Fidel Castro, including graffiti artist “El Sexto”, who is still under arrest, a Cuban human rights group denounced on Monday. According to […] 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

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba

Business or Politics? What Trump Means for Cuba By FRANCES ROBLESNOV. 15, 2016 MIAMI — To Chad Olin, it seemed like the perfect opportunity: Decades of animosity between the United States and Cuba were peeling away, opening a final frontier in the Caribbean to dollar-wielding Americans. Mr. Olin, 30, a Harvard Business School graduate, gave […] Continue reading

Obama’s Cuba policy produces only more suffering

Obama’s Cuba policy produces only more suffering by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 14, 2016 12:00 AM CDT y not be getting much attention, but President Barack Obama’s decision to liberalize U.S.-Cuba policy is rapidly shifting from naive and ill-advised to an act of willful obliviousness. The administration’s foreign policy often appears predicated on […] Continue reading

A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be too complicated and costly

A Trump attempt to reverse Obama’s Cuba policies could be too complicated and costly BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com President-elect Donald Trump has said “concessions” the Obama administration made to Cuba can easily be reversed and that he will unravel them unless U.S. demands are met, but some of the commercial initiatives may be a bit […] Continue reading

Times changing in Cuba, says dissident at Forum 2000

Times changing in Cuba, says dissident at Forum 2000 ČTK | 19 OCTOBER 2016 Prague, Oct 18 (CTK) – Many things have changed in Cuba over the past year, people are no longer afraid of expressing their views and they have a bigger awareness of their rights, Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua, a guest to […] Continue reading

Can a challenge to Obama’s Cuba policies succeed?

Can a challenge to Obama’s Cuba policies succeed? BY FRANCO ORDOÑEZ fordonez@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON It’s not that he’s not interested nor does he feel like he doesn’t have a strong case, but the idea of taking on the Obama administration in court is not something Javier García-Bengochea is eager to do. It’s been suggested to him […] Continue reading

At least stories of Cuba persecution are being told

At least stories of Cuba persecution are being told | Opinion Don’t get me wrong. I am still strongly opposed to President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy. It is a one-way street where the United States gives and keeps on giving while Raul Castro says thank you very much, but we are not going to make […] Continue reading

Cubalex considers suing the Minister of Justice for violating its right to form an association

Cubalex considers suing the Minister of Justice for violating its right to form an association DDC | La Habana | 6 de Octubre de 2016 – 02:47 CEST. Justice Minister María Esther Reus dismissed “without recourse” the administrative appeal the association Cubalex had filed in response to the July decision by the Department of Associations […] Continue reading

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO – REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE? – THE EVIDENCE TO DATE

CUBA’S RAÚL CASTRO: REFORMER OR UNREFORMABLE?: THE EVIDENCE TO DATE Today, even the world’s largest democracies have embraced the idea that unconditional “engagement” with Cuba’s “reformist” military dictatorship will bring about economic and political reform. As a result, they have afforded it widespread impunity, legitimacy, and support. Yet, Raúl has been supreme leader of Cuba […] Continue reading

Two Miami men charged with organizing deadly 2008 voyage from Cuba

Two Miami men charged with organizing deadly 2008 voyage from Cuba BY ALFONSO CHARDY achardy@elnuevoherald.com In June 2008, an overloaded boat with Cuban migrants capsized and two people lost their lives — an 11-year-old boy and a young woman. The official Cuban version of the event was that migrant smugglers deliberately sank the migrant boat […] 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 calls Miami conference on internet freedom an act of ‘subversion’

Cuba calls Miami conference on internet freedom an act of ‘subversion’ In Cuba Today Staff Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry’s director general for the United States, said that an upcoming conference in Miami on internet use on the island seeks to promote internal subversion. “The illegal use of radio and television against Cuba is not […] Continue reading

Cubans are using simple hacks to get around limited and expensive internet

Cubans are using simple hacks to get around limited and expensive internet WRITTEN BY Ed Augustin OBSESSION Havana, Cuba Cuba remains one of the world’s least connected countries, but that’s slowly changing. In July last year, Etecsa, the state-owned telecoms company, launched the country’s first wifi hotspots. A year on, and over 100 hotspots have […] Continue reading

The growth and challenges of the Church in Cuba

The growth and challenges of the Church in Cuba ON: 8/19/2016, BY DONIS TRACY PILOT CORRESPONDENT To understand the Church’s current situation in Cuba, one needs to look at the early days of the revolution. “I remember that time,” recalls Laura Perez. Speaking in her native Spanish from her apartment in West New York, N.J., […] 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

Opinion – U.S. must stand with the opponents of Castros’ tyranny

Opinion: U.S. must stand with the opponents of Castros’ tyranny BY TED CRUZ I had the honor recently to meet with Cuban dissident Oscar Biscet, who was visiting the United States to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President George W. Bush had awarded him in 2007. Then serving a 25-year prison sentence for […] Continue reading

The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again

“The Cuban Nation Is Wounded, But It Will Laugh Again” / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 8 August 2016 – Everyone in the Versalles neighborhood in the city of Camagüey knows Bernardo de Quesada Salomon. Loquacious, restless and the founder of the Apostolic Movement, he has experienced intense months this year, especially January […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat – Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MAY 16, 2016 08:14 PM HAVANA – President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more co-operation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs […] Continue reading

Why was the top U.S. sanctions cop in Cuba?

Why was the top U.S. sanctions cop in Cuba? By SUSAN CRABTREE (@SUSANCRABTREE) • 7/31/16 12:01 AM Critics of President Obama’s diplomatic thaw with Cuba are questioning why a top official with the U.S. government office charged with maintaining the trade embargo and leveling sanctions against the Castro government was in Havana earlier this month […] 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

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

They are afraid of us

“They are afraid of us” / 14ymedio Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 13 July 2016 — Before leaving Cuba, Armando Avila was an auto mechanic specializing in brake systems in Ciego de Avila. In December 2015, he took a flight to Ecuador with the intention of reaching the border between Mexico and the United […] Continue reading

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches

The Hidden Pastors Of Cuba’s Evangelical Churches / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 26 June 2016 – Religious visas for foreign pastors invited to Christian events exist in all countries, but in Cuba they serve as a mechanism of repression and blackmail by the state, with the aim of silencing the […] Continue reading

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’ – One Cuban’s Message to Obama

‘The Totalitarian Regime Is Intact’: One Cuban’s Message to Obama The U.S. is pressing ahead with its opening to Cuba. What does that mean for democracy on the island? URI FRIEDMAN JUN 22, 2016 GLOBAL Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, the architect of Barack Obama’s diplomatic opening to Cuba, characterized the full restoration of U.S.-Cuban […] Continue reading

Former Cuban Prisoner Rights Violations Remain

Former Cuban Prisoner: Human-Rights Violations Remain Armando Valladares 9:25 AM ET Armando Valladares is the author of Against All Hope, about the 22 years he spent as a prisoner in Castro’s gulags. Despite renewed ties with the U.S. Many of the Damas de Blanco—Cuba’s infamous wives, mothers and daughters of jailed political dissidents—were recently detained […] Continue reading

Rules to Prevent Debate

Rules to Prevent Debate / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 18 May 2016 — A small protest convoy and a demand by a group of bicycle taxi (pedicab) operators at the Plaza of the Revolution; indignation and astonishment among producers and traders about the arbitrary and unannounced closing of the wholesale market for […] Continue reading

Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA issues ban on “blacklisted” cell phones

Cuba’s telecom company ETECSA issues ban on “blacklisted” cell phones ETECSA announced new regulations that will forbid connecting cell lines on “blacklisted” devices. Users in Cuba who already have cell phones with invalid codes should replace their phones before May 18, 2018. ABEL FERNÁNDEZ staff@InCubaToday.com ETECSA, Cuba’s only telecom company, has issued new regulations prohibiting […] Continue reading

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum

Top Cuba diplomat: Obama trip positive, created momentum President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba advanced the normalization of relations between the Cold War foes and created momentum for more cooperation on agriculture, medicine and law enforcement, Cuba’s top diplomat on U.S. affairs said Monday. BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press HAVANA President Barack Obama’s trip to […] Continue reading